Mets Merized Online » Braves Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:23:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Braves Interested in Kelly Johnson Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:39:26 +0000 kelly-johnson

According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves are interested in signing former Met and former Brave Kelly Johnson.

If the Braves do indeed re-sign Johnson, it would mark the third straight offseason the Braves signed Johnson.  As many Mets fans will joke, this could lead to the third straight season the Mets make an in-season trade for Johnson.

In 2015, the Mets acquired Johnson and Juan Uribe in exchange for then minor leaguers John Gant and Robert Whalen.  In 2016, the Mets acquired Johnson in exchange for minor league reliever Akeel Morris.

Over the past two seasons, Johnson has played in 242 games hitting .256/.310/.414 with 24 homers and 81 RBI.  With the Mets, he has hit .260/.319/.441 with 14 homers and 37 RBI.

If Johnson was to re-sign with the Braves, it is possible the Mets look in-house for the last spot on the bench as they did entering the 2016 season with Eric Campbell making the Opening Day roster.  If the Mets do go in-house, the likely candidates for the spot would be Ty KellyMatt Reynolds, and T.J. Rivera,

O’Brien also noted that in addition to Johnson, the Braves are interested in signing former Met and former Brave Jeff Francoeur.

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MMO Mailbag: NL East Shortstops of the Future Sun, 01 Jan 2017 14:30:53 +0000 amed-rosario-mlb-photo

Mitch asks…

Once the Mets finally promote Amed Rosario, how do you think all the NL East shortstops will rank let’s say in 2019? There seems to be a lot of great ones in the division.

Jacob replies…

You’re 100% right, the NL East is stacked with potential All-Stars at the shortstop position. Let’s look at them all.

I will try to not let personal beliefs get in the way here, because as a Mets fan who has seen him play many times (in Brooklyn, Binghamton, and minor league Spring Training) it is difficult to not get ahead of yourself when talking about Amed Rosario.

The 21-year-old has already put together an impressive resume, which includes a 2016 Futures Game selection, two mid-season All-Star nods, and being named the 11th best prospect in baseball by The organization is absolutely enamored with Rosario, so much so that he has leapfrogged Gavin Cecchini as the shortstop of the future, even though Cecchini has already made his major league debut.

In Washington, Nationals fans were given a strong sample size of Trea Turner in 2016, as the 23-year-old racked up a .342/.370/.567 line, while hitting 13 home runs and stealing 33 bases in 73 games. Turner finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting to Corey Seager.

Turner primarily spent the 2016 season manning center field for the Nationals, but the team’s recent acquisition of Adam Eaton will send Turner back to his natural position, with Bryce Harper and the contract of Jayson Werth occupying the other outfield spots. Turner is positioned to be a very good player for a very long time, making GM Mike Rizzo’s trade for him in December of 2014 look better by the day.


Dansby Swanson is at the center of Atlanta’s attempt to rebuild their ball club as they move into SunTrust Park in 2017. Swanson, 23 by Opening Day, is currently known as they player who was selected with the first pick of the 2015 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, then subsequently traded to the Braves in the infamous Shelby Miller deal. Swanson, however, has the potential to be known for much more.

The former Vanderbilt Commodore showcases a stellar bat and above-average glove, which will likely force fellow Braves prospect Ozzie Albies to slide over to second base, not the other way around. Swanson hit .302 in 145 at bats after he was promoted to the major leagues in August last season.

The jury is still out on Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford, who is ranked as the number two prospect in baseball by, but struggled after his promotion to Triple-A Lehigh. He is known more for his glove than his bat, but Crawford has yet to put together one – full – standout season at the plate. However, the Phillies have to love his career rate stats of 13% for strikeouts and walks. The Phillies can’t commit to Freddy Galvis and his .241 career batting average forever, so it’s only a matter of time before Crawford makes his debut.

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This leads us to the Miami Marlins, who don’t house any fancy names in their minor league system. Their top prospect at the position is J.T. Riddle, who spent most of 2016 in Double-A, and was added to the 40-man roster in November. The 25-year-old from the University of Kentucky has a .274 batting average through four minor league seasons.The Marlins don’t appear to be moving on from Adeiny Hechavarria anytime soon, although his statistics should suggest otherwise. This makes it unlikely for a Marlin to make any noise from the position in the foreseeable future.

So there you have it. If I had to put those players into a ranking for the 2019 season, I’d likely go Turner, Rosario, Swanson, Crawford, and whoever the Marlins decide to trot out there, which I will fittingly label as MIA.

