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Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

The Mets split the double-header yesterday with the Cardinals and look to take the series today behind Logan Verrett. Logan Verrett is 3-6 over 26 games and 8 starts over 67.1 innings with a 4.14 ERA. After a series of rocky starts his last two have been solid totaling 11.1 innings with a 3.18 ERA while striking out 7 batters. This will be Verrett’s first start against the Cardinals and the only person on their whole roster who has faced Logan is Mike Leake, who is 0-1.

The Mets bats will get to see an old foe, cemented into the history books of critical Mets moments, Adam Wainwright. This year he’s 9-5 over 20 starts and 125.1 innings with a 4.09 ERA, which statistically is his worst season in his career (not including his injury seasons). He has turned it around in July pitching in four games with a 3-0 record and 29.0 innings with 27 strikeouts. During that time he has posted a sparkling 0.93 ERA. The last time he faced the Mets was back in 2014 where he held the Mets to 4 hits and no runs over 7.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Adam Wainwright:

  • Walker 9-38, 2B, HR
  • Loney 14-31, 4 2B, HR
  • K Johnson 1-11
  • Reyes 0-10
  • Granderson 1-8
  • Cespedes 1-8
  • De Aza 1-7
  • Rivera 1-3
  • d’Arnaud 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

 

Double Header Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

The Mets were set to start their series with the Cardinals last night but the weather gods had other ideas, so the Mets have blessed the faithful today with an old-fashion single admission double header. The first game features the same set up as yesterday, so forgive me as I just copy and paste yesterday’s preview:

Noah Syndergaard will start the series off for the Mets. In 19 games and 18 starts this year he is 9-4 over 111.1 innings with a 2.43 ERA with 136 K’s. His last start, his first since the All Star break, was solid as he allowed 1 run, no earned over 5.2 innings while striking out 8. He faced the Cardinals once last year allowed 2 earned runs over 7.0 innings while striking out 6 in a game the Mets eventually lost. The Cards have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Grichuk 0-2
  • Gyorko 0-3
  • Holliday 0-3
  • Molina 0-3
  • Wong 1-3

The Mets draw Carlos Martinez tonight who is currently putting up better numbers than his All-Star year last year. He is 9-6 over 18 games and 114.1 innings of work with a 2.83 ERA. In his last 7 starts he is 3-1 (the team is 3-4) with a 1.52 ERA over 47.1 innings. He was quite good against the Mets last year allowing 2 runs, 1 earned over 10.1 innings of work while striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Carlos:

  • Walker 4-16, 3B, 2 HR
  • Granderson 2-6
  • Lagares 2-5
  • Flores 1-5
  • Cespedes 2-3, HR
  • deGrom 0-1
  • Reyes 1-3

The second game features Bartolo Colon against Jamie Garcia. Colon is 8-5 over 20 games and 19 starts this year with a 3.48 ERA over 108.2 innings of work. After a strong outing coming back from the All-Star Break, Colon just didn’t have it in Chicago on the 20th where he allowed 6 ER over 4.1 innings against the Cubs. Last year, Colon didn’t have much success against the Cardinals as he allowed 16 runs, 15 earned over 8.2 innings of work. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Holliday 7-16, 2 2B
  • Molina 2-13, 2B
  • Adams 2-12, HR
  • Wong 4-11
  • Grichuk 1-3, 2B
  • Martinez 0-2
  • Gyorko 1-2

Jaime Garcia is 7-6 over 19 starts this year with a 3.98 ERA over 113.0 innings. Since June 8th, he has going 3-1 over 8 starts and 48.1 innings with a 4.66 ERA with a smattering of strong starts but an equal amount of poor starts. Last year he picked up the loss against the Mets after allowing 2 runs in 7.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Garcia:

  • Reyes 4-17, 2B
  • Loney 4-8, 2B
  • K Johnson 1-5
  • Flores 0-3
  • Walker 1-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

The Mets come back tonight after a taking a critical series in Miami. Steven Matz looked good tossing 6 scoreless and the Mets scored just enough runs to keep the Marlins at bay. Now the Mets look to keep adding numbers to the win column as the Cardinals come to town.

