The Mets and Orioles met yesterday in a match up of two of the worst starting pitcher free agency signings in the last off-season. So naturally Jason Vargas had his third best start of the season allowing 2 runs over 5.0 innings and Alex Cobb of the Orioles no-hit the Mets for while and then held them to 1 run in a game the Mets lost. Even getting Todd Frazier back last night wasn’t enough for the Mets as they struggled to bring runners home that were sitting on 2nd and 3rd and just hit in general. The bright spot of the night: all the Mets pitchers did great. Vargas had a solid outing, even better when you consider all the damage was done in the first inning. Lugo dominated in his 3 innings of work, at one point throwing only 6 pitchers in an inning. Swarzak returned as well had a good inning of work.
The Mets will try to move the conversation from “finding things to be happy about” to “winning ball games” this afternoon behind Zach Wheeler. Wheeler is 2-4 over 56.0 inning and 10 starts with a 5.14 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 1.482 WHIP and 74 ERA+. He is coming off of a solid start against the Cubs where he allowed 2 runs over 6.0 innings from 7 hits and 2 walks. The only member of the Baltimore Orioles to face Wheeler is Trumbo who is 0-3.
The Mets bats will get a look at Dylan Bundy who is 3-7 over 12 games and 68.2 innings with a 4.46 ERA, 4.73 FIP, 1.296 WHIP and 94 ERA+. He is coming off of an average start where he allowed 3 runs from 6.0 innings from 11 hits and no walks, which was preceded by a complete game start where he allowed 3 runs from 2 hits and 9.0 innings and where he struck out 14 members of the White Sox. A few members of the Mets have recorded ABs against Bundy during their time as players in the AL East:
- Frazier 0-8, 2 BB
- Bautista 0-8, 2 BB, 6 K
- Gonzalez 0-1, BB
Let’s Go Mets!