MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Clobber D’Backs in Home Opener

On the festive loaded day the Mets beat the Diamondbacks in their first game at Citi Field in 2022. The day the Mets unveiled the Seaver statue and MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, the Mets didn’t disappoint in a 10-3 victory.

The Mets opened with score with two Pete Alonso sac flies, before the power was shown. Robinson Cano hit his first homerun of the year on Jackie Robinson Day. He took a Davies off speed pitch the other way in the fourth to extend the Mets lead to 3-0.

In the fifth Francisco Lindor added a 2 run bomb to make it 5-0 Mets. It was the first of two homeruns for the Mets star shortstop, who is off to a hot start.

After a run in the seventh, the Mets added 4 to bust the Game open in the eight. Starling Marte hit his first as a Met and Lindor followed with his second of the Game to make it 10-1. Marte and Jankowski collected three hit games in the win.

It was more then enough for Bassitt and the bullpen. Bassitt went 6 innings of one run ball, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Shreve struck out the side in the 7th and Smith followed with a scoreless frame in the eight, before Sean Reid-Foley allowed 2 in the ninth.

Tomorrow, the Mets will face Zac Gallen and the Diamondbacks and try to improve to 7-2 on the season. Carlos Carrasco will try to follow up his great first outing with another good one tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled at 1.10pm.

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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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MetsJunkies Recap: Megill Shines in Opening Day Start

The Mets beat the Nationals on opening day yesterday behind 5 scoreless frames from Tylor Megill. The 26 year old allowed just 3 hits and didn’t walk a batter, while striking out 6.

On of those strikeouts came against Juan Soto in the third, with a scoreless Game. Soto came to bat with first and third and one out and Megill struck him out on an up and in fastball.

The Mets had 12 hits in the win with multi hit games from Alonso, Cano, Canha and McNeil. Both Canha and McNeil drove in a run with a 2 out RBI hit. McCann (HBP) and Marte (force out) drove in runs in the 5th.

The Mets added an insurance run in the seventh when Lindor drove in Davis (double). The Mets got a scare an inning later when Pete Alonso got hit in the shoulder, close to his face.

Besides a Juan Soto bomb of May in the sixth, the bullpen kept the Nats off the board. Ottavino, Lugo and Diaz all threw scoreless frames.

Today the Mets will play game 2 against the Nats in DC. Max Scherzer will make his Mets debut against his old team! Game starts at 7.05pm and can be watched on Apple TV plus for free.

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Mets Beat Nats in Spring Training Opener

The Mets beat the Nationals 6-2 after a 4 run, 3 homer first gave the Mets a 4-0 lead against Josiah Gray. Luis Guillorme, Dom Smith and Nick Plummer all went the opposite way for a homer.

Smith and Guillorme drove in a run later in the game to get the Mets total to 6 runs on the day. Guillorme went 3 for 4 with his homerun and 2 singles with 2 runs batted in.

Dom Smith kept his strong start going with a 2 for 3 day with a homerun and triple. Early on Dom has been the 2020 Dom we got to love, so hopefully that continues.

On the pitching side, the Mets got a great outing from 27 year old Josh Walker. Walker was impressive in the minors last year and he didn’t disappoint today. Walker went 3 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and 2 walks, with 2 strikeouts. On the only hit he allowed, the Mets made a terrific relay play to get the out at third. Mangum>Guillorme>JD.

Alex Claudio, Rob Zastryzny, Eric Orze and Stephen Nogosek all threw scoreless frames in their outings. Holderman allowed an unearned run and Trey Cobb allowed the only Mets earned run.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Instrasquad Game

The Mets played the Mets on Friday in an intersquad game. SNY and the Mets were nice enough to broadcast the game on their social media outlets for us to watch the action from behind the plate.

Josh Rodriguez and Thomas Szapucki both made the start for the Mets and were both unscored upon. Szapucki did struggle with control but got 2 double plays in two innings of work.

The Mets offense was silent for the first 3 innings, with Robinson Cano collecting all 2 hits. On Cano second hit Nimmo tried to score and was gunned down by Carlos Cortes. In the later part of the 5 inning game, we saw the Mets with some power.

The power started with a Francisco Lindor 2 run homerun. The Mets shortstop crushed one to right field for a no doubt homerun.

It wasn’t the only Met, who is expected to be on the opening day roster with a homerun. JD Davis hit an impressive homerun, were he looked a little bit to early. Important for JD to show the power he had in 2019, to be a very good bat for the Mets.

