Athletics host the Mets in first of 3-game series
New York Mets (95-56, first in the NL East) vs. Oakland Athletics (55-95, fifth in the AL West)
Oakland, California; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Chris Bassitt (14-8, 3.32 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 163 strikeouts); Athletics: Cole Irvin (9-11, 3.79 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 114 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mets -225, Athletics +187; over/under is 7 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics host the New York Mets on Friday to begin a three-game series.
Oakland is 55-95 overall and 25-50 at home. The Athletics have a 31-15 record in games when they scored at least five runs.
New York is 95-56 overall and 45-30 in road games. Mets hitters are batting a collective .257, which ranks second in the NL.
The matchup Friday is the first meeting of the season between the two clubs.
TOP PERFORMERS: Sean Murphy has 34 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs and 66 RBI for the Athletics. Tony Kemp is 13-for-35 with a double, two triples, three home runs and 10 RBI over the past 10 games.
Pete Alonso has 25 doubles and 37 home runs for the Mets. Francisco Lindor is 13-for-42 with a double, a triple and three home runs over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 5-5, .231 batting average, 5.44 ERA, outscored by seven runs
Mets: 6-4, .223 batting average, 3.54 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs
INJURIES: Athletics: Ramon Laureano: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Sam Moll: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Adam Oller: 15-Day IL (rib), Zach Jackson: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Dany Jimenez: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Paul Blackburn: 60-Day IL (finger), Daulton Jefferies: 60-Day IL (arm), Deolis Guerra: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Mets: Brandon Nimmo: day-to-day (quadricep), Tommy Hunter: 15-Day IL (back), Mychal Givens: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Bryce Montes de Oca: 15-Day IL (hamstring), Starling Marte: 10-Day IL (hand), Brett Baty: 10-Day IL (thumb), Sean Reid-Foley: 60-Day IL (elbow), John Curtiss: 60-Day IL (elbow), Joey Lucchesi: 60-Day IL (elbow)
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