Wild Card Game 3 Preview: Padres vs Mets

The Mets and Padres face off tonight at Citi Field for a winner-takes-all rubber game.

After getting trounced in Game 1 the Mets struck back last night. For the Mets it was the formula they’ve used all year to win 101 games. The starting pitching did it’s job. Edwin Díaz did his job – just a few innings earlier. The Mets offense hit a couple of solo shots and then had a big inning to put the game out of reach. There was also some flirting with disaster when the Padres loaded up the bases at the end of the game down by four with Josh Bell at the plate. Normal 2022 Mets stuff.

The Mets and Padres are also the only teams that are in a Game 3 situation. The Phillies, Mariners and Guardians have all punched their tickets to the next round.

Chris Bassitt is on the mound tonight to make sure the Mets can get a ticket to the next round too. Over 30 starts and 181 2/3 innings this season, Bassitt has a 3.42 ERA, 3.66 FIP, 1.145 WHIP and a 113 ERA+. His last start in Atlanta was not great – he allowed four runs from three hits over 2 2/3 innings. In the two starts before that though he allowed only two runs in 14 innings of work.

He’s also had two very different starts against the Padres this year. In San Diego he allowed seven runs from eight hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings. Then in Queens he held the Padres to two runs from four hits over seven innings while striking out 11 batters. The Padres have the following career numbers against him:

  • Manny Machado 3-12, 2B, HR, 3 K
  • Josh Bell 2-5, 2 HR, BB, 2 K
  • Jake Cronenworth 2-5, 2B, 2 K
  • Jurickson Profar 2-5, BB, 2 K
  • Trent Grisham 0-4, BB, K
  • Ha-Seong Kim 1-5, 2 K
  • Brandon Drury 0-3, K
  • Wil Myers 1-3, 2B, 2 K
  • Juan Soto 2-3, K
  • Austin Nola 0-2, K

The Mets bats will have to power through Joe Musgrove tonight. Over 30 starts and 181 innings this season he has a 2.93 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 1.083 WHIP and a 127 ERA+. Joe has been on quite the run to end the 2022 season. Over 22 innings over four starts he has allowed only one run from 15 hits while striking out 27 batters (0.48 ERA, 2.48 FIP). In the four games before that eh allowed 17 runs, 13 earned, over 20 innings (5.85 ERA, 6.26 FIP).

He’s only faced the Mets once this season. On July 24th in Queens he allowed four runs from five hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Francisco Lindor 6-17, 2 2B, 2 HR, BB, 8 K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 1-9, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Jeff McNeil 1-8, 2B, K
  • Pete Alonso 3-8, HR, BB, 2 K
  • Starling Marte 3-9, K
  • Eduardo Escobar 2-8, HR, 2 K
  • Luis Guillorme 2-7, K
  • Tomás Nido 1-6, BB, 2 K
  • Brandon Nimmo 0-6
  • Mark Canha 1-3, 2B, BB, K
  • Darin Ruf 1-5, K
  • James McCann 1-3, K

Let’s Go Mets!

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Wild Card Game 2 Preview: Padres vs Mets

The Mets and Padres face off in an elimination game for the Mets tonight. The Padres got off to a fast start in Game 1 with Josh Bell hitting a homer in the first inning. From that point on it was a fairly consistent drum beat of Padres hitting homers, adding to their score. Meanwhile the Mets bats would constantly get runners to third base and then just leave them there.

That was yesterday. The Mets need to dig deep tonight if they want to keep playing this postseason.

Jacob deGrom will get the start for the Mets and try to save the team from elimination. Over 11 starts and 64 1/3 innings, deGrom has a 3.08 ERA, 2.13 FIP, 0.746 WHIP and a 126 ERA+. Jacob also had an absurd 102 strikeouts, getting them at 14.3 K/9 clip. That tied his career high rate he set in 2021.

Jacob’s last four starts have been rough – he’s allowed 14 runs from 20 hits in 21 innings (6.00 ERA, 3.68 FIP). He has also been dealing with a blister issue. The Padres have the following career numbers against him:

  • Wil Myers 5-24, 2 2B, HR, 2 BB, 11 K
  • Manny Machado 6-20, BB, 6 K
  • Jorge Alfaro 4-18, 2B< HR< BB, 10 K
  • Juan Soto 3-15, 2B, HR, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Josh Bell 0-6, BB, 3 K
  • Jake Cronenworth 1-5, 2 K
  • Jurickson Profar 0-5, K

Blake Snell gets the start for the Padres. Over 24 games and 128 innings, Snell has a 3.38 ERA, 2.80 FIP, 1.203 WHIP and a 111 ERA+. Snell has been on a roll in his four starts, tossing 25 innings and allowing only two runs from 10 hits and six walks (0.72 ERA, 2.31 FIP).

