MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 7:10 PM (SNY)

An article by posted on May 9, 2014

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The Mets are back at Citi Field for the opener of a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies beginning tonight at 7:10 PM.

Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23) starts for the Mets and will oppose right-hander Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50) for the Phillies.

The Mets will play 16 of their next 19 games in the Big Apple and are 8-5 in their last 13 home games after starting the year 0-3.

New York was shut out in consecutive games in Miami, losing 3-0 on May 6 and 1-0 on May 7. The last time the Mets were shut out in consecutive games was July 15-16, 2010 at San Francisco.

The Mets were held scoreless over the last 23.0 innings of the Marlins series, the longest scoreless streak for the team since July 15-17, 2010 when they went 24.0 innings without a run.

Wilmer Flores will start at shortstop tonight, while Travis d’Arnaud has been dropped to eighth in the lineup by Terry Collins.

Flores had 11 RBI in his first 11 major league games last year, tied for the highest total through a player’s first 11 games in franchise history with Jose Reyes.

Anthony DiComo reports Lucas Duda is very sick with a stomach bug. and is In the hospital getting IV fluids. Obviously, he is unavailable tonight.

Starting Lineup

  1. Juan Lagares – CF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson - RF
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Josh Satin – 1B
  7. Wilmer Flores – SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Jenrry Mejia – RHP 

Game Preview

The Mets try to get back in a winning pattern and back to .500 tonight as they welcome the Phillies into Queens. It was a tough three days in Miami that saw the Mets lose two games in a walk-off fashion and one where Alvarez, the Marlins starter, just ripped through the Mets lineup. The Mets do look slightly different today as Omar has been DFA’s and Wilmer Flores has been called up.

Jenrry Mejia looks to put his terrible start in Colorado behind him tonight. On the season he now has a 5.23 ERA over 32.2 innings. It is his last two starts though that are crushing him. On 4/26 he allowed 6 ER over 5.2 innings to the Marlins thanks to one inning where he fell apart. In Denver he allowed 8 ER over 4.1 innings, and it was the same situation. The last time Jenrry faced the Phillies was in 2012 where he allowed three hits and no runs over one inning of relief. The Phillies have the following numbers against him:

  • Byrd 2-3, 2B
  • Howard 1-3, HR
  • Utley 0-2
  • Ruiz 2-2
  • Brown 1-1
  • Mayberry 0-1

The Mets batters will get their first look at Phillies starter Robert Hernandez who is 2-1 this season with a 4.50 ERA over 7 games and 6 starts logging 34.0 innings. Hernandez was signed as a free agent last year and is coming off of his best start of the season where he allowed 4 hits and no runs over 7.1 innings. Before that, he had only one quality start on the season. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Granderson 17-41, 3 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, .500 OBP, .854 SLG
  • Abreu 5-23
  • Recker 1-2, 2B
  • C Young 0-3

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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