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Game Preview: Mets @ Giants

The Mets try to win two in a row today! Yesterday the Mets got a great start from Niese who pitched 8.0 scoreless innings, but get this, I know its surprising, the Mets didn’t score anything. Thankfully, the Mets were able to string hits together and suppress base running miscues that haunted them earlier to scratch out 3 runs in the top of the 3rd and Familia shut the door from there. Bartolo Colon looks to keep the good times rolling today.

On the season Colon is 9-6 over 16 starts and 99.0 innings with a 4.55 ERA. After back to back poor starts where he allowed 10 ER over 10.1 innings of work, he tossed 7.0 shutout innings his last time out striking out 8 batters in a game the Mets eventually lost 2-0. He missed the Giants earlier this year but last year he was 0-1 over 2 games allowing 9 runs, 7 earned and 10.1 innings. The Giants have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Pagan 4-9, 2B
  • Posey 3-7, 2B
  • Crawford 4-7
  • Blanco 1-6
  • Maxwell 2-6
  • Belt 1-5, HR

Matt Cain is making his second start of the season today. In his first start he allowed 5 ER over 5.0 innings over 7 hits and 2 strikeouts. He sidelined to start the year with a strained flexor tendon. Last year he was 2-7 over 15 games and 90.1 innings with a 4.18 ERA. Last year he allowed 2 ER over 7.0 innings of work against the Mets. The Mets have the following numbers against Matt:

  • Murphy 4-16, 2B, HR
  • Tejada 5-13, HR
  • Duda 1-8, 3B
  • Cuddyer 2-6, 2B
  • Granderson 0-2
  • Lagares 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Giants

The Mets actually scored 8 runs? The Mets actually took the series in LA? Believe it. It hapened! Yesterday the Mets hit up the Dodgers for 8 runs including a 4 hit day by Wilmer Flores and received an excellent start from Steve Matz as he pitched 6.0 innings striking out 8 batters. Jon Niese will look to keep the good times going in San Francisco tonight. The Mets bats will get a look Chris Heston who cemented his place in Mets history earlier in June by tossing a no-hitter at Citi-Field.

Niese is 3-8 over 15 starts this season and 90.0 innings with a 3.90 ERA. June was good to Niese although he was 0-3 over 5 starts. In that stretch he pitched 33.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA. One of those starts was against the Giants where he allowed 4 runs, only 2 earned over 7.0 innings. The Giants have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Posey 8-22, HR
  • Pagan 1-13, HR
  • Crawford 5-12, 3B, HR
  • Blanco 1-10
  • Arias 2-8
  • Duffy 1-5

Chris Heston is 8-5 over 16 games and 97.2 innings with a 3.78 ERA this year. On June 9th he pitched a no hitter against the Mets, striking out 11  batters in the process. Since the no-hitter he has been 2-1 over 23.2 innings in 4 starts with a 3.80 ERA, so consistent with his season numbers. The Mets have the following numbers against Heston:

  • Granderson 0-4
  • Teajada 0-3
  • Campbell 0-3
  • Cuddyer 0-3
  • Duda 0-2
  • Flores 0-3
  • Lagares 0-3
  • Ceciliani 0-1
  • Syndergaard 0-1

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

Full Disclosure: I’m wrote this game preview on July 2nd, so it is possible something has changed since then, or not, whatever. Imagine this game preview then as previewing a Mets game in another universe.

Steven Matz had the debut of a lifetime last Sunday. The Long Island native, who grew up a Mets fan, tossed 7.2 innings of 2 run ball where he walked 3 batters and struck out 6. He started off the game allowing a leadoff homerun and allowed a homer later in the game but besides that there was very little hit hard against Matz. He also raked at the plate going 3-3 with a double and 4 RBI’s. No Met ever, position player or pitcher, had 4 RBI’s in their major league debut and he was the first pitcher to do that in the history of the league since RBI’s became a recorded statistic. Obviously this is Matz’s first game against the Dodgers, so there are no major league stats against the batters and him.

The Mets bats draw Mike Bolsinger who is 4-2 over 11 games and 62.0 innings with a 2.76 ERA. In his last two starts he has tossed a combined 8.2 innings with 2 ER while striking out 10. He faced the Mets once last year where he allowed 2 ER over 3.0 innings and 6 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Mike:

  • Duda 2-2
  • Lagares 0-2
  • Murphy 1-2
  • Tejada 0-2
  • Granderson 1-1

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

Full Disclosure: I’m writing this game preview on July 2nd, so I have no idea if anything has happened that invalidates this!

Happy Independence Day! Today the Mets and the Dodgers change into some different uniforms (and some very interesting hats) and play (or attempt to play) America’s past time. As a side note, I really hate when the Mets wear jerseys or hats with red accents, with the orange in our uniform set, the colors tend to really bleed and blend into each other. Whatever that’s off topic.

