Game Preview: Marlins vs Mets

It’s June 17th and the Mets are finally playing the Marlins! The Mets and Marlins have yet to face each other at all this season. Now the Mets welcome Miami into New York for a four game set.

Since the Mets collapse in 2007, the Marlins have centered themselves as a spoiler team in collective Mets fan psyche. The Marlins this year are much better than their 28-33 record suggests. They are 6-4 in their last ten games, coming off a series where they lost three of four games against the Phillies. They have a +22 run differential this season and have an expected win/loss record of 33-28. This is all to say, these should be competitive games this weekend.

The Mets turn to Carlos Carrasco to kick things off this weekend. Over 12 games and 68 2/3 innings this year, Carrasco has posted a 3.93 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 1.223 WHIP and a 102 ERA+. Carrasco started June off with two starts where he allowed only two runs over 12 innings from nine hits and five walks while striking out 15. His last time out he allowed five runs over 4 2/3 innings from nine hits and a walk against the Angels. Last year he faced the Marlins three times, totaling 14 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs, six earned (3.68 ERA) from 16 hits while striking out 14. The Marlins have the following career numbers against Carlos:

  • Avisail Garcia 9-39, 2B, HR, BB, 12 K
  • Jesus Aguilar 3-9, 2B, 2 BB, K
  • Joey Wendle 1-9, 2B, K
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. 2-8, 2B, 2 K
  • Jorge Soler 0-5, BB, 3 K
  • Brian Anderson 1-4

Pablo López returns to the Marlins rotation tonight after being day-to-day with a wrist injury earlier in the week. As of writing this, he has still not officially been named the starter tonight (it’s only three hours until first pitch! Come on Miami!) but he is listed as the starter in the Mets game notes. López is currently in the midst of a career year, pitching 70 1/3 innings over 12 games with a 2.30 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 1.024 WHIP and a 180 ERA+. For comparison, his career numbers are a 3.73 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 1.167 WHIP and a 113 ERA+. He has been more human over his last five starts, allowing 13 runs over 27 1/3 innings (4.28 ERA) from 26 hits and 11 walks. Five of the seven homers he’s allowed this season have also come in his last five starts. López made one start against the Mets last season where he held the Mets to four hits over seven innings while striking out eight. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Brandon Nimmo 2-11, 2B, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Pete Alonso 1-0, 2 BB, 2 K
  • J.D. Davis 4-7, 2 BB
  • Jeff McNeil 3-7, 2B, HR, BB, K
  • Francisco Lindor 1-6, 2 K
  • Luis Guillorme 2-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets

The Brewers got the best of the Mets last night, setting up a rubber game tonight!

Tylor Megill looks to lead the Mets past the Brewers tonight as he makes his ninth start of the season. Over his first eight starts and 38 innings, Megill has a 4.50 ERA, 3.56 FIP, 1.184 WHIP and a 90 ERA+. His last start against the Angels was his first start back from the IL. He allowed two runs from five hits and a walk over 3 1/3 innings while tossing 64 pitches. In his rehab start he tossed 53 pitches. Hopefully today he can go a bit beyond 65 pitches.

Megill faced the Brewers twice last year. At home in July he allowed only one run over five innings from two hits and two walks while striking out 7. In Milwaukee in September he allowed four runs from five hits and four walks over four innings. The Brewers have the following numbers against him:

  • Willy Adames 2-5, 2B, HR, K
  • Omar Narvaez 1-3, HR, K
  • Christian Yelich 1-3, HR, BB, 2 K
  • Lorenzo Cain 0-1, BB
  • Jace Peterson 0-1, BB

The Mets will get a look at Ashley Ashby today. Over 13 games this year, seven starts, Ashby has tossed 50 2/3 innings with a 3.91 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 1.441 WHIP and a 107 ERA+. As a starter only, he has pitched 36 innings with a 4.50 ERA and 1.583 WHIP. Ashby made some noise at the end of May when he rejoined the rotation and allowed two runs, one earned over two starts totaling 11 2/3 innings against the Padres and the Cubs. In his two starts since, he has allowed 10 earned runs (out of 22 for the season) in 10 2/3 innings against the Padres and the Nationals.

