Game Preview: Mets @ Padres

Another month, another west coast trip for the Mets (which is the result of when the NL East playing the AL West this year). Before the four day break, the Mets were on a roll with a 8-2 home stand and now look to take the fun to Petco Park. Colon starts off the second half for the Mets in a start that could be an audition for other teams. On the season he is 8-8 over 18 starts and 121.1 innings with a 3.99 ERA. After back to back starts allowing 5 ER each, he allowed 3 ER over 8.0 innings against the Braves in a losing effort. He faced the Padres earlier this year allowing 2 ER over 7.1 innings with 7 strikeouts. The Padres have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Abreu 5-25, 2B, 2 HR
  • Granderson 4-13, 2 HR
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Wright 1-3
  • Duda 1-2
  • Tejada 0-2

The Mets bats will get a crack at Ian Kennedy tonight, he is 7-9 on the season over 20 starts and 124.1 innings with a 3.47 ERA. He has made three starts in July with a 2-0 record over 21.0 innings with a 0.86 ERA and 22 K’s. Earlier this season he faced the Mets allowing 3 ER over 5.1 innings and 7 hits while striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Kennedy:

  • Wright 5-15, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • E Young 2-14
  • Murphy 3-12, 2B, HR
  • Granderson 3-6, HR
  • Recker 2-7, 2B
  • Duda 1-6, 2B
  • Abreu 2-5, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets

The Mets look to finish off the Marlins in a three game sweep today as they head into the All-Star break on a strong streak. Yesterday the Mets came back in the best way possible as optimism starts to swell again, even though the team is 6 games under .500. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets today, on the season he is 2-5 over 11 games and 66.2 innings with an ERA of 3.38. In his last four starts he has pitched 25.2 innings with a 1.75 ERA including his last start, the best of his career, where he allowed 7.0 innings, 11 strikeouts, no runs and no walks. He has made one start against the Marlins his career where he pitched 7.0 innings, walking 3, allowing no runs and striking out 7. The Marlins have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Jones 0-3
  • Lucas 2-3
  • McGehee 1-2, 2B
  • Ozuna 1-2
  • Salty 0-3

Brad Hand is 0-1 over 18 games and 4 starts this year pitching 35.1 innings with a 5.09 ERA. He has made two starts in July logging 11.1 innings, 3 ER. He has logged a short amount of time against the Mets this year pitching in 3 games, 3.0 innings allowing 2 hits. Overall the Mets have the following numbers against Hand:

  • Duda 3-9, 2B, HR
  • Wright 1-8
  • Tejada 0-5
  • Murphy 1-6
  •  E Young 1-4, 2B
  • Lagares 0-3
  • d’Arnaud 0-2
  • Granderson 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets

The Mets beat the Marlins 7-1 last night with David Wright going 4-4 and the Mets look to take their third series in a row today as Daisuke Matsuzaka takes the mound. On the season he is 3-3 over 25 games and 8 starts with a 3.32 ERA over 65.0 innings. After back to back starts of allowing 5 ER in his last outing against the Braves he didn’t allow any runs over 7.0 innings. He has allowed 4 runs, 3 earned in 6.2 innings of work against the Marlins this year who have the following numbers against him:

  • Mathis 1-11
  • Stanton 3-10
  • Hechavarria 2-7, 3B
  • Salty 5-7, 3 2B
  • Jones 1-4
  • McGehee 1-5

The Mets bats will get another look this season at Tom Koehler who is 6-7 over 18 starts and 106.1 innings with a 3.98 ERA. He is coming off of his worst start of the season where he allowed 7 ER over 3.0 innings, the second time this season he has allowed 7 ER (the first was over 5.0 innings). Those two starts are weighing heavily on his numbers. The New Rochelle native has pitched against the Mets three times already this year logging 20.0 innings with a 2.70 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Murphy 5-19, HR
  • Wright 6-17, 3 2B
  • Duda 2-14, 2B
  • Tejada 3-13, 2B
  • Lagares 3-12
  • E Young 1-10, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

 

Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets

The Marlins come to town tonight. The Mets are coming off a series win against the Rangers and a series win against the Braves. They look to keep the winning ways going with the Marlins with Wheeler on the mound. Wheeler is 4-8 on the season over 18 games and 101.2 innings with a 4.07 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 12.2 innings allowing 2 ER, 7 BB and 8 K’s. This season he has made three starts against the Marlins allowing only one earned run over 21.0 innings while striking out 25. The Marlins have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Stanton 1-10
  • Hechavarria 0-11
  • Jones 1-9
  • McGehee 3-6
  • Yelich 0-7
  • Ozuna 1-8
  • Mathis 0-4

