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

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The Mets will try and avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at 7:10 PM at Citi Field. Jon Niese (2-3, 2.54) will take the mound for the Mets and will be opposed by Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03) for the Dodgers.

Niese has gone 1-2 despite a 2.59 ERA in four home starts while receiving a combined five runs of support. He is 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in four outings versus Los Angeles. 

Greinke leads the NL in wins and has yielded two runs or fewer in 21 consecutive starts dating to last year, the longest such streak in the majors since 1914. He is 11-1 with a 1.86 ERA in his last 15 starts on the road.

Eric Campbell hit his first major league home run last night off Hyun-Jin Ryu and is batting .438 (7-16) with five RBI through his first seven major league games. Campbell’s five RBI through his first seven career games are tied for the fourth-most in team history. He is in left field tonight.

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Eric Campbell – LF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Anthony Recker – C
  9. Jon Niese – LHP 

The Mets look to avoid the sweep today after another day of being so close to victory. Last night the Mets lost 4-3. There are a couple of ways to look at this. Turning a double play correctly in the game would have put the Mets in a much better position, but ultimately, like the day before, it was hitting with the bases loaded. The Mets are now 6-41 when the bases are loaded which is the type of stat that bolsters pessimistic Mets fans and boo birds. Today Jon Niese looks to get the Mets on winning path while he faces Greinke.

Niese is 2-3 on the season over 8 starts and 49.2 innings of work with a 2.54 ERA. He was off slightly in his last start at Washington allowing  3 earned runs, 5 overall, over 4.0 innings. It was the second straight start he allowed three earned runs, the first time this season. He only pitched 2.1 innings against the Dodgers last year allowing 1 earned run over 2.1 innings. The Dodgers have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Ramirez 4-17, 2B, HR
  • Uribe 0-11
  • Kemp 4-10
  • Ethier 4-10
  • Ellis 1-6
  • Gonzalez 0-3
  • Crawford 0-2

Greinke is 7-1 this season over 9 starts and 53.1 innings with a 2.03 ERA, the seven wins being a league leader. In three starts in May he has pitched 18.0 innings with a 2.00 ERA. He has faced the Mets twice in his career allowing 5 ER over 14.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Greinke:

  • Granderson 7-39, 2B, 2 3B, HR
  • Abreu 7-31, HR
  • C Young 1-10, HR
  • Duda 1-3
  • Murphy 1-2
  • Wright 2-2, 2B

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!