Game Preview: Mets @ Cardinals

The Mets won a game!

Monday night the Mets took an early 3-0 lead against the Cardinals playing small ball, stringing hits together, bunting players over, hitting sacrifice flies, etc. Sean Manaea cruised through the first five innings of the game but hit a rough patch in the 6th and gave back all three runs. Brandon Nimmo hit a solo shot and that was all the bullpen needed to keep the Cardinals off the scoreboard for the 7th, 8th and 9th innings. A win tonight will bring the Mets back to .500 for the season!

José Buttó has made five starts this season totaling 28 innings with a 2.57 ERA, 3.68 FIP, 1.071 WHIP and a 154 ERA+. He a strong bounce back start his last time out where he held the Cubs to one run from four hits and two walks over six innings. He was bouncing back from a less than stellar start against the Cardinals where Buttó allowed four runs from four hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. The walks for Buttó have been a sign as to what type of night he’s going to have and hopefully he can keep them down tonight. The Cardinals have the following career numbers against him:

  • Nolan Arenado 0-2
  • Alec Burleson 1-2, HR, BB, K
  • Willson Contreras 1-2, BB
  • Brandon Crawford 1-2
  • Brendan Donovan 0-3
  • Paul Goldschmidt 1-2, BB
  • Nolan Gorman 0-2
  • Lars Nootbaar 0-3, K
  • Michael Siani 0-2, 2 K

The Mets bats will get another look at Miles Mikolas tonight who has made seven starts already this season. Over 38 innings he has a 5.68 ERA, 4.72 FIP, 1.395 WHIP and a 73 ERA+. Since he faced the Mets he allowed three runs from six hits over six innings against the Tigers. Against the Mets this season he allowed only two runs despite allowing seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Overall he’s allowed 21 hits in his last three starts while walking zero batters. The Mets have the following career numbers against him:

  • Pete Alonso 2-15, BB, 3 K
  • Harrison Bader 0-2
  • Brett Baty 1-5, 2B, 2 K
  • Francisco Lindor 5-14, 2 2B, K
  • Starling Marte 8-41, 2B, 2 BB, 7 K
  • J.D. Martinez 3-6, 2B, HR< K
  • Jeff McNeil 8-16, 3 2B, BB, K
  • Omar Narváez 4-17, 2 2B, 3B, BB, 3 K
  • Tomás Nido 2-5, 2B, HR, 3 K
  • Brandon Nimmo 1-16, 2B, 3 BB, 3 K
  • DJ Stewart 1-2, HR, K
  • Tyrone Taylor 3-10, 2B, HR, 3 K
  • Joey Wendle 1-7, K

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Pete Alonso: Pete Alonso was given the first half of Monday night’s game off, partially to get bench players in the game who happened to have good numbers against Kyle Gibson, partially to allow Alonso to reset. He lined out straight at the second basemen in his one at bat in Monday’s game. Since April 28th Alonso has gone 1-for-29 at the plate with a double and five walks. Tonight is a great night to break out of the slump!
  2. Brandon Nimmo: Nimmo has quietly been carrying the Mets offense for the last eight games. Over that stretch he has gone 9-for-28 at the plate with three doubles, two homers and four walks hitting .321/.441/.643. Nimmo’s solo shot on Monday night was the deciding factor for the game.
  3. Do we see Adrian Houser tonight? Adrian Houser officially joined the bullpen before Monday night’s game. Everyone in the Mets bullpen has pitched in the last two games. If the Mets get a solid lead tonight (or if the Mets fall back by a lot), it seems destined for Houser to get some work in.

Let’s Go Mets!

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