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Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

The Mets return home after a disappointing trip to DC where they were swept by the Nationals. Now they need to figure out a way to win ball games against the Cubs who are rivaling history books for the pace they are moving at.

Starting off for the Mets will be Steven Matz who is slated (at least while I’m writing this) to pitch again through elbow tightness. He’s 7-3 this season over 13 starts and 76.2 innings with a 3.29 ERA. The month of June has not been kind to Matz. He’s allowed 14 ER over 21.1 innings with an ERA of 5.91. Basically, he has made two good to average starts, and two terrible starts. The only time has faced the Cubs was in the NLCS last year where he held them to 1 ER over 4.2 innings allowing 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 4. The Cubs have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Zobrist 1-3, 2B
  • Baez 0-2
  • Bryant 0-1
  • Rizzo 1-2
  • Ross 0-1

The Mets bats will try to find themselves against John Lackey who is in his first season with the Cubs. The 37 year old is 7-4 this year with a 3.29 ERA over 15 starts and 98.1 innings. In his last three starts he has allowed 12 ER over 18 hits and 16.1 innings, an ERA of 6.61, which is heavily skewed due to his last start where he allowed 7 ER over 4.1 innings. In two starts against the Mets last year he allowed 2 ER over 14.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Lackey:

  • Granderson 10-41, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Cabrera 7-31, 2 2B, HR
  • Loney 8-29, 3 2B, HR
  • K Johnson 6-26, 2 2B
  • Walker 3-11
  • Cespedes 1-4, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets are fully on salvage mode for this series now. Last night Harvey struggled through 3.2 innings battling the rain and also his command, but somehow only allowed 1 run. The offense couldn’t string together hits though and the bullpen later in the game faltered leading up to a 5-0 loss. Further adding to the stress, Logan Verrett makes the spot start today for Steven Matz who is battling bone spurs.

Logan is 3-4 over 20 games and 4 starts this year logging 41.1 innings with a 4.14 ERA. His first two spots starts in the season were great as he pitched 12.0 innings allowing no runs. His next two were not so great. In May he allowed 7 ER over 2.2 innings and in June, he allowed 5 ER over 4.0 innings in Milwaukee. So far this season against Washington, he has pitched 2.2 scoreless innings allowing 2 hits, 3 walks and striking out 2. The Nationals have the following numbers against Logan:

  • Rendon 1-3
  • Espinosa 0-1
  • Ramos 0-2
  • Werth 0-2
  • Zimmerman 0-1
  • Harper 0-1
  • Lobaton 0-1
  • Murphy 1-1, 2B

The Mets bats will try to figure it out against Max Scherzer who is 8-5 over 16 starts and 107.1 innings this year with a 3.52 ERA. He also leads the league in homers allowed at 20. Max is coming off of his first bad start in 5 starts where he allowed 5 ER over 6.o innings (previously 4 ER over 28.0 innings). In his one start against the Mets this year he went 6.1 innings, allowing 2 ER, both solo homers, while striking out 20. The Mets have the following numbers against Scherzer:

  • De Aza 13-46, 2 2B, HR
  • Cabrera 12-48, 4 2B, HR
  • Granderson 8-27, 3 2B, 2 HR
  • Loney 8-26, 2B, 2 HR
  • K Johnson 5-23, 2 2B, HR
  • Cespedes 7-17, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR
  • Walker 3-12, 2 HR
  • Flores 0-10

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets dropped the opening game of the set with the Nationals last night and look to get back on the right track tonight while health concerns of the team as a whole continue to rise. Matt Harvey will look to build on his last start. On the season he is 4-9 over 15 starts and 85.1 innings with a 4.64 ERA. In his last start he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 3 and overall in his last five starts he has logged 32.0 innings of work with a 2.25 ERA. He made back to back starts against the Nationals this year and it was the low point of his season as he allowed 9 runs, 6 earned over 2.2 in his first one and then allowed 5 earned over 5.0 innings in the next. The Nationals have the following numbers against Matt Harvey:

  • Harper 1-24
  • Werth 5-23, 2B
  • Zimmerman 6-22, 2B, 2 HR
  • Taylor 4-18, 2B
  • Rendon 6-17, 2B, HR
  • Revere 5-15, 2B, 3B
  • Ramos 4-15, 2B
  • Robinson 4-11, 2B

The Mets bats will try to crack the top prospect in the Nationals organization, and possibly one of the top prospects in baseball, Lucas Giolito. I was on a road trip earlier this season and crossed through Binghamton on one of Giolito’s first starts of the season. Granted it was AA, but he was heads and shoulders above the B-Mets at that time. Overall this year in AA, he’s 5-3 over 14 starts with a 3.17 ERA. In the minors, 5 seasons, he’s 24-13 with a 2.74 ERA.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets begin a crucial series with the Nationals tonight. Although things have been bad on the Mets the past few weeks, the Nationals just got out of a tailspin yesterday after losing 7 straight. The Mets were able to pull within 3 games of the Nationals, so their play this series is crucial (although not critical, it is June).