Snell has faced the Mets twice this year with two very different outcomes. In San Diego back in June, the Mets scored five runs, four earned, off seven hits in four innings. Then in July the Mets scored nothing off four hits over five innings. The Mets have the following career numbers against Snell:

  • Francisco Lindor 3-25, 2B, 5 K
  • Starling Marte 5-15, 2B, HR, 5 K
  • James McCann 3-13, HR, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Mark Canha 4-11, 2B, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Pete Alonso 3-9, 2B, HR, 3 BB, K
  • Eduardo Escobar 2-12, 2B, 3 K
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-9, 2B, BB, K
  • Darin Ruf 3-7, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Jeff McNeil 2-5, K
  • Terrance Gore 2-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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Wild Card Game 1 Preview: Padres vs Mets

The Mets return to the playoffs tonight for the first time since 2016! This season has brought us Edwin Díaz’s trumpets, Jeff McNeil’s batting title, Francisco Lindor’s leadership, improbable comeback wins and so much more. Will the 2022 Mets become eternal? The journey starts tonight!

Major League Baseball debut’s their new Wild Card system on Friday, with four games happening starting at noon going all the way to prime time. You already know they had to save the best game for the 8 PM time slot.

The 101-win New York Mets will start their postseason run against the San Diego Padres and Yu Darvish. A team and a starting pitcher that gave the Mets some trouble during the regular season. It’s fitting that this team, “These Mets” will have to go directly through their challenges during a postseason run.

The Mets signed Max Scherzer for moments like this. Max Scherzer, a veteran of postseason magic and pressure will start the first game of the best-of-three series. Over 23 starts and 145 1/3 innings this season, Scherzer has a 2.29 ERA, 2.62 FIP, 0.908 WHIP and a 169 ERA+. He’s coming off of a rough start in Atlanta where he allowed four runs from nine hits over 5 2/3 innings. Before that start he had a four start stretch where he allowed three runs from 11 hits over 24 innings while striking out 32 batters.

Scherzer made one start against the Padres this season, holding the Padres to two runs from five hits over six innings while striking out eight batters. The Padres have the following career numbers against him:

  • Manny Machado 8-50, 2 2B, 2 HR, 20 K
  • Wil Myers 7-25, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR, BB, 14 K
  • Jorge Alfaro 4-23, HR, 12 K
  • Trent Grisham 2-15, 2B, BB, 14 K
  • Josh Bell 5-12, 3 2B, HR, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Jurickson Profar 2-11, 2B, HR, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Jake Cronenworth 0-13, BB, 4 K
  • Brandon Drury 1-11, BB, 4 K
  • Juan Soto 1-3, HR, 3 BB

The Mets bats face off against Yu Darvish tonight. Over 30 starts and 194 2/3 innings, Darvish has a 3.10 ERA, 3.31 FIP, 0.950 WHIP and a 121 ERA+. Like Scherzer, Darvish also looked human in his last start allowing three runs from eight hits over six innings against the White Sox. In his three starts before that, he allowed two runs from eight hits in 20 innings.

Darvish has been tremendous against the Mets this season. On June 7th he held the Mets to two hits and nothing else over seven innings. Then on July 22nd, in Queens, he held the Mets to four hits and one run over seven innings. Both games the Padres won. The Mets have the following numbers against Darvish:

  • Francisco Lindor 5-16, 2B, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Eduardo Escobar 3-17 2 2B, HR, 7 K
  • Jeff McNeil 1-11, HR, BB, 2 K
  • Pete Alonso 2-10, HR, 3 K
  • James McCann 4-10, 2B, 2 HR, BB, 5 K
  • Brandon Nimmo 0-6, 2 K
  • Luis Guillorme 1-6, 2B
  • Tyler Naquin 3-6, 2B
  • Daniel Vogelbach 2-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

The Mets did everything they needed to do on Tuesday but the Braves were able to squeak by the Marlins 2-1. The Braves win locked in their 5th consecutive NL East Division title.

The key thing for the Mets on Wednesday was building momentum. They definitely got that in the nightcap. The Mets started the game with back to back to back homers. Francisco Álvarez had his first major league hit, a home run. Just an all around good night (except for losing the division title).