Henderson Alvarez makes the start for the Marlins. On the season he is 6-3 over 18 starts and 115.0 innings with a 2.27 ERA. He also leads the league in complete games and complete game shutouts at 3. He has been on a tear of late pitching 9 games over 60.1 innings with 35 strikeouts and only 7 ER, a 1.04 ERA. He is 2-0 against the Mets this year with a 0.84 ERA allowing only 2 ER over 21.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Alvarez:

  • Granderson 4-22, 2B
  • Murphy 6-19, 3 2B
  • Wright 6-16, 2 2B
  • Duda 2-15
  • E Young 2-13, 3B
  • d’Arnaud 4-9

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

The Mets won their 4th straight, 5th of their last 6th last night against the Braves. In the win, they secured a series victory and today they can go for the rare four game sweep as Colon gets the start. In a brief review of last night, Gee was fantastic working quickly picking up straight were he left off, and Travis d’Arnaud continued to crush the ball since coming back from Vegas.

Colon is 8-7 on the year with a 4.04 ERA over 17 starts and 113.2 innings. One has to think that both this start and his next one are auditions for other teams that might be interested in him. His last start was rough as he allowed 5 ER over 7 innings, but it really was just his first inning that was horrible (or to quote the teenager sitting near me after the first inning, “it’s over!”). This was the second start in a row where Colon allowed 5 ER. In two starts this year against Atlanta he allowed 3 ER over 14.0 innings while striking out 11. The Braves have the following numbers against Colon:

  • BJ Upton 9-29, 2B, 3B, HR, 8 K
  • Heyward 1-8
  • Laird 0-7
  • Freeman 4-6, 2 2B
  • Johnson 1-6
  • Simmons 2-6

Harang is 8-6 on the season over 18 starts and 110.1 innings with a 3.67 ERA. Since the start where he allowed 8 ER over 5.0 innings he has pitched 21.0 innings over 3 games with a 3.00 ERA. In two starts against the Mets this year he has pitched 13.0 innings with one earned run. The Mets have the following numbers against Harang:

  • Wright 11-26, 4 2B, HR
  • C Young 7-27, 3 HR
  • Duda 2-14, HR
  • Murphy 6-17, 4 2B, HR
  • Tejada 6-14, 2 2B
  • E Young 5-9, 2B
  • Abreu 4-10, 2 HR

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

The Mets may be way back still, but they’ve now won 4 of their last 5 and a win tonight would clinch a series victory against the Braves. Last night the Mets rolled with an 8-3 win to get the 4000th franchise win. Everything was going great until the pen came in, but a win is a win. Tonight Dillon Gee comes back from the DL. Before he left, Gee was 3-1 over 8 starts and 52.2 innings with a 2.73 ERA. Last year he faced the Braves four times with a 1-2 record over 27.1 innings with a 2.63 ERA. The Braves have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Uggla 5-29, 2B, 3B
  • Heyward 8-21, HR
  • Freeman 6-23, 2B, HR
  • J Upton 4-21, 2B, HR
  • Johnson 3-10, 2B
  • Simmons 2-10, 2B
  • BJ Upton 0-4

Ervin Santana will make his his 17th start of the year. He is 7-5 over 103.0 innings with a 3.93 ERA. In his last four starts he has pitched 26.0 innings with a 3.46 ERA. He has made two starts against the Mets this year and he logged 15.0 innings allowing one earned run, 9 hits and 13 strikeouts. The Mets have the following numbers against Santana:

  • Granderson 11-46, 2 2B, 5 HR
  • Abreu 4-14
  • E Young 3-9
  • C Young 1-9, 2B
  • Murphy 3-9, 2B
  • Duda 2-6, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

How Can The Mets and Cubs Work Out A Trade for Castro Without Wheeler?

With the Cubs recent trade, it looks like Castro may be on his way out of Chicago at the end of the season, or at least someone will be on their way out. It is  usual for a team to stock up on so many position prospects, especially infielders, and not stock up on pitchers.

The Mets farm system is essentially the opposite. However, the Mets are, and should be, gun shy about trading Wheeler. Even though the Mets have pitching depth, with deGrom and Matsuzaka being pleasant surprises, they have needed all of their depth. As soon as Gee is coming back, Niese is down. Harvey is still going to be a question mark. What is going to happen with Montero? The time isn’t right to trade Wheeler.

