Mets Junkies Game Recap: The Mets Take Two

The culture has shifted. This is something that Mets fans have been hoping for since the late 80’s, and it couldn’t have come to Queens soon enough.

The New York Mets hosted a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday afternoon, with pitchers Tylor Megill and Max Scherzer on the rubber.

While Megill wasn’t as sharp as he’s been throughout his first couple of starts, the Mets were still able to walk away with the win, as they would comeback, and eventually walk-off in the tenth.

Megill tossed six innings, surrendering four i runs on seven hits and two walks. The righty was able to K just four batters as his ERA has now raised to 2.20 in 16.1 innings pitched.

The Mets scored three in the middle innings, two of which would come off of the bat of Jeff McNeil with a fifth inning double. The two runs would cut the deficit down to 4-3.

It’s important to note that Mets first baseman Pete Alonso made a big defensive play during the contest. Alonso has garnered a lot of criticism, in pertains to first base and defensive abilities.

After tying the game, Francisco Lindor would eventually end the game in the bottom of the tenth with a walk-off, RBI single.

The second game featured Max Scherzer on the hill, and it went just about as you would expect for the Giants.

Scherzer threw seven innings of one run ball, while striking out ten batters. He did surrender a run on a lone hit, as well as walking three on the night.

Drew Smith continues to look fantastic out of the bullpen, and should continue to be a vital part of the pen, especially now without Miguel Castro.

Eduardo Escobar also continues to be clutch while donning the Orange & Blue. The utility man went 2-4 with two RBI’s as his batting average is now sitting at .289 on the campaign.

Scherzer is now 3-0 as a Met, with an ERA of 2.50 in 18 innings pitched.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Hold on for Series Win

The Mets held on to beat the Phillies 9-6 on Wednesday afternoon. The Phillies came back from 8-1 to 8-5, before the bullpen just got it done.

Max Scherzer got the start and he struggled thru 5 innings of one run ball. Scherzer got out of some big gems to limit the damage to just a run. Scherzer allowed 5 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 7. He lowered his ERA to 3.27, improving to 2-0.

The Mets, highlighted by Pete Alonso, scored 8 runs in the first 6 innings. Alonso drove in 5 with a homerun and two doubles. Nimmo homered to open the score, like he did on Tuesday. McNeil, Marte and Smith collected the other RBI’S in their 9 run outburst.

The Mets bullpen tried their best to gave away the lead. Sean Reid-Foley and Joely Rodriguez struggled, both allowing 2 runs in their outing. Ottavino, Lugo and Diaz held their own to shut it down. Diaz did allow a solo homerun to Harper but finished the Game.

After an offday, the Mets will have their home opener Friday at 1.10PM. Before the game the Mets will unveil the Tom Seaver statue. Chris Bassitt is scheduled to make the start against Davies and the Diamondbacks.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Hold on for Series Win

The Mets held on to beat the Phillies 9-6 on Wednesday afternoon. The Phillies came back from 8-1 to 8-5, before the bullpen just got it done.

Max Scherzer got the start and he struggled thru 5 innings of one run ball. Scherzer got out of some big gems to limit the damage to just a run. Scherzer allowed 5 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 7. He lowered his ERA to 3.27, improving to 2-0.

The Mets, highlighted by Pete Alonso, scored 8 runs in the first 6 innings. Alonso drove in 5 with a homerun and two doubles. Nimmo homered to open the score, like he did on Tuesday. McNeil, Marte and Smith collected the other RBI’S in their 9 run outburst.

The Mets bullpen tried their best to gave away the lead. Sean Reid-Foley and Joely Rodriguez struggled, both allowing 2 runs in their outing. Ottavino, Lugo and Diaz held their own to shut it down. Diaz did allow a solo homerun to Harper but finished the Game.

After an offday, the Mets will have their home opener Friday at 1.10PM. Before the game the Mets will unveil the Tom Seaver statue. Chris Bassitt is scheduled to make the start against Davies and the Diamondbacks.

Photo Credit: New York Post Sports

Mets Junkies Game Recap: A Good Look by Cookie; Mets fall to Nats.

