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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

This is the start of a crucial series for the Mets. The first place Nationals come into town with a three game lead over the Mets. The Mets have not had an easy last couple of days, and they really need these three days to go well. Luckily for the Mets, they have their young studs going on the mound each day.

Today we start off with Matt Harvey who is 9-7 over 19 starts with a 3.16 ERA over 125.1 innings this year. After a rough start after the All-Star Break, Harvey bounced back his last time out allowing only 2 ER over 7.0 innings. Harvey is 2-1 in as many starts against the Nationals with a 1.80 ERA over 20.0 innings while striking out 15 batters. The Nationals have the following numbers against Matt:

  • Desmond 5-17, 2B, HR
  • Harper 0-14
  • Werth 3-13
  • Zimmerman 4-14, 2B, HR
  • Rendon 0-6

The Mets bats will try to crack Gio Gonzalez who is 8-4 over 18 starts and 105.2 innings with a 3.83 ERA. He is on a tear as of late going 4-0 over his last 5 starts and 31.0 innings with a 1.45 ERA. He is 2-0 in as many starts against the Mets this year with a 1.38 ERA over 13.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Gio:

  • Granderson 3-27, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 8-23, 2B, 3B
  • Tejada 6-20
  • Lagares 10-22, 3 2B, 3B, HR
  • Duda 3-17, 2B
  • Uribe 3-13, HR
  • Flores 1-13
  • d’Arnaud 2-11, 2 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Padres vs Mets

Well the last 15 hours or so have been a whirlwind for the Mets. Today is going to test out the professionals on the team to be play through all of the distractions. Basically in the last 15 hours, the news broke out that the Mets were working hard to acquire a big bat. Then Colon stunk it up on the mound. Then news broke that the Mets acquired Gomez for Wheeler/Flores. Then Duda hit his second homer of the night. Then we were all confused why Flores was still in the game. Then Flores showed us that he’s human and this game involves humans. Then Flores was finally taken out of the game. Then Duda hit his third homer of the game. Then the Mets lost. Then the deal fell through due to medicals.

So Jon Niese will try to make the Mets and Mets fans forget the last 15 hours. Niese is 5-9 over 19 games and 115.1 innings with a 3.75 ERA. Niese was one a great roll since the start of June except for his lasts tart against the Giants where he allowed 6 ER over 3.0 innings. Its been a while since Niese faced the Padres, the last time was back in 2013 where he was 2-0 over as many starts allowing only 3 ER over 12.2 innings striking out 13 K’s. The Padres have the following numbers against Niese:

  • J Upton 9-23, 2B
  • Barmes 6-16, 2B, HR
  • Kemp 4-16
  • M Upton 2-12
  • Gyorko 4-6, 2 2B

The Mets bats will get a look at Andrew Cashner who is 4-10 over 19 starts and 116.2 innings with a 3.93 ERA. His last start was his second in his last three where he allowed 1 run over at least 6.0 innings. His start against the Mets earlier this season was good for the Mets as he allowed 11 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned over 4.2 innings (although he struck out 12 batters). The Mets have the following numbers against Andrew:

  • Uribe 8-23, 2 2B
  • Murphy 3-7, HR
  • Tejada 4-7, 2B
  • Duda 2-5, 2 2B
  • Granderson 0-6
  • Johnson 0-6
  • Flores 1-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Padres vs Mets

Yesterday was a roller coaster day of emotions for the Mets. The Mets woke up to a world where Tulo was traded to the Blue Jays, then there were whispers all day about the Mets not being done yet in terms of trades, then Mejia got suspended for using PEDs again (now for 162 games), finally Syndergaard tossed one of the best games of his career and Duda continued to show signs of improvement as the Mets moved to only 1 back of the NL East lead.

Bartolo Colon takes the mound for the Amazins tonight. He is 9-9 over 19 starts and 117.1 innings with a 4.60 ERA. His first start after the All-Star break was one of the worst he had this season, his last start was one of the best he had all season holding the Dodgers to 1 ER over 8.0 innings. He missed the Padres earlier this year but last year in two starts he was 1-0 over 12.1 innings with a 4.38 ERA. The Padres have the following numbers against him:

  • M Upton 10-33, 2B, 3B, HR
  • J Upton 2-10
  • Kemp 3-7
  • Amarista 3-5, 2B
  • Venable 1-5
  • Wallace 1-5
  • Alonso 1-4
  • Barmes 2-3, 2B

The Mets bats will probably get a look at Tyson Ross tonight, who is also on the trading block, possibly making his last start as a Padres or maybe not making the start at all. He is 6-8 this season with a 3.45 ERA over 21 starts and 122.2 innings with a league leading 57 walks. In his last two starts he has pitched 12.1 innings with 14 K’s and only 2 walks (which is unusual for him) while allowing 7 runs, 6 earned. He missed the Mets earlier this year but last year he shut out the Mets over 7.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Ross:

  • Uribe 3-12
  • Granderson 4-10, HR
  • K Johnson 3-5
  • Lagares 1-6
  • Murphy 1-6
  • Duda 1-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Padres vs Mets

This should be an interesting series! The Padres are about to be sellers, and with the trade deadline coming up, we could be on hug watch throughout the series, with at least one player on the Padres linked to the Mets. The Padres come in tonight with three players being heavily looked at other teams including Upton, Kimbrel and tonight’s starter, James Shields. The Mets find themselves as buyers for the first time in forever after completing another trade yesterday for Tyler Clippard.

