Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets

I wish I could give you a recap of last night’s game more personal than analyzing a box score, but the Mets made the bizarre decision to force last night’s game in rather than doing a split admission double header today, so the game started around 10 pm. My best guess is the Mets were worried about (financially motivated by) the stress on their infrastructure having a game in the ballpark that would let out tomorrow at the same time people would be queing up for the Noah Syndergaard bobblehead. Anyway the Mets stunk it up last night with the bright spots being McNeil, Cano and Nimmo all collecting two hits in the game. deGrom struggled and then Oswalt struggled after and then 7 innings went by the the Mets allowing 9 runs.

Hopefully today is much better as Syndergaard is pitching (I don’t remember the last time that a pitcher started on their bobblehead day, that’s nifty). He’s 1-2 over his 5 starts this season in 29.0 innings leading to a 5.90 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 1.276 WHIP and 66 ERA+. It’s interesting how the peripheral stats are all telling a different story for Syndergaard, it suggests at minimum a return to his mean performance soon. In two starts against the Brewers last year he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 11.1 innings with a 2.38 ERA. The Brewers have the following numbers against him:

  • Christian Yelich 3-17, 2B, 6 K
  • Lorenzo Cain 3-13, BB, 4 K
  • Yasmani Grandal 1-8, hR, BB, 3 K
  • Ryan Braun 1-6, 2 K
  • Mike Moustakas 1-6, K
  • Travis Shaw 2-5, HR
  • Jesus Sguilar 1-4, 2 K

The Mets bats will get a look at Brandon Woodruff tonight who is 2-1 over 5 starts and 26.1 innings with a 5.81 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 1.481 WHIP and a 76 ERA+. He’s coming off of his worst start of the season where he allowed 5 runs from 7 hits and 3 walks over 5.2 innings which was on the heals of his best start of the season where he allowed 2 runs over 5.2 innings. He has never faced the Mets before and the only batter on the Mets who has seen him in a major league game is Wilson Ramos who is 1-3.

Let’s Go Mets!

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