After taking the opener in Seattle on Friday, the Mets were unable to take the series yesterday forcing a rubber game today. The Mets felt close the entire game yesterday but they just couldn’t get hits to fall in a row, and deGrom uncharacteristically allowed several hits in a row giving the Mariners an early lead. He still had a good game yesterday as he was hurt by a bad throw from Walker.
Seth Lugo looks to send the Mets off to Denver happy today. He is 5-2 over 9 games and 8 starts over 52.2 innings with a 4.10 ERA, 4.25 FIP and 1.348 WHIP. In his last start against the Padres, Lugo was hurt by base runners. He allowed 8 hits over 6 innings which turned into 4 runs, but only 3 earned. Lugo has never faced the Mariners or anyone on the Mariners roster.
The Mets bats will get a look at James Paxton who is 10-3 over 17 starts and 101.1 innings with a 2.84 ERA, 2.43 FIP and 1.105 WHIP. His winning percentage is the best in the majors, which as a stat is rather silly because those numbers are not always in his control, his FIP and WHIP highlight his season. Another important note is his wild pitch count. He has already thrown 11 this year, more than he has in any other season. In his last two starts he has tossed 14.0 innings allowing 10 hits and a walk leading to only one run while striking out 17. The only member of the Mets who has seen him in a game is Jose Reyes who is 1-3 against him.
Let’s Go Mets!