Memorial Day Game Thread: Pirates vs Mets, 1:10 PM

An article by posted on May 26, 2014

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The Mets will open a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Memorial Day at Citi Field, with the first pitch at 1:10 PM. The game will be televised on SNY and broadcast on WOR.

Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.77) will make his third start for the Mets, opposed by fellow righty Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 4.26) for the Bucs, who was just recalled from Triple-A.

DeGrom took the loss in his first two career starts despite collecting a quality start in each game. DeGrom became the second pitcher in franchise history to toss at least 6.0 innings while allowing four hits or fewer in his first two major league games.

Jenrry Mejia pitched in both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader vs. Arizona. He allowed an unearned run to suffer the loss in the first game and closed out the Mets’ 4-2 win in the second for his third save. The last Mets pitcher to have a loss and a save in a doubleheader was Jesse Orosco on August 19, 1984 at San Francisco

It will be former Met Ike Davis‘ first game in Queens since being traded on April 18. Since joining the Bucs, Davis is batting .303 in 32 games with a .395 on-base and .824 OPS in 115 plate appearances. He has lifted his season totals significantly and is now slashing at .283/.389/.424.

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – LF
  5. Bobby Abreu – RF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Juan Centeno – C
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

The Mets split the doubleheader yesterday and head into a series with the Pirates today. In the first game yesterday, Montero diced up the Diamondbacks lineup but the offense couldn’t get into the game and the Mets lost in a frustrating way. In the later afternoon game, the Mets were able to pull out a win and will hopefully build off of that today with the Pirates and Ike Davis returning to town.

Jacob deGrom will make his third start of the season today. In his first two starts he has pitched 13.0 innings allowing 4 runs (2.77 ERA), 8 hits, 5 walks and 10 strikeouts. When his starts are looked at more closely, his first start was excellent, allowing one earned run over seven innings. The second start was more average allowing three earned runs over six innings. Knowing this, it makes sense that deGrom has never faced anyone in the Pirates lineup in a major league game.

The Mets bats will get a look at Brandon Cumpton who is 0-1 over two starts this season with a 4.26 ERA over 12.2 innings. Cumpton hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 1st, and was called up with Wandy Rodriguez being DFA’d earlier this week. Last year he pitched in 6 games across the season totaling 30.2 innings with a 2.05 ERA. In the minors this year he has pitched 6 games with a 1.35 ERA with a 4-1 record. He has never faced the Mets or any batter on the Mets roster.

Lets Go Mets!

(United States flag at Citi Field by mr1313)

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