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

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New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

Losers of three straight, the Mets look to salvage a game in their three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.  First pitch in the finale is scheduled for 7:10 PM at Turner Field.

Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.62) looks for his second career win in his 10th major league start.  He is up against Julio Teheran (7-5, 2.34) who is looking for his second straight win.

DeGrom has allowed just two earned runs in his last 13.2 innings.  He has allowed three runs or less in seven of his first nine major league starts, which ties him for fifth-most in team history.

The Mets have lost six of their last seven games.  After dropping the game on Tuesday, the Mets are now 1-3-1 in their last five series.  New York is still looking to inch closer to the 4,000th franchise victory and are still four away.  The Mets are now 5-6 in their last 11 on the road, and are 20-26 on the season.  They return for a 10-game homestand and will play 17 of their next 27 at Citi Field.

It wouldn’t seem like a game thread in the recent weeks without mentioning Curtis Granderson.  Granderson Tuesday, hit a home run in his second straight game, which is the second time he has done that this season.  He is hitting .278 since May 1st, with 11 home runs, 30 runs scored, driven in 31, and has an on base percentage of .391 since then.

One thing that has been such a problem for the Mets this season is driving them in when getting them on.  In their last six games, they are 9-for-46.  On the season, the Mets are .228 with runners in scoring position which puts them at 25th in the league.

Ruben Tejada has now hit in ten straight games.  It is the fourth time in his career that he has a hit streak in double digits.  His career-high is fourteen straight games.  During this, Tejada is 13-for-37, and has raised his season average 24 points from .218 to .242.

Also continuing a streak, Travis d’Arnaud, has at least one hit in all seven games since returning from Las Vegas.  His batting average has risen from .180 to .206, and he has driven in four runs during this time.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr – LF
  2. Juan Lagares – CF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Eric Campbell – 3B
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jacob deGrom – P

The Mets continued their season of “close but no cigar” last night coming close to victory but just not having enough to push them over the edge. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Amazins today. On the season he is 1-4 over 9 starts and 54.2 innings with an ERA of 3.62. In his last two starts he has pitched 13.2 innings allowing 2 ER, 6 walks and 11 strikeouts. This will be the first of many starts against the Braves in his career and not surprisingly, there is no one on the Braves roster who has faced him in a major league game.

The Mets draw Julio Teheran who is 7-5 over 17 starts this year while pitching 119.0 innings with a 2.34 ERA. In his last three starts he has logged 22.0 innings with a 2.05 ERA while striking out 25 batters. He hasn’t faced the Mets yet this season, last year he pitched 12.2 innings over two games against them with a 1.42 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Wright 1-8, HR
  • Duda 3-7, 2B, HR
  • Tejada 0-7
  • E Young 2-6
  • Murphy 1-5
  • C Young 0-2

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!