Game Preview: Mets @ Padres

The Mets evened the series at 1 game a piece thanks to Pete Alonso late last night. Thor wasn’t as dominant as he was last week, and a throwing error from Rosario didn’t help but finally the Mets bats woke up to keep the team in the game. In the top of the 9th, Alonso hit a 449-ft homer to push the go-ahead run across the plate.

The Mets are going to need a lot more of that this afternoon as they try their first bullpen game of the season. Steven Matz is out and the hope is that he only misses one turn in the rotation. Rather than dipping into Syracuse for Hector Santiago, the Mets acquired Wilmer Font from the Rays who should be able to toss 70 pitches today. After that, bullpen! Wilmer Font is 1-0 over 10 games and 14.0 innings this year with a 5.79 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 1.429 WHIP and 76 ERA+. In his career (37 games and 65.0 innings between 2012 and now, with a gap between 2014-2016 where he didn’t play at all in the bigs) he has a 6.51 ERA, 6.04 FIP, 1.538 WHIP and 66 ERA+.

The Mets draw Matt Stahm today, who is 1-2 over 6 starts and 32.2 innings with a 3.03 ERA, 3.33 FIP, 1.102 WHIP and 137 ERA+ in his first year as a starter. His first start against the Braves was his worst, allowing 5 runs in 2.2 innings. Since then he has allowed 7 run, 6 earned over 30.0 innings,a 1.80 ERA. He tossed one inning in relief against the Mets last year walking 1 and striking out 1. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

Let’s Go Mets!

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