He has only pitched an inning of relief against the Mets in his career. Alonso and Lindor both struck out against him in their only plate appearances. Brandon Nimmo was hit by a pitch.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets

The Mets returned to the East Coast last night, picked up a win, and we were all able to watch it without ruining our sleep cycles for the week – Baseball is back!

There were two stories going into last night’s game. First, Chris Bassitt needed a bounce back start. He did that! Bassitt went eight innings, giving the bullpen another day of rest, and didn’t allow any runs. Second, the Braves were on a run and closing the gap in the rear view mirror behind the Mets. The Braves continued their winning streak last night, but since the Mets won too they are still five games back. The Mets look to keep the lead, or possibly even extend it, tonight as they take on the Brewers in game two of their three game set.

David Peterson will pitch in his ninth game of the season for the Mets tonight. Over his first eight games and six starts, Peterson has pitched 36.0 innings with a 3.00 ERA, 4.11 FIP, 1.250 WHIP and a 134 ERA+. His last start was on June 4th where he allowed four runs, only one earned, over 3 2/3 innings against the Dodgers. He then went back to the bullpen with the return of Tylor Megill and pitched 2 2/3 innings on June 10th, allowing a run from three hits and a walk. Only a few members of the Brewers have seen Peterson in a major league game:

  • Andrew McCutchen 1-11, HR, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Willy Adames 0-2, BB
  • Mike Brosseau 0-3, 2 K
  • Hunter Renfroe 0-1, BB

The Mets bats will get a look at Corbin Burnes tonight. The 2021 Cy Young winner led the league in ERA (2.43), FIP (1.63), ERA+ (174), HR/9 (0.4), K/9 (12.6) and K/BB (6.88) last season. He is having another terrific season, making 12 starts and pitching 72 2/3 innings so far with a 2.48 ERA, 3.08 FIP, 0.963 WHIP, and 168 ERA+. He is also the current league leader in strikeouts at 92. The month of June hasn’t been so kind to him though In two starts against the Padres and Phillies, he has allowed eight runs, six earned, over eight innings from 11 hits and six walks while striking out 14.

Burnes made two great starts against the Mets last year. In July he held the Mets to one run over 5 2/3 innings, scattering six hits and no walks. In September he held the Mets to one run again, this time over seven innings, scattering five hits and a walk. Overall he struck out 17 Mets last year. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Francisco Lindor 1-9, 6 K
  • Pete Alonso 3-6, 2B, BB
  • Jeff McNeil 1-7, K
  • Brandon Nimmo 3-6, 2B, K
  • Starling Marte 1-3, K
  • Luis Guillorme 0-2, K

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets

The Mets return home after 10-game, 12-day road trip where they went 5-5 against three tough teams on the west coast. The Mets are still in first place, and are still a commanding 18 games above .500. However, while the Mets were out west, the Braves won 12 consecutive games, scratching away at what used to be a 9.5 game lead in the division down to 5 games.

The Mets now welcome the Brewers to the ballpark who have been struggling of late. When the Mets started their road trip (and the when the Braves started their winning streak) the Brewers had a strong lead in the NL Central. They have won only two games in their last 10 and now trail the Cardinals by a game.

Chris Bassitt takes the mound for the Mets, looking to keep the Brewers down a bit longer. Over 12 starts and 68 1/3 innings this year, Bassitt has a 4.35 ERA, 4.30 FIP, 1.244 WHIP and a 92 ERA+. He is in the midst of a rough five game stretch where he has allowed 24 runs, 22 earned, in his last 26 innings of work (7.62 ERA, 5.76 FIP). His last start was his second worst of the season where he allowed seven runs from seven hit sand two walks over 3 1/3 innings. The Brewers have the following career numbers against him:

  • Lorenzo Cain 1-8, 3 BB, K
  • Omar Narvaez 5-7, BB, K
  • Willy Adames 0-3, 3 K
  • Rowdy Tellez 0-3, K
  • Christian Yelich 0-3, 2 K

The Mets Bats draw Adrian Houser for the series opener. Over 11 games and 57 1/3 innings this year Houser has a 3.92 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 1.395 WHIP and a 106 ERA+. His two worst starts of this season have both happened within the last two weeks. At the end of May he allowed eight runs, five earned, over four innings against the Cardinals and last week he allowed five runs, all earned, over six innings against the Phillies. Overall these two starts make up 13 of the total 34 runs he has allowed this year. The Mets don’t have a ton of experience seeing Houser in games over their respective careers:

  • Starling Marte 1-5, K
  • Mark Canha 0-2, K
  • Tomás Nido 0-2, K
  • Pete Alonso 0-1
  • Luis Guillorme 0-1
  • Brandon Nimmo 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Angels

The Mets go for a series win tonight against the Angels in a rubber game to cap off their series and the Mets 10-game road trip. The Mets have been on the west coast for a while and tonight they will grace our televisions at a more respectable time, 7 PM.

