Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

In the most improbable way, the Mets have won three games in a row! This afternoon they look to sweep the Nationals. Last night the Mets were trailing 1-0 until the 8th inning. They got the exact start they needed from deGrom and another strong outing in relief from Gagnon but the offense was falling flat. Then Adeiny Hechavarria hit a double which eventually led to a bases loaded situation with Juan Lagares up at the plate (and two outs), hitting below .200. Juan cleared the bases with a double and then later in his first game as a Met, Rajai Davis hit a 3 run homer and the Mets would go on to win 6-1, their first win this season that happened after trailing 7 innings.

This afternoon we are treated to the battle of the Stevens. Or the Stephens. The Stev(ph)ens? As Matz and Strasburg square up.

Steven Matz is 3-3 over 8 games and 38.2 innings with a 3.96 ERA, 5.08 FIP, 1.267 WHIP and 98 ERA+. He had a short outing his last time out, coming back from the IL, only lasting 3.2 innings allowing 2 runs off 5 hits and 2 walks. Against the Nationals earlier this year he pitched 5.0 scoreless innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Matz:

The Mets bats get the second straight strong pitcher from the Nationals today, Stephen Strasburg. He is 4-3 over 10 games and 65.0 innings with a 3.32 ERA, 2.75 FIP, 0.985 WHIP and 131 ERA+. He has been his normal dominant self his last two starts allowing 3 runs over 14.0 innings while striking out 14 batters. The Mets haven’t seen him since the start of the season where he me made back to back starts against them. In the first start he allowed 4 runs over 6.0 innings from 7 hits and 2 walks. In his second start he shut out the Mets over 6.2 innings holding them to 2 hits and a walk. Between the two starts he struck out 17 Mets who have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

The Mets came back multiple times last night and won! Now Max Scherzer stands in the way for the Mets making a three game winning streak!

Last night the Mets fell early 1-0 and then several innings later tied it up 1-1. In Syndergaard’s last inning, he would allowing a 2 run homer to make it 3-1 going into the bottom of the 7th. This is where things got crazy. In that frame, J.D. Davis hit a three run bomb to put the Mets up 4-3. Then the Mets put together their worst defensive alignment ever in the outfield and ball took a bizarre carom and the game was tied. One more run would come in and the Nationals took a 5-4 lead. The Mets tied it in the bottom of the 8th thanks to a bomb by Alonso and then walked it off in the 9th by Rosario beating out a ground ball for an infield hit.

It was a crazy night, lets see if the Mets have the magic for another one.

Jacob deGrom gets the start tonight. On the season heis is 3-5 over 9 games and 52.0 innings with a 3.98 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 1.173 WHIP and 98 ERA+. He started May off with three amazing starts allowing 3 runs over 21.0 innings but swung the other way in his last start against the Marlins allowing 7 runs, 6 earned over 5.0 innings. He’s faced the Nationals once this year (on Opening Day against Max Scherzer) where he allowed no runs over 6.0 innings and 10 strikeouts. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

The Mets bats have deal with Max Scherzer who leads the league in games and innings pitched at 10 and 65.1. He’s 2-5 with a 3.72 ERA, 2.45 FIP (league leading), 1.194 WHIP and 118 ERA+. He’s coming off an average start against the Cubs, allowing 3 runs over 6.0 innings. His two starts against the Mets this year were quite different. On Opening Day he shut the Mets down over 7.2 innings allowing only 2 runs, both created by Robinson Cano (times have changed) a week later he allowed 4 runs over 6.1 innings from 8 hits and no walks. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

In a shocking deviation from the recent narrative, the Mets actually won a ball game last night against a team on paper they should win against! The Mets opened the game with two solo homers from Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso and for rest of the game kept the Nationals just far enough away to win. This was despite all the injury news yesterday and changing course for a starting pitcher pretty close to game time (Drew Gagnon still came in and still was effective).

Zack Wheeler today looks to lead the Mets consecutive wins for the first time in what feels like 7 years but in reality is closer to the first time in 1 to 2 weeks. In 9 starts and 55.2 innings this year he has a 4.85 ERA, 2.86 FIP, 1.437 WHIP and 81 ERA+. After back to back strong starts where he allowed 4 runs over 14.0 innings while striking out 21 batters, he took a step back in his last start which was also against the Nationals allowing 6 runs over 6.0 innings. In total against the Nationals he has pitched 15.2 innings allowing 17 runs in 2019. The Nationals have the following numbers against Wheeler:

Erick Fedde is scheduled to make his first start of the season today for the Nationals. As a reliever in 2019 he has pitched in 5 games tossing 10.2 innings allowing 4 runs off 7 hits, a 3.38 ERA. In 2018 he was only a starter, logging 50.1 innings over 11 games with a 5.54 ERA, 4.71 FIP, 1.530 WHIP and 76 ERA+. All four runs he’s allowed this year have been against the Mets in 4.2 innings of work. He made one start against the Mets last year where he allowed 3 runs over 3.1 innings off 5 hits and 3 walks. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

As of 5:30 AM, Mickey Callaway is still the manager of the Mets.

