10/4 – How’d they do? Former Mets in the Playoffs.

The wild card series wrapped up last night. All of them.

Every wild card series featured a two game sweep. The Phillies and Twins swept their opponents at home. The Diamondbacks swept them on the road. The Rangers technically swept on the road but there were some real attendance issues in St. Petersburg for the Rays.

But how did our old friends do?

Rangers vs Rays – No former Mets

Blue Jays vs Twins – No former Mets

Diamondbacks vs Brewers

  • Tommy Pham 1-for-4, R, K
  • Paul Sewald 1.0 IP, 2K (0.00 ERA, 2 Saves)
  • Mark Canha 3-for-4

Marlins vs Phillies

  • David Robertson 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 K, HR

Mark Canha did (almost literally) all he could do to help the Brewers last night but miscues from the whole team piled up as the Diamondbacks rolled through. Paul Sewald has already pitched two shutout innings, closing both wins for the Diamondbacks this October.

David Robertson’s tumultuous tenure with the Marlins comes to an end. After being lights out for the Mets he struggled with the Marlins. It ends with the Phillies getting the best of him in a big game. Here’s hoping he can be that version of himself he was with the Mets this year again. Will the Mets consider bringing him back?

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10/3 – How’d They Do? Former Mets In The Playoffs

The Wild Card Series started across the league yesterday with the Rangers beating the Rays, the Twins over the Blue Jays, Diamondbacks beating the Brewers and finally the Phillies beating the Marlins.

But how did our former friends do?

Rangers vs Rays – No former Mets

Blue Jays vs Twins – No former Mets

Diamondbacks vs Brewers:

  • Mark Canha 0-for-4, 2 K
  • Tommy Pham 0-for-4, R, BB, 2 K, SB
  • Paul Sewald 1.0 IP, K, Save

Marlins vs Phillies

  • Zack Wheeler 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Tommy Pham wins the award for more amount of different stats without getting a hit. It’s nice to see Paul Sewald’s continue success. Of course Zack Wheeler was the stud of the day.

Which teams get off to a critical 2-0 lead tonight?

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Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

For the last time in 2023 we get to see the New York Mets play baseball. It wasn’t the season that we all expected it to be way back last winter. There were spirals, devastating injuries, sticky stuff on baseball, players who regressed and spurts of tremendous rain. There were also the Baby Mets, players who stepped up in big ways when needed, new fan favorites and a lot of potential for good years down the road.

All of today’s games are at the same time because of post season scenarios. Unlike in previous years every wild card battle was resolved yesterday, with five teams clinching playoff spots. The only thing left for today are questions as to who gets what seed.

José Butto will start the last game for the Mets. This is fitting. Butto emerged this month as an interesting possibility for next year after struggling earlier in the season. For most of the season he was the most ready pitching prospect the Mets had in the upper minors. Now there are three starting pitchers knocking on the door behind him. His start today, but really his spring starts, are going to be critical as the Mets figure out the back half of their rotation for the next season. Over eight starts and 36 innings this season he has a 3.75 ERA, 3.84 FIP, 1.361 WHIP and a 113 ERA+. He’s coming off of his first rough start in a while where he allowed four runs from four hits over four runs against the Phillies. Before that he allowed four runs from 12 hits over 17 1/3 innings spread over three starts (2.08 ERA, 1.93 FIP). The Phillies have the following career numbers against him:

  • J.T. Realmuto 3-5, 2B, K
  • Nick Castellanos 2-5, HR, 2 K
  • Bryson Stott 2-4, 2 K
  • Alec Bohm 3-5, 2 HR
  • Kyle Schwarber 1-3
  • Trea Turner 0-2
  • Bryce Harper 0-1, K, BB
  • Jake Cave 0-2, K
  • Brandon Marsh 0-2, K

