Taijuan Walker pitching with All-Star hopes vs. Pirates at 7:10 p.m. on SNY

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Taijuan Walker delivers pitch to home vs. Orioles
Taijuan Walker delivers pitch to home vs. Orioles

The Mets (45-38, first in NL East) begin a new series against the Pirates (32-54, last in NL Central) on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Mets Notes

- RHP Robert Stock was optioned to Triple-A while RHP Nick Tropeano, who played as the Mets' 27th man during the doubleheader on Wednesday, is staying with the roster.

- Jose Peraza is 4-for-9 with two doubles, one homer and three RBI in 12 plate appearances as a pinch hitter this season.

- Taijuan Walker's 2.44 ERA is the seventh-lowest in Mets history through a player's first 15 games.

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Pirates

Mets

Adam Frazier, 2B

Jonathan Villar, 3B

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B

Francisco Lindor, 2B

Ben Gamel, CF

Dom Smith, LF

John Nogowski, 1B

Pete Alonso, 1B

Wilmer Difo, RF

Jeff McNeil, 2B

Kevin Newman, SS

Michael Conforto, RF

Michael Perez, C

Kevin Pillar, CF

Jared Oliva, LF

James McCann, C

JT Brubaker, RHP

Taijuan Walker, RHP

Who is starting for the Mets?

Taijuan Walker (2.44 ERA, 1.01 WHIP), who continues to pitch well for the Mets. In his last start against the Yankees, he allowed two earned on five hits (one homer) while striking out five and walking two over 5.2 innings.

Who is starting for the Pirates?

JT Brubaker (4.09 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) who let up five earned on six hits (three homers) with six strikeouts and one walk over six innings. He's gone at least six innings in his last three starts.

Upcoming schedule

The Mets and Pirates continue their series on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. Marcus Stroman gets the ball for New York.