The Mets will send out Noah Syndergaard tonight who is 4-5 over 13 starts and and 78.2 innings with a 2.97 ERA and 82 strikeouts. In his last 5 starts he is 2-1 over 34.0 innings with a 1.59 ERA with 34 strikeouts. The only blemish in his last start that kept him to 5.0 innings were walks as he allowed a career high with 5. One of the worst starts of his young career though was in San Diego where he allowed 7 ER over 4.0 innings, but he also struck out 10. The Padres have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Kemp 0-3
  • Norris 2-3, HR
  • Upton 0-3
  • Venable 2-3, 3B
  • Alonso 2-2

The Mets bats will face off against James Shields in what could be his last start as a Padre. He is 8-3 over 26.2 innings with a 3.77 ERA. He has tossed 0.0 innings in his last two starts allowing only  ER while striking out 13 batters. He beat the Mets back at the start of June allowing 2 ER over 6 hits and 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Granderson 7-61, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR
  • Johnson 2-6
  • Uribe 3-12, 3B
  • Murphy 1-6
  • Duda 1-3
  • Flores 1-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Dodgers vs Mets

Well the Mets sometimes troll their own fans, and that’s what happened last night. The Mets had a great start from Harvey but the offense went off the the handle scoring 15 runs including two homers from Duda, a homer from Murphy and a homer from the newest Met, Kelly Johnson. They are going to need that offense today as they go up against Zack Greinke and his impressive scoreless streak.

The Mets will be sending out ace Jacob deGrom who is 10-6 over 18 games and 119.2 innings with a 2.18 ERA. In his first start from the All-Star break he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 8. In his last 11 starts he has tossed 78.0 innings and struck out 83 batters with a 1.50 ERA. Jacob missed the Dodgers earlier this year but faced them twice last year over 12.0 innings with a 6.00 ERA. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Gonzalez 3-6, 2 HR
  • Rollins 1-6
  • Crawford 0-3
  • Ethier 1-3, 3B
  • Puig 1-3, HR

The Mets draw one of the best pitchers in the game tonight, Zack Greinke. He is 9-2 over 19 starts and 131.1 innings with a league leading, insane, 1.30 ERA. He last runs he allowed were two runs against the Padres on June 13 over 8.0 innings. He picked up a win against the Mets at the start of July pitching 7.0 scoreless innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Granderson 9-48, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Uribe 5-20, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 3-11
  • Duda 3-10, HR
  • Flores 3-8
  • Lagares 1-8, HR

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Dodgers vs Mets

It’s been an interesting last 24 hours for the Mets. Niese had a rough start, although its confusing why he was pitching as his wife was giving birth at the same time. Anyway, Conforto made his major league debut, got an RBI. Oh, and the Mets traded Gant and Whaler to the Braves and picked up Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson. So things are happening?

Despite all of the news in the last day, it is also Matt Harvey Day. Harvey is 8-7 over 18 starts and 118.1 innings with a 3.19 ERA. Harvey had a rough start coming back from the All-Star break where he allowed 5 runs, 4 earned over 7.0 innings after a string of good starts except for one, which was against the Dodgers where he allowed 3 ER over 5.0 innings. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Rollins 3-16, 2 2B, HR
  • Gonzalez 2-8, HR
  • Ethier 2-5
  • Puig 3-5, 2B
  • Callaspo 1-3
  • Crawford 0-2

For the Dodgers: at this time I’m not sure. I have to leave and the Dodgers haven’t announced their start yet. The most likely pitcher at this point would be Zach Lee making his major league debut. He is 7-3 in the minors with a 2.36 ERA over 12 starts and 68.2 innings. The Dodgers rotation is in flux right now with a demotion to Beachy earlier in the week and Greinke going on paternity leave (to pitch tomorrow). There was a possibility that he was going to pitch today. Of course, it really could be someone else making the start today, good luck to the Mets!

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Dodgers vs Mets

Last night was a typical night for the Mets. They got an amazing outing from a starting pitcher (this time it was the good Colon) but the offense couldn’t muster anything (which may be a little understandable, it was Kershaw). Anyway, the Mets drew a lucky, lucky card today as Grienke is expecting a child, and Ian Thomas has to make a spot start.

For the Mets Jon Niese will take the mound. Niese is 5-8 over 18 games and 112.1 innings with a 3.36 ERA. If the season ended today, this would be his best season ERA of his career. Since the start of June, Niese has made 8 starts and 55.1 innings with a 2.28 ERA. He missed the Dodgers earlier this season but last year was 1-1 in as many starts with a 3.29 ERA over 13.2 innings. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Rollins 11-53, 3 2B
  • Gonzalez 0-9
  • Ethier 4-10
  • Puig 0-6
  • Turner 3-5,2B
  • Van Slyke 1-5, 2B
  • Kendrick 0-5

Ian Thomas is making the spot start today, he was acquired by the Dodgers earlier this season from the Braves and overall on the season he has pitched in 7 games over 10.1 innings with a 5.23 ERA. In two games this year he logged 1.1 innings against the Mets. The Mets haven’t hit off of Thomas, but they have walked 3 times.

