Game Preview: Cardinals vs Mets

Opening Day is finally here! The Mets look to return to the post-season this year after a disappointing, injury filled 2017 campaign. Last year the team had a lot of promise in Spring but lost player after player ensuring all Mets fans know mantra “You can never have too much pitching depth”. With a new manager and not many expectations that exist outside of the New York bubble, the Mets will kick off 2018 against the Cardinals.

The Mets will send out Noah Syndergaard for Opening Day. Last year he was 1-2 over 7 starts and 30.1 innings with a 2.97 ERA although that doesn’t tell the whole story. He was full speed throughout April until the 30th. He allowed 5 runs over 1.1 innings, tore his lat and was out until the end of September where he came back for two games pitching 3 innings allowing only one hit. Spring doesn’t mean anything but he was on cruise control in March pitching in 5 games and 20.0 innings allowed only 4 runs, 3 earned (1.35 ERA) with 23 K’s vs 6 walks. The last time he faced the Cardinals was July 2016 where he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned over 7 hits and 6.0 innings with 8 K’s. The Cardinals have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Ozuna 3-14, HR, 4 K
  • Fowler 1-5, BB
  • Gyorko 1-6, HR, 3K
  • Molina 2-6, 2B, K
  • Pham 2-4
  • Carpenter 0-3, K
  • Martinez 0-2

The Mets draw two-time All-Star Carlos Martinez who was 12-11 over 32 games last year logging 205.0 innings posting a 3.64 ERA, 3.91 FIP and 1.220 WHIP. Overall it was a slight step back statistically for Martinez as in the two previous seasons he posted a 3.01/3.04 ERA and a 3.21/3.61 FIP. He pitched against the Mets in early July last year allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Martinez:

  • Gonzalez 3-17, HR
  • Bruce 4-19, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 BB
  • Frazier 3-15, 6 K
  • Cespedes 4-12, 2B, HR, 3 K
  • Reyes 4-13, 2B, HR
  • Cabrera 2-6, 2B
  • d’Arnaud 1-5, 2K

Who’s Hotter than a Underground Subway Station in August Right Now?
I know it’s spring training but in 38 PA’s, Cespedes is hitting .324/.368/.882 right now with 6 homers.

Who’s Colder than an April night baseball game in Queens?
In 58 PA’s this spring, Gonzalez is hitting .207/.270/.293.

Let’s Go Mets!

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