Anyway, in addition to it being the 4th, it is also Harvey day, so happy Harvey Day! Matt is 7-5 over 15 games this season and 99.1 innings with a 2.99 ERA. He held the Reds to one unearned run in a 6.0 inning, really wet day at Citi Field last Saturday. In his last three starts he has tossed 19.2 innings allowing only 1 ER and striking out 14 batters. He faced the Dodgers twice in 2013 allowing 7 ER over 12 innings of work. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Rollins 3-14, 2 2B, HR
  • Gonzalez 1-5
  • Ellis 1-4
  • Ethier 1-3
  • Puit 2-3

Greinke gets the nod for the Dodgers because why not, the Mets bats are hot right? He’s 6-2 over 16 starts and 108.1 innings. Also, he has the league leading ERA at a 1.58. He is in the middle of an unreal stretch including his last 20.2 innings over 3 starts where he has allowed no runs, 3 walks and 19 strikeouts. Last year he faced the Mets twice pitching 12.0 innings allowing 13 hits, 7 runs, only 4 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Granderson 8-45, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Cuddyer 10-40, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 3-8
  • Duda 3-7, HR
  • Lagares 1-6, HR
  • Flroes 1-5
  • deGrom 2-3, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

The Mets head on the road after a tale of two different series at home this past week. The Mets started off with a sweep of the Reds and they followed their escape from Panic City with being swept by the Cubs scoring only 1 run over 3 games. The Mets will look to reverse their offensive woes tonight against Clayton Kershaw because hey, anything can happen right?

Noah Syndergaard gets the start for the Mets tonight. On the season he is 3-4 over 9 games and 52.2 innings with a 3.59 ERA. He is coming off a strong start against the Reds where he held them to 1 ER over 8.0 innings and 5 hits while striking out 5. He has never faced the Dodgers before in a major league game and the Dodgers will be third NL West team he has faced in his young career. So far the NL West has not been kind to Noah as the Padres hit him up for 7 earned runs over 4.0 innings and the Giants scored 4 runs off 10 hits in 6.0 innings.

The Mets bats draw one of the most feared pitchers in the game tonight in Clayton Kershaw. Clayton is 5-6 over 16 starts this season and 107.0 innings with a 3.20 ERA. After a couple of non-Clayton starts allowing 3 ER over 6 and 7 innings of work, eh allowed 1 ER over 7.0 innings his last time out. The last time he faced the Mets was back in 2013, he allowed 2 ER over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Kershaw:

  • Cuddyer 4-15
  • Mayberry 2-10, 2B
  • Tejada 3-7
  • Murphy 3-6
  • Duda 0-4
  • Granderson 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

The Mets try to avoid the sweep today after two consecutive games where the pitching was on point but that bats were no where to be found. The Mets were shutout 2-0 last night in a game where the Cubs scored both of their runs in the 11th inning and the Mets just left runners just about everywhere, except the scoring side of homeplate. Maybe Jacob deGrom can provide some offense tonight and juice the lineup a bit.

Jacob deGrom is 8-5 over 15 starts and 100.1 innings with a 2.15 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. In his last three starts he has tossed 22.1 innings of 1.21 ERA ball while striking out 19 batters. His last bad start was against the Cubs in Chicago where he allowed 4 ER over 5 hits and 4 walks over 5.0 innings. The Cubs have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Castro 0-5
  • Rizzo 2-6, HR
  • Bryant 1-2, HR
  • Coghlan 1-3
  • Fowler 1-1
  • Russell 1-2

The Mets bats will try to find themselves against Jake Arrieta who is 7-5 over 15 starts and 98.0 innings with a 2.94 ERA. He has allowed 1 ER in his last two starts and 16.0 innings of work. He dominated the Mets earlier this year pitching 8.0 innings allowing 1 run and two walks while striking out 10 batters. The Mets have the following numbers on Jake:

  • Granderson 9-26, 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Duda 4-9
  • Cuddyer 2-9
  • Murphy 2-9
  • Flores 2-5
  • Tejada 1-4
  • Lagares 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

The Mets lost again yesterday by the score of 1-0. After getting a terrific start by Jon Niese and outings by the pen, they couldn’t score a single run and only recorded three hits throughout the night. Daniel Murphy returned to the lineup and recorded probably the best hit of the night with a double but it just wasn’t enough. Tonight the Mets will try to find it against Jon Lester.

