Game Preview: Phillies @ Mets

The Mets skipped across the pond Wednesday evening and have had the last two days to prepare for international baseball, welcome to London lads!

For the third time in MLB’s history, games will be played in London Stadium, the home of West Ham United F.C. The fireworks this afternoon/evening (depending on what country you are watching this game in) won’t be created by star midfielders Mohammed Kudus and Edson Álvarez . It is Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso’s turn!

Sean Manaea has made 11 starts totaling 57 innings this season with a 3.63 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 1.298 WHIP and a 105 ERA+. He’s coming off of a rough start against the Diamondbacks where he allowed six runs, five earned over 5 2/3 innings but still managed to have a season high in strikeouts at 10. He last faced the Phillies on May 13th and allowed only one earned run from four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six. The Phillies have the following career numbers against him:

  • Alec Bohm 1-5, HR, 2 K
  • Nick Castellanos 5-11, 2B, 2 HR, 3 K
  • Bryce Harper 2-6, 2B, K
  • Whit Merrifield 4-11, 2 2B, BB, 2 K
  • J.T. Realmuto 0-2, BB, 2 K
  • Johan Rojas 0-3, K
  • Kyle Schwarber 0-0, 2 BB
  • Edmundo Sosa 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR, K
  • Bryson Stott 3-6, HR, BB
  • Garrett Stubbs 1-2

The Mets bats will really get to test the theory if London Stadium is still a hitters park as they face one of the best pitchers in baseball this year, Ranger Suárez. Over 12 starts (74 innings), Suárez has a 1.70 ERA (league leading), 2.65 FIP, 0.797 WHIP (league leading) and a 236 ERA+ (you guessed it, league leading). The Mets scored two unearned runs against Suárez back on May 15th off of four hits and two walks over five innings. Suárez had a short outing his last time out when he took a 106 mph comebacker off of his pitching thumb. This is of course something to keep an eye on today. The Mets have the following career numbers against Suárez:

  • Pete Alonso 1-15, 2B, 4 BB, 3 K
  • Harrison Bader 1-2
  • José Iglesias 2-2
  • Francisco Lindor 3-13, HR, BB, K
  • Starling Marte 4-13, 2 BB, K
  • J.D. Martinez 2-7, 2B, BB, 2 K
  • Jeff McNeil 2-10, 2B, 3B, K
  • Tomás Nido 0-4, 3 K
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-19, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Tyrone Taylor 1-5, K
  • Luis Torrens 0-2, BB, K
  • Mark Vientos 3-9, 2B, HR, 3 K

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Come On You Irons! West Ham United F.C., also referred to as the Irons invoke iron hammers in club imagery. The Mets and Phillies will be looking to use their hammers today in what has historically been a high scoring ballpark. In 2019, before the fences were brought in, the Red Sox and Yankees combined for 10 home runs over two games. Before heading across the pond the Mets hit six homers over their three game sweep against the Nationals.
  2. Mushy P’s and Proper Relievers. The bulk of the Mets has been a bit mushy for the better part of the month. The Mets pen has lost six games where the Mets were leading in the 8th or leader. There were two games where the Mets bullpen allowed big leads to almost slip away at the last moment. But the Mets have won five of their last seven games and that’s because of two new relievers who are off to strong starts. Dedniel Núñez has allowed only three earned runs over 11 2/3 innings with an astounding 19 K’s. Danny Young has allowed one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight.
  3. Changing of the Guard? When the Mets traded for Luis Torrens out of the Yankees minor league system, it was widely assumed at the time he would be the odd man out once Francisco Álvarez comes back. All Torrens has done though since coming up is hit for power. He has gone 3-for-10 at the plate with two homers and a double. Nido over his last five games has gone 4-for-13 at the plate with a double and a homer. Nido probably still has the advantage here, but both catchers will be auditioning all weekend for who gets to stay when Álvarez returns.

Let’s Go Mets!

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