Game Preview: Rangers vs Mets

The day off yesterday was necessary to get a mental break from the Mets this past weekend. They had a tall task with the Dodgers who are playing historically great baseball and the Mets are playing whatever the opposite of that is. The expected outcome occurred and they were swept. Now they welcome the Rangers in town for a two game series (they are doing a 4 game home/away series this year) before hopping down 95 to the Phillies this weekend.

Chris Flexen gets the nod for today’s game as he makes third career start. He is 0-1 over 6.0 innings allowing 13 hits and 5 walks leading to 9 runs, 8 earned. Not to make excuses, but there was a lot working against Chris in his last start. For starters, he was in Colorado vs a better than average Rockies team that was able to get 8 hits and a walk in 3.0 innings, leading to 5 runs. He also had a blister issue on his hand that caused him to leave the game early (the bullpen shut down the rest of the game and the Mets won).

The Mets bats will get a look at Andrew Cashner. Cashner started his career off in 2010 with the Cubs and was part of the Rizzo trade the Padres. He was then part of the Cosart trade in 2016 and ended up with the Marlins before signing with the Rangers this off season. He is 7-8 over 18 starts and 107.0 innings with a 3.36 ERA, 4.40 FIP and a 1.346 WHIP. He is coming off back to back good starts where he allowed 2 ER over 13.0 innings. Last year he allowed 3 runs off 8 hits and a walk over 5.0 innings against the Mets which led to 3 runs. The Mets have the following numbers against Cashner:

  • Granderson 3-11, 2B, HR, BB
  • Walker 2-10, 2 2B
  • Bruce 2-7, 2B
  • Conforto 1-5, BB
  • Flores 1-6
  • Reyes 2-3
  • Cabrera 1-3
  • Cespedes 1-3, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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