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Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets

After a horrible weekend in Pittsburgh where the Mets got swept, they returned the favor the Phillies and now start a series with the Marlins. If there was ever a time the Mets needed a sweep, it was this past series where the wheels started to come off for the club. Now the Mets have a chance to make this a crucial swing home stand behind Matt Harvey as he starts of the series against the Marlins.

Harvey is 5-2 over 9 games this season with a 2.91 ERA over 58.2 innings. He is coming off his worst start of the season, probably his career, where he allowed 7 ER over 4.0 innings to the Pirates and diagnosed with “dead arm” or arm fatigue. In his two previous starts he combined for 15.0 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. In his one start against the marlins this year he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 7. The Marlins have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Hechavarria 2-10
  • Ozuna 4-9, 3B
  • Prado 2-9
  • Stanton 1-9
  • Solano 3-7
  • Yelich 1-6
  • Gordon 1-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Dan Haren who is 4-2 over 9 starts this seaosn with a 3.09 ERA over 55.1 innings. In his last two starts he has tossed 14.0 innings allowing only 2 ER and striking out 11 batters. This will be his first time against the Mets this season and last year he allowed only 3 hits and 1 ER over 7.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Haren:

  • Granderson 9-41, 2 2B, 3 HR
  • Cuddyer 6-34, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 4-17, 2B, HR
  • Lagares 5-12
  • Duda 1-9, 2B
  • Flores 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

The Mets have the chance today to undo the weekend series with Pittsburgh by completing the sweep of the Phillies. In last night’s game, the Mets were cruising through the first seven innings thanks to terrific pitching from Jacob deGrom and one inning of offensive output. The bullpen then blew the game in top of the 8th (even giving deGrom earned runs) and even allowed the go ahead run. The Mets fought back, tying the game in the bottom of the frame and getting the walk-off in the 10th.

Noah Syndergaard looks to shut the door on the Phillies this afternoon. He is 1-2 over 3 starts with a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 innings of work and 16 strikeouts. For Noah, it will be his first start against an NL East team after three starts against NL Central teams. His best start remains his best where he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings. In his last start, he had two innings where he allowed 2 runs each (only 3 total were earned), despite that he looked good.

Sean O’Sullivan is on the bump for the Phillies today. He is 1-3 over 5 starts over 28.0 innings and a 3.54 ERA. He is coming off back to back strong starts where he has allowed 2 ER over 12.0 innings while striking out 7. The last time he faced the Mes was in 2013 where he logged 2.0 innings allowing only 3 hits and no runs. The Mets bats have had limited experience with Sullivan:

  • Cuddyer 4-11, 2B
  • Granderson 3-10, 3 HR
  • Murphy 0-1
  • Recker 1-1

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Phillies @ Mets

The Mets finally put together a complete performance yesterday as they beat the Phillies 6-3, and they look to do it again tonight. Yesterday they received an average start from Bartolo Colon coupled with three homers from the offense, including a key go ahead three run shot from Wilmer Flores and relief pitching to close the door. Tonight Jacob deGrom will look to make sure the Mets end up in the win column against Jerome Williams.

Jacob is 5-4 on the season over 9 starts and 55.2 innings with a 2.75 ERA. In his last two starts he has tossed 14.0 innings allowing 6 hits, 1 earned run including 17 strikeouts. Most of the positive numbers are from his last start where he one hit the Cardinals over 8.0 innings and struck out 11 birds. In his first start against Philly this year he allowed 7 hits over 6.1 innings but no runs. The Phillies have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Howard 2-9, HR
  • Revere 0-9
  • Utley 2-7
  • Ruiz 0-6
  • Sizemore 1-6
  • Galvis 2-2
  • Herrera 1-3

The Mets bats will get another look at Jerome Williams who is 3-4 over 9 starts and 48.0 innings this year with a 5.44 ERA. He is coming off of his second worst start of the season allowing 5 ER over 5.0 innings and in the month of May he has a 7.03 ERA allowing 19 earned runs in 24.1 innings. His second start of the season was against the Mets where he allowed 5 runs, 4 earned over 10 hits and 5.0 innings. It was by far his worst start in April. The Mets have the following numbers against Jerome:

  • Granderson 2-11, HR
  • Duda 2-6, HR
  • Lagares 2-6
  • Cuddyer 2-4, 2B
  • Campbell 1-3
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Tejada 1-2
  • Flores 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

The Mets need a win in the worst way today. Yesterday they lost 9-1 to the Pirates, so they were swept, in a 3 game set where they were outscored 21-4. It is also their 5th loss in the last 6 games and their 4th loss in the last 6 games that was a blowout. But, because of that early April streak, the Mets are still, barely, above .500 and are only 2.5 games back from the top, maybe the Phillies is just what the doctor ordered.