Matt Strahm will open for the Phillies today, followed by Nick Nelson who will be making his 2023 debut on the last day of the season. Strahm has pitched in 55 games and started nine for the Phillies this season tossing 86 2/3 innings with a 3.32 ERA, 3.29 FIP, 1.027 WHIP and a 130 ERA+. As a starter he has logged 32 1/3 innings over those nine games with a 4.18 ERA (1.052 WHIP). This is quite a bit higher than his relief ERA of 2.82. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Francisco Lindor 0-3, 2 K, 2 BB
  • Pete Alonso 0-4, 3 K
  • Omar Narváez 0-2, 2 K
  • Mark Vientos 0-1
  • Danny Mendick 0-2, K
  • Francisco Álvarez 0-1
  • Brett Baty 1-2, 2B
  • Tim Locastro 1-2, K
  • Rafael Ortega 0-1
  • Luis Guillorme 1-1

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. The Baby Mets. The best part of the 2023 Mets, outside of Kodai Senga, havs been the emergence of the Baby Mets. Álvarez had a tremendous day yesterday hitting two homers to finish with 25 on the season. Ronny Mauricio has raked all season in the minors and finally got a chance to play in September. Mark Veintos and Brett Baty have shown flashes of brilliance this season. How this group is kept together (or not) next season is going to be a major story line that we will be following all winter.
  2. Milestones, one more time. There are two big milestones left. It’s not probable, but technically Pete Alonso could hit four homers in this game to reach 50 on the season. Francisco Lindor only needs two more RBI’s to reach 100 on the season!
  3. The New York Mets. We love the Mets. We love watching them play everyday, dissecting box scores, analyzing highlights and seeing how they interact with each other. The end of the season is always a bit sad as we won’t see the Mets together again until they start trickling into spring training. There is so much promise with the rebuilt farm system but before we fully dive into next year, we are excited to see the Mets play one more time.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Doubleheader Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

The Mets head into the last series of the season with quite a bit of uncertainty. Thursday’s game was suspended in the bottom of the ninth with the Mets down one run. If the game is needed, and there’s a high chance it will be, the Mets and Marlins will finish playing on Monday. New York had a historic amount of rain since Thursday, causing massive flooding throughout the area and leading the Mets to call yesterday’s game against the Phillies rather early. Now we get two games today!

In addition to all of the weather news the Mets have had a couple of injuries in the last couple of days. Jeff McNeil has a partial tear in his UCL, while surgery is not expected, he’s done for the season. Brandon Nimmo sustained a shoulder season last night likely ending his 2023 campaign.

Because of all the weather related postponements, we actually don’t know who is starting which game. We are pretty sure José Quintana will be pitching first, followed by Megill. We are straight guessing Taijuan Walker will pitch followed by Cristopher Sánchez. So we are just pushing all the pitcher previews into one article.

José Quintana looks to wrap up a successful first season as a New York Met today in Queens. Over 12 starts he has pitched 71 2/3 innings with a 3.39 ERA, 3.45 FIP, 1.284 WHIP and a 125 ERA+. His last start was against the Phillies and it was a rough one as the Phillies were able to tag him for six runs, five earned, over six innings. On the positive side, Quintana had a season high 10 strikeouts. Before this start Quintana pitched 24 2/3 innings allowing only five runs (1.82 ERA, 3.42 FIP). The Phillies have the following career numbers against Quintana:

  • Nick Castellanos 12-45, 3B, 2 HR, 8 K, 2 BB
  • Bryce Harper 2-14, HR, 5 K
  • Kyle Schwarber 2-12, 2B, 6 K
  • Trea Turner 5-18, 2B, 2 HR
  • J.T. Realmuto 2-12, HR, 2 BB
  • Rodolfo Castro 1-7, 2 K
  • Alec Bohm 3-8, 2B, HR, K
  • Edmundo Sosa 1-5, 3 K
  • Johan Rojas 1-3, 2 K
  • Bryson Stott 0-1

Tylor Megill looks to end a bumpy 2023 on a positive note today. Over 24 starts this season he has pitched 119 innings with a 4.92 ERA, 5.14 FIP, 1.622 WHIP and an 86 ERA+. In the month of September he has allowed nine runs, eight earned over 22 innings (3.27 ERA, 5.67 FIP) while striking out 16 batters. This includes his last start which was also against the Phillies where he allowed three runs over six innings from five hits. The Phillies have the following career numbers against him:

