Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

The Mets have put themselves in a position where they need to win out the weekend to split and to prevent from falling in a deep whole in the standings. Last night Matz was serviceable to good, allowing 4 runs over 7.0 innings. Salas had his first blowup in the pen in a while and put the game out of reach.

Seth Lugo will make his second start of the season today. In his first start he picked up the win over 7.0 innings allowing 6 hits and 2 walks leading to only 1 run. Last year he faced the Nationals twice: once in relief and once as a starter. In 9.0 innings he allowed 6 hits and 2 walks leading only 1 run (eerily similar numbers to his last start). The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

  • Harper 0-4
  • Murphy 1-4, K
  • Rendon 0-3
  • Turner 1-4
  • Zimmerman 1-3

The Mets will try to get through Stephen Strasburg who is 7-2 over 13 games and 85.1 innings with a 3.27 ERA, 3.03 FIP and 1.055 WHIP. Oddly, it’s his worst FIP in three years and his best ERA in three years. He faced the Mets at the end of April where he allowed 6 hits over 7.0 innings leading to 3 runs. The Mets have the following numbers against Stephen:

  • Granderson 3-22, 7 BB
  • Reyes 6-25, 2 2B
  • Duda 2-15, HR, 4 BB
  • Bruce 5-16, 2B, HR
  • d’Arnaud 4-13, HR, 2 BB
  • Conforto 2-12, HR
  • Cespedes 4-9, 2B, BB
  • Flores 2-10, 2B
  • TJ Rivera 2-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Picture of the Day: Jon Niese

Here’s another trip down memory lane, Jon Niese pitching on 9/14/14. Feels like ages ago because it was ages ago.

Sunday Daytime Baseball #Mets

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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

Yesterday was a normal day for the 2017 Mets. Before the game the Mets got an updated list of injuries. Harvey is out for “a few weeks”, Syndergaard cannot pick up a baseball for at least 4 weeks, and Smoker has loose bits in his elbow. During the game last night, Juan Lagares suffered an injury. On top of all of this, the Mets lost the game last night.

Steven Matz will look to make things better tonight. In his first start of the season last week he pitched 7.0 innings, allowing 5 hits and 1 walk leading ton 1 run. Last year he was 1-1 in two starts and 15.0 innings against the Nationals allowing 10 hits and 5 walks totaling only 3 runs while striking out 12. The Nationals have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Murphy 2-6, HR
  • Rendon 0-6
  • Taylor 2-5, BB
  • Harper 0-3, BB
  • Turner 0-4

The Mets bats get a chance at Max Scherzer who is in the midst of his best season going 7-4 over 13 games and 91.2 innings with a 2.36 ERA, 2.81 FIP (league leader) and 0.851 WHIP (league leader, also the 2016 league leader). That being said, he’s coming off a bad start for him, allowing 3 ER over 7.1 innings from 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 10. He pitched against the Mets twice this year. His first tiem out he allowed 3 runs off 5 hits and a walk over 8.0 innings. In his next start, he allowed 9 hits and one walk totaling 5 runs over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Max:

  • Granderson 9-36, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 BB
  • Reyes 7-23, 2B, BB
  • Cespedes 7-20, 2B, BB (1.285 OPS)
  • Conforto 6-15, 3 HR, BB (1.438 OPS)
  • Bruce 4-13, 2B, 3B, HR, 2 BB (1.169 OPS)
  • d’Arnaud 3-12, 3B, 2 HR, BB (1.147 OPS)

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Picture of the Day: Bobby Abreu’s Last AB

On 9/28/14, Bobby Abreu recorded his last AB, a hit, as a New York Met.

Bobby Abreu's last hit of his career and resulting standing ovation #mets #HappyTrails

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Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

The Mets, off a series win against the Cubs, and a good weekend against the Braves, welcome the Nationals to town for a four game set. Last night the Mets got a sub-par start from Matt Harvey but the bullpen held the game together and the offense came out swinging late leading the Mets to a win. Now the Mets find themselves 4 games below .500 and 8.5 games out. A bad weekend here could destroy hope, an average weekend here maintains the status quo and a good weekend can send out strong optimistic hopes. Let’s go!

Robert Gsellman is 5-3 over 14 games and 11 starts over 63.2 innings with a 4.95 ERA, 4.27 FIP and 1.461 WHIP. In his last three starts he is 3-0 over 19.0 innings allowing 4 runs, 3 earned which is a 1.42 ERA. Opponents are batting .183 against him over this time. He had two starts against the Nationals last year where he allowed 1 run over 11.2 innings and 11 hits with 4 walks. The Nationals have the following numbers against Gsellman:

  • Turner 2-6
  • Harper 1-2, 3 BB
  • Murphy 2-5
  • Rendon 1-4, 2B
  • Zimmerman 3-5
  • Roark 1-4

