Game Preview: Pirates vs Mets

Let’s Try That Again!

The Mets and Pirates were supposed to start a four game series last night but mother nature had other plans with storms that flooded large portions of the New York metro area. Those storms continued this morning with Tropical Storm Elsa impacting the same places. Assuming that the fields dry out tonight, the Mets should be able to welcome the Pirates into Queens.

One good thing that came from yesterday’s postponement – Brandon Nimmo got an extra day to rest his shoulder. (Although the downside is the double header on Saturday now prevents the Mets having from having all their regulars play for both games).

Taijuan Walker, who should be an All-Star, will start things off for the Mets today. Walker has made 15 starts and pitched 85.0 innings this year with a 2.44 ERA, 3.06 FIP, 1.012 WHIP and a 157 ERA+. He’s coming off of a start against the Yankees where he allowed 2 runs over 5.2 innings from 2 hits and 2 walks. There is only member of the Pirates who has seen Walker in a major league game, Adam Frazier. Frazier is 1-4 against Walker.

The Mets bats will get a look at JT Brubaker today. Over 15 starts and 83.2 innings he has a 4.09 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 1.135 WHIP and a 100 ERA+. He’s coming off of a rough start against the Brewers where he allowed 5 runs over 6.0 innings and in his last two starts he has allowed 8 runs from 12 hits over 12.0 innings. Homers have been a weak point for JT in his last three starts allowing 6 of the 16 he’s allowed on the season. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • James McCann 2-2, 2 HR
  • Francisco Lindor 0-3, 2 BB
  • Billy McKinney 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Pirates vs Mets

Did you miss seeing the Mets play the Pirates last year and most of this year? Get ready for Pirate overload – the Mets play their next 7 games against the Pirates. The two teams will get to know each other well through a 4 game set in Queens starting today and then a three game set in Pittsburgh after the All-Star Break. The next time the Mets play a team with a different name will be on July 19th!

Another way to look at it – the Mets are in the midst of the NL Central experience. They are coming off of a split double header and a series win against the Brewers, they have 7 straight games against the Pirates on deck and then after that they take on the Reds.

Taijuan Walker, who should be an All-Star, will start things off for the Mets today. Walker has made 15 starts and pitched 85.0 innings this year with a 2.44 ERA, 3.06 FIP, 1.012 WHIP and a 157 ERA+. He’s coming off of a start against the Yankees where he allowed 2 runs over 5.2 innings from 2 hits and 2 walks. There is only member of the Pirates who has seen Walker in a major league game, Adam Frazier. Frazier is 1-4 against Walker.

The Mets bats will get a look at JT Brubaker today. Over 15 starts and 83.2 innings he has a 4.09 ERA, 4.62 FIP, 1.135 WHIP and a 100 ERA+. He’s coming off of a rough start against the Brewers where he allowed 5 runs over 6.0 innings and in his last two starts he has allowed 8 runs from 12 hits over 12.0 innings. Homers have been a weak point for JT in his last three starts allowing 6 of the 16 he’s allowed on the season. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • James McCann 2-2, 2 HR
  • Francisco Lindor 0-3, 2 BB
  • Billy McKinney 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets, Game 2

The Mets and Brewers conclude their series tonight with a 7 inning night cap. Injuries continue for the Mets who last week lost both David Peterson and Sean Reid-Foley due to injury. Yesterday the Mets announced that Corey Oswalt, who was pitching great for the Mets, had knee inflammation and was heading to the IL, being replaced by Robert Stock who (at the time of writing this article) is the probable starter for the Mets.

You probably remember Robert Stock from his start against the Mets and Jacob deGrom in the middle of June. The Mets tagged him for 5 runs from 4 hits and 6 walks over 4.0 innings in a game that deGrom left due to injury. He has made two starts in Syracuse as a Met with a 4.15 ERA over 8.2 innings, which is at the same level as his 4.12 ERA over 19.2 innings with the Cubs Triple A team earlier this year. In an earlier article before his June 16th start against the Mets, we noted how he has a sense of humor – interacting with fans on Twitter and sporting a Twitter profile picture that uses MS paint to show his current team. He throws upper 90’s and into the 100’s with a fastball that he struggles to control. The Mets need arms right now – here’s hoping they can count on his tonight.

