Game Preview: Mets @ Dodgers

The Mets look to build off of their 8-5 win on Wednesday against the Athletics in their opener against the Dodgers in LA tonight behind Jon Niese as he takes on Dan Haren. In their last game, the Mets came out swinging with jacks from Eric Cambell and Lucas Duda, who is getting within striking range of a 30 HR season.

Niese is 7-8 over 23 games and 141.1 innings with a 3.50 ERA. His last start was average as he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings, striking out 6. Overall in his last two starts he allowed 5 ER over 13.0 innings with 12 K’s. Earlier this season he allowed 3 ER and 4 Hits over 7.0 innings. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Kemp 4-13
  • Barney 5-12
  • Ellis 2-9, 2B
  • Ethier 4-10
  • Gonzalez 0-5
  • Crawford 0-3
  • Puig 0-3

Haren is 10-10 over 25 starts and 143.0 innings with a 4.59 ERA. He is coming off of a rough start where he allowed 5 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned over 3.0 innings. He didn’t face the Mets earlier this year but last year he was 2-2 over 4 starts with a 5.95 ERA over 19.2 innings allowing 13 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against Haren:

  • Granderson 8-38, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Wright 7-21, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Murphy 4-14, 2B, HR
  • Lagares 4-10
  • E Young 3-10, 2B
  • Duda 1-6, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 2-4

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Athletics

The Mets play the second game against the Athletics tonight looking to move behind yesterday’s lack of offense. Earlier in the season, the Mets swept a two game set of the Athletics at home, and right now they are at risk of being swept in a two game set against the Athletics on the road. Wheeler gets the nod for the Mets tonight. On the season he is 8-8 over 25 starts and 147.0 innings with a 3.49 ERA.In his last 9 starts he has logged 58.0 innings with 54 K’s and a 2.02 ERA. Earlier this season he faced the Athletics and it was a clunker of a start where he allowed 6 ER over 2.0 innings. The A’s have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Crisp 1-2
  • Donaldson 1-2
  • Jaso 1-1
  • Moss 1-2, HR
  • Callaspo 1-1

Jeff Samardzija gets the nod for the Athletics tonight. He is 3-2 over 8 starts with a 3.21 ERA for the Athletics and overall on the season he is 5-9 over 25 starts with a 2.96 ERA. In the month of August he pitched 19.1 innings over three starts with a 3.26 ERA. He hasn’t faced the Mets since 2012 and back then he allowed 12 ER in 11.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jeff:

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

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Athletics

Since the Mets are playing the AL West this year, the Mets start their 5th out west road trip tonight that will swing through Oakland and LA. Tonight they look to forget the last two games against the Cubs as Dillon Gee squares off against Scott Kazmir (which 10 years after the trade still has a bit of a sting).

Dillon Gee is 4-5 over 15 games and 95.0 innings has posted a 3.69 ERA this season. After a good start against Philly where he allowed 1 ER over 7.0 innings, his first good start since coming off of the DL, he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings against the Nationals in his last start. He missed Oakland earlier this season and in his career he has made only one start against the Athletics where he allowed 4 ER over 4.0 innings. The Athletics have the following numbers against him:

  • Crisp 1-3
  • Parrino 0-2
  • Gomes 0-0, BB

Scott Kazmir is in the midst of an excellent season where he is 13-5 with a 2.78 ERA over 24 starts and 149.0 innings. This is his lowest season ERA by far in his career. The month of August hasn’t been that good to him though as he has allowed 12 ER over 19.2 innings in three starts which is a 5.49 ERA. His worst start of the season was against the Mets where he allowed 7 ER over 3.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Scott:

  • Granderson 3-10, 3B, HR
  • Murphy 2-5
  • E Young 1-4
  • d’Arnaud 1-4, HR
  • Campbell 1-2, 2B
  • Wright 1-2, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

The Mets and Cubs finish off their four game set this afternoon as the Mets look to take the series and the Cubs look for the series split. Yesterday was a game with not a lot of offense which led to the Mets losing 2-1 on free hat day. Today Bartolo Colon gets the start. He is 11-10 on the season with a 3.85 ERA over 24 starts and 161.1 innings. He has put together back to back strong starts allowing 2 ER over 15 innings with 14 K’s. He didn’t pitch against the Cubs earlier in the year and in his career he is 0-2 over 5 starts against the Cubbies with a 4.73 ERA. The Cubs have the following numbers against Bartolo:

  • Valbuena 2-5, 2 HR
  • Sweeney 1-5, 2B
  • Castro 2-3
  • Rizzo 0-3

The Mets bats will try to find themselves against Kyle Hendricks who is off to a strong start in his major league career. He is 4-1 over 6 starts with a 1.73 ERA over 41.2 innings with 9 walks and 26 K’s. He made 17 starts in the minors this year with 102.2 innings of work, a 10-5 record and a 3.59 ERA. He has never faced the Mets in his career and he has not faced anyone on the Mets roster in a major league game.