  • J.T. Realmuto 2-9, 2B, HR, 5 K
  • Bryce Harper 2-8, 3 K
  • Kyle Schwarber 1-5, 2B, 2 BB
  • Trea Turner 1-4, BB
  • Alec Bohm 2-7, 2B, K
  • Bryson Stott 0-5, 3 K
  • NIck Castellanos 1-7, 2B, K
  • Brandon Marsh 2-4, HR, 2 K
  • Rodolfo Castro 0-2, 2 K
  • Johan Rojas 0-2
  • Edmundo Sosa 1-2

The Mets bats will get to face Taijuan Walker one more time this season. Over 30 starts (165 2/3 innings) Walker has a 4.35 ERA, 4.46 FIP, 1.316 WHIP and a 99 ERA+. In his first three starts in September he allowed 15 runs, 14 earned over 17 1/3 innings (7.27 ERA). He had a much better start his last time out, against the Mets no less, where he allowed two runs over six innings from five hits and a walk. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Francisco Lindor 2-13, 3 K, BB
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-9, 2B, HR, K, 2 BB
  • Rafael Ortega 2-5, 2 K, BB
  • Pete Alonso 2-7, 2 2B, 3 K, BB
  • Brett Baty 0-5, K
  • DJ Stewart 0-5, 2 K
  • Omar Narváez 1-4, K, BB
  • Daniel Vogelbach 0-4, K
  • Francisco Álvarez 0-4, 2 K
  • Ronny Mauricio 0-3
  • Mark Vientos 0-2

The Mets bats will get a look at Cristopher Sánchez one more time this season. He has made 18 starts totaling 98 1/3 innings, more than double his work in his previous two seasons. This year he has a 3.48 ERA, 4.02 FIP, 1.058 WHIP and a 124 ERA+. He’s coming off of a good start against the Mets where he held them to two runs from three hits over seven innings while striking out 10. The Mets have the following numbers against Sánchez:

  • Pete Alonso 1-8, HR, 4 K
  • Francisco Lindor 2-6, BB
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-5, K, BB
  • Mark Vientos 0-3, 2 K
  • Francisco Álvarez 0-4, 2 K
  • Luis Guillorme 1-3, 3B, 2 K
  • Ronny Mauricio 1-3, HR, 2 K
  • Danny Mendick 0-2
  • DJ Stewart 1-3, K
  • Tim Locastro 1-2
  • Brett Baty 0-2, K
  • Omar Narváez 0-1

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Brett Baty. Baty has been emerging this month from his summer long slump, collecting 12 hits over 18 games (not including his 1-for-3 performance last night which isn’t official yet) including a double a two homers. We would love to see Baty have a big weekend to end 2023 off on a positive note and gain some momentum heading into the off season.
  2. Ronny Mauricio. Mauricio has become the reason to watch the Mets since he was called up. He’s collected 21 hits in 86 trips hitting .244/.286/.349. He’s cooled off a bit after his torrid start. Can Ronny get one or two more extra-base hits to close out the season? His two homers have been absolute lasers.
  3. Milestone Tracker. Time is really starting to runout on these! Francisco Lindor needs four RBI’s this weekend to reach 100 for the second season in a row (and the second time in his career). Álvarez is looking for two more to get to 25 and Pete Alonso needs four more for 50 on the year (unlikely, but not impossible!).

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

The Mets head into the last series of the season with quite a bit of uncertainty. Last night’s game was suspended in the bottom of the ninth with the Mets down one run. If the game is needed, and there’s a high chance it will be, the Mets and Marlins will finish playing on Monday. As of writing, it looks like it will rain all day today in New York. If that forecasts holds out to be true, its hard to believe that the field will be in playing condition tonight.

In addition to all of the weather news the Mets have had a couple of injuries in the last couple of days. Jeff McNeil has a partial tear in his UCL, while surgery is not expected, he’s done for the season. Brandon Nimmo sustained a shoulder season last night likely ending his 2023 campaign.

