Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

The Mets return home tonight after dropping a series against the Phillies and the Cardinals only to face the Phillies again. Syndergaard struggled again yesterday allowing 6 runs, 4 earned over 5.0 innings and luckily for the Mets Gsellman came in and tossed 3.0 perfect innings not only to keep the Mets in the game but to save the bullpen. In addition to the Mets pitching woes, the Mets fielding woes continued with Rosario recording to errors on the day which puts him at 5 on the year.

The Mets offense yesterday came as four solo homers from Conforto, Alonso, Cano and Syndergaard furthering the narrative that 2019 is the year of the homer.

Stven Matz will look to put the Mets back on track. His last start was one to forget as a combination of just not having it + the defense behind him led to the Phillies scoring 8 runs in the first inning without recording an out. With the game now at Citi Field, this should be a little tougher for the Phillies to replicate. On the season, mainly due to that game, Matz has allowed 13 runs, 9 earned over 16.1 innings leading to a 4.96 ERA, 5.24 FIP, 1.347 WHIP and 82 ERA+. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

The Mets bats draw Jake Arrieta who last Wednesday tossed a stellar game against them holding the Mets to 2 runs over 8.0 innings from 6 hits and 2 walks. On the season he is 3-1 over 4 games and 28.0 innings with a 2.25 ERA, 4.70 FIP, 1.107 WHIP and 199 ERA+. The Mets have the following numbers against Jake:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Cardinals

Yesterday just was not the day for the Mets. Chris Flexen looked good after the first inning and then everything fell apart as the Mets just got crushed. So now the Mets find themselves with an important rubber game. If they win today, they take the series and don’t drop the series after dropping the series against the Phillies. A loss today would push the Mets only 1 game above .500.

More important than that, the Mets bullpen needs a breather. Daniel Zamora was recalled to replace Chris Flexen and credit to Flexen for lasting as long as he did in yesterday’s game. Syndergaard has to do a lot today: lead this team and save the pen.

Through 4 starts this season Syndergaard has allowed 15 runs over 24.0 innings from 22 hits and 5 walks, a 5.63 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 1.125 WHIP and a 71 ERA+. In his last two starts he has allowed 9 runs over 12.0 innings. In two starts against the Cardinals last year he allowed 6 runs, 5 earned over 13.1 innings from 12 hits and 2 walks while striking out 17. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

The Mets draw young, Dakota Hudson for the series finale. This season he has pitched in 4 games, 3 starts totaling 13.1 innings allowing 10 runs, 9 earned from 21 hits and 10 walks posting a 6.08 ERA, 8.24 FIP, 2.325 WHIP, and a 70 ERA+. For Dakota, his first start was a mess, then he was fine for two outings and his last start was a mess, allowing 6 runs over 3.2 innings. He has never faced the Mets nor has he faced any Mets players while they were with other teams.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Cardinals

The Mets survived a Vargas start yesterday and escaped with a win! Now they’ll have to push through a Chris Flexen start to string together a couple of wins. Vargas didn’t last incredibly long yesterday, but was able to hold the Cardinals to only 1 run. On the other side of the ball, Cano had a good game with three hits and Pete Alonso reached across the strike zone to defend it with 2-strikes and ended up launching the ball deep into center field.

Vargas only lasting 4 innings is a concern for today with Chris Flexen on the mound who under normal, spot-start circumstances (if there is such a thing) would ask him to go about 4-5 innings. This will put pressure on Syndergaard tomorrow to save the bullpen but we are getting ahead of ourselves.

This is Chris Flexen’s first start of 2019 and the first time we’ll see him in the majors since he lost a good chunk of weight. In Major League Spring Training this year he tossed 2.1 innings over 3 games and allowed only 1 hit while striking out 2. In Syracuse this year he has allowed 7 runs over 12.0 innings from 11 hits (due to 3 homers). As a plus side, his strikeouts are way up, recording 18 in his first two starts. He has never done that. Last year he pitched in 4 games and 6.1 innings allowing 13 runs, 9 earned and in 2017 he pitched in 14 games and 48.0 innings posting a 7.88 ERA. There are only two Cardinals who have seen Flexen before when they were members of other teams. Ozuna is 0-1 with 2 walks and Goldschmidt is 1-3 with a strikeout.

