Game Preview: Mets @ Giants

The Mets had another disappointing series with the Diamondbacks but now they need to move on and focus on the Giants as the Amazin’s find themselves in San Francisco for the weekend. Tonight Jacob deGrom looks to put things back on the right track as the bats look to crack Madison Bumgarner.

Jacob is 7-5 over 21 starts and 133.1 innings with a 2.30 ERA. In his last four starts, deGrom has pitched 27.2 innings allowing only 2 ER which is an ERA of 0.65 while striking out 26 batters. Earlier this season he faced the Giants allowing 2 hits and 3 runs, none earned over 6.0 innings while recording the win. The Giants have the following numbers on deGrom:

  • Belt 2-6, 3 BB
  • Pence 2-8, 2B
  • Span 2-8
  • Crawford 0-8, 4 K
  • Panik 0-6
  • Posey 0-5
  • Blanco 0-3

Last time the Mets faced Bumgarner, it was a marquee event as he was facing the rising ace on the squad in Noah Syndergaard. Today he faces the established ace in Jacob deGrom, so still a marquee event. Since facing the Mets, Bumgarner has continued his dominance. He’s 11-7 over 25 starts with a lead leaguing 4 complete games and a league leading 170.2 innings while posting a 2.11 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 15.0 innings, 1 ER while striking out 15. Against the Mets earlier this year, he allowed no runs and 6 hits over 6.0 innings while striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Madison:

  • Bruce 3-20, HR
  • Walker 4-16
  • K Johnson 6-18
  • Loney 2-13, 2B
  • Flores 1-9, 2B
  • Reyes 3-6
  • d’Arnaud 0-3
  • Granderson 0-3

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Diamondbacks

Like a good chunk of you out in Mets land, I didn’t watch last night’s game (9:40 start time? How about 9:35 bed time). If you’re like me, you missed a good one last night as the Mets offense finally broke up open and the Mets beat the Dbacks. The game included another homer from Noah Syndergaard, a homer to hopefully help break out Kelly Johnson, a Granderson RBI, TJ Rivera going 4-4 and Familia recording his 40th save of the season.

Today opens an interesting chapter in Mets lore as Jon Niese will be making his 2016 rotation debut for the Mets. With the Mets so far this season he has allowed 7 ER over 8 hits and 6.0 innings and overall on the season he has posted a 5.20 ERA over 116.0 innings. Against the Diamondbacks this year Niese has allowed 10 ER over 7.0 innings. Arizona has the following numbers against him:

  • Bourn 9-25, 2B
  • Weeks 4-14, 2B, HR
  • Castillo 4-16, 2 HR
  • Goldschmidt 3-13, HR
  • Segura 5-14
  • Gosselin 1-9
  • Owings 4-8, 2B, 2 3B
  • Tomas 4-9, 2 2B

The Mets bats will get a look at Zack Godley tonight who is 3-2 over 13 games and 6 starts this season posting a 5.24 ERA over 44.2 innings. After a difficult stretch of starts where he had a 6.18 ERA allowing 20 runs, 19 earned, over 27.2 innings and 5 games, he went back to the pen with two solid outings including a clean inning of work against the Mets. His last time out he worked for a while out of the pen, 5.1 innings, holding the Red Sox to 2 hits and 1 ER. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Bruce 1-3
  • Kelly 0-1
  • R Rivera 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Diamondbacks

The Mets had a rough night in Arizona last night, and they look to turn it around as the God of Thunder comes to the desert. Noah Syndergaard is 9-7 over 23 games and 22 starts this season pitching 134.1 innings with 163 K’s and a 2.75 ERA. August hasn’t been the greatest month for him so far as he has allowed 7 ER over 11.0 innings including 3 ER over 8 hits and 5.0 innings against the Diamondbacks in his last start. These last two games have been only the second time this season Noah has picked up losses in back to back starts. Arizona has the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Goldschmidt 2-6, 2B
  • Lamb 0-6
  • Owings 1-6
  • Bourn 2-5
  • Brito 1-3, 2B
  • Drury 0-2
  • Segura 0-3, 2K

The Mets bats will get another look at Braden Shipley who is making his 5th career MLB start tonight. In his first four, he is 2-1 over 24.1 innings with a 2.96 ERA striking out 17 batters while walking 12. His best start in his young career so far was his last, which was also against the Mets where he held the Amazin’s to only 3 hits over 7.0 innings while walking only 1 and striking out 7. The Mets have the following numbers against Shipley:

  • Bruce 0-3
  • De Aza 0-3
  • K Johnson 0-2
  • Loney 0-3
  • Walker 1-3
  • Rivera 1-2
  • Granderson 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

 

Game Preview: Mets @ Diamondbacks

The Mets are finally coming off of a series win as they head out west to face the Diamondbacks. After dropping the first game against the Padres this past weekend, the Mets were able to win the next two including Steven Matz taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning yesterday. Now the Mets can look for revenge after their horrid series with the Diamondbacks earlier last week.