Bartolo Colon, one day removed from his 42nd birthday, will get the start tonight. On the season he is 6-3 over 9 starts and 55.2 innings with a 4.85 ERA. After an impressive start to the season, he has now tossed 4 poor games in his last 5 including three in a row where has allowed 4 ER over 6.0, 6 R and 5 ER over 5.0, and 9 R and 8 ER over 4.1. That first start, 4 ER, over 6, was against the Phillies. The Phillies have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Howard 3-17, 2 HR
  • Revere 7-18, 2B
  • Sizemore 3-14
  • Ruiz 5-15, 2B
  • Utley 5-14, 2 2B
  • Francoeur 1-5
  • Galvis 1-3

The Mets bats will draw Severino Gonzalez, making his 4th major league start. On the season he is 2-1 over 12.2 innings with a 7.11 ERA. He pitched twice in the rotation between late April and the first week of May and he was recently recalled to start on May 20th. In his last two starts he has allowed 3 ER over 10.0 innings, so his season numbers are junk only from his first start. In the minors this year he was 1-2 over 5 starts and 29.0 innings with a 4.34 ERA.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Pirates

The Mets try to salvage what they can in Pittsburgh behind Jon Niese. Yesterday Matt Harvey had the rare bad start, which should be tolerable every once in a while if the offense could get something going. However the Mets offense, outside of that one inning against the Brewers has been like trying to rub two sticks together to start a fire during a hurricane.

Jon Niese is 3-4 this season over 8 starts with a 3.72 ERA over 48.1 innings. He is coming off of his second bad start in a row. On May 14th he allowed 6 runs, 4 earned against the Cubs over 6.1 and on the 19th he allowed 8 earned runs over 5.0 innings against the Cardinals. Last year he posted a 3.86 ERA over 2 starts and 11.2 innings against the Pirates who have the following numbers against him:

  • McCutchen 5-13, 3 2B
  • Hart 2-10, 2B
  • Walker 2-10
  • Harrison 3-9, 2B
  • Tabata 5-8, 2 2B, HR
  • Marte 2-7
  • Mercer 2-6, HR
  • Stewart 1-5

The Mets bats will continue their month long soul searching journey against Liriano who is 1-4 over 8 games and 47.2 innings with a 4.15 ERA. Two of his last three starts have been poor as he allowed allowed 6 runs, 5 earned over 6.1, then rebounded allowing 3 ER over 7.0 innings, and last time out he allowed 7 ER over 2.0 innings. So we have two pitchers today looking to rebound. The last time he faced the Mets was in 2013 where he allowed only 1 ER over 5.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Francisco:

  • Granderson 7-32, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Cuddyer 2-5
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Tejada 1-2, 2B
  • Lagares 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Pirates

The Mets pitching wasn’t terrible last night, but the Mets offense was ineffective thus the Mets lost the series opener by a score of 4-1. There was a slightly different game plan for the Mets on the bases last night as they were aggressive with steals, but they ended up being caught stealing twice early in the game and when that is combined with several double play balls, watching the Mets take turns at bat was like watching Sisyphus trying to push a rock up a hill.

Matt Harvey looks to get the Mets back on track today. He is 5-1 over 8 starts and 54.2 innings with a 1.98 ERA. In his last two starts he has tossed a combined 15.0 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts, both against NL Central clubs. Back in 2013 he tossed 7.0 innings against the Pirates and allowed 2 ER. The Pirates have the following numbers against him:

  • Marte 0-3
  • Alvarez 1-3, 2B
  • McCutchen 1-2
  • Mercer 0-3
  • Stewart 0-3

The Mets bats will try to get the rock up the hill against Burnett tonight who 3-1 in 8 starts with a 1.38 ERA over 52.0 innings (seriously?!?!?). He pitches way better with Pittsburgh teams apparently. In 2010 and 2011 with the Yankees he had an ERA over 5, then 2012, 2013 with the Pirates had a 3.51 and 3.30 ERA respectively. Last year with the Phillies he was 4.59. In his last 14 innings of work he has allowed 1 ER and struck out 12. He struggled against the Mets last year going 0-3 in 4 starts while allowing 22 ER over 24 innings. The Mets have the following numbers on Burnett:

  • Cuddyer 7-34, 2B, HR
  • Granderson 5-21, 3 2B, HR
  • Murphy 6-18, 2 2B
  • Lagares 5-14, 2 2B
  • Duda 2-10, 2B
  • Flores 5-6
  • Recker 1-3, HR

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Pirates

After giving up a ton of runs without scoring much over the last two games, the Mets were able to win in convincing fashion yesterday taking the rubber game and splitting the series with the Cardinals. Yesterday deGrom provided a classic performance and Lucas Duda smashed two homers posting 4 RBI’s. Today’s game against the Pirates will get a lot of extra attention since Dillon Gee is ready to come back from the minors, so what happens to the Mets rotation?

Noah Syndergaard will be making this third start of the season, so far he is 1-1 over 11.1 innings with a 3.18 ERA while striking out 11 batters. In his last start he pitched 6.0 innings allowing only earned run and 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 5. This being his third start, he has no major league battery record with the Pirates or anyone on the Pirates roster. Interestingly, due to the construction of the Mets schedule this year, he has only started against teams in the NL Central so far this year.

