Sunday’s Pitching Preview (8/1)

The 55-48 New York Mets will play the last game of a three-game set against the 55-50 Cincinnati Reds. The Mets have split the series till now and look to take the rubber match on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets plan to send veteran right-hander Marcus Stroman to the mound, making his 22nd appearance of the year. The Medford, New York native is 7-9 and owns a 2.63 ERA while having struck out 97 batters in 116.1 innings pitched.

In his last outing, Stroman pitched five innings and gave up two runs while allowing eight hits and a walk in a losing effort against the Braves.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 25-year old rookie right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez on the mound. In his last start, Gutierrez earned a victory against the Cubs as he tossed 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits as well as walking three.

Gutierrez, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.75 ERA while owning a 5-3 record. The Havana, Cuba native has also struck out 42 batters in 60.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/30)

The 54-47 New York Mets will play the first game of a three-game set against the 54-49 Cincinnati Reds. The Mets lost the last series to the Braves, and as we approach August, the Mets must stay on track and maintain first place in the standings.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Carlos Carrasco to the hill, making his much anticipated debut for the Orange and Blue. The Barquisimeto, Venezuela native was 3-4 last season and sported a 2.91 ERA throughout 68 innings pitched.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 31-year old right-hander Sonny Gray on the mound, a former first round pick of the Oakland Athletics back in 2011. In his last start, Gray didn’t fare too well as he only pitched 3.1 innings while giving up eight runs on eight hits.

Gray, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.50 ERA and owning an ugly 2-6 record. The Smyrna, Tennessee native has also struck out 89 batters in 70.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Thursday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/29)

The 54-46 New York Mets will play the first game of a three-game set against the 50-52 -Atlanta Braves. So far, both teams are even this series with the rubber match on Thursday afternoon.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Taijuan Walker to the hill, making his 19th appearance of the 2021 season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 7-4 with a 3.43 ERA and has 90 K’s in 94.1 innings pitched.

Walker’s last outing came against the Blue Jays back at Citi Field, and got shelled. He went on to throw just 4.0 innings as he gave up six runs on eight hits and struck out one. That makes back to back poor outings for Walker, and has an ERA of almost six in his last seven games pitched.

The Atlanta Braves will have 32-year old lefty Drew Smyly on the mound, a former second round pick with the Detroit Tigers back in 2010. In his last start, Smyly pitched well however only went 4.0 innings and didn’t give up any runs. The veteran left-hander did walk three as well as give up three hits while also striking out three.

Smyly, so far is having a decent season, pitching to a 4.30 ERA but owning an impressive 7-3 record. The Little Rock, Arkansas native has also struck out 77 batters in 88.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on MLB Network.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/28)

The 50-43 New York Mets will play the first game of a three-game set against the 48-44 Toronto Blue Jays. After taking the series (2-1) against the Reds at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets look to take two of three here at home as well.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Tyler Megill to the hill, making his seventh appearance of the season. The Long Beach, California native is 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA and has 33 K’s in 30.0 innings pitched.

Megill’s last outing came against the Blue Jays back at Citi Field, and was a gem. He went on to throw 6.0 scoreless innings as he gave up just two hits and and struck out five. That makes back to back scoreless appearances for Megill, only haven given up 1 run in the last 19.2 innings pitched.

The Atlanta Braves will have 30-year old lefty Max Fried on the mound, a former first round pick with the Padres. In his last start, Fried picked up his 6th loss by pitching five innings against the Texas Rangers while giving up four earned runs.

Fried, so far is having a average season, pitching to a 4.46 ERA but owning an impressive 7-6 record. The Santa Monica, California native has also struck out 85 batters in 84.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on WPIX.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/27)

The 53-45 New York Mets will play the third game of a five -game set against the 49-51 Atlanta Braves. After splitting Monday’s doubleheader, the Mets look to put some more distance between the two teams.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Jerad Eickhoff to the hill, making his fifth appearance of the season. The Evansville, Indians native is 0-1 with a 4.96 ERA and has 9 K’s in 16.1 innings pitched.

The Atlanta Braves will have 37-year old righty Charlie Morton on the mound, a former third round pick with the Braves back in 2002. In his last start, Morton picked up his 9th win by pitching six innings while giving up two runs and striking out eight against the Philadelphia Phillies

Morton, so far is having a good season, pitching to a 3.65 ERA but owning an impressive 9-3 record. The Flemington, New Jersey native has also struck out 130 batters in 111.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/23)

The 50-43 New York Mets will play the first game of a three-game set against the 48-44 Toronto Blue Jays. After taking the series (2-1) against the Reds at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets look to take two of three here at home as well.

Friday’s contest will feature a couple pitchers that have been decent, so far. The Mets plan to send right-hander Tyler Megill to the hill, making his sixth appearance of the season. The Long Beach, California native is 0-0 with a 2.63 ERA and has 28 K’s in 24.0 innings pitched.

