Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

If the earlier game today was the rookie game with Oswalt pitching in his 9th career game and Suarez pitching in his second, then the afternoon part of the doubleheader is the veteran game featuring Matz and Eflin despite both pitchers being quite young.

For Matz its his first start since being sidelined with a strained flexor pronator. On the season he is 5-9 over 21 games and 107.2 innings with a 4.35 ERA, 4.74 FIP, 1.337 WHIP, 87 ERA+. His last start was uncharacteristic for this season for Matz, and the injury probably played a role as he allowed 7 runs off 8 hits in 0.2 innings against the Nationals in a game that raised his ERA from 3.79 to 4.35. But even before that Matz was struggling of late allowing 9 runs in the 11.0 innings before that night. Against the Phillies in May he allowed 1 run off 5 hits and 4 walks in 5.0 innings. The Phillies have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Ramos 2-9
  • Bour 0-6, 2 K
  • Hernandez 2-6
  • Herrera 1-5, HR
  • Hoskins 0-4, BB
  • Santana 0-6
  • Franco 2-5
  • Altherr 0-2
  • Williams 1-1
  • Alfaro 1-2

The Mets bats will finish their long day against Zach Eflin who is 8-4 over 16 games and 90.2 innings with a 3.57 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.103 WHIP, 117 ERA+. In his last two starts he has allowed 5 runs off 9 hits in 14.0 innings, a 3.21 ERA. The Mets saw him back on July 9th during the first game of a double header where he allowed 3 runs off 5 hits in 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Reyes 3-9, 3 2B
  • Conforto 1-7, HR, BB
  • Bautista 1-5, BB
  • Nimmo 1-5
  • Smith 1-5
  • Flores 1-3
  • Rosario 1-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets made up for all of their disappointing play against the Orioles last night beating the birds 16-5 in Baltimore. The most surprising part of the score – only three homers (Frazier, Plawecki, Flores) in a homer friendly ballpark, this game was the Mets just pouring on hits including a 4 hit day from Frazier who is has been turning it on in the last couple of days and a 5 hit, 3 run day from Brandon Nimmo. Now the Mets head to Philly to play a double header with the first game being a Facebook only game (how great. so exciting. great idea major league baseball).

Corey Oswalt is 1-2 over 8 games and 7 starts pitching 39.1 innings with a 5.03 ERA, 5.06 FIP, 1.068 WHIP and 75 ERA+. In both August starts he has allowed 3 runs off 6.0 innings while allowing 1 or fewer walks. The Mets have lost both games. Back in July, in the second game of a double header, he faced the Phillies where he held them to 3 runs over 6.0 innings but this was the game that doesn’t make sense from a stat line perspective. The only hit he gave up was a bases loaded, bases clearing double to the pitcher. He was perfect for a while in that game. The Phillies have the following numbers against Oswlat:

  • Hernandez 0-3
  • Hoskins 0-3
  • Santana 0-2, BB
  • Williams 0-3
  • Alfaro 0-2
  • Bour 1-2
  • Altherr 0-1, BB
  • Nola 1-2, 2B

Oswalt and the Mets will face off against rookie Ranger Suarez who is making his second career start. In his last outing, he got the win after allowing 4 runs off 6 hits and a walk in 5.0 innings while striking out 3. In AA and AAA this year he was 6-3 over 18 games and 106.0 innings with a 2.89 ERA. In 2016 his ERA was 2.81 over 73.2 innings and in 2017 it was 2.27 in 122.2 innings, so this is a trend.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Orioles

The Mets lost to the Orioles last night and surprisingly it wasn’t Vargas’s fault. Jason Vargas, who has struggled all season, pitched into the 6th inning allowing 2 runs before the bullpen came in behind him and then allowed a few runs. The Mets bats couldn’t score on Cashner and now face the Orioles best pitcher today in Dylan Bundy.

The Mets turn to Wheeler today who is 7-6 over 22 starts and 134.1 innings with a 3.82 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 1.221 WHIP and 99 ERA+. In Wheeler’s last four starts over 27.0 innings he has a 1.33 ERA and in his last 8 starts and 52.2 innings he has a 2.22 ERA. Earlier this season he shut out the Orioles over 7.0 innings in one of his first strong starts of the season. The Orioles have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Trumbo 1-6
  • Villar 1-6
  • Davis 1-3
  • Jones 1-3
  • Mancini 0-2
  • Sisco 0-2
  • Bundy 0-2

