The Mets couldn’t complete the comeback last night and lost to the Padres 4-3, they look to rebound tonight with Joey Lucchesi on the mound taking on his old team.
Despite the loss, there were positive notes from last night – the Mets held the Padres to only 4 runs. Despite facing one of the best starting pitchers in a game, and a strong bullpen, the Mets were able to score runs – thanks to James McCann‘s 5th homer of the season. The Mets will look to build on top of that tonight in game 2 of the 4 game set.
Joey Lucchesi has pitched in 8 games and made 5 starts this year, totaling 23.1 innings with a 6.56 ERA, 3.22 FIP, 1.286 WHIP and a 59 ERA+. Since returning to the rotation, he has made two starts totaling 7.2 innings allowing only 1 run from 3 hits and 3 walks while striking out 10. All of the walks came in his last start and really ate into his pitch count, 70 pitches over 3.2 innings. After the 8.2 inning bullpen game on Wednesday, and 3.0 innings of bullpen work last night, the Mets are hoping to get more innings out of a similar pitch count tonight.
The Mets bats will get a look at one of the new Padres this year – Blake Snell. Snell has made 11 starts over 47.0 innings this year with a 5.55 ERA, 4.41 FIP, 1.596 WHIP and an ERA+ of 66. His last two starts have been rough – allowing 12 runs over 6.2 innings from 10 hits, 6 walks and 3 homers. These two starts raised his ERA from 3.79 to 5.55. His last regular season start of 2020 was against the Mets where he allowed 3 runs over 5.2 innings from 6 hits and 3 walks including 2 homers. The Mets have the following numbers against him:
- Pete Alonso 1-1, HR, BB
- Jonathan Villar 3-4
- James McCann 3-9, HR, BB, 4 K
- Kevin Pillar 7-16, 2 2B, BB, K
- Dominic Smith 1-3, 2B, 2 K
- Brandon Drury 1-6, 2B, BB, K
- Francisco Lindor 1-15, 2B, 3 K
- Jose Peraza 0-2, K
Let’s Go Mets!