Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

The Mets bats came back for a second straight game yesterday as the Mets were able to beat the Brewers and take the series by a score of 5-1. The game started off with a leadoff homer from Curtis Granderson and the team tacked on more runs as the day went on. Noah Syndergaard picked up his first win and really only struggled for one inning, the 6th again.

It’s Harvey Day! Matt Harvey is 5-1 over 7 games and 46.2 innings with a 2.31 ERA. He is coming off of a strong start where he tossed 7 scoreless innings allowing only 3 hits and striking out 9 but the Mets were only able to score one run, and the bullpen allowed 2 in after him. In 2013 he made one start against the Cardinals allowing 1 run over 5 hits and 7.0 innings, the Cardinals have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Carpenter 1-4, 3B
  • Heyward 2-6, HR
  • Holliday 0-6
  • Molina 1-4
  • Kozma 2-3, 2B

John Lackey gets the start for the Cards tonight. He is 2-2 on the season over 7 starts and 44.2 innings with a 3.22 ERA. He’s coming off an average start allowing 2 ER over 5.1 innings. In the Month of May he has made three starts over 19.0 innings with a 1.89 ERA. He has only made two career starts against the Mets where he has a 2.70 ERA over 13.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers on Lackey:

  • Curtis Granderson 8-34, 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Cuddyer 8-25, 2B, 4 HR

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets

The Mets find themselves in an important rubber game today. If they win, they can start working back on the losses they’ve accumulated over the last week. If they lose, the psyche of the fans will shift to yesterday being a fluke. I’m also being super melodramatic, truth be told, it’s a game against the Brewers in May, so not that serious.

Yesterday the Mets finally crushed the ball scoring 10 runs in one inning on their way to a 14-1 rout of the Brewers. The Mets had homers from Plawecki, Granderson and Flores (his being a grand slam) and 3-3 night at the plate Jacob deGrom who also turned out an amazing start on the mound.

Noah Syndergaard will get his second start of the season today. In his first start he allowed 3 ER over 5.1 innings over 6 hits while walking 4 and striking out 6. The box score doesn’t tell the complete story for Noah, he did quite well for the first 5 innings and it wasn’t until the 6th that the wheels came off. This being Noah’s second start, he has never faced the Brewers nor has anyone on the Brewers roster has faced him in a major league game.

The Mets bats will get a crack at Wily Peralta who is 1-4 over 7 games and 45.0 innings with a 3.80 ERA. May has been good for Wily who is 2-1 over 20.0 innings with a 2.25 ERA and 16 K’s. He was also quite good against the Mets last year putting up a 2.25 ERA over two games and 12.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Wily:

  • Murphy 3-9
  • Duda 1-7
  • Granderson 4-5, 2 2B, HR
  • Tejada 0-6
  • Cuddyer 2-3, 2B
  • Flores 0-3
  • Mayberry 2-3, 2B

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets

The Mets are in a bad way right now, and they need this win tonight as they play game two with the BrewCrew. Last night the offense wasn’t around again, and this was coupled with poor defensive plays. But just like how negative this slide is right now, this team has shown before they can flip the script, so it’s time to do that.

Jacob deGrom will look to rebound from his last start. In Chicago he had a rough first inning but was pretty much fine from that point on. On the season he is 3-4 over 7 games with a 3.46 ERA over 41.2 innings with 37 strikeouts. At home this year he is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA over 25.2 innings and 24 K’s. Last year he was 1-1 in two starts over 12.0 innings against the Brewers with a 2.25 ERA. The Brewers have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Braun 0-5
  • Davis 2-5
  • Gomez 2-6
  • Gennett 2-3, 2B
  • Peralta 0-3
  • Ramirez 1-3, 2B

The Mets bats will draw Matt Garza today who is in his second season with the Brewers. So far in 2015 he is 2-4 over 7 games with a 4.04 ERA in 42.1 innings of work. Matt is coming off of his best start of the season where he held the Cubs to 1 earned run over 7.0 innings while striking out 9. Last year he made one start against the Mets and it was very good as he held the Mets to a run over 8.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Garza:

  • Granderson 7-27, 4 2B, HR
  • Duda 2-7, 2B, HR
  • Murphy 0-5
  • Mayberry 0-4
  • Tejada 1-4
  • Flores 1-3
  • Lagares 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets

The Mets look to move beyond a disappointing four game set with the Cubs where the offense was in hibernation and the Amazin’s added 4 losses to the L column (and to be more accurate, the one day the offense was awake was also the first day in a while that the pitching was off, but that’s baseball).

