Pirates-Mets Preview Capsule

Pirates (22-26) vs. New York Mets (19-26)

Site: PNC Park

Friday: RHP Chad Kuhl (1-4, 5.85) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.56), 7:05 p.m.

Saturday: RHP Gerrit Cole (2-5, 3.36) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (3-2, 3.74), 7:15 p.m.

Sunday: RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-3, 6.69) vs. RHP Matt Harvey (3-3, 5.36), 8:08 p.m.

NOTES: The Pirates are in last place in the National League Central, four games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs. … The Mets are in third place in the National League East, 8 ½ games behind the first-place Washington Nationals. … The Pirates have won two games in a row and eight of their last 12. … The Mets have lost two games in a row and 10 of their last 13. … The teams are meeting for the first time this season after splitting six games last year. The Pirates are 18-8 against the Mets since the start of the 2013 season. … Pirates LF Adam Frazier is 20-for-47 (.426) with two doubles, two home runs, nine walks and six strikeouts in his last 12 games. … Mets LF Michael Conforto is on a seven-game hitting streak, going 11-for-26 (.423) with two doubles, four home runs, six walks and 11 strikeouts. … Cole is 1-2 against the Mets in his career while Kuhl and Glasnow have never faced them. … deGrom is 0-2 against the Pirates, Harvey is 0-1 and Wheeler has never faced them.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “You’re going to try to stay in good habits. Sometimes you fall into bad habits without realizing it. You try and stay with it, stick with it and hammer it in the flat ground and bullpen,” — Kuhl, who had his best outing of the season in his last start when he pitched five scoreless innings allowed one hit against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

UP NEXT: The Pirates continue their six-game homestand with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks from Monday-Wednesday.

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