This has been a horrible week for the Mets, so before jumping into today’s game, let’s note some of the positive and memorable moments. Dominic Smith hit his first homer. Rosario reminded us multiple times about the importance of defense. Travis d’Arnaud played 3rd and 2nd, in the same game, many many many times. Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to make the Mets competitive. I still love Michael Conforto. The Mets bullpen for the most part was great this week.
Ok. I feel better. Let’s go!
Chris Flexen is 2-1 over 4 starts and 16.2 innings this year with a 7.02 ERA, 7.22 FIP and 2.100 WHIP. His last start was probably his best of the season where he pitched 5.0 innings against the Phillies allowing 6 hits and 4 walks leading to 2 runs. He didn’t allow any homers in CBP, which is even better considering he allowed 4 homers in his 3 previous starts. This will be his first career start against the Marlins.
The Mets bats draw Justin Nicolino who is 1-1 over 7 games and 6 starts pitching 25.2 innings with a 4.56 ERA, 5.94 FIP and 1.831 WHIP. He is making his second start since returning in mid-August. In his first one he allowed 2 runs, 1 earned over 5.1 innings with 6 hits and 4 walks. He had a relief outing in June against the Mets this year where he allowed a homer and a hit over 0.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:
- Lagares 1-8
- Flores 4-5, 2 HR, 2 BB, .857 OBP
- Cespedes 2-6, HR
- Granderson 3-5, HR
- Cabrera 1-3, BB
- Conforto 0-2
- d’Arnaud 2-3, HR
Let’s Go Mets!