The Mets bats will look to make things easier for Flexen by putting up runs against Miles Mikolas. In his first four starts of the season eh has allowed 15 runs, 14 earned over 21.0 innings leading to a 6.00 ERA, 6.26 FIP, 1.381 WHIP and a 70 ERA+. He is coming off a tremendous year where he went 18-4 over 32 starts and 200.2 innings posting a 2.83 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 1.071 WHIP and a 137 ERA+. The last four stats are amazing considering he led the league in hits allowed at 186 but he only walked 29 batters. He has never faced the Mets but several players on the Mets roster have seen him. The problem is several of them are injured:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Cardinals

The Mets have only played two games this season against teams not in the NL East, and they will more than double that amount after this weekend as they start a three game series with the Cardinals. The Mets are coming off a series loss to the Phillies in Philly. On Tuesday they were thumped on 14-3 and on Wednesday they lost 3-2 with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth.

Now the Mets turn to Jason Vargas to get them back on the right track. Originally, the Mets were going to skip him in the rotation but Jacob is dealing with strep, so here’s Jason. Yay. On the season he has allowed 10 runs over 6.1 innings leading to a 14.21 ERA, 8.16 FIP, 2.842 WHIP and 30 ERA+. The numbers are more stark if you get to the game by game level. After a good start on April 2nd, where he allowed 2 runs over 5.0 innings, he allowed 8 runs over 1.1 innings between an inning of a relief and a start where he could only get 1 out. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Jason:

The Mets bats draw Adam Wainwright for the first game of the series. In his three starts this season he has tossed 16.0 innings with a 3.94 ERA, 4.04 FIP, 1.125 WHIP and 110 ERA+. Last year in a shortened season, Adam tossed 40.1 innings over 8 games with a 4.46 ERA, 4.28 FIP, 1.463 WHIP and a 88 ERA+. He missed the Mets in 2018 but in 2017 he pitched against the Mets twice holding them to 4 runs, 3 earned, over 12.1 innings from 11 hits and 2 walks while striking out 10. The Mets have the following numbers against Adam:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Infielder Brian Sharp Off To A Good Start

On this off-day, we decided to take a look at the Mets minor league rosters to see if there are players who are standing out in any way that we weren’t expecting. Between Woods-Richardson, Vientos and Mauricio, we already knew the Columbia Fireflies were going to be the team in the Mets system to watch this summer.

And then we saw this opening line from their corner infielder, Brian Sharp:

12 G, 39 PA, 31 AB, 8 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 BB, 16 K, .258/.395/.516

Granted there is a giant red flag near the end of that line, 16 K’s, which is alarming, his .395 OBP is leading the team and so is his slugging (thanks to half of his hits being for extra bases).

The Mets drafted him in the 26th round of last year’s draft and he was assigned to Brooklyn, where he was exactly the average age. He hit .250/.347/.387 including 5 homers in 50 games (remember MCU is a a difficult park to hit the ball out of).

This year he’s slightly over the average age in his league and he’s blocked at St. Lucie by Blake Tiberi, who is off to a fantastic start and Todd Frazier who should be shipping up to Syracuse today. If the Mets get aggressive and promote Tiberi, which they should, then the Mets should move Blake Sharp up. He’s listed as a third basemen but at Columbia he has to compete for time at third with Mark Vientos, the Mets could un-logjam their system a bit and having intriguing players at the hot corner across multiple levels in the system.

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Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

Wow was last night a night to forget. Steven Matz struggled to get anyone out in the first inning (aided by multiple defensive miscues across the field) and the Mets were down 10-0 at the end of the first inning. To add insult to injury, Nimmo had a stiff neck that he tried to play through but after the second homer of the inning that knocked out Matz, he decided that he just couldn’t play through it anymore. Hopefully he’s ok as he just started to heat up.

Wheeler will try to get the Mets back on the right track today. He’s 1-1 over 3 games and 15.2 innings allowing 13 runs. After two rough starts to begin 2019 (11 runs over 9.2 innings), he rebounded against Atlanta his last time out holding the Braves to 2 runs over 6.0 innings while striking out 8. In 2018 against the Phillies last year he was not good, allowing 7 runs over 11.2 innings from 10 hits and 6 walks. The Phillies have the following numbers against Wheeler:

The Mets get a look at Jake Arrieta this afternoon who unlike Nola and Pivetta, has been successful so far this season. Over three games and 20.0 innings this season he has a 2.25 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 1.150 WHIP and a 206 ERA+. Last season he pitched 172.2 innings over 31 starts with a 3.96 ERA, 4.26 FIP, 1.286 WHIP and a 105 ERA+. He faced the Mets three times last year and did well allowing only 5 runs over 18.1 innings from 18 hits and 3 walks while striking out 17. The Mets have the following numbers against Jake:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Checking In With Former Mets 4/16

It’s been a couple of weeks since we searched the league for former Mets to see how they are doing! Let’s take a trip down memory lane:

Tampa Bay Rays:
Adam Kolarek: Adam is off to amazing start this season pitching in 9 games and 5.2 innings allowing no runs from 6 hits and a walk. He has a 0.00 ERA, 2.79 FIP and 1.235 WHIP. The Rays as a team are off to a fantastic start this year.

