Game Preview: Mets @ Marlins

The Mets beat the Phillies by an almost incomprehensible 17-0 as the Giants and Cardinals both lost. The Mets look to close in on the Wild Card as they start their last 7 games of the season.

Tonight will be an incredibly tough game in Miami. As you have undoubtedly heard by now, early Sunday morning, phenom pitcher Jose Fernandez passed away in a tragic boating accident. Jose Fernandez transcended pitching and baseball as an ambassador for the sport and demonstrating that baseball is supposed to be fun. His untimely passing has hit the baseball world hard.

Yesterday the Marlins cancelled their game as the club game together to start to process. As of 6:30 this morning, the Marlins have not yet announced who is starting tonight.

Bartolo Colon will be on the mound for the Mets. He is 14-7 over 32 games and 31 starts with 184.1 innings of work and a 3.12 ERA. In the month of September he has made 4 starts and is 2-0 pitching 25.2 innings with a 1.75 ERA. In his last start against the Marlins, he held them to 2 runs, 1 earned, over 7.0 innings of work. The Marlins have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Cabrera 1-17, 2B
  • Granderson 4-13, 2 HR
  • De Aza 2-11, 2B
  • K Johnson 2-13, 3B
  • Reyes 5-12
  • Rivera 2-5, 2B, HR
  • Bruce 1-5, HR
  • Cespedes 2-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

The Phillies jumped out to an early 10-0 lead against the Mets last night, and somehow the Mets clawed back to a final score of 10-8. Meanwhile, the Giants and the Cardinals both won last night so the pressure continues for the Mets this afternoon as they look to win another series and keep a Wild Card spot and post-season berth.

The Mets will turn to Robert Gsellman today who is 2-2 over 6 games and 5 starts over 31.2 innings with a 3.13 ERA. In his last two starts he has tossed 11.0 innings allowing 2 ER while striking out 10 batters. His longest start of his career came against the Phillies where he pitched 6.0 innings allowing 7 hits and 4 ER. The Phillies have the following numbers against Robert:

  • Altherr 1-2
  • Franco 1-3
  • Hernandez 1-3
  • Joseph 1-3
  • Paredes 2-3, 2B
  • Ellis 0-2
  • Galvis 1-2, 2B

The Mets bats will draw a rookie this afternoon in Jake Thompson who is 3-5 over 9 starts and 49.2 innings with a 5.62 ERA. (It is worth noting that his numbers are still heavily influenced by 3 of his first 4 starts where he allowed 6, 5, and 7 ER). In his last two starts he’s 2-0 over 11.0 innings allowing 10 hits and 5 ER. He’s never faced the Mets before in a major league game.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

A day after the epic bat flip, the Mets won again beating the Phillies 10-5 escaping trouble a few times in the game to get another win. The Cardinals and the Giants both lost so the Mets are in sole possession of the top wild card spot, however the Mets are in an interesting place in terms of pitcher usage.

Originally Sydergaard was going to start tonight, but he has strep throat and won’t be able to go until Monday. So the Mets are going to turn to Sean Gilmartin to make his second start on the season. The Mets have been burning pitchers recently, adding 10 more pitchers used last night, and it is unclear how much they will get out of Gilmartin tonight. On the season he has pitched 13 games with 17.0 innings with a 4.76 ERA. He’s pitched 0.2 innings against the Phillies this year allowing a hit and a walk. The Phillies have the following numbers against Gilmartin:

  • Galvis 2-8
  • Herrera 2-6
  • Howard 0-4
  • Asche 0-4
  • Bourjos 0-2
  • Blanco 1-3
  • Ruf 1-3, HR

Alec Asher gets the nod for the Phillies. He’s 1-0 over his first 3 starts this year with 16.2 innings and a 2.16 ERA. The last time he faced the Mets was last year towards the end of the season, and it wasn’t a good day for him as he allowed 5 ER over 0.2 innings, not making it out of the first inning. The Mets have the following numbers against Alec:

  • Cespedes 0-0, BB
  • Conforto 1-1, HR
  • d’Arnaud 0-1
  • Duda 0-1
  • Granderson 1-1, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

Last night was great, let’s do that again!

The Mets opened up with an early 2-0 lead before the Phillies eroded it and passed the Mets 3-2. The Mets then tied the game and later took a 4-3 lead before the Phillies hit a 3 run homer off of Reed. Then in the 9th inning, the Mets added two runs on a Reyes homer sending the game into extras. Duda would later come inches away from winning the game but it wouldn’t be his night. The Phillies took a 8-6 lead in the 11th but Cabrera had other ideas in the bottom of the 11th slamming a 3-run homer to give the Mets the win.

