MetsJunkies Recap: deGrom exits after three in Mets win

I imagine that we’re going to hear that this is something that we shouldn’t be concerned with and wow, do I hope they’re right. After three innings against the Cubs, deGrom fanned eight of nine while lowering his ERA to 0.54 to lead all of Major League Baseball.

Watching him, you’d probably think that the Mets might actually be on route for their second no-hitter in franchise history, but then just like that the right-hander went down towards the tunnel and clubhouse with the head trainer.

During the game, word went out the deGrom removed himself due to shoulder soreness. Is it a reason to be concerned? I’d have to say so, especially with the way injuries have been circulating throughout the league, not just the Mets.

After a lead-off walk by McKinney in the second inning, Kevin Pillar followed by splitting the gap in right field with an RBI double. Pillar now has six doubles on the year and is batting .292/.320/.792 in his last seven games.

deGrom himself of course would follow with another a hit, his 11th of the year, for an RBI single. The probable MVP candidate has plated more runs than he’s given up on the mound, simply an amazing feat.

In the bottom half of the third, Dom Smith cranked his sixth home run of the season, giving the Mets the 3-0 lead.

Sean Reid-Foley has been excellent all season long and while he had a bit of a hiccup on Wednesday night, it’s best to do it when you’re up buy three runs. On Wednesday however, the righty gave up a solo-shot to Cubs’ slugger Anthony Rizzo.

He would pitch two innings while giving up the one run as well as walking two. Foley would also pick up the decision in this contest with his second win of the season.

Kevin Pillar would later crush a home run in the fifth inning, his fifth of the year, giving the Mets the 6-1 lead. Pillar raised his average to .250 after finishing the game going 2-4 with two RBI’s.

Aaron Loup continues to look like an amazing acquisition, making his 23rd appearance of the season and posting a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched.

Miguel Castro got himself back on track with a scoreless inning, now possessing an ERA of 3.08 while Trevor May was able to do the same. May has had a pretty lousy month of June, however after tonight, the former Twins reliever owns a 4.37 ERA.

Edwin Diaz closed out the game, picking up his 14th save of the year. This comes after Drew Smith gave up two runs on a line drive home run in the ninth before making the exit after 0.2 innings.

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The Mets now look to make it a four-game sweep tomorrow on the series finale with a matchup making up of Marcus Stroman against Kyle Hendricks.

MetsJunkies Recap: deGrom makes MVP push; Beats Padres

What’s there left to say about Jacob deGrom? The guy is otherworldly and always seems extremely humbled. On Friday night, deGrom took the hill and continued to do what he’s been doing all season long… dominate.

Tonight the Mets’ ace put forth six innings while striking ten Padres batters. The DeLand, Florida native only have up a single hit while lowering his ERA 0.56… Yes, really.

In the fifth inning, new fan favorite Billy McKinney would get the Mets on the board first as he would lace a double just over the first base bag. The extra-base hit would drive in Kevin Pillar, giving the Mets the 1-0 advantage.

While McKinney is hitting just .237, in his last seven games he’s slashing .375/.444/.833 with two home runs and eight RBI’s. Since joining the Mets, he’s hit .275/.700/1.041 with 11 RBI, 4 home runs, 3 doubles, and even a triple.

As usual, deGoat was out there doing it with the stick, too. deGrom would soon follow McKinney as he hit a single to plate two runs, giving him a .400 batting average paired alongside a .840 OPS.

Unfortunately, the he would be pulled a bit early on his own doing because of tendinitis in his pitching elbow. After the game, the future Hall of Fame’r told the media that he plans to make his next scheduled start.

After Miguel Castro would give up two runs in just 0.1 innings, Seth Lugo would come in to close out the 7th inning with the Mets up 3-2.

Edwin Diaz would come on in the bottom of the eighth to record a four-out save, his 11th of the campaign, to secure the Mets’ 31st victory.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Power up Against O’s

The Mets bursted out of the gates early with another shot by first baseman Pete Alonso in the opening inning, a two run shot. The home run would go down as his 10th of the season as he’s slugged three home runs in the past two games against the Orioles.

Tiajuan Walker was absolutely brilliant following the disaster of a game that took place last night. Michael Garaffa had earlier pointed out that the Mets have done a great job in bouncing back in games like these.

The right-hander pitched seven innings in which he only gave up one run while walking one and striking out nine. Walker has now lowered his ERA to 2.07 on the 2021 campaign and is in the top five in regards to NL ERA.

It’s safe to say that former Mets ace Matt Harvey did not have the same luck or outcome. Harvey was chased out of the game in the third inning after giving up seven earned runs on eight hits. The New London, Connecticut native’s ERA has now ballooned up to 7.41, his days could be numbered.

