Yesterday is a game the Mets would like to forget. It was the first time deGrom was human in (literally) years where he allowed 3 homers, 6 runs in 4.0 innings ending his streak of quality starts and 3 runs or less per start. The bullpen wasn’t great behind him and without knockout stuff (and defensive miscues) Gsellman and Vargas allowed 7 runs in the last two innings of the game (which will probably increase the requests for Dallas Keuchel from Mets fans).
It wasn’t all bad though. The Mets still showed fight late in the game and the final score a lot closer than it should have been for a second straight game. Pete Alonso had his first multi-homer game and now has 5 on the season, Conforto had a homer and Nimmo had a double and a homer as he tries to break out of his funk. Quck note on Alonso – this game brought his batting average up to .385 and OPS to a 1.352.
Noah Syndergaard will try to put the Mets back on track today. In two starts this year he is 0-1 allowing 6 runs and 8 hits over 12.0 innings while striking out 13. After a rocky season debut he rebounded in a positive way limiting the Nationals to 2 runs over 6.0 innings from 1 hit (a homer) at the Opening Day at home. Syndergaard has never faced the Twins before and since the Twins have so many home grown players, there are only two players he has seen while they were with other teams:
The Mets will get to see Jake Odorizzi tonight who is in his second season with the Twins. Jake has been pitching for a while, making his debut in 2012 with the Royals and becoming a regular starter with the Rays in 2014. So far this year he has allowed 6 runs, 5 earned over 6.2 innings and two starts. Last year he had a 4.49 ERA over 164.1 innings through 32 starts posting a 4.20 FIP, 1.345 WHIP and 97 ERA+. He has made one start against the Mets way back in 2015 where he allowed 1 run over 6.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:
- Robinson Cano 5-15, 2B, BB, 2 K
- Michael Conforto 0-3 K
- d’Arnaud 0-2, BB, K
- Wilson Ramos 2-3, 2B
- Keon Broxton 0-1
- JD Davis 1-1, BB
Let’s Go Mets!