MetsJunkies Recap: Mets shutout against Nats

This was a pitching showcase with both Joey Lucchesi and Erick Fedde pitching well above expectations in this contest. While this game could’ve easily been a high scoring affair, both pitchers were pretty damn sharp.

In the bottom half of the third, pitcher Erick Fedde dribbled one right in front of the plate, however Nido would throw the ball in to centerfield allowing Victor Robles to advance to third. After Lucchesi would load the bases, Trea Turner would hit a sharp ground ball to Villar, turning the 5-5-3 double play to end the Nationals rally.

Lucchesi pitched 5.1 scoreless innings while giving up four hits and two walks. The left-hander also struck out five batters while lowering his ERA to 4.46 on the year.

Miguel Castro came in and did a masterful job out of the bullpen as he recorded five outs on just 15 pitches. While the right-hander only struck out one, did induce a inning ending double play as well as lowering his ERA to 2.89 on the campaign.

The Mets offense just hasn’t shown up in the past two games, while the pitching has stepped up.

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The loss came as Edwin Diaz entered the game in the ninth inning and was unable to record an out. Diaz would get the loss and raise his ERA to 3.00 after the disastrous outing.

The Mets will play a doubleheader tomorrow with David Peterson on the hill of the first game, and potentially Jared Eickhoff in the second.

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.

Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/4

The 27-22 New York Mets will play the second of a four-game set against the 35-23 San Diego Padres. After winning the series in Arizona, the Mets would end up losing the opener to the Padres.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of left-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Joey Lucchesi to the hill, making his ninth appearance of the season. The Newark, California native is 1-3 with a 6.56 ERA with 27 K’s in 23.1 innings pitched.

Lucchesi, who was formerly with the Padres organization before joining the Mets, is coming off of a start in which he allowed a run on two hits, however the lefty only managed to pitch 3.2 innings against the Rockies on the 27th of May.

I’m not sure what the over/under will be for tonight’s game, however assuming it’ll be 8.5 or 9.5, I’ll definitely be taking the over.

The San Diego Padres will have 28-year old Blake Snell on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 12th appearance of the campaign. Snell’s last outing was against the Houston Astros and went down as another disastrous outing for the high-profile starter.

Snell so far is having a pretty lousy season, pitching to a 5.55 ERA while owning a 1-2 record. The Seattle, Washington native has also struck out 70 batters in 47.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

Friday’s Pitching Preview 6/4

The 27-22 New York Mets will play the second of a four-game set against the 35-23 San Diego Padres. After winning the series in Arizona, the Mets would end up losing the opener to the Padres.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of left-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Joey Lucchesi to the hill, making his ninth appearance of the season. The Newark, California native is 1-3 with a 6.56 ERA with 27 K’s in 23.1 innings pitched.

Lucchesi, who was formerly with the Padres organization before joining the Mets, is coming off of a start in which he allowed a run on two hits, however the lefty only managed to pitch 3.2 innings against the Rockies on the 27th of May.

I’m not sure what the over/under will be for tonight’s game, however assuming it’ll be 8.5 or 9.5, I’ll definitely be taking the over.

The San Diego Padres will have 28-year old Blake Snell on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 12th appearance of the campaign. Snell’s last outing was against the Houston Astros and went down as another disastrous outing for the high-profile starter.

Snell so far is having a pretty lousy season, pitching to a 5.55 ERA while owning a 1-2 record. The Seattle, Washington native has also struck out 70 batters in 47.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets fall to the Fish in the ninth

Saturday’s game didn’t feature much offense from either time, as a matter of fact, we didn’t see the first run of the game until the bottom of the seventh inning. However, when the bats are silent, we’re at least in the midst of a good pitching matchup.

Joey Lucchesi hit the hill and tossed four scoreless, one- hit innings in just an amazing 43 pitches. While some may question the decision of manager Luis Rojas, Lucchesi himself has acknowledged that he needs to be more consistent in his outings.

My guy Sean Reid-Foley also took the mound and while he gave up a run, he’s still pitching at a high level of intensity. The right-hander whom was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season now has an ERA of 1.54 for the Mets.

Offensively, there’s not really much to say for the Mets here. Dom Smith went 1-4 on the afternoon, however his one hit was a big one as it not only put the Mets on the board, it tied the game in the eighth.

Unfortunately in the bottom part of the ninth inning, Drew Smith would give up two hits. One of these hits being the big blow via a walk-off two-run home run by Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper.

The Mets (21-18) and Marlins (21-24) will meet again tomorrow afternoon in the rubber-match between the two NL East competitors.

