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.

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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.

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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:

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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:

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Game Preview: Rockies vs Mets

The Mets will try to do something they’ve done only twice so far this year – win the rubber game. The Mets jumped out early against the Rockies last night only to see the Rockies tie the game not to long later. Then in the 7th and 8th the Mets got a couple of insurance runs (thanks to a tremendous homer from Pete Alonso) and the bullpen held on!

Noah Syndergaard is 3-4 over 13 games and 82.0 innings with a 4.83 ERA, 3.60 FIP, 1.268 WHIP and 82 ERA+. In his last two starts he has allowed 6 runs over 12.2 innings, a 4.26 ERA as he settles into being “average” instead of his swings from being terrible to amazing. He was good in one start against the Rockies last year allowing 2 runs off 6 hits and 4 walks in 6.0 innings of work. The Rockies have the following batting lines against him:

The Mets bats look to heat up today against Jeff Hoffman who is making his 5th start of the season. In his first 4 he has allowed 17 runs over 21.0 innings leading to a 7.29 ERA, 4.86 FIP, 1.476 WHIP and 70 ERA+. He was only in 6 games last year but faced the Mets twice as a reliever on back to back days. In his second outing against the Mets he allowed 2 hits and recorded two outs. In his first outing he allowed 2 hits, was tagged for a total of 5 runs as he also walked 3 batters and recorded only 1 out. The Mets have the following lines in limited plate appearances against Hoffman:

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Game Preview: Rockies vs Mets

Hopefully the Mets offense got sleep last night because they looked exhausted yesterday. The only bright spot came on a mammoth solo shot by Michael Conforto while the Mets booth was eating dumplings in the upper deck. Jacob deGrom put together a gutsy type outing where he didn’t have his best stuff but kept the Rockies to only two runs. The bullpen struggled and there was even a benches clearing incident with Ian Desmond getting hit. A surprising amount of excitement in a game that featured only 1 run by the Mets.

Steven Matz looks to push the Mets back in the right direction. He is 4-4 over 11 games and 56.2 innings with a 3.97 ERA (same as last year), 4.93 FIP, 1.376 WHIP, and a 101 ERA+. After back to back strong starts giving up 3 over 12.0 innings, Matz struggled his last time out allowing 5 runs over 6.0 innings against the Diamondbacks. Against the Rockies last year he allowed 6 runs off 11 hits and 2 walks in 11.2 innings while striking out 11. The Rockies have the following stats against Matz:

The Mets will get a look at Jon Gray today who is 5-4 over 12 games and 72.1 innings with a 4.11 ERA, 4.29 FIP, 1.286 WHIP and 124 ERA+. He is coming off of his best start of the season where he held the Blue Jays scoreless over 6.2 innings and in his last three starts he has posted a 2.37 ERA over 19.0 innings lowering his season ERA from 4.72 to 4.11. He’s been streaky this year as he had another stretch of three games in April where he posted a 0.92 ERA over 19.2 innings. His ERA in his other 6 games then is quite high. The last time he faced the Mets was in 2017 and it was a disaster of a start as he allowed 8 runs from 9 hits and 3 walks in 2.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

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Game Preview: Rockies vs Mets

The Mets now enter a tough stretch of 28 straight games where as of right now, their opponents are at, or above, .500. Yesterday the Mets were able to fight off the Giants to take just their 2nd rubber game of the year thanks in part to a lucky fly ball homer from Todd Frazier and a solid showing from the bullpen behind an average Wheeler. The team is only 2 two games below .500 now and have exactly 100 games left in the season.

And tonight they look to Jacob deGrom to set the tempo for those next 100 games. Jacob is 3-5 over 12 games and 69.2 innings with a 3.49 ERA, 3.37 FIP, 1.148 WHIP and 115 ERA+. In his last three starts he has allowed 4 runs over 17.2 innings (2.04 ERA) off 14 hits and 5 walks while striking out 17. He had a great start against the Rockies last season holding them to 2 runs, 1 earned over 8.0 innings from 5 hits and a walk while striking out 7. The Rockies have the following numbers against him:

Antonio Senzatela is 4-4 over 10 games and 54.0 innings with a 5.33 ERA, 5.49 FIP, 1.593 WHIP and 95 ERA+. He has turned around those numbers in his last two starts allowing 3 runs over 12.0 innings from 13 hits and 5 walks. He last faced the Mets in a relief outing back in 2017 where he held them scoreless over 3.0 innings and to only 1 hit. The Mets have the following numbers in limited exposure to Antonio:

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