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: Davis Struggles at Third as Mets fall to Astros

The Mets dropped to 3-3 on the Spring after the Mets lost to the Astros 2-1. The Mets pitching held up very well against a lineup that featured Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and others. Unfortunately the defense wasn’t up to par and JD Davis struggled with 2 errors at third.

The errors cost Megill two unearned runs in his solid outing. The righty went 3.2 innings, allowing 2 (unearned) runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 4 Astros hitters in his outing.

The relief corps behind Megill shined as they combined to pitch 5.1 scoreless frames with 0 walks and 7 strikeouts. Lefties Rob Zastryzny and Alex Claudio both pitched perfect innings. Claudio collected 2 strikeouts, while Zastryzny got one. Both are battling to make the bullpen.

Trevor May made his spring debut with a scoreless inning. The righty did allow 2 hits but also struck out 2. Adam Ottavino impressed with a perfect frame, striking out Altuve.

The Mets offense didn’t do a lot. Daniel Palka drove in the only run with a single and Jankowski kept his strong spring going with a 2 hit game. Jankowski also made a terrific diving catch in center as he tries to make the Mets bench.

Tomorrow the Mets will face the Nationals at 1.10PM as David Peterson looks to rebound.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Mets drop second straight

After being blown out the night prior, the Mets came back and played good baseball, however it would go down in a loss. Jacob deGrom gave up three runs out of the gate in the bottom of the first, two of them coming off of an Austin Riley home run.

The Mets did get on the board first in the top half via a hard hit single by Michael Conforto. Lindor would score on the play after stealing a bag off of the Ian Anderson/Kevan Smith combination.

Dom Smith would hit a pair of home runs, his 7th and 8th of the year. While the surge in power was great to see in the latter innings, it still wasn’t enough as they fell short 4-3 to the Braves.

Trevor May pitched a scoreless inning and has lowered his ERA to 3.34 after making his 34th appearance of the campaign.

The Mets look to turn things around in the Subway Series against the Yankees starting on Friday, weather permitting.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets stung by Rays

Rays starter Tyler Glasnow came firing out of the gate as he pretty much breezed through the first three innings. However, the Mets would tag Glasnow in the fourth as Kevin Pillar would single to reach base after retiring the first 14 batters.

Jonathan Villar would follow Pillar with a two-run shot to give the Mets the 2-0 lead.

David Peterson would put on a clinic of his own. The left-hander retired 17 straight at one point, then came along catcher Mike Zunino with a solo shot in the Eighth. While Peterson was pitching an excellent game, Luis Rojas mysteriously had no one ready in the bullpen.

Kevin Padlo would follow Zunino with his first Major League hit, a double. Rojas would eventually bring in Trevor May to relieve Peterson and May labor in 0.2 innings.

After getting Randy Arozarena to line out to Villar at third, Manuel Margot would go down the same line but with a double to tie the contest at two. Margot is now currently hitting an astronomical .388 against the Mets.

Shockingly, Rojas would still not have any arms ready in the pen. Fortunately, May would finally put down Austin Meadows via strike out to end the bottom half of the eighth.

After a two-out hit by Pillar as well Villar reaching base via error, James McCann would ground out to first base to end the inning and rally.

While we’ve given Miguel Castro a ton of praise on, this evening Castro would load up the bases. With left-handed hitting Joey Wendle coming up to bat, that would get Luis Rojas to bring in lefty Aaron Loup.

However, Brett Phillips would turn out to be the hero for the Rays as he hit a single into right field to win the game. Castro would get the loss as the Mets fall to 18-14, however still hold a lead over the Phillies in the NL East.

David Peterson-7.1, 4 H’s, 2 ER’s, 2 BB’s, 9 K’s.

Kevin Pillar-2-4, 1 run.

Trevor May is a great addition

The Mets have signed Trevor May to a two year deal, pending a physical. The Mets have bolstered their pen with a true late inning arm to help out Diaz.

Over May’s last 113 appearances, he has been terrific. He has pitched to a 3.19 ERA/3.56FIP with a 12K/9 and a 144 ERA+.

May has swing and miss stuff as he is in the 99th percentile in whiff% (6th in the majors in 2020). He did allow more hard hits in 2020, but that was higher than his career norm, while being able to keep his high whiff%. To me it’s not a big reason for concern. His strikeout stuff is so good, it should be sustainable and get him out of trouble. Walk percentage is also above average and he allows less hits than innings pitched.

May relies on three pitches. A high 90’s FB, slider and occasional change-up. His fastball gets a high whiff percentage at 46.9, showing he is overpowering hitters with that pitch. In 2019 batters hit .180/.227/.242 on his fastball with his slider being his money secondary pitch. This past year hitters had more success, but again with his whiff percentage still high, it’s not a concern for me.

His slider is the other pitch that he has major success with, as he has been dominant over the last two years with that pitch. In 2020, his slider was filthy as hitters hit just .178/.185/.265 against off of it. There’s no surprise that he uses his slider or fastball 80.3% of the time, so he can be seen as a two pitch pitcher most of the time.

May has been a very reliable solid reliever for the Twins and is a good addition to this bullpen, with Diaz, Betances, Familia and Brach. With May the Mets also have options to decide what Lugo and Matz their role will be. Worth noting that the Mets went for a RH, which could indicate Matz in a pen role? I don’t love Lugo in the rotation as he is a better pen arm, but the Mets already have 5 RH relievers under contract and Diaz/Castro likely tendered a contract. That makes 7 RH relievers without Lugo. This makes me wonder if they switch Lugo and Matz.

The 31 year old gets a two year deal, pending a physical. We will report the finances of the deal when it’s reported. For now let’s enjoy the first big Mets move of the off-season.

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