Another one bites the dust…

In order to make room for today’s starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, the Mets have Designated outfielder Carlos Gomez for assignment.

Gomez had a .616 OPS and a .198 batting average while hitting 3 home runs, driving in 10 runs and also stealing 4 bases in 86 at-bats.

Monday Night Lineup: Mets vs Phillies

  1. Jeff McNeil – RF
  2. Pete Alonso – 1B
  3. Robinson Canó – 2B
  4. Michael Conforto – CF
  5. Todd Frazier – 3B
  6. Dominic Smith – LF
  7. Wilson Ramos – C
  8. Amed Rosario – SS
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

After an absolutely insane day on Sunday (and I’m talking about after any baseball is actually being played here), the Mets head out back to the East Coast starting in Philadelphia in where we take on the Phillies in a four-game set. The Phillies are currently 39-38 but are 1-9 in their last 10 games while they sit 6.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the division lead.

Steven Matz will take the bump for the Orange & Blue, and cot damn it, he better not have an outing like he did the last time he was out in Philadelphia. On April , 18th during his fourth outing of the season, Matz gave up 8 runs without even recording an out before he was removed from the game.

However, luckily through hard work, Matz was able to turn himself into one of the more consistently good pitchers on the New York Mets staff. The Stony Brook, New York native is currently 5-5 with a 4.28 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 14 starts and 73.2 innings pitched.

The Mets’ second round pick of the 2009 draft has struck out 74 batters while opponents are hitting .261 so far during the season. After last nights clubhouse debacle, this is a great opportunity for Matzy to go out there and take part in a turnaround. Considering the Mets and Cubs just split the series, they don’t exactly have to start a great run from scratch, although for some fans it may feel differently.

Zach Eflin, a native of Orlando, Florida will square off against the Mets offense for the second time this season. On April 23rd, Eflin or “Ef” picked up the loss or “L” as he went four innings, giving up 6 runs on 10 base hits.

The Phillies right hander is currently 6-7, an ERA of 2.83, 1.29 WHIP, with 73 strikeouts in 83 innings going into his 15th start on Monday.

Now all we have to do is figure out if Mickey Callaway just managed his final Mets game while donning the Orange & Blue. Personally, I was happy to see Callaway get the job prior to the 2018 season. However, his bullpen utilization is quite questionable, especially when you consider he was a successful pitching coach with a strong pitching staff.

Wednesday Night Lineup: Mets vs Braves

  1. McNeil 2B
  2. Alonso 1B
  3. Conforto RF
  4. J.D. Davis LF
  5. Frazier 3B
  6. Ramos C
  7. Rosario SS
  8. Lagares CF
  9. Matz LHP

Both New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves will send a lefty to the hill to try and secure the series victory. The Mets will send one of their more consistent pitchers to the mound in Steven Matz. In fact, Matz has pitched exactly six innings in each one of his last five outings, owning a 3.90 ERA and 34 strikeouts over a 30 inning stretch.

Overall, the 26 year old Matz is currently 5-4 with a 3.93 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 72 strikeouts throughout 68.2 innings pitched and 13 starts.

The Braves will send a struggling Max Fried to the bump, over his past four starts, Fried has an ERA of 7.52 and is allowing opponents to reach base at a .418 clip. Overall, the lefty is 7-3 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, with 70 strikeouts in 76.2 innings pitched and 16 starts.

Premature Panic City

By Gino Gallo,

How many times are we going to immediately rush to fire Callaway after losing the first game of a series. It’s getting incredibly ridiculous. Mickey Callaway is not the best manager in baseball. In fact, Mickey Callaway is probably closer to the bottom of the list. However look at what happens when the Players produce…

Vargas throws a complete game shut out, Matz pitches extremely well, Noah Pitches immaculately on Sunday. Guess what? We win all those games, handily.

Alonso and Frazier chip in with plenty of production, as well as Rosario and McNeil. I wonder what will happen to this team if the players actually produce.

Did I say I wonder? I’m sorry, I know 100% what will happen if the players produce. This team is a force to be reckoned with, especially when the starting pitching is firing on all cylinders. That looks to be the trend and you should all be extremely confident if deGrom and Noah begin to roll, this team will not just compete, but win!

In previous articles I’ve stated a few things. I said the Nationals were overrated. I said Amed Rosario would hit and blossom this year, and finally I said this team would be a playoff team. Two of these predictions have come to fruition. The third one will as well.

Get ready for a split with the Yankees and then a tremendous run completely predicated on the prowess of our starters! You heard it here first at Mets Junkies. A storm is coming, Alonso, Conforto, McNeil, Rosario and company will bring the thunder, and our rotation will strike with unrelenting lightening… Here we go!