Bartolo Colon will start things off for the Mets. He’s 10-6 over 24 games and 23 starts and 134.1 innings with a 3.35 ERA. In his last two starts he has allowed 2 ER over 13.2 innings including a 1 ER over 7.0 innings with 8 K’s performance against the Diamondbacks in his last start (a game the Mets eventually lost 3-2). The Diamondbacks have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Segura 3-9, 2B
  • Bourn 1-7
  • Goldschmidt 2-6, 2B
  • Owings 3-6, 2B
  • Brito 0-3
  • Frury 0-3
  • Hernandez 0-3
  • Lamb 0-3
  • Loewen 1-2

The Mets will get another crack at Robbie Ray who is 5-11 over 23 starts and 128.0 innings of work with a 4.57 ERA. After three bad starts in a row where he gave up a combined 17 runs, 13 earned over 16.2 innings, he allowed no runs and only 3 hits in his last start against the Mets. The Mets have the following numbers on Robbie:

  • Bruce 3-9, 2B, HR
  • Reyes 2-5
  • Flores 0-5
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Kelly 1-3
  • Walker 1-3
  • d’Arnaud 0-2
  • TJ Rivera 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Padres vs Mets

If the Mets are going to make the playoffs, they need to go on a run. Last night was a good first step as they beat the Padres 3-2 in extra innings as deGrom had an excellent start and Ynoa in his major league debut, picked up the win in relief.

The Mets will turn to Matz today who is 8-8 on the season over 21 starts and 125.0 innings with a 3.60 ERA. After a torrid start against the Yankees to start off August, he bounced back in his last start allowing 2 ER over 6.0 innings against the Diamondbacks while striking out 9 batters. It was his third in his last four starts where he allowed 2 runs or less while pitching 6.0 innings. He missed the Padres earlier this season and this afternoon will be his first time facing them in his career. The only two Padres who have seen him in a major league game are Bethancourt (0-2) and pitcher Cosart (0-1).

The Mets bats will get a look at Clayton Richard. Richard started his career off with the White Sox before being traded to the Padres for Jake Peavy. He stayed with the Padres until 2013 when he was granted Free Agency, bounced around in the Pirates and Diamondbacks systems in 2015, became a Cub in 2015, released and picked up again by the Padres.  Overall this year he has pitched in 27 games, no starts, and 15.1 innings with a 6.46 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers on Richard:

  • Bruce 5-16, 3 2B
  • Loney 3-15
  • Reyes 3-11, HR
  • Granderson 1-10, 3 BB
  • K Johnson 3-8
  • Walker 1-5

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Padres vs Mets

The Mets are slipping fast and need a life raft. Hopefully that comes in the form of Jacob deGrom today as he takes on the Padres. Jacob is 7-5 over 20 starts and 126.1 innings with a 2.35 ERA. In his last three starts, he’s allowed 1 ER over 20.2 innings putting up an ERA of 0.44. The offense behind him hasn’t been the greatest so the team is 2-1 in those starts and Jacob personally is 1-0. His first start against the Padres this year was average as he allowed 3 ER over 5.0 innings, but also occurred during his average streak of 5 starts earlier in the season. The Padres have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Bethancourt 0-7
  • Solarte 0-6
  • Myers 1-3, HR
  • Wallace 2-2, 2B
  • Cosart 1-2
  • Norris 2-2, 2B
  • Ramirez 1-2, 2B

The Mets bats will get a look at the former Marlin, now Padre, Jarred Cosart. Cosart was involved in a trade deal in 2014 with the Astros where he was arguably the main target for Miami. Then this year when the Marlins needed pitching bolstering, they traded him to San Diego. In two starts with the Padres, he’s allowed 5 ER over 8.1 innings or a 5.40 ERA which is close to his time with the Marlins allowing 14 runs, 13 earned over 19.2 innings with a 5.95 ERA. His first start of the season was against the Mets where he allowed 3 ER over 4.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Cosart:

  • Granderson 0-14
  • Flores 4-11, 2B, HR
  • Loney 2-11, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 1-6
  • K Johnson 0-6
  • Conforto 2-3, 2B
  • Bruce 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Padres vs Mets

The Mets are coming off a tough series with the Diamondbacks where they fell apart pretty much on all cylinders as they welcome the Padres to Queens tonight. In the first two games against Arizona, the bullpen gave the game away after the offense couldn’t muster much, last afternoon was just a complete overall failure as the Diamondbacks steamrolled our squad.

Logan Verrett will make the start for the Amazin’s. He’s 3-7 over 29 games and 11 starts with 83.0 innings of work and a 4.66 ERA. After his last start where he allowed 6 ER over 3.2 innings to the Yankees, there was some talk about removing him from the rotation but he’s still here and hopefully he find “it” again tonight. In one outing against the Padres this year he allowed 3 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned over 2.0 innings while striking out 3. The Padres have the following numbers against Logan:

  • Myers 0-1
  • Norris 1-1, HR
  • Ramirez 0-1
  • Wallace 0-1

The Mets bats will get a look at Paul Clemens tonight. Paul came up with the Astros in 2013 where he pitched 73.1 innings with a 5.40 ERA (his most time in the majors). This year he made a brief appearance with the Marlins going 1-0 over 2 starts and 10.0 innings with a 6.30 ERA before being traded to the Padres where he has gone 0-2 over 7 games and 3 starts in 17.2 innings with a 3.63 ERA. In his last two starts for the Padres, officially joining their rotation, he has allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, over 8.1 innings. This will be his first time facing the Mets, but a few Mets have seen him before:

  • De Aza 0-5, BB
  • Granderson 0-2
  • Loney 2-3
  • K Johnson 1-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Diamondbacks vs Mets

The Mets bullpen faltered again, this time in the 12th inning, as the Mets lost their second straight game to the Diamondbacks. Yesterday the Mets didn’t get on the board until a 2-run homer from Kelly Johnson in the bottom of the ninth, wasting a strong a start from Bartolo. So, for a second straight game, while the direct cause of the losing feels like the bullpen, the bats put the team in a position for the bullpen to lose. Things should be a little better today with Thor on the mound because he can also swing a bat, maybe give some life to this team.

Syndergaard is 9-6 over 22 games and 21 starts over 129.1 innings with a 2.64 ERA. He’s in the midst of a very human stretch pitching 18.0 innings in his last three starts with a 4.00 ERA but still recording 21 strikeouts. He had one start against the Diamondbacks last year and it was a good one going 8.0 innings, allowing only 1 run and recording 13 K’s. Arizona has the following numbers on Thor:

  • Goldschmidt 0-3
  • Lamb 0-3
  • Owings 0-3
  • Tomas 1-3
  • Bourn 0-2

The Mets bats will get a look at Branden Shipley making his 4th major league career start. So far this season he is 1-1 over 3 game sand 17.1 innings with a 4.15 ERA. His numbers look better when you toss out his first start, in his last two he has allowed only 2 ER over 12.0 innings of work. Since he made his debut in late July, it is not surprising that this will be his first time facing the Mets or anyone on the Mets roster in a major league game.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Diamondbacks vs Mets

The Mets bullpen cost the team the game last night as Robles allowed 3 runs in the 7th as the Dbacks beat the Mets 5-3. Earlier in the game, the Mets went up 3-2 thanks to a two run homer from Neil Walker. While it is easy to blame the bullpen here, and 3 runs in one inning is the pen failing their jobs, the route of the problem is still the offense whichhas created this feeling of needed to be perfect on the mound. Tonight the Mets will try to put it back together as Bartolo Colon takes on Robbie Ray.

Bartolo Colon is 10-6 over 23 games, 22 starts over 127.1 innings with a  3.46 ERA. After a rocky start against the Rockies (sorry, I couldn’t resist), Colon bounced back last time out against the Yankees allowing only 1 ER over 6 innings. For Colon, he has found himself in a 7 start stretch where he’s great, then bad, great, then bad. Let’s hope he breaks that tonight. Last year he held the Diamondbacks to 2 ER over 7.0 innings. Arizona has the following numbers against Colon:

  • Segura 1-7
  • Bourn 0-4
  • Castillo 1-2, HR
  • Goldschmidt 0-3
  • Loewen 1-2
  • Owings 1-3
  • Tomas 1-3

Robbie Ray is 5-11 over 22 starts and 121.o innings with a 4.83 ERA. In his last three starts he has tossed 16.2 innings allowing 17 runs, 13 earned for an ERA of 7.02. He had a good start against the Mets last year though allowing 6 hits and no runs over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following on Ray:

  • Bruce 2-6, 2B, HR
  • Flores 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Diamondbacks vs Mets

The Mets struggled against the Tigers this weekend, but ended the weekend on a high note as they beat the Tigers thanks to a 2-run homer from Walker off of K-Rod (who is having a good year by the way) in the top of the 9th. Now the Mets look to keep the winning going as the Diamondbacks and their terrible uniforms come to town.

Steven Matz is 8-8 on the season over 20 starts and 119.0 innings with a 3.63 ERA. After back to back good starts where he allowed 14 hits but only 2 ER over 12.0 innings, his last time out was a struggle in the Bronx as he allowed 6 runs over 6.0 innings. Not surprisingly, this will be Steven’s first time facing Arizona. Only one batter on their roster, Bourn, has seen him in a major league game and his 0-1 with a walk against Matz.

The Mets bats draw the big off-season acquisition for the Diamondbacks, Zack Greinke, previously seen pitching against the Mets in the NLDS. After a season where he was 19-3 with a 1.66 ERA (leading the league in winning percentage and ERA) he is 10-3 this year with a 3.62 ERA over 17 starts. Things were rough for him at the start of the season and then he went on a tear in June pitching 38.2 innings over 6 games with a 1.63 ERA. He then landed on the DL and is making his first start tonight since then. In the regular season with the Mets last year he allowed 2 ER in 14.0 innings and in the playoffs he allowed 5 ER over 13.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Zack:

  • Granderson 13-58, 2 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Bruce 6-35, HR
  • Walker 5-24, 2B, 3 HR
  • K Johnson 2-12
  • Loney 2-10, HR
  • De Aza 3-11, 2B
  • Flores 4-11
  • Conforto 1-7, HR
  • Rivera 3-5, 2 2B

Let’s Go Mets!