NLDS Game 5 Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

The Mets and Dodgers wrap up the NLDS tonight on the West Coast with a Game 5. After exploding in Game 3, the Mets bats fell silent in Game 4 thanks to a masterful Clayton Kershaw. Tonight the Mets will have to go against Zack Greinke again while Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Amazin’s. In some ways, or maybe a lot of ways, tonight is a night to make Game 2, the Greinke start, go the way it was supposed to go before the Utley slide.

Jacob deGrom was deGrominant in the first start of the series pitching 7.0 innings, allowing no runs off 5 hits and a walk while striking out 13 in LA. In case you forgot, on the season he was 14-8 over 30 starts and 191.0 innings with a 2.54 ERA while striking out 205. In his one start against LA in July he held them scoreless over 7.2 innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 walks and striking out 8. The Dodgers have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Utley 3-11
  • Gonzalez 3-11, 2 HR, 6 K
  • Ethier 2-9, 3B
  • Rollins 1-8
  • Crawford 0-6, 3 K
  • Turner 2-8, 2B
  • Puig 1-6, HR, 3K
  • Grandal 0-3

In the regular season, Greinke was 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA over 222.2 innings and 32 starts, his season led the league in winning percentage and ERA. In the regular season, over two starts, he allowed 2 ER over 14.0 innings against the Mets while striking out 12. In his post-season start against the Mets, he allowed 2 ER on two solo homers over 7.0 innings while striking out 8. The Mets have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Granderson 12-55, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Cuddyer 10-40, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 5-16
  • Duda 3-15, HR
  • Wright 3-12, 2B
  • Cespedes 2-8, HR
  • Flores 3-8
  • Lagares 1-8, HR
  • Conforto 1-4, HR

Let’s Go Mets! Bring it Home!

NLDS Game 4 Preview: Dodgers vs Mets

The Mets can move on to the NLCS with a victory tonight!

The sporting world wanted to know how the Mets would respond to Utley breaking Tejada’s leg on Saturday, and the Mets responded by breaking out the bats. After a clean first inning, Harvey struggled in the top of the second allowing 4 straight hits plus an error from Granderson leading to a 3-0 Dodgers lead. The Mets immediately responded with 4 straight hits, bringing the score to 3-1 and then Granderson cleared the bases on a double making it 4-3 Mets. Later, d’Arnaud would hit a two run shot and Cespedes would hit an absolute bomb to the outfield putting the game out of reach 10-3, the final score being 13-7.

Steven Matz will make his post season debut tonight. On the season he is 4-0 over 6 starts with a 2.27 ERA over 35.2 innings. He missed his final start (or final two starts, he was at the end of the rotation) of the season due to a back injury and there was some debate whether he would be ready for the post-season ball. After a “rough” first couple of innings in a simulated game in Florida, by all reports he was on fire. His second start of his career was against the Dodgers where he held them to 2 hits over 6.0 innings while striking out 8. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Hernandez 1-3
  • Kendrick 0-3
  • Puig 0-3
  • Turner 0-3
  • Pedersn 0-2

The Mets will get Kershaw on short rest. In the regular season, Kershaw was 16-7 over 33 games with a 2.13 ERA while tossing a league leading 4 complete games and 3 complete game shutouts. In the first game of the postseason he allowed 3 ER over 6.2 innings, striking out 11. In the 2013 postseason he pitched on 3 days rest in a game 4 allowing 2 runs, none earned over 6.0. He did this again in 2014 allowing 3 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Kershaw:

  • Wright 3-16, 2B
  • Cuddyer 4-19
  • Granderson 3-13
  • K Johnson 3-15, HR
  • Duda 2-12
  • Murphy 4-13, HR
  • Flores 3-6

Let’s Go Mets! Close This Out!

NLDS Game 3 Preview: Dodgers vs Mets

The series comes back to New York tonight! Like every other Mets fan, I’m an incredibly curious as to how the Mets come out tonight in response to Chase Utley literally breaking a member of the team. The league has already suspended Utley for two games, but he’s going to appeal meaning that (at least while I’m writing this at 8:30 in the morning) that Mattingly can still play games with the Mets by playing Utley.

