After sweeping away the Colorado Rockies the New York Mets welcome in a much tougher opponent, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • National League
  • Today, 7:10 PM on RTPT, SNY
  • Citi Field, Flushing, New York

Now the real test begins for Terry Collins and company.

Andrew McCutchen and the Pittsburgh Pirates (66-46) invade Citi Field Friday night to take on the hot New York Mets (63-52) who’ve won four straight.

Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.76 ERA) will trot out to the mound to take on J.A. Happ (4-7, 4.78 ERA).

Lucas Duda will once again sit out, but all recent reports have the slugger feeling better from that ailing back. The streaking Juan Lagares will lead-off with Curtis Granderson hitting second. Anthony Recker will give Travis d’Arnaud a night off, hitting in the eighth hole.

New York looks to win its fifth straight and eighth straight at home. The last time these two hooked up was a month ago when Pittsburgh swept away the struggling Metsies.

More good news came the Mets way in the form of rookie lefty Steven Matz. Matz, who’s been on the DL since shortly after the MLB All-Star break, is now scheduled to make his first rehab start on Saturday with Port St. Luice.

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