Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets had a team meeting yesterday after completely falling apart against the Braves on Monday night and yesterday they were the 100% opposite team. The Mets won 10-2 behind the bat of Pete Alonso who went 4-4 with 2 walks and Micahel Conforto who hit a massive homer. It also helped that Jacob deGrom threw a masterpiece of a game. So the Mets will try to do it again tonight!

Steven Matz gets the start for the Mets, he is 5-4 over 13 games and 68.2 innings with a 3.93 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 1.325 WHIP and 103 ERA+. In Steve’s last two starts he has allowed 7 runs, but only 5 earned over 12.0 innings but he did strike out 16 batters. Against the Braves in April he allowed 2 runs over 6.0 innings while striking out 8. The Braves the following numbers against Matz:

For the Braves, Max Fried will get the start on the bump. He is 7-3 over 16 games, 14 starts this season logging 76.2 innings posting a 4.11 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 1.330 WHIP with a 111 ERA+. In his last four starts he has pitched 20.1 innings allowing 17 runs on 31 hits and 8 walks a 7.35 ERA with opponents hitting .352 against him. This stretch has raised his ERA from 2.88 to 4.11. He hasn’t faced the Mets yet this year and last year he pitched 8.0 innings across 4 games (1 start) allowing 2 runs, 1 earned while striking out 14. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets have lost more than a handful games recently but last night was the first time in a while that it felt like they got beat. Like really beat. Fundamentally defeated on every level beat starting with a below average start from Wheeler to a complete blow up by Familia. The Mets will try to fix it today with Jacob deGrom as he takes on Julio Teheran.

Jacob deGrom is 3-6 over 14 starts and 82.2 innings with a 3.38 ERA, 3.12 FIP, 1.125 WHIP and 120 ERA+. In his last five starts he has pitched 30.2 innings with a 2.35 ERA and a .228 opponents batting average. Earlier this season against Atlanta he allowed 3 runs over 5.0 innings while striking out 9. The Braves have the following numbers against him:

The Mets bats will try to come back against a Julio Teheran who is having his best season since 2014. In 15 games and 83.1 innings he has a 2.92 ERA, 4.23 FIP, 1.188 WHIP and 157 ERA+ (it’s his best season by a long shot in terms of ERA+). Since the start of May he has started 8 games with a 0.81 ERA and an opponents batting average of .137. This stretch lowered his ERA from 5.35 all the way down to 2.92. His best start in an otherwise forgettable April was against the Mets where he allowed 1 run over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets head into a tough road trip starting off with the surging Braves. For the Mets, it could have been a weekend where they racked up the wins, instead they lost 3 to the Cardinals including 2 games where they gave up go-ahead run in the 9th inning or later. Now with mounting injury concerns in the starting rotation, the Mets could use something on the field to go predictably right.

Zack Wheeler, who is starting to draw trade interest, takes the mound tonight. He is 5-4 over 14 games and 88.2 innings with a 4.87 ERA, 3.76 FIP, 1.286 WHIP and 83 ERA+. Wheeler melted down in his last start, allowing 9 runs, 5 earned over 4.2 innings in the first game of a doubleheader against the Yankees. He’s faced the Braves once this year allowing 2 runs over 6.0 innings from 6 hits and 3 walks. The Braves have the following stats against him:

The Mets bats will get a look at Mike Soroka who has been crushing it on the mound this year. In 11 starts and 70.1 innings he has a 1.92 ERA, 2.90 FIP, 0.967 WHIP and 235 ERA+. He has a league low HR/9 sitting at 0.3. He is coming off of his worst start of the season where he allowed 5 runs over 5.0 innings from 10 hits against the Pirates and overall in June (3 starts), he has allowed 10 runs, 9 earned in 19.2 innings, a 4.12 ERA (two bad starts and one great one). He hasn’t faced the Mets this season yet but two of his best starts from last year were against the Mets where he held them to 1 run over 6.0 innings in May and then no runs over 6.1 innings in June. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

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Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

The Mets jumped out to an 8-1 lead last night and then the Cardinals started to slowly work their way back into the game. The last play of the game, with two outs, they hit the ball into moderately deep right field. Jeff McNeil went way back for it, Conforto dove for it but had to hold up to avoid a collision and the end result was they both missed the ball. The tying run turned third, McNeil hit the cut-off man who hit got the ball to home plate way before the runner and thanks to that base path running blunder, the Mets won 8-7. If they win today, they end up splitting with the Cardinals before they head off to playing NL East rivals.

