Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets and Major League Baseball are living in two different emergencies right now. MLB has a real crisis on its hand with coronavirus breakouts on two teams. They never had a concrete, specific, and objective response plan for something that seemed inevitable in a global pandemic. Over the last couple of days, MLB has decided to blame athletes (their general response for everything) rather than taking the blame themselves for not preparing. It remains a mystery how much longer baseball can (and should) continue.

Meanwhile, the Mets are having a baseball emergency. They’ve now dropped 4 games in a row, which is like losing 11.2 games in a row in a normal season. The first two were games the Mets really should have come back to win, the third was a game the Mets should have never lost lead in and last night was just terrible.

So it all falls to the rookie David Peterson making his second career start to the stop the slide in the first early afternoon game the Mets have played all season. In his major league debut Peterson allowed 2 runs off 7 hits and 2 walks over 5.2 innings while striking out 3 at Fenway. Today will be his first time facing an NL East team and playing in an official major league game at a stadium with normal field proportions.

The Mets bats will get their first 2020 look at Kyle Wright who struggled against the Rays earlier in the week. He allowed 5 runs from 4 hits and 3 walks over 2.2 innings. Last year he pitched in 7 games, 4 starts, allowing 19 runs over 19.2 innings for the Braves. This includes one start against the Mets where he allowed 6 runs over 3.2 innings off 8 hits and 4 walks while striking out 3. Wright had a 4.17 ERA over 21 starts and 112.1 innings in AAA Gwinnett during the 2019 season. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Brandon Nimmo 2-2, HR
  • Michael Confortio 2-3, 2B, HR, BB
  • Dominic Smith 2-3, HR
  • Brian Dozier 1-1, BB
  • Jeff McNeil 2-3, 2B
  • Robinson Cano 1-3, 2B
  • Wilson Ramos 0-2, 2 BB, K
  • Amed Rosario 0-3, K

Let’s Go Mets!

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