Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

Yesterday was a bizarre day of Mets baseball where most events that occurred could be described as “bizarre bad” or “bizarre strange” and a few as “bizarre, but it worked out for the Mets in the end.” Jacob deGrom started the day with a masterful start. At one point the skies opened over him and the teams played on, at another point it rained, the tarp was pulled out, and then everyone watched a tarp in sunny weather for over 20 minutes. Jacob came back from the rain delay and mostly dominated. Seth Lugo came in, gave up the tying run, then Mesoraco pulled the Mets ahead in the ninth before Lugo blew it for good in the 10th.

Mets fans then got stew about that loss for a while as a rain delay pushed the start for the night cap all the way to 10 pm. The Mets got a rough start from Conlon who only lasted 2.0 innings, surprisingly got 3.0 great innings from Robles and the Mets managed to win the game. In other words, yesterday the Mets lost a game they had no business losing and then won a game they had no business winning.

The Mets will now turn to Steven Matz to give some rest to the bullpen. He is 2-3 on the year over 42.2 innings with a 3.80 ERA, 5.64 FIP, 1.289 WHIP and 100 ERA+. After a horrid start against the Diamondbacks where he allowed 4 runs from 6 hits and a walk in 4.0 innings, Matz was great his last time out in Milwaukee where he held the Brewers scoreless in 6.0 innings, the only game the Mets won that weekend. He hasn’t faced the Braves yet this year but last last year he held the Braves to 1 run from 5 hits and a walk over 7.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against him:

  • Freeman 4-13, 2B, BB
  • Markakis 3-13, 2B, BB
  • Flowers 2-10, 2B
  • Inciarte 2-6
  • Blair 0-3
  • Camargo 2-3
  • Swanson 1-3, 2B

The Mets bats will see Anibal Sanchez today. Maybe. He is supposed to come off the DL today but between his health and the weather tonight, there are plenty of reasons to abandon that plan. This year he has a 1.29 ERA over 14.0 innings before getting injured. Last year he was 3-7 for Detroit over 28 games and 17 starts totaling 105.1 innings with a 6.41 ERA, 5.33 FIP, 1.595 WHIP and 72 ERA+. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Reyes 9-37, 2B, 5 BB
  • Cabrera 5-23, HR, 2 BB
  • Bautista 5-19, 2B, HR, 3 BB
  • Bruce 2-11
  • Gonzalez 1-8
  • Conforto 1-3, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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