Preview: Blake Snell starts, Rays look to clinch AL East as series against Mets continues

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TV: FOX Sports Sun

TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Tampa Bay Rays (36-19, first in the AL East) vs. New York Mets (24-30, fourth in the NL East)

PITCHING PROBABLES

Tampa Bay: Blake Snell (4-1, 3.05 ERA)

New York: Seth Lugo (2-3, 4.35 ERA)

LINE

Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE

New York heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Jacob deGrom. deGrom went seven innings, giving up two runs on four hits with 14 strikeouts against Tampa Bay.

The Mets are 11-16 on their home turf. New York has slugged .453, good for fourth in the National League. Dominic Smith leads the team with a .605 slugging percentage, including 28 extra-base hits and nine home runs.

The Rays are 19-10 in road games. The Tampa Bay pitching staff has a combined team ERA of 3.61, .

TOP PERFORMERS

Pete Alonso leads the Mets with 12 home runs and has 27 RBIs.

Brandon Lowe leads the Rays with 24 extra base hits and is batting .271.

INJURIES

Mets: Noah Syndergaard: (elbow), Robert Gsellman: (rib), Dellin Betances: (right lat), Jake Marisnick: (right hamstring), Eduardo Nunez: (knee), Jed Lowrie: (knee), Rene Rivera: (elbow), Tomas Nido: (undisclosed).

Rays: Chaz Roe: (elbow), Cody Reed: (finger), Colin Poche: (elbow), Andrew Kittredge: (elbow), Yonny Chirinos: (elbow), Jalen Beeks: (elbow), Jose Alvarado: (shoulder), Austin Meadows: (oblique), Yandy Diaz: (hamstring), Ji-Man Choi: (hamstring).