Noah Syndergaard will start things off for the Amazin’s. He is 8-2 over 15 games and 14 starts and 91.0 innings with a 2.08 RA and 110 strikeouts. He’s been a bit more human in June going 3-0 over 4 starts and 27.1 innings with a 2.63 ERA while striking out 29 batters. In his one start against the Nationals this year, he shut them out for 7.0 innings while striking out 10. The Nationals have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Harper 3-12
  • Rendon 4-10, 2B, HR
  • Werth 1-9
  • Espinosa 0-6
  • Lobaton 1-6
  • Revere 2-6
  • Robinson 1-5, HR

Joe Ross will be making the start for the Nationals today, as the Nationals elect to go with Joe rather than calling up a pitcher right now. He’s 6-4 over 14 games and 84.0 innings for the Nationals this year with a 3.11 ERA. In his last three starts he has pitched 19.1 innings with a 3.73 ERA. He hasn’t faced the Mets yet this year but last year he went 0-1 in two starts and 12.2 innings against he Mets posting a 2.84 ERA and recording 10 strikeouts. The Mets have the following numbers against Ross:

  • Flores 2-6
  • Granderson 1-6
  • deGrom 0-3
  • Cespedes 0-3
  • K Johnson 2-3, 2B
  • Walker 1-3, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

Yesterday was a whirlwind day for the Mets. Early in the afternoon the Mets announced they were demoting Conforto and promoting Nimmo to the majors. Then the Reyes-Mets reunion became official, with Reyes reporting to Brooklyn today. After that, Jacob deGrom pitching 8.0 innings of shutout ball, but the Mets couldn’t score a run. Finally Kelly Johnson hit a go-ahead solo homer in the 11th, and the Mets won! The Mets look to take the series today behind Bartolo Colon as he matches up against Bud Norris.

Bartolo Colon is 6-3 over 15 games and 14 starts this season while pitching 81.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA. His last start ended with the second batter of the game as he took a come-backer. Now Colon is back! In his last 6 starts he has pitched 33.0 innings with a 1.91 ERA. Colon’s last start against the Braves was tremendous as he allowed no runs over 8.0 innings while striking out 7. The Braves have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Pierzynski 18-65, 3 2B, 2 HR
  • Markakis 11-48, 5 2B
  • Aybar 8-30, 2B, 3B
  • Freeman 10-24, 4 2B
  • Peterson 3-13, 2B, 3B

The Mets draw Bud Norris who is 2-7 over 21 games and 9 starts this season logging 63.1 innings with a 4.69 ERA. Norris left the rotation at the start of May, at that point his ERA was 8.74. Since returning to the rotation on June 4th, he has logged 22.1 innings over 4 games with a 2.82 ERA. The last time he faced the Mets in April, he allowed 5 ER over 4.0 innings, but that was a different Norris. The Mets have the following numbers against Norris:

  • Walker 10-27, 2B, HR
  • Loney 14-24, 3 2B, HR
  • Cespedes 4-14, HR
  • De Aza 2-11
  • K Johnson 1-10, 2B
  • Granderson 4-7, 2 HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

Holy Toledo, the Mets beat the Braves! Matz was doing well through the first four innings but fell apart in the 5th and allowed 6 runs. At that point, the Mets had a large lead and leaving Matz in was questionable but the end result was the Mets won and Matz still has elbow tightness. Tonight Jacob deGrom makes the start for the Mets as he goes against Julio Teheran.

Jacob deGrom is 3-4 over 12 starts and 73.0 innings with a 2.96 ERA this season. In his last three starts he’s 0-3 with a 4.00 ERA over 18.0 innings while striking out 24 batters, so it hasn’t been the best time for deGrom. List last start was against Atlanta where he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings. Overall against the Braves this year he has pitched 11.2 innings allowing 4 ER while striking out 7. The Braves have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Freeman 4-16, 2B, HR
  • Markakis 4-12, HR
  • Peterson 3-11, 2B
  • Pierzynski 0-9
  • Inciarte 2-7, 2B
  • Bonifacio 0-2
  • d’Arnaud 0-3

Julio Teheran is 3-7 over 15 starts and 98.0 innings with an ERA of 2.66 while striking out 92 batters. His last start was a tremendous one as he complete game shutout, one hit…the Mets. Leading up to that start he had a 3.81 ERA over four starts and 26.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Teheran:

  • Granderson 4-19, 2B, HR
  • Walker 2-14
  • Flores 3-13, HR
  • d’Arnaud 1-12
  • Johnson 1-5
  • De Aza 1-4, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

Last night was another frustrating night for the Mets against the Braves. Matt Harvey finally had a solid start against the Braves but the Mets bats couldn’t ramp up more than three runs and the Mets eventually allowed the Braves to take the lead on a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th. The Mets hit the ball hard in the 9th, but pretty much right at people and the Mets lost their 4th straight game against Braves in the last week. Luckily, the Mets still have three games against the Braves to try to turn things around.