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Kelly Johnson Wants To Stay, But Infield Depth Makes It Difficult Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:30:56 +0000 kelly-johnson

Per Adam Rubin on Twitter, utility man Kelly Johnson would like to stay in New York. However, as Rubin points out, the Mets glut of backup infielders will prove a big obstacle for him.

Johnson, 34, has been a very important cog in the Mets offense over the past two seasons. He is a reason they have been able to make the playoffs in two consecutive years despite injuries. Traded from the Braves (for the second time) on June 8th, Johnson hit .268 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs in 82 games for the Mets.

He has developed a reputation as a great clutch bat, as in the 8th inning or later after coming to the Mets, he hit .286/.327/.490 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 52 plate appearances. He also provided tremendous flexibility, logging innings at every infield position as well as left field.

Unfortunately for Johnson, the Mets have a very strong infield bench with Jose Reyes or David Wright, depending on who is starting at third base, and Wilmer Flores. They also have T.J. Rivera waiting in the wings in AAA as well as versatile Matt Reynolds who are both much cheaper than bringing back the veteran would be.

I am a Kelly Johnson fan, but I just don’t see the Mets signing him as a free agent this offseason. We will not see him in a Mets uniform again… That is, until we get him from the Braves this summer.

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The Boogeymen of the 2016 Mets Thu, 03 Nov 2016 17:00:46 +0000 madison-bumgarner

With Halloween directly in the rear view mirror, it is  time to look at the real monsters out there; the ghouls/opposing players that haunted the Mets through the 2016 season. While there were many ups and downs this year, I believe we all can agree that we saw enough of these nightmarish beings:

Madison Bumgarner

Before I even get to the Wild Card Game we have to look at how Madison Bumgarner ended the season of Michael Conforto. Yes, this is an exaggeration, but it must be remembered that when the season started, Conforto was exactly the player we were hoping he’d be. He was batting third, primarily against right handed bats, and when April came to a close he was hitting .365 with 18 RBIs.

On May 1st, the Mets were facing the Giants and, of course, Bumgarner. The fans wanted it, Terry Collins wanted it, Conforto wanted it: A start against a top southpaw, giving Michael the chance to show he could produce no matter who was on the mound.

Keith Hernandez had stated countless times that there are some pitchers who could put a batter into a slump, and that certainly rang true that night. Michael’s 0-5 with three strike outs was the beginning of the end for his 2016 season. The rookie who hit 2 homers in a World Series game hit .169 for the month of May and .119 in June. Ouch.

And, great, now I’m having flashbacks to the Wild Card Game. The Mets went in with no plan to work counts or try to get Bumgarner out of the game, letting him throw 21 pitches total in the first three innings. He carried his success from those early innings into a complete game shut out, and the end of the Mets’ 2016 season. The highlight of the playoffs so far was when Bumgarner let up a three run homer to an opposing pitcher, and if we never see him pitch against us in the playoffs again, I won’t complain.

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The Atlanta Braves

Back when the Braves had guys like Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Chipper Jones, it seemed as though they never lost to us in a big game. Now they’re all gone, three of them in the Hall of Fame, one of them on the way. This Braves team has few Hall of Famers, and they finished the year with a 68-93 record, dead last in the National League East and 26 games behind the first place Nationals.

The Mets played 19 games against them in 2016. To quote Keith again, “That’s time to make some hay.” Instead, the Mets went 9-10 against them, including 2-7 at Citi Field. It seemed like everyone had the Braves number in 2016 except the Mets. New York’s final standings, 8 games behind the Nationals, should have been a lot closer had the Mets been able to handle Atlanta like they should have. I don’t expect the same results next year, but it is certainly nice knowing we never have to go near Turner Field again.

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Daniel Murphy

Murph drove us crazy when he played here, but was even worse when he left.

On the Mets, he consistently hit .290 with a dozen or so homers and 40 doubles. However, his botched plays in the field frustrated us, and he baffled everyone on the base paths. “A net negative,” Gary Cohen called him, and despite his historic playoff run, he was shown the door without receiving any kind of long term offer.

And what happens next? Murphy is not just the MVP of the Nationals, he should be the MVP of the National League. A .347 avg, 25 homers, 104 RBIs, and 47 doubles carried the team when guys like Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper slumped.