Jason Vargas looks to get the Mets there today. He is 3-3 over 11 games and 10 starts with 51.1 innings of work posting a 3.68 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 1.364 WHIP and 110 ERA+. He was a bit more human in his last start, allowing 3 runs but he still pitched 6.0 innings meaning he’s done at 6.0 innings of work in his last three starts, a streak he has never had as a Met. Since April 19th he has started 8 games with a 2.20 ERA in those 45.0 innings of work. The Cardinals have the following numbers against him:

The Mets bats will get a look at Dakota Hudson today who has pitched in 14 games making 13 starts in 2019. He has logged 72.2 innings posting a 3.47 ERA, 4.82 FIP, 1.500 WHIP and 121 ERA+. He was in the pen all of last year and it he was struggling with the transition to the rotation in April, ending the month with a 5.62 ERA over 6 games. Since then he has really turned it on. In his last three games he has pitched 19.1 innings allowing only 3 runs from 13 hits and 9 walks leading to a 1.40 ERA. He faced the Mets earlier this season allowing 3 runs over 5.0 innings from 5 hits and 2 walks, the Mets have the following numbers against him:

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Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

The Mets managed to lose to games yesterday, pushing themselves to three games below .500 and a need to win tonight and tomorrow in order to split with the Cardinals. Noah Syndergaard will look to make that happen tonight as he makes his first start since being sent home with strep throat. He is 4-4 over 14 games and 89.0 innings with a 4.45 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 1.202 WHIP and 90 ERA+. Noah had back to back exceedingly average starts (6 runs in 12.2 innings) heading into his last start where he was marvelous, holding the Rockies to 1 hit over 7.0 innings, walking only two batters and striking out 7. In two games against the Cardinals last year he allowed 6 runs, 5 earned over 13.1 innings from 6 hits and no walks. The Cardinals have the following numbers against him:

Is it Pac-Man on the mound? No its Michael Wacha. Wacha Wacha Wacha is 4-2 over 12 games and 10 starts this year with a 5.63 ERA, 5.90 FIP, 1.714 WHIP (a career high by a long shot) and a 74 ERA+. Despite his numbers, he’s coming off two good outings where he tossed a combined 8.1 innings and allowed no runs, lowering his ERA from 6.61 to 5.62 (right before that, in an inning of relief he got tagged for 6 runs and had a two game streak of 5.2 innings with 13 runs). In two starts against the Mets last year he allowed 5 runs in 10.2 innings from 10 hits and 3 walks. The Mets have the following stats against him:

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Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

Last night’s game was not only suspended on the field, but will be suspended in the hall of Mets Things That Happen To The Mets. With a 2 run lead heading into the ninth, the rain just started pouring. While the groundscrew was working incredibly hard to dry it off, a delay was eventually called and the tarp was brought out.

Then the rain paused for a moment, the umpires decided to reverse the decision (note: the Mets have been standing on the field, in the rain the whole time) and eventually the 9 minute rain delay came to an end. Edwin Diaz eventually let up two runs in the inning, tying the game and then the umpires launched into an actual rain delay that turned into a suspension of play. So we’ll start tonight off at 6:10 with last night’s game in extra innings.

And probably 30 minutes or so after that concludes, we’ll go back to our regular scheduled program of Steven Matz. He is 5-4 over 12 games and 62.2 innings with a 3.88 ERA, 4.63 FIP, 1.327 WHIP and 103 ERA+. After a terrible start at the beginning of May where he allowed 5 runs over 6.0 innings, he rebounded in his last start allowing 3 runs, 2 earned over 6.0 innings. In two starts last year against the Cardinals he allowed 10 runs, 6 earned over 7.1 innings. The Cardinals have the following numbers against him:

Daniel Ponce de Leon is making his second start of the season. In his first start, he allowed 1 run over 5.0 innings. Last year, his first season in the majors, he had a bit more playing time, making his way into 11 games and 4 starts totaling 33.0 innings with a 2.73 ERA, 3.34 FIP, 1.121 WHIP and 144 ERA+. This will be his first time facing the Mets and no batters on the Mets faced him last year while they were members of other teams.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

The Mets are fresh off a day of rest that followed their double header split against the Yankees on Tuesday. In the afternoon, Wheeler melted down and the Mets lost 12-5 after leading 4-1. In the night cap, led by Pete Alonso‘s 22nd homer, the Mets repaid the favor and beat the Yankees 10-4. Jason Vargas was human, allowing 3 runs, but continued his trend of pitching deeper in games so it didn’t matter as much.