Today we will probably see a lot of younger players and bench players getting their reps in while the starters rest for the upcoming Wild Card Series.

Trevor Williams will start the game for the Mets and we can expect that the Mets normal star bullpen players will be getting rest. Williams has been a critical part of the Mets team this year, pitching in 29 games and making nine starts. Over 83 2/3 innings, Williams has a 3.23 ERA, 3.92 FIP, 1.243 WHIP and a 120 ERA+. In the last month he has pitched 14 innings over six games allowing eight runs from 18 hits while striking out 17 batters. This includes a 4 1/3 inning outing against the Nationals at the start of the month where he allowed two runs from five hits. The Nationals have the following career numbers against him:

  • Cesar Hernandez 3-14, HR, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Victor Robles 1-11, BB, 2 K
  • Keibert Ruiz 3-7, K
  • Lane Thomas 2-5, BB, 2 K
  • Carter Kieboom 2-5, K
  • Luke Voit 0-1, BB
  • Joey Meneses 0-2, K

The Mets will get their final tune-up against Erick Fedde this afternoon. Fedde has made 26 starts and pitched 124 2/3 innings with a 5.27 ERA, 4.95 FIP, 1.572 WHIP and a 74 ERA+. In his last four starts, Fedde has allowed 14 runs, 13 earned, over 18 1/3 innings. Before that streak, he had a great start against the Mets where he held the Mets to one run and four hits over six innings. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Brandon Nimmo 6-25, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Pete Alonso 6-16, 2 2B, 6 BB, 2 K
  • Francisco Lindor 5-17, HR, BB, K
  • Jeff McNeil 7-16, 2B, 2 BB, K
  • Eduardo Escobar 4-13, 2B, K
  • Luis Guillorme 4-7, 2 BB, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 1-6, 2 BB, K
  • Mark Canha 3-5

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets, Game 2

Taijuan Walker is pitching today for a role in the post-season. Once the playoffs start, traditional roles and time lengths for starting pitchers are thrown out the window. Over 28 starts and 153 innings this season, Walker has a 3.59 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 1.203 WHIP and a 107 ERA+. In his last two starts, he’s allowed seven runs from 12 hits and five walks over 11 innings of work. Walker has made only one start against the Nationals this season, holding them scoreless and to only three hits over seven innings. The Nationals have the following career numbers against Walker:

  • Luke Voit 2-10, HR, 2 K
  • Victor Robles 2-6, 2B
  • Keibert Ruiz 1-5
  • Lane Thomas 3-5, HR
  • Nelson Cruz 0-3
  • Riley Adams 0-2, K
  • Carter Kieboom 0-2, K

Paolo Espino gets the night cap for the Nationals. Over 41 games and 18 starts, Espino has pitched 113 innings with a 4.30 ERA, 4.53 FIP, 1.310 WHIP with an ERA+ of 91. As a starter only he has pitched 83 1/3 innings with a 5.08 ERA and 1.380 WHIP. Espino is coming off of a rough start against the Braves where he allowed four runs over five innings from five hits and no walks. Before that in September he had pitched 17 innings over six games with a 3.18 ERA, 3.05 FIP.

Espino has pitched in three games and 6 1/3 innings against the Mets this season allowing one run from five hits. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Pete Alonso 3-8, 2 2B, 2 K
  • Eduardo Escobar 1-5, 2 BB, K
  • Luis Guillorme 1-6, BB
  • Jeff McNeil 3-7, 2 K
  • Francisco Lindor 1-5, 3B
  • Brandon Nimmo 0-6, K
  • Darin Ruf 1-4
  • Mark Canha 0-3, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 1-3, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets, Game 1

The Mets are still long shots to win the National League East Division Championship. Going into Monday’s games the Mets needed the Braves to lose every game for the rest of the season and the Mets needed to win every game for the rest of the season.

The Marlins – who messed with the Mets chances last week – returned the favor on Monday night and beat the Braves. Mother nature gave the Mets night off. Now the Mets have two must win games today.

