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Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

Colon got it done! Twice in a row! After a great outing his last time out, Colon came out yesterday and threw 8.0 scoreless innings while striking out 9 batters and Conforto + Granderson added power as the Mets beat the Phillies. In addition, the Nationals lost to the Cardinals and Mets lead in the division increased again to 6.5 games.

Niese is 8-9 over 25 games over 152.2 innings with a 3.95 ERA. After a tremendous stretch where Niese was crushing it, his last three starts have been pretty bad totaling 17.1 innings with 15 ER including his last start against the Phillies where he allowed 5 ER over 6.0 innings (his first two starts against the Phillies were much better totaling 13.1 innings, 3 runs, 1 earned). The Phillies have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Ruiz 11-34, 3 2B, HR
  • Howard 4-26, HR
  • Galvis 2-15, HR
  • Ruf 3-14, 2 HR
  • Hernandez 4-12
  • Blanco 3-11, 2B
  • Francoeur 3-8, 2B

Aaron Harang is 5-14 over 23 starts and 139.0 innings this year with a 4.79 ERA. His last start against the Mets where he allowed 5 ER over 6.0 innings was the first time the Mets really got to Harang in recent memory. It also made the 4th start in August out of 5 where Harang allowed at least 4 ER (He pitched 28.0 innings over 5 games and allowed 25 earned runs). The Mets have the following numbers against Harang:

  • Wright 15-33, 4 2B, HR
  • Murphy 9-28, 5 2B, HR
  • Tejada 8-21, 3 2B
  • Granderson 4-21, 2B
  • Uribe 2-18, 2 2B
  • d’Arnaud 2-13, HR
  • Cuddyer 4-13, 2B, 3B
  • Lagares 3-12, 2B, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

The Mets were able to avoid the sweep yesterday against the Red Sox and maintained their 5.5 lead in the division and they welcome the Phillies into town tonight. The Mets are still fairly fresh off of a 4 game sweep of the Phillies. Bartolo Colon gets the start tonight. He is 11-11 over 26 games, 25 starts over 153.0 innings with a 4.65 ERA and a league leading 177 hits. In one could be a prelude to October, Colon had a relief outing on his throwing day where he held the Red Sox scoreless and allowed a hit in one inning of work while striking out 2. This means that since his awful 7 ER, 3.2 inning start, he has now had 8 scoreless innings including a 7.0 innings start with 8 strikeouts against the Phillies who have the following numbers against him:

  • Howard 5-22, 2 HR
  • Ruiz 5-18, 2B
  • Asche 3-13, 2 2B
  • Brown 2-14, 2B
  • Galvis 3-9, 2B
  • Francoeur 1-5
  • Herrera 1-6

The Mets bats will get another crack at Jerad Eickhoff who is 1-1 over the first 2 starts in his major league career where he has allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 12.0 innings. His last start was against the Mets where he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned over 6.0 innings while walking 1 and striking out 6. The Mets have the following numbers against Eickhoff:

  • Cespedes 1-3
  • Conforto 2-3, 2B
  • Cuddyer 1-3, 2B
  • Flores 1-3
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Recker 0-3
  • Uribe 1-2
  • Colon 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Red Sox vs Mets

The Mets try to avoid the sweep today as they finish up their set against the Red Sox. After winning 7 games straight, the Mets have dropped two close games in a row to the Red Sox which is coupled yesterday with a Nationals win yesterday. The Mets had chances yesterday and they couldn’t cash in, hopefully that changes today.

Noah Syndergaard is 8-6 over 19 starts and 115.2 innings with a 3.19 ERA. He hasn’t pitched too deep in his last two starts lasting 5.0 innings in each and allowing a combined 5 ER between the two. His three best starts in his last 6 though all came at home. Syndergaard has never faced the Red Sox and has never faced any of their hitters in a major league game before.

