Game Preview: Mets @ Cardinals

And we’re back! After a four day break for the All-Star game the second place Mets are back in action tonight! The Mets are 47-42 heading into the second half of the season, two games back in the east and one game back in the wild card. They are coming off of a three game sweep of Arizona and they head into St. Louis to play the incredible 2015 Cardinals who have a winning percentage of .627 right now, and that includes them ending the first half of the season being swept.

The Mets will start things off with Noah Syndergaard who is 4-4 over 11 games and 66.2 innings with a 3.11 ERA. In his last three starts he has logged 22.0 innings, 3 ER, 1.23 ERA and 24 strikeouts. Noah has never faced the Cardinals or anyone on the Cardinals roster before in a major league game.

The Mets bats will see if they can start the second half of the season like how they started the first half (and not like how they performed for 75% of it) against Lance Lynn who is 6-5 with a 2.90 ERA over 16 starts and 96.1 innings. After a string of 6 starts where he went 3-0 and tossed 37.2 innings with a 1.19 ERA, he allowed 5 ER over 4.0 innings in his last start of the first half. Last year he was 0-2 against the Mets despite posting a 2.92 ERA in 12.1 innings over two games. The Mets have the following numbers against Lynn:

  • Murphy 6-14, 2 2B
  • Duda 0-10
  • Mayberry 3-8, 2B
  • Cuddyer 1-6
  • Tejada 1-5
  • Granderson 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Diamondbacks vs Mets

As you already know by now, today was originally slated for Matz, but as he is sidelined for the next few weeks, at least in the immediate future it looks like the Mets go back to a 5-man rotation and hand the ball to Jon Niese today. Jon has received a lot of criticism over the last 6 weeks, from myself included, but he has turned it on as of late. Overall he is 4-8 over 16 starts and 98.0 innings with a 3.58 ERA. Since June 11th he has tossed 5 games and 35.0 innings with a 2.06 ERA. In a smaller sample, in his last two starts he has logged 15.0 innings with 1 ER. At the start of June he faced the Diamondbacks allowing 3 ER over 6.0 innings and a season high of 8 strikeouts. Arizona has the following numbers against Niese:

  • Castillo 2-10, HR
  • Goldschmidt 2-8
  • Hill 2-8, 2B, HR
  • Pollock 4-6, 2B
  • Salty 1-6

The Mets bats will get a crack at Rubby De La Rosa who is 6-4 over 17 starts and 106.2 innings with a 4.89 ERA. He is coming off of a rough start where he allowed 6 ER over 5.0 innings which ended a streak of 4 starts where he allowed 2 runs or less (and before that he had a streak of 4 starts where he allowed 4 runs or more). He has made only one career start against the Mets where he allowed 3 ER over 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against De La Rosa:

  • Cuddyer 0-3
  • Duda 0-3
  • Murphy 1-3, 2B
  • Tejada 2-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Diamondbacks vs Mets

The Mets look to take the series this afternoon against the Diamondbacks as we celebrate the last Matt Harvey day of the first half of 2015. Yesterday Thor showed everyone what he can bring to the table pitching 8 innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 13 batters. The Mets finally got some power from Duda and Cuddyer, something that has been sorely missed in the last month plus.

Matt Harvey is 7-6 over 16 games and 104.1 innings with a 3.11 ERA while striking out 100 batters. After three straight starts of dominance, totaling 19.2 innings and 2 runs, 1 earned, Harvey was human in his last start allowing 3 ER over 5.0 innings against the Dodgers. He faced the Diamondbacks earlier this year allowing 2 ER over 7.0 innings while striking out 9. Arizona has the following numbers against Matt:

  • Aaron Hill 3-8
  • Goldschmidt 1-5, HR
  • Ahmed 0-3
  • Castillo 0-3
  • Delgado 1-3
  • Owings 0-3

Arizona will second out Patrick Corbin to the mound today who will be making his second start of the season. In his debut last time out, he allowed 2 ER over 8 hits in 5.0 innings of work on his way to a win. It was first start since having Tommy John, which sidelined Corbin for the entire 2014 season. Back in 2013 he made 32 starts and logged 208.1 innings with a 3.41 ERA. Back then he faced the Mets twice allowing 7 ER over 12.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Patrick:

  • Cuddyer 4-11, 2B
  • Lagares 1-6, 2B
  • Murphy 3-5
  • Flores 0-3
  • Mayberry 1-2, HR
  • Tejada 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Diamondbacks vs Mets

It wouldn’t be the Mets if good news wasn’t immediately followed by bad news, right? The good news, after last weekend, expectations were incredibly low for the 6-game road trip against the Dodgers and the Giants but the Mets, despite scoring the minimum often, won 4-2. The bad news: Steve Matz may have pitched injured in his last start, the Mets probably knew this before the start and while they stress that its minor, he will be likely out for a couple to a few weeks, if not more. So the Mets could really use Noah Syndergaard tonight and the bats to help us forget about the news yesterday.