Gabriel Ynoa will look to keep the good times going. There were rumors that tonight would be Matz’s return to the rotation but he’s not ready yet, so it’s Ynoa time. He’s 1-0 over 7 games and 1 start with 10.0 innings and a 9.00 ERA. In his first start, he allowed 1 ER over 4.2 innings while striking out 8 Twins. This will be Gabriel’s first time facing the Phillies.

The Mets bats will get a crack at Jeremy Hellickson who is 12-9 over 30 starts and 181.1 innings with a 3.57 ERA. He’s coming off of one of his best starts of the season where he pitched a complete game shutout against the Marlins while allowing only 3 hits. His last start against the Mets wasn’t so good as he allowed 5 ER and 7 hits over 4.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against the Marlins:

  • Granderson 5-27, 2 2B, HR
  • Reyes 10-27, 2B, HR
  • Cabrera 7-18, 2B,HR
  • De Aza 4-18, 3 2B
  • Cespedes 6-14, 3 HR
  • K Johnson 1-9
  • Duda 4-9, 2 2B, HR
  • Lagares 2-5, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Phillies vs Mets

The Mets start their last regular season home series of the year as they welcome the Phillies and hope to forget about everything that happened over the last three games vs Atlanta. Last night the Mets had the lead earlier, let it slip in the later innings and then got robbed of a walk-off win at the end of the game. Luckily, the Cardinals and the Giants also lost, so the Mets are still in a 3 game tie for the Wild Card.

Tonight, Seth Lugo looks to get the job done for the Mets. On the season he is 4-2 over 15 games and 6 starts with 53.2 innings of work and a 2.35 ERA. He is 4-0 in his last 5 starts and 30.0 innings of work with an 1.80 ERA. Seth has never faced the Phillies before or anyone on their roster, but will probably face them again before the season is over (if you didn’t know, 7 of the Mets last 10 games are against the Phillies).

The Mets bats draw Adam Morgan who is 2-10 over 21 games and 19 starts and 103.1 innings of work with a 5.57 ERA.  In his last 4 starts though he has been considerably better than his season numbers posting a 2.35 ERA over 23.0 innings. However the start right before this good streak was against the Mets where he allowed 6 ER over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Morgan:

  • Bruce 1-4, 2B
  • Cespedes 2-5
  • Flores 2-5, 2 HR
  • d’Arnaud 1-3, HR
  • Cabrera 1-3, HR
  • Reyes 2-3, 2B, HR
  • Lagares 1-2, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

The Mets lost back to back games to the Braves yesterday and both the Giants and Cardinals won, so now there is a three way tie for the first Wild Card spot in the National League. The Mets are hoping to distance themselves in a positive way starting tonight with Bartolo Colon on the hill.

Bartolo Colon is looking for win 15 on the season. So far he is 14-7 over 31 games and 30 starts with 177.2 innings of work with a 3.14 ERA. In his last four starts he is 2-0 over 26.0 innings with a 1.38 ERA, including 7.0 innings of shutout ball last time out against the Twins. He faced the Braves earlier in the month and held them to 3 ER over 6.0 innings in a game the Mets eventually lost. The Braves have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Markakis 13-54, 6 2B, HR
  • Freeman 14-30, 5 2B, HR
  • Peterson 5-20, 2B, 3B
  • Kemp 5-14, HR
  • Beckham 1-10
  • Garcia 1-9
  • Inciarte 2-9, 2B

The Mets bats will face off against Ryan Weber who is 1-1 over 31.1 innings, 15 games and 1 start this year with a 5.46 ERA. His last start was against the Nationals at the beginning of the month where he allowed 5 ER over 3.0 innings. The last time he faced the Mets was back on April 23rd where he allowed 6 hits and 3 ER over 2.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Ryan:

  • Granderson 1-4, 2B
  • Conforto 1-3, HR
  • Duda 0-3
  • Plawecki 1-2
  • De Aza 1-2
  • Lagares 1-2, 3B
  • Cabrera 1-1, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

The Mets completed the three game sweep of the Twins at home this weekend and thanks to the Cardinals and Giants playing each other, they now also have a one game lead for the top Wild Card spot and a two game lead over the Cardinals. Noah Syndergaard looks to keep it going tonight as the Mets welcome the Braves to Queens.