MetsJunkies Recap: Hunter opens the hunt on the Snakes

The Mets take the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Tommy Hunter opening the contest with two hit-less innings on Saturday.

Joey Lucchesi would follow Hunter with 3.1 innings pitched, allowing two hit and an unearned run. He would pitch well enough to earn his first victory of the season.

Jeff McNeil would put the Mets on the board with a two-run home-run, following a Joey Lucchesi walk to lead the third off. The home-run is McNeil’s third of the young season, the second baseman also stole his first bag.

The Mets would score another run in the third as Lindor picked up a walk, then stole second on Merrill Kelly and Carson Kelly. Fortunately for the Mets, the throw would get away and allow Lindor to score. The stolen base counts as Lindor’s first of the campaign.

Lindor would also drive in a run in the seventh, a broken bat blooper in center that would allow Jeff McNeil to cross the plate.

Kevin Pillar might be making his case to stay in the lineup after Nimmo returns as the veteran centerfielder hit a double. Pillar is now batting .345/.367/.621 in his last seven games and is playing above average defensive.

Trevor May picked up his first save of the year, pitching a scoreless ninth inning and lowering his ERA to 1.46.

The Mets have Monday off, however will be hosting Matt Harvey and the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday for a two-game set. But not before trying to sweep the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon.

Photo by: Mets on Twitter

Is Sean Reid-Foley Taking Lucchesi’s Spot in The Rotation?

Sean Reid-Foley struck everyone with his stellar performance in Chicago. Reid-Foley pitched three impressive innings against a hot Cubs offense, and it caught a lot of eyeballs. Between the Kimbrel-esque squat to the swings and misses, he had everything working in that first outing.

He got the call in that first outing because of a rough start from Joey Lucchesi. Lucchesi had motored through the order the first time around, but the second trip gave him troubles. It was clear to most that the Cubs had figured him out, which made it tough to leave him in for a long time. This opened the door for the newly called up Sean-Reid Foley to make his Major League debut.

The day after the game, Lucchesi was optioned to the alternate site. The Mets followed by bringing up Stephen Tarpley, who pitched in yesterday’s game. Tarpley struggled yesterday, and will probably be sent to the alternate site as well if he continues to pitch that way. But, why is nobody talking about what will happen when Lucchesi’s spot in the rotation comes around?

Most of us probably assumed that Lucchesi will just be called back up for his next start. But what if he isn’t? What if the plan is for Sean Reid-Foley, a natural starter, to get a start? Reid-Foley was dominant in his first outing, and clearly turned some heads. It is early enough in the season that it would make sense to give a guy like him a chance. He impressed many, and might have even impressed enough to make his first Major League start.

The one issue with all of this; the Mets are skipping Lucchesi’s spot in the rotation this week because they have an off day on Monday. Because of this, they are rolling with an extra bullpen arm in the slot of Lucchesi.

That still doesn’t mean that Reid-Foley won’t be getting a starting opportunity some time in the near future, but it also could mean that the Mets simply wanted another lefty reliever in the bullpen.

Regardless of what happens, keep your eye out on how much Sean Reid-Foley pitches in the upcoming week. The possibility of a future start could be high.

Saturday’s Pitching Preview (Game Two) 4/17

With the Mets taking the field for game one in the cold Denver weather, game two should expected to be a bit colder.

The Mets will send lefty Joey Lucchesi to the hill in game two.

So far this year, Lucchesi owns a 0-0 record with a 0.00 ERA as he’s only pitched two innings. In those two innings, Lucchesi did manage to strike out three batters.

The Colorado Rockies will have German Marquez on the mound, a right-hander with a 4.02 ERA. This will be the Mets’ first time seeing Marquez since the 2019 campaign.

So far this season in just three games, Marquez owns a4.02 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP while having struck out 14 in 15.2 innings pitched.

Breaking Down: Joey Lucchesi Final Spring Start

Joey Lucchesi made his final push to make the Mets in yesterday’s outing. Technically it wasn’t a start as Lucchesi came in after “opener” Jacob Barnes.

Joey Lucchesi was splendid and in my opinion earned the spot on the Mets roster. So let’s break down his recent outing.

Lucchesi started sharp in his first inning, getting Tucker to ground out after three pitches. Lucchesi followed with getting big lefty hitting Alvarez on a fly out. 5 pitches, 5 strikes for Lucchesi. His last batter in the first was Gurriel, who struck out.

Lucchesi started the at bat with two fastballs up and away to the right hitter. After getting behind, Lucchesi threw a nasty Churve down in the zone. The Churve had a vertical break of 48 Inches as it broke thru the down. Gurriel swung over it, to get Lucchesi back in the at bat.

