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Game Preview: Giants vs Mets

Last night was pretty great! The Mets set a few team records last night (including but not limited to): most runs scored in an inning (12), most RBI’s recorded by one player in an inning (6-Cespedes), and most consecutive games with an extra-base hit (9-Cespedes). I still remember where I was watching the game where the Mets scored 11 runs in one inning in 2006 at Wrigley and I’m sure everybody watching the game last night will have similar memories. Overshadowed by the offense explosion in the 3rd inning was another strong start by Steven Matz, Logan Verrett lowering his ERA to 0.52 on the season.

Jacob deGrom heads to the mound today to keep the good times rolling. He’s 2-0 in as many starts on the season logging 11.2 innings with a 1.54 ERA. His last start was his first coming back from his lat injury. He allowed only 1 ER over 5.2 innings while scattering 8 hits. Last year he had a tremendous start against the Giants holding them scoreless and to 2 hits over 8.0 innings while walking none and striking out 10. The Giants have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Belt 2-5
  • Crawford 0-6
  • Panik 0-6
  • Pence 1-6, 2B
  • Span 2-5
  • Blanco 0-3
  • Duffy 0-3
  • Posey 0-3

Matt Cain will try to not allow 12 runs in a single inning tonight. He’s 0-2 on the season over 4 starts and 21.0 innings with an ERA of 6.43. His first start of the season was good, allowing 2 ER over 6.0 innings. Since then he has allowed 13 ER over 15.0 innings. Last year, Peavy had a very good start against the Mets as he held the Amazin’s scoreless over 6.0 innings and only allowing 2 hits while striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers vs Cain:

  • Wright 11-28, 6 2B
  • Walker 2-10
  • Duda 1-10, 3B
  • De Aza 2-6, 3B
  • Cepedes 0-5
  • Granderson 1-4, 3B
  • Cabrera 0-3
  • Lagares 1-3
  • Plawecki 1-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Giants vs Mets

The Mets now have one 4 consecutive series and are on a 6 game winning streak as the Giants come into town. It’s very early to scoreboard watch in the division but its been an interesting week in the NL East. The Nationals had a tremendous lead in the division last week, now it’s down to half a game because they got swept by the Phillies. Meanwhile the Marlins just swept the Dodgers, so there are three teams in the division who have won 3 games in a row or more. In other words, there is more competition in the NL East than originally thought.

Steven Matz gets the start for the Mets tonight. He’s 2-1 over 3 starts and 15.0 innings with an ERA of 5.40 while walking 4 and striking out 18. In his last two starts he has tossed 13.1 innings with 2 ER, 17 K’s, 2 BB’s which translates into an ERA of 1.35. This will be Steven Matz’s first start against the Giants and no one on the Giants have faced Matz while on other teams last year.

The Mets draw Jake Peavy to open up hte series. The veteran is 1-1 over 4 starts this year and 21.0 innings with an ERA of 6.86. His last start was the first time this season he allowed less than 4 ER as he went 7.0 innings allowing 2 ER against Miami. Last year he picked up the loss against the Mets even though he pitched really well allowing 2 runs, 1 earned over 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jake:

  • Cabrera 7-28, 2 2B, HR
  • Granderson 4-24, 2 2B, HR
  • Wright 3-19, 2B
  • De Aza 1-9, 2B
  • Duda 1-7, HR
  • Cespedes 2-7, 2B, HR
  • Flores 2-6, 2B
  • Lagares 2-6
  • Walker 1-3, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Reds vs Mets

The Mets look to complete the sweep of the Reds tonight and win their 6th straight game as Matt Harvey takes the mound against Jon Moscot. Last night the Mets recorded their first come-from-behind win game of the season. Going into the 7th inning they were down 3-0 when Cespedes came into to pinch hit with two runners on. He smacked the first pitch he saw just over the left field wall, sending the dugout into a frenzy. Then Granderson hit a triple and Wright got him home. It felt like August 2015/September 2015 all over again!