Dylan Bundy is 7-10 over 22 starts and 126.1 innings with a 4.70 ERA, 5.14 FIP, 1.314 WHIP and 90 ERA+. Bundy has allowed a league leading 29 HR’s. He’s coming off a terrible start where he allowed 8 runs over 5.0 innings. In his last 6 starts and 30.1 innings his ERA has ballooned to 7.71. The last six games have raised his season ERA from 3.75 to 4.70. One of his best starts this season was against the Mets where he shut out the Mets over 7.0 innings in a game the Orioles won 1-0. The Mets have the following numbers against Bundy:

  • Frazier 0-11, 2 BB
  • Bautista 0-8, 3 BB, 6 K
  • Conforto 0-2, BB
  • Jackson 1-3, 2B
  • Nimmo 0-3
  • Plawecki 1-3, 2B
  • Rosario 0-2
  • Wheeler 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Orioles

The Mets made a quick stop in the Bronx last night and backed up deGrom up with 5 homers! Jacob recorded 12 K’s and a human 3 runs over 6.2 innings as Rosario, Nimmo, Frazier, Conforto and Bautista all took advantage of the friendly size of Yankee Stadium. Now the Mets will look to keep the good times going as Jason Vargas gets the start in Baltimore, another homer friendly stadium.

Jason Vargas is 2-8 over 12 games and 47.1 innings with a 8.75 ERA, 6.09 FIP, 1.838 WHIP and 43 ERA+. In his last start, a rain soaked and delayed affair, he was marked on the record with 3 runs and recording 1 out. One of his few good starts this season was against Baltimore where he allowed 2 runs over 5.0 innings. The Orioles have the following numbers against him:

  • Jones 6-33, 2 2B, 2 BB
  • Gentry 5-23, 2 BB
  • Trumbo 4-21, 12 K
  • Davis 3-17, 2 BB
  • Beckham 1-5, 2B
  • Joseph 1-4, HR
  • Villar 1-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Andrew Cashner who played on four teams since 2016 (Padres, Marlins, Rangers and Orioles). He is 3-10 over 22 games and 121.0 innings with a 4.83 ERA, 4.87 FIP, 1.512 WHIP and 87 ERA+. He is coming off a good start where he held the Rays to 1 earned run, 3 total, over 7.0 innings which he needed because in his previous start he allowed 10 runs over 1.2 innings (which raised his season ERA from 4.22 to 5.05). The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Frazier 5-13, 5 2B, BB
  • Plawecki 2-8, 2B
  • Bautista 1-3, 2 BB
  • Conforto 1-5, BB
  • Flores 1-6
  • Reyes 2-3
  • Jackson 0-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Yankees

The Mets and Yankees make up a rain out tonight! The Mets are fresh off a series win in Miami where in the rubber game they rode 7.0 innings from Syndergaard and some timely hitting from Conforto and Reyes (thus cementing his position on the 2019 team) into the win column.

The Mets send out Jacob deGrom and I don’t know how Yankee fans should react. Scared because he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball right now? Or content because the Mets rarely score for him? The Mets bucked that trend in deGrom’s last outing scoring 8 runs. On the season he is 6-7 over 23 games and 152.1 innings with a 1.77 ERA (league leading), 2.20 FIP (league leading), 0.965 WHIP and 212 ERA+ (league leading). Since the start of July deGrom has posted a 1.60 ERA in 45.0 innings and has posted a 1.29 ERA in 14.0 innings in August. On June 8th he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned over 8.0 innings against the Yankees, in a game the Yankees won 4-1. The Yankees have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Stanton 9-25, 2B, 4 HR, 3 BB, 7 K
  • Gardner 4-14, HR, 2 BB
  • Gregorius 2-12, 2 K
  • Hicks 2-8, 2 K
  • Judge 1-5, 2B, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Sanchez 2-6, 3 K
  • Walker 2-6, BB
  • Andujar 0-4
  • Bird 0-3, 2 K
  • Torres 2-4
  • Torreyes 2-3, 2B

Luis Severino takes the mound for the Yankees and he is 15-5 (league leading in wins) over 24 games and 150.1 innings with a 3.11 ERA, 3.02 FIP, 1.104 WHIP and 140 ERA+. The last time the Mets and Yankees met up, this would have been a marquee match up. It still is but under a cloud. Severino has been struggling as of late. Since July 7th over 6 games and 32.0 innings he has posted a 7.31 ERA. It’s an 8.28 ERA over 5 games and 25.0 innings if you forget about his last start on August 8th where he allowed only 2 runs over 7.0 innings. He held the Mets to 2 runs over 5.0 innings back on June 10th. The Mets have the following numbers against Luis:

  • Bautista 2-13, HR, 3 BB, 7 K
  • Frazier 3-6, HR, 2 BB
  • Conforto 0-6, BB, 2 K
  • Jackson 0-3, 2 BB
  • Mesoraco 1-5
  • Rosario 0-5, 2 K
  • Nimmo 2-3, BB
  • Flores 0-2, 2 K
  • Reyes 1-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets dropped last night’s game in extras and now the Mets find themselves in a rubber game on a Sunday in Miami. Corey Oswalt was serviceable last night, a victim again of defensive miscues as the difference makers and the Mets offense was hot early and then cooled off fast. Syndergaard will look today to heat everything up.