Let’s Go Mets!

 

Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

The Mets look to take the four game series today as they have taken the first two games of the four game set. Today Rafael Montero looks to move beyond his last start which was not good as he allowed 5 ER over 5.0 innings against the Nationals. Overall on the season he has pitched 25.0 innings over 5 starts and a 6.12 ERA. He has never faced the Cubs in the major league game or anyone on the Cubs roster.

The Mets bats will get a look at Jake Arrieta, who the Cubs acquired from the Orioles in July of last year essentially for Scott Feldman. This year he is 6-4 over 18 games and 110.1 innings with a 2.77 ERA. Earlier this year he faced the Mets allowing only one run, but lasting only 4.2 innings while the Mets racked up 7 hits. He is coming off of a good start where he allowed 2 ER over 7, which came on the heels of his worst start of the season allowing 13 hits and 9 ER over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jake:

  • Granderson 9-22, 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Duda 2-4, 2 BB
  • Wright 0-4, 2 BB
  • den Dekker 1-3
  • Murphy 1-3
  • d’Arnaud 1-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

The Mets were able to get the win last night behind the arm of Wheeler and the bat of Campbell, and they try to do it again tonight behind Jon Niese who is 6-8 on the season over 22 starts and 135.1 innings of work with a 3.46 ERA. His last start was his first strong start in a while as he allowed 2 ER over 5 hits in 7.0 innings against the Phillies. He missed the Cubs earlier this year and faced them once last year allowing 2 ER over 5.2 innings while striking out 5 and walking 4. The Cubs have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Castro 5-16
  • Ruggiano 2-14
  • Coghland 2-10, 2B
  • Rizzo 1-9, 2B
  • Valbuena 2-6, 2B

The Mets bats will get to see Dan Straily make his Cubs debut. He was traded over from the Athletics early in July and did make 7 starts for Oakland this year with a 1-2 record over 38.1 innings and a 4.93 ERA. Last year he posted a 3.96 ERA and a 10-8 record over 27 games and 152.1 innings. He has also made 7 starts in the Cubs system this year with a 3.00 ERA over 39.0 innings. Dan has never faced the Mets or anyone on the Mets roster in a major league game.

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Cubs vs Mets

Well the Mets got swept by the Nationals in Citi Field and now they look to pick up the pieces against the Cubs as they come into Queens, probably to see Boyz II Men tomorrow night but also play a few games. Zack Wheeler is on the bump tonight for the Amazin’s as he squares off against Travis Wood.

Wheeler is 7-8 on the season over 24 games and 140.1 innings with a 3.53 ERA. His last start was his first in his last 8 that he allowed 3 ER (or more). Including his last start, in his last 8 he has pitched 51.1 innings with a 4-0 record and a 1.93 ERA while striking out 44. Earlier this year he shut out Cubs in Chicago over 6.2 innings while striking out 7 in a game the Mets eventually lost 2-1. The Cubs have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Castro 0-3
  • Lake 0-3
  • Rizzo 0-3
  • Valbuena 0-2
  • Baker 0-2
  • Coghlan 0-2

Travis Wood is 7-9 on the season over 24 starts and 139.0 innings with an ERA of 4.86.For last month or so he’s been a y0-yo of average, excellent or terrible, there’s no reason to really go too far back in the numbers because they just average out to his season numbers. Anyway he is coming off of an excellent start against the Rays allowing 1 run, unearned over 6.0. Earlier this year he faced the Mets allowing 2 ER, 4 hits and 5 walks over 5.0. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Tejada 2-13
  • Wright 4-15, 3B
  • Duda 2-9, HR
  • Granderson 0-5
  • E Young 1-5
  • Flores 2-3, 2B
  • Lagares 2-3, 2B, HR

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

It was a disappointing game for the Mets last night. Twice late in the game (7th and 9th innings) they had a real opportunity to score runs and tie or take the lead in the game but it didn’t happen. Today they will try to right themselves as they take on Stephen Strasburg behind Dillon Gee.