Taijuan Walker gets the start for the Mets tonight. Over nine games and 46 2/3 innings, Walker has a 3.28 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 1.264 WHIP and a 122 ERA+. He’s coming off of a rough start against the Padres where he allowed four runs from five hits and two walks over six innings of work. The other two times this year where he allowed three runs or more in a start, he responded with a beautiful start (both times seven shutout innings). Hopefully he does that again tonight! The Angels have the following numbers against him:

  • Mike Trout 10-16, 3B, 3 HR, 5 K
  • Anthony Rendon 1-3, 2B, BB, K
  • Matt Duffy 1-3
  • Tyler Wade 1-1, 2 BB
  • Juan Lagares 0-2, K
  • Shohei Ohtani 1-1, HR, BB
  • Kurt Suzuki 0-2

The Mets bats will get a look at Patrick Sandoval, who is in the midst of a career year. Over nine starts and 48.0 innings, Sandoval has a 2.81 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 1.313 WHIP and 140 ERA+. In his previous three seasons he had a 4.42 ERA, 4.59 FIP, 1.276 WHIP and a 102 ERA+. Sandoval had his worst start of the season back on May 29th where he allowed six runs, five earned, over three innings of work. He did alright in a bounce back start last time out, allowing two runs from four hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings. The only Mets who have seen him in the major leagues were recently with American League teams:

  • Mark Canha 4-7, 2B, 3B, 2 BB
  • Eduardo Escobar 0-5
  • Starling Marte 0-3
  • Francisco Lindor 0-1, BB

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Angels

We made it! This is the last late start for the Mets before the All-Star Break! Tomorrow the Mets play a 7 PM game and then they return to the East Coast! No longer will we have to decide between sleep and Mets baseball! Anyway, the Mets won last night. A win tonight will clinch a series victory and guarantee that the Mets go at least .500 on this grueling West Coast swing.

Carlos Carrasco gets the start for the Mets tonight. Over 11 starts and 64.0 innings this year he has a 3.52 ERA, 2.68 FIP, 1.156 WHIP and a 114 ERA+. He is also leading the league in wins at 7. In June he has made two starts, totaling 12 innings of work allowing only two runs (1.50 ERA) from nine hits and five walks while striking out 15. Carrasco struck out 10 betters in his last start alone, the first time this season he has had double digit strikeouts. The Angels have the following numbers against him:

  • Mike Trout 3-11, 2 2B, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Kurt Suzuki 1-8, 2 K
  • Anthony Rendon 0-2, BB, K
  • Andrew Velazquez 1-3, K
  • Juan Lagares 0-1
  • Shohei Ohtani 0-1
  • Jared Walsh 1-1, HR

The Mets bats will get a look at Michael Lorenzen tonight. The long time Reds pitcher signed as a free agent this past off-season and so far is experiencing a bounce-back year. He has made nine starts and pitched 53 2/3 innings with a 3.69 ERA, 3.84 FIP, 1.137 WHIP and a 107 ERA+. He is in the midst of a rough patch, allowing eight runs from ten hits and seven walks in his last two starts (12 1/3 innings), which is a 5.84 ERA.

The last couple of years the Reds used Lorenzen primarily in the bullpen, the Angels have only used him as a starter. As a reliever last year he faced the Mets on back to back days at the end of July, holding the Mets scoreless over two innings while picking up two holds. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Starling Marte6-17, 2 2B, HR, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Francisco Lindor 1-6, K
  • Brandon Nimmo 1-4, 2B
  • Pete Alonso 1-2
  • Jeff McNeil 0-0, 2 BB
  • Eduardo Escobar 1-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Angels

The Mets wrap up their long, 10-game road trip with a series against the Angels this weekend! The Mets are heading into this series after losing a series to the Padres, on back to back blowout losses. That being said, they are still 3-4 against two very good teams on the road this year and they’ve played the last 1.5 games fairly banged up. Hopefully yesterday’s off-day came at a critical point for the Mets to just reset themselves physically.