This season has been tough for Matt Harvey who is 1-3 over 4 games and 22.1 innings with a 5.24 ERA. He finally picked up a win in his last start allowing 2 ER over 5.0 innings while walking one and striking out 5. He faced the Reds twice last year logging 12.2 innings, 3 runs, 2 earned (1.42 ERA), walking 2 and striking out 9. The Reds have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Phillips 3-12, 2 2B
  • Votto 3-9, HR
  • Cozart 4-8, 2 2B
  • Mesoraco 2-5
  • Barnhart 1-4
  • De Jesus 2-5, 2 2B

Jon Moscot is 0-1 over his first two starts of the season where he has pitched 10.2 innings allowing 9 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned (5.06 ERA) while walking 5 and striking out 4. It’s important to note that both starts are about the same in terms of innings and runs. Last year he started three games logging 11.2 innings with an ERA of 4.63. He has never faced the Mets nor has he faced anyone on the Mets roster while they were with other teams.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Reds vs Mets

The Mets look to keep on winning tonight as Bartolo Colon vs Brandon Finnegan. Last night was another power show for the Mets as they smashed three homers to back Syndergaard and the bullpen to take the series opener. Neil Walker moved farther into the record books with his 8th homer of the month and Familia finally had a clean 9th inning. It wasn’t all smiles though as d’Arnaud felt discomfort in his sholder and had to be removed from the game (as of 5:25 AM this morning, there wasn’t much known about his injury).

Bartolo Colon is 1-1 over 4 games and 3 starts logging 18.2 innings with a 2.89 ERA allowing 18 hits and 2 walks with 17 strikeouts. Colon hasn’t faced the Reds since 2014 where he allowed 2 ER and 7 hits over 7.0 innings. The Reds have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Phillips 2-15
  • Bruce 1-5, HR
  • Hamilton 1-4
  • Mesoraco 1-3, HR
  • Pacheco 2-3, 2B
  • Cozart 1-1
  • Votto 2-2

Brandon Finnegan is only the second lefty starter the Mets have faced in 2016 (something you’ll hear a lot, probably, in today’s broadcast). Brandon is 1-1 over 4 games and 21.2 innings with a 3.74 ERA this season while walking 12 and striking out 18. He looked great in his first two starts (12.2 innings, 4 runs) and not so great in his last two (9.0 innings, 9 runs, 5 earned). Last year he went 5-2 over 20 games, 4 starts, split between the Royals and the Reds logging a 3.56 ERA. He’s never faced the Mets before but a few Mets have seen him while with other teams:

  • Cespedes 0-4
  • De Aza 2-3
  • Cabrera 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Reds vs Mets

The Mets are home! After a 9 game road trip the Mets return to Citi Field for 9 games. The road was good to the Mets as they went 7-2 and smashed 23 homers over that stretch. Yesterday the Mets had to win without the long ball. They got a strong start from the returning Jacob deGrom and some situational hitting to put the score to 3-1. After some missteps in the 9th inning, they were able to hold off the Braves and complete the sweep by the score of 3-2.

Noah Syndergaard will make his 4th start of the season tonight. So far he is 2-0 over 20.0 innings of work while allowing 15 hits and 4 walks while striking out a whopping 29 batters. That’s a WHIP of 0.950 and he’s leading the league in FIP at 0.77 right now. He was 2-0 over two starts against the Reds last year logging 15.2 innings with a 1.72 ERA. During that time he allowed 10 hits and no walks while striking out 16 batters. The Reds have the following numbers against Noah:

  • Phillips 1-7
  • Bruce 1-6
  • Suarez 1-6
  • Votto 0-6
  • Barnhart 0-3
  • Duvall 0-3

The Reds will kick off the series with Raisel Iglesias who will be making his 5th start of the season. He’s 1-1 over 23.1 innings so far this year posting a 3.09 ERA while allowing 26 hits and 5 walks with 22 strikeouts. In 2015, his rookie season, he went 3-7 over 18 games, 16 starts over 95.1 innings with 1-4 strikeouts while posting a 4.15 ERA. He has never faced the Mets before but Neil Walker has seen him as a Pirate. Walker is 1-5 lifetime against Raisel.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets look to complete the sweep in Atlanta today before heading home to Queens to take on the Reds. Last night, Matz tossed 6.2 innings allowing 1 ER while striking out 8. He was equal parts struggling and fantastic. There were innings where it was odd runners weren’t scoring, and there innings that were so smooth that made you wonder why his pitch count was so high. Anyway, the Mets scored runs early and even though the left a bunch of people on the base paths, they still scored 8 runs, thanks in part to back to back solo shots by Walker and Cabrera.

