Sunday Afternoon Matchup: Pirates vs Mets

After Steven Matz pitched an absolute gem with a complete game shutout that would go on and secure another series victory, four out of their last five, the Pirates and the Mets will meet up early at 1:10 PM to finish things up.

Pittsburgh will be sending right hander Chris Archer to the bump and the once elite-like pitcher has definitely struggled this year while giving up a league leading 24 home runs. Archer has a 3-7 record with a 5.40 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP to go with 112 strikeouts in 96.2 innings.

Jason Vargas could be taking the mound at Citi Field in a Mets uniform for the last time as he tried to help the Mets secure the sweep over the Pirates on Sunday afternoon. Vargas owns a 5-5 record with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP alongside 76 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched.

J.D Davis is coming off a big two-hit game which included a clutch 2-run home run to put the nail in the coffin. The home run was his 10th of the season as well picking up his 12th double in his limited amount of playing time.

Davis has been hitting a scorching hot .381/.435/.619 in his last 42 at-bats and 15 games.

Tuesday Night Lineup: Padres vs Mets

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

After a day off to travel back to the East Coast and New York City, the New York Mets and San Diego Padres will conclude an interesting season series in which began with a mini-war of words between tonight’s starter Chris Paddock and Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso.

After Pete Alonso initially won the Rookie of the Month Award in April, Paddock had some words for the media in which made it sound like that he felt that he deserved the award. To put it short, he sounded jealous.

Now to be honest, I actually like Chris Paddock and his psychopath attitude, I mean, he reminds me of WWE’s The Undertaker mixed with Noah Syndergaard. While I’d obviously never root for him to win during a Mets series, he’s fun to watch and that adds excitement for the youth watching.

Paddock is 6-4 with an ERA of 2.70, a WHIP of 0.87, and has rung up 95 batters in an even 90 innings pitched. However, the 23-year old righty hasn’t been as effective in his last seven games as he owns a 3.72 ERA with 39 strikeouts over a 38.2 inning stretch.

The Mets will send their “Craftsman” lefty to the mound in Jason Vargas. This is going to be an interesting start for veteran because it very well may be his last in a New York Mets uniform. With the trade deadline quickly approaching, Vargas has emerged to be a candidate for trade and I’m quite positive Brodie Van Wagenen is fielding a few offers.

Vargas owns a 4-5 record with a 4.25 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, alongside 68 strikeouts in 82.2 innings pitched. Unfortunately, he has a 5.06 ERA in his last seven games and 37.1 innings pitched.

Tuesday Night Pitching Matchup: Padres vs Mets

After a day off to travel back to the East Coast and New York City, the New York Mets and San Diego Padres will conclude an interesting season series in which began with a mini-war of words between tonight’s starter Chris Paddock and Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso.

After Pete Alonso initially won the Rookie of the Month Award in April, Paddock had some words for the media in which made it sound like that he felt that he deserved the award. To put it short, he sounded jealous.

Now to be honest, I actually like Chris Paddock and his psychopath attitude, I mean, he reminds me of WWE’s The Undertaker mixed with Noah Syndergaard. While I’d obviously never root for him to win during a Mets series, he’s fun to watch and that adds excitement for the youth watching.

Paddock is 6-4 with an ERA of 2.70, a WHIP of 0.87, and has rung up 95 batters in an even 90 innings pitched. However, the 23-year old righty hasn’t been as effective in his last seven games as he owns a 3.72 ERA with 39 strikeouts over a 38.2 inning stretch.

The Mets will send their “Craftsman” lefty to the mound in Jason Vargas. This is going to be an interesting start for veteran because it very well may be his last in a New York Mets uniform. With the trade deadline quickly approaching, Vargas has emerged to be a candidate for trade and I’m quite positive Brodie Van Wagenen is fielding a few offers.

Vargas owns a 4-5 record with a 4.25 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, alongside 68 strikeouts in 82.2 innings pitched. Unfortunately, he has a 5.06 ERA in his last seven games and 37.1 innings pitched.

Trade Deadline Preview for the Mets

By Jacob Yohe,

Zach Wheeler is a rental for whichever team decides to trade for him. He has a lot of value though even with the injury, he is having a good season even though his ERA is 4.69. He can strike out batters and with a good infield again could benefit from a change of scenery. Teams that would most likely be willing to trade for Wheeler would be the Yankees, Rays, Twins, Athletics, those teams make the most sense. Reason being is the Rays and Athletics like rentals and other two can sign him. He just doesn’t make sense for a team like the Brewers who need pitching for next year. If we can net a few good prospects we will be in good shape.

Noah Syndergaard he is under team control till 2021 he is most likely not going to be traded unless the Mets get a really great offer for him that blows them away. But if he were traded, the Astros, Brewers, Yankees, Twins, Padres, Rays all make sense. He can contribute to a playoff team. If we were able to get a big package of prospects that would revamp our farm system. Which is much needed and this way we can start building around some of our other pieces.

Todd Frazier is a rental for whichever team decides to trade for him they will get a veteran with some pop in his bat. Most likely a team would take him as a DH or 3B so I see teams like the Rays, Athletics, Twins as fits not much money and he can be a contributor. We can net a good prospect most likely so it will help us keep our selling deadline going.

