Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

Maybe the Mets should have lied Saturday to their British fans and said baseball only last a few innings. The game got off to a good start with the Mets with Manaea looking good and the Mets offense clicking, just not scoring a bunch. Then the Mets had a classic blow-up inning and that just put the game out of reach.

Now the Mets look to split the series with the Phillies overseas before skip across the pond back home. Thanks to the time difference we get to enjoy a full English breakfast of baseball this morning!

Jose Quintana has made 12 starts this season totaling 62 2/3 innings with a 5.17 ERA, 5.24 FIP, 1.388 WHIP and a 74 ERA+. Quintana has now allowed exactly three earned runs in each of his last three starts. Two of those starts were at least quality starts but his last start he pitched only four innings in a game the Mets eventually lost 5-4 when the bullpen lost the lead.

His last start against the Phillies though was good! He held the Phillies to two runs from four hits over 5 1/3 innings. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Alec Bohm 3-13, 2B, HR, 3 K
  • Nick Castellanos 12-48, 3B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 9 K
  • David Dahl 1-9, 3 K
  • Bryce Harper 3-17, HR, 6 K
  • Whit Merrifield 5-17, 2 BB, 2 K
  • J.T. Realmuto 4-15, HR, 2 BB
  • Johan Rojas 3-5, 2 K
  • Kyle Schwarber 4-19, 2B, HR, 7 K
  • Edmundo Sosa 2-8, 3 K
  • Bryson Stott 0-1, BB
  • Garrett Stubbs 0-2

The Mets batters will get to face an old friend overseas today in Taijuan Walker. Over seven starts, 37 2/3 innings, Walker has a 5.73 ERA, 5.66 FIP, 1.593 WHIP, 70 ERA+. He faced the Mets back on May 16th allowing two runs from four hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings. Since then he has allowed 13 runs, 12 earned over 15 2/3 innings over three starts with opponents hitting .308/.387/.508 against him. The Mets have the following career numbers against Walker:

  • Pete Alonso: 3-12, 2 2B, HR, BB, 3 K
  • Harrison Bader 0-6, 2 K
  • Brett Baty 2-10, 2B, K
  • José Iglesias 4-10, 2B, BB
  • Francisco Lindor 2-17, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Starling Marte 2-8, BB
  • J.D. Martinez 7-15, 2B, HR, BB, 3 K
  • Jeff McNeil 1-7, BB
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-9, 2B, HR, 2 BB, K
  • DJ Stewart 0-9, BB, 2 K
  • Tyrone Taylor 1-5, 3 K
  • Luis Torrens 0-2
  • Mark Vientos 0-2

Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Jeff McNeil returns. Jeff McNeil will finally get a start after sitting for the last four games. José Iglesias has gone 9-for-22 since his call-up, hitting .409/.435/.500 (six games). In McNeil’s last six games he has gone 3-for-22 (.136/.136/.136). Will McNeil seize his opportunity back in the lineup today?
  2. Hotter than cuppa. Francisco Lindor continues to be hotter than a cup of tea. It doesn’t matter what capital city he’s playing in right now. Saturday in London, Lindor went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Over his last three games he has gone 6-for-14 with two doubles and a homer. Since May 21st he has gone 25-for-68 hitting .368/.419/.603.
  3. Pete Alonso’s doubles game. Pete Alonso hit his 16th double of the season yesterday. The most doubles he has ever hit in season is 30, and he did that back in his rookie year (2019). Last season he had 21 doubles. So he seems to be on track to break his personal best for doubles this season.

Let’s Go Mets!

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