Jacob deGrom finally returns to the mound today! He picked up a win in his first start pitching 6.0 innings, 5 hits, 1 earned run, no walks while striking out 6. Then his lat went tight and he had a baby! His son is doing fine now, he’s doing fine now, and he’s back! He faced the Braves twice last year going 0-1 recording a 1.88 ERA over 14.1 innings allowing 9 hits, 3 ER walking only 2 while striking out 12 batters. The Braves have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Freeman 2-10, HR
  • K Johnson 0-7, 3 K
  • Peterson 2-6, 2B
  • Markakis 1-6
  • Pierzynski 0-6

The Braves are calling up Aaron Blair to make his major league debut today against the Mets. In 2015, he was the 40th ranked prospect by Baseball America (#60 this year), #81 for MLB.com (#54 this year) and #43 by Baseball Prospectus. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2013 and was part of the Sheby Miller trade. Aaron Blair has been tearing it up in AAA Wwinnett this year posting a 1.42 ERA over 19.0 innings.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets started their series with the Braves off on the right foot with a 6-3 win! The start of the night was Curtis Granderson who had 5 RBI’s thanks to a Grand Slam and then a solo shot. Matt Harvey still wasn’t quite right, but he wasn’t deplorable and the bullpen was able to hold the win. If the Mets win today, then they have taken each series on this road trip.

Steven Matz is 1-1 on the season over 8.2 innings with an ERA of 7.27. However, that doesn’t tell the story. His first start was horrible where he allowed 7 ER over 1.2 innings. In his last start he shutout the Indians over 7.0 innings holding them to 3 hits and walking only 2 while striking out 9. In one start against the Braves last year he held the Braves to 1 ER over 6 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2 over 5.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Castro 2-3, HR
  • Freeman 1-2
  • Garcia 1-3
  • Markakis 1-3
  • Wisler 0-2

The Mets will get their first 2016 look at Jhoulys Chacin who is starting his first season with the Braves organization. In his first two starts he has yet to record a decision over 11.1 innings with an ERA of 2.38. The last time he faced the Mets was his 2014 season debut where he allowed 4 ER over 8 hits and 5 walks over 5.0 innings while striking out 4 in Colorado. The Mets have the following numbers against Chacin:

  • Walker 3-9, 2 2B
  • Wright 2-9, 2B
  • Cabrera 0-3, 3 BB
  • Lagares 2-6, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 0-3
  • Duda 0-0, 3 BB
  • Flores 1-3
  • Granderson 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets start their last series of the road trip tonight in Atlanta. The trip started off a week ago in Cleveland where the Mets took 2 of 3 then the Mets went into Philly and took 2-3. The Mets, who were below .500 after dropping multiple series at home, now find themselves at .500 heading into this series. The Mets crushed 19 homers to start this road trip, and are hoping for down in Atlanta. Meanwhile Atlanta has changed since the start of the season. They first went 0-10, then won 4 games straight before losing last night.

Matt Harvey gets the start tonight and he’s hoping to reverse his fortunes. He’s 0-3 on the season over 17.1 innings and as many starts with a 5.71 ERA while walking 7 and striking out 9. In his last start he was cruising with a no hitter for the first 4 innings before the Indians became aggressive and started just stringing together hit after hit. Oddly, he only faced the Braves once last year. He allowed only 1 ER over 6.2 innings while allowing one walk and 5 strikeouts. The Braves have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Freeman 0-6
  • Stubbs 0-3
  • Flowers 0-3
  • Johnson 1-3
  • Markakis 0-3
  • Peterson 1-3, 2B

The Mets draw journey man starter Bud Norris who now finds himself in the Atlanta organization. His season has also been off to a rocky start going 1-2 over 17.1 innings while recording a 6.23 ERA. In that stretch he has allowed 22 hits, 12 earned runs, 7 walks while striking out 13. Between San Diego and Baltimore last year he went 3-11 over 38 games, 11 starts and 83.0 innings last year with a 6.72 ERA. He had a start against the Mets last year where he allowed 3 ER over 7.0 innings while picking up the loss. The Mets have the following numbers against Bud:

