Game Preview: Mets @ Orioles

Last night wasn’t great.

The Mets scored 5 runs, which should be enough to win the ball game, but struggled with pitching between Jurado’s Mets debut and Kilome’s relief outing. The good news: Jurado and Kilome ate up a combined 7 innings so Hughes was the only bullpen regular that had to pitch, giving most of the team the day off. Now the Mets will try to rebound as they are 6 games under .500. This article is being written at 6:00 AM, I’m sure the Mets roster is going to look completely different by game time as they still have to make roster moves for all their “buzzer beater” trade deals.

Michael Wacha tries to get back on the right track tonight. In 4 starts and 17.0 innings he has a 7.41 ERA, 4.49 FIP, 1.765 WHIP and 58 ERA+. In his first start back against the Yankees he allowed 4 runs in 3.0 innings of 6 hits including a homer, a game the Mets eventually bailed him out of. (It was one of the few bright spots in the last 7 days of Mets baseball). Since his first start of the season, he has allowed 13 runs in 12.0 innings.

John Means is looking to make like J.A. Happ tonight. As a quick refresher, Happ was struggling this season until the start he made before the Mets, which was pretty good, then he started against the Mets and he was excellent. Means is in a similar position. On the season, over 5 starts and 14.2 innings, he has a 8.59 ERA, 7.97 FIP, 1.295 WHIP and 54 ERA+. Homers have hurt him – he’s giving up 3.7 per nine innings, his career numbers are 1.6. In his last start he took some steps forward, allowing 2 runs on 4.0 innings (although both runs were solo homers). Complicating his homer numbers – 4 of his 5 starts have been in hitter friendly Camden Yards. His last start was in Buffalo.

Let’s Go Mets!

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