Game Preview: Mets @ Red Sox

I’m not 100% where to start with yesterday because a lot happened. The Mets held a press conference with David Wright announcing that he would suit up at Citi Field on 9/29 for the final time. Then the Mets had to play two games and won both! Matz was average but the bullpen was able to keep it together behind him, and the team got bailed out by some back to back power. Then in the night cap, Vargas was good again and Nido provided the power. In what seemed like a pipe dream, then a far reaching dream, is now possible: Conforto only has 5 homers left to get to 30 before the end of the season.

Noah Syndergaard takes the mound after his outing ended abruptly when he got hit by a come backer. He is 11-3 over 21 starts and 128.1 innings with a 3.44 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 1.278 WHIP, and a 107 ERA+. In his last start he allowed 4 runs over 6.2 innings and it was the second start in his last three where he allowed 4 runs (also his 3rd in his last 5). Noah Syndergaard has the following numbers against the Red Sox:

  • Phillips 4-12
  • Betts 0-3, K
  • Bogaerts 2-3
  • Holt 1-3
  • Kinsler 2-3
  • Martinez 2-3, 2B
  • Nunez 1-3
  • Swihart 1-3
  • Bradley Jr. 1-1, 2B

The Mets bats will get a look at Hector Velazquez who is in his second season with the Red Sox. The 29 year old is 7-2 over 41 games and 7 starts logging 76.2 innings posting a 3.29 ERA, 4.34 FIP, 1.500 WHIP and 132 ERA+. In his last start in September he allowed 2 runs over 4.0 innings. He made back to back starts against the Rays in the middle of August where he allowed 1 run over 4.0 innings and then 8 runs over 2.2 innings. Even if he is dealing, it will be surprising if he is able to go deep in this game. No one on the Mets has seen him in a major league game.

Let’s Go Mets!

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