Sunday, May 21, 2017 • 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, NY
RHP Jesse Chavez (3-5, 4.22 ERA) vs. LHP Tommy Milone (1-1, 6.25 ERA)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM
The Mets have won two straight following its seven-game losing streak and are 6-2 in their last eight home games. The club has now won three straight home series.
After winning the first two games of this series, the Mets will look to sweep the Angels for the first time ever…The two clubs have played five series dating to 2003 and neither team has swept the other.
- Michael Conforto – LF
- Wilmer Flores – 3B
- Jay Bruce – RF
- Neil Walker – 2B
- Curtis Granderson – CF
- Lucas Duda – 1B
- Kevin Plawecki – C
- Matt Reynolds – SS
- Tommy Milone – LHP
Jose Reyes was scratched from today’s lineup with a tight left rib cage.
- Cameron Maybin – LF
- Andrelton Simmons – SS
- Mike Trout – CF
- Jefry Marte – 3B
- C.J. Cron – 1B
- Kole Calhoun – RF
- Danny Espinosa – 2B
- Martin Maldonado – C
- Jesse Chavez – P
Tommy Milone makes his third start as a Met today having been quite different in his first two games. In his first start, he allowed six hits and two walks leading to two runs over five innings. Then in his second game he allowed six hits and three walks leading to five runs in 5 2/3 innings. Last year, he allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings against the Angels, who have the following numbers against him:
- Pujols 11-25, 7 2B, HR, 2 BB, 1.321 OPS
- Trout 5-24, 3 2B, HR, 3 BB
- Calhoun 4-9, HR, 2 BB, 1.323 OPS
- Cron 0-8, 2 BB
- Revere 1-7
- Maybin 1-4
- Espinosa 0-3
- Simmons 0-2
The Mets bats draw Jesse Chavez who finds himself as a starter for the first time since pitching for the Athletics in 2015. On the season, he is 3-5 over nine games (eight starts) and 49 innings with a 4.22 ERA, 4.58 FIP and a 1.224 WHIP. He’s been better of late, pitching 19 innings over his last three games with a 3.79 ERA. The last time he faced the Mets was in 2014 where he pitched two innings in relief, allowing three hits and three walks leading to a run. The Mets have the following numbers against him:
- Reyes 2-8
- Bruce 2-4
- Duda 1-1, BB
- Granderson 0-2
- Flores 1-1
Terry Collins has 499 wins with the Mets. Only Davey Johnson (595) and Bobby Valentine (536) have more in team history. Last night, he became the longest tenured manager in team history (1,013 games), passing Johnson.
New York is tied for third in the majors with 102 runs scored this month. The Mets are sixth with a .347 on-base percentage in May.
Michael Conforto has three home runs and six RBI in his last six games. He is tied for sixth in the NL with 11 home runs. Conforto had a career-best 12 homers in 109 games last season. The young slugger ranks 12th in the NL with a .322 batting average, eighth with a .417 on-base percentage and fifth with a 1.086 OPS. Conforto is hitting .476 (10-21) with five home runs, eight RBI and 13 runs scored in the first-inning this year.
Neil Walker is hitting .333 (22-for-66) with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored in 17 games in May. He has a .397 on-base percentage this month. Walker is tied for third in the NL with seven doubles in May and is tied for eighth with 14 RBI. Overall, Walker is tied for 12th in the NL with 11 doubles. Walker has hit in 10 straight starts, going 16-41 (.390) with seven extra-base hits and 12 RBI during that span.
Wilmer Flores is batting .419 (13-31) with four doubles, one home run and five RBI in his last 11 games. He is 2-7 (.286) with a home run and three RBI as a pinch-hitter.
T.J. Rivera ranks third among National League rookies with .333 on-base percentage, third in doubles (seven), sixth with a .267 batting average, seventh in runs scored (13), eighth with a .407 slugging percentage and 10th in RBI (10).
Let’s Go Mets!