Sep 14, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto hits a 2-run homer in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball Spotlight Game: New York Mets @ Cincinnati Reds


For the Cincinnati Reds, after last night’s win, and the St Louis Cardinals victory over the Washington Nationals, the Reds clinched a playoff spot for the third time in four years. For the New York Mets, after a struggle at times this year, a third place finish is possible for them and gives them something to play for.

Mike Leake gets the ball for the Reds. Leake went eight shutout innings last Tuesday against the Astros in the Reds victory.  Leake pitched against the Mets earlier this season at Citi Field. Leake went seven strong innings against them in the Reds 4-0 win.  Jon Niese was a hard luck loser last time against the San Francisco Giants and Madison Bumgarner, going seven innings and allowing two runs.

Here are the lineups:

New York Mets:

Eric Young LF

Daniel Murphy 2B

David Wright 3B

Lucas Duda 1B

Juan Lagares CF

Mike Baxter RF

Travis D’Arnaud C

Wilfredo Tovar SS

Jonathon Niese P

Reds:

Shin-Soo Choo CF

Brandon Phillips 2B

Joey Votto 1B

Ryan Ludwick LF

Jay Bruce RF

Todd Frazier 3B

Zack Cozart SS

Devin Mesoraco C

Mike Leake P

First pitch is at 7:05.

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