MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Milwaukee0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 250
NY Mets0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 x 460
  W: S. Lugo (2-1)   L: B. Woodruff (7-4)   S: E. Díaz (18)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, July 5, 2021
Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 15,145

Brewers meet Mets in matchup of NL division leaders

According to STATS
According to STATS

Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets

  1. Tonight will be the first meeting between these teams in over two years, last meeting May 5, 2019 in Milwaukee. Going back to May 25, 2018, the Brewers have won eight of the last nine games versus the Mets.
  2. Since May 22 (Willy Adames' first game with Milwaukee after being traded from TB), the Brewers won 17-of-21, then dropped five straight and now have won 13 of their last 15 games. The Brewers' 7.0-game lead in the NL Central is the largest divisional lead in MLB.
  3. The Mets took 2-of-3 at the Yankees over the weekend. It was New York's first series win since taking 3-of-4 from the Chicago Cubs June 14-17 at Citi Field. The Mets' 24-11 (.686) home record is third best in baseball (SF 26-11, .703 & CWS 31-14, .689).
  4. Avisail Garcia drove in five runs in Saturday's 11-2 win at Pittsburgh. It was the second time this season that Garcia has driven in 5+ runs (also April 10 at StL -- 5 RBI). He is one of five NL players with multiple 5+ RBI games this season (Adam Duvall -- Mia, Eduardo Escobar -- Arz, Rhys Hoskins -- Phi and Manny Machado -- SD).
  5. Pete Alonso is two RBI shy of 200 for his career. Alonso has played in 289 career games (including April 11 suspended game versus Miami). The Mets record for fewest games needed to get to 200 MLB RBI is 300 games by David Wright, who got there in 2006.
  6. Brandon Woodruff has gone at least 5.0 IP and allowed two runs or fewer in 14 of his 16 starts this season. All nine opponent batting positions are hitting UNDER .180 against Woodruff this season. Opposing No. 5 hitters are the best against him, hitting .179.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/5/2021 thru 7/7/2021
(AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

If the first meeting of the season between the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers is to be a preview of a National League Division Series to come in October, the Mets will need rookie Tylor Megill to continue performing like one of the experienced starters he's replacing in the rotation.

Megill is scheduled to make his third big league start Monday night, when the Mets host the Brewers in the first game of a three-game series pitting a pair of NL division leaders.

Megill (0-0, 4.82 ERA) is slated to oppose fellow right-hander Brandon Woodruff (7-3, 1.87 ERA), who was named to the NL All-Star team Sunday.

The Mets split a doubleheader with the host New York Yankees Sunday afternoon, when they scored six runs in the seventh inning of a 10-5 win in the opener before falling in the nightcap, 4-2. The visiting Brewers' 11-game winning streak -- the second-longest in franchise history -- ended with a 2-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

With injuries continuing to ravage the back end of the Mets' rotation behind Jacob deGrom, Taijuan Walker and Marcus Stroman, Megill will get plenty of opportunities to prove his first two starts were no fluke for the Mets, who lead the NL East by 3 1/2 games.

Megill didn't factor into the decision last Tuesday, when he faced the Atlanta Braves for the second straight time and allowed three runs over five innings as the Mets came back to earn a 4-3 win.

Right-handers Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) and Noah Syndergaard (Tommy John surgery) are still weeks away from making their season debuts, left-hander Joey Lucchesi (Tommy John surgery) is out until late 2022 and fellow southpaw David Peterson (right oblique) is sidelined indefinitely.

"I can tell why this kid was putting up numbers in Double-A and Triple-A -- he comes in bringing the same thing he was doing down there," Mets manager Luis Rojas said of Megill, who was 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in eight starts between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse. "He's been a blessing for us, because this is one need that we had and he happened to be the guy who was throwing the ball -- the best right-hander for us -- and he got the call-up for us and he's been responding well."

Nobody's responded better lately than the Brewers, whose winning streak cemented their status as the favorite to win the NL Central. Following a 5-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 21, Milwaukee was tied for first place with the Chicago Cubs, with the St. Louis Cardinals (3 1/2 games behind) and Cincinnati Reds (four games behind) on their heels.

The Brewers ended Sunday seven games ahead of the second-place Reds, which was a pretty good consolation prize on an afternoon in which their pursuit of history ended. Milwaukee's winning streak was two games shy of the 13-game season-opening run enjoyed by the 1987 team.

"Eleven-game streaks, everybody on the roster has done something to help us during this streak, for sure," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "It feels like a stretch where everybody carried the load."

Woodruff earned the win last Tuesday, when he allowed one run over six innings as the Brewers beat the Cubs, 2-1. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two career starts against the Mets.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 5, 2021

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