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Dodgers vs Mets

The Mets dropped 2 of 3 in Washington after a disappointing loss yesterday where the team couldn’t hold onto a lead late, and the offense couldn’t score more than a few runs. However today they look to start fresh against the Dodgers at home with Bartolo Colon on the mound.

Bartolo is 9-8 over 18 games and 109.1 innings with a 4.86 ERA. When Bartolo has a rough day on the mound, he really has a rough day on the mound and his last time out he allowed 7 ER over 4.1 innings against the Cardinals (the second time this year he has allowed at least 7 ER over 4.1 innings against The Cardinals). Last year he allowed only 2 ER over 6.0 innings against the Dodgers on his way to a win, the Dodgers have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Callaspo 9-35, 3 2B, HR
  • Crawford 6-36, 2 2B
  • Rollins 6-25, 2B, HR
  • Kendrick 2-22
  • Gonzalez 9-21, 2 2B, 2 HR

The Mets get Clayton Kershaw (lucky us) who is 7-6 this year with a 2.68 ERA over 19 starts and 131.0 innings. He led the league in ERA from 2011 to 2014. He’s also in a very good stretch right now pitching 24.0 innings over his last three starts allowing 1 ER with 34 strikeouts. His worst start of the three was against the Mets where he allowed 1 ER over 7.0 innings and only struck out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Kershaw:

  • Cuddyer 4-16
  • Mayberry 3-12, 2 2B
  • Tejada 5-10
  • Murphy 3-9
  • Duda 0-7, 5 K
  • Granderson 0-6
  • Lagares 0-4
  • Flores 2-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

Warning! This Game Preview was written at 3:45 PM on Tuesday! The information may be dated!

The Mets wrap up their series in DC this afternoon with the early 12:35 start with Noah Syndergaard lining up against Jordan Zimmerman. Syndergaard is 4-5 over 12 games this season and 73.2 innings of work while posting an ERA of 3.05 and striking out 78 batters. He was the hard luck loser in the first game after the All-Star brak as he held the Cardinals to 2 ER over 5 hits and 7.0 innings (6 K’s) but the offense could only muster a run in the first inning and a run in the 9th inning. Overall in his last four starts he is 2-1 over 29.0 innings with 30 K’s and a 1.55 ERA. Not surprisingly, this will be Noah’s first start against the Nationals in his career (remember, the Mets faced an overwhelming amount of NL East opponents in April and early May, and then middish May was when Syndergaard was brought up).

The Mets bats get a look at an old foe in Jordan Zimmermann who is 8-5 over 19 starts and 115.2 innings this year with a 3.27 ERA and 84 strikeouts. His first start back from the All-Star break was quite short where he allowed 2 ER over 4.0 innings against the Dodgers. When you look through his numbers this year, he’s basically been lights out or average to slightly below average. Not much middle ground. His first start of the season was against the Mets and held the boys from Queens to 1 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Zimmermann:

  • Murphy 17-53, 5 2B, 3 HR
  • Duda 7-32, 2 2B
  • Lagares 6-23, 2 2B
  • Tejada 6-21
  • Granderson 3-16
  • Flores 4-13, 3B
  • Recker 2-8, 2B
  • Mayberry 3-6

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

Well it wasn’t the best of days for the Amazin’s yesterday. Matt Harvey allowed 5 runs (there is a disturbing trend developing in his pitching ability and extra rest) and the Mets bats couldn’t absorb 5 runs (because they can barely absorb 3 runs), so the Mets lost. But today Jacob deGrom takes the mound against Joe Ross and hopefully things will be different!

Jacob, the all-star, is 9-6 over 17 starts and 113.2 innings with a 2.14 ERA. In his last 10 starts before the All-Star break he logged 72.0 innings with 75 strikeouts and a 1.38 ERA. His last start before the break was an absolute gem where he allowed no runs over 8.0 innings while striking out 10. And of course, there was the All-Star game where he struck out 3 All-Stars on a total of 10 pitches. This year he is 0-2 over two starts against the Nationals and 11.1 innings with a 3.97 ERA. The Nationals have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Harper 3-8, 2B
  • Desmond 2-8, HR
  • Escobar 2-5
  • Ramos 2-6, 2B
  • Uggla 1-4, 2B
  • Zimmermann 0-3

The Mets bats will draw rookie Joe Ross who is 2-1 over 3 starts in his major league career and 20.1 innings with a 2.66 ERA while striking out 23 batters. Also statistically, he’s been getting better each start, but this will be his first start since June 19th. His minor statistics are odd, because this year he has been used mostly as a reliever pitching in 12 games but only 5.1 innings with a 16.88 ERA but overall in the minors he has a 4.13 ERA over 74 games, 60 starts and 305.0 innings. He has never faced the Mets in the major league game.

Lets Go Mets!