Dillon Gee is 4-4 on the season over 14 games and 89.0 innings with a 3.54 ERA. After a stretch of horrid to average bad starts since coming off of the DL, he finally got it together in his last start allowing 1 ER over 7.0 innings. His first start of the season was against the Nationals where he allowed 4 ER over 6.2 innings. The Nationals have the following numbers against Gee:

  • Werth 11-37, 3 2B, HR
  • Desmond 7-35, 3 HR
  • LaRoche 5-25, 2B, 2 HR
  • Span 5-22, 2 2B, HR
  • Ramos 4-19, 2B, HR
  • Espinosa 1-13

Strasburg is 8-10 on the season over 25 games and 156.1 innings with a 3.68 ERA. He is coming off his second worst start of the year where he allowed 7 ER over 7 hits and 5.0 innings while striking out 9 agaisnt the Braves. His first start of the season was against the Mets where he allowed 4 ER over 5 hits and 6.0 innings while striking out 10. The Mets have the following numbers against Stephen:

  • Tejada 2-13
  • Wright 3-12
  • Murphy 2-7
  • Duda 1-4, HR
  • d’Arnaud 0-2
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Lagares 1-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

The Nationals trounced the Mets on a soggy Tuesday night for the opener of the season, and tonight the Mets look to get back on track. Montero struggled in a spot start on a night that saw a shortish rain delay early, and had the tarp on the field before the start of the game. Tonight Jordan Zimmermann gets the start for Nationals against Bartolo Colon.

Colon is 11-9 on the season over 23 games and 154.1 innings with a 3.97 ERA. After a clunker of a start against the Giants where Colon allowed 6 ER over 4.2 innings, he was excellent in his last start against the Phillies allowing only one earned run over 8.0 innings of work. In two starts against the Nationals this year, he has allowed 5 ER over 14.0 innings of work. The Nationals have the following numbers against him:

  • Span 0-10
  • Cabrera 1-8, 2B
  • Rendon 1-7
  • Desmond 3-6, 2 HR
  • LaRoche 1-5, 2B
  • Werth 3-5, 2B

Jordan Zimmermann is 7-5 on the season with a 3.06 ERA and 23 starts over 138.1 innings. Like Fister in last night’s start, Zimmermann’s last start was also against the Mets where he allowed 3 ER over 6.1 innings while striking out 5 batters. It broke up his short streak of 7.0 inning outings. The Mets have the following numbers against Zimmermann:

  • Murphy 16-44, 5 2B, 3 HR
  • Wright 11-39, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Duda 5-24, 2 2B
  • Tejada 5-18
  • Lagares 4-15, 2B
  • E Young 3-13, 2B
  • Granderson 1-7
  • d’Arnaud 2-5, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Nationals vs Mets

The Mets took the series in Philly yesterday 3 games to 1 and head back to New York to face the Nationals again. On the whole, the Mets went 4-3 on the road, dropping 2 of 3 to the Nationals. Originally a deGrom day, Montero will be taking the start for deGrom as he heads to the DL for tendinitis. Montero will be squaring off against Doug Fister.

Montero was 0-2 in the majors over 4 games and 20.0 innings with an ERA of 5.40. The last time he was here he had one average start (3 ER over 6), one brilliant start (1 ER over 6, and 10 K’s) and two poor starts. Overall in the minors he is 6-3 this season over 17 games and 80.0 innings with a 3.15 ERA. He never faced the Nationals in a major league game last time he was here, and he hasn’t faced anyone on the Nationals roster, so no batting stats.

The Mets draw Fister again who is 11-3 over 16 starts and 104.2 innings with a 2.49 ERA. In his last three starts he has pitched 21.1 innings allowing 2 ER, 0.84 ERA and 17 K’s. His last start was against the Mets where he allowed 1 run, none earned, over 7.1 innings and 7 K’s. The Mets have the following numbers against Fister:

  • Granderson 3-16, HR
  • d’Arnaud 0-6
  • Lagares 2-5
  • Muprhy 1-6
  • Duda 2-3
  • Flores 2-3

Lets Go Mets!