Bartolo Colon looks to play stopper for the Mets. He has a league leading 6 wins over 7 games logging 46.1 innings with a 3.30 ERA while striking out 40 batters. His last start in Philly wasn’t pretty on the stat line, but he got the win. The last time he faced the Brewers was back in 2013 as he held the BrewCrew to 1 earned run over 7.0 innings. The Brewers have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Lind 5-16, HR
  • Gomez 1-6, 3B
  • Ramirez 2-6
  • Segura 1-4
  • Gennett 0-2

The Mets draw Kyle Lohse tonight who is 2-4 over 7 starts and 39.2 innings this year with a 7.03 ERA. In his last four starts he is 2-1 over 24.0 innings with a 4.88 ERA, so don’t get too excited with that above 7 ERA. Last year he was fantastic against the Mets holding them to 4 hits and an unearned run over 8.0 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Kyle:

  • Granderson 8-17, 2B, 3B, 2 HR
  • Murphy 1-11
  • Duda 2-7, HR
  • Cuddyer 3-7, 2B
  • Flores 0-3
  • Kirk 0-3
  • Recker 0-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Cubs

The Mets offense is in a real bad way. Harvey had a spectacular start and the bullpen blew a save and all together the Mets pitching allowed 2 runs. In that scenario, the Mets should win, but the offense only scored 1 run, again. Hopefully the Mets can get it straight today behind Jon Niese.

Somehow, Jon Niese is 3-2 on the season with a 1.95 ERA over 37.0 innings, 6 starts with a 1.432 WHIP. In his last two starts he has allowed 3 runs, 1 earned over 14.0 innings of work while striking out 11. Niese is getting it done on the mound but I’m still concerned about how high his WHIP is vs his ERA. One of the two has to give at some point, either the WHIP falling or the ERA rising. Last year he made one start against the Cubs where he picked up the win allowing 3 earned runs over 6.0 innings. The Cubs have the following numbers against the Niese:

  • Castro 5-19, 3B, HR
  • Ross 6-18, 2B, 3B, HR
  • Coghlan 2-13, 2B
  • Rizzo 1-11, 2B
  • Fowler 2-11

Travis Wood is 2-2 on the season over 6 starts with a 4.96 ERA over 32.2 innings. May has been awful for Wood as he has allowed 12 ER over 9.0 innings. At the end of April, for comparison, he had an ERA of 3.04. He faced the Mets twice last year going 0-1 over 10.1 innings with a ERA of 4.35. The Mets have the following numbers against Wood:

  • Tejada 2-13
  • Duda 2-11, HR
  • Granderson 0-7
  • Mayberry 2-7, 2B
  • Murphy 1-6
  • Flores 2-5, 2B
  • Lagares 3-5, 2B, HR

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Cubs

The Mets will try to do something tonight to get back on the winning path. Syndergaard was amazing the first four innings of his debut, human from that point on. The bullpen pitchers each allowed a run after he left the game. The real problem was the offense that besides Sunday’s game has just been missing for the last couple of weeks. Tonight Matt Harvey will have to help look for the offense as the bats take on Jason Hammel.

Harvey is 5-1 on the season over 6 games and 39.2 innings with a 2.72 ERA. He was average in his last start against Philly allowing 3 ER over 6.0 innings. His only start against the Cubs back in 2013 was good as he allowed 2 ER over 7.1 innings. The Cubs have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Coghlan 3-5, 2B
  • Fowler 1-6
  • Montero 2-3, 2B
  • Castillo 0-3
  • Castr0 2-3
  • Rizzo 1-3, 2B

The Mets bats will try again tonight against Jason Hammel. He’s 3-1 on the season over 6 starts and 38.1 innings with a 3.52 ERA. His two starts in May so far have been pretty comparable to the average of his starts in April. It has been a long time since Jason faced the Mets. Back in 2011 he faced the Mets twice allowing 8 runs, 6 earned over 13.1 innings. The Mets have limited numbers against Hammel:

  • Granderson 7-20, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Murphy 4-8, 2B
  • Cuddyer 0-3
  • Tejada 0-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Cubs

Last night was a rough one for the Mets last night. Jacob deGrom struggled early, allowing 3 runs in the first inning (and it didn’t help that even when he started to pitch to get outs, the defense started to fall apart). The Mets would eventually lose the game 4-3, so the first inning ended up being the inning that sank them.

However the real story of the series comes tonight as Noah Syndergaard is set to make his major league debut. Coming into the season, he is the #11 prospect in Baseball America, #10 prospect according to MLB.com and #9 prospect in Baseball Prospectus. Syndergaard came to the Mets organization as part of the R.A. Dickey deal (but you all already know that). This season he has really turned it on in the PCL, a league notorious for being tough on pitchers, pitching to a 3-0 record over 5 games with a 1.82 ERA over 29.2 innings. He is also coming off of a game where he had three hits with his bat including a double and homer that both went over 400 feet.