Oh, but this boogeyman saved his best abuse for us. Not only did he hit in all 18 games against the Mets, he hit .411 with 7 homers and 6 doubles. He drove in 21 runs and scored another 13. The joy he took in beating the Mets time and time again was evident on his face. He was so good that when Jerry Blevins struck him out in a big spot at the end of the season, Dusty Baker said, “They got Murph today. Murph’s gotten them many many many many many, many times.”

There they are, the borderline supernatural creatures that haunted the 2016 Mets. Who will it be in 2017? Christian Yelich? Freddie Freeman? The Nationals? With a healthy pitching staff, Cespedes back in left field and a bounce back year from Conforto, the Mets could be the nightmares for the rest of the National League in 2017.

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3 Up 3 Down: Mets Take Three of Four In Final Home Series Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:21:39 +0000 asdrubal-cabrera

3 Up

 1.  Cabby Comes Through

 It looked as though the Mets were going to get off on the wrong foot in the start of the series on Thursday night. After Jose Reyes tied it at six with his two-run home run in the bottom of the 9th, the Mets again trailed 8-6 heading into the bottom of the 11th. Cabrera changed that with his game winning three-run home run to right center. He finished with six hits and seven RBI in the series, including that three-run home run and a grand slam on Sunday afternoon.

2.  Gsellman Deals

 After a comeback fell short for the Mets on Saturday night, the last thing the Mets wanted to do was split the series with a loss on Sunday. Robert Gsellman took the mound and pitched a career high seven innings and allowed just three hits while striking out eight batters. He also recorded his first Major League hit with his bunt single in the second innings. In his last three starts he’s given up a total of two runs.  He continues to impress, and should the Mets make it into the playoffs, he may be one of the starters.

3.  Offense Explodes

 After scoring just 10 total runs against the Braves at home last week, the Mets offense combined for a total of 44 runs on 46 hits, 17 of those runs coming in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. The Mets tied a club record by scoring at least eight runs in four straight home games. Their 17-0 score on Sunday was the largest shutout win in team history. Both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson reached the 30 home run club this weekend.

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3 Down

 1.  Reed Stumbles

 After he allowed a crucial run last Wednesday night against the Braves, Reed was hit with a blown save on Thursday night when he allowed three runs on three hits. Reed, for the most part, has been solid for the Mets this year, but he suffered his fourth blown save of the season in the series opener.

2.  Syndergaard Scratched, Gilmartin Struggles

 After Syndergaard was scratched from his start on Saturday night due to strep throat, Sean Gilmartin was plugged in to make the spot start. Well, Gilmartin didn’t make it out of the first inning, lasting just 2/3 of an inning while giving up four hits, three walks, and five earned runs. The Mets made a valiant effort to come back after the lead ballooned to 10-0, but the deficit proved too much to overcome.

3.  Matz Skipped Again, Could Be Done For Season

 Steven Matz was scratched yet again from his Friday night start due to the impingement in his shoulder. Even though he looked good in his bullpen sessions last week, the Mets decided to keep him from making his start on Friday. While he may not make another start this season, he may make an appearance out of the pen.

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 7:10 PM Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:27:53 +0000 noah syndergaard

Monday, September 19, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Aaron Blair (0-6, 8.23) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (13-8, 2.43)
PIX11 • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets completed the three game sweep of the Twins at home this weekend and thanks to the Cardinals and Giants playing each other, they now also have a one game lead for the top Wild Card spot and a two game lead over the Cardinals. Noah Syndergaard looks to keep it going tonight as the Mets welcome the Braves to Queens.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. T.J. Rivera – 2B
  6. Michael Conforto – RF
  7. James Loney – 1B
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Noah Syndergaard – RHP

Braves Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte – CF
  2. Adonis Garcia – 3B
  3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
  4. Matt Kemp – LF
  5. Nick Markakis – RF
  6. Tyler Flowers – C
  7. Jace Peterson – 2B
  8. Dansby Swanson – SS
  9. Aaron Blair – RHP

Syndergaard is 13-8 over 29 games and 28 starts over 174.0 innings with a 2.43 ERA. In his last five starts he has tossed 34.0 innings, walking 10 and allowing 17 hits while striking out 34 and holding opponents to only 4 ER (1.06 ERA). Surprisingly, this will be Noah’s first start against the Braves this year. Last year he was 0-0 in two starts against the Braves totaling 11.0 innings with a 3.27 ERA. The Braves have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • Kemp 0-8
  • Markakis 1-4
  • Peterson 1-3
  • Freeman 1-3
  • Perez 0-3