Noah Syndergaard is 3-4 over 10 games and 58.2 innings with a 3.38 ERA and 59 strikeouts. In his last two starts he has tossed 14.0 innings allowing only 2 ER and striking out 11 batters. In 3 of his 4 last starts he has allowed exactly 1 run. This will be Noah’s first start against the Diamondbacks.

The Mets bats will try to get it going against Chase Anderson who is 4-2 over 16 starts and 97.0 innings with a 3.71 ERA in his second major league season. His last start was his first in three starts where he tossed a quality starts (3 ER over 6 IP) in his last three starts in total he has logged 17.2 innings with a 7.64 ERA. Before these three starts his ERA was 2.84. Against the Mets earlier this year he allowed only 1 ER over 5.2 innings and 6 strikeouts. The Mets have the following numbers against Chase:

  • Cuddyer 2-9, 2B
  • Duda 0-3
  • Granderson 1-3
  • Lagares 2-3, HR
  • Tejada 1-2
  • Campbell 1-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Giants

The Mets and Giants play the rubber game this afternoon as the Mets look to take the series from the Giants. Last night Giants scored 3 runs over 6 innings against Colon and that was all they needed because the Mets scored nothing. Anyway the first time all-star Jacob deGrom takes the mound today and he can hit too so  maybe the Mets will score some runs today.

Jacob is 8-6 over 16 starts and 105.2 innings with a 2.30 ERA. In his last nine starts and 64.0 innings he is 5-2 with a 1.55 ERA. He missed the Giants earlier this year but last year he allowed 2 ER over 7.1 innings while striking out 7. The Giants have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Belt 1-2
  • Crawford 0-3
  • Panik 0-3
  • Pence 0-3
  • Posey 0-3
  • Peavy 0-2

Peavy will be making his 4 start of the season today. So far he is 0-3 over 14.0 innings with a 6.43 ERA. This only his second start since coming back from injury, in his first start he allowed 3 runs over 6.1 innings against the Nationals. Last year he allowed 4 ER over 7.0 innings against Mets. The Amazin’s have the following numbers against Jake Peavy:

  • Granderson 4-20, 2 2B, HR
  • Cuddyer 4-13, 2 2B
  • Murphy 2-8, 2 2B
  • Duda 1-5, HR
  • Flores 1-3, 2B
  • Lagares 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Giants

The Mets try to win two in a row today! Yesterday the Mets got a great start from Niese who pitched 8.0 scoreless innings, but get this, I know its surprising, the Mets didn’t score anything. Thankfully, the Mets were able to string hits together and suppress base running miscues that haunted them earlier to scratch out 3 runs in the top of the 3rd and Familia shut the door from there. Bartolo Colon looks to keep the good times rolling today.

On the season Colon is 9-6 over 16 starts and 99.0 innings with a 4.55 ERA. After back to back poor starts where he allowed 10 ER over 10.1 innings of work, he tossed 7.0 shutout innings his last time out striking out 8 batters in a game the Mets eventually lost 2-0. He missed the Giants earlier this year but last year he was 0-1 over 2 games allowing 9 runs, 7 earned and 10.1 innings. The Giants have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Pagan 4-9, 2B
  • Posey 3-7, 2B
  • Crawford 4-7
  • Blanco 1-6
  • Maxwell 2-6
  • Belt 1-5, HR

Matt Cain is making his second start of the season today. In his first start he allowed 5 ER over 5.0 innings over 7 hits and 2 strikeouts. He sidelined to start the year with a strained flexor tendon. Last year he was 2-7 over 15 games and 90.1 innings with a 4.18 ERA. Last year he allowed 2 ER over 7.0 innings of work against the Mets. The Mets have the following numbers against Matt:

  • Murphy 4-16, 2B, HR
  • Tejada 5-13, HR
  • Duda 1-8, 3B
  • Cuddyer 2-6, 2B
  • Granderson 0-2
  • Lagares 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Giants

The Mets actually scored 8 runs? The Mets actually took the series in LA? Believe it. It hapened! Yesterday the Mets hit up the Dodgers for 8 runs including a 4 hit day by Wilmer Flores and received an excellent start from Steve Matz as he pitched 6.0 innings striking out 8 batters. Jon Niese will look to keep the good times going in San Francisco tonight. The Mets bats will get a look Chris Heston who cemented his place in Mets history earlier in June by tossing a no-hitter at Citi-Field.

