Game Preview: Mets @ Orioles

This was an odd weekend for the Mets. In all three games, they had a legitimate chance to win except they fell apart late in one way or another. Luckily, the Nationals were also swept so we are still where we started. Meanwhile, the Mets draw an Orioles team that has gotten hot as of late and on their own turf, where they are a different team. For the Orioles, they have strong bullpen and incredibly strong lineup. Plus, they play in a fairly hitters friendly park (or at least their lineup makes it look hitter friendly). Also as a fun side note, the last time Cespedes was in Baltimore, he was traded to the Mets.

Jacob deGrom looks to put things back on track for the Mets. On the season he is 11-6 over 22 starts and 146.2 innings with a 2.03 ERA and 152 K’s. He is coming off of his strongest start in August where he held the Rockies scoreless over 7.0 innings while striking out 10. In his last 15 starts he is 8-2 over 105.0 innings with a 1.46 ERA. Earlier this year he faced the Orioles at Citi Field and held them to 1 run while striking out 9 over 7.0 innings. The Orioles have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Parra 0-6
  • Paredes 1-4
  • Davis 0-3
  • Jones 0-2
  • Machado 2-3

The Mets bats draw Gausman who is 2-4 over 16 games, 8 starts and 60.1 innings with a 4.48 ERA. When Gausman is on, he’s great. Since becoming a full time starter on June 20th, he has two outings where he has completely shut down his opponents. He also has two starts where he has self-destructed on the mound. In August he is 1-2 over 19.2 innings in three starts with a 5.03 ERA. He made a relief outing against the Mets in Early May where he held the Mets scoreless over 1.0 innings and struck out 2. The Mets have the following limited numbers against Gausman:

  • Cespedes 3-9, HR
  • K Johnson 0-5
  • Granderson 0-1
  • Cuddyer 0-1
  • Duda 0-1
  • Lagares 0-1

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Pirates vs Mets

For a second straight day, the Mets dropped a game in extras, but the Nationals, lost, so we get to do it all again today. Yesterday the Mets got a solid start from Niese and then 7 innings of nearly perfect work from the bullpen until Gilmartin ran out of gas+ defensive mistakes allowed 2 runs in the top of the 14th. However, today is Harvey day and we still have a 4.5 game lead in the east. Let’s get it done!

Harvey is 11-7 over 22 starts and 148.0 innings with a 2.61 ERA. Harvey has tossed back to back shutout starts going 7 and 8 innings. Overall since the All-Star break he has pitched 36.2 innings over 5 games with a 1.23 ERA over 26 K’s. One of his worst starts this season was against the Pirates where he allowed 7 ER over 4.0 innings. The Pirates have the following numbers against Matt:

  • Marte 0-5
  • Alvarez 3-5, 2 2B, HR
  • McCutchen 2-4, HR
  • Morse 0-3
  • Stewart 0-3
  • Walker 0-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Jeff Locke who is 6-7 over 22 starts with a 4.43 ERA over 124.0 innings. In his last four starts he has tossed 20.2 innings with a 6.53 ERA. Locke last faced the Mets back in 2013 where tossed 6.0 innings allowing only 1 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Jeff:

  • Uribe 0-7
  • Murphy 2-6
  • Tejada 3-6
  • Cespedes 0-2
  • Duda 0-2
  • Lagares 1-2
  • Recker 1-2, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Pirates vs Mets

The Mets lost a tough one last night, but so did the Nationals, so we start today just where we started yesterday with the Mets having a 4.5 game lead in the East. J.A. Happ provided a strong start for the Pirates and although the Mets were able to push it to extras, Parnell struggled in the top of the 10th, and the Mets little comeback in the bottom of the 10th wasn’t enough.

Jon Niese looks to put the Mets back on the right track tonight. On the season he is 7-9 over 22 starts and 135.1 innings with a 3.46 ERA. In his last three starts he has pitched 20.0 innings with a 1.80 ERA while striking out 17. His start against the Pirates earlier this year was a forgettable one as it came in the midst of that stretch of really ugly starts for Jon. He allowed 4 ER over 4.2 innings. The Pirates have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Ramirez 6-21, 2B, 2 HR
  • Morse 4-22, 3 2B
  • McCutchen 7-15, 3 2B, HR
  • Walker 2-10
  • Marte 2-10
  • Stewart 1-5

The Mets bats draw Charlie Morton who is 7-4 over 14 starts and 82.1 innings with a 4.48 ERA. Morton is coming off a rough start where he allowed 5 ER over 5.0 innings agianst hte Dodgers and only has one good start (7.0 shutout innings) in his last 5 games, all the games he has pitched since the All-Star break. In that stretch he has tossed 30.1 innings but with a 5.04 ERA. He missed the Mets earlier this year but last year he picked up the loss after pitching 5.1 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Murphy 3-16
  • Uribe 3-13
  • Duda 3-8, 2B
  • Tejada 4-7
  • K Johnson 2-8, 2B
  • Cuddyer 1-3
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Cespedes 1-2, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Pirates vs Mets

The Mets head into a tough series with the Pirates with a 4.5 game lead in the division at Citi Field tonight. The Pirates swept the Mets earlier this season in June during that rough patch the Mets were having but this squad comes in just narrowing escaping a sweep from the Cardinals. The Mets on the other hand demolished the Rockies in a four game sweep and are now 11 games over .500 for the first time since late June 2010.