The Mets batters get a look at Wade Miley who is 10-10 over 26 starts and 153.2 innings with a 4.51 ERA. His last four starts have been a sandwich where his two in the middle were quite good and the buns of this sandwich, including his last one, saw him give up 5 ER. The last time he faced the Mets was back in 2013 where he shut the Mets out over 5.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Miley:

  • Uribe 5-22, 2 2B
  • Cuddyer 4-17, 2 2B, 3B
  • Murphy 3-9, 2B
  • Wright 2-6
  • Tejada 2-5
  • Lagares 1-3, 2B
  • Harvey 2-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Red Sox vs Mets

The Red Sox were able to snap the Mets winning streak yesterday but the Nationals also lost so the Mets maintain their 6.5 game lead. After going up early in the game, the Red Sox took the lead but the Mets were able to force the game into extra innings where they took a 3 run lead in the 10th. The Mets mounted a comeback attempt, but fell short.

Jacob deGrom is 12-6 over 24 starts and 157.0 innings with a 2.29 ERA. He is coming off of his worst start of the season as he allowed 7 runs, 6 earned over 2.2 innings, comparable slightly to a start he made against the Yankees back in April. Luckily the Mets had his back, hit 8 homers, and the Mets still won the game in his last start. Jacob has never faced the Red Sox before but has seen a few of their hitters:

  • De Aza 1-3
  • Ramirez 1-2, HR
  • Rutledge 1-3
  • Sandoval 1-3, 2B

The Mets bats will get a look at Joe Kelly who was acquired by the Sox around the 2014 trade deadline. For Boston this year he has posted a 5.18 ERA over 21 games and 113.0 innings with a 7-6 record. That being said, he’s been better recently. In his last four starts he has tossed 24.2 innings with a 1.82 ERA while striking out 20. The last time he faced the Mets was in 2013 where logged 2.0 innings over 2 relief outings allowing 2 hits, 1 walk and striking out 3. The Mets have the following number against Kelly:

  • Uribe 5-13
  • Cuddyer 2-4
  • Murphy 2-3
  • Wright 1-4
  • Cespedes 0-3
  • Tejada 0-3
  • K Johnson 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Red Sox vs Mets

The Mets return home tonight after a 8-1 road trip featuring the current 7-game win streak. Last night was more of the same for the Mets where they were down but they came back. This time they were down 5-0, then over the course of the next two innings they came back to 5-5. The game went into extras, featured an insane defensive play from Murphy/Torres, and a win. Let’s keep it going! As for the Red Sox, it has been a rough season for them but don’t sleep on them. In their last 13 games they are 8-5 and have shown in that stretch they have an explosive offense. The key to beating the Red Sox is getting to their starting pitching, which has hampered them.

Matt Harvey will be making his first start in about 10 games as the Mets skipped his last start in an effort to stretch him out for a stretch run. He is 11-7 over 23 games and 154.0 innings with a 2.57 ERA. In his last four starts he is 2-0 over 28.2 innings with a 0.63 ERA while striking out 25 batters. Harvey has never faced the Red Sox but several members of the team have seen him while they were on other teams:

  • De Aza 0-4
  • Sandoval 0-3
  • Miley 0-2

The Mets bats draw Henry Owens who is 2-1 over 4 starts and 24.0 innings with 21 strikeouts while posting a 4.50 ERA. The 22-year old who is starting his major league career is coming off of his best start at home against the Royals where he allowed 2 runs, 1 earned over 8.0 innings. His numbers are skewed by his 3rd start where he allowed 7 ER over 6.0 innings. Before the start of the season, Baseball America saw him as the 44th best prospect, MLB.com the 19th best prospect and 46th by Baseball Prospectus. This year in the minors was 3-8 over 21 games and 122.1 innings with a 3.16 ERA. He has never faced the Mets in a major league game or anyone on the Mets roster.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets look to complete a 4 game sweep and extend their winning streak to 7 games tonight as Jon Niese take on Aaron Harang. Last night the Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead early batting a round in the first inning, then they didn’t do much until late in the game where Cuddyer added what seemed like at the time two throw-away runs with a 2-run shot. Colon did exactly what the Mets needed him today shutting down the Phillies for 7 innings, giving the bullpen a break but the Mets allowed 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th before Clippard had to come into shut the door (then the Mets added runs in the top of the 9th to make the lead safe again).

