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.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Fall Prey to Orioles

For David Peterson, this will make back to back shortened starts when the lefty is out there. This time out against the Baltimore Orioles, Peterson threw just 2.2 innings while surrendering four earned runs on eight base hits. The left-hander’s ERA is now at 6.32 after this appearance in Baltimore.

Despite the terrible outing, manager Luis Rojas told reporters that David Peterson will indeed make his next scheduled start. So while many might have been wondering about Peterson’s fate, management seems to know have a plan.

Believe it or not, the Mets actually got up early in this contest when Pete Alonso hit a two-run shot in the first inning. The home run, his eighth, would come off of lefty Bruce Zimmermann and put the boys in Orange & Blue up by two.

Every pitcher wearing a Mets uniform in this contest gave up a run, so there isn’t much to write about on that front. However, Drew Smith struck out three batters in two innings pitched while giving up a run.

While the rest of the Mets offense was on a sabbatical, Pete Alonso came through with another home run. His second dinger of the evening would this time come off of pitcher Travis Larkin Sr., a righty with a plus six ERA.

The Mets and Orioles will finish off this series tomorrow evening at 7:05 PM EST in Camden Yards.

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.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 5/11

The New York Mets will host the Baltimore Orioles to kick off the series in a treat of a pitching matchup.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Marcus Stroman to the mound, making his seventh appearance of the season. The New York native is 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA in 34.0 innings pitched.

Stroman did well in his last outing as he pitched five innings, surrendering three hits and two unearned runs. While he ended up picking up the loss, Stroman showed signs of getting back on track.

The Baltimore Orioles will have John Means on the hill, a lefty that is coming off of tossing a no-hitter. This will be the Mets’ second time seeing Means, this first being in 2020. The team is hitting .256/.289/.488/.777 in a total of 43 at-bats.

This season, Means owns a 4-0 record with a 1.37 ERA, while striking out 50 in 46.0 innings pitched.

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

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Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 5/11

The New York Mets will host the Baltimore Orioles to kick off the series in a treat of a pitching matchup.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Marcus Stroman to the mound, making his seventh appearance of the season. The New York native is 3-3 with a 2.12 ERA in 34.0 innings pitched.

Stroman did well in his last outing as he pitched five innings, surrendering three hits and two unearned runs. While he ended up picking up the loss, Stroman showed signs of getting back on track.

The Baltimore Orioles will have John Means on the hill, a lefty that is coming off of tossing a no-hitter. This will be the Mets’ second time seeing Means, this first being in 2020. The team is hitting .256/.289/.488/.777 in a total of 43 at-bats.

This season, Means owns a 4-0 record with a 1.37 ERA, while striking out 50 in 46.0 innings pitched.

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

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Mets hire bench coach

The New York Mets aren’t done adding on to their staff as they’ve hired Dave Jauss to assume the role of bench coach.

Jauss worked for the Montreal Expos under the leadership of Felipe Alou in the past. Also in 1997, he served as the Red Sox first base coach. He’s even had served as a bench coach with the Dodgers in 2007 before taking a job with the Orioles in the same capacity.

Jauss has experience with working with managers like the legendary Felipe Alou, Grady Little, and even Clint Hurdle. So Jauss has been amongst some great company.

Source: Jon Heyman

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Miguel Castro is a hidden gem

The Mets traded for Miguel Castro before the 2020 Trade Deady. Some thought that giving up Mets prospect Kevin Smith, was to steep. Mainly, because the Mets lacked upper level starting pitching depth. I was a huge fan of this trade and saw the upside Castro has. A potential dominant reliever for the back end of the pen.

Miguel Castro has the stuff, but hasn’t been that good at the Major League level. Castro owns a 4.29 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over 283 career innings. However in 2020, we saw a great increasement of strikeouts in his game.

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Castro’s best pitches are his high 90’s sinker and his slider. His slider provides a high spin rate of 2933 RPM in 2020 and 3029 RPM in 2019. His whiff percentage on his slider was a strong 48.3%. The expected slash line against his slider is ridiculous (.149/.179/.197). That’s crazy and shows that’s a pitch hitters have a lot of issues with. Hopefully he can use it more and more, because his fastball gets hit pretty hard.

One concern in 2020, was that his exit velo went up 3.9mph. His average exit velo in 2020 was high at 91 MPH. However, in 2019 and 2018 he was just above 87 MPH which is solid. If he can combine his 2020 whiff %, K% and barrel % (see below) to his 2019 exit velo and hard hit numbers, he will be a terrific dominant arm.

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As you can also see, his expected numbers (XERA, xwOBA, XBA, XSLG) are all above league average. If he is able to put it all together, WATCH OUT!

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The Mets make a couple of trades

The New York Mets have traded for Todd Frazier, catcher Robinson in a trade with the Texas Rangers, and reliever Miguel Castro in a deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Pete Alonso on the Mets re-acquiring Todd Frazier: “This is news to me. But if he does come back, I love Todd. Todd is the man. He’s always welcome here in the clubhouse. Never a dull moment… He just brings good vibes no matter where he goes.”

General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen has said that he likes that Miguel Castro is controllable, in terms of his contract, and that he has late inning experience.

Mathew Brownstein reports that Castro is a reliever whose fastball velocity is in the 97th percentile this season. The right-hander won’t hit free agency until 2023.

Texas will receive a player to be named later while the Orioles will get Kevin Smith back.

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