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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MetsJunkies Recap: Alvarez Goes Beast Mode

The Mets beat the Marlins 9-3 yesterday behind some powerfully offense. The power started in the first when Mark Canha and Francisco Lindor went back-to-back. It ended with a bomb by top prospect Francisco Alvarez in the eight.

Lindor had a solid game going 2 for 3 with that homerun and double. The star shortstop drove in two in the win.

Arguably the biggest hit came of the bat from J.D. Davis. Davis cleared the bases with a three run double, an at bat after he got hit in the knee by a pitch. Eduardo Escobar also had a solid game going 3 for 3 with a RBI.

Arguably the most exciting moment was Francisco Alvarez crushing a homerun off the scoreboard in left field. It showed the amazing pop Francisco Alvarez has. He is going to be exciting.

With the Mets expecting a rainy evening, they went with relief pitchers and had Bassitt and Carrasco work in the minor league Instrasquad game earlier on the day. The bullpen game went well as Diaz, Castro, Orze, Shreve, Holderman, Lugo and Mitchell all had a scoreless frame. Sean Reid-Foley walked 3, allowing just one run and Josh Walker allowed 2 (1 earned) in his inning.

Castro did got some help by some sparkling defense behind him. Jeff McNeil made a terrific play for and out and Brandon Nimmo followed with a nice catch in CF.

Bassitt and Carrasco got their work in on the minor league site. Bassitt went 5 innings allowing just one hit with 5 strikeouts. Carlos Carrasco however, struggled in his outing allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 3.1 innings. He allowed homeruns to Jose Peroza and Thomas Nido. Drew Smith also pitched, he went a perfect inning.

Today the Mets face the Astros at 6.10pm with Tylor Megill making the start. The Game is not televised.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Bucs upset Mets late

Tylor Megill keeps on impressing as he took the mound on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Listen, the Pirates aren’t going to compete for their division this season however, they’ve definitely proven to be quite the scrappy little club.

Megill on the other hand, tossed six shut-out innings while allowing six hits and no walks in the contest. The rookie right-hander has now lowered his ERA 2.63 after making 5th appearance of the season.

The Pirates did make Megill work quite hard right out of the gate as it took 22 pitches to finally end the first inning, stranding Adam Frazier on second. While Megill definitely pitched well enough to earn the win, that wasn’t the case as the rookie didn’t get a decision.

Luis Guillorme is proving that not only is he the best option with the glove when it comes to temporarily replacing Lindor at shortstop, but he’s doing it with the stick, too.

The slick fielding infielder would go 1-3 with a run scored as well as a double in the fourth inning.

The Mets used J.D. Davis as their clean-up batter and it was a great move. Davis ended up hitting two two-run bombs in his 3-4 effort, alongside four RBI’s which at one point (Fourth Inning) were the Mets’ only runs on the board.

Travis Blankenhorn came into the game in the top of the seventh to pinch-hit for Megill and absolutely laced a double off of the right-center field wall. The extra-base hit would plate across Luis Guillorme, giving the Mets the 5-0 lead.

Coming into the game, Blankenhorn was just 1-11 with a .348 OPS while with the Mets.

Brandon Nimmo continues to get on base at an elite level. The Mets centerfielder drew three walks against Pirates pitching and crossed the plate once on his 1-2 game.

It all started to go down hill for the Mets in the 8th inning when Seth Lugo surrendered five runs on three hits and two walks in just 0.2 innings. Lugo now has an inflated ERA of 5.09 after Saturday’s disaster of an outing.

Edwin Diaz failed just as bad as the closer gave up four runs in the ninth, blowing the save as well as picking up the loss. Diaz would give up a grand slam to Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings for the walk off as the Mets suffer from a 9-7 loss.

Taijuan Walker will take the hill for the Mets on Sunday afternoon as the Mets look to at least take one game from these Pirates.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets shutout against Nats

This was a pitching showcase with both Joey Lucchesi and Erick Fedde pitching well above expectations in this contest. While this game could’ve easily been a high scoring affair, both pitchers were pretty damn sharp.

In the bottom half of the third, pitcher Erick Fedde dribbled one right in front of the plate, however Nido would throw the ball in to centerfield allowing Victor Robles to advance to third. After Lucchesi would load the bases, Trea Turner would hit a sharp ground ball to Villar, turning the 5-5-3 double play to end the Nationals rally.

Lucchesi pitched 5.1 scoreless innings while giving up four hits and two walks. The left-hander also struck out five batters while lowering his ERA to 4.46 on the year.

Miguel Castro came in and did a masterful job out of the bullpen as he recorded five outs on just 15 pitches. While the right-hander only struck out one, did induce a inning ending double play as well as lowering his ERA to 2.89 on the campaign.

The Mets offense just hasn’t shown up in the past two games, while the pitching has stepped up.

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The loss came as Edwin Diaz entered the game in the ninth inning and was unable to record an out. Diaz would get the loss and raise his ERA to 3.00 after the disastrous outing.

The Mets will play a doubleheader tomorrow with David Peterson on the hill of the first game, and potentially Jared Eickhoff in the second.

MetsJunkies Recap: Walker K’s 12; Beats Cubs

Taijuan Walker looked dominant on the hill on Tuesday evening. The right-hander tossed seven innings while giving up two runs and striking out 12 batters. Even though he’d gotten in trouble throughout his start, he was able to get out of most of it while limiting the damage done.

After the game, Walker acknowledged that the Mets were the only team to offer the Shreveport, Louisiana native a contract.

Mets’ first baseman Pete Alonso went 1-3 with three RBI’s on the evening. While Alonso is now batting .258 on the year, in his last seven games his slash line is .320/.379/.720 with three home runs and nine RBI’s.