Bartolo Colon is 10-11 over 22 starts and 134.1 innings with a 4.76 ERA and a major league leading 157 hits allowed. He’s in the middle of this stretch of good start / bad start and last time out he allowed 4 ER over 6.2 innings, so maybe he’s due for one of his good starts. Two of his last four starts he has allowed 1 ER over 8.0 innings. He missed the Pirates back in June but he did toss 13.1 innings against them last year with a 1-1 record and a 3.38 ERA. The Pirates have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Stewart 5-14, HR
  • Morse 2-14
  • Ramirez 5-12, 2 2B, HR
  • Marte 1-10
  • Alvarez 4-9, 2 2B
  • McCutchen 3-8
  • Walker 2-7, 2B

The Mets will get a look at an old foe in J.A. Happ, making a start on 9 days rest. In his first Pirates start he allowed 4 ER over 8 hits and 4.1 innings. With the Mariners this year he had a 4.64 ERA over 21 games, 20 starts and 108.2 innings of work. July was a month he would like to put behind him as he allowed 20 runs, 19 earned in just 23.0 innings of work. He last faced the Mets in 2012 where he allowed 3 ER over 6.1 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers on Happ:

  • Cespedes 3-19, 2B
  • Granderson 3-11, 2B, HR
  • K Johnson 2-10, 2 HR
  • Murphy 2-7, 2B, HR
  • Tejada 0-3
  • Uribe 3-3, HR
  • Duda 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Rockies vs Mets

The Mets try to complete the always difficult 4-game sweep this afternoon as the Rockies play their last game in Queens for the season. For the second straight game yesterday, the Mets shut-out the Rockies, this time by the score of 3-0 in a game that saw a dominant outing from deGrom, strong relief from both Clippard and Familia, and the first homer from Cespedes. The Mets are now 10 games above .500 and thanks to the Dodgers, now 3.5 in front of the Nationals.

Noah Syndergaard is 6-6 over 16 starts and 98.2 innings with 106 K’s this season. He’s coming off of his first terrible start in a while where he allowed 5 ER over 4.0 innings while striking out 6. Even including that start, in his last 8 starts he has tossed 54.0 innings with a 2.17 ERA. Syndergaard has never faced the Rockies before, but he has faced Jose Reyes who is 0-3 with 2 K’s.

Eddie Butler will get the start for the Rockies. He is 3-9 over 15 starts and 75.1 innings with a 5.50 ERA and 40 K’s. Since being recalled on July 24th, he has made 4 starts with an 0-3 record over 21.0 innings and a 7.29 ERA. This will be Butler’s first start against the Mets, but he has faced Juan Uribe before, who is 0-2.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Rockies vs Mets

The Mets try to clinch the four game set against the Rockies tonight as they take on Colorado in game 3. Last night, the Mets got another excellent start from Harvey who tossed 8 scoreless innings and got some late hitting to win 4-0. The icing on the cake occurred in LA with the Dodgers beating the Nationals.

Jacob deGrom looks to keep it going tonight. On the season he is 10-6 over 21 starts with a 2.13 ERA over 139.2 innings with 142 K’s. In his last two starts he has allowed 2 ER over at least 6.0 innings and in both of his last two starts he hasn’t had his best stuff. What has been impressive about deGrom is it was obvious he didn’t have his best stuff in the last two starts but he still racked up 7 K’s in each game. Last year he faced the Rockies once and held them scoreless over 8.0 innings. The Rockies have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Arenado 1-3, 2B
  • Blackmon 0-3
  • LeMahieu 0-3
  • Bergman 0-2
  • Paulsen 0-1

Jorge De La Rosa is 7-4 over 19 starts and 104.0 innings with a 4.85 ERA this season. Since the All-Star Break he has pitched 27.1 innings over 5 games with a  6.26 ERA although he has been pitching better of late where he has allowed 5 ER over 12.2 innings. In one start last year against the Mets he allowed 3 ER over 6 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jorge:

  • Uribe 9-36, HR
  • Cuddyer 1-10, 2B
  • K Johnson 2-10, HR
  • Granderson 1-6, HR
  • Murphy 1-4
  • d’Arnaud 1-3
  • Lagares 2-3, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Rockies vs Mets

The Mets and Nationals both won last night, so the everything stayed the same. The Mets were leading early 1-0 before the Rockies took a 2-1 lead. Luckily through some clutch hitting from Murphy and power from d’Arnaud, the Mets were able to pull ahead 4-2 and shut the door. Tonight Matt Harvey looks to get it done against Chris Rusin.

