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Mets @ Padres, July 7: Justin Verlander takes the ball in San Diego at 9:40 pm on SNY

June 26, 2023; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports / © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The Mets (41-46) kick off a three-game series against the San Diego Padres (41-46) on Friday night at Petco Park on SNY.

Mets Notes

  • The Mets swept the Diamondbacks this week for New York’s fourth sweep of the year and the first since the end of May.

  • New York’s 9-0 win on Thursday marked the team’s fifth shutout of the season.

  • New York’s seven home runs during the series against Arizona were the most in a series this season.

  • In the first matchup of these teams this season, the Mets took two of three against the Padres from April 10-12 at Citi Field.



Brandon Nimmo, CF

Ha-Seong Kim, 2B

Tommy Pham, LF

Juan Soto, LF

Francisco Lindor, SS

Fernando Tatis Jr., RF

Pete Alonso, 1B

Manny Machado, 3B

Daniel Vogelbach, DH

Xander Bogaerts, SS

Starling Marte, RF

Jake Cronenworth, 1B

Jeff McNeil, 2B

Gary Sanchez, C

Francisco Alvarez, C

Matt Carpenter, DH

Luis Guillorme, 3B

Trent Grisham, CF

Who is starting for the Mets?

Justin Verlander takes the mound for New York in his 12th start with a 3-4 record and a 3.66 ERA.

In 2023, the right-hander has 55 strikeouts across 64.0 innings of work.

Verlander has pitched seven innings in two of his last three starts and won his last start against the Giants to open July.

In two previous career starts against San Diego, the right-hander is 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA with 18 strikeouts.

Who is starting for the Diamondbacks?

Yu Darvish makes his 15th start of the season.

In 2023, the right-hander is 5-6 with a 4.55 ERA across 80.0 innings with 85 strikeouts to 25 walks.

Darvish has lost his last two starts against Tampa Bay and San Francisco.

In nine career regular season appearances against the Mets, Darvish is 5-1 with a 3.05 ERA. Most recently, the Mets defeated Darvish on April 10 at Citi Field, scoring five runs against the right-hander across 6.1 innings.

Upcoming schedule

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Padres on Saturday night. First pitch is set for 10:10 pm on SNY.

LHP David Peterson (2-6, 6.61 ERA) will pitch for New York, while San Diego counters with LHP Blake Snell. (5-7, 3.03 ERA).

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