Cleveland Indians:
Oliver Perez: Oliver has allowed 4 runs over 4.0 innings in 7 games from 5 hits and two walks. Not great. Not great.
Kevin Plawecki: The Mets were having some issues this season with back up catchers between Nido and d’Arnaud’s return from injury. Plawecki though is also having a tough time hitting .125/.222/.313 over 18 PAs.

Detroit Tigers:
Michael Fulmer: Still on the injured list. This isn’t a surprise.

Kansas City Royals:
Lucas Duda: Lucas is having a rough go of it with the Royals early on this season. He is hitting .174/.333/.348 over 30 PAs. The difference between batting average and on base is positive, probably due to his 6 walks, but the slugging is the disappointing part of his game right now.

Minnesota Twins:
Addison Reed: Still on the injured list. This isn’t a surprise.

Houston Astros:
Collin McHugh: Collin is still good! He has allowed 5 ER over 17.0 innings in three games this season with a 2.65 ERA, 2.20 FIP, 0.882 WHIP and a 164 ERA+.
Joe Smith: On the Injured List. Hasn’t pitched yet this season

Texas Rangers:
Kyle Dowdy: Dowdy is still with the Rangers on the major league squad. He has pitched in 3 games and 6.2 innings this season allowing 5 runs, 4 earned from 5 hits and 4 walks.
Asdrubal Cabrera: It hasn’t been a great season for our old second basemen. In 56 PAs he has hit .216/.268/.549.

Oakland Athletics:
Yusmeiro Petit: Petit is off to another great season out of the pen. In 8 games and 8.0 innings he has allowed only 2 runs, a 2.25 ERA, 4.89 FIP, 0.750 WHIP and 196 ERA+

Seattle Mariners:
Chasen Bradford: Recently landed on the Injured List, before that
Gerson Baustista: Still on the Injured List
Anthony Swarzak: Recently off the injured list and has done really well in the five games he’s been in. He’s allowed no runs and only 2 hits over 4.1 innings.
Jay Bruce: Bruce is just being extra Bruce with the Mariners. He’s hitting .169/.265/.559 over 68 PAs with only 10 hits this season but 7 of the 10 hits have been homers. Its outrageous really.

Los Angeles Angels:
Matt Harvey: Since his first start Matt Harvey has had a rough go of it as an Angel allowing 16 runs over 14.1 innings now leading to a 10.05 ERA, 7.12 FIP, 1.953 WHIP and a 44 ERA+.
Hansel Robles: Hansel is being average right now with the Angles and for him that’s a godo thing to be. He has allowed 4 runs from 8 hits and a homer over 7.1 innings while striking out 11.

Miami Marlins:
Neil Walker: Walker is trying to re-establish himself this season and the start he is having the Marlins doesn’t inspire confidence posting a .231/.298/.423 line over 57 PA’s.
Curtis Granderson: Our favorite Curtis Granderson is struggling more than Walker in Miami. Over 55 PA’s Curtis is hitting .152/.273/.304. Granted, he is half a decade older than Walker.

Atlanta Braves:
Darren O’Day: Still on the Injured List.

St. Louis Cardinals:
John Gant: Gant has turned a major corner this year. He has allowed 1 run over 11.2 innings in 9 games this year leading to a 0.77 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 0.857 WHIP and 569 ERA+ (actually).
Merandy Gonzalez: Still not on the active roster for the Cardinals

Milwaukee Brewers:
Bobby Wahl: Still on the injured list, you already knew this

Los Angeles Dodgers:
Justin Turner: Turner is off to another fine season with the Dodgers hitting .302/.387/.333 over 75 PA’s. If this holds true, granted it’s still early in the season, it would be his third season in a row batting above .300.

Arizona Diamondbacks:
Wilmer Flores: Wilmer is seeing semi-regular playing time and is having a a rough go of it hitting .195/.250/.268 over 44 PA’s.

Colorado Rockies:
Daniel Murphy: Still on the IL for the foreseeable future

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Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

It was pretty clear around the 3rd inning that last night’s game was going to be one of those games that despite the marquee pedigree of Syndergaard and Nola on the mound, that the wind, the friendly confines of the ballpark and the way the baseball just flies now, it was going to be a back and forth offensive game. This one ended with the Mets on top in the 11th.