Carrasco had made four starts against the Nationals this year, totaling 20 innings of work, allowing eight runs, four earned, from 19 hits and seven walks while striking out 17. His last start against the Nationals though, on September 4th, was not pretty. He allowed five runs, only one earned over 2 2/3 innings of work from six hits and two walks. The Nationals have the following career numbers against him:

  • Nelson Cruz 13-35, 3 2B, 5 HR, 4 BB, 11 K
  • Cesar Hernandez 0-9, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Luke Voit 0-5, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Victor Robles 1-5, 2 K
  • Yadiel Hernández 0-8, BB, 2 K
  • Riley Adams 3-5, HR
  • Keibert Ruiz 1-4, 2 K
  • Lucius Fox 0-2, K
  • Lane Thomas 2-2, 2B

The Mets bats look to reignite their passion for offense in the first game against Cory Abbott. Abbott has pitched in 15 games and made eight starts for the Nationals this season totaling 44 innings. He has a 5.11 ERA, 6.30 FIP, 1.364 WHIP and a 77 ERA+. As a starter only he has pitched 35 innings with a 5.91 ERA and 1.543 WHIP.

Abbott has been roughed up in his last two starts, both against the Braves. The Braves scored nine runs, eight earned, over nine innings from nine hits and five walks. While Abbott has struggled against a lot of teams this year, one team he hasn’t has been the Mets. Over three games and a start Abbott has allowed no runs in seven innings while holding the Mets to three hits. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Jeff McNeil 0-3, BB
  • Tomás Nido 0-4
  • Pete Alonso 0-3, K
  • Luis Guillorme 0-3
  • Francisco Lindor 0-2, BB, K
  • Tyler Naquin 1-2, BB
  • Brandon Nimmo 0-2, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 0-2, BB, K
  • Mark Canha 1-2, 2B
  • Eduardo Escobar 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

The Mets got swept by the Braves this past weekend. The road to a division title is almost entirely closed, but not completely. The Braves now need to get swept in their final series of the year while the Mets need to sweep. The most likely scenario is that the Mets will be heading to the new wildcard series later in this week.

The Mets are still playoff bound and they need to get their swagger back. Hopefully the next three games against the Nationals allows them to get their confidence back up heading into their first postseason appearance since 2016.

Carlos Carrasco will get things started for the Mets this week. He’s made 28 starts and tossed 148 innings this season with a 3.95 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 1.324 WHIP and a 98 ERA+. Carrasco has had a rough go of it his last two starts allowing seven runs from 11 hits and three walks over seven innings of work. This game for Carrasco is effectively his last tryout to see what role he’ll have on a postseason roster.

Carrasco had made four starts against the Nationals this year, totaling 20 innings of work, allowing eight runs, four earned, from 19 hits and seven walks while striking out 17. His last start against the Nationals though, on September 4th, was not pretty. He allowed five runs, only one earned over 2 2/3 innings of work from six hits and two walks. The Nationals have the following career numbers against him:

  • Nelson Cruz 13-35, 3 2B, 5 HR, 4 BB, 11 K
  • Cesar Hernandez 0-9, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Luke Voit 0-5, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Victor Robles 1-5, 2 K
  • Yadiel Hernández 0-8, BB, 2 K
  • Riley Adams 3-5, HR
  • Keibert Ruiz 1-4, 2 K
  • Lucius Fox 0-2, K
  • Lane Thmas 2-2, 2B

The Mets bats look to reignite their passion for offense tonight against Cory Abbott. Abbott has pitched in 15 games and made eight starts for the Nationals this season totaling 44 innings. He has a 5.11 ERA, 6.30 FIP, 1.364 WHIP and a 77 ERA+. As a starter only he has pitched 35 innings with a 5.91 ERA and 1.543 WHIP.

Abbott has been roughed up in his last two starts, both against the Braves. The Braves scored nine runs, eight earned, over nine innings from nine hits and five walks. While Abbott has struggled against a lot of teams this year, one team he hasn’t has been the Mets. Over three games and a start Abbott has allowed no runs in seven innings while holding the Mets to three hits. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Jeff McNeil 0-3, BB
  • Tomás Nido 0-4
  • Pete Alonso 0-3, K
  • Luis Guillorme 0-3
  • Francisco Lindor 0-2, BB, K
  • Tyler Naquin 1-2, BB
  • Brandon Nimmo 0-2, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 0-2, BB, K
  • Mark Canha 1-2, 2B
  • Eduardo Escobar 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

Tonight is a must win game for the Mets if they want to win the NL East. After Saturday’s loss, the Mets are now one game back and in second place. A win tonight would tie the division again and give the Mets the season tie-breaker, ultimately giving the Mets control of their own destiny again.

If the Mets lose and get swept by the Braves, the Braves will be up two games in the division with three games left to play this season, sending the Mets to this season’s version of the Wild Card shenanigans.