The Mets bats draw Brett Anderson tonight who has made 12 starts and pitched 48.0 innings this year with a 4.69 ERA, 4.83 FIP, 1.458 WHIP and an 88 ERA+. He had his best start of the season on June 15th where he allowed 1 hit and a walk over with no runs over 7.0 innings against the Brewers. He followed that up with a 1.1 inning performance in Arizona where he allowed 3 runs from 5 hits. In the month of June, including that excellent start, he has a 5.74 ERA over 4 starts and 15.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Jose Peraza 4-4, BB
  • Kevin Pillar 3-6, 2 2B
  • Jonathan Villar 3-16, HR, 3 K
  • Francisco Lindor 2-9, 2B, K
  • Billy McKinney 0-1
  • James McCann 0-9, 2 K

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets, Game 1

The Mets and Brewers play two today because the weather didn’t cooperate last night at Citi Field. About 2.5 hours after the scheduled start to the game, the Mets decided they wouldn’t be able to get last night’s game in and called it off. This sets the Mets up for a series of decisions with regards to Jacob deGrom. Depending on how today’s game goes – should he pitch on short rest on Sunday? If deGrom doesn’t pitch on Sunday on short rest, should he pitch in the All-Star game this week?

Let’s just focus on today right now.

Jacob, now a 4-time All Star, has pitched 14 games and 85.0 innings with a 0.95 ERA, 0.99 FIP, 0.541 WHIP, and a 402 ERA+. He leads the league in ERA, FIP, WHIP, ERA+, H/9, HR/9, BB/9, K/9 and K/BB. Go look at his Baseball Reference page with all the bold, italics stats, its super impressive. Jacob is coming off a rough game that would be a good game for anyone else where he allowed 3 runs off 5 hits and no walks in 7.0 innings while striking out 14 batters. All the runs came in the first inning. The Brewers have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Christian Yelich 15-34, 2 2B, 3 BB, 6 K, 5 SB
  • Manny Pina 2-6, 2B, K
  • Willy Adames 1-6, HR, 4 K
  • Daniel Robertson 1-3, K
  • Jace Peterson 5-21, 2 2B, BB, 5 K
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. 1-8, 5 K
  • Luis Urias 0-3

The Mets bats will face another All-Star from the Brewers today – Corbin Burnes. In 14 games and 82.0 innings, Burnes has a 2.41 ERA, 1.44 FIP, 0.902 WHIP and a 170 ERA+. In his last two starts he has allowed 2 runs from 7 hits and 3 walks from 13.1 innings. In the two starts before that he allowed 8 runs, 7 earned, from 9.1 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Burnes:

  • Jose Peraza 1-1
  • Pete Alonso 1-1
  • Kevin Pillar 0-2
  • Francisco Lindor 0-3, K
  • Jeff McNeil 0-1
  • Michael Conforto 0-1
  • James McCann 0-1

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets

Update: Game Postponed.

Last night a rookie Tylor Megill took on one of the best pitchers in the National League, Woodruff. On paper the game was an uphill battle for the Mets but they did it! The Mets increased their division lead to four games, with the Braves leapfrogging the Nationals by half a game as the Mets inch closer to the All-Star game.

And the Mets look to take the series from the Brewers behind Jacob deGrom. Jacob, now a 4-time All Star, has pitched 14 games and 85.0 innings with a 0.95 ERA, 0.99 FIP, 0.541 WHIP, and a 402 ERA+. He leads the league in ERA, FIP, WHIP, ERA+, H/9, HR/9, BB/9, K/9 and K/BB. Go look at his Baseball Reference page with all the bold, italics stats, its super impressive. Jacob is coming off a rough game that would be a good game for anyone else where he allowed 3 runs off 5 hits and no walks in 7.0 innings while striking out 14 batters. All the runs came in the first inning. The Brewers have the following numbers against deGrom:

  • Christian Yelich 15-34, 2 2B, 3 BB, 6 K, 5 SB
  • Manny Pina 2-6, 2B, K
  • Willy Adames 1-6, HR, 4 K
  • Daniel Robertson 1-3, K
  • Jace Peterson 5-21, 2 2B, BB, 5 K
  • Jackie Bradley Jr. 1-8, 5 K
  • Luis Urias 0-3

