Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 5/25

The 21-10 New York Mets will play the second out of a four-game set against the 19-29 Colorado Rockies. After suffering a loss last night, this highly decimated Mets team is looking to get back into the win column.

The Mets plan to send their ace Jacob deGrom to the hill, making his seventh appearance of the season. The DeLand, Florida native is 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA with 65 K’s in 40.0 innings pitched.

deGrom is coming fresh off of the Injured List after he was experiencing tightness on his left side. Luckily, his stint on the IL has been short, as the Mets need as many people back on the field.

The Colorado Rockies will have 28-year old Kyle Freeland on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 2021 debut. Freeland injured his shoulder during Spring Training, however has thrown 10.0 innings to a 1.80 during his rehab assignment.

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

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 5/25

The 21-10 New York Mets will play the second out of a four-game set against the 19-29 Colorado Rockies. After suffering a loss last night, this highly decimated Mets team is looking to get back into the win column.

The Mets plan to send their ace Jacob deGrom to the hill, making his seventh appearance of the season. The DeLand, Florida native is 3-2 with a 0.68 ERA with 65 K’s in 40.0 innings pitched.

deGrom is coming fresh off of the Injured List after he was experiencing tightness on his left side. Luckily, his stint on the IL has been short, as the Mets need as many people back on the field.

The Colorado Rockies will have 28-year old Kyle Freeland on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 2021 debut. Freeland injured his shoulder during Spring Training, however has thrown 10.0 innings to a 1.80 during his rehab assignment.

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

Sunday’s Pitching Preview 4/18

After splitting the doubleheader with the Rockies last night, the Mets look to take the series today with Marcus Stroman on the hill.

Before Stroman takes the mound, the Mets will be opposing Antonio Senzatela, a right-hander from Valencia, Venezuela. In three appearances this season, Senzatela owns a terrible 7.07 ERA with a 1.64 WHIP.

While he has a 1-2 record, somehow managing to win a game, he’s only struck out seven batters in 14.0 innings pitched. So he isn’t missing many bats and the Mets should look to benefit in this contest.

Stroman on the other hand has been nothing short of spectacular. The Long Island, New York native owns a 2-0 record so far during this 2021 campaign.

The sinker throwing righty has the arsenal to keep batters on their toes and off-balance. Stroman owns a 0.75 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP in his 12 innings pitched, so far.

First pitch is scheduled for 3:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

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Saturday’s Pitching Preview (Game Two) 4/17

With the Mets taking the field for game one in the cold Denver weather, game two should expected to be a bit colder.

The Mets will send lefty Joey Lucchesi to the hill in game two.

So far this year, Lucchesi owns a 0-0 record with a 0.00 ERA as he’s only pitched two innings. In those two innings, Lucchesi did manage to strike out three batters.

The Colorado Rockies will have German Marquez on the mound, a right-hander with a 4.02 ERA. This will be the Mets’ first time seeing Marquez since the 2019 campaign.

So far this season in just three games, Marquez owns a4.02 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP while having struck out 14 in 15.2 innings pitched.

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.

J.D. Davis activated from I.L.

Mets third baseman J.D. Davis has been activated from the 10-Day Injured List. The Mets will in return option Jose Peraza back to the alternate site.

During his 10-day stint on the I.L., Davis only missed six games due to games being postponed.

Stephen Tarpley will also join the Mets during today’s doubleheader as the 27th man on the roster.

Saturday’s Pitching Preview (Game One) 4/17

What a week. The Mets get rained out, then sweep the Phillies. Rained out, again. Jump on a plane to Colorado, where it’s been snowing a whole bunch to find out game one of the series has been postponed. There’s no telling that today’s set of games will get off, but there is some optimism.

The Mets plan to send the ace of all of Major League Baseball in Jacob deGrom to the mound. This will be an interesting start, if it ever happens, with the contest taking place at Coors Field. Will deGrom be effective in the thin air while up in the mountains? Hopefully, we’ll get to find out.