So the Mets will turn to Chris Bassitt to right the ship tonight. Over 29 games and 179 innings, Bassitt has a 3.27 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 1.128 WHIP and a 118 ERA+. In his last two starts he has allowed two runs over 14 innings from nine hits and three walks while striking out 10 batters. Bassitt has made two starts against the Braves this season. On May 2nd he allowed three runs from six hits over seven innings. Then on July 13the he allowed one run from five hits and two walks over six innings. The Braves have the following career numbers against Bassitt:

  • Robbie Grossman 0-6, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. 2-5, BB, K
  • Matt Olson 1-6, HR, 2 K
  • Austin Riley 3-6, HR, K
  • Eddie ROsario 3-6, 2B, K
  • Dansby Swanson 0-5, BB, 3 K
  • Marcell Ozuna 0-5, BB, K
  • William Contreras 0-3
  • Travis d’Arnaud 2-3, 2B
  • Orlando Arcia 2-2

The Mets bats will look to wake up against Charlie Morton. Morton has made 30 starts tossing 167 2/3 innings with a 4.29 ERA, 4.18 FIP, 1.205 WHIP and a 96 ERA+. He is coming off of a rough start where he allowed six runs over 4 2/3 innings from six hit sand three walks. Overall in his last four starts he has pitched 21 2/3 innings allowing 15 runs from 19 hits and 10 walks, including five homers (6.23 ERA, 5.61 FIP).

Morton has pitched against the Mets three times this year. Two of them have been terrible starts and his most recent start was fantastic. In his first two starts he pitched a combined 10 2/3 innings against the Mets allowing 10 runs, 9 earned, from 13 hits and six walks. This is made more impressive when you consider that everyone on the Mets 40-man roster, including players on the injured list and in the minors have a total of 32 hits against Morton over 175 at bats. On August 16th he shut the Mets out over 6 2/3 innings, holding the Mets to just three hits while striking out 12. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Francisco Lindor 5-32, 2 2B, HR, 8 K
  • Pete Alonso 5-16, 2B, 3 K
  • Eduardo Escobar 3-14, HR, BB, 3 K
  • Jeff McNeil 2-12, 7 K
  • Luis Guillorme 1-, 4 BB, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 2-11, HR, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Brandon Nimmo 2-12, BB, 4 K
  • Mark Canha 2-9, HR, 4 K
  • Tomás Nido 2-6, BB, K

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Braves took game one on Friday night. Despite chances, the Mets couldn’t capitalize and score more runs, especially late in the game. Now the division is tied again, however there are still several positive scenarios left for the Mets. The big scenario still out there for the Mets is winning just one game. One win and the Mets will get the season tie-breaker and will be in control of their destiny for the rest of the season.

Games like this one are the entire reason the Mets signed Max Scherzer. Over 22 starts and 139 2/3 innings, Scherzer has a 2.13 ERA, 2.47 FIP, 0.881 WHIP and a 182 ERA+. In his two starts since returning from the injured list he has allowed only one run on four hits over 12 innings while striking out 16 batters. This includes a start against the Brewers where Scherzer was perfect through six innings.

Scherzer has had two great starts and one not so great starts against the Braves. In his not so great start (August 17th) he allowed four runs from three hits over 6 1/3 innings. In his two great starts (July 11th and August 6th) he allowed one run from seven hits over 14 innings while striking out 20 batters. The Braves have the following career numbers against him:

  • Marcell Ozuna 12-47, 6 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 15 K
  • Dansby Swanson 7-46, 3 2B, HR, 2 BB, 19 K
  • Travis d’Arnaud 7-30, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 11 K
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. 7-29, 2B, 3B, 2 HR, BB, 9 K
  • Austin Riley 2-15, HR, 6 K
  • Eddie Rosario 1-10, BB, 5 K
  • Matt Olson 1-9, 6 K
  • Orlando Arcia 2-3, 2B, K

The Mets bats will get a look at Kyle Wright tonight, who became a 20-game winner in his last start. Over 29 starts and 175 1/3 innings this season, he has a 3.18 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 1.146 WHIP and a 129 ERA+. Wright started of September allowing eight runs over four innings against the Athletics. Since then he has made three starts pitching 16 2/3 innings allowing five runs from 13 hits and six walks (2.70 ERA, 2.93 FIP).