Saturday Night Lineup: Rockies vs Mets

  1. McNeil 2B
  2. Alonso 1B
  3. D. Smith LF
  4. Conforto RF
  5. Ramos C
  6. Frazier 3B
  7. Rosario SS
  8. Gomez CF
  9. Matz LHP

The Mets will try and avoid losing the series to the Colorado Rockies on Saturday afternoon as the Rockies send right hander Jonathan Gray to the hill. Gray is 5-4 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 75 strikeouts over 72.1 innings.

The Mets will have Steven Matz on the mound and he’ll be looking to bounce back from a rough start against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. The Long Island, New York native Matz owns a 4-4 record alongside a 3.97 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and 56 strikeouts over 56.2 innings so far in the 2019 campaign.

Wednesday Night’s Lineup: Mets vs Dodgers

  1. Rosario SS
  2. D. Smith LF
  3. Alonso 1B
  4. Conforto RF
  5. Ramos C
  6. Frazier 3B
  7. Gomez CF
  8. Hechavarría 2B
  9. Syndergaard RHP

When Mickey Callaway was asked about Noah Syndergaard’s struggles, the New York Mets manager said that his struggles are due to his mechanics on the mound. The Texas born right hander Syndergaard himself referenced it as a mental issue according to MLB.com (I still think the seems of the baseballs are harder to grip this season). Last time out on May 24h, Noah pitched 5.1 innings and allowed 6 runs to the lowly Detroit Tigers. Syndergaard owns a win/loss record of 3-4 with an ERA of 4.93 and has an ERA of 5.02 in his last 9 starts.

Walker Buehler has been having a better than good year for the Los Angeles Dodgers and has been great in his past 3 starts. He’s allowed two runs over his last 19 innings while only walking two and striking out 20. Overall, Buehler has a 3.58 ERA and a 5-1 record in his 2019 campaign.

MetsJunkies Sunday Afternoon Lineup vs Tigers

    Rosario SS
    D. Smith 1B
    Conforto RF
    Ramos C
    Frazier 3B
    Gómez LF
    Hechavarría 2B
    Lagares CF
    Wheeler RHP

The Detroit Tigers will send right hander Spencer Turnbull to the mound in Sunday afternoon’s matchup. Turnbull is 2-3 with a 2.68 ERA and has accumulated 54 strikeouts this season.

The Mets will have Zack Wheeler on the hill, today. This will be Wheeler’s first career start against the Detroit Tigers and will look to take the series in the process. Wheeler is 3-3 with a 4.74 ERA and has 70 strikeouts to date.

Saturday Afternoon Lineup vs Tigers

    Amed Rosario – SS
    J.D. Davis – LF
    Pete Alonso – 1B
    Wilson Ramos – C
    Carlos Gómez – CF
    Todd Frazier – 3B
    Aaron Altherr – RF
    Adeiny Hechavarría – 2B
    Jason Vargas – LHP

The Detroit Tigers will send Ryan Carpenter to the mound this afternoon, the lefty has only made 2 starts and has an ERA of 13.00 and 7 strikeouts over 9 innings. Carpenter was 1-4 with a 4.15 ERA in 7 starts with the Toledo Mud Hens of Triple A.

Jason Vargas is returning to the Mets rotation after a 3-week absence after rehabbing a strained left hamstring. Vargas look to continue the roll he was on before he hit the injured list, he had a 3.00 ERA and nearly a strikeout per inning in his four starts prior. Vargas is 1-2 with a 5.92 ERA so far in the 2019 campaign.

MetsJunkies Friday Night Lineup vs Tigers

    Rosario SS
    J.D. Davis LF
    Frazier 3B
    Alonso 1B
    Ramos C
    Gomez CF
    R. Davis RF
    Hechavarría 2B
    Syndergaard RHP

The Mets will host the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field, at 7:10 PM. The Tigers will send lefty Gregory Sototo he mound to try and stop the Mets 4-game winning streak. Soto is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in 3 games pitched.

As for the Mets, Noah Syndergaard will try to stay in his little groove as he pitched 3 quality starts in the past 4 games pitched, holding a 2.40 ERA during that stretch. Overall, Thor is 3-4 with a 4.50 ERA on the 2019 campaign.

Carlos Gomez: It’s unbelievable, I’m blessed.

Carlos Gomez also had a mult-hit game with a single and a 3-run home run to give the Mets the late lead.

The outfielder had this to say to the reporters at his locker after the game…

“I came back here, in this situation… play the way we are playing right now and a lot of energy. I’m enjoying every single time… I’m enjoying every single moment God gave me the opportunity to play the game that I love.”