Mets have a huge hurdle in the Padres series

No one has it easy when it comes to scheduling in the playoffs. Every team there has the makings to whoop ass and that’s what they’re going to try to do. Regardless if it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Cleveland Guardians, that team is trying to send their opponents home packing in search of that illustrious World Series ring.

With all that said, the San Diego Padres have made huge strides in the past few years till as recent as this past August, when they acquired the MVP caliber outfielder Juan Soto. While Soto’s services did not come cheap, it’s all in effort to walk home as champions.

Soto has struggled a bit initially since joining the Padres, as the outfielder possesses a .236/.388/.390/.778 slash line in 52 games. However, he has turned it around in the past two weeks as he’s been hitting .309/.424/.545 in last 55 at-bats.

Another big name that found his way on the Padres is closer Josh Hader. Hader, much like Soto, struggled quite a bit when first joining the friars however has been better as of recently.

The left-hander hasn’t given up a run in his last 6.1 innings pitched. While this isn’t a long stretch, you’re definitely going to want your closer finding rhythm before your playoff run… perfect timing for Hader and the Padres.

This is a star-studded squad. Even with the self-inflicted loss of Fernando Tatis Jr., the Padres are just as dangerous as the Yankees in the late 90’s.

And while Max Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the league, Friday night’s contest won’t be an easy task for the veteran ace.

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.

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.

Rojas on Alonso’s Absence from Lineup

Many have immediately noticed as soon as the lineup was released, Pete Alonso’s name wasn’t in it. Some fans’ first instinct may have been that Alonso could be once again injured or is dealing with some lingering wrist problems.

However, New York Mets manager Luis Rojas should’ve put everyone’s mind at ease. When speaking to the media before Thursday’s contest against the Padres in San Diego, Rojas told reporters that this is simply a day off.

This off day for Alonso was given due to the first baseman not having a rehab assignment and easing him back into live action. Rojas told the press that Alonso is available off of the bench.

Alonso certainly had a good series in Arizona as he went 5-13 with one home run and five RBI’s against Diamondbacks pitching. However, he hasn’t shared the same success against Darvish while Dom Smith is a great back-up option.

Thursday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/3

The 27-21 New York Mets will play the first out of a four-game set against the 34-23 San Diego Padres. After winning the series in Arizona, the Mets look to carry the heat from the desert to the bay.

The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Taijuan Walker to the hill, making his tenth appearance of the season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA with 49 K’s in 49.0 innings pitched.

Walker is coming off of a start in which he tossed five innings, while giving up two hits and not allowing any runs in his effort against the Atlanta Braves on the 29th of May.

The San Diego Padres will have 34-year old Yu Darvish on the mound, a veteran right-hander making his 12th appearance of the campaign. Darvish’ last outing was against the Houston Astros as he went five innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits.

Darvish so far is having a solid season, pitching to a 2.16 ERA while owning a 5-1 record. The Japanese born pitcher has also struck out 79 batters in 66.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

Thursday’s Pitching Preview 6/3

The 27-21 New York Mets will play the first out of a four-game set against the 34-23 San Diego Padres. After winning the series in Arizona, the Mets look to carry the heat from the desert to the bay.

The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Taijuan Walker to the hill, making his tenth appearance of the season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA with 49 K’s in 49.0 innings pitched.

Walker is coming off of a start in which he tossed five innings, while giving up two hits and not allowing any runs in his effort against the Atlanta Braves on the 29th of May.

The San Diego Padres will have 34-year old Yu Darvish on the mound, a veteran right-hander making his 12th appearance of the campaign. Darvish’ last outing was against the Houston Astros as he went five innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits.

Darvish so far is having a solid season, pitching to a 2.16 ERA while owning a 5-1 record. The Japanese born pitcher has also struck out 79 batters in 66.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

deGrom K’s nine straight

Jacob deGrom is no stranger to chasing history, even mid game in 40 degree weather. Today, the two-time Cy Young award winner has struck out nine straight batters. Just one strike out short of the Major League record.

The record of course is held by Tom Seaver, in which he struck out 10 straight Padres at Shea Stadium. What makes it extra special is that it was the last ten batters of the game.

deGrom has made it clear recently in an interview with Jeff Passan, that he intends to not only pitch till he’s 40, but also to be enshrined in the inner-circle of the Hall of Fame.

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.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview 3/17

Wednesday will feature a couple of pitchers that have yet to give up any earned runs so far this spring. The Marlins will host the Mets in this matchup and Miami will send out Sandy Alacantara for the fourth time.

Alcantara has pitch 7.2 innings and has struck out ten batters while maintaining a 1.57 WHIP. In 2020, the right-hander appeared in seven games and posted a 3.00 ERA in 42.0 innings pitched.

The Mets have a scrap going on for the fifth and final spot of the rotation. With Carlos Carrasco experiencing some elbow issues, it may be wise to have someone else ready to go at start of the season.

One of the candidates is Joey Lucchesi and the left-handed is just making his second appearances of the Spring. Also with a 0.00 ERA going into today’s contest, Lucchesi has pitched just two innings and has three strikeouts with a 0.50 WHIP.

The Mets of course acquired Lucchesi during the off-season in a three-team trade that had also sent Joe Musgrove to the San Diego Padres. Sandy Alderson and crew only had to give up MiLB catcher Endy Rodriguez to the Pirates in this deal and yes, that’s it.

Tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 1:05 P.M. EST and will unfortunately not be televised, however radio will be available on Miami’s WINZ AM.

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