Jon Niese is 8-9 over 146.2 innings with a 3.80 ERA this season. He’s coming off his first rough start in a while where he allowed 11 hits and 7 earned runs over 5.1 innings, and 10 ER in his last 11.1 innings. His two starts against the Phillies this year have been good. In April he held them to 1 ER over 6.1 innings despite allowing 9 hits and in May he allowed 2 runs, none earned, over 7.0 innings. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Ruiz 11-32, 3 2B, HR
  • Howard 4-26, HR
  • Glavis 2-13, HR
  • Ruf 2-11, HR
  • Brown 2-11, 2B
  • Asche 5-9, 2 2B
  • Blanco 3-9, 2B
  • Herrera 3-7, 2 2B

The Mets bats will get a look at the one-time Met Aaron Harang who is 5-14 (league leader in losses) over 22 starts and 133.0 innings with a 4.67 ERA. He started August off on a rough foot allowing 18 ER over 15.0 innings over 3 starts but in his last start against Miami he allowed only 2 ER over 7.0 innings. He is generally good against the Mets. He lost both starts against the Amazin’s this year but it wasn’t his fault. His first start of the season the Phillies lost 2-0 and Harang allowed only 1 ER over 6.0 innings. In his second start against the Mets this season, the final score was 3-2 and he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, over 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Harang:

  • Wright 13-30, 4 2B, HR
  • Murphy 9-26, 5 2B, HR
  • Tejada 8-19, 3 2B
  • Granderson 2-17, 2B
  • Uribe 2-18, 2 2B
  • Cuddyer 4-13, 2B, 3B
  • Lagares 3-12, 2B, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets extended their winning streak to 5 games yesterday and look to make 6 tonight as they take on Jerad Eickhoff and the Phillies. Last night the Mets got a 2 run early then extended to 3-0 before the Phillies were able to put up a 4 spot. Then the Mets kept working, got the lead, kept the lead, apparently insulted Larry Bowa, and Familia got the 4 out save.

For the Mets its Bartolo Colon on the mound who is pitching possibly with a stiff wrist from a come-backer his last time out. As of a couple of days ago it was unclear if he was going to pitch but here we are. Collins announced yesterday that in case of an emergency, Torres and (surprisingly) Verrett are set to come in for a long outing. Colon is 10-11 over 24 starts and 145.0 innings with a 4.90 ERA and a league leading 171 hits this year. He’s coming off of a rough start where he allowed 7 ER over 3.2 innings, but the Mets still won that game. In two starts against the Phillies this year he has allowed 7 ER over 12.0 innings. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Howard 4-19, 2 HR
  • Ruiz 5-18, 2B
  • Asche 3-11, 2 2B
  • Brown 2-11, 2B
  • Frenchy 1-5
  • Galvis 3-6, 2B
  • Herrera 0-3

Jerad Eickhoff will be making his second major league start against the Mets tonight. He came to the Phillies as part of the Cole Hamels trade earlier this year. His major league debut in Miami was excellent as he shutout the Marlins over 6.0 innings holding them to 5 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Across AA Frisco, AAA Round Rock and AAA Lehigh Valley this season he has a 12-5 record over 23 games, 22 starts, while posting a 3.85 ERA. Obviously, he has never faced any Mets in a major league games.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

Last night was fun! Let’s do it again.

Jacob deGrom had an off night allowing 7 runs over around 3 innings. The Mets ended up putting up a 16 spot. The Mets scoring started in the top of the 2nd with the return of David Wright smacking the ball deep out of the park (Mets down 3-1). And then the homers kept coming, two from Flores and one each from Cuddyer, Cespedes, d’Arnaud, Murphy and Lagares (a Mets record). Plus, the Mets got brilliant relief from Gilmartin.