Jason Vargas right now is a toss up if someone will take him for how inconsistent he has been the last few seasons but if he is traded most likely all it will be is a salary dump and move on.

Wilson Ramos is a question if the Mets trade him with how bad the defense has been. He hasn’t been the greatest hitter either. If he’s traded, I just don’t see what the purpose would be because we would likely net nothing special. I’d wait and see till next year and hope he improves next year.

If we can net at least 3-4 good prospects out of this deadline it would be a win not a ton of pieces to sell of as of right now. We need to improve somehow for the future because right now the team is very inconsistent and doesn’t have much motivation right now and need pieces for the future. This deadline will interesting to see if anything interesting does go down because we could use some excitement in that farm system. The Future will be interesting to see after this deadline because we need something big.

Friday Night Pitching Matchup: Mets vs Marlins

After four days without any New York Mets baseball, the team will start off the second half of the season down in Miami for a 3-game set.

The Mets will have Jason Vargas start off the second half in an outing that very well maybe a showcase for the deadline. Vargas is 3-4 and is pitching to a 3.77 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, with 63 strikeouts in 73.2 innings pitched.

However since April 19th, Vargas owns a 2.76 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 65.1 innings and 12 starts.

The Miami Marlins will have a southpaw of their own on the hill in Caleb Smith, who went 5 innings against the Mets on April 5th in a no-decision. Smith owns a 4-4 record with a 3.50 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 72 innings.

However over his last 7 outings, Smith has a 5.00 ERA over 36 innings pitched.

Wednesday Night Pitching Matchup: Yankees vs Mets

After taking the first of two games from the Yankees, the Mets will send veteran left handed pitcher Jason Vargas to the mound and try and complete the sweep of the team’s cross town rivals.

Unbelievably, Vargas has pitched in 11 straight outings in which he allowed three earned runs or fewer and has posted a 2.55 ERA during that run. Vargas squared off against the Yankees earlier on in the year and picked up his first career victory over the Bronx Bombers.

Currently, Vargas is 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP with 57 strikeouts in 66.1 innings pitched. He’s 2-1 in his last seven games with a 2.36 ERA over the stretch of 42.0 innings.

The Yankees has a successful Domingo German hitting the hill against the Mets. German is 9-2 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched this season. This will be his first start since June 7th due to being sidelined with a “Hip Flexor Strain”, so the Mets need to capitalize off of the rust.

Wednesday Night’s Players of the Game

Offensive Players of the Game

Jeff McNeil is etching his name in the stone tablets of Mets baseball. He’s a hard nosed player that flat out hits and he hit today going 2-4 with another multi-hit game with 2 RBI’s to go along. The Mets ultimate utility man is now batting .351 and is still currently 2nd in the N.L. Batting Title race.

Dom Smith put up a 3-hit game, going 3-3 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI and is now batting .339 while playing out of position in left field.

Pitcher of the Game

Jason Vargas put out a quality start that the Mets needed. The left handed craftsman pitched 6.1 innings while giving up just two runs on three hits while tying a career high 10 strikeouts and settling in on a 3.66 ERA. He should have walked away with the win, but baseball, man.

Wednesday Night’s Pitching Matchup: Mets vs Phillies

These final two games of the series may be somewhat interesting. Tensions between the Mets and Phillies have existed for decades, and even though players have come and gone, the tension is just as alive as ever.

After a blow-up of an inning, a hits batsman, an ejected manager, it’s might be safe to assume these next two games could get a little buck. I assume if something were to happen, both teams will save it for the last game of the series, in order to avoid 2 straight games of fighting.

Jason Vargas will take the mound for the Mets in the third game of this four-game series. This will be Vargas’ first time pitching since he threatened to knock reporter Tim Healey out in the Mets clubhouse.

Vargas, the veteran lefty, is 3-3 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 47 strikeouts in 60.0 innings pitched. In his last 39.2 innings pitched, the crafty pitcher owns a 2.72 ERA in 7 starts.

Phillies right hander Nick Pivetta is coming off of a rough start against the Washington Nationals in which he allowed 6 runs in 5.1 innings. Pivetta owns a 5.54 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and a 4-2 record with 45 strikeouts in his 50.1 innings pitched.

Friday Afternoon Lineup: Mets vs Cubs

  1. McNeil RF
  2. Alonso 1B
  3. Canó 2B
  4. Conforto CF
  5. J.D. Davis 3B
  6. D. Smith LF
  7. Hechavarría SS
  8. Nido C
  9. Vargas LHP

Vargas has been consistent since rejoining the team from the Injured List, unfortunately he was removed from the last game with what was deemed as a left calf cramp. However, fortunately the cramp was nothing more than that (I hope) and Jason Vargas will make his scheduled start today against the Cubs and Yu Darvish.

Vargas possesses a 3-3 record and a 3.74 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 44 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched and 12 games. He’s 2-2 in his last 7 starts with a 2.45 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 40.1 innings.

Vargas exits game with injury

Jason Vargas was taken out of Sunday’s contest in he fourth inning against the Cardinals. The veteran lefty was in he middle of an at-bat against pitcher Dakota Hudson and was removed from the game after the first pitch of the at-bat.

The news on the injury is that it’s just a minor calf cramp and will not cause the the lefty to hit the Injured List.

This comes hours after Noah Syndergaard was placed on the Injured List.