Steven Matz will look to keep the Mets in the win column tonight. Over his first three starts of the season he has allowed 5 runs, 3 earned over 16.1 innings with a 1.65 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 1.041 WHIP and a 251 ERA+. He faced the Phillies 4 times last year totaling 17.0 innings allowing 9 runs, 7 earned over 17.0 innings (3.71 ERA). The Phillies have the following numbers against Matz:

The Mets will get their first 2019 look at Nick Pivetta who is in the midst of his third major league season. So far he has allowed 15 runs, 14 earned over 13.1 innings leading to a 9.45 ERA, 5.10 FIP, 2.175 WHIP, and a 49 ERA+. Last year he made a significant step forward from his 2017 rookie year. In 2018 he tossed 33 games, 32 starts and 164.0 innings with a 4.77 ERA, 3.80 FIP, 1.305 WHIP and a 87 ERA+. He only faced the Mets once last year where he allowed 6 runs from 8 hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Nick:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

After taking the first two games from the Braves, the Mets dropped two in a row to split the series and now travel to Philly to face the team they are a half game behind in the standings. The Mets at 9-6 have split the difference with every opponent so far this season with the exception of a sweep of the Marlins. The four teams on top of the division are similar and all could benefit from Keuchel, Kimbrel or both, which will continue to become “Exhibit A” in the collusion case against the owners.

Noah Syndergaard is on the bump for the Amazin’s tonight. He’s 1-1 over his first three starts of the season with a 4.74 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 0.789 WHIP and a 87 ERA+ in his first 19.0 innings. Two of those stats say he’s struggling. two of those stats say he’s excelling. All of them are subject to small sample size bias. He made 4 starts against the Phillies last year, more than any other team and he allowed 13 runs of 28 hits and 12 walks in 20.1 innings, a 5.75 ERA. The Phillies have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

The Mets bats draw the Phillies ace, Aaron Nola who competed with Scherzer and deGrom for the Cy Young last year. Last year he was 17-6 over 33 games and 212.2 innings with a 2.37 ERA, 224 K’s, 3.01 FIP, 0.975 WHIP, and a 175 ERA+. He has had a bumpy start to the season allowing 12 runs, 11 earned over 15.1 innings with a 6.46 ERA, 7.26 FIP, 1.435 WHIP and 72 ERA+.

At some point, you have to feel bad for the Mets bats today. Yesterday they faced Julio Teheran who last year started against the Mets 5 times and had an ERA against them around 1.6 something. Today they face Nola who started against the Mets 6 times last year and posted a 2.15 ERA over 37.2 innings (9 runs from 26 hits and 11 walks). Back to back days against pitchers who feast on the Mets lineup. The Mets have managed these numbers against Nola in his career:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets and the Braves match-up tonight for the National Broadcast, marquee game of the week on Sunday Night baseball with the ace of the Mets vs one of the long time prominent pitchers in the Braves rotation. It’s a shame that one of the most anticipated season premiers in television history is happening at the same time. Is Jacob deGrom the night king? Would you rather be turned into a white walker or be forced to watch Jason Vargas pitch every night? Will deGrom go back to being deGrom tonight or will it be a red wedding. (At this point, if it’s not clear, I really have no idea what’s happening with Game of Thrones but I’m probably going to tune out of the Mets game around 9 PM anyway).

Jacob deGrom finally had a bad start his last time out. It happens and it’s amazing that he was able to be so good for so long. Hopefully another streak starts tonight. Despite blowing up in his last start, on the season he still has a 3.18 ERA, 2.79 FIP, 1.118 WHIP and a 131 ERA+ over three starts and 17.0 innings while striking out 17. Last year he was 1-2 against the Braves over 6 starts. Six starts! He tossed 41.0 innings against the Braves holding them to 4 runs, a 0.88 ERA while recording 50 K’s. The Braves have the following numbers against Jacob:

The Mets bats get their first 2019 look at Julio Teheran. Julio is 1-1 over three starts this year and 15.0 innings with a 6.00 ERA, 5.08 FIP, 1.533 WHIP and a 76 ERA+. Last year over 31 starts and 175.2 innings he posted a 3.94 ERA, 4.83 FIP, 1.173 WHIP and a 101 ERA+. He faced the Mets a whopping 5 times last year tossing 32.2 innings and holding the Mets to 6 runs from 18 hits and 12 walks, a 1.65 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Julio:

Let’s Go Mets!

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