MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Braves, 4:10 PM (Game 1)

Monday, September 25, 2017 • 4:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
Game 1: RHP Lucas Sims (2-5, 5.14) vs. RHP Chris Flexen (3-4, 7.13)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050

New York is 3-7 in its last 10 games. New York is 34-43 at Citi Field this year. New York is a season-high 23 games under .500 and first time since Oct. 3, 2009 when they were 69-92.

METS LINEUP

  1. Norichika Aoki – RF
  2. Jose Reyes – 2B
  3. Brandon Nimmo – LF
  4. Phillip Evans – 3B
  5. Dominic Smith – 1B
  6. Amed Rosario – SS
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Tomas Nido – C
  9. Chris Flexen – RHP

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Ender Inciarte – CF
  2. Ozzie Albies – 2B
  3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
  4. Nick Markakis – RF
  5. Tyler Flowers – C
  6. Rio Ruiz – 3B
  7. Dansby Swanson – SS
  8. Jace Peterson – LF
  9. Lucas Sims – RHP

Chris Flexen starts for the Mets for the first time since the start of the month. The young righty is 3-4 over 12 games and eight starts and 41 2/3 innings with a 7.13 ERA, 6.87 FIP and 1.992 WHIP. In his last start he allowed seven runs over four innings surrendering nine hits and two walks. Since then, he has pitched five innings out of the ‘pen allowing only one run and three hits.

The Mets bats draw Lucas Sims who is 2-5 over 12 games and eight starts in 49.0 innings (similar numbers to Flexen) with a 5.14 ERA, 5.05 FIP and 1.408 WHIP. Sims’ last start was his return to the rotation since the start of September as well. At the start of the month, he allowed seven runs over three innings from six hits and four walks. Last time out, he allowed one run from three hits and two walks in five innings. He faced the Mets earlier this season and allowed two runs over two innings with three hits and a walk. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Aoki 1-for-1, 2B
  • Cabrera 0-for-1
  • Cecchini 1-for-1
  • d’Arnaud 0-for-1
  • Lagares 0-for-1
  • Nimmo BB
  • Rosario 0-for-1
  • Smith 1-for-1, 2B

NOTES:

New York has had 10 players hit 10 or more home runs, the most in team history. In 2007 and 2005, eight players hit 10 or more homers.

Amed Rosario is hitting .341 (15-for-44) with eight runs scored this month (13 games). Rosario is hitting .300 (27-for-90) with two home runs, five RBI and 10 runs scored over his last 25 games dating to Aug. 18.

Jerry Blevins tied his career-high with his 73rd outing on Saturday. Also pitched in 73 games in 2016. Is tied fourth in the majors in appearances. Blevins leads the team with 18 holds.

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!