Superstar Francisco Lindor had a good game as the shortstop went 1-2 while picking up two walks and crossing the dish once. The former first round pick has a .400 OBP in his last 15 games and has scored 15 times in that span.

Seth Lugo would move into a familiar role as he was asked to pitch two innings to close the game out. Lugo would do exactly that while striking out three in the process, the save counts as Lugo’s first of the year.

The Mets will try to take the series against the Cubs tomorrow as Jacob deGrom looks to continue his historic season.

MetsJunkies Recap: deGrom makes MVP push; Beats Padres

What’s there left to say about Jacob deGrom? The guy is otherworldly and always seems extremely humbled. On Friday night, deGrom took the hill and continued to do what he’s been doing all season long… dominate.

Tonight the Mets’ ace put forth six innings while striking ten Padres batters. The DeLand, Florida native only have up a single hit while lowering his ERA 0.56… Yes, really.

In the fifth inning, new fan favorite Billy McKinney would get the Mets on the board first as he would lace a double just over the first base bag. The extra-base hit would drive in Kevin Pillar, giving the Mets the 1-0 advantage.

While McKinney is hitting just .237, in his last seven games he’s slashing .375/.444/.833 with two home runs and eight RBI’s. Since joining the Mets, he’s hit .275/.700/1.041 with 11 RBI, 4 home runs, 3 doubles, and even a triple.

As usual, deGoat was out there doing it with the stick, too. deGrom would soon follow McKinney as he hit a single to plate two runs, giving him a .400 batting average paired alongside a .840 OPS.

Unfortunately, the he would be pulled a bit early on his own doing because of tendinitis in his pitching elbow. After the game, the future Hall of Fame’r told the media that he plans to make his next scheduled start.

After Miguel Castro would give up two runs in just 0.1 innings, Seth Lugo would come in to close out the 7th inning with the Mets up 3-2.

Edwin Diaz would come on in the bottom of the eighth to record a four-out save, his 11th of the campaign, to secure the Mets’ 31st victory.

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.

MetsJunkies Recap: McCann comes up Huge in Win

The Mets had a huge first inning as Jonathan Villar and Francisco Lindor set the table for catcher James McCann. McCann, who’s set to earn $40M on his current four year contract, blasted a three-run shot off of potential HoF’er Madison Bumgarner.

The Mets were able to tack on another run in the first when Brandon Drury grounded into a double play.

David Patterson gave the Diamondbacks all back and then some as he gave up a two-run shot to Ketel Marte. The Diamondbacks centerfielder is having a great season as he’s .352 on the campaign.

With the bases loaded just minutes later, Ildemaro Vargas would single up the middle to tie the game at four a piece. Not only would that chase Peterson out of the game, but Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner would follow up and drive in a run with a single of his own.

James McCann began to get greedy with the RBI’s as he drove in Jonathan Villar for his fourth RBI on the afternoon.

Mets infielder Brandon Drury would get a second chance to obtain the RBI and came through with a hard hit single to give the Mets the 6-5 lead.

The Mets would end up winning the game as well as the series. Today’s win had huge contributions from James McCann, going 3-5 with a home run and four RBI’s. Francisco Lindor upped his batting average to .209 as the newly acquired shortstop went also went 3-5.

Miguel Castro pitched two scoreless innings to get the win, his second of the season. Edwin Diaz bounced back and picked up his 10th save after a rough game on Tuesday.

The Mets are now currently 27-21 and will be taking on the Padres in San Diego for a four-game set starting Thursday.

MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Lugo Returns to Action With Scoreless Inning

Syracuse Mets (2-11)

With lot of the Mets depth in the majors the Syracuse Mets keep struggling after an 7-3 loss. Brandon Drury homered in the loss. J.D. Davis went 0 for 2 in his rehab stint.

Syracuse got multihit games from Mason Williams, Brandon Drury and Drew Ferguson. Franklyn Kilome started and allowed 2 runs over 5 innings of work. McWilliams got the loss after he struggled with control. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) and 4 walks in an inning.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (1-11)

After the Rumble Ponies got the first win, they lost a 3-2 affair against the SeaWolves.

Struggling prospect Mark Vientos went 1 for 3 with a RBI. One of the 4 hits the Ponies collected.

Adam Oller pitched well allowing just one run over six innings. Thomas McIlraith got the loss allowing 2 runs (1 earned) over 2 innings of work.

Brooklyn Cyclones (4-8)

The Brooklyn Cyclones lost 4-3 against the Renegades on Tuesday. Ronny Mauricio extended his hitting streak to 10 games to open this season. Brett Baty collected two hits and Joe Genord homered for the fourth time this season (2 run shot).

The Cyclones got good pitching as Jose Butto pitched his best game of the year going 5.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits, walking just one.

St. Lucie Mets (9-4)

The only Mets minor league team that is performing are the St. Lucie Mets. They shutout the Palm Beach Cardinals 4-0.

Shervyen Newton and Francisco Alvarez both collected two hits in the win.

Seth Lugo made his return to action with a scoreless first. It took Lugo just 4 pitches and he reached 93 on the gun. Franklyn Parra (2IP), Hunter Parsons (3IP), Liam McCall, Willy Taveras and Reyson Santos (IP) combined to hold the shut out.

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Seth Lugo Will Undergo Elbow Surgery

Seth Lugo will not be throwing for at least six weeks as an MRI revealed he has “loose body” in his right elbow and will need to undergo surgery on Tuesday, February 16.

While going through his normal throwing progression during the offseason, a bone spur had broken off at some point. Inflammation that wouldn’t subside recently caused Lugo to inform the Mets’ medical staff of the situation and they ordered an MRI, which took place on Friday.

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