The Angels have their own mess of a situation going on. Last night they snapped a 14-game losing streak. Mike Trout is day to day right now, and is aiming to come back as soon as tonight depending on how he feels. The Angels bumped Syndergaard from this weekend to Tuesday to give him more rest. The ripple effect was the Angles didn’t have a starter for tonight! The indication on Thursday at least that the start would go to Jhonathan Diaz who was scratched from his start in the minors.

Jhonathan Diaz has had a few cups of coffee in the major leagues. So far this year he has pitched in three games, starting two, totaling 13 2/3 innings with a 1.32 ERA, 4.39 FIP, 1.171 WHIP and a 304 ERA+. His last start was only eight days ago against the Yankees where he allowed two runs over four innings from four hits including a homer. He left after 53 pitches. In back to back starts in May in the majors he tossed 67 and 75 pitches. He’s also pitched six games in Salt Lake this season where he has a 3.78 ERA over 33.1 innings of work. In the minors he’s tossed more than 80 pitches four times, so he can go deeper today in the game than his previous work in the majors lets on. The only members of the Mets roster who have seen him in a game played for the Athletics last year. Starling Marte, nursing an injury, went 0-2 and Mark Canha drew a walk in his one at bat against Diaz.

The Mets will send out Tylor Megill in his return to the mound in his return from biceps tendinitis. Megill started out this season filling in for Jacob deGrom and a combination of David Peterson and Trevor Williams have done well in his absence. Over seven starts and 34 2/3 innings this year, Megill has a 4.41 ERA, 3.38 FIP, 1.125 WHIP and a 91 ERA+. The vast majority of the statistical damage to Megill was done in the start that he was injured during. On May 11th he allowed eight runs over 1 1/3 innings, raising his ERA from 2.43 to 4.41. Tonight will be Megill’s first time facing anyone on the Angels roster in a major league game.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets vs Padres

The Mets and Padres play a rubber game tonight as the Mets try to take the series from the Padres. Last night was the Padres night – they rolled through the Mets with a 7-0 victory. More importantly, the Mets lost Pete Alonso and Starling Marte to injuries in the game. There have been a few constants this season the Mets need to lean on tonight. First, every person on the roster is important and contributes. Second, winning solves every worry. Let’s go get that win today!

Chris Bassitt gets the start for the Mets tonight. Chris Bassitt has made 11 starts and 65.0 innings with a 3.74 ERA, 4.44 FIP, 1.169 WHIP and a 107 ERA+. Bassitt had a rougher start his last time out, allowing four runs, three earned, over six innings against the Dodgers last weekend. He’s in the midst of a tough stretch where he has allowed 17 runs, 16 earned over 22.2 innings and four starts. In his seven starts before this stretch he allowed only 11 runs. The San Diego Padres have the following career numbers against Bassitt:

  • Eric Hosmer 2-11, 2B, 2 K
  • Manny Machado 1-7, K
  • Nomar Mazara 1-6, BB, 2 K
  • Wil Myers 1-3, 2B, 2 K
  • Sergio Alcantara 0-2
  • Austin Nola 0-2, K

The former Oakland Athletic Chris Bassitt faces off of against another long time Oakland Athletic, Sean Manaea. Sean has pitched 10 game sand 62 innings with a 3.77 ERA, 3.64 FIP, 1.113 WHIP and a 103 ERA+ in his first year with the Padres. From the end of April through the end of May, Manaea had a 5.35 ERA from 22 earned runs over 37 innings over six starts. He’s coming off of a start where he held the Brewers to one run over 6.0 innings, which was his best start since April 18th. There are very few Mets on the roster who have seen Manaea in a major league game:

  • Francisco Lindor 4-9, 2 2B, HR, K
  • Eduardo Escobar 3-6, HR, BB, 2 K
  • Starling Marte 0-2, K

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Padres

The Mets go for the series victory against the Padres tonight! Last night the Mets got an early 3-0 lead and built on that the entire night as they beat the Padres 11-5. Carlos Carrasco gave the Mets length, going seven innings. Eduardo Escobar became the 11th Met to hit for the cycle and overall the Mets collected 16 hits. A nice night in San Diego.

