Game Preview: Pirates vs Mets

The Mets dropped their third game in a row last night as they were shutout out 4-0 against the Pirates. Tonight they look to get back on the right track behind their source of thunder: Noah Syndergaard. Thor is 6-2 over 13 games and 12 starts and 76.2 innings with 95 K’s and a 2.00 ERA this season. In the month of June he has tossed 13.0 innings allowing 5 runs, 4 earned including his last start against the Pirates where he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned over 6.0 innings with 5 K’s in a game the Mets eventually won. The Pirates have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • John Jaso 3-6, 2 2B
  • Harrison 2-6, 2B
  • Ho Kang 2-6
  • McCutchen 1-5, 2B
  • Polanco 2-6, 2 2B
  • Joyce 0-3
  • Marte 0-3

The Mets bats will take a crack at Jeff Locke who is 5-4 over 12 starts and 72.0 innings with a 5.83 ERA this season. The former All-Star has been mostly average or better in games pitched this year, except one start in each month where things melted down to catastrophic levels. In April he allowed 8 runs over 3.0 innings, in May he allowed 6 over 5.1 (not so bad) and in his last start he allowed 11 runs over 4.2 innings which raised his ERA from 4.28 to 5.38. He missed the Mets earlier this season. Last year he tossed 5.1 innings in one start against the Mets allowing 1 ER over 4 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Jeff:

  • Cespedes 0-4
  • Lagares 2-5
  • Loney 2-4
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Colon 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Pirates vs Mets

The Mets started off well in Milwaukee but ended on a whimper after a forgettable game in the broiling Sun on Saturday and an error filled affair on Sunday. The Mets mounted a comeback attempt late on Sunday’s game but it was too late. Focusing on today, the Pirates have yet to announce a starting pitcher for tonight. My gut right now says its going to Jameson Taillon, who is supposed to start in Indy tonight, so I’m writing this game preview for him, knowing it may be wrong.

What is for sure is Jacob deGrom will be on the hill for the Mets. Jacob is 3-2 over 10 games and 61.0 innings with a 2.80 ERA. He is coming off of an average start against the Pirates where he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings with 9 K’s (it’s a bit odd calling that average, but its really about the runs. 9 K’s were the second most he recorded all season). The Pirates have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • McCutchen 3-8
  • Mercer 2-8
  • Jaso 1-6, 2B
  • Polanco 0-5
  • Harrison 0-5, 3 K
  • Joynce 0-3, 3 K
  • Marte 0-2

Jameson Taillon may make the start for the Pirates tonight. He made his major league debut against the Mets last week and was sent down after the game. In that start he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings while walking 2 and striking out 3. The Mets have the following numbers against Jameson:

  • Cabrera 1-3, 2B
  • Cespedes 1-3
  • Confort0 0-1, RBI, BB
  • De Aza 0-2
  • Loney 1-3
  • Walker 0-2
  • Syndergaard 1-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Brewers

Yesterday was forgettable, so lets forget it.

Logan Verrett made the spot start and after the Mets went up quickly 2-0, things started to fall apart as the Brewers went on a homer launching spree. Oh well. Steven Matz will try to take the series from the Brew Crew for the Orange and Blue Crew today. Matz is 7-2 over 10 starts and 60.1 innings this year with a 2.39 ERA. His last two starts have been shorter for Matz as he has allowed 10.2 innings and 14 hits with 5 runs, 3 earned while striking out 11. He faced the Brewers earlier this season allowing 2 ER over 7.0 innings while striking out 8. The Brewers have the following numbers against him:

  • Carter 1-3, HR
  • Hill 0-3
  • Lucroy 0-3
  • Perez 1-3
  • Cillar 1-3
  • Broxton 0-2
  • Captain Kirk 0-2

Zach Davies is 4-3 over 10 games and 56.2 innings with a 4.29 ERA. He’s been quite good in June going 15.0 innings with 2 ER and 14 K’s. His start against the Mets was forgettable as he allowed allowed 4 ER over 5.1 innings, in a game the Mets eventually lost. The Mets have the following numbers against Zach:

  • Walker 0-5
  • Cespedes 2-3, HR
  • Conforto 1-2, 2B
  • Granderson 1-3, HR
  • Cabrera 1-2
  • Plawecki 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Brewers

The Mets look to take the series today against the Brewers as they play game three in a four game set! The Mets got a third consecutive good start from Matt Harvey last night but the offense took a slumber instead of the lumber and the game went into extras. The Mets were able to push across a run in extra innings and the Mets were able to take the game. Now the Mets, who have had to play a lot of baseball this past week, find themselves a bit taxed heading into the last two games before the off-day.