New York Mets starter Carlos Cookie Carrasco took the hill for the first time of the 2022 campaign and pitched really well. Unfortunately, the outing did not result in a team victory as the Mets picked up their first loss of the season.

However, back to Carrasco. The right-hander tossed 5.2 innings while allowing a run on two base hits. One of the hits came off of the bat of Nelson Cruz and resulted in a solo home run in the bottom half of the first.

Catcher Tomas Nido picked up a hit but also came up with a big defensive play in the bottom of the seventh. Nido would throw out Josh Bell as he attempted to steal second base with two outs, at which point the Mets still had a 2-1 lead over the Nationals.

Mark Canha is here to hit and that’s being shown as the newly acquired outfielder went 3-4, upping his BA to .700 after 10 AB’s.

Jeff McNeil picked up another hit today, as the super utility man went 1-3 on the afternoon as he also started in left field. McNeil now has a .438 BA as Buck Showalter continues to utilize McNeil’s versatility across the diamond.

McNeil, nicknamed The Flying Squirrel, even took a hit away from Josh Bell in left field as he made a sliding catch to rob the slugger of a cheap hit.

However, it would end up being the Mets defense that would cost them the game. An errant throw by Pete Alonso would eventually give Nelson Cruz and the Nationals the opportunity to take the game, and they did.

The Nationals would take the last game as the Mets take the four-game series.

The Mets will be in Philadelphia for a three game set with the Phillies as Taijuan Walker kicks it off against Ranger Suarez.

MetsJunkies Recap: McNeil had Himself a Birthday

The Mets beat the Nationals to improve to 2-0 in the early season. Max Scherzer made his Mets debut and he was solid going 6 innings of 3 run ball. Max allowed just 3 hits and a walk, while striking out 6 to get his first win as a Met.

The Mets got more then enough offense in their 7-3 victory. The Mets collected 13 hits with Jeff McNeil being the big man. On his 30th birthday, McNeil went 3 for 4 with a homerun, 2RBI’s, 2 runs and a walk.

Other solid performances came from Starling Marte (2 for 5, 2B, 3RBI), Robbie Cano (1 for 4, 2RBI), Mark Canha (2 for 3, R, 2BB) and Bradon Nimmo (2 for 5, 3B, R).

Another day, another Mets hit in the face as Lindor got hit by Steve Chishek. The beaches cleared with Buck Showalter going at it first. Lindor X-Rays were negative and he passed his concussion protocol.

After Scherzer, the Mets bullpen shut down the Nats with scoreless frames from Drew Smith, Seth Lugo and Sean Reid-Foley. Edwin Diaz is unavailable for a couple of days after his grandpa passed away.

Today Chris Bassitt will make his Mets debut against Joan Adon and the Nationals. The Game starts at 7.05 in D.C. and can be watched on SNY.

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Mets Junkies Game Recap: deGrom & Scherzer lay Cardinals to waste

New York Mets starters and aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer took the hill on Sunday and were the only two pitchers to do so for the Mets. Did you think they’d need any more? Of course, not, but it’s Spring Training.

While deGrom opened the game up and pitched three innings, Scherzer closed out the contest by pitching the final six frames.

deGrom ended up taking home his first win of the Spring as the perennial Cy Young Award nominee struck out five while giving up an earned run. deGrom owns a 1.80 ERA this Spring, which was higher than his ERA during the 2021 season.

Newer Met, Max Scherzer surrendered two runs on three hits in his six innings, but also fanned seven. In total, deGrom and Scherzer struck out 12 batters on Sunday afternoon.

It’s important to note that Starling Marte made his first appearance for the Mets and demonstrated the importance of not just the ability to get on base, but also his speed.

The now right fielder (Ranked 6th on MLB Top 10 Right Now amongst CF) went 1-2 out of the 9th spot in the line up while also crossing the plate with a run scored on the contest.

Francisco Lindor had a terrific game, as the shortstop went 3 for 4, with a pair of home runs and three RBI’s. It’s a bit of a reminder of Lindor’s last spring, as the potential MVP candidate would like for his hot stretch to carry into the season this time around.

