Mets Junkies Game Recap: Bullpen Blows 4-run Lead

The New York Mets opened the game with Taijuan Walker taking the mound, and while he only pitched two innings, it was a very good two innings.

I’m not sure if Walker was supposed to exit early, however he looked to call the trainer to the clubhouse after the second inning, before being replaced by David Peterson.

Walker tossed just two frames and struck out four batters without giving up a hit or walking a batter, unfortunately, it would be the Mets back end of the bullpen that would falter.

Mark Canha is still hitting. The right-handed bat went 1-4 and is currently hitting .571 with 3 RBI’s on the very young season.

David Peterson pitched well out of the pen following Walker’s departure. The lefty threw four innings, striking out three while walking two and allowing three hits.

Brandon Nimmo picked up a multi-hit game, going 2-4 with a run scored while raising his batting average to .333 while manning center.

Trevor May also looked to tweak something as Showalter and Hefner, alongside a trainer, came to the mound before removing May.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor picked up a base hit, an RBI single. The perennial All-Star is now batting .250 with 3 RBI’s on the year.

The Mets and Phillies will play the second game of the series, as Philadelphia plays host. First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 PM with Tylor Megill squaring up against former Met Zack Wheeler.

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Mets Junkies Game Recap: Escobar flexes some muscle; Mets beat Nationals

Mets starter Taijuan Walker took the mound for the first time this spring as the right hander is coming back from a knee injury. With Walker being behind schedule, he only tossed two scoreless innings before making his exit.

David Peterson entered the contest after Walker’s exit and pitched mediocre in the outing. The left handed went 3.2 innings while allowing two runs on two hits, however he did fan five batters.

Jeff McNeil hit a triple in the fourth and would later be brought home by Robinson Cano’s ground out. The run would cut the Nationals lead in half.

Mark Cahna goes the other way with a hard hit RBI double in the 5th to tie the game at 2. McNeil followed with an opposite field RBI single.

Eduardo Escobar hit his first HR of the spring, a solo shot in the sixth making it 4-2, Mets. Escobar continues to rake, as well as being an important part to the clubhouse.

Chasen Shreve pitched another scoreless inning, his second of the spring. Shreve continues to make his case to be apart of the Mets bullpen.

The Mets would win the game 4-2, after a Sean Reid-Foley save.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Pirates left stranded out at sea

The Mets opened up a can of whoop-ass on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field on Friday. Taijuan Walker took the mound and unfortunately, was not the winning pitcher.

While the Mets would end up beating the Pirates, 13-4, the offense didn’t cement the lead until the bottom of the sixth. That would be a full inning after Walker’s departure.

The Shreveport, Louisiana Native ended up throwing five innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks.

Jonathan Villar put the Mets on the board first as he laced a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the third. The home run would tie the game 1-1 and counts as Villar’s seventh home run of 2021.

Brandon Nimmo soon after put the Mets up by lining a double in the right-center field gap, plating across catcher James McCann.

Later in the fifth, after Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor set the table for Dom Smith, Smith would take advantage by pushing across Nimmo with an RBI single.

Star slugger Pete Alonso immediately followed with a low line drive that was tall enough to clear the centerfield wall. The Mets first baseman now has 16 home runs on the campaign after Friday’s three run shot, putting the team up over the Pirates, 6-2.

After Pirates pitching forced in two runs on a hit by pitch and walk, Francisco Lindor hit a grand slam, giving the Mets the 12-2 lead.

Jonathan Villar would continue to be a solid acquisition as he would hit his second home run of the evening, this one, his 8th, coming in the seventh.

Aaron Loup would be the Mets pitcher of record, logging in his third victory of the campaign.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets aggressor in Subway Mugging

Taijuan Walker has been an absolute steal for this New York Mets ball club and he continued his great season against the Yankees on Saturday. Walker hit the mound and ended up tossing about five no-hit innings before it would be broken up in the 6th.

Walker would end the day pitching 5.2 innings while giving up two runs on two hits. The Shreveport, Louisiana native also walked two but struck out five in his outing.

