Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets have scored only 2 runs in their last 32 innings, which is never a recipe for a good time. The Mets were beating the Braves 1-0 heading into the 8th when deGrom finally faltered and Gilmartin allowed two runs to scored. This should be a nonissue though because the offense should be able to score more than two runs. Anyway, the Mets look to move beyond that today as Noah Syndergaard takes on Williams Perez.

Syndergaard is 2-4 over 7 starts and 40.2 innings in his rookie season so far posting an ERA of 3.76. After two questionable starts, he rebounded nicely his last time out against the Blue Jays holding them to one run, a solo homer, over 6 innings of work while striking out a career high of 11 batters. In his previous two starts he allowed a combined 11 ER over 10.0 innings of work. Amazingly, this will be Noah’s second career start against an NL East team. His first one was against the Phillies where he shut them out for 7.1 innings.

Williams Perez is also in his rookie season. The Braves starter is 3-0 over 9 games, 6 starts and 39.1 innings of work with a 2.29 ERA. He has struck out 31 batters this year while walking 19. He is coming off of a strong start against the Red Sox where he shut them out over 6.0 innings. He has made a relief appearance against the Mets recently in the one game the Mets dropped in last weekends series. Perez picked up the save after allowing 2 hits in the 11th inning. Ceciliani and Herrera had the hits while Lagares and Mayberry had the outs.

Let’s Go Mets!

The Latest Baseball Failure on White Privilege

The Orem Owlz announced today that they were cancelling their “Caucasian Heritage Night” due to well, it’s best to put it exactly in their words: “We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued.”

Setting aside right now that it was a terrorist attack in South Carolina, that people were murdered because of their race and that is beyond a tragic event, there are a lot of problematic statements in the Orem Owlz apology. Here is the statement in full:

You may have read that the Orem Owlz had long ago scheduled Caucasian Heritage Night as one of its 38 promotions.

Minor League Baseball, and the Orem Owlz, is about baseball, togetherness and family fun for all fans of all races, religions, and orientations. Our goal in this promotion, like any of our promotions, is to have fun and make fun of everyday normalcies. Our night was to include wonder bread on burgers with mayonnaise, clips from shows like Friends and Seinfeld and trying to solve the vertical leaping challenge. We understand, in light of recent tragic events, that our intentions have been misconstrued. For that, we sincerely apologize.

The Owlz are committed to all its fans, families and all fans of baseball alike – no matter who you are. The event has been removed from our promotional schedule effectively immediately.


Consciously, the Orem Owlz organization did not intend to cause harm. However the merits of this event shouldn’t even be tied to South Carolina because it is offensive and stupid in its own right. Specifically, “make fun of everyday normalcies”. The event is celebrating that the white perspective is the default perspective, that’s incredibly problematic.

Maybe there is a way to do this event satirically that explicitly points out how hegemonic our society is. As a white person, I benefit from a history of white supremacy even though I don’t want to. It’s white privilege. I don’t get followed around in stores, I get the benefit of the doubt from authority figures, and I’m not subjected to subconscious racism. I’m also too cynical to think that a baseball team would be able to pull off a conversation about race from a satirical point of view.

I would love the Orem Owlz, and really all teams in baseball to instead to encourage real conversations about race relations in this country including our history of racial violence and how the structures from our overtly racist past still persist today.

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The 2015 Mets: exciting at home, just don’t watch them on the road. Last night the Mets got essentially blown-out by the Blue Jays. Tonight they’ll try to put it together and make a statement by winning a game on the road against the Braves.

Jacob deGrom gets the start tonight on his 27th birthday! Happy Birthday deGrom! He is 7-4 over 13 starts and 85.0 innings with a 2.33 ERA this season. He is 4-0 in his last 6 starts and 43.1 innings with 53 strikeouts and a 1.25 ERA. More recently he has allowed 3 ER over 14.0 innings with 19 strikeouts including his last start which was against the Braves where he held them to 1 ER over 7.0 and struck out 9 of them. The Braves have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Freeman 2-10, HR
  • Simmons 3-10
  • C Johnson 5-11, 2B
  • K Johnson 0-4
  • Markakis 1-3

The Mets bats will get to be apart of Matt Wisler’s major league debut. This season with Triple A Gwinnett his 3-4 over 12 starts and 65.0 innings with a 4.29 ERA. Overall in the minors he has posted a 3.53 ERA over 461.2 innings. Baseball America ranked him the 34th best prospect (improving from 44 in the previous year), said he was was #69 this year (#78 last year) and Baseball Prospectus said he was #53 (down from #47 last year). The right-hander has spent his minor league time from 2011 to 2014 in the San Diego system.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Blue Jays

Not a banner day for the Mets last night as the Blue Jays beat the Amazin’s by the score of 8-0. Niese had a decent start, the Mets offense went cold and Morris struggled in his debut. Tonight is the battle of the ageless wonders as Bartolo Colon gets the start against an old friend in R.A. Dickey.

