Mets at Indians: Wheeler Hoping That Cleveland Rocks, Flores Back At Third
Mets at Indians • 7:05 p.m. ET
RHP Zack Wheeler (7-3, 3.36) vs. LHP Scott Kazmir (7-7, 4.36)
Well it’s great to see Wilmer Flores back in the lineup and playing third base. He has been dealing with that sore ankle issue as well as battling fatigue. Flores announced he will not be playing Winter Ball this offseason.
Satin is back in the number three spot which I think suits him well, especially when there’s a lefthander on the mound. He’ll be the designated hitter, but I would have used Flores as DH to give him three extra days to strengthen that ankle. Sometimes I don’t get where Collins’ head is at.
Andrew Brown gets the call at cleanup despite going 0-for-4 the last time he batted there. Duda will bat fifth behind him. Duda has been hot of late. Hmmm… You see what I did there?
It looks like Young and Murphy have become a fixture in the first two spots in the lineup. Young has six stolen bases in his last seven games and his 19 stolen bases in the second half are the most in the majors. Meanwhile Murphy is red-hot and is 15-for-his-last-31 (.484) while sporting a nine game hitting streak.
Travis d’Arnaud, who has been struggling at the plate has been dropped to eighth in the lineup by Collins. And a very hot Juan Lagares is batting seventh. Lagares has hit in a career-high 10 straight games dating back to August 25 and is batting .359 (14-39) with six runs scored and four RBI in that span so why not just keep him buried down in the lineup?
The Mets travel to Cleveland tonight because, why not?
The Amazin’s stopped their slide last night thanks to a tremendous performance by Dillon Gee who has a 2.01 ERA since the All-Star break and some nice offense from Brown and Duda. Today Zach Wheeler makes the start against Scott Kazmir (yes, that Scott Kazmir). Side story: the Indians are in a playoff race so not only can the Mets play spoiler here, but there is something going on with a chicken in the field as a good luck charm.
Wheeler is 7-3 on the season with a 3.36 ERA over 14 starts and 83.0 innings with 72 strikeouts. In his last five starts, he has pitched 32.1 innings with a 2.51 ERA. Not surprisingly, Wheeler has never faced the Indians in his career and he has never faced anyone on their roster in a major league game. The elephant in the room tonight with Wheeler will be how much more does he pitch this year? For the last several games he’s been saying he’s tired and even though Terry does not wish him to say that, at some point he will probably need to be shut down.
The Mets bats will get a look at Scott Kazmir, someone whose history does not need an introduction to Mets fans. He is 7-7 over 24 games with a 4.36 ERA over 130.0 innings. He’s pitched 19.0 innings in his last four starts with a 7.11 ERA. Not incredibly surprisingly, even though he has been in the league for a while, he has never faced the Mets and has not faced anyone on the Mets current roster.
Lets Go Mets!
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