Syndergaard is 7-2 over 15 games with 88.0 innings with a 3.17 ERA, 2.71 FIP, 1.216 WHIP with a 119 ERA+. Syndergaard was human in last start against the Reds allowing 4 runs over 6.1 innings from 6 hits and a walk while striking out 6. Way back in April Noah made a start in Miami where he allowed 2 runs, 1 earned over 6.0 innings from 5 hits and 2 walks. The Marlins have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Dietrich 6-15, 2 2B, 2 K
  • Realmuto 1-8, BB
  • Castro 2-8, 2B
  • Rojas 4-7
  • Prado 1-6
  • Anderson 1-3, 2B
  • Lee 1-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Wei-Yin Chen who is 4-8 over 18 games and 88.2 innings this year with a 5.48 ERA, 4.97 FIP, 1.432 WHIP and 68 ERA+. He had a poor stretch of four games from July 7th-30th where he posted a 6.75 ERA over 21.1 innings. His last start was strong though where he allowed no runs over 5.2 innings. He hasn’t faced the Mets yet this year but last year he faced the Mets in back to back starts. His first one was great for the Marlins allowing 1 run over 6.0 innings from 7 hits and a walk. His second one was great for the mets allowing 6 runs over 3.0 innings from 7 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Chen:

  • Reyes 4-15, 2B
  • Jackson 1-11, 2 BB
  • Bautista 3-9, HR
  • Flores 3-7, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets look to build off last night’s win in Miami tonight behind Corey Oswalt. Last night Wheeler continued his resurgence allowing only 2 runs over 7.0 innings off 4 hits while striking out 8 (both runs coming in his last inning) and Lugo/Smith pitched a clean sheet behind him. The offense responded by scoring 6 runs off 13 hits including a three hit day by Rosario and Jackson and a two hit day by Flores and Frazier.

The Mets will get another look at Corey Oswalt who is 1-2 over 33.1 innings from 7 games and 6 starts recording a 5.13 ERA, 5.40 FIP, 1.050 WHIP and 74 ERA+. He’s coming off an average start against the Braves where he allowed 3 runs over 6.0 innings and since July 4th he has posted a 3.81 ERA over 26.0 innings. His only really bad outing this year, off weird rest, came in Miami on June 29th where he allowed 6 runs over 2.2 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against him:

  • Anderson 1-2
  • Bour 1-2
  • Castro 1-2
  • Dietrich 0-0, 2 BB
  • Realmuto 1-2
  • Riddle 1-2, HR

The bats will look to continue the hits from yesterday against Dan Straily who is 4-5 over 18 games and 93.0 innings with a 4.35 ERA, 5.45 FIP, 1.387 WHIP and a 86 ERA+. His last time out he allowed 2 runs off 1 hit over 5.1 innings, which was a rebound from his previous start where he allowed 8 runs, 5 earned over 3.1 innings. In April he had a good start against the Mets where he allowed 1 run over 6.0 innings and then at the start of July he allowed 3 runs over 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Reyes 2-12, 4 BB
  • Bautista 1-13, HR, BB
  • Flores 2-9
  • Nimmo 1-7, HR, 2 BB
  • Conforto 0-4, 2 BB
  • Jackson 0-6, 5 K
  • Mesoraco 0-5
  • Rosario 1-3, 2 BB
  • Frazier 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets open up a series with the Marlins after taking a series with the Reds on Wednesday. After a late, half washed out game on Tuesday night where the Mets lost 6-1, they rebounded on Wednesday when they actually gave Jacob deGrom run support. The Mets won 8-0 behind a dominant deGrom and two players collecting three hits (Austin Jackson and Brandon Nimmo).