Wright has matched up against the Mets twice this season. In his first outing back on May 3rd, he allowed three runs from nine hits and a walk over seven innings. Then on August 4th he allowed six runs from seven hits and two walks over six innings – a game where the Mets hit four homers off of him. This will be Wright’s first start against the Mets in Atlanta this season. The Mets have the following career numbers against Wright:

  • Jeff McNeil 7-15, 2 2B
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-13, HR, BB, 3 K
  • Pete Alonso 4-11, 2 HR, BB, 2 K
  • Francisco Lindor 1-6, HR, 3 BB, 2 K
  • James McCann 2-6, K
  • Tyler Naquin 3-6, 2 HR, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 1-5, HR, BB
  • Luis Guillorme 2-4, 2B
  • Mark Canha 1-3
  • Darin Ruf 2-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The biggest series of the year is finally here. The Mets head down to Atlanta to start a three game set with the Braves. The division championship is on the line – meaning an easier path in the playoffs is on the line.

If the Mets get swept, they enter the last series of the year two games back with the Braves holding on to the tiebreaker.

If the Mets win one game, both teams will be tied heading into the final series with the Mets holding on to the tiebreaker.

If the Mets win two of three, they will go into the last series of the year with a magic number of one.

If the Mets sweep the Braves, the Mets will celebrate clinching the NL East in Atlanta.

There’s a lot happening for the Mets tonight. In addition to it being the start to the most important series of the regular season, the Mets are calling up their #1 prospect, arguably the #1 prospect in all of baseball – Francisco Álvarez. Álvarez has a .260/.374/.511 slash line this season between Binghamton and Syracuse and has clobbered 27 homers. He did this while being 3.8 and 6.3 years younger than the average player in the Eastern League and the International League.

The most important thing for the Mets to do is to win game one and they have Jacob deGrom on the mound to do that. Jacob has made 10 starts and pitched 58 1/3 innings this season with a 2.93 ERA, 1.74 FIP, 0.737 WHIP and a 132 ERA+. Jacob’s last three starts have been a less deGrom like than we are used to though. Over 15 innings he’s allowed 11 runs from 15 hits and four walks and three homers. He’s still striking out the world with 28 recorded strikeouts. There’s a huge discrepancy between his ERA, 6.60 and his FIP, 2.78. To put that in context, in his first seven starts this season he had a 1.66 ERA and a 1.38 FIP.

Jacob has faced the Braves twice this season. In his first start against the Braves, in Queens, he allowed two runs from one hit over 5 2/3 innings while striking out 12 batters. In his second start he allowed three runs from five hits over 6 2/3 innings. The Braves have the following career numbers against deGrom:

  • Marcell Ozuna 10-43, 2 2B, HR, BB, 16 K
  • Dansby Swanson 6-31, 3 2B, HR, 3 BB, 15 K
  • Ronald Acuña Jr. 8-30, 2B, 2 BB, 10 K
  • Austin Riley 5-17, 2 HR, 8 K
  • Orlando Arcia 2-6, BB, 2 K
  • Eddie Rosario 1-7, HR, 2 K
  • Travis d’Arnaud 2-6, HR, 2 K
  • Robbie Grossman 1-4, 2 K
  • Matt Olson 0-5, K

The Braves shuffled their rotation around so Mets would have to face Max Fried in this series. Fried has made 29 starts and pitched 180 1/3 innings this season with a 2.50 ERA, 2.73 FIP, 1.020 WHIP and a 165 ERA+. In the month of September Fried has made four starts totaling 22 innings allowing five runs from 14 hits and five walks while striking out 24 batters. Fried has also allowed four homers this month (his season total is 12). This leads to a reverse situation when compared to deGrom. Fried’s ERA for the month is 2.05 while his FIP is 4.12.

Fried has pitched against the Mets four times this year, posting a 3.00 ERA across 24 innings of work. The Mets have scored 10 runs, eight earned, from 19 hits and six walks while also smacking two homers. The Mets have the following career numbers against Fried:

  • Pete Alonso 8-30, 2B, 2 HR, 5 BB, 11 K
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-21, 2 2B, 4 BB, 8 K
  • Jeff McNeil 9-25, 3 2B, 5 K
  • Francisco Lindor 3-21, HR, 4 BB
  • Eduardo Escobar 3-14, 3 K
  • Darin Ruf 2-14, BB, 4 K
  • Mark Canha 4-10, 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 3 K
  • James McCann 0-9, 2 BB, K
  • Tomás Nido 3-10, 2 2B, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 0-3, K
  • Tyler Naquin 0-3, 2 K

Let’s Go Mets!

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