Matt Harvey is 10-7 over 21 starts and 140.0 innings with a 2.76 ERA. Since June 16th, Harvey has made 9 starts with a 4-3 record and 60.1 innings with a 1.64 ERA while striking out 49. On a smaller scale, in his last two starts he has allowed one run over 14.2 innings with 15 K’s. One of his best starts in 2013 was against the Rockies where tossed a complete game shut out. The Rockies have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Blackmon 1-7
  • Descalso 1-4
  • LeMahieu 0-5
  • Hundley 2-4
  • Stubbs 0-3
  • Arenado 1-3
  • Gonzalez 0-3
  • Reyes 0-3

Chris Rusin is 3-4 over 14 games, 12 starts this year and 75.1 innings with a 4.66 ERA in his first season with the Rockies. In his last three starts he is 0-1 over 15.0 innings allowing 13 earned runs (7.80 ERA). He has never faced the Mets during his time with the Cubs and obviously this year with the Rockies, but has limited exposure to a few Mets:

  • Uribe 1-4
  • Cespedes 1-2
  • K Johnson 0-1
  • Carlos Torres 0-1 (Seriously)

Lets’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Rockies vs Mets

The Mets return home after dropping a series with the Rays, but still having a successful road trip. Luckily, the Nationals also lost yesterday so the Mets still maintain their 1.5 game lead in the east as they start play with the Rockies for the first time this weekend and more specifically, in the battle of the Jon’s tonight as Jon Gray takes on Jon Niese.

Jon Niese is 6-9 over 21 starts this season with 128.1 innings of work and a 3.51 ERA. After his hiccup of a start against the Dodgers where he allowed 6 ER over 3.0 innings he has allowed 1 ER in both of his last starts totaling 2 ER over 13.0 innings with 12 K’s. Since the beginning of June, Jon has had 7 starts out of 11 where he has allowed 2 ER or less.  Last year he allowed 1 ER over 6.2 innings against the Rockies. The Rockies have the following numbers vs Colorado:

  • Reyes 2-13
  • Stubbs 2-16
  • Gonzalez 2-10, 2B
  • Hundley 2-7, 3B
  • Barnes 2-5, 2B
  • Descalso 2-4, 2B
  • Arenado 0-3
  • De La Rosa 1-3, 2B

Jon Gray will be making his second start to his major league career tonight. In his first start he allowed 2 ER, 3 runs total, over 4.0 innings of work. In the minors this year he had a 6-6 record over 21 games, 20 starts and 114.1 innings with a 4.33 ERA. Overall he has a 3.82 ERA in 276.0 in the minors. For the most part he has rocketed through the system entering at age 21 in 2013 in rookie and A+ ball, AA last year and AAA this year. He has never faced the Mets, or anyone on the Mets roster in a major league game.

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview After The Game!

The Mets win streak was snapped last night but they can still take the series tonight as they face probably the toughest pitcher on the Rays staff, Chris Archer. Syndergaard had a rough night yesterday laboring through 4 innings, allowing 5 runs and the Mets just couldn’t recover. The offense kept it close early, but after scoring 4 runs in the first 2 innings, the Rays just shut down the bats.

Colon gets the nod for the Amazin’s today. He is 10-10 over 21 starts with a 4.72 ERA while tossing 127.1 innings. For the second time in three outings, he tossed 8.0 innings, allowing 1 ER continuing his season of being fantastic or terrible. The last time he faced the Rays was back in 2012 where he allowed 3 ER over 5.0 innings. The Rays have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Sizemore 3-16
  • Cabrera 1-14, 2B
  • Longoria 4-11, 2 2B
  • Jaso 0-8
  • Nava 2-8
  • Rivera 1-3, HR

The Mets bats will get a look at Chris Archer who is having a career year going 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA over 148.2 innings  over 23 starts. Since his blow up start right before the All-Star game where he allowed 9 ER over 6.0 innings, he has allowed 7 runs, 5 earned in 27.0 innings over 4 games, 1.67 ERA. This will be his first time facing the Mets, but a few Mets have seen him:

  • Cespedes 2-6, 2B
  • K Johnson 1-4, 2B
  • Granderson 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Rays

Last night was a fun one as the Mets stretched their win streak to 7. The Mets were down most of the game but were able to tie it off of a solo shot from Uribe in the 7th. Then the Rays hit another homer so the Mets were down again, but Murphy hit a solo shot in the 8th to tie it again. But the Rays hit another solo homer so the Mets needed some 9th inning magic, and they did it! There’s something about this team right now!

Noah Syndergaard gets the nod today. He’s 6-5 over 15 starts and 94.2 innings with a 2.66 ERA and 100 K’s. In his last 7 games he has tossed 50.0 innings with 52 K’s and a 1.44 ERA including back to back starts where he pitched 8.0 innings and recorded 9 K’s. Syndergaard has never faced the Rays before but he has faced Grady Sizemore in a major league game who is 2-3 with one strikeout.

The Mets bats will draw Nate Karns who is 6-5 over 21 games with a 3.37 ERA recording 120.1 innings in what is first true taste of the majors. Since allowing 7 ER over 6.0 innings right before the All-Star break, he has a 1.65 ERA over 16.1 innings and three starts coming into today’s game. He has never faced the Mets before but he has faced Yoenis Cespedes who is 1-3 with a homer against him.

Let’s Go Mets!