MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Astros, 8:10 PM (Game 2)

Saturday, September 2, 2017 • 8:10 p.m. (ET)
Minute Maid Park • Houston, TX
RHP Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.85) vs. RHP Brad Peacock (10-2, 3.12)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets and Astros play game two of their three game set tonight with Seth Lugo making a start only a few hours drive from his hometown in Louisiana. With it being September the rosters expanded in major league baseball thus starting an important month for the Mets as they look to try out players for next years squad. Two pitchers from trades the Mets made have already arrived and with minor leagues starting to wrap up their seasons, expect more players on the 40 man to make their way to the major league club.

METS LINEUP

  1. Norichika Aoki – RF
  2. Juan Lagares – CF
  3. Asdrubal Cabrera – DH
  4. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  5. Dominic Smith – 1B
  6. Kevin Plawecki – C
  7. Brandon Nimmo – LF
  8. Gavin Cecchini – 2B
  9. Matt Reynolds – SS

ASTROS LINEUP

  1. George Springer – CF
  2. Alex Bregman – SS
  3. Jose Altuve – DH
  4. Josh Reddick – RF
  5. Marwin Gonzalez – 2B
  6. Brian McCann – C
  7. J.D. Davis – 3B
  8. Tyler White – 1B
  9. Derek Fisher – LF

Seth Lugo continues to be a question for next year. Do the Mets make him a starter? Does he return to the bullpen? On the season he is 5-3 over 13 games and 12 starts in 72.1 innings with a 4.85 ERA, 4.26 FIP and 1.396 WHIP. While his ERA and WHIP are both much higher than last year, his FIP is now lower. His last start was his first time back since Aug. 11 and he wasn’t allowed to go too deep in his pitch count. That led to a 3.2 inning outing where he allowed four hits and walked no one with two runs against the Nationals. The only player on the Astros roster who has seen him is Juan Centeno who is 0-for-2 with two walks.

The Mets will get a look at Brad Peacock who is 10-2 over 29 games and 16 starts with 104.0 innings this year. He has posted a 3.12 ERA, 2.69 FIP and 1.269 WHIP. Brad’s first start in August was terrible where he allowed seven runs over six innings. Since then he has allowed seven earned runs, nine total over 22.1 innings in four starts leading to an ERA of 2.82. Only two players on the current Mets roster have seen Peacock in a major league game. Reyes is 1-for-6 with a strikeout while Flores is 0-for-2 with a walk and a pair of strikeouts.

NOTES:

Matt Harvey returned to the majors for the first time since June 14 in Game 1 of the doubleheader this afternoon. The 28-year-old was tagged for seven runs on eight hits while striking out three.

Pitching prospects Jacob Rhame and Jamie Callahan made their respective major league debuts on Saturday, with Rhame tossing 1.1 scoreless innings and Callahan yielding two runs on three hits in 2/3 of an inning.

The Mets hit three home runs earlier today, including a grand slam off the bat of Wilmer Flores. It was Flo’s 18th long ball of the campaign.

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!