Tylor Megill gets the start tonight. Over 24 starts this season he has pitched 119 innings with a 4.92 ERA, 5.14 FIP, 1.622 WHIP and an 86 ERA+. In the month of September he has allowed nine runs, eight earned over 22 innings (3.27 ERA, 5.67 FIP) while striking out 16 batters. This includes his last start which was also against the Phillies where he allowed three runs over six innings from five hits. The Phillies have the following career numbers against him:

  • J.T. Realmuto 2-9, 2B, HR, 5 K
  • Bryce Harper 2-8, 3 K
  • Kyle Schwarber 1-5, 2B, 2 BB
  • Trea Turner 1-4, BB
  • Alec Bohm 2-7, 2B, K
  • Bryson Stott 0-5, 3 K
  • NIck Castellanos 1-7, 2B, K
  • Brandon Marsh 2-4, HR, 2 K
  • Rodolfo Castro 0-2, 2 K
  • Johan Rojas 0-2
  • Edmundo Sosa 1-2

The Mets bats will get to face Taijuan Walker one more time this season. Over 30 starts (165 2/3 innings) Walker has a 4.35 ERA, 4.46 FIP, 1.316 WHIP and a 99 ERA+. In his first three starts in September he allowed 15 runs, 14 earned over 17 1/3 innings (7.27 ERA). He had a much better start his last time out, against the Mets no less, where he allowed two runs over six innings from five hits and a walk. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Francisco Lindor 2-13, 3 K, BB
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-9, 2B, HR, K, 2 BB
  • Rafael Ortega 2-5, 2 K, BB
  • Pete Alonso 2-7, 2 2B, 3 K, BB
  • Brett Baty 0-5, K
  • DJ Stewart 0-5, 2 K
  • Omar Narváez 1-4, K, BB
  • Daniel Vogelbach 0-4, K
  • Francisco Álvarez 0-4, 2 K
  • Ronny Mauricio 0-3
  • Mark Vientos 0-2

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Brett Baty. Baty has been emerging this month from his summer long slump, collecting 12 hits over 18 games (not including his 1-for-3 performance last night which isn’t official yet) including a double a two homers. We would love to see Baty have a big weekend to end 2023 off on a positive note and gain some momentum heading into the off season.
  2. Ronny Mauricio. Mauricio has become the reason to watch the Mets since he was called up. He’s collected 21 hits in 86 trips hitting .244/.286/.349. He’s cooled off a bit after his torrid start. Can Ronny get one or two more extra-base hits to close out the season? His two homers have been absolute lasers.
  3. Milestone Tracker. Time is really starting to runout on these! Francisco Lindor needs four RBI’s this weekend to reach 100 for the second season in a row (and the second time in his career). Álvarez is looking for two more to get to 25 and Pete Alonso needs four more for 50 on the year (unlikely, but not impossible!).

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets

The Mets and Marlins split their doubleheader yesterday. The Marlins are now tied for the last wild card spot in the National League. The Mets are now two losses behind the Angels for a protected draft pick. Depending on your point of view, both outcomes for the Mets tonight are positive. Win and make it more difficult for the Marlins to qualify for the post season. Lose and get one step closer to a protected draft pick.

David Peterson makes his last start of the season this evening for the Mets. Over 26 games, 20 starts, he has thrown 104 innings with a 5.37 ERA, 4.45 FIP, 1.596 WHIP and a 79 ERA+. His last start was rough, allowing four runs from five hits over four innings against the Phillies. In the month of September Peterson has allowed 14 runs, 13 earned, over 19 2/3 innings over four starts (5.95 ERA, 3.36 FIP) while striking out 29 batters. The only other time this season he faced the Marlins was at the start of the season where he pitched five innings allowing one run from eight hits. The Marlins have the following career numbers against him:

  • Jon Berti 3-14, 2B, 5 K
  • Bryan De La Cruz 0-7, 4 K, BB
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. 0-4, K, BB
  • Nick Fortes 2-7, K
  • Josh Bell 3-7
  • Garrett Hampson 1-5, 3B
  • Luis Arraez 1-2, BB
  • Jacob Stallings 1-2, K
  • Jorge Soler 2-5, HR, K
  • Yuli Gurriel 1-2
  • Jesús Sánchez 0-3, K

