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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, NY
RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 5.03) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets look to continue their magic from last night as they play the Giants in game two of the series Tuesday.

New York has won four of its last five games and seven of its last 10 games.  The Mets have won their last three series, and eight of New York’s 15 wins this year have been in come from-behind fashion, including last night.

The Mets posted their first walk-off win of the year last night. New York had six walk-off victories last year. Additionally, last night was their 32nd career walk-off victory vs. the Giants.

Neil Walker delivered his third career walk-off RBI and first with the Mets last night. Walker’s last walk-off RBI came on April 21, 2014, with Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati. He finished last night going 2-5 at the dish with two RBI.

The Mets have scored in the first inning in seven of their last eight games. Overall, New York has plated 13 first inning runs in its last eight games.

The Mets are tied for sixth in the majors with 44 home runs. They have hit at least one home run in 22 of their 31 games this year, but haven’t gone deep in three straight games, the club’s longest drought this year. New York has 16 home runs in 18 games at Citi Field this season.

To make space on the active roster for RHP Matt Harvey who is returning from suspension Tuesday, LHP Josh Smoker has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

GIANTS LINEUP

  1. Joe Panik – 2B
  2. Brandon Belt – 1B
  3. Hunter Pence – RF
  4. Buster Posey – C
  5. Conor Gillaspie – 3B
  6. Christian Arroyo – SS
  7. Eduardo Nunez – LF
  8. Gorkys Hernandez – CF
  9. Jeff Samardzija – P

 METS LINEUP

  1. Michael Conforto – LF
  2. T.J. Rivera – 1B
  3. Jay Bruce – RF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Curtis Granderson – CF
  6. José Reyes – SS
  7. René Rivera – C
  8. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Zack Wheeler was acquired from the Giants on July 8, 2011 in exchange for Carlos Beltran. Wheeler is 1-1 with a 5.17 ERA (nine earned runs over 15 2/3 innings) in three career starts against the team that originally drafted him in the first round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Wheeler has allowed six of his 15 runs this year in the first-inning. He has allowed one earned run in two of his last three starts. Wheeler is 2-for-his-last-4 at the plate.

  • Pence 0-5
  • Belt 1-4
  • Posey 0-6
  • Gillaspie 0-2
  • Morse 0-2
  • Ruggiano 0-1

The Mets bats will get a look at Jeff Samardzija who is in his 2nd season with the Giants. He is 0-4 over six starts and 39.1 innings with a 5.03 ERA. Jeff has been better of late, coming off his best performance of the season last time allowing one unearned run, over eight innings with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

In his last two starts he has allowed four runs (two earned) over 15 innings with 16 strikeouts. He was 0-1 in as many starts against the Mets last year despite holding them to three hits and two runs over seven innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Jeff:

  • Bruce 9-37, 5 2B, 3 BB
  • Walker 5-28, 3B, 2 HR, 3 BB
  • Reyes 4-18, 2B, HR, 2 BB
  • Granderson 3-7, 2B
  • Cabrera 0-6
  • Flores 0-2
  • R. Rivera 0-2

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!