Taijuan Walker looks to repeat last night’s magic as he takes the mound today. Over eight starts and 40 2/3 innings, Walker has a 2.88 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 1.279 WHIP and a 139 ERA+. In his last five starts and 29 2/3 innings of work, he has allowed seven runs and nine walks with a 2.12 ERA. Half of the 14 runs he’s allowed this season came on one start back on May 5th.

Last year against the Padres, Walker allowed four runs, three earned, over five innings of work in a game the Mets eventually lost 4-3. The Padres have the following career numbers against Walker:

  • Manny Machado 2-14, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Wil Myers 2-10, 2 2B, 2 K
  • Nomar Mazara 1-5, 2B, 4 BB
  • Eric Hosmer 3-8, 3 K
  • Jurickson Profar 3-8, HR, K
  • Jake Cronenworth 0-2, BB

The Mets bats will get a look at Yu Darvish who is currently in his second season with the Padres. Over 10 starts and 60 1/3 innings, Darvish has a 4.03 ERA, 3.47 FIP, 1.094 WHIP and a 96 ERA+. He is coming off of a start where he managed to pitch really deep into the game (7 2/3 innings) but allowed five runs from seven hits and two walks. Last year against the Mets he allowed two runs from four hits and a walk over 5 1/3 innings. The Mets have the following career numbers against Darvish:

  • Starling Marte 5-13, 2B, HR, BB, 2 K
  • Francisco Lindor 5-10, 2B, 2 BB, K
  • Eduardo Escobar 2-11, 2B, HR, 5 K
  • Pete Alonso 1-7, HR, 3 K
  • Jeff McNeil 1-7, HR, K
  • J.D. Davis 1-5, BB, 2 K
  • Mark Canha 0-2, K

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Padres

The Mets continue their west coast road trip after a wild series with the Padres. This past weekend the Mets lost the first two games to the first place Dodgers but then the Mets showed us the same magic they have brought all season. On Saturday they bounced back behind David Peterson to win 9-4. Yesterday they overcame a 2-0 deficit in the first inning to win a back and forth, extra inning duel to split the series. Was this a playoff series preview?

The Mets will now go from facing one possible playoff contended to another – the San Diego Padres. The Padres have had a similar weekend to the Mets as they took on the first place Brewers. After losing the first game on Thursday, they went on to win the next three games. In a way, this set of seven games for both the Padres and the Mets mimic October with both teams facing tough opponents before each other.

Carlos Carrasco takes the mound for the Mets tonight. Over his first ten games and 57 innings of the season he has a 3.63 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 1.211 WHIP and a 110 ERA+. Carrasco shut out the Nationals his last time out on the mound, holding them to four hits and five walks but didn’t allow anyone to cross the plate. It was a good bounce back for Carrasco from the five runs he allowed to the Phillies in the start before that. The Padres have the following career numbers against Carrasco:

  • Eric Hosmer 8-31, 2 2B, 3B, 4 BB, 8 K
  • Manny Machado 2-7, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Jorge Alfaro 1-7, BB, 2 K
  • Nomar Mazara 3-8, 2B, 3 K
  • Jurickson Profar 3-5, HR, BB, K
  • Wil Myers 2-3, BB, K

The Mets bats will get a look at Blake Snell tonight. Over three games and 15.0 innings, Snell has logged a 4.80 ERA, 4.07 FIP, 1.067 WHIP and an 81 ERA+. He’s coming off of his best start of the season so far, where he allowed two runs from two hits and five walks over six innings. Snell faced the Mets twice last June in back to back starts. In San Diego he allowed only a hit and a walk over seven innings while striking out 10 Mets. Then in Queens he allowed three runs from five hit sand three walks over four innings. The Mets have the following career numbers against Snell:

  • Francisco Lindor 2-20, 2B, 3 K
  • Mark Canha 3-13, HR, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Starling Marte 3-9, 2B, HR, K
  • Eduardo Escobar 0-8, 3 K
  • Pete Alonso 1-5, HR, 2 BB
  • Brandon Nimmo 1-3, 2B, BB
  • J.D. Davis 0-2, BB, K
  • Jeff McNeil 2-3, K

Let’s Go Mets!

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