The Mets bats draw Brett Anderson tonight who has made 12 starts and pitched 48.0 innings this year with a 4.69 ERA, 4.83 FIP, 1.458 WHIP and an 88 ERA+. He had his best start of the season on June 15th where he allowed 1 hit and a walk over with no runs over 7.0 innings against the Brewers. He followed that up with a 1.1 inning performance in Arizona where he allowed 3 runs from 5 hits. In the month of June, including that excellent start, he has a 5.74 ERA over 4 starts and 15.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Jose Peraza 4-4, BB
  • Kevin Pillar 3-6, 2 2B
  • Jonathan Villar 3-16, HR, 3 K
  • Francisco Lindor 2-9, 2B, K
  • Billy McKinney 0-1
  • James McCann 0-9, 2 K

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Brewers vs Mets

The Mets return to Citi Field tonight and face a surging Brewers ball club that had an 11-game win streak snapped yesterday. The Mets enter play today with a 3.5 lead over the Braves who regained second in the division. Goal: Keep the division lead through the All-Star Break.

The Mets came back in the first game yesterday, tying it in the 7th before erupting to score 5 more runs to win 10-5. The second game didn’t go as well, the Mets lost 4-2, but still took the series. Even in that game there were some positive signs – Oswalt was able to toss 4.0 innings, Alonso hit his second homer of the day, Miguel Castro allowed no hits and no walks in 0.2 innings. The Mets will need all the momentum they can find as they take on Brandon Woodruff, All-Star, tonight.

Tylor Megill gets the start for the Mets. He was bumped from yesterday’s game so the Mets can get him in a traditional 9-inning game as the team navigates life with another starting pitcher injury (Peterson). In his first two games and 9.1 innings, he has allowed 5 runs from 8 hits and 4 walks while striking out 12. He has also already allowed two homers. He allowed more runs in his second start than his first, but was able to get a bit deeper into the game. This will be his first time facing the Brewers.

Brandon Woodruff has made 16 starts and pitched 101.1 innings this year with a 1.87 ERA, 2.79 FIP, 0.782 WHIP and a 219 ERA+. Last night he was named to his second All-Star game, his first was in 2019. Woodruff has allowed 2 runs in his last two starts and 13.0 innings from 7 hits and 5 walks while striking out 17 batters. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Brandon Nimmo 2-3, BB
  • Pete Alonso 3-6, K
  • Jeff McNeil 2-5, K
  • Michael Conforto 1-3, BB, K
  • Francisco Lindor 0-1, BB
  • Jose Peraza 1-5

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets vs Yankees, Game 2

Happy Independence Day!

Due to the holiday today – I am writing today’s game preview before the Mets play game 1 and officially name their starter. Originally Tylor Megill was going to pitch for the Mets tonight and the Yankees starter was TBA. After the postponement on Friday the Mets elected to push Megill to Monday. As of right now the game is listed as TBA vs Nestor Cortes, which is the pitching match up I’m sure ESPN was hoping for on a nationally televised game.

Mets beat writers were reporting last night that they expect Corey Oswalt to get the start for the Mets today. Depending on bullpen usage in the first game, I think Oswalt, Reid-Foley and Loup are all options for considerable chunks of work today. Anyone not getting work will surely see it on Monday.

In 2 games and 6.1 innings this season, Corey Oswalt has allowed only one run from 8 hits and a walk while striking out 6. He pitched 4.0 scoreless innings in his last outing against the Phillies, reaching 52 pitches. Before getting called up, he had a 4.15 ERA over 6 games and 13.0 innings in Syracuse. If he is the starter this afternoon, 4.0 innings from Oswalt would go a long way.

Aaron Loup is the odd name on this list, and the most likely to be used in the first game if needed. Loup has been tremendous this year for the Mets, pitching 23.2 innings over 27 games with a 1.52 ERA, 1.22 FIP, 0.972 WHIP and a 255 ERA+. Almost all of his outings are one inning or less but he went the extra mile for the Mets back on June 22nd when Marcus Stroman got injured. He pitched 3.0 innings of scoreless baseball, tossing 40 pitches. If he has to go that long again, he won’t be available for a few days, given the Mets schedule right now they will probably want to avoid that.