The Mets bats draw Gio Gonzalez who is having, arguably, at least his best season since 2012 when he was 21-8 if not his best season overall. This year he is 5-1 over 13 games and 80.1 innings with a 2.91 ERA, 4.36 FIP and 1.320 WHIP. The last two stats are why he’s off the 2012 mark. In 2012 he had a 2.81 ERA and a 2.82 FIP, this year his FIP is much higher (and not surprisingly, so is his WHIP which is exactly at his career average). In his only start against the Mets this year, he pitched 6.1 innings allowing 2 hits and 3 walks leading to 1 run. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Granderson 5-40, 2B, HR, 2 BB
  • Lagares 15-38, 3 2B, 3B, HR (1.030 OPS)
  • Bruce 3-20, 3 2B, 3 BB
  • Duda 3-19 2B, 3 BB
  • Flores 2-17, 2 BB
  • Walker 3-16, HR, 2 BB
  • d’Arnaud 3-16, 3 2B, BB
  • Reyes 6-13, 2B, 2 HR, BB
  • Cespedes 6-10, 2 HR, 2 BB
  • Conforto 0-2, BB

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Picture of the Day: Mejia Fist Pump

Want a trip down memory lane? Here’s Mejia after finishing the last game of the 2014 season. Time has tainted this picture. Taken on 9/28/14, moments before I bolted from the stadium to catch the 7 Express to Manhattan train.

Mets finish second in the division! Until next year, Let's Go Mets!

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Mets Picture of the Day: Ghosts of Citi Field

I took this picture on 9/28/14 to remember the steps took after the 2009 season to add more Mets history to Citi Field.

Ghosts of Octobers Past: Leiter, Franco, and Alfonzo #mets #amazins #IBelieveIn2015

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Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

All good things come to the end. Example: the Mets ended their 4 game winning streak last night with a thumping from the Chicago Cubs. Second Example: after 7 good starts in a row, Wheeler hit a bump in the road. It wasn’t all bad last night as Josh Smoker ate up some serious time, Neil Ramirez wasn’t horrendous and the Mets hit back to back jacks in the bottom of the ninth. Plus, Jay Bruce made an incredible over the wall catch. Fun was still had. The Mets will look to regroup tonight as they take on the Cubs with Matt Harvey at the helm.

Harvey is 4-3 over 12 starts and 66.1 innings with a 5.02 ERA, 5.86 FIP and 1.462 WHIP. In his last start, he held Atlanta to 4 hits and 2 walks over 5.0 innings allowing no runs for the first time this season. He missed the Cubs last season but in 2015 he tossed 7.0 scoreless innings against them holding them to 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. The Cubs have the following numbers vs the Dark Knight:

  • Heyward 2-9, HR
  • Jay 2-8, 2B
  • Rizzo 1-5, 2B, 2 BB
  • Montero 3-5, 2B, 3 BB
  • Zobrist 2-7, 2B
  • Bryant 1-6
  • Schwarber 1-4, HR

The Mets draw Mike Montgomery who is is 0-3 over 19 games and 1 start this season with a 2.43 ERA, 4.07 FIP and 1.279 WHIP. His last time out against the Rockies was his first start of the season lasting 4.0 innings allowing 3 hits and 2 runs with 3 walks. The only othe rtime he reached 4.0 innings was against the Giants on 5/25 in relief. He’s reached 3 innings or more in 5 of his 19 games this season. The Mets have the following numbers on Mike:

  • R Rivera 0-2
  • Cespedes 0-2, 2 BB

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

The Mets won their 4th game in a row last night as they beat the Cubs 6-1. On the positive side, Cabrera hit two homers and Jacob deGrom returned to form pitching a complete game. It wouldn’t be the Mets though if everything was positive. Cespedes was pulled early from the game due to injury. Hopefully they play this injury correctly unlike every other time with every other player this season.

Wheeler starts for the Mets today. he is 3-3 over 11 starts and 62.2 innings with a 3.45 ERA, 3.90 FIP, and a 1.356 WHIP. In Wheeler’s last 7 starts, stretching to the end of April, he is 2-1 over 41.0 innings with a 2.41 ERA. The Cubs have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Heyward 7-19, 2 2B, 2 HR, BB
  • Montero 2-4, 2B, BB,
  • Rizzo 0-5, BB
  • Baez 1-3

The Mets will get a look at Jon Lester who is having a tougher season after last year’s 19-5, 2.44 ERA campaign. This year he is 3-4 over 13 games and 76.1 innings with a 4.13 ERA, 3.74 FIP (actually close to his 3.41 FIP last year) and 1.349 WHIP (far from his 1.016 WHIP last year). Lester was 1-1 against the Mets last year allowing 13 hits and 4 walks in 9.0 innings leading to 9 runs. The Mets have the following numbers against Lester:

  • Granderson 16-53, 2 2B, 3B, 3 HR, 3 BB (.892 OPS)
  • Cabrera 7-30, 2 2B, BB
  • Reyes 4-29, 2 BB
  • Cespedes 3-21, 2 BB
  • Bruce 3-20, 2B
  • Flores 6-13, 3 HR, BB (1.654 OPS)
  • Lagares 4-12, 2 2B, BB
  • Walker 3-12, BB
  • d’Arnaud 2-5, HR
  • Duda 2-6, HR
  • R Rivera 1-1, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Picture of the Day: 2015 Opening Day in Washington

I was lucky enough in 2015 to go the first game of the season in DC. Here are you 2015 New York Mets! Picture taken on 4/6/15.

Your 2015 New York Mets!

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