However, pitching prospects is really the only thing the Mets have they could entice Chicago. So what should the Mets do?

The Mets really love their prospects, and a lot of teams now love their prospects. If the Mets end up trading Colon this summer, they should be trading for pieces they can part with for Castro. I don’t know what those pieces look like, but probably pitching prospects. Getting Castro from the Cubs will take more than whatever Colon brings in a trade, so the Mets will probably have to part with some arm currently in their system, or trade another current player for a larger piece.

 

In my general opinion though, the move that makes the most sense for the Mets is whether they trade Colon or (and I really hope this doesn’t happen) Murphy, they should try to get the best prospect back possible, not tied to a position and they can straighten out the rest in the off season with teams like Chicago that might move position players.

Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

The Braves and Mets play game two of four tonight. Yesterday the Mets took an early 2 run lead and Daisuke was able to ride that four 7 scoreless innings. The bullpen came in and promptly gave the lead back back and it became 3-2 Braves. Grandeson then tied in the 8th and then Tejada won it in the 11th and just like that the Mets have won 3 of their last 4 games. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets tonight. On the season he is 1-5 on the season over 10 games and 59.2 innings with a 3.77 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 11.2 innings allowing 5 ER with 5 BB’s and 12 K’s. His last start was against the Braves where he allowed 3 ER over 5.0 innings. The Braves have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Freeman 0-2
  • Heyward 1-3
  • Simmons 1-2
  • BJ Upton 1-2
  • Johnson 2-2, 2B

Julio Teheran gets the nod for the Braves today, he is 8-5 over 18 starts and 126.0 innings with a 2.29 ERA over the season. In his last two starts he has allowed 14.0 innings and 2 ER, and in his last start was against the Mets where he allowed 4 hits and one earned run over 7.0 innings with 3 BB’s and 5 K’s. The Mets have the following numbers against Teheran:

  • Duda 3-10, 2B, HR
  • Tejada 0-10
  • E Yount 4-9
  • Murphy 1-
  • Wright 1-8, HR
  • Campbell 1-3

Lets go Mets!

Game Preview: Braves vs Mets

The Mets and Braves start a four game series tonight after the Mets took the series from the Rangers. Yesterday was the opposite of Saturday for the Mets. This time it was the Mets who took the lead early and then had to fight off Rangers encroachment. Daisuke gets the start, he is  3-3 on the year over 24 games and 58.0 innings with a 3.72 ERA. The last two games have been rough for Daisuke as he has allowed 5 ER over 6 and then 5 ER over 5. He has pitched 9.0 innings against the Braves this year, allowing 6 ER. The Braves have the following numbers against Matsuzaka:

  • BJ Upton 7-30, 2 HR
  • Laird 3-8
  • Freeman 3-7, 2 2B, HR
  • Johsnon 2-6
  • Simmons 3-7
  • J Upton 2-4
  • Uggla 0-3
  • Heyward 0-4

Mike Minor pitches against the Mets again. He is 2-5 over 12 starts this season pitching 70.1 innings with a 4.73 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 10.1 innings allowing 9 ER, including a 4.1 inning outing against the Mets where he allowed 4 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Minor:

  • Wright 5-20, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Tejada 8-21, 2 2B
  • Duda 6-19, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 3-18, 2 2B, HR
  • Granderson 3-9, HR
  • Lagares 4-8, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Rangers vs Mets

The Mets look the bounce back from yesterday’s loss today. Yesterday the Mets got off to a rough start in the first inning and were never able to recover. On the mound for the Mets today is Wheeler who is 3-8 over his first 17 starts and 95.1 innings with an ERA of 4.25. Two starts ago was the worst of this season where he allowed 6 ER over 2.0 innings. Last time out he allowed only one earned run over 6.1 innings. Since this is his second season, it makes sense that he has never faced the Rangers in his career, although he has faced Alex Rios who is 0-3 against Wheeler.

Nick Tepesch gets the start for the Rangers today. On the season he is 3-3 over 8 games and 44.1 innings with a 3.65 ERA. In the month of June he made four starts pitching 24.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA. His pattern has been allow 4 ER, then none, then 4 ER then none. Maybe he keeps the pattern going today? He has never faced the Mets, because like Wheeler, he made his major league debut in 2013. He has faced Chris Young though, who is 1-3 against Tepesch.

Lets Go Mets!