Jesús Luzardo makes his last regular season start tonight for the Marlins. Over 31 starts (171 1/3 innings) Luzardo has a 3.73 ERA, 3.67 FIP, 1.243 WHIP and a 120 ERA+. Luzardo is coming off of a start where he allowed three runs from three hits and three walks over five innings against the Brewers. Before that he shutout the Braves over six innings. The last time he faced the Mets was his first start of the season where he allowed no runs from two hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Francisco Lindor 2-9, 3 K
  • Pete Alonso 2-13, HR, 5 K
  • Brandon Nimmo 2-7, 2B, HR, 2 BB
  • Jeff McNeil 4-10, 2 K
  • Tim Locastro 0-4, K, BB
  • Luis Guillorme 0-1, BB
  • Mark Vientos 0-3, K, BB
  • DJ Stewart 0-1

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Francisco Lindor: Lindor had a day yesterday. He was one of three Mets that homered in the first game and then he homered twice in the night cap. The three homers took him to 30 on the year making him the first Met since David Wright (2007) to have a 30-30 season! He ha lived up to every part of his mega contract so far and still has more milestones he can reach this season.
  2. The Marlins: This year the Mets saw the Marlins a lot in spurts. The Marlins are one of like five teams the Mets play in spring training, so it felt like we were playing them every other day. Then the Mets had two series against the Marlins in the first two weeks of the season, coincidentally the only time the Mets had a strong winning percentage this season. The Mets and Marlins went the rest of spring and all of summer without playing each other, only two have two series against each other in the last two weeks of the season. We’ll see our BFFs, the Miami Marlins, again in spring training next year!
  3. Milestone Tracker: We already discussed that Lindor reached his 30-30 season last night with his amazing three home run day. His six RBI’s on the day has him at 96 on the season, four more would mean 100 for the second season in a row (and the the second time in his career). Barring something going horribly wrong, David Peterson should set a career high for innings pitched in a season. He is only 1 2/3 innings behind his career high set last year. Nimmo is still looking for one more home run to reach 25, Álvarez is looking for two more to get to 25 and Pete Alonso needs four more for 50 on the year (after hitting one yesterday).

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets, Game 2

This is the Kodai Senga game. For the last time this year we get to see Kodai Senga pitch as he makes the case to be the Rookie of the year. Kodai was always good this season, but about midway through the season, towards the end of June, things started to click and his performance jumped to the next level.

Kodai Senga makes his last start in his amazing rookie year today for the New York Mets. Over 28 starts he has thrown 161 1/3 innings with a 2.96 ERA, 3.53 FIP, 1.221 WHIP and a 143 ERA+. In his last 14 starts since June 28th he has thrown 84 2/3 innings, striking out 101 batters with a 2.44 ERA, 3.00 FIP. Since August 19th he has pitched in six games throwing 38 2/4 innings while striking out 45 batters with a 1.86 ERA. This includes his last start against the Marlins where he held them to two runs from seven hits over six innings of work. He has truly been one of the bright spots of this season. The Marlins have the following career numbers against him:

  • Jazz Chisholm 2-8, HR, 3 K, BB
  • Jorge Soler 3-8, 2B, 3 K, BB
  • Bryan De La Cruz 1-5, K
  • Jon Berti 2-6, K
  • Luis Arraez 3-5, BB
  • Jacob Stallings 0-3, 2 K, BB
  • Jesús Sánchez 0-5, 3 K
  • Garrett Hampson 0-1, K, BB
  • Josh Bell 1-3, HR
  • Yuil Gurriel 0-2, K
  • Xavier Edwards 0-2

