MMO Game Thread: Cardinals vs Mets, 7:10 PM

An article by posted on April 21, 2014

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The Mets will host the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals at 7:10 PM on Monday at Citi Field, in the first of a four-game series. Jenrry Mejia will start for the Mets and will oppose left-hander Tyler Lyons for the Cards.

Mejia left his last start with a torn blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand, but he’s good to go for tonight. He told reporters that he wanted to stay in the game last week, but pitching coach Dan Warthen had Terry Collins end his start.

Andrew Brown was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas this afternoon to clear a roster spot for veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu. Terry Collins says Bobby Abreu will make some starts in outfield to keep him sharp for pinch-hitting duty.

Juan Lagares tells followers he’s doing fine and feeling good. He’s expected to be activated from the DL from a hamstring strain as soon as he’s eligible. Although he may also play 2-3 minor league games before that.

Terry Collins said Carlos Torres might be the eighth-inning guy leading into Kyle Farnsworth tonight, but there’s no clear setup man in general.

Lucas Duda hits the bench with a lefthander on the mound, but he’s still the everyday first baseman and not platooning according to Terry Collins.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr., LF
  2. Curtis Granderson, RF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Chris Young, CF
  5. Daniel Murphy, 2B
  6. Josh Satin, 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS
  9. Jenrry Mejia, RHP

Game Preview

The Mets have a tough schedule to open up the season, and this week they end their monster gauntlet with four games against the Cardinals at home. Yesterday the Mets were able to avoid the sweep by the Braves after a 14 inning game and for the second time this season they improve to .500. Tonight Jenrry Mejia makes the start as he goes up against Tyler Lyons.

There were some doubts as to whether Mejia would be able to make this start. He started off well last time out but had finger blister issues that took him out of the game and made his start today questionable. On the season he is 2-0 over 3 games and 16.0 innings with a 2.81 ERA while walking 11 and striking out 18 (and an FIP of 4.52). He has limited exposure to the Cardinals. In his career he faced them in two games and 3.0 innings allowing 4 hits, no runs, one walk and 3 strikeouts. Here are the limited numbers:

Tyler Lyons makes his first start of the season tonight. Last year in the majors he went 2-4 over 12 games and 8 starts pitching 53.0 innings posting a 4.75 ERA, 3.73 FIP, 16 walks and 43 strikeouts. In the minors this year he is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA over 3 games and 19.0 innings, 5 walks and 18 strikeouts. Tyler has not faced the Mets at all in his major league career nor has he faced anyone on the Mets roster.

Lets Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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