Lucchesi followed with a 92.4mph sinker on the inside corner, after Gurriel fouled off a Churve, Lucchesi got the call on a nasty Churve on the inside corner to fan Gurriel looking. Great efficiënt first inning for the lefty.

Lucchesi got a quick first out in his second inning, getting Jason Castro to ground to third after 3 sinkers. He went with the Churve to get young Jose Siri for the second out.

Siri was overmatched by the Churve as Lucchesi got him after three straight Churves, the last one got 49 inches of vertical drop. deGoti followed with a baseline to Lindor, who almost made a sparkling play to get him. Lucchesi allowed the hit on the Churve after getting ahead with two sinkers. It didn’t hurt him as Altuve grounded to second on a sinker.

Lucchesi third inning started with a quick out to get Brantley. Bregman followed with a first pitch single, going after the first pitch sinker.

Tucker grounded out after Lucchesi got behind 3-0 on a get me over sinker, but Lucchesi got help from McNeil who robbed Tucker with a diving stop. Yes, Lucchesi got help from his defense, but Tucker didn’t hit the ball hard (81.7 MPH Exit Velo).

Lucchesi got out of the inning with a hard ground ball from Alvarez, who grounded out to McNeil on the sinker. Lucchesi got a bit lucky as Alvarez ground out had a .710 expected BA.

The fourth Lucchesi inning, started with a first pitch ground out on his sinker from Gurriel. He followed with striking out Castro on a foul tip. He started the at bat with a churve that got 52 inches of vertical break, his best of the day. He followed with Sinker, Churve, Sinker, to get the foul tip.

He walked Jose Siri, surprisingly after mainly throwing sinkers. Siri struck out on 3 Churves and Lucchesi threw just one in the walk to Siri in the fifth.

Lucchesi got out of the inning by getting deGoti on a very slow grounder. He got to 0-2 after three sinkers and got the 65mph exit velo force out, on the Churve.

Altuve struck out to open the sixth as Lucchesi got him looking on an inside corner sinker. Lucchesi pitched him inside in the entire at bat. Lucchesi got behind with the Churve (down and in) and Sinker (up and in) 2 and 0. Altuve got the pitch to hit with the 2-0 sinker in the middle of the zone. Altuve fouled it off, to help Lucchesi out. After a called strike up and in the zone, Altuve fouled off the Churve. Lucchesi then surprised him with a inside corner sinker. Great sequence to get Altuve looking.

After Brantley grounded out to short, we’re Lindor ragned to his left for the out.

Lucchesi fell behind 3-1 to Bregman, that he paid for. Bregman got a sinker in the middle of the zone and hit it 413ft. It was the last pitch Lucchesi threw after a very strong outing.

With this outing Lucchesi put himself in the rotation. He mixed up his pitches really well and spotted it well for the most part of his outing. His Churve has been nasty this spring as he got 41.2% whiff rate.

Lucchesi got a lot of quick outs and didn’t allow a ton of foul balls. He threw 43 strikes in his 62 total pitches, which shows his great control in the outing. Also good to see that he got 8 ground outs and four strikeouts in the outing. In the graphic below you see he mostly sits around the corners, which some obviously in the middle. Impressive to see how much he was around or in the zone.

Overall Lucchesi has been splendid over 13 innings of work. He allowed just 7 hits, 4 walks, while striking out 15. With his 2.77 ERA, he has earned his spot.

Photo by: Joey Lucchesi Twitter

Mets send down Yamamoto

Jordan Yamamoto has been sent down to MiLB camp today. The Hawaiian born right-hander had an impressive spring as he was in competition for a spot in the rotation.

Although he’s only pitched in three games, he does owns a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched while also having struck out five. Even though the former second-round pick doesn’t have an overwhelming fastball, he does know how to work his secondary pitches really well.

With this move, it looks like the Mets will utilize a rotation with two lefties included. The first being David Peterson and the latter being the newly acquired Joey Lucchesi.

While it was pretty much expected that Peterson would have a job on the MLB club, Lucchesi may come as a surprise to some. However, it probably won’t come as too much as a surprise.

This spring Lucchesi appeared in three games and has pitched to a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched. While these numbers may not be a good as Yamamoto’s, it’s important to point out the Lucchesi has gotten batters to swing and miss more often.

The Mets may choose to skip Lucchesi’s first start of the season, being that there’s two days off within the first 10 days. This will give the Mets a fresh arm to use a couple of weeks later while not pushing the limitations of the starters in the rotation.

With everything said and done, we’ll see a healthy portion of Jordan Yamamoto this year. The right-hander has a ton of talent and knows how to put an incredible amount of movement on his pitches.