Johnny Cueto makes the start in the nightcap for the Marlins. Cueto has pitched in 12 games, making nine starts this year tossing 48 innings with a 6.19 ERA, 6.92 FIP, 1.271 WHIP and a 73 ERA+. Since rejoining the team in September he has pitched 15 2/3 innings over three starts and two relief outings with a 7.47 ERA (8.24 FIP). This includes two innings against the Mets back on the 20th where he allowed two runs over two innings from three hits (both runs coming on homers). The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Brandon Nimmo 1-3, 2B, HR, BB
  • Omar 3-7, HR
  • Francisco Lindor 1-3, BB
  • Pete Alonso 1-4
  • Rafael Ortega 1-3
  • Tim Locastro 1-3
  • Jeff McNeil 0-3, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 2-3, 2B
  • Brett Baty 1-1, HR
  • Ronny Mauricio 0-1
  • Mark Vientos 0-1

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. 200 Strikeouts. Kodai Senga sits right now at 194 strikeouts for the season, so close to 200. He only needs six more, something he’s done a lot this season, to reach this magic number. Last time out against the Marlins he only struck out two batters.
  2. A sub-3.00 ERA. Senga has been so effective his last few starts that his ERA has dipped below the 3.00 mark. A slightly better than quality start today should lock that number in for the season. This is really due to his 1.86 ERA in starts since August 19th.
  3. That ghostfork for one more game in 2023. When the Mets signed Senga in the off-season, videos of Senga’s ghostfork went viral online. We’ve seen Senga mix his ghostfork and fastball to get some absolutely silly swings from batters. We cannot wait to see his signature pitch tonight, one last time this season.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Marlins @ Mets, Game 1

The Mets collapse in 2007 was punctuated by a Marlins team that beat the Mets on the last day of the season. For me personally, it’s a demon that has never been fully exorcised, despite the collapse being more about the Mets than anything else. The Mets have the chance to return the favor all of these years later as the Marlins chase a playoff berth with one week to go in the season. The Marlins are one game out of the third wild card spot. The Mets, despite losing four games in a row, our somehow two losses out of a protected pick in the draft.

Last night’s game couldn’t happen due to the last four days of rain we’ve in in the New York area. The reports are that the Mets didn’t have the field covered on Saturday, and by the time they got it covered there was just too much water on the infield to properly dry out. In general, it’s just been a real mess weather wise the last four days and absent of any definitive proof, I don’t think this is the Mets messing with the Marlins on purpose. That being said, in the context of exorcising demons, maybe there’s part of me still recovering from the 2007 season that’s okay with the impact of the weather.

Joey Lucchesi has made eight starts for the Mets this season, totaling 40 2/3 innings with a 2.88 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 1.279 WHIP and a 148 ERA+. His first start since rejoining the rotation was brilliant. He allowed one run, none earned, over seven innings from five hits. Last time out he allowed three runs, two earned, over 5 2/3 against the Marlins in a game the Mets eventually lost 4-3. The Marlins have the following career numbers against Lucchesi:

  • Garrett Hampson 6-19, 2B, HR, 4 K, BB
  • Josh Bell 3-10, 2 2B, 2 K, BB
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. 0-5, 2 K
  • Jon Berti 1-2, 2B, BB
  • Jorge Soler 1-2, 2B, K, BB
  • Jake Burger 1-2
  • Bryan De La Cruz 0-3
  • Xavier Edwards 1-2, K
  • Nick Fortes 0-1, K
  • Joey Wendle 1-1, 2B

Garrett has made 29 starts and pitched in 30 games this season totaling 155 2/3 innings with a 3.53 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 1.143 WHIP and a 127 ERA+. In his last four starts he has allowed only three runs, two earned, over 21 2/3 innings (0.83 ERA, 2.61 FIP). This includes a start against the Mets last week where he allowed one unearned run from five hits over six innings in a game the Marlins eventually won 4-3. Earlier in the year the Mets scored four runs from 15 hits over 7 2/3 innings across two starts. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Pete Alonso 4-13, HR, 3 K, 2 BB
  • Brandon Nimmo 1-10
  • Francisco Lindor 4-12, 2B, 2 HR, 3 K
  • Francisco Álvarez 1-5, 3 K
  • Jeff McNeil 3-6, 2B, BB
  • Luis Guillorme 1-4, BB
  • Tim Locastro 0-4, 2 K
  • Ronny Mauricio 1-3, 2B, K
  • DJ Stewart 0-2, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 0-1
  • Mark Vientos 0-2
  • Omar Narváez 1-2