Syndergaard is 13-8 over 29 games and 28 starts over 174.0 innings with a 2.43 ERA. In his last five starts he has tossed 34.0 innings, walking 10 and allowing 17 hits while striking out 34 and holding opponents to only 4 ER (1.06 ERA). Surprisingly, this will be Noah’s first start against the Braves this year. Last year he was 0-0 in two starts against the Braves totaling 11.0 innings with a 3.27 ERA. The Braves have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Kemp 0-8
  • Markakis 1-4
  • Peterson 1-3
  • Freeman 1-3
  • Perez 0-3

The Mets draw Aaron Blair in the series opener. He’s 0-6 over 12 starts and 54.2 innings while allowing 29 walks. In his last two starts he has allowed 13 ER over 8.1 innings including a start against the Mets where he allowed 8 ER over 4.1 innings. In total against the Mets this year he has allowed 14 ER over 15.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Aaron:

  • Cabrera 3-8
  • Granderson 1-8
  • Conforto 1-6, 2B
  • Flores 2-7, 2B, HR
  • Cespedes 1-5, HR
  • Loney 4-4, 2 2B, 3B, HR
  • Bruce 1-2, 3B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Twins vs Mets

The Mets go for the sweep of the Twins today as Gabriel Ynoa makes his first major league start. Last night the Mets went to extras and it was Granderson who made the different hitting a walk-off homer. With the Cardinals beating the Giants last night at about the same time, the Mets now have a two game lead in the chase against the Cardinals and tied for the first spot with the Giants. Originally deGrom was supposed to make today’s start but he’s been sidelined for the rest of the season.

Ynoa has pitched in 6 games so far this season totaling 5.1 innings allowing 9 runs and 4 walks. In Las Vegas this year he went 12-5 over 25 starts and 154.1 innings with a 3.97 ERA, which is impressive when you remember how hitter friendly Las Vegas is.

The Mets bats draw Kyle Gibson who is 6-9 over 22 starts and 131.0 innings this season with a 5.08 ERA. He’s coming off of a strong start against the Tigers where he held them to 1 ER over 8.0 innings. Before that start he 18 ER in 22.0 innings over 4 games. He made a start against the Mets way back in his rookie season where he allowed 4 ER and 10 hits over 3.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Gibson:

  • Loney 5-9, 2B
  • Cespedes 3-8
  • Cabrera 0-7
  • De Aza 1-6
  • K Johnson 1-4, 2B
  • Reyes 1-3
  • Lagares 2-2
  • Flores 1-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Twins vs Mets

The Mets beat the Twins last night behind an amazing start from Bartolo Colon and back to back jacks by Reyes and Cabrera. Meanwhile, the two teams on the Mets radar for the Wild Card, the Giants and Cardinals, are playing each other. Tonight the Mets look to keep it going behind Seth Lugo.

Seth Lugo is 4-2 over 14 games and 5 starts and 48.2 innings with a 2.40 ERA. In his last four starts he has tossed 25.0 innings with a 4-0 record and a 1.80 ERA. The Mets need another, now typical, Lugo start tonight as they look to capitalize on the Giants playing the Cardinals. As a rookie in the National League East, it is not surprising that he has not faced the Twins yet in his major league career or anyone on the Twins roster in a major league game.

The Mets bats will get a look at Ervin Santana who is 7-10 over 27 games and 163.1 innings with an ERA of 3.53. He’s had a mostly solid month of September allowing 6 ER over 16.0 innings with an ERA of 3.38. He faced the Mets 4 times in 2014 as a member of the Braves where he allowed 10 ER and 21 hits over 27.0 innings (3.33 ERA). The Mets have the following numbers against Santana:

  • Granderson 13-51, 2 2B, 5 HR
  • Cabrera 9-41, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Loney 7-18, 3 2B
  • K Johnson 1-13, HR
  • De Aza 4-16, 2B, HR
  • Cespedes 4-14, 3 HR
  • d’Arnaud 2-9, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Twins vs Mets

The Mets now have a full game lead in the second Wild Card spot thanks to the Cardinals sliding their past two games and now the Mets look to beat up on the Twins to extend their chances of getting the Wild Card.

Bartolo Colon will start things off for the Mets this weekend. He’s 13-7 over 30 games and 29 starts with a 3.27 ERA over 170.2 innings. In his last three starts he’s tossed 19.0 innings, striking out 7 and posting a 1.89 ERA. The last time he faced Minnesota was back in 2013 where he held them scoreless over 6.0 innings and to 5 hits with 8 strikeouts. The Twins have the following numbers against Bartolo:

  • Kurt Suzuki 5-13, 2 2B
  • Grossman 2-6
  • Mauer 3-4, 2B
  • Dozier 0-3
  • Santana 0-3
  • Schafer 0-2
  • Escobar 2-2

The Mets draw Jose Berrios to start series tonight. Jose is 2-6 over 11 starts and 44.2 innings with a 9.27 ERA while walking 28 batters and striking out 42. In his last five starts he has tossed 18.2 innings allowing 26 runs, 22 earned (10.61 ERA). Not surprisingly since he’s a rookie on an AL Central team who has only made 11 starts, he has not faced the Mets yet in his career or anyone on the Mets roster.

Let’s Go Mets!