Bartolo Colon is 9-4 over 13 games and 81.2 innings with a 4.41 ERA. In the month of June he has tossed 13.0 innings with 10 strikeouts and a 2.77 ERA. The last time he faced the Jays was back when he was with the Athletics where he allowed 2 runs, 1 earned over 6.0 innings. The Blue Jays have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Encarnacion 4-19, 2B
  • Smoak 4-17, 2B, HR
  • Bautista 3-13, HR
  • Navarro 2-9, 2B
  • Reyes 4-6
  • Martin 1-6, 2B
  • Donaldson 0-4
  • Carrera 0-3

R.A. Dickey, just in the other dugout. The last time he faced the Mets was way back in 2008 where he recorded 7.0 scoreless innings against the Amazins. The next year he was with the Twins and after that started his three years with the Mets where he became an All-Star, made his mark in this organization, including a 20 win season, and was part of a trade that led to two critical players on the Mets current roster. This year he is 2-6 over 13 games over 81.2 innings with 5.29 ERA. He is 0-1 over 3 starts in June logging 17.2 innings and 16 strikeouts with a 3.57 ERA. The only Mets that faced Dickey are Granderson who is 5-25 with 2 doubles and Mayberry who is 2-13.

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Blue Jays

The Mets swept the first leg of the home and home series against the Blue Jays and tonight they head north to Toronto to play the second leg. Last night Harvey looked like the Harvey from earlier this season as he shut the Blue Jays down for 7 innings in a game where normally he would stop after 6 but the bullpen has been taxed heavily over the last week. Carlos Torres then came in for a 2-inning appearance, except he faced 4 batters only getting one out on a running miscue so Parnell came in for 5 outs and he was fantastic. Anyway, the Mets are hoping Jon Niese can get it done tonight against Drew Hutchison.

Jon Niese is 3-6 over 12 games and 70.0 innings with a 4.24 ERA. He is 0-1 over two starts in the month of June where he has logged 13.0 innings and a better than season ERA at 3.46. He faced the Blue Jays way back in 2012 and it wasn’t good as he allowed 8 ER over 3.0 innings. The Jays have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Martin 1-10, HR
  • Reyes 2-9
  • Smoak 0-2
  • Valencia 1-2
  • Bautista 1-2
  • Encarnacion 0-2

Drew Hutchison is 5-1 over 13 starts and 72.0 innings this year with a 5.75 ERA. He is coming off his worst start of the season where he allowed 8 ER over 2.1 innings against the Red Sox, in a game the Jays eventually won 13-10. When you go over his starts this season, he has very few “average” starts. They are either terrible, or quite good, and they aren’t in a pattern. Hutchison has never faced the Mets in a major league game but Granderson is 2-2 with a double against him and Mayberry is 0-1.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Blue Jays vs Mets

Last night was fun, wasn’t it? Let’s do it again. Syndergaard was excellent over 7 innings allowing only earned run. The only problem was that the Mets bats didn’t score anything. In the bottom of the 7th, the Mets were able to scratch out two runs. Familia then came on to make a tough 4 out save after the Mets failed to turn a double play put allowed the tying run in the top of the 9th, so to extras we went. In the 11th the Blue Jays were able to get the go ahead run but the Mets, and specifically Ruben Tejada, were able to get an extra out in the bottom of the frame which then led to two consecutive hits and two runs. Tonight Matt Harvey looks to lead the Mets to victory.

Matt is 6-4 over 12 games and 79.2 innings with a 3.62 ERA. Matt is coming off the second start this season where he allowed 7 ER, the second time he has done this in his last 4 starts. Harvey has never faced the Blue Jays before and the only Blue Jay that has seen him in a major league game is Carrera who is 0-1. Let’s see what a fired up and angry Matt Harvey can do!

The Mets bats will get a crack at Scott Copeland who is 1-0 over his first three major league game that includes one start. He has pitched 10.0 innings with a 0.90 ERA. The one run he has allowed came in his last outing as he tossed 7.0 innings only allowing that run against the Marlins. In the minors this year he had an ERA over 1.97 over 45.2 innings with a 4-1 record over 8 games. This will be the first time Copeland faces the Mets or anyone on the Mets roster.

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Blue Jays vs Mets

Coming off a surprising win, the Mets open up a series with the offensive minded Blue Jays in Queens tonight. Yesterday the Mets were down early, as much as 8-3 at one point, but they rallied and ended up winning the game 10-8 (despite getting only 3.2 innings from their starter). The surge in offense locked up a series victory for the Mets as they look to handle a team tonight that has been crushing the ball.

Noah Syndergaard will get the start against his prior organization tonight. He is 2-4 over 6 games and 34.2 innings this season with 34 strikeouts. June has been rough for Thor as he has pitched a total of 10.0 innings allowing 20 hits and 11 ER (but still striking out 12). This will be his first major league game against the Blue Jays and he has not faced anyone in the Jays organization in a major league game.