Noah Syndergaard will try to give the bullpen a rest tonight. He is 7-6 on the season over 18 starts with 110.2 innings with a 3.17 ERA. He is in a bit of a rough stretch where he has pitched 16.0 innings allowing 11 ER (still with 17 strikeouts though). His first start against someone not in the NL Central was the Phillies where he shut them out over 7.1 innings. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Galvis 0-3
  • Herrera 0-3
  • Howard 0-3
  • Rupp 1-3

The Mets will get another look at Jerome Williams. Jerome is 4-9 over 20 starts with a 6.10 ERA while pitching 100.1 innings. He is coming off his worst start of the year where he allowed 8 ER over 1.2 innings in Miami. In two starts against the Mets this year he pitched 11.0 innings allowing 8 runs, 7 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Williams:

  • K Johnson 9-25, 2B
  • Granderson 2-13, HR
  • Cespedes 3-13, HR
  • Lagares 2-8
  • Cuddyer 4-7, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 2-6, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

What a difference a weekend makes! The Mets swept the Rockies this weekend and went from losing 4 of their last 5 to winning 4 of their last 5 games as they head into Philadelphia. Yesterday the Mets received an excellent spot start from Logan Verrett who tossed 8.0 innings allowing only 1 ER. The Phillies the Mets are facing tonight are not the same Phillies from earlier this year. They’ve been playing well as of late. The Mets will also be getting a lift tonight as David Wright looks to rejoin the team.

Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets. He is 12-6 over 23 starts and 154.1 innings with a 1.98 ERA. In his last seven starts he is 4-0 over 48.2 innings, striking out 56 batters posting a 1.29 ERA. He has faced the Phillies twice this season tossing 13.2 innings with a 1.32 ERA and 12 K’s. The Phillies have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Howard 2-12, HR, 4 K
  • Ruiz 1-9
  • Asche 3-5
  • Galvis 3-6
  • Herrera 1-6
  • Brown 0-2

The Mets draw rookie Adam Morgan for the season opener. He is 4-4 over 10 games and 57.1 innings with a 3.92 ERA. He has been putting it together of late posting a 2.84 ERA over his last 3 starts and 19.0 innings. This will be Morgan’s first appearance against the Mets but he has faced Uribe before who is 1-3 with a homer.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Rockies

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The Mets won their consecutive game against the Rockies last night by the identical score of 14-9 all the course there was a little different. This time, the Mets only hit one homer (Uribe), and 8 Mets players had multiple hits. The Mets leaped out to a 3-0 lead before the Rockies brought it back to 3-3. Then the Mets batted around without an out and jolted to a 11-3 lead.

Logan Verrett will be making his major league debut as a starter today in an attempt to stretch out Harvey and others to last deeper into the season. Between the Mets and Rangers this year he has pitched 11 games with a 2.82 ERA over 22.1 innings and with the Mets he has pitched 13.1 innings over 7 games with a 0.68 ERA. He is 4-2 with the 51’s this season over 16 games including 9 starts with a 3.57 ERA. The only Rockie he has faced in his limited major league career is Jose Reyes who is 0-1.

David Hale looks to play stopper for the Rockies today. He is 3-4 over 10 games and 9 starts this year while pitching 54.0 innings with a 6.19 ERA. He pitched against the Nationals on the 18th, his first start since July 9th. Against the Nationals he allowed 6 ER over 5.0 innings. Last year he pitched in 4 games, 2 starts against the Mets totaling 16.0 innings allowing 18 hits, 10 runs, 8 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Hale:

  • Granderson 1-8, 2B
  • Murphy 3-7, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 0-4
  • Lagares 0-4
  • Recker 1-3
  • Tejada 0-3
  • Uribe 0-3

Let’s Go Mets!