If you told me that Jason Vargas would throw a complete game shutout last night at the start of the season, I would have laughed. Jason Vargas had his second straight great start for the Mets, now allowing 1 run in his last 16 innings of work and last night he went the distance against the Giants. For a while as a Met he would be done after 4.0 innings, so he essentially threw two games worth of innings in one start. This was everything the Mets needed, and now they can turn to Wheeler to finish the job and take the series today.
Zack Wheeler is 5-3 over 12 games and 77.0 innings with a 4.68 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 1.286 WHIP and 86 ERA+. In his last three starts he has been pretty average, allowing 10 runs over 21.1 innings, a 4.22 ERA while striking out 23. He’s being hurt by the long ball recently allowing 5 in those starts, compared to 9 on the season. He was good against the Giants last year allowing 2 runs over 14.0 innings while striking out 19. The Giants have the following numbers against him:
- Brandon Belt 4-12, 2B, 3 BB, 4 K
- Buster Posey 2-11, HR, BB, K
- Brandon Crawford 3-8, 2 BB, 2 K
- Joe Panik 1-9, 2B, K
- Evan Longoria 2-6, 2B, K
- Kevin Pillar 1-5
The Mets get another rookie on the mound today. Today they face Shaun Anderson making his 5th major league start. In his first 4 he has pitched 22.0 innings with a 4.09 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 1.318 WHIP and 104 ERA+. He’s coming off his best start of his career where he allowed 2 runs off of 5 hits in 7.0 innings, lowering his ERA from a 4.80 to a 4.09 against the Orioles (one of the worst offenses but one of the best hitter parks so maybe it’s a wash?). Before getting called up he had a 4.11 ERA over 35.0 innings and 7 starts in Sacramento.
Let’s Go Mets!