The Mets bats will get a crack at Jake Arrieta. Jake is 3-3 on the season over 6 games with a 3.41 ERA over 37.0 innings. May has been rough for Jake where he has allowed 8 ER over 10.1 innings over 2 starts. Prior to May, Arrieta had a 2.02 ERA in 4 starts in April. Last year he was very good against the Mets allowing only 1 ER over 11.2 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Jake:

  • Granderson 9-25, 2B, 3B, 3 HR
  • Duda 3-6
  • Cuddyer 2-6
  • Murphy 1-6
  • Lagares 0-3
  • Flores 1-2

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Cubs

The Mets and Cubs get set to start an exciting series that pits the Mets power arms (deGrom, Syndergaard, Harvey) against the young, talented position players (Bryant, Russel, Rizzo). The Mets are coming off of a game where the bats finally broke out 14 hits, gaining some confidence as several players look to breakout slumps. They’ll get a tall order in game one as the Cubs send out Jon Lester.

Jacob deGrom is 3-3 on the season over 36.2 innings with a 2.95 ERA. He is coming off of a strong start against the Orioles where he pitched 7.0 innings allowing 6 hits and one earned run while walking 1 and striking out 9. Last year he didn’t have much luck against the Cubs allowing 4 earned runs and 5 hits over 5.0 innings one game. The Cubs have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Castro 0-2
  • Rizzo 1-3
  • Wood 1-2, HR

Jon Lester is 2-2 over 6 starts this season with a 4.04 ERA over 35.2 innings. April was rough for Lester as he ended the month with a 6.23 ERA. Since then he has allowed 4 runs, only 1 earned over 14.0 innings of work. He has made only one career start against the Mets allowing 2 ER over 4 hits and 5.0 innings. Only three current Mets have seen Lester in a game:

  • Granderson 11-40, 2 2B, 3B, 2 HR
  • Cuddyer 5-17, 2 2B
  • Mayberry 2-3

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets play the rubber game of the series today as Bartolo Colon gets the start vs Chad Billingsley. the Mets got another strong start from Jon Niese last night and the offense was able to do just enough to beat the Phillies 3-2. In addition to the strong starting pitching, Juan Lagares hit a critical two run homer to break out of a 0-16 skid and Tejada/Herrera/Duda turned a critical double play with the bases loaded (ground ball courtesy of Buddy). Originally today was Gee’s day to pitch but a groin tear landed him on the DL and brought Colon to pitch on regular rest.

Colon is now 5-1 on the season over 6 starts with a 2.90 ERA over 40.1 innings after his win against the Orioles earlier this week. In that game he pitched 7.2 innings, allowing a solo homer late, and struck out 9 batters while walking none. He missed the Phillies when they came to town earlier this year and last year he was 3-1 with a 3.21 ERA over four games and 28.0 innings against them. The Phillies have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Howard 3-14, 2 HR
  • Revere 6-15
  • Ruiz 5-15, 2B
  • Sizemore 1-11
  • Utley 4-11, 2B
  • Asche 2-8, 2B
  • Francoeur 1-5

The Mets bats will get a crack at Chad Billingsley who will be making his second start of the season. In his first start he allowed 6 runs, 5 earned over 5.0 innings of work. He missed all of 2014 only pitched in 2 games in 2013 with a 1-0 record and a 3.00 ERA over 12.0 innings. 2012 was his last mostly full season where he pitched to a 10-9 record, 3.55 ERA over 25 starts and 149.2 innings. The last time he faced the Mets was way back in 2009 where he allowed 3 ER over 6.1 innings of work. The only Mets who have faced Chad are Cuddyer who is 0-3 with 2 walks and Murphy who is 1-2 with a walk.

Lets Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The Mets had a disappointing start to the series last night as the Mets bats could not string anything together behind Matt Harvey. Harvey wasn’t his typical Harvey self, but he still tossed a quality game (his fastball caught a lot of the plate). The Mets only had one true scoring chance in the 4th but didn’t do much with it.

Tonight Jon Niese will look to keep the Phillies in check. He is 2-2 on the season over 5 starts and 30.0 innings of work with a 2.40 ERA. In his last start he somehow threw 7.0 innings allowing only 1 ER. His line was good but he was getting hit all night (maybe it’s the cynical Mets fan in me but I’m not confident in Niese yet, even though the numbers suggest that I should be). His second start of the season was against the Phillies where he allowed 1 hit over 6.1 innings and 9 hits. The Phillies have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Utley 3-32
  • Ruiz 10-29, 2 2B, HR
  • Howard 4-26, HR
  • Revere 3-13
  • Galvis 2-10, HR
  • Asche 5-8, 2 2B
  • Ruf 1-8, HR

The Mets get a crack at Aaron Harang (who turns 37 today) and also pitches really well against the Mets. He is 3-2 on the season over 6 starts and 38.1 innings with a 2.35 ERA. Two starts ago he made his worst start of the season allowing 5 ER over 6.0, but rebounded in his last start allowing 1 ER over 6.0. His second start of the season was against the Mets where he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Harang:

  • Duda 2-19, HR
  • Murphy 8-23, 5 2B, HR
  • Tejada 6-16, 2 2B
  • Granderson 1-14, 2B
  • Cuddyer 2-9, 2B, 3B
  • Lagares 2-8, 2B

Lets Go Mets!