The Mets turn to Logan Verrett today due to the double-header earlier in the week. He’s 3-3 over 18 games and 3 starts this year with a 3.22 ERA over 36.1 innings. He started back to back games early in the season when deGrom was down and pitched 12.0 innings allowing no runs and 9 hits while striking out 10. His last start wasn’t good at all as he allowed 7 ER over 2.2 innings in Colorado. Last year he recorded two clean innings against the Brewers allowing nothing but a walk. The Brewers have the following numbers against Logan:

  • Braun 0-1
  • Gennett 0-1
  • Hill 0-0, BB
  • Lucroy 0-1

The Mets draw Wily Peralta today who is 3-7 over 12 games with a 6.79 ERA over 61.0 innings and a league leading 92 hits. After a terrible start against the Padres in mid-May where he allowed 6 earned runs over 4.2 innings, he has more or less pitched average for the rest of the month. His last start was a disaster though allowing 6 runs, 7 hits over 4.1 innings. He took the loss in one start against the Mets last year allowing 5 earned runs over 5.0 innings with 9 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Wily:

  • Walker 4-16, 2B, HR
  • Granderson 5-11, 2 2B, 2 HR
  • Flores 1-6
  • Rivera 0-3
  • Cabrera 1-3
  • Conforto 2-3, HR
  • Lagares 2-3

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Brewers

The Mets took the first game of the four game set with the Brewers last night and look to take the second tonight! Last night Granderson got things started off early with a homer and then it became the Bartolo Colon show as he dominated the Brewers’ lineup. The Mets added more runs thanks to a continued bump in offense from Cespedes and Flores. As a bonus, Familia pitched a clean ninth for his 20th save of the season.

Matt Harvey gets the start for the Mets. The Dark Knight is 4-8 (league leading in losses) over 12 starts and 67.1 innings with a 4.95 ERA. Harvey found himself as the hard luck loser in his last start allowing only 1 run in a game the Mets lost 1-0. In his last two starts he has allowed 1 ER over 14.0 innings with 1 walk, and 9 K’s. Surprisingly, Matt has never faced the Brewers before. He has faced Aaron Hill, who is 3-9 against him.

The Mets bats will get a look at Junior Guerra who is 3-1 over 7 starts and 42.1 innings with an ERA of 3.61. In his last two starts he has allowed 7 runs, 6 earned over 12.1 innings. Guerra made his major league debut at 30 years old with the White Sox last year (3 games, 4.0 innings, 6.75 ERA) and was selected off waivers by the Brewers. Rene Rivera is the only Met who has seen him, and he is 0-1.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Brewers

The Mets were able to salvage a game in Pittsburgh before heading to Milwaukee to start a four game set tonight. Before I continue, shout-out to The 7 Line. I’m going on the Milwaukee invasion, and since I’ve had to write/type Milwaukee so many times in the last month, I FINALLY can spell it. Last night was a big night for a lot of Mets who needed one at the plate. Conforto hit a homer, Flores hit a go-ahead single in the 10th, Cespedes recorded three hits, Kelly had his first homer. The game also had some downsides too that brought it to the 10th inning and almost lost the game, like Walker’s two errors and Familia walking 3 before getting a critical double play.

The Mets will rely on Bartolo Colon tonight who is 4-3 over 12 games and 11 starts, 66.0 innings of work this season with a 3.27 ERA. In his last three starts he has pitched 18.0 innings, allowed 17 hits and has posted a nice ERA of 2.00. Last year he was 0-2 against the Brewers in as many starts allowing 10 runs, 9 earned over 11.0 innings and 17 hits. The Brewers have the following numbers against Colon:

  • Carter 1-10, 2B
  • Gennett 1-6, HR
  • Villar 1-7
  • Hill 2-7
  • Braun 3-6, HR
  • Lucroy 4-6
  • Presley 1-6

The Mets bats will get a look at Jimmy Nelson who is 5-4 over 12 games and 76.0 innings with a 3.43 ERA. He is coming off of his worst start of his worst start of the season where he allowed 6 ER over 4.0  innings. Previously, he allowed 3 ER over 20.2 innings and three starts. He was 1-0 against the Mets last year in as many starts as he held the Amazin’s to 1 ER over 8.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers on Jimmy:

  • Walker 5-15, 2B
  • Lagares 0-6
  • Granderson 2-5, 2B, HR
  • Cespedes 0-4
  • Campbell 0-3

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Pirates

Yesterday stunk. Can we do it over?

The Mets lost two games against the Pirates yesterday by the same score, 3-1. The Mets bats are no where to be found, and even though the Mets have allowed only 7 runs in the last three games, they now have lost three consecutive starts.