Noah Syndergaard will start the series off for the Mets. In 19 games and 18 starts this year he is 9-4 over 111.1 innings with a 2.43 ERA with 136 K’s. His last start, his first since the All Star break, was solid as he allowed 1 run, no earned over 5.2 innings while striking out 8. He faced the Cardinals once last year allowed 2 earned runs over 7.0 innings while striking out 6 in a game the Mets eventually lost. The Cards have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Grichuk 0-2
  • Gyorko 0-3
  • Holliday 0-3
  • Molina 0-3
  • Wong 1-3

The Mets draw Carlos Martinez tonight who is currently putting up better numbers than his All-Star year last year. He is 9-6 over 18 games and 114.1 innings of work with a 2.83 ERA. In his last 7 starts he is 3-1 (the team is 3-4) with a 1.52 ERA over 47.1 innings. He was quite good against the Mets last year allowing 2 runs, 1 earned over 10.1 innings of work while striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Carlos:

  • Walker 4-16, 3B, 2 HR
  • Granderson 2-6
  • Lagares 2-5
  • Flores 1-5
  • Cespedes 2-3, HR
  • deGrom 0-1
  • Reyes 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets and Marlins close out their three game set today on Mike Piazza induction day! For those of you who are watching the game instead of the induction (or at the same time!) you can expect to see Steven Matz trot out against Jose Urena.

Steven is 7-6 over 17 games and 101.0 innings with a 3.56 ERA on the season. In his last start against the Cubs he allowed 4 ER over 8 hits and 5.0 innings. Steven blamed this on mistakes made in the game, but its hard to separate his recent performance from the news of his bone spurs. Since June 12th, Matz has made 7 starts logging 40.2 innings with a 5.31 ERA. His two starts against the Marlins this year have been quite different. His first start of the season was against them and it was his worst in his career as he allowed 7 ER over 1.2 innings. In his last start vs the Marlins, July 5th, he allowed only 2 ER over 7.0 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Yelich 2-8
  • Ozuna 2-5
  • Prado 2-6
  • Mathis 2-5, HR
  • Rojas 0-5
  • Stanton 3-5, 2 HR
  • Hechavarria 1-4
  • C Johnson 1-3

Jose Urena will be making his second start of the season today. Overall he’s 1-1 over 17 games and 1 start with a 6.23 ERA while pitching 26.0 innings with 17 K’s. Last year he had 9 starts mixed into 20 games posting a 5.25 ERA over 61.2 innings of work. His last time out was his first start of the season, he allowed only 1 ER over 5.2 innings. He hasn’t faced the Mets this year but last year he logged 3.0 innings against the Mets in two relief appearances where he allowed 3 ER while striking out none. The Mets have the following numbers against Jose:

  • Walker 1-3, HR
  • Cabrera 1-1
  • Cespedes 0-1
  • d’Arnaud 0-1
  • deGrom 0-1
  • Flores 1-1, HR
  • Granderson 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

Today the Mets and Marlins play the marquee matchup of their three game set as Jacob deGrom, arguably the ace of the Mets staff faces Jose Fernandez, the ace of the Marlins staff. Jacob deGrom is 6-4 over 16 starts this year with 102. innings of work while posting a 2.38 ERA. He’s coming off the best start of his career: a complete game, one hitter. In his last four starts he has tossed 29.0 innings with a 0.93 ERA while striking out 27 (that inning to start ratio is even better considering one of those starts he was limited to 5.0 innings due to the rain). His last start before the All-Star break was his only start against the Marlins where he allowed 2 ER over 7.0 innings while striking out 7. The Marlins have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Ozuna 6-22, 2B
  • Yelich 7-22, 2 2B
  • C Johnson 5-17, 2B
  • Stanton 4-12, 2B, 2 HR
  • Hechavarria 3-13, 2B
  • Dietrich 3-8
  • Prado 3-8, 2B
  • Realmuto 1-6

Jose Fernandez has been his amazing self this season. Over 18 games and 113.2 innings, he has an 11-4 record and a 2.53 ERA. More recently, he’s been either completely on, or off. In his last 6 starts, he has had 3 that he can be considered completely dominant, one that was good (his last one, 2 ER over 6.1 innings) and two that were terrible. He has been on in his two starts against the Mets this year logging 12.0 innings allowing only 1 ER and striking out 19 batters. The Mets have the following numbers against Jose:

  • Walker 2-10
  • Cabrera 1-8, 2B
  • Loney 3-7
  • Granderson 2-5, 2 2B
  • Conforto 1-4
  • De Aza 1-3
  • K Johnson 1-2, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets start a three game set with the Marlins tonight. The last series was underwhelming after the Mets dropped two of three to the Cubs and now they head to Miami against a rising Marlins squad. Starting things off for the Amazin’s will be Logan Verrett, who is 3-6 over 25 games and 7 starts this year with a 4.21 ERA over 62.0 innings of work. His last start in Philly was his first solid one in a while where he allowed 2 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 4. In 8.0 innings of work against the Marlins this year, including a start, Logan has tossed 8.0 scoreless innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against him:

  • Yelich 2-6, 2B
  • Prado 0-5
  • Realmuto 2-5
  • Suzuki 1-4, 2B
  • Rojas 1-3
  • Stanton 0-3
  • Dietrich 1-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Adam Conley who is 6-5 over 19 starts and 104.2 innings with a 3.61 ERA. Three of his last four starts have been average to below average (with one good one mixed in). In those last four starts he has posted a 3.80 ERA over 21.1 innings of work. His second start of the season was against the Mets where he held the Amazin’s to 4 hits and no runs over 6.0 innings while striking out 9 in a game the Mets eventually won 2-1. The Mets have the following numbers against Adam:

  • Cespedes 0-7
  • Lagares 0-6
  • Cabrera 1-4
  • Flores 1-5, 2B
  • Granderson 1-4
  • d’Arnaud 0-4
  • Loney 1-3
  • Walker 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Cubs

The Mets squeaked away with a win last night walking right up to the edge (literally walking). After squeezing out a second run, a go-ahead run, the Mets took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the 9th. Familia proceeded to walk the first two batters and then Reyes made a play on a ball that probably would have rolled foul to load the bases. Bases loaded. No outs. The Cubs then made one out and then the Mets were able to turn the game-ending, double play. It would have been a crushing game to lose and instead the Mets won in exciting fashion. Now the Mets look forward to taking the series behind Bartolo Colon.

Colon is 8-4 over 19 games and 18 starts logging 104.1 innings with a 3.11 ERA. In his last start, Colon allowed 3 runs, all unearned, over 5.2 innings while waking 2 with 4 strikeouts. He started July off with the Cubs where he held them to 2 ER over 6.0 innings while walking 3 and striking out 5. The Cubs have the following numbers against Bartolo:

  • Zobrist 9-17, 3B, 4 HR
  • Heyward 7-20, 2B, HR
  • Rizzo 1-10, HR
  • Bryant 1-7
  • Montero 1-2
  • Ross 0-2
  • Contreras 0-3
  • La Stella 1-3

Kyle Hendricks looks to close things out against the Mets today. He’s 8-6 over 18 games and 17 starts with 104.2 innings of work and a 2.41 ERA. Since June 19th, he’s pitched in 6 games, 5 starts totaling 31.0 innings with a 0.87 ERA. This will be his first start against the Mets this season. In the regular season last year, he pitched 6.0 scoreless innings and in the post season he allowed 2 ER over 4.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Kyle:

  • Walker 3-8, 2B
  • Granderosn 1-8
  • Flores 0-6
  • d’Arnaud 1-5
  • Lagares 0-5
  • K Johnson 1-2
  • Reyes 1-3
  • Cespedes 1-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Cubs

The Cubs finally beat the Mets last night. After winning their last 8 games against Chicago, the Mets offense went missing last night and ultimately fell. Tonight, Noah Syndergaard takes the mound. He is 9-4 this season over 18 games and 17 starts with 105.2 innings of work with a 2.56 ERA. Three of his last four starts have been average or below average allowing 3 ER over 6.0 innings against Kansas, 5 ER over 3.0 against Washington and 3 ER over 4.2 innings against Washington again. His only good start in his last four was against the Cubs were he allowed only 1 run over 7.0 innings while striking out 8. The Cubs have the following numbers against Noah:

  • Bryant 4-8, 2B, 3B
  • Rizzo 1-6
  • Heyward 3-6, 2B, 3B
  • Baez 2-5
  • Montero 0-4
  • Zobrist 1-5, 2B
  • Russell 1-3
  • Ross 0-2

The Mets bats will get a crack at Jake Arrieta who is 12-4 over 18 starts this year and 114.1 innings with a 2.68 ERA. His last three starts before the All-Star break were very unlike him as he allowed 15 ER over 16.1 innings including a start against the Mets where he allowed 4 ER over 5.1 innings off 8 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Jake:

  • Granderson 11-32, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Walker 6-31, 2B, HR
  • Flores 3-13, 2B
  • Cabrera 5-11, 2 HR
  • Cespedes 3-11, 2B, HR
  • De Aza 3-7
  • K Johnson 0-6, 3 BB
  • d’Arnaud 3-7

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Cubs

The Mets started off the second half well with taking 2 of 3 from the Phillies, including yesterday’s dominating 1-hitter from Jacob deGrom. Tonight they travel to Chicago to play their last regular season games against the Cubs. Last year the Mets went 0-7 against the Cubs in the regular season, then they swept the Cubs in the NLCS and before the All-Star Break, swept the Cubs at Citi Field, meaning the Mets are now 8-0 against the Cubs in their last 8 games. The Cubs, who have a strong roster are going to bring a little extra into this series as they look to raise their performance against the Amazin’s.

Steven Matz will get things started. He’s 7-5 over 16 starts and 96.0 innings with a 3.38 ERA. His last couple of starts have been average as he’s allowed 5 ER over 14.0 innings (3.21 ERA) while striking out 11 and walking 5 against the Marlins and the Nationals, both games where he was the losing pitcher on record. He did face the Cubs earlier this season where he allowed 3 ER over 5.1 innings which included 7 hits, 3 walks and 6 strikeouts. The Cubs have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Zobrist 2-6, 2B
  • Baez 2-5, HR
  • Bryant 1-4, HR
  • Rizzo 2-5, 2B
  • Russell 0-1, 2BB
  • Ross 0-1

The Mets will get another look at Jon Lester who is 9-4 this season over 18 starts and 110.2 innings with a 3.01 ERA. Going into the month of July, he had a 2.03 ERA. He then allowed 8 ER over 1.1 innings against the Mets, and followed that up with allowing 5 ER over 3.0 innings against the Pirates. The Mets have the following numbers against Jon Lester:

  • Granderson 15-49, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Cabrera 7-27, 2 2B
  • Reyes 3-25
  • Cespedes 3-18
  • Loney 4-16, 2B
  • K Johnson 1-15
  • De Aza 4-14, 4 2B
  • Flores 4-10, 2 HR
  • Lagares 4-9, 2 2B
  • Walker 3-10
  • d’Arnaud 2-3, HR
  • Rivera 1-1, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets turn to Jacob deGrom to end the series against the Phillies today. Jacob, who in my opinion’s numbers deserved and All-Star nod, was a victim of the ridiculously strong pitching in the National league + his pitching schedule, which led to him not being named an All-Star. In the first half of the season he is 5-4 over 93.0 innings and 15 starts with a 2.61 ERA. In his last three starts he logged 20.0 innings with a 2-0 record and an 1.35 ERA while striking out 20 batters. He hasn’t faced the Phillies since his first start of the season where he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings of work while striking out 6. The Phillies have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Howard 4-17, 2 HR
  • Galvis 5-11
  • Herrera 3-11
  • Ruiz 1-9
  • Asche 4-7, 2B
  • Hernandez 2-5
  • Blanch 1-4
  • Paredes 1-4
  • Rupp 1-3, HR

The Mets bats will finish off the series against the rookie Zach Eflin who is making his 7th start of his major league career. So far, he is 2-2 over 6 games and 35.1 innings with a 4.08 ERA. Zach’s numbers are being weighted, heavily, by his first start where he allowed 9 runs, 8 earned over 2.2 innings. Since then he has a 2.20 ERA over 32.2 innings. This will be Zach’s first start against the Mets and no one on the Mets has faced him while they were with other teams before making their way over.

Let’s Go Mets!