It was the minor leaguers time after the regulars got theirs. Khalil Lee crushed one the opposite field and Baty went yard to deep center. Both showed impressive power. Francisco Alvarez also collected a hit and Cole Gordon pitched 2 scoreless frames in relief.

Tomorrow the Mets will face the Nationals at 6.05. The Game will be avaliable on the radio but won’t be televised. Josh Walker will start for the Mets against righty Josiah Gray.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Let’s Pretend it Never Happened

The Mets got clobbered 20-2 against the Braves in the second game of the series. Pete Alonso provided the only runs with a first inning 2 run bomb.

Peterson gave it right back and ended up leaving due to right side soreness in the 4th. Peterson overall line wasn’t pretty as he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) over 3 plus innings.

The Mets defense and Sean Reid-Foley didn’t stop the bleeding as he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) while getting just one out.

Szapucki tried to eat innings, but was clearly gassed in the eight. He allowed 6 runs over 3.2 innings in his debut. Albert Almora got the position player pitching assignment, allowing 3 in the innings.

In the end it is just one loss and the Mets have a shot to win the series with deGrom facing Anderson. With a Nats win the Mets lead has shrunk to 2 games.

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MetsJunkies Recap: McCannon Strikes in Comeback Win

The Mets beat the Braves 4-3 in the opening game of a three game series in Atlanta. After the offense was stymied over 6 innings, the bats woke up in the seventh.

James McCann hit a huge game tying three run homerun. It was McCann his 7th of the year. Most likely the biggest of his Mets tenure so far.

After Peraza doubled, Lindor got him home with a 2 out RBI Single to give the Mets the lead.

Trevor May, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz closed out the game to get the one run victory. Drew Smith got the win after a scoreless sixth.

Tylor Megill was solid over 5 innings of three run ball, striking out 8. Only blemish was an Ozzie Albies 3 run homerun.

The Mets will try to make it two in a row with David Peterson facing Max Fried.

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MetsJunkies Game Recap: Mets Split the Doubleheader

The Mets split their doubleheader in St. Louis. The Mets lost the first game 4-1 and won the second game 7-2.

Stroman started game one and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) in 5 innings. The Mets couldn’t get much offense going against Kim and the Cardinals with McCann getting the only RBI.

In the second game the Mets got some more offense going. Nido hit a 2 run shot after the Mets got their first run on a wild pitch in the second. Jonathan Villar hit a solo shot in the fourth and other bench player Pillar collected 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. All 6 RBIs came from those three hitters.

On the pitching side, the Mets started with opener Miguel Castro, who kept the Cardinals off the board. Yamamoto came in after Castro to pitch 2.2 innings of one run ball for the win. The run he allowed scored after Loup allowed a RBI single in the fourth. May, Gsellman and Familia closed out the 7-2 victory.

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MetsJunkies Roundtable: April Recap Edition

April is over with the Mets ending with a 9-11 record. An odd month with a lot of stops and starts, so we wanted to do a roundtable with us looking back and looking ahead for May:

Biggest (positive) surprise of April?

Michael: By far the bullpen. I have been blown away by how impressive they have been. They started really poorly and have bounced back quite nicely. Castro was phenomenal, Diaz had a few issues but was great, and the bullpen overall looked really great. This is especially impressive considering we all bailed on the bullpen two days into the season.

Del: Taijuan Walker has been a big surprise to me. Prior to the signing I was not a fan of Walker and looking at his baseball savant page, he seems to be a different pitcher each year. This year he’s getting whiffs, while allowing more hard hit contact than he’s done in the past. While I do not expect him to maintain his 9 K/9, he’s definitely a solid 5th starter for the Mets when Carrasco returns in what should be a few more days.

Corné: the Mets bullpen has been splendid in April and couple of arms who I didn’t expect to be good. Yes I expected great things from Diaz, May, Castro and Loup but the other arms I had concerns about. Familia and Gsellman both have pitched well in relief, something I didn’t expect.

Biggest disappointment of April?

Michael: Francisco Lindor and the rest of the offense. Obviously, the bats have woken up a bit as of late. I think it is more important to focus on Lindor. He finished the Spring with a bang and we expected him to carry that over into the regular season. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. His bat has been ice cold with no signs of waking up. Hopefully he can get hot soon, but for now he has been quite quiet.

Del: This is a no brainer, the offense has been horrid. At first I thought it was due to all of the disruption in the schedule, but the Mets were getting on base, the problem was that they could not score runs and left too many RISP stranded. I am slightly concerned moving forward and think Chili Davis job security is a jeopardy if the trend continues.

