Tuesday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Kyle Gibson (0-0, 9.64 ERA) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (2-0, 0.00)
Wednesday, 6:10 p.m. • FSN, 830-AM: RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 6.75) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (0-1, 4.50)
The Twins (5-3) are 1-5 at Citi Field, which opened in 2009. The last time the Twins played in Queens, the Mets swept three games in September 2016, losses 93, 94 and 95 in a 103-loss season for the Twins. Byron Buxton hit a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning of the second game, but Curtis Granderson homered in the bottom of the inning and New York won it in the 12th. … This is the final stop of a seven-game road swing necessitated to avoid being at home during the Final Four. The Twins won two games at Kansas City and lost two of three at Philadelphia. … DH Nelson Cruz got only one at-bat against the Phillies, striking out for the final out Sunday. Twins pitchers were 0-for-5 in the NL park, although Martin Perez reached on a fielder’s choice and scored a run. … Gibson’s first start lasted 4⅔ innings, when he gave up six runs and eight hits Wednesday at Kansas City. … Odorizzi lasted only two-thirds of an inning Friday at Philadelphia.
The Twins will face baseball’s best pitcher as deGrom, the 2018 NL Cy Young Award winner, tries to break a tie with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for most consecutive quality starts (at least six innings pitched, three runs or fewer allowed). No. 26 in a row came Wednesday at Miami, when deGrom struck out 14 in seven innings and also hit a home run. He has 24 strikeouts in 13 innings this season. … Syndergaard has a 2.97 career ERA and was the Mets’ Opening Day starter in 2017 and ’18, but he battled injuries both seasons. The Mets (6-3) skipped Jason Vargas to keep deGrom and Syndergaard on their regular turns. … 1B Pete Alonso has started his big-league career by hitting .382 with three home runs and 11 RBI in nine games. … New York added RHP Edwin Diaz and 2B Robinson Cano in an offseason trade with Seattle. … OF Yoenis Cespedes (heel), IF Jed Lowrie (knee) and 3B Todd Frazier (oblique) are all sidelined.