The Mets will be sending out Bartolo Colon to the mound who is 9-6 over 15 games and 92.0 innings with a 4.89 ERA. His last two starts have been rough as he has allowed 11 runs, 10 earned over 10.1 innings. He missed the Cubs earlier this year and completely last year. Back in 2013 he made one start against them allowing 2 ER over 7.0 innings. The Cubs have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Castro 2-3
  • Rizz0 0-3
  • Ross 0-1
  • Denorfia 0-1

Jon Lester is 4-6 over 15 starts and 89.1 innings with a 4.03 ERA. June was an odd month for him. He opened the month pitching 9.1 innings in his first two starts allowing 11 ER, then he pitched 13.1 innings in his next two starts allowing 2 ER and he ended the month pitching 4.0 innings allowing 4 ER. Earlier this year he allowed 3 ER against the Mets over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Lester:

  • Granderson 11-40, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR
  • Cyddyer 5-19, 2 2B
  • Mayberry 2-6
  • Duda 2-3, HR
  • Flores 1-2, HR
  • Lagares 0-2
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Plawecki 1-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

The Mets are coming off a pretty good weekend and welcome the Cubs to Queens tonight to keep the good times going. The Mets swept the Reds this past weekend including two wins on Sunday (finishing Saturday’s game and then Matz debut). Obviously the main story line was Steven Matz, the hometown kid, who grew up a Mets fan, who fought through the minors to get here, who tossed a great game and went 3-3 at the plate with 4 RBI’s. Lets see if the Mets can keep it up.

The other Mets lefty in the 6 man rotation gets the start today, Jon Niese. Both the Cubs and the Dodgers have been linked to Niese recently so this will be an audition of sorts for the homegrown Met. He is 3-7 over 14 starts with a 4.12 ERA this season over 83.0 innings.  June has been pretty good to Jon despite going 0-2. He has tossed 26.0 innings over 4 starts with a 3.46 ERA while striking out 21 batters. Jon struggled against the Cubs earlier this year allowing 6 runs, 4 earned over 6.1 innings. The Cubs have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Castro 5-22, 3B, HR
  • Ross 6-20, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Rizzo 2-13, 2B
  • Fowler 4-14, HR
  • Coghlan 2-13, 2B
  • Denorfia 4-8, 2B
  • Bryant 1-3

Kyle Hendricks is 2-4 over 14 starts and 78.2 innings with a 4.46 in his second season. In his last two starts he has allowed 11 runs, 10 earned over 10.0 innings. He missed the Mets the first time around this year but he faced them in his rookie season where he held the Mets to 1 ER over 7.0 innings. At the time he had a 1.48 ERA over his first 7 career starts. The Mets have the following numbers against Kyle:

  • Duda 1-2, HR
  • Granderson 1-3
  • Lagares 0-3
  • Flores 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Reds vs Mets

The Mets and the Reds will play two today, of sorts. Yesterday the Mets tried really hard to get the game in with the rain. I was there and I’ve never seen that much rain at a ballgame with the teams still playing (my personal feeling is it was a combination of the Steve Miller concert at the end of the plus the Reds only coming to town once this season). Anyway, Harvey pitched great and Granderson provided the only run of offense (and his dropped ball in the outfield led to the Reds only run, so whatever). After the Mets and Reds finish this game, it will be the battle of two rookies at Citi Field.

First, Steven Matz will make his long awaited debut for the Amazins. In the minors this year he has a 7-4 record over 15 games, 14 starts and 90.1 innings with a 2.19 ERA with 94 strikeouts. What makes his minor league numbers so surprising is he is pitching in the incredibly hitter friendly PCL league and the even more so Las Vegas park. Over the off-season Wally Backman told Mets fans at the second annual Queens Baseball Convention that Matz is the pitcher in the Mets system that he feels is the unhittable one.

The Mets bats will get another rookie today in Josh Smith. Smith will be making his second major league start after allowing 4 ER and 6 walks over 3.0 innings in his major league debut. Across three minor league levels this year he made 13 starts with a 3.04 ERA and 74.0 innings of work.

Let’s go Mets!

Game Preview: Reds vs Mets

No Offense? No Problem. For the second straight game the Mets were able to muster up only 2 runs off of offense but it was enough as the Mets received another excellent start from their young pitching corps, this time from Noah Syndergaard. Noah was given a lead very early thanks to a leadoff homer from Granderson and while the game was tied soon after, he kept the Reds in check and the Mets squeaked away with a 2-1 win. Today, Matt Harvey will try to get similar results.

The Dark Knight of Gotham is 7-5 over 14 games and 93.1 innings with a 3.18 ERA. In his last two starts he has allowed one earned run over 13.2 innings while striking out 11, and he has three good starts in his last 4. His one start against the Reds back in 2013 was not a good one as he allowed 4 earned runs over 6.1 innings. The Reds have the following numbers against him:

  • Schumaker 1-9
  • Phillips 2-6, 2B
  • Bruce 1-6, 2B
  • Votto 2-3, HR
  • Frazier 0-3

The Mets bats will try to find themselves against rookie starter Michael Lorenzen. In 11 games and 9 starts this season he is 3-2 over 55.2 innings with a 3.56 ERA while striking out 35 batters. In his last two starts he has tossed 13.0 innings allowing 3 ER and 6 strikeouts so he is on a bit of a roll. This being his rookie season, today will be his first career start against the Mets.

Lets Go Mets!