  • Walker 9-23, 2B, HR
  • Wright 1-11
  • De Aza 2-11,
  • Cespedes 3-10, HR
  • Duda 1-3, 2B
  • Cabrera 0-2
  • Flores 1-3, 2B
  • Plawecki 1-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets crushed, cruuuusssshhhheeed, the ball yesterday in Philly as they went on to beat the Phillies by the score of 11-1. Lost in the hype of the homers, which we’ll get to in a bit, is Logan Verrett. Logan put together another strong start, going 6.0 scoreless innings and got a hit himself. The real story of the Mets last night: bombs! Conforto, Cespedes, Walker Twice, Duda and Granderson! The Mets went ham last night. And Juan Lagares stole a three-run homer towards the end of the game. The end result: the Mets clinch their second series win on this road trip and put themselves in position to sweep the Phillies today. Further, the Mets have now won 5 of their last 6 games.

Tonight Bartolo Colon looks to keep the good times going. He’s 1-1 over 3 games, 2 starts this season logging 12.2 innings of work with a 2.13 ERA with 1 walk, 13 K’s and 14 hits. This will be his second start against the Phillies this season. In his first start of the year, he was the hard luck loser going 6.0 innings allowing 1 run and striking out 7. The Phillies have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Howard 6-26, 3 HR
  • Galvis 4-18, 2B
  • Ruiz 5-18, 2B
  • Herrera 4-16
  • Rupp 4-12
  • Hernandez 4-10
  • Bourjos 3-8, 2B
  • Ruf 1-7, HR

Jeremey Hellickson is 1-1 over 3 starts and 14.2 innings this year. He has logged a 4.30 ERA with 2 walks, 13 hits and 14 K’s. This will be his second start on the young season against the Mets. In his first start he allowed 5.2 innings, 3 hits, 2 ER, 1 walk while striking out 5 on his way to a win. It is worth noting that he has allowed only 2 ER over 11.2 runs on the road, and 6 (5 earned) runs at home over 3.0 innings (also worth noting: small sample size). The Mets have the following numbers against Hellickson:

  • Granderson 3-20, 2B, HR
  • De Aza 4-16, 3 2B
  • Cabrera 2-10
  • Cespedes 4-9, HR
  • Duda 1-6, 2B
  • Walker 2-7, 2B
  • Wright 3-5, 2 2B
  • Flores 1-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets rolled into Philly last night and left the game winning 4 of their last 5 games, returning to the .500 line for the season. David Wright started the game off with a bang hitting his first homer of the season, 21st at CBP and 35th against the Phillies. Then Syndergaard took over in a dominating performance logging 7 innings allowing 1 earned run while striking out 8. The Mets would later get the insurance runs they needed at the end of the game thanks to back to back homers by Duda and Walker. Finally, David Wright hit his 2nd homer of the game, season, 22nd at CBP and 36th against the Phillies.

Tonight Logan Verrett will get the start. His first start of the season was quite successful against the Marlins where he pitched 6.0 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits, 2 walks while striking out two. In 5.1 innings against the Phillies last year he allowed 4 hits and 3 earned runs while walk 4 runs. The Phillies have the following numbers against Logan:

  • Galvis 1-3
  • Herrera 0-3
  • Blanco 1-2, 2B
  • Hernandez 0-2
  • Ruf 1-2, 2B
  • Rupp 0-2

The Mets bats will get their second look of the season at Vincent Velasquez who is 2-0 over his first two starts of the season while tossing 15.0 innings, including a complete game shutout. Over his first two starts he has allowed 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 25 batters. His first start of the season was against the Mets and he shut them out over 6.0 innings allowing 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 9. Last year for Houston he was 1-1 over 19 games, 7 starts, logging 55.2 innings with a 4.37 ERA. The Mets put up these numbers against Vincent earlier in the season:

  • Cabrera 2-3, 2B
  • Cespedes 0-3
  • Conforto 0-3
  • Duda 1-3
  • Granderson 0-2
  • Walker 0-3
  • De Aza 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!