Slugging first baseman Pete Alonso also picked up a multi-hit game, going 2 for 3 with a walk, double, and run scored.

The Mets have Monday off, however will be back in action on Tuesday as the Miami Marlins will play host.

Mets Junkies Projections: Mad Max

Next up is the Mets new #2 in the rotation Max Scherzer. The 37 year old future Hall of Famer will play his debut season as a Met. Will Max be part of the CY Young conversation again this year?

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Corné:

Most major projections sites have Scherzer at least a run higher in ERA in comparison to last year. Although I believe Max won’t pitch to a sub 2.50 ERA, I do believe he will be close to 3. Maybe even under the magic 3 mark?

Since 2015 Max didn’t have a full season with a ERA above 3, so I believe he will stay under that magic 3 in ERA. The only season since 2015 he had an ERA above 3 was the short season 2020.

The homerun ball could be an issue but Max doesn’t allow a lot of hits and walks, so it won’t hurt him as much. That will likely keep up as Scherzer hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down.

14-6, 2.89ERA, 1.01WHIP, 240K, 36BB, 5.6bWAR

Gem:

Scherzer knows the division and even if he didn’t, his talent level still trumps most. The 8x All-Star and 3x Cy Young has moved into a different stratosphere since his days with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

I expect the grizzled veteran to hit the hill just about every time out. There are few competitors out there like Max Scherzer, the man is a warrior living in the wrong century.

195IP, 17-4, 3.05 ERA, 1.03WHIP, 237K.

Next up we will do our star short stop. Will he have a better year that his first in NY?

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Mets Recap: Scherzer Gets Spring Training deGrom Treatment

The Mets got shutout by the Marlins 3-0, dropping their Spring record to 1-2. Main plus was the strong outing from Max Scherzer, who went 5 innings of one run ball in his first outing.

Max velo started out lower but he dialed it up later in his outing. Scherzer threw just 72 pitches (55 strikes) over his 5 innings. Max struck out 5, allowed 3 hits and walked none. Impressive to see in his first outing of spring.

Jose Butto came into the sixth in relief of Scherzer. Butto could be an important depth piece for the Mets as the young righty is placed on the 40 man roster. Butto started with a strong 6th but allowed 2 unearned runs in the seventh (hit and a walk in that inning). Butto went 1.1 innings allowing those 2 unearned runs before Eric Orze came in.

Eric Orze allowed the third run to score, but limited the damage going 0.2 innings. Orze is also an arm to keep an eye on and likely to make his major league debut soon.

The last Mets pitcher to pitch was Colin Holderman, who was absolutely filthy in his outing. Holderman struck out 3, allowing one hit in his inning of work. He demonstrated filthy sliders with 99mph sinkers. Also an arm to keep an eye on in the Mets system.

On the offensive side, the Mets collected just 2 hits. Luis Guillorme doubled and Jake Mangum singled. Let’s hope that won’t be a theme. Early spring with lots of inregulars in the lineup, I am not worried jet.

Today the Mets will play the Astros at Clover Park. The game will start at 6.10pm with Jacob deGrom facing Jake Odorizzi.

Photo Credit: SNY

Mets Get Mad Max at 3/130

Multiple sources confirm that the Mets get the big free agent fish, as they land Max Scherzer on a 3 year 130 million dollar contract. This will give Scherzed the highest AVV of 43.3 million per season.

The three cy young award winner and future Hall Of famer will join Jacob deGrom as the best 1-2 punch in the game.

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Mets finalizing deal with Scherzer

I’ve spent the last few hours pinching myself to make sure that I’m not sleeping, and I’m still not really believing it. However, according to the insiders within MLB, the Mets are actually the front-runners to land Scherzer.

If the deal gets done, the Mets would undoubtedly have the hottest off-season to date. So far, Billy Eppler has made additions like Eduardo Escobar, Mark Canha, and even Starling Marte. Just imagine a starting rotation that has both Jacob deGrom as well as Max Scherzer.

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