The Mets bats draw Gerrit Cole who is 5-2 on the season over 8 starts and 48.2 innings with a 2.40 ERA. In the month of May he has been slightly more human with a 1-2 record over 18.0 innings striking out 18 batters with a 3.50 ERA. His one start against the Mets last year wasn’t good as he allowed 5 ER over 7 hits in 4.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Gerrit:

  • Murphy 1-6
  • Duda 1-3
  • Granderson 0-2
  • Tejada 1-2
  • Campbell 1-2, 2B
  • Recker 1-2, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

After taking the first game of the series, the Mets have been crushed by the Cardinals in the last two games as they lost yesterday by the score of 9-0. Honestly, nothing was really working for the Mets yesterday, but they still have a chance to split the series this afternoon.

Jacob deGrom is 4-4 over 8 games and 47.2 innings of work with an ERA of 3.21. He is coming off of a strong start against the Brewers allowing 1 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 6. His numbers overall in May are comparable to his season numbers going 2-1 over 18.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA while striking out 20 batters. His start against the Cardinals last year did not end well as he allowed 6 earned runs and 12 hits over 4.1 innings. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Heyward 3-6
  • Reynolds 0-6
  • Adams 2-3, 3B
  • Carpenter 0-3
  • Holliday 2-3
  • Peralta 2-3

The bats will try to remember how to hit against Jaime Garcia who is set to make his 2015 debut from the disabled list today. In an injury shortened season last year, he was 3-1 over 7 starts and 43.2 innings with a 4.12 ERA. 2013 was also a shortened season as he went 5-2 over 9 starts and 55.1 innings with a 3.58 ERA. His last “full” season was in 2012 where he made 20 starts over 121.2 innings where he went 7-7 with an ERA of 3.92. He hasn’t faced the Mets since 2012 where he allowed one unearned run over 7.1 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Garcia:

  • Mayberry 6-16, 4 2B
  • Tejada 2-4
  • Murphy 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

After winning the first game of the series in 14 innings by one run, the Mets were squashed last night by the Cardinals 10-2 last night, thanks in large part to a 6 runs 6th inning. The Mets somehow got 2 runs off of Wacha which is pretty amazing when you combine how lights out he has been and how bad the Mets offense has been. The ultimate result was a loss and since the Nationals beat the Yankees in extras, there is now a tie on top of the division.

The Mets turn to Bartolo Colon to help turn this all around. He is 6-2 on the season over 8 starts with a 3.86 ERA over 51.1 innings of work. His last two starts have been pretty rough as he has allowed 10 runs, 9 earned over 11.0 innings. Last year he was 2-0 over 2 games and 15.0 innings against the Cardinals with a 1.20 ERA. The Cardinals have the following numbers against the Mets:

  • Reynolds 6-17, 2 2B
  • Heyward 2-12
  • Holliday 3-10, 2B
  • Peralta 2-12
  • Carpenter 3-10, HR
  • Adams 1-9
  • Molina 1-7

Carlos Martinez is 3-2 on the season over 8 games, 7 starts with a 4.73 ERA in 40.0 innings of work. His last start was average allowing 2 ER over 5.0 innings. In his previous two starts he allowed a total of 14 earned runs over 9.0 innings. Before that he had an ERA of 1.73 over his first 5 starts. He had limited work against the Mets last year pitching in a total of 4.1 innings but allowed only one run, none earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Martinez:

  • Duda 1-3, 2B
  • Mayberry 0-2
  • Murphy 0-2
  • Cuddyer 1-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

The Mets got a great start from Harvey last night, but that didn’t matter as the offense was at a trickle and the game ended up going 14 innings with the Mets winning on a fielder’s choice via Mayberry. The story for both sides last night was the starting and relief pitching. The key for tonight’s starters will be to go deep to give the pens a break as they still have 3 more games in the series.

Jon Niese looks to rebound tonight from last start where he allowed 6 ER over 6.1 innings in a game the Mets eventually lost 6-5. Before that start, Jon pitched 14.0 innings allowing 3 runs, 1 earned. On the season as a whole he is 3-3 with a 2.49 ERA. His WHIP is still 1.385, which I think tells more of the story for Niese right now than his ERA. In two starts against the Cardinals last year he pitched 12.2 innings with a 2.84 ERA and a 1-1 record. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Heyward 9-28, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Molina 6-16, 2B, HR
  • Holliday 3-15, 2B
  • Reynolds 3-9, HR
  • Bourjos 3-9
  • Peralta 3-8, 2B
  • Carpenter 4-7, 2 2B

You know an offense like the Mets need? They need to face Michael Wacha. (It is really difficult to convey sarcasm in print, they don’t need to face someone like Wacha). Wacha is 5-0 over 7 games and 43.2 innings with a 2.06 ERA. He has been even better in May with a 1-0 record over 17.2 innings and a 1.53 ERA. In two starts against the Mets last year he was 1-1 over 10.0 innings with a 2.70 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Wacha:

  • Duda 1-5, 2B
  • Murphy 2-8
  • Granderson 2-6, 2B
  • Tejada 0-4
  • Recker 0-2

Lets Go Mets!