Yesterday the Mets lost 3-0 against the Marlins. Swept by the fish, the Mets have looked absolutely lifeless the last couple of days from the plate wasting good outings by starters and relievers. They get a bit of a do-over tonight as the Nationals come to town but it feels like things are spiraling for the Mets.

Although it has been officially stated at the time that the bulk of this article was written, Drew Gagnon is inline to start today, or at minimum, see a good chunk of pitching time tonight. He is 1-0 over 6 games and 11.0 innings this year with a 4.09 ERA, 3.20 FIP, 1.091 WHIP and 97 ERA+. Since his first outing in a rout against the Phillies, he has tossed 5.2 scoreless innings with opponents batting .190 against him. This includes his last long relief outing where he pitched 2.2 innings of 3 hit ball. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

The Mets bats will get another shot at beating Patrick Corbin. Corbin is 4-1 over 9 starts and 58.2 innings with a 2.91 ERA, 3.11 FIP, 1.040 WHIP and a 152 ERA+. In his last two starts he has tossed 15.0 innings allowing 1 run over 7 hits with 5 walks. One of those two starts was against the Mets who he beat in his last start by throwing 8.0 innings of 1 run ball. The Mets have the following numbers against Corbin:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets lost to the Marlins again and things are really looking bad for the Mets right now who play with a combination of aloofness and apathy. Hopefully the god of Thunder pitching today can get the Mets back on track, and maybe save Callaway’s job while he’s at it.

Noah is 3-3 over 9 starts and 57.0 innings with a 4.74 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 1.228 WHIP and 82 ERA+. He’s been a yo-yo pitcher since April 27th going back and forth between bad starts and good starts and right now, it’s time for a bad start. Hopefully he can break the pattern this afternoon. In two of his last three starts he has tossed a combined 17.0 innings allowing 2 runs on 8 hits. In the other start he allowed 5 runs, 4 earned over 6.0 innings. Noah was 3-0 in as many starts against the Marlins last year, holding them to 5 runs, 4 earned, over 22.0 innings (a 1.64 ERA). The Marlins have the following numbers against him:

The Mets draw Sandy Alcantara to send them off to New York. Sandy is 1-4 over 8 games and 44.0 innings with a 5.11 ERA, 5.25 FIP, 1.636 WHIP and 77 ERA+. In his last three starts he has tossed 16.0 innings allowing 13 runs, 11 earned over 19 hits and 11 walks. His last start was against the Mets and he allowed 4 runs over 5.2 innings from 8 hits and 2 walks. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets dropped their third straight game last night. In their last three losses they have lost twice to the Nationals, the 4th place team in the division and now once to the Marlins. There were redeeming aspects to the game: Alonso hit two homers, despite being down the Mets almost came back at the end, etc. But last night was not good.

Steven Matz comes back today from the IL and hopefully to save the team. When the Mets first hit a rut in April, it was Matz who brought them out. In 7 starts this year and 35.0 innings he has a 3.86 ERA, 5.11 FIP, 1.200 WHIP and 101 ERA+. He allowed 3 runs over 13.0 innings before the game where he got injured, where he allowed 3 runs over 5.2 innings. Against the Marlins this season he has allowed 3 runs but only 1 earned over 5.1 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against him:

Pablo Lopez is back for the Marlins. In 8 starts and 41.0 innings this season he has a 5.93 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.293 WHIP and 65 ERA+. His last start was against the Mets last week and it was not good, allowing 10 runs off 10 hits and 3 homers in 3.0 innings. His ERA going into that game 4.03, so Pablo will be looking for revenge tonight (think Matz allowing 8 runs against the Phillies and then in the next start shutting them down revenge). The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets left DC in frustration. Heading into the 9th, they were down 7-4, all of their scoring coming in one inning. If Wheeler pitched better early on, maybe the game is tied at this point. But in the 9th they got a couple of hits and some more hits and very quickly the Mets trailed 7-6 with the bases loaded. Then Keon Broxton struck out to end the game. And at some point that’s what the entire season has felt like. The Mets on the cusp of being good but falling short due to failures to deviate from the personnel brought in.

So the Mets go to Miami tonight, two games below .500, in an attempt to end the weekend above .500. Carlos Gomez who has been on fire in Syracuse will be joining the team as Jeff McNeil was taking out of yesterday’s game with abdominal soreness and Michael Conforto left with a concussion.

