Game Preview: Mets @ Pirates

The Mets roll into Pittsburgh tonight on a 7 game win streak coming off back to back sweeps including a sweep of the Pirates last weekend. Yesterday the Mets had a dominate start from Zack Wheeler, bullpen that that kept the clean sheet and an offense that did just enough to push the Mets into the win column. The Pirates on the other hand come into the weekend with multiple players suspended (appeals pending) including their manager hanging over their heads. One team is unified by winning, the other by fighting, what’s going to happen next?

Steven Matz is 6-6 over 21 games and 19 starts with 100.0 innings of work with a 4.32 ERA, 4.88 FIP, 1.380 WHIP with a 95 ERA+ (same mark as last year). Matz is coming off of his best start of his career – a complete game shutout against the Pirates, allowing only 5 hits and no walks over the corse of the game while striking out 7. In the month of July he has lowered his ERA from 4.95 down to 4.32, with an ERA of 1.80 in 20.0 innings. In that stretch batters are getting on base at a .266 clip with a .629 OPS. The Pirates have the following numbers against Matz:

The Mets will get another look at Trevor Williams tonight. He is 3-4 over 15 starts and 88.2 innings with a 4.87 ERA, 4.58 FIP, 1.320 WHIP and a 90 ERA+. He had an average outing his last time out against the Mets, allowing 3 runs from 2 homers over 7.0 innings from 4 hits and 2 walks. And now in his last two starts he has allowed 5 runs, 4 earned over 12.0 innings. That being said, in his last 6 starts he has allowed 29 runs, 28 earned, over 34.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Trevor:

Let’s Go Mets!

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