The Mets draw Aaron Blair in the series opener. He’s 0-6 over 12 starts and 54.2 innings while allowing 29 walks. In his last two starts he has allowed 13 ER over 8.1 innings including a start against the Mets where he allowed 8 ER over 4.1 innings. In total against the Mets this year he has allowed 14 ER over 15.2 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Aaron:

  • Cabrera 3-8
  • Granderson 1-8
  • Conforto 1-6, 2B
  • Flores 2-7, 2B, HR
  • Cespedes 1-5, HR
  • Loney 4-4, 2 2B, 3B, HR
  • Bruce 1-2, 3B

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Murph’s 2016 vs. Mets Better Than Any of Chipper’s Years Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:00:18 +0000 chipper jones

Chipper Jones has been the gold standard for “Mets Killers” for almost 20 years. But now, Daniel Murphy is giving him a run for his money.

“Murph” got a hit in all 19 games he played against the Mets this season, as he batted .413/.444/.773 with seven homers and 21 RBI for the Nats this season.

These numbers put many of Chipper’s seasons against the Mets to shame. Jones batted .309/.406/.543 with 49 homers and 159 RBI in 245 career games against the Amazins’. And few of his season stats match what Murphy did this year.

Jones’ career high batting average against the Mets was .408, which he did over 13 games in 1996. Murphy wins in that department– and even more handily when you consider his .413 average came against a far superior Mets team. The 1996 Mets lost 91 games.

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Murphy’s seven home runs against the Mets this season actually ties Chipper’s career high. Jones hit seven homers in 12 games against the Mets in 1999 while he batted .400/.510/1.000(!). There’s a reason why Jones named his son Shea. (For the record, Murphy’s seven homers against the Mets in 2016 are more than he had total in 2011 and 2012.)

The 2016 NL MVP frontrunner also has the RBI advantage. Jones’s career high came in 1999, when he had 16 RBI in 12 games in 1999. If Jones had more divisional matchups, he probably would have shattered this mark. And maybe every other baseball record, given how he always stayed the Mets. Jones also had 16 RBI in 16 games in 2011.

Chipper will always be known as the greatest Met killer in history, and for good reason: He batted over .350 against the team in seven seasons, and 32 homers and 105 RBI career 162 game average against the team. But if Daniel Murphy stays in the division for the foreseeable future, he might have something to say about it. Maybe Murph will end up naming his next child Citi Murphy.

If only he accepted that qualifying offer…

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Kelly Johnson Helps Mets Keep Wild Card Lead Sat, 10 Sep 2016 13:00:32 +0000 kelly johnson

Clutch hitting machine, Kelly Johnson did it again on Friday night as the Mets beat the Braves by a score of 6-4.

With the team tying the game up in the eighth inning, Johnson came to the plate with the opportunity to put them ahead. Kelly of course would rip a double down the right-field line, allowing the go-ahead run to score against his former team. He could not have been happier for the hit and who it was against.

“It’s just because this is the place you debuted and you come home,” Johnson said. “This was the first team, so you like to come back and kind of show off a little bit and have some success. It’s a little sweeter, I guess.” (ESPN)

Johnson has come and gone from the Braves over the years, being traded for the second consecutive year by his former team to the Mets. He has helped the boys from Queens tremendously off the bench in both stints as a Met.

Friday’s win was the team’s sixth in a row and helped the Mets hold onto the second Wild Card spot by a half game over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals won their game against Milwaukee Friday night by a score of 4-3.

The Mets also still trail the San Francisco Giants by a half game for the top spot as they defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks by a score of 7-6 Friday night. If the Mets did not complete their comeback win against Atlanta, they again would have been on the outside looking in for that second Wild Card spot. Manager, Terry Collins though knows things are working out for his team as of late.

“Right now things are falling our way,” Collins said.

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Friday, September 9, 2016 • 7:35 p.m.
Turner Field • Atlanta, GA
RHP Robert Gsellman (2-1, 2.87) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (5-9, 3.01)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets look to keep the good times going in Atlanta this weekend! After taking 3 of 4 from Miami and then 2 of 3 from Washington, the Mets went out to Ohio and swept the Reds over 3 games.

Now they turn to Robert Gsellman again as his extended look continues. On the season he is 2-1 over 3 games and 2 starts over 15.2 innings with a 2.87 ERA. After allowing 4 ER over 6.0 innings against Philly, he rebounded in his last start holding the Nationals to 1 ER over 6.0 innings, 3 walks and 4 K’s. This will be Gsellman’s first start against the Braves and first time facing anyone on the Braves’ roster in a major league game.

