MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Astros, 2:10 PM (Game 1)

Saturday, September 2, 2017 • 2:10 p.m. (ET)
Minute Maid Park • Houston, TX
Game 1: RHP Matt Harvey (4-3, 5.25) vs. RHP Charlie Morton (10-6, 3.88)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets and Astros play the first games in Houston since Hurricane Harvey and the terrible damage it has done to southeast Texas. Our hearts go out to the victims of the storm and if you have the means, please consider helping out in the recovery effort. Many of our readers here experienced Sandy first hand and know how long the recovery process is (and continues to be). Houston has a long road ahead and we can help out.

Sports often play an important role in times of need and the Mets will now be apart of it. If you haven’t heard yet, the teams will play a double header today followed by the series closeout tomorrow.

METS LINEUP

  1. Jose Reyes – 2B
  2. Brandon Nimmo – LF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera – 3B
  4. Wilmer Flores – DH
  5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  6. Amed Rosario – SS
  7. Dominic Smith – 1B
  8. Travis Taijeron – RF
  9. Juan Lagares – CF

ASTROS LINEUP

  1. George Springer – DH
  2. Alex Bregman – SS
  3. Jose Altuve – 2B
  4. Josh Reddick – RF
  5. Marwin Gonzalez – 1B
  6. Cameron Maybin – CF
  7. J.D. Davis – 3B
  8. Juan Centeno – C
  9. Tony Kemp – LF

The Mets will send out Matt Harvey this afternoon who is trying to get his season back together thanks to the nexus of ineffectiveness/inconsistency and injury. Before landing on the DL with a scapula bone stress injury, he was 4-3 over 13 starts and 70.1 innings with a 5.25 ERA, 6.17 FIP and 1.450 WHIP. He has tossed four games in rehab pitching 11.2 innings allowing eight runs six of which were earned. Several Astros have seen Harvey while with other clubs:

  • McCann 0-for-5, BB
  • Beltran 1-for-5
  • Marisnick 0-for-2

The Mets bats will try to get something positive going against Charlie Morton today. Morton, the long time Pirate who spent last year with Philly is in his first season with the Astros. He is 10-6 over 20 games and 118.1 innings with a 3.88 ERA, 3.65 FIP and 1.217 WHIP. August was an average month for Mortion who went 1-2 over 30.0 innings while allowing 16 runs (14 earned, 4.20 ERA) with 26 hits and 10 walks. The Mets have the following numbers against Morton:

  • Reyes 2-for-10
  • Lagares 1-for-4
  • d’Arnaud 0-for-3
  • Cabrera 1-for-1, BB

NOTES:

Amed Rosario has four home runs in 100 at-bats in the majors after hitting seven homers in 393 at-bats at Las Vegas (AAA) this season. Rosario is hitting .261 (12-for-46) with two home runs and four RBI over his last 12 games. Rosario was named the Pacific Coast League’s top rookie this year. In his first year at Triple-A, he hit .328 (5th in the PCL), with seven home runs, 58 RBI, 66 runs scored and 19 stolen bases. He was named to the mid-season and end of year All-Star team.

This is New York’s third doubleheader this year. The Mets swept a twin bill at Atlanta on June 10 and split a double dip at Washington on August 27. New York has one doubleheader remaining, September 25 vs. Atlanta at Citi Field. The last time these two teams played a doubleheader was September 15, 1998 at the Astrodome. The two teams split the two games. The last the Mets swept a doubleheader from Houston was May 6, 1990 at Shea Stadium. The last time the Mets were swept by the Astros in a doubleheader was July 17, 1989 at Shea.

AJ Ramos  is six-for-six in save chances with the Mets. Ramos is one of three relievers to post 25 or more save sin each of the last three years (Kenley Jansen and Craig Kimbrel). He is sixth in the NL in saves (26) this year.

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!