The Mets will get to see an old foe from that one season of the revamped Miami Marlins tonight in Mark Buehrle. He is 7-4 this season over 12 starts and 78.1 innings with a 4.25 ERA plus 88 strikeouts and leads the league in complete games at 3. The month of June has been quite good to Mark as he has tossed 15.0 innings allowing only 2 ER. The last time he faced the Mets was back in 2012 where he was 0-3 in 4 starts over 26.2 innings with a 4.39 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Mark:

  • Cuddyer 35-110, 11 2B, 3 HR
  • Granderson 5-26, 3 2B, HR
  • Mayberry 3-18, 2B
  • Duda 3-7
  • Tejada 1-6

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

Yesterday was frustrating. The Mets were down for the majority of the game, went ahead in the 7th, the Braves tied it with two outs in the 9th on a misplayed ball in the infield, the Braves pulled ahead in the 11th, the Mets got two on and no outs in the bottom of the 11th, then the Mets lost.

Dillon Gee is making a spot start today in the rotation. He’s 0-3 over 7 games, 6 starts and 36.0 innings with a 4.50 ERA. His start at the beginning of the month was rough as he allowed 8 hits, 7 runs, 4 earned over 4.0 innings. His relief outing was ok as he allowed 1 ER over 1.2 innings. His starts against the Braves couldn’t be more different. In the first one he allowed 5 ER over 5.0 innings, in the second one he allowed 2 ER over 7.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Freeman 8-35, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Simmons 5-20, 2 2B
  • C Johnson 3-15, 2B
  • K Johnson 3-12
  • Maybin 1-9, 2B
  • Uribe 1-7, 2B

The Mets bats will get a look at Mike Foltynewicz who is 3-2 over 8 starts and 47.2 innings with a 4.72 ERA. In his last two starts he has tossed 11.1 innings allowing 10 runs, 9 earned. Last year he allowed 3 ER over 2.1 innings against the Mets. The Mets have the following numbers against Mike:

  • Flores 1-2, 2B
  • Duda 1-1, HR
  • Granderson 0-1
  • Tejada 0-1

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

The Mets can make it a streak tonight! The Mets are coming off of two wins in a row and have a chance to take the weekend series with the Braves as they sound out Jacob deGrom to face off with Shelby Miller. Last night the Mets received effective pitching from Bartolo Colon as he picked up his 9th win of the season and some timely offense including Wilmer’s 10th jack of the season and Mayberry’s 3rd.

Jacob deGrom is 7-4 with a 2.42 ERA over 12 starts and 78.0 innings while striking out 81 batters. In his last 5 starts he is 4-0 (the Mets are 5-0) as he has tossed 36.1 innings with a 1.24 ERA and 44 strikeouts. He hasn’t faced the Braves yet this season but last year he was 2-1 in 3 starts over 18.0 innings with a 2.00 ERA and 29 strikeouts. The Braves have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Freeman 1-7
  • Simmons 1-8
  • C Johnson 5-8, 2B
  • Bethancourt 0-7, 3 K
  • K Johnson 0-1

The Mets bats draw Shelby Miller who is 5-2 over 12 starts with a 1.84 ERA and a league leading 2 complete game shutouts in 78.1 innings. He started off June with by far his worst start of the season, allowing 4 ER over 4.1 innings but rebounded in his last outing allowing only 1 ER over 7.0 innings. The last time Miller faced the Mets was in 2013 where he tossed 11.2 innings over 2 games allowing 4 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Miller:

  • Duda 2-6, HR
  • Mayberry 0-5
  • Cuddyer 3-3, 2B
  • Tejada 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

The Mets finally worked their way back into the win column last night in a back and forth affair with the Giants that ended with the Mets walking off in the 9th inning thanks to Cuddyer, thus avoiding the sweep. Tonight the Mets look to change patterns and win multiple games in a row against Alex Wood and the Braves.

Bartolo Colon gets the start for the Mets tonight. On the season he is 8-4 over 12 games and 75.2 innings with a 4.52 ERA. He is coming off of a strong start where he allowed only 2 ER over 7.0 innings with 7 strikeouts. In his last three starts he has a 3.60 ERA over 20.0 innings. He is 2-0 against the Braves now with a 4.15 ERA over 13.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Pierzynski 14-53, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Markakis 9-35, 5 2B
  • Gomes 8-24, 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Freeman 7-16, 3 2B
  • Simmons 8-15, 2 2B, 3B
  • Johnson 2-13, 3B

Alex Wood is 4-3 over 11 starts and 67.0 innings with a 3.36 ERA. After a string of three starts of going at least 7.0 innings and 1 ER, in his last start he has allowed 3 ER over 5.0 innings. In one start against the Mets this year he has pitched 6.2 innings 3 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Wood:

  • Lagares 3-15, 2B, HR
  • Mayberry 4-13, 2B, HR
  • Duda 2-10
  • FLores 2-8, 2B
  • Tejada 2-9
  • Campbell 1-6
  • Cuddyer 3-5, HR
  • Granderson 1-4, HR
  • d’Arnaud 3-5, 2 2B

Lets Go Mets!