Before the game the Mets announced that Seth Lugo will have his scheduled start on Saturday pushed back until Sunday because of a blister on his pitching hand. Bartolo Colon will move up a day and take Lugo’s place on Saturday against the Braves.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Wilmer Flores – 2B
  6. Jay Bruce – RF
  7. James Loney – 1B
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Robert Gsellman – RHP

Braves Lineup

  1. Ender Inciarte – CF
  2. Adonis Garcia – 3B
  3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
  4. Matt Kemp – LF
  5. Nick Markakis – RF
  6. Tyler Flowers – C
  7. Jace Peterson – 2B
  8. Darby Swanson – SS
  9. Julio Teheran – RHP

Julio Teheran will make the start for the Mets and he is quietly putting together the second best season of his career despite a 5-9 record. He’s made 25 starts with a 3.01 ERA over 158.2 innings. In his last two starts he has allowed 2 ER over 13.0 innings while striking out 15 batters. He’s 2-1 in as many starts against the Mets and 17.1 innings of work with a 2.60 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Julio:

  • Granderson 5-22, 2B, HR
  • Flores 3-16, HR
  • d’Arnaud 2-15
  • Bruce 3-15, 2 HR
  • Campbell 2-10
  • Reyes 1-7
  • De Aza 1-7, 2B

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Mets Need to Beat the Teams They Should Beat Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:30:11 +0000 wilmer flores 2

There are a multitude of reasons why the Mets are only a game over .500 and 3.5 games back of the Cardinals for the second Wild Card.

The most popular excuse is injuries. There is some validity there with Matt HarveyLucas Duda, and David Wright gone for the year. Yoenis Cespedes was hobbled by a quad injury before he was finally forced to go on the disabled list. Now that he’s back, he has a heel issue. Both Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are dealing with bone spurs.  Matz is also dealing with a shoulder issue that landed him on the disabled list. For what it’s worth, Jon Niese is also on the disabled list as he needs arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

That’s a litany of injuries, and that’s not all of them. However, that’s not the Mets biggest problem. The Mets biggest problem is they’re not beating the Mets they are supposed to beat.

Over the past two weeks, the Mets went 1-5 against the woeful Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks can’t best anyone as represented by their 53-75 record, which is a 93 loss pace.

The Padres are on the same 93 loss pace with a 53-74 record. On the season, the Mets could only muster a 4-3 record against them.

The Mets are 7-6 against the Braves this year. The Braves are well on their way to a 100 loss season with a 46-82 record.

The Mets are 5-4 against the Phillies. The Phillies are near a 90 loss pace with a 59-68 record. With the Phillies rolling into town, the Mets can turn that 5-4 mark to an 8-4 mark.

Fact is the Mets need to do that if they have designs on getting back to the postseason. Keep in mind, beating teams like the Phillies and Braves powered the Mets run to a division title.

In 2015, the Mets were 90-72, which is 18 games over .500. Against the Phillies, Braves, and Marlins, three teams that lost over 90 games, the Mets were a combined 36-21. Against just those three terrible teams, the Mets went 15 games over .500. It goes a long way in explaining why the Mets were 18 games over .500 and won the division.

Currently, the Mets are 64-63. Against the aforementioned second division clubs, the Mets are 17-18, one game under .500. If the Mets played those 35 games at a similar clip than they did against the intradivision 90+ loss teams in 2015, the Mets would’ve gone 22-13. That would mean that the Mets would be a more respectable 69-58. That would’ve put them in a tie with the Giants for the first Wild Card and five games back in the division.

Now, if the Mets beat the aforementioned second division clubs at the same rate other teams beat them, their record against those teams would be 21-14. This means the Mets record would be 68-59 giving them a half game lead for the second Wild Card and putting them a game behind the Giants for the first Wild Card.

Overall, people can point to injuries all they want, but the simple fact is even with those injuries, the Mets were still better than the Phillies, Braves, Diamondbacks, and Padres. They just didn’t play like it.

The Mets have a chance to reverse course. Of their remaining 35 games, 22 of them are against teams under .500. If the Mets truly want to win the Wild Card, they’ll need to destroy those opponents like they did in 2015. That begins tonight when the Mets begin their three game set against the Phillies.

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Matz Was Leaning Toward Surgery Before Meeting With Team Brass Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:01:52 +0000 steven matz

According to Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball, Mets left-hander Steven Matz was leaning toward surgery to remove the bone spur in his elbow before a recent meeting with team brass.