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Joey Lucchesi: Tonight is probably Joey’s last start of the year. Potentially he could see some work out of the pen or make a short start in one of the very last games of the season. He’s been impressive this year in the short spurts the Mets have given him and the Mets have plenty of rotation holes going into next season. Could next season be the year the Mets finally give Lucchesi a consistent chance? Tonight is effectively his last audition before spring training.
  2. Strikeouts. The Mets bats collectively looked lost on Sunday night, racking up 13 strikeouts in the game to only one walk and three hits. The Mets bats are at their best when they are patient at the plate. Four players struck out multiple times with Mauricio and Alonso each striking out three times. (Mauricio also hit a laser for his second career homer). When this happened a few weeks ago, before the Mets offense had a mini-resurgence, the first signs that the Mets bats were coming back was the K/BB ratio dropped to about 2/1 after being 4+/1 for several straight games. We’ll be looking at strikeouts and walks tonight to get a sense of what this last week will feel like.
  3. Milestone Tracker: There aren’t many games left to reach these milestones! Lindor is three home runs away from a 30-30 season. Nimmo is still looking for one more home run to reach 25, Álvarez is looking for two more to get to 25 and Pete Alonso needs five more for 50 on the year.
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Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets

The Mets collapse in 2007 was punctuated by a Marlins team that beat the Mets on the last day of the season. For me personally, it’s a demon that has never been fully exorcised, despite the collapse being more about the Mets than anything else. The Mets have the chance to return the favor all of these years later as the Marlins chase a playoff berth with one week to go in the season. The Marlins are one game out of the third wild card spot. The Mets, despite losing four games in a row, our somehow two losses out of a protected pick in the draft.

Joey Lucchesi has made eight starts for the Mets this season, totaling 40 2/3 innings with a 2.88 ERA, 4.36 FIP, 1.279 WHIP and a 148 ERA+. His first start since rejoining the rotation was brilliant. He allowed one run, none earned, over seven innings from five hits. Last time out he allowed three runs, two earned, over 5 2/3 against the Marlins in a game the Mets eventually lost 4-3. The Marlins have the following career numbers against Lucchesi:

  • Garrett Hampson 6-19, 2B, HR, 4 K, BB
  • Josh Bell 3-10, 2 2B, 2 K, BB
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. 0-5, 2 K
  • Jon Berti 1-2, 2B, BB
  • Jorge Soler 1-2, 2B, K, BB
  • Jake Burger 1-2
  • Bryan De La Cruz 0-3
  • Xavier Edwards 1-2, K
  • Nick Fortes 0-1, K
  • Joey Wendle 1-1, 2B

Braxton Garrett is probably making another start after today’s game. If he didn’t though, his season started with two game straight against the Mets and it ended with two straight games against the Mets.

Garrett has made 29 starts and pitched in 30 games this season totaling 155 2/3 innings with a 3.53 ERA, 3.51 FIP, 1.143 WHIP and a 127 ERA+. In his last four starts he has allowed only three runs, two earned, over 21 2/3 innings (0.83 ERA, 2.61 FIP). This includes a start against the Mets last week where he allowed one unearned run from five hits over six innings in a game the Marlins eventually won 4-3. Earlier in the year the Mets scored four runs from 15 hits over 7 2/3 innings across two starts. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Pete Alonso 4-13, HR, 3 K, 2 BB
  • Brandon Nimmo 1-10
  • Francisco Lindor 4-12, 2B, 2 HR, 3 K
  • Francisco Álvarez 1-5, 3 K
  • Jeff McNeil 3-6, 2B, BB
  • Luis Guillorme 1-4, BB
  • Tim Locastro 0-4, 2 K
  • Ronny Mauricio 1-3, 2B, K
  • DJ Stewart 0-2, K
  • Daniel Vogelbach 0-1
  • Mark Vientos 0-2
  • Omar Narváez 1-2