So far this year, deGrom owns a 0-1 record during this 2021 campaign however, of course it sits next to a 0.64 ERA. In 14 innings pitched, the 2x Cy Young award winner has K’d 21 of his opponents.

The Colorado Rockies will have Chi Chi Gonzalez on the mound, a right-hander with a 3.60 ERA. This will be the Mets’ first time seeing Gonzalez in his career, so it could be a flip of the coin. However, hopefully the Mets offense can wake up in the hitter friendly environment of Coors Field.

So far this season in just five innings pitched, Gonzalez owns a 3.60 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP while having struck out only five in 10 innings pitched.

First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

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Blackmon to the Mets?

Charlie Blackmon to the Mets is a topic that has come up before in the past. While it may have made sense before, I don’t currently see a reason why the Mets would want to entertain this.

Sure, with Colorado unloading their star third baseman in Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals, it would only be safe to assume that they’d love to deal Blackmon, too.

Some may say that Blackmon is a contingency plan to Conforto walking after 2021, but with Blackmon turning 35 on the first of July, is that a good fit?

Offensively, Blackmon is a terrific player. He hits for average, he gets on base, he has pop, and isn’t a terrible defender in right field. Would I ever use him in centerfield, again? Never.

However, back to his offense. The question that has to come up is “Can Blackmon be the same ‘Chuck Nazty’ away from the confines of Coors Field? Of course, this is a valid question and concern.

Away from Coors Field, Blackmon owns a .263/.316/.431/.747 slash line with 78 home runs and 228 runs batted in. At Coors, the outfield is slashing an outstanding .347/.404/.583/.987 with 100 home runs and 326 RBI’s.

So clearly and obviously, Blackmon just isn’t getting on-base at the same rate as he does at Coors Field. And at a very spacious Citi Field, he owns a .247/.298/.454/.752 slash with three home runs and seven RBI’s in 84 at-bats.

With Blackmon still being owed roughly $52M over the next three years, this is an easy pass for me.

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What Bryant’s Deal Means for the Mets

It’s no secret that the Mets are looking for a defensive upgrade at third base, an upgrade that still has a heavy hitting stick in the batters box. Arenado’s name has come up, however the way I see it, the Dodgers are the best fit for him.

That leaves Kris Bryant for the New York Mets. It’s important to include and understand that Bryant and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration worth $19.5M. So if the the Mets want to strike up a deal, this is something that obviously needs to be taken into consideration.

The Cubs are in salary dump mode, so they very well may ask any team involved in trade talks to pick up a huge majority of that $19.5M. This will allow the team discussing a Bryant acquisition to give up less from the farm, prospect wise.

Baseball Trade Values

With the Chicago Cubs unloading assets, the best prospects and players you can possibly acquire in return are probably pitchers and shortstops.

While Junior Santos is not a household name, the righty now currently ranks ninth in the Mets list of Top 30 Prospects after Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene were shipped to Cleveland as part of the Lindor package.

The Mets could package catcher Ali Sanchez in the deal, which shouldn’t be a deal maker but with the Cubs potentially shopping Willson Contreras around, as well, Sanchez and a few dollars could help sweeten the offer.

Sanchez isn’t projected to be much more than a back-up backstop, however the Cubs aren’t shooting for a World Series ring in 2021. But, Santos will add a solid name to their list of prospects as well as a top of the line, up and coming pitcher.

However, the patience of Steve Cohen, Sandy Alderson, Jared Porter, and Zack Scott have proven to be a commodity so far. So while the roster would be stacked and loaded, they could still potential hold onto J.D. Davis in all of this.

However, if that were to be the case, I’d imagine the Mets would be looking into flipping the young and controllable slugger for a couple of prospects to replenish the farm system.

While many would love to include Familia in the trade for the Mets to free up some salary as well as a roster spot in the bullpen, the Cubs would not be inclined to do so. The Mets would need to include the likes of JT Ginn or even PCA, Pete Crow-Armstrong.

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