In positive news, it’s deGrom day! Jacob is 3-4 over 8 games and 47.0 innings with a 3.26 ERA, 3.12 FIP, 1.106 WHIP and 119 ERA+. In the month of May, deGrom has started three games, going 7.0 innings each for a total of 21.0 innings allowing 3 run while striking out 21 posting an ERA of 1.29 and an opponents batting average of .162. He has pitched 14.0 innings against the Marlisn this year allowing 1 run on 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 22. The Marlins have the following numbers against him:

The Mets bats will try to mount a consistent attack against Trevor Richards who is 0-5 over 8 games and 42.1 innings with a 4.46 ERA, 5.20 FIP, 1.370 WHIP, and 87 ERA+. He’s coming off a rough start where he allowed 4 runs over 5.0 innings which was preceded by his best start of the season where he allowed no runs over 4.1 innings. His second start of the year was against the Mets and he allowed 3 runs over 6.0 innings from 5 hits and 3 walks. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets and Nationals close out their three game series this afternoon with a rubber game! After taking the opener on Tuesday, the Mets fell behind yesterday early and could not catch back up as their bats fell silent. On the positive side, the bullpen did a great job tossing scoreless innings in what has been a weak area for the Mets this season.

Wheeler looks to lead the Mets back to .500. He is 3-2 on the season over 8 games and 49.2 innings with a 4.35 ERA, 2.70 FIP (a career best), 1.349 WHIP and 89 ERA+. In the month of May he has allowed 4 runs off 15 hits in 14.0 innings while striking out 21 batters. His first two starts were against the Nationals and they were the worst of the season as he allowed 11 runs over 9.2 innings. In fact, if you take out those two starts, he has a 2.93 ERA on the year. The Nationals have the following numbers against Wheeler:

The Mets bats will try to leave to DC on a high note against Anibal Sanchez who is 0-6 over 8 starts and 41.0 innings with a 5.27 ERA, 4.86 FIP, 1.683 WHIP and 84 ERA+. In the month of May he has thrown 9.0 innings over two starts allowing 5 runs, 3 earned. The last time he has pitched into the 6th inning was on April 19th. He pitched against the Mets twice last year allowing 5 runs over 10.0 innings from 7 hits and 4 walks. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets are on a 3-game winning streak and are back to .500! Last night took the lead early on a first inning grand slam by Wilson Ramos, who really needed something positive to happen on the baseball diamond. Then Syndergaard took over. He no-hit the Nationals through 5 innings and would leave after 8 innings allowing 2 runs. Dominic Smith provided the icing on the cake with a solo shot to dead center and Lugo had to pitch only one inning!

Now the Mets turn to Wilmer Font for a second start. The Mets bullpen has now had effectively three days off (with the exception of Lugo who pitched yesterday and Diaz who warmed up). While I would have preferred anyone else to pitch the 9th yesterday to allow Lugo to pitch possibly more than one inning today, that isn’t what happened. The condition of the bullpen is important because most likely Font will pitch somewhere between 4 and 5 innings. In his first start as a Met he allowed 2 runs over 4.0 innings from 3 hits and no walks. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

Patrick Corbin has been good overall for the Nationals this year. He is 3-1 over 8 starts and 50.2 innings with a 3.20 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 1.105 WHIP and 139 ERA+. He went through a rough patch at the end of April, beginning of May where he allowed 12 runs, 11 earned, over 17.0 innings, a 5.82 ERA, but in his last start he rebounded by shutting out the Dodgers over 7.0 innings. Against the Mets this year he has allowed 5 runs over 12.0 innings in his first two starts of the season. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets are fresh off a rare double day off and we’ll see tonight how that impacts their play as they open a series in Washington. When we last checked in, the Mets were only 1 game below .500 thanks to back to back wins against the Marlins and were hoping Thor would lead them to victory against the Marlins ace Caleb Smith, but the skies over 95 opened up all day washing the Marlins away instead.

So the Mets will try to reach .500 tonight against a struggling Nationals team. For the Mets, they need this series to get back into relevance. For the Nationals, a series loss could propel them too deep for comfort into a losing season as they enter 16-24.

Noah Syndergaard is 2-3 over 8 games and 49.0 innings with a 5.14 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 1.327 WHIP and 75 ERA+. He started May off with an immaculate game, pitching a complete game shutout and hitting a solo homer for the game’s only run and he followed it up with a bad performance in San Diego allowing 5 runs, 4 earned over 6.0 innings from 9 hits and a walk.  His first two starts of the season were against the Nationals first allowing 4 runs over 6.0 innings from 7 hits and then allowing 2 runs over 6.0 innings from 1 hit and 2 walks. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

The Mets will get a look at Jeremy Hellickson who is 2-1 over 7 games and 6 starts pitching 31.0 innings with a 5.52 ERA, 5.63 FIP, 1.613 WHIP and 80 ERA+. He has better-ish in May, allowing 8 runs, only 5 earned over 9.1 innings in two starts leading to a 4.82 ERA, but opponents are still hitting .275 against him. Last year he was good against the Mets holding them to 3 runs and 9 hits over 10.2 innings, a 2.53 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Jeremy:

Let’s Go Mets!

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