Corné: I think this one is obvious, the offense. The Mets should have had one of the better lineups in the game and they have struggled. Especially miss the power the Mets have lacked in a big way. If I have to name one hitter: it’s Jeff McNeil for me. A guy who should hit for a high average with a approach to get more big hits, hasn’t done a lot this month.

Best Game you have seen in April?

Michael: Jacob deGrom 15 strikeout game against the Nationals in a 6-0 win, April 23. DeGrom threw a gem and managed to have arguable the best start of his career. Absolutely an amazing game on the makeup “Jackie Robinson Day.” Super amazing game that I think we all can agree was a special game.

Del: Any game DeGrom starts in are must watch games, but that April 17th game in Colorado was phenomenal. DeGrom was fun to watch as he fell just 1 K short for tying the MLB consecutive K record set by Tom Seaver. DeGrom finished the game striking 14 batters in just 6 IP during a 7 Inning double header. Edwin Diaz ended up closing the game in the 7th inning by striking out side for the Save.

Corné: Sunday the 25th of April when the Mets beat the Nats 4-0. Great defense was the main attraction to that game, especially the Almora catch. Walker and the bullpen pitched well as it was one game I truly enjoyed watching.

Most difficult loss to take?

Michael: Honestly the last game of April was the worst. The April 30 game against the Phillies where they lost 2-1, had many opportunities to score and never did, and then challenged Jose Alvarado to a fight. It wasn’t a great game for the Mets, and was absolutely rock bottom. Fortunately, this game seemed to be the springboard for the season.

Del: April 21 lost against the Cubs. The Mets have up 4 errors, but there was so much more sloppiness that game. It was so bad I had to stop watching it after the Cubs scored their 14th run of the game on a Javy Baez grandslam in the 6th inning. The final score was 16-4 Cubs.

Corné: The Mets 3-0 loss against the Marlins on April the 10th. After another gem by deGrom the Mets couldn’t score any runs. I watched that game with another Dutch Mets fan and it really got us aggravated.

Looking forward to May, who will be the Mets best position player?

Michael: Michael Conforto. He is red hot right now and when he gets hot, he is hard to stop. It is going to be fun watching him play if he gets on a roll.

Del: Pete Alonso is going to be the best hitter, and his defense this year has improved for a guy who scouts said he would be a defensive liability. Alonso hit bombs and as the weather gets warmer the ball should carry further.

Corné: Fransisco Lindor will get out of his slump. He is going to get red hot in stretch without many offdays and him getting to know the league!

Best pitcher in May (besides the obvious deGrom)?

Michael: David Peterson. He has been sneakily great lately. His start against the Red Sox was what he can really do, and the Phillies start from May 2 was great as well. He is going to need to prove that he belongs in this rotation when Carrasco comes back, and I think that will make him incredible. Everyone knows I am very high on David Peterson.

Del: Carlos Carrasco. Cookie is just a special pitcher, while he may give up a few BB, I expect him to be fun to watch as he whiffs the opposition with his fastball and curveball. Adding him to the rotation is going to drastically improve the Mets as long as the offense gets going.

Corné: David Peterson. The lefty has shown some good outings so far this year. Not every time he got any help from his defense which hurt his ERA. I liked what I have seen so far from Peterson and think he will thrive in May with Carrasco close to returning. Peterson needs a big month to keep his spot.

Mets record in May?

Michael: 19-9

Del: 16-12

Corné: 17-11

Mets Win the Game, Lose Two Hitters

The Mets beat the Phillies 5-4 in a nailbitter on Saturday. After the Mets scored 4 runs against Wheeler, the Phillies came all the way back against Taijuan Walker.

The Mets bullpen, who have been great, kept it tied until Michael Conforto big solo homerun in the top of the Ninth. Diaz got the save for a huge Mets win.

However, the Mets did got some bad news. A day after the Mets lost Guillorme, they lost Davis and Nimmo to injuries during the game.

Davis had a left hand sprain and Nimmo a bruised left index finger. Luckily Nimmo X-Rays were negative. Nimmo had a lot of pain after the swing so I expected way worse.

Both will probably be out of the lineup Sunday in hope for a quick return. However, with 2 injured players on your bench it really diminished your bench. Interesting decision for the Mets.

But let’s take the positive over the negative. A huge win for the Mets with a clutch hit by a big hitter the Mets need to get going. It’s time for all the good Mets hitters to step up with two of the hitters maybe out.

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