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

Friday, May 19, 2017 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, NY
RHP Ricky Nolasco (2-2, 4.34) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (2-1, 4.07)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

Things in Mets land are bad. The Mets were winless on the away trip and for a second time this season, it feels like they are in a tailspin. After the last tailspin, the Mets took the next four series and over the course of two weeks were able to get back to .500, when this spin started. Hopefully the Mets can start that process of rebuilding themselves back up tonight with Jacob deGrom on the mound.

Angels Lineup

  1. Cameron Maybin – LF
  2. Kole Calhoun – RF
  3. Mike Trout – CF
  4. Luis Valbuena – 3B
  5. Andrelton Simmons – SS
  6. C.J. Cron – 1B
  7. Martin Maldonado – C
  8. Danny Espinosa – 2B
  9. Ricky Nolasco – RHP

Mets Lineup

  1. Michael Conforto – LF
  2. Jose Reyes – SS
  3. Jay Bruce – RF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Curtis Granderson – CF
  6. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  7. Lucas Duda – 1B
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

Jacob will find himself playing stopper tonight. He’s 2-1 over 8 games and 48.2 innings with a 4.07 ERA, 3.39 FIP and 1.356 WHIP. In the month of May, he has now allowed 12 ER over 17.0 innings with 23 K’s. He missed the Angels the last time the Mets and Angels met in 2014 (his rookie season) but the Angels have some familiar names to the NL East that Jacob has faced before:

  • Simmons 5-13, 2B, 2 BB
  • Revere 1-12
  • Espinosa 0-8, 5 K
  • Maybin 0-6
  • Valbeuna 2-3, 2B

The Mets bats will get to deal with an old foe in Ricky Nolasco who is 2-2 over 8 starts and 45.2 innings with a 4.34 ERA, 5.67 FIP and 1.292 WHIP. His last two starts have been pretty good with Ricky totaling 13.0 innings of work with 5 runs off of 10 hits and 4 walks and 14 K’s. The Mets have the following numbers against Nolasco:

  • Reyes 18-53, 2B, 3B, 4 HR, 3 BB (.998 OPS)
  • Bruce 5-18, 2B, 2 HR, BB (.982 OPS)
  • Duda 2-15, 3 BB
  • Walker 5-16, 2B, HR, 6 K
  • Flores 1-3
  • Lagares 0-3

Notes –

Since 1997, when Interleague play began, the Mets are 178-164. The .520 winning percentage is the best all-time among NL clubs.

Neil Walker is hitting .345 (20-58) with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 12 RBI and 11 runs scored in 15 games in May.

Terry Collins will manage his 1,012th Mets game tonight, tying Davey Johnson for the most in franchise history. The only other active managers who lead their team in all-time games are the Angels Mike Scioscia (2,797 games) and the Royals Ned Yost (1,139 games).

Let’s 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!