The final candidate is Sean Reid-Foley. In 20.2 innings over 12 games he has a 5.23 ERA, 3.84 FIP, 1.500 WHIP and 74 ERA+. He hasn’t pitched since his terrible outing on June 30th where he allowed 5 runs, 3 earned, while only getting one batter out. This year he’s had two terrible outings, both in June. Between those two outings he allowed 10 of the 15 runs he’s allowed on the season.

The Yankees will be sending out Nestor Cortes Jr., making his first start in 2021 and his third career start overall. This year for the Yankees he has pitched 17.2 innings, allowing 3 runs, 2 earned, from 11 hits and 8 walks. He owns a 1.02 ERA, 1.69 FIP, 1.075 WHIP and a 429 ERA+. This has been a career year for him (his last full season, 2019, he pitched 66.2 innings with a 5.67 ERA). Nestor has the ability to go long, throwing 65 pitches twice this year and going 3.0+ innings three times this year. All of the runs he has allowed this year have come in games where he has pitched 3.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Billy McKinney 1-2, HR, K
  • Francisco Lindor 1-3, HR, K
  • Dominic Smith 0-1
  • James McCann 0-2, 2 K

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Yankees, Game 1

The Mets won yesterday and the Nationals lost. In a schedule oddity today, the Nationals will play another game and probably finish it before the Mets play either game in their double header. (Side note: I feel bad for Dodgers fans today – their team is playing at 11 AM eastern time).

Anyway, the Mets are coming off of a great game yesterday where Taijuan Walker brought a no-hitter into the 6th inning and the Mets offense exploded for 8 runs on 14 hits. Now the Mets will try to take the series in the marquee pitching matchup of the weekend: Stroman vs Cole.

Marcus Stroman has pitched in 16 games and 88.1 innings with a 2.45 ERA, 3.60 FIP, 1.109 WHIP and a 157 ERA+. His last start was his first one coming back from injury and it was a bit rough. He allowed 5 runs and walked 3 batters, leading to 4 runs, 2 earned over 3.0 innings. Stroman has been great in double header shortened games this year, going 6 scoreless innings twice, and one outing where defensive mistakes led to 4 runs, but only 2 earned, over 5 innings. The Yankees have the following numbers against Stroman:

  • Aaron Judge 8-18, 4 HR, 4 BB, 4 K
  • Luke Voit 2-3, K
  • Gleyber Torres 2-5, 2 2B, 2 K
  • Miguel Andujar 3-7, 2 2B, K
  • Gio Urshela 3-6
  • Brett Gardner 12-45, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 5 K
  • Giancarlo Stanton 1-6, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Gary Sanchez 2-10, BB, 4 K

The Mets bats will try to pick up where they left of yesterday against Gerrit Cole. In 16 starts and 101.2 innings he has a 2.66 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 0.905 WHIP and 162 ERA+. In the month of June he allowed 17 runs, 16 earned, over 31.0 innings which is a 4.65 ERA. He started the month off allowing 5 runs over 5.0 innings and ended the month allowing 6 runs, 5 earned, over 5.0 innings. He allowed exactly 2 runs in each of his other starts in the month of June. Cole has also been surrounded by controversy around the sticky substances and he is constantly compared to Jacob deGrom. Who knows how either of those storylines will have any sort of impact on his pitching tonight. Very few Mets have see Cole in a major league game:

  • James McCann 5-13, 3 2B, HR, BB, 3 K
  • Michael Conforto 2-6, HR, K
  • Kevin Pillar 1-2, K
  • Jose Peraza 3-8, K
  • Francisco Lindor 1-10, BB, 2 K
  • Albert Almora Jr. 0-4

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Yankees

Let’s try that again!

The Mets and Yankees open up the Subway Series this afternoon after last night’s wash out. Yesterday’s game will be made up as part of a split double header tomorrow. The Mets and Yankees will both roll out the same pitching matchup this afternoon as originally scheduled for yesterday.

