Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

Forty Five.

That’s the approximate amount of hours it has been since the Mets have played a ball game by today’s scheduled first pitch. Have you missed them yet?

The Mets started the season off with a strong 9-4 win over the Cardinals that saw Syndergaard record 10 strikeouts, Cespedes knock in 3 runs, Nimmo and Gonzalez get on base four times and the Mets bullpen toss three perfect innings of relief. Before we move on, that wasn’t a typo about Gonzalez. He got two walks and two hits including a double rivaling the amount of times he was on base all spring.

Jacob deGrom will make his 2018 debut today. Last year he went 15-10 over 31 games and 201.1 innings with a 3.53 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 1.187 WHIP and a 119 ERA+. He had two different starts against Cardinals last year. In St. Louis he allowed 4 runs from 4 homers over 7.0 innings of work. About two weeks later he held the Cardinals to 1 run over 7 hits in 6.2 innings. The Cardinals have the following numbers against him:

  • Ozuna 8-30, 2 2B, HR, BB, 9 K
  • Carpenter 3-14, HR
  • Fowler 2-9, HR, 2 BB
  • Molina 3-10, 2B
  • Gyorko 3-9, HR
  • Wong 1-8
  • DeJong 3-6, 2B, HR

The Mets bats draw an All-Star for the second straight day and former NLCS MVP Michael Wacha who last year was 12-9 over 30 game sand 165.2 innings with a 4.13 ERA, 3.63 FIP, 1.358 WHIP and 103 ERA+. Wacha’s best year was 2015 where he posted a 3.38 ERA/3.87 FIP/1.213 WHIP/ 116 ERA+. Last year was a move in the right direction after a dreadful 2016 campaign. One of his best games of the season in 2017 was against the Mets where he held the Mets scoreless over a complete game limiting the Mets to 3 hits and a walk while striking out 8. The Mets have the following numbers against Wacha:

  • Bruce 1-28, BB, .069 OBP
  • Frazier 6-24, 2B, 2 HE, 2 BB
  • Gonzalez 2-17, 2B, 3 BB
  • Reyes 0-6
  • Cabrera 0-3
  • Cespedes 1-4
  • Flores 0-5
  • Lagares 1-3
  • d’Arnaud 1-1, BB

Who Is Hotter Than Pickleball At A Senior Citizen Community Center?
Gonzalez. A game after being my “easy, can’t be wrong cold pick”, Adri├ín Gonzalez gets a double, a single and two walks and had me eating a large bowl of crow, which I enjoyed.

Who is Colder Than A Surprise Chance of Snow on Easter Weekend?
Anyone who wanted the “Thumbs Down” Yankee thing that Todd Frazier was involved with to come to the 2018 Mets (this includes the knock off “Thumbs Up”). The Mets debuted the Salt and Pepper Grinder action to be their hit cheering device for the season on Opening Day.

Let’s Go Mets!

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