Now it’s deGrom’s turn! Jacob deGrom is 3-6 over 13 games and 75.2 innings with a 3.45 ERA, 3.12 FIP, 1.150 WHIP and 116 ERA+. In his last four starts he has allowed 6 runs over 23.2 innings, a 2.28 ERA. He had one start against the Cardinals last year allowing 1 run over 5.2 innings from 3 hits and a walk while striking out 7. The Cardinals have the following batting lines against him:

The Mets bats get a look at Jack Flaherty who is in the midst of his second full season in the bigs. This year he is 4-3 over 13 games and 68.1 innings with a 4.08 ERA, 4.39 FIP, 1.200 WHIP and 102 ERA+. He’s coming off a rough start against the Cubs where he allowed 4 runs over 3.2 innings. Before that he allowed 4 runs over a stretch of 3 games and 17.0 innings where he posted a 2.12 ERA and a .186 opponents batting average. Tonight will be his first start against the Mets, the only Met who has seen him in a major league game is Adeiny Hechavarria who is 0-2 with a strikeout.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Yankees

The Mets and Yankees play two today! No, you are not reliving your Tuesday all over again seeing the same game preview from earlier (although parts of this one were lifted from the original one yesterday when Vargas was supposed to start). The Yankees scheduled their make up for yesterday’s Mets game today meaning we got two premier games in one day. A little shocking, but I guess the tickets were already sold for this all New York Event.

Starting for the Mets Jason Vargaswho is coming off a complete game shutout. He is 2-3 over 10 games and 9 starts this season tossing 45.1 innings with a 3.57 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 1.346 WHIP and 112 ERA+. In his last three starts he has tossed 21.0 innings with a 0.86 ERA and in his last 7 starts he has pitched 39.0 innings with a 1.85 ERA. He missed the Yankees last year but in 2017 he allowed 9 runs over 10.0 innings in starts against them. The Yankees have the following numbers against Jason:

James Paxton is 3-2 over 9 games and 46.1 innings as a Yankee posting a 3.11 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 1.165 WHIP and 144 ERA+. Paxton was part of the large group of Yankees who got injured this season, hurting his MCL around the start of May. He returned at the end of May and has made two very different starts since then. In his first start he held the Padres to no runs and no hits over 4.0 innings. The following week he allowed 4 runs off 4 hits and 3 walks against the Blue Jays. He pitched against the Mets in 2017 and was quite good, allowing no runs and no walks over 6.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

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Game Preview: Mets @ Yankees

New York was ready for the Subway Series, but the weather decided that wasn’t going to happen and last night’s Mets vs Yankees game got washed out. Now the Mets and Yankees will play two games in a split double header.

Originally the Mets were going to roll with Jason Vargas for last night’s game but he has now been bumped to the night cap against Paxton. Wheeler will now take on Tanaka to open up the series. Wheeler is 5-3 over 13 games and 84.0 innings with a 4.61 ERA, 3.56 FIP, 1.226 WHIP and 86 ERA+. Wheeler has continued his stretch of games of being average. Up until the third week of May, Wheeler was either terrific or terrible in a start and since then – average. In a now four game stretch he has allowed 13 runs over 28.1 innings leading to a 4.13 ERA from either 3 or 4 runs per game pitching 7.0 innings in each start. The Yankees have the following numbers against him:

The Mets bats will look to keep their homer streak alive tonight against Masahiro Tanakawho is 3-5 over 13 starts and 76.1 innings this year posting a 3.42 ERA, 4.09 FIP, 1.192 WHIP and 130 ERA+. Tanaka is coming off of his worst back to back starts all season where he has allowed a combined 9 runs, 8 earned over 12.0 innings from 15 hits and 4 walks. Before that he was on a tear allowing 2 runs over 19.0 innings with opponents batting .183 against him. He had one start against the Mets last year and it was a good one where he allowed 1 run off 1 hit and a walk in 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Yankees

The Mets stay in New York but travel to the Bronx tonight to start the first leg of this year’s Subway Series. The Mets rae coming off back to back series wins including two rubber game wins, meaning they got one more in the last week than they had all season. They also get the DH tonight, so finally they have a reliable way to get both Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso on the field at the same time.

Starting for the Mets is Jason Vargas who is coming off a complete game shutout. He is 2-3 over 10 games and 9 starts this season tossing 45.1 innings with a 3.57 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 1.346 WHIP and 112 ERA+. In his last three starts he has tossed 21.0 innings with a 0.86 ERA and in his last 7 starts he has pitched 39.0 innings with a 1.85 ERA. He missed the Yankees last year but in 2017 he allowed 9 runs over 10.0 innings in starts against them. The Yankees have the following numbers against Jason:

The Mets bats will look to keep their homer streak alive tonight against Masahiro Tanaka who is 3-5 over 13 starts and 76.1 innings this year posting a 3.42 ERA, 4.09 FIP, 1.192 WHIP and 130 ERA+. Tanaka is coming off of his worst back to back starts all season where he has allowed a combined 9 runs, 8 earned over 12.0 innings from 15 hits and 4 walks. Before that he was on a tear allowing 2 runs over 19.0 innings with opponents batting .183 against him. He had one start against the Mets last year and it was a good one where he allowed 1 run off 1 hit and a walk in 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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