Warrior of the Mets Kevin Pillar had a 3-4 night as the flashy yet hard-nosed centerfielder clubbed two home runs on the evening. The first coming off of Harvey in the third, then another coming off of reliever Mac Sceroler. Pillar now has four home runs while having also raised his batting average to .262 after tonight.

Billy McKinney joined the slugfest as the newly acquired outfielder also hit two home runs, while having driven in 5 RBI’s. McKinney has been a great addition since his arrival and it would be nice to see him remain with the team.

Tonight will go down as the 8th time in Mets franchise history that the team hit six or more home runs in a game.

The Mets are now 30-24 and will be hosting the San Diego Padres back in Citi Field on Friday evening.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/9

The 29-24 New York Mets will play the final of a two-game set against the 22-38 Baltimore Orioles. After splitting the series in San Diego and a day off, the Mets took a bad blowout loss in yesterday’s opener.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of right-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Taijuan Walker to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 51 K’s in 54.0 innings pitched.

MLB.com suggests that we may start to see some regression from Walker, as the right-hander’s FIP (3.06) is almost a full run higher than his ERA.

The Baltimore Orioles will have 32-year old Matt Harvey on the mound, a former friend and right-hander that’s making his 13th appearance of the campaign. In the last five starts, Harvey owns a ERA of 12.96 and only lasted three innings in his last outing against the Minnesota Twins.

Harvey, formerly known as “The Dark Knight”, so far is having a terrible season, pitching to a 6.62 ERA while owning a 3-6 record. The New London, Connecticut native has also struck out 45 batters in 51.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/8

The 29-23 New York Mets will play the first of a two-game set against the 21-38 Baltimore Orioles. After splitting the series in San Diego and a day off, the Mets look to keep the momentum going.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of left-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send David Peterson to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Denver, Colorado native is 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA with 49 K’s in 44.1 innings pitched.

Peterson, currently in his second Major League season, is coming off of a start in which he allowed five earned runs to the Diamondbacks in just 0.1 of an inning.

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 Baltimore Orioles will have 26-year old Bruce Zimmermann on the mound, a left-hander that’s also making his 11th appearance of the campaign. Zimmermann’s last outing was against the Minnesota Twins and went 5.1 innings while allowing two earned runs, a performance well enough to pick up a win.

Zimmermann so far is having a pretty mediocre season, pitching to a 4.96 ERA while owning a 3-3 record. The North Carolina native has also struck out 43 batters in 49.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

MetsJunkies Recap: deGrom gets Holy against the Friars

After losing the first two games to the Padres at PetCo Park in San Diego, deGrom was able to lead the Mets to victory for the first time since being in Arizona.

Jacob deGrom as usual, was masterful on the mound. The DeLand, Florida native went seven innings while giving up just three hits while striking out 11 batters. The right-hander was also able to pick up his fifth win of the year while lowering his ERA to 0.62 after his tenth appearance.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Jose Peraza got a pitch he was able to handle, taking Joe Musgrove deep. The home run put the Mets 1-0, against the former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher.

Francisco Lindor would go ahead and hit the second home run in the inning, a line drive bullet, just a couple of at-bats after Peraza. Lindor’s fifth home run would come off of a hanging breaking ball up in the zone.

After a pair of hits to start the sixth, Jonathan Villar would come off the bench in a pinch-hit situation and line an RBI single up the middle. This was a great sign from Villar, who was recently dealing with some hamstring issues that was keeping him out of the starting lineup.

With two runners on in the ninth with just one out, Kevin Pillar dropped a single in right field that would push across Francisco Lindor. The single would give the Mets the 4-0 lead.

Relievers Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz both pitched a scoreless inning a piece, solidifying the back end of the team’s bullpen while securing the Mets’ 28th victory of the 2021 campaign.

Tomorrow’s contest will be scheduled for 4:10 PM as Marcus Stroman goes head to head with Mets’ rival Chris Paddack.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/1

The 26-20 New York Mets will play the second out of a three-game set against the 19-36 Arizona Diamondbacks. After winning their fifth straight on Memorial Day Monday, the Mets look to keep the momentum going on Tuesday.

The Mets plan to send their hometown kid Marcus Stroman to the hill, making his eleventh appearance of the season. The Medford, New York native is 4-4 with a 2.47 ERA with 46 K’s in 58.1 innings pitched.

Stroman is coming off of a start in which he tossed six innings, while giving up three hits and not allowing any runs.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will have 29-year old Caleb Smith on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 20th appearance of the campaign. Smith’s last outing was against the St. Louis Cardinals ,however the lefty appeared out of the bullpen. This will only be Smith’s second start of the year.