Steven Matz will be pitching tonight despite leaving his last start with elbow discomfort. He’s 7-3 on the season over 12 starts and 72.1 innings with a 2.74 ERA. His last start was against the Braves and he held them to 2 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 7. Overall, he has faced the Braves three times totaling 20.0 innings with a 2-0 record and a 1.80 ERA while striking out 23 batters. The Braves have the following numbers against Steven:

  • Freeman 3-10, 2B
  • Markakis 2-9
  • Francoeur 3-9, HR
  • Garcia 2-9
  • Aybar 1-7
  • Flowers 1-8, 2B

The Mets draw Aaron Blair who is 0-4 over 10 starts this season an 46.1 innings with a 7.19 ERA. His last start was against the Mets and it was average, which is good for Aaron as he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings. In the month of June he has pitched 19.1 innings with a 7.91 ERA, which is slightly above his season stats. Overall against the Mets this year, he has pitched 11.1 innings with 6 ER and 5 K’s. The Mets have the following numbers against Blair:

  • Cabrera 3-6
  • Confortion 1-5, 2B
  • Granderson 1-5
  • Flores 1-5, HR
  • Walker 1-5
  • Cespedes 1-2, HR
  • Loney 2-2, 2B, 3B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

After a tough series against the Braves over last weekend, the Mets responded by winning two games against the Royals despite some fairly major unexpected surprises (Colon for example). Tonight, Matt Harvey has a shot of redemption against the Atlanta squad from his last outing. He’s 4-9 on the year over 14 starts and 79.1 innings with a 4.76 ERA. After three starts where he logged 20.0 innings allowing 2 ER, he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings vs the Braves. The Braves have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Freeman3-15, 3 2B
  • Markakis 1-10
  • Pierzynski 6-9, 2B
  • Aybar 1-6
  • Peterson 2-7, 2 2B
  • d’Arnaud 1-3, 2B
  • Flowers 0-3

The Mets bats will try to get some consistency going against Matt Wisler who is 3-7 over 14 games and 13 starts this season with a 4.23 ERA while pitching 83.0 innings. He opened up June to two horrid starts that saw him allowing 13 ER over 8.0 innings, in his last start he settled down to 2 ER over 8 hits in 6.2 innings of work. His best start of the season by far was against the Mets at the start of May where he held the Mets to one hit and two walks over 8.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Matt:

  • Granderson 1-12
  • Cespedes 2-9, 2B
  • Conforto 3-8
  • Flores 1-6
  • Cabrera 2-5
  • Loney 2-7

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Royals vs Mets

Last night was an odd one, but we won, so everything is good! Syndergaard was supposed to start last night but during the day, the Mets switched him and Colon so Noah can get more rest after his amazing outing last time out. Things weren’t so good for Colon as he had to leave the game almost immediately last night after being hit by a comebacker. The Mets bullpen held on though!

Syndergaard is 7-2 on the year over 14 games and 13 starts pitching 85.0 innings with 106 strikeouts while posting an ERA of 1.91. He’s coming off of his best start this season where he pitched 8.1 innings allowing 2 runs, 1 earned while striking out 11 (he didn’t allow the urns until the 9th). His first start of the season was against the Royals where he held them scoreless over 6.0 innings while striking out 9. The Royals have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Cain 2-6
  • Escobar 2-6, 3B
  • Hosmer 0-5
  • Perez 1-4
  • Morales 1-3, 2B

Dan Duffy gets the nod for the Royals. He’s 2-1 over 23 games and 7 starts this year with a 3.17 ERA and 54.0 innings. He’s 2-1 over his last 5 starts while logging 28.2 innings with a 4.08 ERA. His first outing of the year was against the Mets where he allowed one hit and a walk over 1.2 innings of relief work. The Mets have the following numbers against Duffy:

  • Cabrera 4-10, 2B
  • Granderson 1-8
  • Cespedes 0-5
  • Conforto 1-2, HR
  • Rivera 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Royals vs Mets

The Mets are in a bad place right now. After winning two in a row to finish off their previous series, they then lost all three against the Braves. Luckily for the Mets, Syndergaard is pitching tonight and if anyone can reverse this funk, it’s him. He’s 7-2 on the year over 14 games and 13 starts pitching 85.0 innings with 106 strikeouts while posting an ERA of 1.91. He’s coming off of his best start this season where he pitched 8.1 innings allowing 2 runs, 1 earned while striking out 11 (he didn’t allow the urns until the 9th). His first start of the season was against the Royals where he held them scoreless over 6.0 innings while striking out 9. The Royals have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Cain 2-6
  • Escobar 2-6, 3B
  • Hosmer 0-5
  • Perez 1-4
  • Morales 1-3, 2B

The Mets draw Ian Kennedy tonight who is 5-5 over 13 starts this year and 77.2 innings with a 4.17 ERA. At the end of May he had a 3.03 ERA, the June happened. In June he’s made 3 starts and 18.1 innings allowing 16 ER (7.85 ERA). He made one start against the Mets last year where he allowed 2 ER and 6 hits over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Ian:

  • Walker 9-21, 2B, 3 HR
  • Loney 7-16, 4 2B, HR
  • Granderson 5-12, HR
  • De Aza 3-7, 2B, 3B
  • Cabrera 3-5, 2B, HR
  • Flores 2-6

Let’s Go Mets!