Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

If there is one day I’m not worried about Mets baseball, it’s Opening Day. The Mets continued to build on their strong Opening Day record yesterday with a 1-0 win. Jacob deGrom was fantastic over 5.0 innings, but the Mets didn’t score for him, keeping the tradition of teaching Mets fans that wins aren’t an important stat. Yoenis Cespedes, playing his first baseball game in two years hit a homer for the only run. Edwin Diaz looked good. It was an all around great day in Queens!

The Braves will already look different than yesterday’s team. About two hours before the first pitch, they acquired Scott Schebler for cash from the Reds to give them another bat off the bench. In the Game Preview yesterday, we also didn’t discuss how the catching corps were completely depleted due to d’Arnaud and Flowers having Covid symptoms. It’s an early reminder that rosters are going to be fluid this season.

Remember that point during Spring Training when the Mets brass made it seem like Steven Matz and Michael Wacha were competing for the 5th rotation spot? Welcome to the Mets current starting pitching situation with our #2 flamethrower – Matz! Steven pitched in 32 games and made 30 starts last year totaling 160.1 innings with a 4.21 ERA, 4.60 FIP, 1.341 WHIP and 96 ERA+. In his last 14 games (after his small stint in the bullpen), he pitched 79.1 innings with a 3.52 ERA. Within those 14 games, there is a 9 game stretch from the end of July to the middle of September where Matz had a 2.32 ERA over 54.1 innings.

Matz made more starts last year against the Braves than any other team, totaling 31.0 innings against them. He allowed 11 runs (3.19 ERA) from 19 hits and 12 walks while striking out 31. The Braves have the following numbers against Matz:

Max Fried makes his 2020 debut for the Braves today following his first full season. Last year he pitched in 33 games, 30 starts with a 4.02 ERA, 3.72 FIP, 1.334 WHIP and 113 ERA+ over 165.2 innings. Five games and four starts came against the Mets where he allowed 11 runs over 25.2 innings (3.86 ERA) from 30 hits, 6 walks and 26 K’s. The Mets have the following numbers against Fried:

Let’s Go Mets!

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