Anyway, the real focus on the game will be Matt Harvey. Harvey was 13-8 in the regular season over 29 starts and 189.1 innings with a 2.71 ERA and 188 K’s. In his last three starts of the season he tossed 17.2 innings, 3 runs, 2 earned while striking out 24 batters. In two starts against the Dodgers this year he allowed 5 ER over 12.0 innings while striking out 13. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Rollins 5-19, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Utley 6-18, 2B, HR
  • Gonzalez 3-11, HR
  • Ethier 2-8
  • Crawford 1-5
  • Grandal 1-5
  • Pederson 2-5, HR
  • Puig 3-5,2B

The Mets draw Brett Anderson who is 10-9 over 31 games with a 3.69 ERA and 180.1 innings. His last start was a good bounce back one where he allowed 2 ER over 7.2 innings. Before that start he allowed 11 ER over 8.2 innings in his previous two starts. He missed the Mets completely twice in July and although he’s been in the league since 2009 he’s never faced the Mets (which make sense because he was with Oakland from ’09 to ’13). Only three Mets have seen him in a major league game:

  • Granderson 5-12, HR
  • Cuddyer 1-12
  • K Johnson 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

NLDS Game 2 Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

Last night lived up to its billing! Jacob and Clayton were both masterful, cutting through each other’s lineups but in the end, the Mets did exactly what they needed to, capitalize on mistakes, and were able scratch out a 3-1 win. Murphy got things started with a solo shot in the 4th inning and David Wright had the clutch bases loaded single to bring in two runs that were walked on the base paths. On the pitching side, deGrom was fantastic, Clippard flustered a bit, but Familia slammed the door shut.

Tonight its Noah Syndergaard’s turn. Noah is 9-7 over 24 starts with a 3.24 ERA over 150.0 innings and 166 K’s. In his last two starts of the season he tossed 14.2 innings, 3 ER with 21 K’s (In his last four starts he has 37 K’s, its insane). He faced the Dodgers earlier this year in LA where he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 6. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Gonzalez 1-3, HR
  • Kendrick 0-3
  • Pederson 0-3
  • Puig 0-3
  • Turner 1-2, 2B
  • Utley 0-3
  • Ethier 0-2

The Mets bats will have another tall order tonight, this time in the right-handed Zack Greinke. He is 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA. That is a league leading winning percentage and a league leading ERA, over 222.2 innings. In his last three starts he allowed 5 ER over 22.0 innings (2.05 ERA). The first time he faced the Mets this year, he shut them out over 7.0 innings. The second time he faced the Mets, he allowed 2 ER over 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Granderson 10-52, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Cuddyer 10-40, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 4-13
  • Duda 3-12, HR
  • K Johnson 0-9
  • Wright 3-9, 2B
  • Flores 3-8
  • Lagares 1-8,HR
  • deGrom 2-5, 2B
  • Plawecki 2-6, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

NLDS Game 1 Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

After 9 long years, we are finally here! It’s Playoff Baseball Time!

Just like in 2006, the Mets will open the Postseason with a NLDS match-up with the Dodgers. Last time, the Mets swept the Dodgers despite losing their top two pitchers before the series (Pedro going down earlier in the month and El Duque going down right before the start of the series). This time, the Mets will have a tall order with the Dodgers powerful 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation.

Jacob deGrom is 14-8 over 30 starts this season and 191.0 innings with a 2.54 ERA while striking out 205 batters. In his last two starts of the season he tossed 10 innings, 1 ER and 16 strikeouts. In one start against the Dodgers this year he shut them out over 7.2 innings while walking 2 and striking out 8. The Dodgers have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Utley 3-10
  • Gonzalez 3-8, 2 HR
  • Rollins 1-8
  • Ethier 2-6, 3B
  • Crawford 0-3
  • Greinke 2-4
  • Grandal 0-3

Clayton Kershaw is 16-7 over 33 starts with a league leading 4 complete games and 3 complete game shutouts and a 2.13 ERA over a league leading 232.2 innings. In his last two starts of the season he tossed 12.2 innings while recording 20 K’s, including a complete game shutout against the Giants. He faced the Mets twice in July and they both were good starts. He allowed 1 ER over 7.0 innings at the top of the month in a game the Mets eventually won 2-1. Towards the end of the month he threw a complete game shutout while striking out 11. The Mets have the following numbers against Kershaw:

  • E Young 4-16
  • Wright 3-14, 2B
  • Tejada 5-14
  • Cuddyer 4-16
  • K Johnson 3-15, HR
  • Duda 1-10
  • Granderson 1-10
  • Murphy 3-10
  • Flores 3-6

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

Well yesterday was a day to forget. The Mets lost both parts of the double-header, including being swept in the night cap. Meanwhile the Dodgers clinched the homefield advantage. Oh well. The Mets look to finish their regular season today before heading out to LA for the NLDS.

Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets. I’m not sure how deep he’ll go since he’ll be starting the first game, but the first game is also on Friday, so maybe he’ll go near regular length? He’s 14-8 over 29 starts with a 2.60 ERA over 187.0 innings. He had a bounce back start his last time out pitching 6.0 innings with 9 K’s. He is 2-2 over 5 games against the Nationals logging 30.1 innings with a 3.26 ERA over 34 K’s. The Nationals have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Harper 7-16, 2 2B, HR
  • Desmond 5-16, HR
  • Ramos 3-14, 2B, HR
  • Werth 1-10
  • Escobar 5-10, 2B
  • Rendon 0-8
  • Zimmerman 3-8, HR

Tanner Roark gets the start for the Nationals, making his 12th start of the year. Over his 39 games he has pitched 105.0 innings with a 4.63 ERA. He made only starts in September logging 25.2 innings over 5 starts with a 4.91 ERA and 0-3 record. He has logged 5.1 innings against the Mets this year allowing 4 runs. The Mets have the following numbers against Roark:

  • Murphy 4-17, 2B
  • Duda 4-15, 2B
  • Granderson 4-13, 3 2B
  • E Young 4-13, 2B
  • Lagares 2-11, 2B
  • Recker 4-6, 2B, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

Double-Header Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

The Dodgers won yesterday and now there is some pressure for the Mets to keep pace in order to maintain the homefield advantage. The Mets and Nationals were rained out like most east coast cities last night, and they will try to get two games in today with a Day Night doubleheader. The first game will feature Noah Syndergaard vs Gio Gonzalez and the second game will have Matt Harvey vs Max Scherzer.

Noah Syndergaard is 9-7 over 23 games over 143.0 innings with a 3.34 ERA with a 156 K’s. He had a good bounce back start his last time in Cincy, on the day before clinching day, with 7.2 innings with 2 ER while striking out 11. He has held the Nationals to 3 ER over 13.0 innings this year with 13 K’s. The Nationals have the following numbers against Noah:

  • Harper 3-7
  • Taylor 1-6
  • Desmond 2-4
  • Escobar 1-5, HR
  • Espinosa 0-4
  • Rendon 3-4, 2B, HR
  • Ramos 1-3

Gio Gonzalez is on the bump for the Nationals tonight. He is 11-8 over 30 starts and 169.2 innings with a 3.93 ERA. This will be his 6th start of September where he has logged 28.0 innings with a 2.89 ERA. He’s 2-0 over 3 starts against hte Mets with a 1.53 ERA over 17.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Gio:

  • Granderson 4-30, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 9-26, 2 2B, 3B
  • Tejada 7-23
  • Lagares 10-23, 3 2B, 3B, HR
  • Wright 6-19, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Cuddyer 6-16, 2B, HR
  • Duda 3-17, 2B
  • Uribe 3-13, HR
  • d’Arnaud 2-12, 2 2B

Harvey is 13-7 over 28 games and 183.1 innings of work with a 2.80 ERA. In his last two starts he has tossed 11.2 innings allowing only 2 ER. He shocked everyone last Saturday on clinching day where he pitched into the 7th inning with 6 strikeouts saying that he wants to pitch. He’s 2-1 over 5 starts against the Nationals this year posting a 2.73 ERA over 33.0 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

  • Desmond 6-22, 2B, HR
  • Harper 0-20, 7 K
  • Werth 4-19, 2B
  • Zimmerman 4-17, 2B, HR
  • Escobar 5-15
  • Taylor 4-15, 2B
  • Rendon 4-13
  • Robinson 3-8, 2B
  • Uggla 2-7
  • Ramos 3-9, 2B
  • Lobaton 1-7

Max Scherzer is 13-12 over 32 starts this year and 219.2 innings with a 2.19 ERA. This month he has been all over the place. He has two great starts going 8 innings allowing 1 run or less, two good starts allowing a total of 4 ER over 13.0 innings and two poor starts allowing 9 runs over 12.2 innings. He’s 0-2 over 3 starts against the Mets allowing 9 runs, 6 earned over 20.2 innings (two great starts, one poor one). The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Granderson 7-22, 3 2B, HR
  • Cuddyer 6-24, 2B, 2 HR
  • K Johnson 5-20, 2 2B, HR
  • Murphy 3-17
  • Cespedes 7-14, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR
  • Uribe 4-16, 2 2B
  • Flores 0-10
  • Wright 0-9

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

It’s the final series of the regular season!