Megill’s last outing came against the Pirates back at PNC Ballpark in Pittsburgh, and was a gem. He went on to throw 6.0 scoreless innings as he gave up six hits and and struck out two. A great bounce back from the righty, as his last start (Also against the Pirates) was shortened to just 3.2 innings.

The Toronto Blue Jays will have 30-year old lefty and familiar face Steven Matz on the mound, a former second round pick with the Mets. In his last start, Matz picked up his 8th win by pitching five scoreless innings against the Texas Rangers while striking out two.

Matz, so far is having a average season, pitching to a 4.43 ERA but owning an impressive 8-4 record. The Stony Brook, New York native has also struck out 84 batters in 81.1 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 7/21

The 49-43 New York Mets will play the last of a three-game set against the 49-46 Cincinnati Reds. After splitting the first two games, the Mets look to take the rubber match against this scrappy Cincinnati club.

This afternoon’s contest will feature Long Island native Marcus Stroman on the hill. Stroman owns a 6-8 record and has pitched to a 2.79 ERA in 103.1 innings. In his last seven however, he’s struggled a bit as he’s been pitching to a 3.62 ERA with a 1-2 record during that stretch.

Stroman picked up the loss in his last out but did pitch well. The right-hander tossed five innings while giving up two runs on on eight hits against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 23-year old, Latham, New York local Jeff Hoffman on the mound, a former first round pick (9th Overall) of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014 draft. In his last start, Anderson pitched 1.1 innings while giving up two runs on five walks and two hits in a loss against the Washington Nationals.

Hoffman, so far is having an mediocre season, pitching to a 4.61 ERA while owning a 3-4 record. The right-hander has also struck out 39 batters in 41.0 innings pitched, so far this season. In his career, Hoffman owns a 13-20 record to go alongside a 6.13 ERA in 78 games.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on MLB Network.

Thursday’s Pitching Preview 7/1

The 41-35 New York Mets will play the last of a three-game set against the 38-41 Atlanta Braves. After losing Wednesday’s contest in a blowout (20-2) at Citi, the Mets look to take the series on the finale.

Tonight’s contest will feature a two-time Cy Young and a Hall of Fame’r in the making. Jacob deGrom will hit the hill for the Mets, looking to improve his 7-2 record as well as his immaculate 0.69 ERA.

deGrom’s last outing came against the Phillies back at Citi Field, and was solid. He went on to throw 6.0 innings as he only gave up two runs on three hits and one walk. He also struck out five, increasing his season totals to 122 in 78.0 innings pitched.

The Atlanta Braves will have 23-year old local Ian Anderson on the mound, a former first round pick (3rd Overall) of the Braves in the 2016 draft. In his last start, Anderson pitched six innings while giving up three runs in a loss against the Cincinnati Reds.

Anderson, so far is having an above average season, pitching to a 3.42 ERA while owning a 5-4 record. The Rexford, New York native has also struck out 88 batters in 81.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:20 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Saturday’s Pitching Preview (Game 1) 6/19

The 35-27 New York Mets will play the second of a four-game set against the 31-35 Washington Nationals. After winning the series (3-1) against the Cubs at Citi, the Mets lost the opener to the Nationals down in Washington.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple starting pitchers that possess losing records. The Mets plan to send left-hander David Peterson to the hill, making his 13th appearance of the season. The Denver, Colorado native is 2-5 with a 5.60 ERA and 56 K’s in 53.0 innings pitched.

Peterson’s last outing came against the Cubs back at Citi Field, and was a gem. He went on to throw 6.0 scoreless innings as he only gave up one hit and two walks. A great bounce back from the lefty, as his last couple of starts before that were short.

The Washington Nationals will have 28-year old righty Joe Ross on the mound, a former first round pick with the San Diego Padres. In his last start, Ross pitched eight scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants while striking out nine and also picking up his third win of the year.

Ross, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.19 ERA while owning a 3-6 record. The Berkeley, California native has also struck out 60 batters in 62.1 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on WPIX.

Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/18

The 35-26 New York Mets will play the first of a three-game set against the 30-35 Washington Nationals. After winning the series (3-1) against the Cubs at Citi, the Mets look to open the home stand against their division rivals with a bang.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of 28-year old pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the Joey Lucchesi to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Newark, California native is 1-4 with a 5.18 ERA and 36 K’s in 33.0 innings pitched.

Lucchesi’s last outing came against his former club, the Padres in San Diego and pitcher tossed five innings of one-run ball, but having to settle for the no decision. In the outing, Lucchesi was able to fan down six.

Besides a little injury, Jonathan Villar has been super solid for the Mets. Earlier when the Mets signed him, I thought it was a mistake and even wrote about it. However, I can easily say I was wrong. In his last seven games, Villar has hit .308/.400/.577 with a home run, a run batted in, as well as a stolen base.

The Washington Nationals will have 28-year old righty Erik Fedde on the mound, a former first round pick with the Washington. In his last start, Fedde pitched five scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants while also picking up his fourth win of the year.

Fedde, so far is having a good season, pitching to a 3.86 ERA while owning a 4-4 record. The Las Vegas, Nevada native has also struck out 43 batters in 44.1 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.