The surprise day off for the Mets comes as a bunch of players yesterday returned. Marcus Stroman came off the bereavement list, Brandon Nimmo was activated, Familia was ready to go and Nido was with the team. Although the double header tomorrow makes the week more compact, the Mets need every day possible right now to get healthier. Also the Dodgers beat the Nationals last night which helps keep the pressure off.

Taijuan Walker looks to make the Mets forget about Thursday’s almost comeback. He has made 14 starts and pitched 79.1 innings this year with a 2.38 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 1.034 WHIP and a 161 ERA+. Walker is coming off a good game against the Phillies where he pitched 5.0 innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Walker faced the Yankees last year in back to back starts. in the first start he allowed 2 hits and walked 5 batters, but no one scored over 4.0 innings. In the second start he allowed 6 hits in 1.2 innings leading to 1 earned run and 7 unearned runs. The Yankees have the following numbers against Walker:

  • Gio Urshela 1-1, 2B
  • Miguel Andujar 2-2, 2B
  • Giancarlo Stanton 2-4, 2B, HR
  • Tyler Wade 1-1, 2 BB
  • Luke Voit 2-5, HR, K
  • Rougned Odor 6-13, HR, 2 K
  • DJ. LeMahieu 6-21, 2B, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Gleyber Torres 0-1, BB
  • Brett Gardner 1-5, K
  • Gary Sanchez 0-5, BB, K

The Mets bats will get a look at Jordan Montgomery today. Over 15 starts and 82.0 innings he has a 4.06 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 1.207 WHIP with a 106 ERA+. June has been interesting – he has a 3.77 ERA over 28.2 innings, allowing 15 runs, 12 earned over 28.2 innings. One of those starts was great, one was bad, two were average and one there were some errors behind him. When facing the Mets last year he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • James McCann 1-2, HR
  • Billy McKinney 1-1
  • Francisco Lindor 2-5, 2B, 2 K
  • Michael Conforto 1-3, K
  • Dominic Smith 0-2
  • Jose Peraza 1-5
  • Kevin Pillar 2-11, 3 K
  • Jeff McNeil 0-3, K
  • Pete Alonso 0-2, 2 K

Let’s Go Mets!

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Game Preview: Mets @ Yankees

The Mets look to start anew tonight against the Yankees. Last night was the first time deGrom looked human all year, allowing 3 runs in the first inning, then he returned to his normal dominating status. The Mets would tie the game in the 9th inning, but then give it back to the Braves in the bottom frame.

Taijuan Walker looks to make the Mets forget about last night’s almost comeback. He has made 14 starts and pitched 79.1 innings this year with a 2.38 ERA, 2.93 FIP, 1.034 WHIP and a 161 ERA+. Walker is coming off a good game against the Phillies where he pitched 5.0 innings, allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Walker faced the Yankees last year in back to back starts. in the first start he allowed 2 hits and walked 5 batters, but no one scored over 4.0 innings. In the second start he allowed 6 hits in 1.2 innings leading to 1 earned run and 7 unearned runs. The Yankees have the following numbers against Walker:

  • Gio Urshela 1-1, 2B
  • Miguel Andujar 2-2, 2B
  • Giancarlo Stanton 2-4, 2B, HR
  • Tyler Wade 1-1, 2 BB
  • Luke Voit 2-5, HR, K
  • Rougned Odor 6-13, HR, 2 K
  • DJ. LeMahieu 6-21, 2B, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Gleyber Torres 0-1, BB
  • Brett Gardner 1-5, K
  • Gary Sanchez 0-5, BB, K

The Mets bats will get a look at Jordan Montgomery tonight. Over 15 starts and 82.0 innings he has a 4.06 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 1.207 WHIP with a 106 ERA+. June has been interesting – he has a 3.77 ERA over 28.2 innings, allowing 15 runs, 12 earned over 28.2 innings. One of those starts was great, one was bad, two were average and one there were some errors behind him. When facing the Mets last year he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned over 5.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • James McCann 1-2, HR
  • Billy McKinney 1-1
  • Francisco Lindor 2-5, 2B, 2 K
  • Michael Conforto 1-3, K
  • Dominic Smith 0-2
  • Jose Peraza 1-5
  • Kevin Pillar 2-11, 3 K
  • Jeff McNeil 0-3, K
  • Pete Alonso 0-2, 2 K

Let’s Go Mets!

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