Niese is 3-8 over 15 starts this season and 90.0 innings with a 3.90 ERA. June was good to Niese although he was 0-3 over 5 starts. In that stretch he pitched 33.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA. One of those starts was against the Giants where he allowed 4 runs, only 2 earned over 7.0 innings. The Giants have the following numbers against Jon:

  • Posey 8-22, HR
  • Pagan 1-13, HR
  • Crawford 5-12, 3B, HR
  • Blanco 1-10
  • Arias 2-8
  • Duffy 1-5

Chris Heston is 8-5 over 16 games and 97.2 innings with a 3.78 ERA this year. On June 9th he pitched a no hitter against the Mets, striking out 11  batters in the process. Since the no-hitter he has been 2-1 over 23.2 innings in 4 starts with a 3.80 ERA, so consistent with his season numbers. The Mets have the following numbers against Heston:

  • Granderson 0-4
  • Teajada 0-3
  • Campbell 0-3
  • Cuddyer 0-3
  • Duda 0-2
  • Flores 0-3
  • Lagares 0-3
  • Ceciliani 0-1
  • Syndergaard 0-1

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

Full Disclosure: I’m wrote this game preview on July 2nd, so it is possible something has changed since then, or not, whatever. Imagine this game preview then as previewing a Mets game in another universe.

Steven Matz had the debut of a lifetime last Sunday. The Long Island native, who grew up a Mets fan, tossed 7.2 innings of 2 run ball where he walked 3 batters and struck out 6. He started off the game allowing a leadoff homerun and allowed a homer later in the game but besides that there was very little hit hard against Matz. He also raked at the plate going 3-3 with a double and 4 RBI’s. No Met ever, position player or pitcher, had 4 RBI’s in their major league debut and he was the first pitcher to do that in the history of the league since RBI’s became a recorded statistic. Obviously this is Matz’s first game against the Dodgers, so there are no major league stats against the batters and him.

The Mets bats draw Mike Bolsinger who is 4-2 over 11 games and 62.0 innings with a 2.76 ERA. In his last two starts he has tossed a combined 8.2 innings with 2 ER while striking out 10. He faced the Mets once last year where he allowed 2 ER over 3.0 innings and 6 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Mike:

  • Duda 2-2
  • Lagares 0-2
  • Murphy 1-2
  • Tejada 0-2
  • Granderson 1-1

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

Full Disclosure: I’m writing this game preview on July 2nd, so I have no idea if anything has happened that invalidates this!

Happy Independence Day! Today the Mets and the Dodgers change into some different uniforms (and some very interesting hats) and play (or attempt to play) America’s past time. As a side note, I really hate when the Mets wear jerseys or hats with red accents, with the orange in our uniform set, the colors tend to really bleed and blend into each other. Whatever that’s off topic.

Anyway, in addition to it being the 4th, it is also Harvey day, so happy Harvey Day! Matt is 7-5 over 15 games this season and 99.1 innings with a 2.99 ERA. He held the Reds to one unearned run in a 6.0 inning, really wet day at Citi Field last Saturday. In his last three starts he has tossed 19.2 innings allowing only 1 ER and striking out 14 batters. He faced the Dodgers twice in 2013 allowing 7 ER over 12 innings of work. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Rollins 3-14, 2 2B, HR
  • Gonzalez 1-5
  • Ellis 1-4
  • Ethier 1-3
  • Puit 2-3

Greinke gets the nod for the Dodgers because why not, the Mets bats are hot right? He’s 6-2 over 16 starts and 108.1 innings. Also, he has the league leading ERA at a 1.58. He is in the middle of an unreal stretch including his last 20.2 innings over 3 starts where he has allowed no runs, 3 walks and 19 strikeouts. Last year he faced the Mets twice pitching 12.0 innings allowing 13 hits, 7 runs, only 4 earned. The Mets have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Granderson 8-45, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Cuddyer 10-40, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 3-8
  • Duda 3-7, HR
  • Lagares 1-6, HR
  • Flroes 1-5
  • deGrom 2-3, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

The Mets head on the road after a tale of two different series at home this past week. The Mets started off with a sweep of the Reds and they followed their escape from Panic City with being swept by the Cubs scoring only 1 run over 3 games. The Mets will look to reverse their offensive woes tonight against Clayton Kershaw because hey, anything can happen right?

Noah Syndergaard gets the start for the Mets tonight. On the season he is 3-4 over 9 games and 52.2 innings with a 3.59 ERA. He is coming off a strong start against the Reds where he held them to 1 ER over 8.0 innings and 5 hits while striking out 5. He has never faced the Dodgers before in a major league game and the Dodgers will be third NL West team he has faced in his young career. So far the NL West has not been kind to Noah as the Padres hit him up for 7 earned runs over 4.0 innings and the Giants scored 4 runs off 10 hits in 6.0 innings.

The Mets bats draw one of the most feared pitchers in the game tonight in Clayton Kershaw. Clayton is 5-6 over 16 starts this season and 107.0 innings with a 3.20 ERA. After a couple of non-Clayton starts allowing 3 ER over 6 and 7 innings of work, eh allowed 1 ER over 7.0 innings his last time out. The last time he faced the Mets was back in 2013, he allowed 2 ER over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Kershaw:

  • Cuddyer 4-15
  • Mayberry 2-10, 2B
  • Tejada 3-7
  • Murphy 3-6
  • Duda 0-4
  • Granderson 0-3

Lets Go Mets!