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Joey Lucchesi: Tonight is probably Joey’s last start of the year. Potentially he could see some work out of the pen or make a short start in one of the very last games of the season. He’s been impressive this year in the short spurts the Mets have given him and the Mets have plenty of rotation holes going into next season. Could next season be the year the Mets finally give Lucchesi a consistent chance? Tonight is effectively his last audition before spring training.
  2. Strikeouts. The Mets bats collectively looked lost on Sunday night, racking up 13 strikeouts in the game to only one walk and three hits. The Mets bats are at their best when they are patient at the plate. Four players struck out multiple times with Mauricio and Alonso each striking out three times. (Mauricio also hit a laser for his second career homer). When this happened a few weeks ago, before the Mets offense had a mini-resurgence, the first signs that the Mets bats were coming back was the K/BB ratio dropped to about 2/1 after being 4+/1 for several straight games. We’ll be looking at strikeouts and walks tonight to get a sense of what this last week will feel like.
  3. Milestone Tracker: There aren’t many games left to reach these milestones! Lindor is three home runs away from a 30-30 season. Nimmo is still looking for one more home run to reach 25, Álvarez is looking for two more to get to 25 and Pete Alonso needs five more for 50 on the year.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Phillies go for a four game sweep of the Mets tonight after a rainy weekend in Philly. The Phillies pushed today’s start back to 6:05 due to rain in the area that should be clearing around mid-afternoon. This gives the grounds crew a few hours to make sure the field is playable. It’s also, potentially, an important day for the Phillies as they could clinch their playoff spot tonight. For the Mets, losing three in a row has them knocking on the door again of a protected draft pick.

José Butto makes another start tonight. Over seven games and 32 innings this season he has a 3.09 ERA, 3.64 FIP, 1.344 WHIP and a 138 ERA+. Since joining the rotation in September he’s made three starts where he has allowed only four runs from 12 hits and five walks over 17 1/3 innings (2.08 ERA, 1.94 FIP). The Phillies have the following career numbers against Butto:

  • J.T. Realmuto 1-3, 2B, K
  • Alec Bohm 3-3, 2 HR
  • Bryson Stott 1-2, K
  • Nick Castellanos 1-3, K
  • Kyle Schwarber 1-2, BB

Cristopher Sánchez is on the bump tonight trying to clinch it for the Phillies. Over 17 starts (91 1/3 innings), Sánchez has a 3.55 ERA, 4.13 FIP, 1.095 WHIP and a 122 ERA+. In his last three starts he’s allowed 12 runs, 10 earned, over 21 innings (4.29 ERA, 3.55 FIP) and this stretch includes an outing where he shutout the Marlins over five innings. In other words, he’s been hittable as of late. In his one start against the Mets this year he allowed three runs from five hits over five innings while striking out four. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Francisco Lindor 2-4
  • Pete Alonso 1-5, HR, K
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-5, K, BB
  • Jeff McNeil 1-3, 2B, K
  • Luis Guillorme 1-3, 3B, 2 K
  • Francisco Álvarez 0-1, K
  • Omar Narváez 0-1

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Brett Baty hot streak? Brett Baty is heating up as we head into the final week of the season. He went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored last night. In his last five games he’s gone 7-for-19 at the plate with five runs scored and two home runs (.368/.368/.684). After his struggles for long stretches this season, it would be awesome for him to end on a positive note and bring that into the winter.
  2. Jeff McNeil. For the last week or so every day we are talking about Jeff McNeil or Brandon Nimmo. Jeff McNeil has had four multi-hit games in his last six games played. Overall in this stretch he is 11-for-24 with two doubles, a triple, a home run and two walks leading to a .458/.500/.750 batting line. On July 16th McNeil was hitting .248/.324/.321 for the season. After an incredible second half he has risen his season numbers to .272/.336/.381.
  3. Milestone tracker. Time is running out for these milestones as we enter the last week of play! Lindor is three home runs away from a 30-30 season. Nimmo is still looking for one more home run to reach 25, Álvarez is looking for two more to get to 25 and Pete Alonso needs five more for 50 on the year.

Let’s Go Mets!

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