Luckily, here comes Noah Syndergaard, the stopper. Noah is 6-2 over 12 games and 11 starts with 70.2 innings with a 1.91 ERA while striking out 90 batters. In his last 7 games, 6 starts, he’s pitched 38.1 innings with 46 K’s while recording an 1.41 ERA. He faced the Pirates once last year picking up the loss allowing 4 runs, only one earned run while pitching 6.0 innings. The Bucs have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Josh Harrison 1-3
  • Jaso 1-2, 2B
  • Ho Kang 1-3
  • Marte 0-3
  • McCutchen 1-3, 2B
  • Polanco 0-3

The Mets bats will get to see the major league debut of Jameson Taillon. Jameson is currently rehabing from Tommy John back in 2014, which side tracked his development. He’s 4-2 over 10 games and 61.2 inning with a 2.04 ERA. In his last full season, 2013 (no games in 2014, 2015) he was 5-10 over 147.1 innings with a 3.73 ERA. The Mets handled this road well recently when they had to face the phenom on the Dodgers’ staff.

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview 2: Mets @ Pirates

(You are probably reading this during Game 1, this was written before Game 1 started. I hope it was good. I also hope the Pirates didn’t change their mind about their starter, leaving this article void).

The Mets and Pirates are set to play the second game of today’s double header featuring Jacob deGrom and Juan Nicasio. I know its early to mention this, but this poses an interesting situation for the Mets this weekend. Do they start a starter on short rest? Does Logan Verrett get the spot start (my leading theory at this point/most conventional strategy)? Do they bump someone from the rotation to make up for it? Give players an extra day even though there’s an off day Monday? Go with two starters again this weekend in the same game and then use the off-day to reset? (Probably not).

Sorry for diverging.

Jacob deGrom is 3-1 over 9 starts and 55.0 innings this year with a 2.62 ERA while striking out 47 batters. In his last two starts he has tossed 14.0 innings allowing 2 ER, 5 walks while striking out 16 batters. It has been a minute since deGrom has faced the Bucs. He pitched two games, both no-decisions and tossed 13.1 innings of 1.35 ERA ball against the Pirates in 2014. The Pirates have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • McCutchen 3-5
  • Mercer 1-5
  • Harrison 0-3
  • Marte 0-2
  • Polanco 0-2

Juan Nicasio is 4-4 over 10 starts and 53.0 innings with a 4.75 ERA in his first season with the Pirates. The long time Rockie (Rocky?) spent last year the Dodgers. Since the start of May he has pitched 5 games and 26.0 innings with an ERA of 6.23. He pitched against the Mets three times last year in relief totaling 3.1 innings and 4 runs. The Mets have the following numbers against Juan:

  • Loney 2-11, 2B
  • Walker 3-10, 2B, 3B
  • Granderson 1-7, 2B
  • Cabrera 2-6, HR
  • Lagares 2-5, 2B, 3B
  • Rivera 2-4, 2B, HR
  • Flores 1-2, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview 1: Mets @ Pirates

Generally on double header days, I post both at games at the same time. As of 5:25 AM, the Pirates have yet to officially announce their starter for game 2. Anyway, the first game will be a rematch of the game that was supposed to happen last night.

The Mets look to bounce back from Sunday’s 1-0 loss against Jon Niese this afternoon. But before we get to the familiar foe, lets take a look at our starter, Steven Matz. Matz is 7-1 over 9 games and a 2.60 ERA over 55.1 innings this season. His last outing isn’t as bad as it looks, where he allowed 3 ER over 5.2 innings. He was smooth sailing through 5 and then things fell apart in the 6th (and then really fell apart for the Mets in the 8th). This will be his first time facing the Pirates in his major league career and no one on the Pirates roster has faced him.

The Mets finally get a chance to strike against Jon Niese. He’s 5-2 this season over 11 starts and 64.0 innings with a 4.36 ERA. Things are better for Niese of late, in his last four starts he has pitched 24.0 innings with a 2.25 ERA and a 2-0 record. (So at least in his perspective, he has the Mets right where he wants them) This will be his first time facing the Mets, since he is a homegrown Met. A few Mets have seen Niese though:

  • Walker 2-13
  • Granderson 3-9
  • Loney 1-7
  • Cabrera 0-3
  • Rivera 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

Game Preview: Mets @ Pirates

First off, I apologize about missing the game preview earlier. I misread the calendar and thought today was the off-day.

The Mets look to bounce back from yesterday’s 1-0 loss against Jon Niese tonight. But before we get to the familiar foe, lets take a look at our starter, Steven Matz. Matz is 7-1 over 9 games and a 2.60 ERA over 55.1 innings this season. His last outing isn’t as bad as it looks, where he allowed 3 ER over 5.2 innings. He was smooth sailing through 5 and then things fell apart in the 6th (and then really fell apart for the Mets in the 8th). This will be his first time facing the Pirates in his major league career and no one on the Pirates roster has faced him.

The Mets finally get a chance to strike against Jon Niese. He’s 5-2 this season over 11 starts and 64.0 innings with a 4.36 ERA. Things are better for Niese of late, in his last four starts he has pitched 24.0 innings with a 2.25 ERA and a 2-0 record. This will be his first time facing the Mets, since he is a homegrown Met. A few Mets have seen Niese though:

  • Walker 2-13
  • Granderson 3-9
  • Loney 1-7
  • Cabrera 0-3
  • Rivera 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!