The Mets offense was led by Brandon Nimmo as the outfielder returned to the lineup with a three-hit game. After missing approximately a third of the season with what was later described as a pinched nerve, Nimmo now has a slash line of .333/.435/.444/.880.

While a whole slew of players had a multi-hit day, Dom Smith’s performance stood out as the first baseman drove in three runs with his three hits. Smith is currently hitting .256/.324/.392/.716 with 34 RBI’s on the campaign.

The Mets bullpen continues to flourish as they combined for 3.1 innings while giving up a run (Miguel Castro), and striking out five.

The Mets look to make it a sweep on Sunday, however it’ll be a tall order as both teams are scheduled for a doubleheader.

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.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 6/15

The 33-25 New York Mets will play the second of a four-game set against the 38-28 Chicago Cubs. After taking the the first game against the Cubs, the Mets look to at least split the series with a win tonight.

Tonight’s contest will feature Taijuan Walker on the hill for the Mets, making his 12th appearance of the season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 5-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 60 K’s in 61.0 innings pitched.

Walker’s last outing came against the Orioles in Baltimore and the pitcher tossed seven innings of one run ball, striking out nine and picking up the victory.

The Chicago Cubs will have 29-year old righty Alec Mills on the mound, a former 22nd round pick with the Royals. This start will count as his second of the season, while the rest of his appearances have come out of the bullpen.

Mills, so far is having a rough go, pitching to a 6.08 ERA while owning a 2-0 record. The Clarksville, Tennessee native has only struck out 15 batters in 23.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on ESPN.

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.

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.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Beat Up the Braves

In a feel good game for the Mets, they beat up the division rival Braves 13-2. The Mets hit a season high 5 homeruns in the victory.

James McCann had a huge day going 4 for 5 with a homerun, double, scoring 3 runs and driving in two. He opened the score with a solo homerun in the first.

The Mets added one in the third after a Dom Smith RBI hit. Villar homered in the 5th and Nido RBI force out added one more.

The Mets showed their muscles in the sixth, scoring 7 runs. Drury homered after Maybin collected his first Mets hit, McCann and Nido collected RBI hits and McKinney hit his first Mets homerun to make it 7 runs in the inning. Lindor added 2 more runs in the seventh with his fourth homer of the year.

Taijuan Walker got the win in his return to action going 5 dominant innings. He allowed 0 runs on 2 hits, while striking out 8. Castro, Reid-Foley and Barnes closed out the game.

Jacob deGrom and the Mets will try to make it 5 in a row today, looking to sweep the Braves. The Mets now have a 3.5 game lead in the East.

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MetsJunkies Game Recap: Mets snap skid; lose two players

New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker got through the first three innings on 33 pitches, giving up just one hit. However, that would be all for the righty as he was removed from the game due to left side tightness.

Sean Reid-Foley would come in to relieve Walker and would do an absolutely masterful job doing so. The right-hander who was acquired in the trade for Steven Matz pitched three perfect innings while striking out five.

Tomas Nido would start the seventh inning with a double and pinch-hitter James McCann would immediately follow with one of his own. McCann’s double would drive in Nido for his eighth RBI of the season.

Unfortunately the Mets would score again on what was an absolute horrific scene. With the bases loaded, outfielder Kevin Pillar would be hit in the face to bring across James McCann. Pillar was dripping blood and would have to be replaced by Khalil Lee as he was brought to a local hospital for a CT scan.

After going up by two, Familia would come in to pitch a scoreless seventh inning, lowering his ERA to 2.84 on the year.

The Mets would tack on a third run when the 26-year old Johneshwy Fargas would hit an RBI double for his first MLB hit.

On a day where we find out that Seth Lugo won’t be back till May 31st, at least. Edwin Diaz would come out of the pen to close out the game and collect his sixth save of the season.

So while the Mets would lose two players mid-game, they did pitch well enough as well as score enough to secure the victory. The now 19-16 Mets are ahead in the NL East standings by one games over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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