First pitch is scheduled for 9:40 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

MetsJunkies Game Recap: Mets snap skid; lose two players

New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker got through the first three innings on 33 pitches, giving up just one hit. However, that would be all for the righty as he was removed from the game due to left side tightness.

Sean Reid-Foley would come in to relieve Walker and would do an absolutely masterful job doing so. The right-hander who was acquired in the trade for Steven Matz pitched three perfect innings while striking out five.

Tomas Nido would start the seventh inning with a double and pinch-hitter James McCann would immediately follow with one of his own. McCann’s double would drive in Nido for his eighth RBI of the season.

Unfortunately the Mets would score again on what was an absolute horrific scene. With the bases loaded, outfielder Kevin Pillar would be hit in the face to bring across James McCann. Pillar was dripping blood and would have to be replaced by Khalil Lee as he was brought to a local hospital for a CT scan.

After going up by two, Familia would come in to pitch a scoreless seventh inning, lowering his ERA to 2.84 on the year.

The Mets would tack on a third run when the 26-year old Johneshwy Fargas would hit an RBI double for his first MLB hit.

On a day where we find out that Seth Lugo won’t be back till May 31st, at least. Edwin Diaz would come out of the pen to close out the game and collect his sixth save of the season.

So while the Mets would lose two players mid-game, they did pitch well enough as well as score enough to secure the victory. The now 19-16 Mets are ahead in the NL East standings by one games over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Mets stung by Rays

Rays starter Tyler Glasnow came firing out of the gate as he pretty much breezed through the first three innings. However, the Mets would tag Glasnow in the fourth as Kevin Pillar would single to reach base after retiring the first 14 batters.

Jonathan Villar would follow Pillar with a two-run shot to give the Mets the 2-0 lead.

David Peterson would put on a clinic of his own. The left-hander retired 17 straight at one point, then came along catcher Mike Zunino with a solo shot in the Eighth. While Peterson was pitching an excellent game, Luis Rojas mysteriously had no one ready in the bullpen.

Kevin Padlo would follow Zunino with his first Major League hit, a double. Rojas would eventually bring in Trevor May to relieve Peterson and May labor in 0.2 innings.

After getting Randy Arozarena to line out to Villar at third, Manuel Margot would go down the same line but with a double to tie the contest at two. Margot is now currently hitting an astronomical .388 against the Mets.

Shockingly, Rojas would still not have any arms ready in the pen. Fortunately, May would finally put down Austin Meadows via strike out to end the bottom half of the eighth.

After a two-out hit by Pillar as well Villar reaching base via error, James McCann would ground out to first base to end the inning and rally.

While we’ve given Miguel Castro a ton of praise on MetsJunkies.com, this evening Castro would load up the bases. With left-handed hitting Joey Wendle coming up to bat, that would get Luis Rojas to bring in lefty Aaron Loup.

However, Brett Phillips would turn out to be the hero for the Rays as he hit a single into right field to win the game. Castro would get the loss as the Mets fall to 18-14, however still hold a lead over the Phillies in the NL East.

David Peterson-7.1, 4 H’s, 2 ER’s, 2 BB’s, 9 K’s.

Kevin Pillar-2-4, 1 run.

Should the Mets lead off with Pillar?

Now hopefully this wouldn’t be a long term alternative however it’s worth looking in to. Since the absence of Brandon Nimmo from the Mets lineup, the Mets have been in need of a lead off hitter and Pillar offers exactly that.

The best thing about Pillar leading off the game is not just his speed, but him being in centerfield gives Luis Rojas the opportunity to give the lineup stability. Now, the team hasn’t exactly been rocking the cover off of the ball lately, however it’s still early and shifting into gears with the regulars is far more important.

While Pillar has only been hitting .235/.278/.373/.650 since joining the Mets, in his last seven games he’s been hitting at a .360/.385/.640 clip. This definitely warrants the nod, however that’s just my opinion.

Luis Rojas has mainly went with Jeff McNeil to lead things off and this season he’s hitting .226/.330/.333/.663. However, he’s also been better in his last seven games as he’s been hitting .286/.394/.321 with a run batted in.

So McNeil is kinda hitting but he’s definitely been getting on base in this most recent stretch. One thing you can’t ignore is McNeil’s career numbers, he’s at .311/.379/.487/.866 line. But does this mean he should be leading off? The answer is no.

Again, with Pillar leading games off, it offers the Mets lineup stability for when Nimmo does return from his injury. Besides, Pillar has just been the better offensive player in his last seven games and McNeil might be better suited off towards the bottom of the lineup with his poor slugging percentage.

However, what do the Mets do when Nimmo returns and Pillar is hitting? We’ll cross that bridge when we need to.

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