Wheeler is on the mound for the Mets tonight. He is 6-6 over 21 starts and 127.1 innings with a 3.89 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 1.249 WHIP and 97 ERA+. In his last two starts he has tossed 13.0 scoreless innings allowing 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 18. Since June 27th he has posted a 2.17 ERA over 45.2 innings. His first start this season was against the Marlins and it was a good one where he allowed 1 run over 7.0 innings. He then faced them in May allowing 3 runs, 1 earned over 6.0 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Dietrich 3-12, 3B, 2 BB
  • Castro 3-12
  • Prado 3-11
  • Bour 1-7
  • Anderson 1-6, 2B
  • Rojas 2-6, HR
  • Realmuto 2-3

The Mets bats will look to continue what they started on Wednesday against Jose Urena who is 3-11 over 22 games and 123.2 innings with a 4.66 ERA, 4.21 FIP, 1.261 WHIP and 80 ERA+. He is coming off of his worst start of the season where he allowed 6 runs over 5.0 innings from 8 hits and 2 walks against the Phillies and overall in his last four games has posted an ERA of 7.58. He faced the Mets way back in April where he allowed 3 runs over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Reyes 6-18, 2B, 3B
  • Conforto 4-11, 2B
  • Flores 1-7, HR
  • Evans 1-3
  • Nimmo 1-3, HR
  • Frazier 0-1, BB
  • Rosario 1-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Reds vs Mets

Last night was a weird one for the Mets. The game started and it almost immediately started to pour but not before Jason Vargas could get himself into trouble and by the time his line was closed after the delay three of his runners scored. The Mets offense was cold and the only bright spots for the Mets happened in the bullpen with Bashlor having 2 innings of no run baseball and Drew Smith doing the same. Also Nimmo went 2-3 with a walk.

But it’s deGrom day. An early deGrom day. Jacob is 5-7 over 22 games and 146.1 innings with a 1.85 ERA (league leading), 2.28 FIP (league leading), 0.970 WHIP and a 204 ERA+ (league leading) He’s coming off a start against Atlanta where he had to do it all, holding the Braves to 2 runs in 8 innings and pushing the Mets only run of the game across the plate. Last year against the Reds he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 6.0 innings and then 2 runs over 6.0 winnings while striking out 10. The Reds have the following numbers against him:

  • Gennett 5-16, 2 2B, HR, BB, 4 K
  • Votto 1-8, BB
  • Suarez 3-7
  • Tucker 0-6
  • Peraza 2-6
  • Schebler 1-4
  • Hamilton 1-4
  • Barnhart 0-1
  • Casali 0-2

The Mets will get to look at the 2018 debut of Robert Stephenson. Last year went 5-6 over 25 games and 11 starts logging 84.1 innings with a 4.68 ERA, 4.92 FIP, 1.583 WHIP and 94 ERA+. He has put up his best season in the minors this year though, posting a 2.87 ERA across 113.0 innings in 20 starts. Against the Mets last year he allowed 2 runs over 6.0 innings off 5 hits and 3 walks. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Conforto 0-2, BB
  • Flores 3-3, 2B
  • Nimmo 1-3
  • Reyes 1-2, 2B
  • Rosario 0-3
  • Bautista 2-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Reds vs Mets

The Mets look to make it two in a row tonight against the Reds! If you forget about the 7th inning last night, the Mets looked great building 6 runs mostly from hit after hit after and then later two solo shots from Plawecki and McNeil. Syndergaard shut the Reds down for 6 innings allowing no runs but the wheels came off in the 7th as he allowed a run and left with the bases loaded (and all of those runners eventually scored) but the Mets didn’t lose the game completely and now look to Vargas to keep it going.

Jason Vargas is 2-7 over 11 games and 47.0 innings with a 8.23 ERA, 6.16 FIP, 1.787 WHIP and 46 ERA+. His first start back from the DL was bad but wasn’t 2018 bad for Vargas as he allowed 4 runs over 5.0 innings against the Braves and tied a season high for strikeouts at 7. He actually lowered his ERA with that outing. In May he allowed 4 runs over 4.0 innings from 6 hits and 2 walks. The Reds have the following numbers against Vargas:

  • Suarez 3-6, 2B
  • Peraza 1-3
  • Barnhart 2-2, 3B
  • Castillo 0-2
  • Gennett 0-2
  • Hamilton 0-2
  • Votto 0-0, BB, HBP

The Mets will send Sal Romano out to the mound tonight. He is 6-9 over 23 games and 21 starts over 116.0 innings with a 5.12 ERA, 5.24 FIP, 1.422 WHIP, 81 ERA+. He’s coming off a rough start in Detroit where he allowed 4 runs over 5.1 innings off 8 hits. Earlier this season he allowed only 1 run against the Mets in 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Sal:

  • Nimmo 2-8, 3B
  • Rosario 2-7
  • Flores 0-6, 2 K
  • Bruce 0-3
  • Mesoraco 0-3
  • Conforto 1-2, 2B
  • Jackson 0-1, BB

Let’s Go Mets!

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