The Mets look to put these three horrible games in Philly behind them as they take on the Nationals for the final three game set. right now the Dodgers and the Mets have the same record, which means the Mets have the upper edge in home field advantage.

Noah Syndergaard is 9-7 over 23 games over 143.0 innings with a 3.34 ERA with a 156 K’s. He had a good bounce back start his last time in Cincy, on the day before clinching day, with 7.2 innings with 2 ER while striking out 11. He has held the Nationals to 3 ER over 13.0 innings this year with 13 K’s. The Nationals have the following numbers against Noah:

  • Harper 3-7
  • Taylor 1-6
  • Desmond 2-4
  • Escobar 1-5, HR
  • Espinosa 0-4
  • Rendon 3-4, 2B, HR
  • Ramos 1-3

Gio Gonzalez is on the bump for the Nationals tonight. He is 11-8 over 30 starts and 169.2 innings with a 3.93 ERA. This will be his 6th start of September where he has logged 28.0 innings with a 2.89 ERA. He’s 2-0 over 3 starts against hte Mets with a 1.53 ERA over 17.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Gio:

  • Granderson 4-30, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 9-26, 2 2B, 3B
  • Tejada 7-23
  • Lagares 10-23, 3 2B, 3B, HR
  • Wright 6-19, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Cuddyer 6-16, 2B, HR
  • Duda 3-17, 2B
  • Uribe 3-13, HR
  • d’Arnaud 2-12, 2 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets dropped an ugly one last night, and look to get back on the right path with the early afternoon game today. After jumping out to a 5-0 lead last night, the Phillies scored 7 unanswered runs to take the game. But that’s all sidebar. The real story of the game is Cespedes got hit in the hand with a pitch (just a bruise) and Kirk also got hit with a pitch. Robles then threw a quick pitch that went towards Rupp’s head, so he and Collins were immediately tossed with empty benches.

Sean Gilmartin is making the start today with Matz having some back pain. He’s 3-1 over 49 games this year with a 2.58 ERA over 52.1 innings. He has held the Phillies to 1 ER over 8.1 innings split over 7 games this season. Sean can go more than a couple of innings but probably looking at maximum 5 innings from Sean today. The Phillies have the following numbers against Sean:

  • Galvis 2-5
  • Howard 0-4
  • Blanco 1-3
  • Brown 1-3
  • Herrera 1-2
  • Asche 0-2

Jerad Eickhoff is 2-3 over 7 games and 44.0 innings of work in his rookie season. He made back to back starts against the Mets earlier this year where he allowed 6 ER over 13.0 innings. He has been a different pitcher in his last three starts allowing only 3 ER over 21.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jerad:

  • Cespedes 1-6
  • Conforto 4-5, 2B, HR
  • Flores 1-6
  • Granderson 1-5, HR
  • Murphy 0-6
  • Cuddyer 1-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets almost came back last night, but it was too little too late as the Phillies took the first game of the series (and as the Dodgers moved a game closer in the home field advantage chase, although it doesn’t matter really). The star of the show last night for the Mets was Lucas Duda who continue his recent hot streak, smacking 2 homers bringing his total to 27 for the year.

Logan Verrett gets the start for the Mets tonight. He’s 1-1 ver 12 games with the Mets with 3 starts and 33.1 innings with an ERA of 2.70. His last start against Atlanta was his only blight on his season where he allowed 4 ER over 5.0 innings. The start before that, he allowed 1 ER over 5.0 innings. In one inning against the Phillies this year he held them scoreless and hitless and struck out one batter. The only two Phillies who have seen him in a game would be Blanco and Herrera, who are both 0-1.

The Mets draw Alec Asher who is 0-5 over the first five starts of his career with a 7.52 ERA. That being said, he’s coming off of his best start of the season where he held the Marlins to 1 ER over 7.0 innings. In three home starts, he hasn’t gotten beyond the 6th inning allowing 14 ER over 15.2 innings. He has never faced the Mets and no one on the Mets has ever faced him in a major league game.

Let’s Go Mets!