Heyman credits Matz’s courage for pitching through pain since at least May 12, and for going out there again tonight.

“It’s a gallant change-of-heart by Matz, the hometown kid who doesn’t want to disappoint. But surgery remains a viable option if he continues to feel such pain. He got one cortisone shot already, but at some point, enough is enough. He’s already taken one for the team.”

GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Tuesday that pitching with the bone spur will not make things worse, but that it comes down to how much pain Matz can tolerate.

Surgery would wipe out the remainder of the season for Matz. But either way, Matz will likely have the spur surgically removed at the end of the season.

Original Report – June 27

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post on Twitter, Steven Matz is dealing with a bone spur in his elbow.

Matz, 25, has pitched to a 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA this season, but imploded in his last start against the Braves, in which the Long Island native let up six runs in the fifth inning and was chased from the game.

When asked about his elbow after his start in Atlanta, Matz said: “It’s been tight, but it’s fine,” according to reports.

Matz first reported elbow tightness after his start against the Braves at home on July 19th, but threw a bullpen session several days later and felt fine.

The good news with this situation is that there is no structural damage to Matz’s elbow, and no surgery is required for the bone spur.

The bad news is that Matz can either pitch through this and take a hit both mentally and physically, or he can land himself on the disabled list, which is not being ruled out.

Mets manager Terry Collins told the media in Washington this afternoon that he is not certain Matz will make his next start now, so we will keep you up to date as more reports come in.

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3 Up 3 Down: Mets Settle For Split With Braves Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:25:48 +0000 degrom darnaud

3 Up

1. Jacob deGrom

deGrom may have had his winless streak reach 10 games after his outing on Saturday night, but he may have had perhaps one of his best performances of the year. Through eight shutout innings, Jacob struck out six batters and gave up seven hits and just one walk, and was in control the entire game. Unfortunately, the Mets offense couldn’t produce any runs for him, leaving him with a no-decision. DeGrom is now 0-4 dating all the way back to April 30th when he beat the Giants. He did however lower his ERA to 2.67.

2. Kelly Johnson

If it wasn’t for Kelly Johnson, the Mets could have very well dropped three of four in Atlanta. The offense looked dead and was stymied again by Braves ace Julio Teheran the whole night. It wasn’t until former Brave Kelly Johnson came to the plate in the top of the 11th inning as a pinch hitter that the Mets finally got on the board. Johnson deposited one just over the right field fence to save the Mets. It was his second homerun since he was acquired by the team on June 8th.

3. Bartolo Colon

Colon was just about as good as you could be in the series finale on Sunday afternoon, but yet again fell victim to absolutely no run support from his offense. Aside from the first inning homerun he allowed off the bat of Freddie Freeman, Colon allowed nothing else over seven innings. He gave up just six hits with a walk and two strikeouts, and unfortunately that one run was all it took to give him the loss. His three-game winning streak came to an end despite giving up just that one run.

3 Down

1. Steven Matz

Although the Mets would end up winning the game on Friday night, Steven Matz struggled through 4 1/3 innings pitched, after allowing six runs on nine hits while not recording a strikeout. Matz looked great through the first four innings of the game, but hit a wall in the fifth and had to be taken out because of it. He is now winless in his last five starts with an ERA of 5.00 during that time frame.

2. Offense Struggles

Aside from their outbreak on Friday night, the Mets offense could only manufacture six runs in the other three games. What’s more is the fact that the offense continues to struggle against weak pitching. They could only manage to score two runs off of Braves starter Matt Wisler on Thursday night, who is 3-7 on the year with a 4.22 ERA. In the series finale on Sunday afternoon, the Mets couldn’t even score a run off of Braves starter Bud Norris, who is also 3-7 with a 4.22 ERA. Mets starters have been pitching great and have kept them in just about every game as of late, but the offense continues to come up short.

3. Addison Reed

Matt Harvey wasn’t great in the series opener on Thursday night, but he did only allow two runs through six innings of play, and gave the Mets a solid chance at winning the game. The Mets held a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, when Addison Reed came in and surrendered a two-run homerun off the bat of Adonis Garcia. He hadn’t allowed a run in 16 appearances through May and June, but has since allowed six runs on eight hits in his last six innings of work. His ERA has now shut up from 1.63 to 2.70.

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Kelly Johnson Homers Late As Mets Beat Braves 1-0 In Extras Sun, 26 Jun 2016 02:41:33 +0000 degrom darnaud

The New York Mets (40-33) defeated the Atlanta Braves (25-49) by a score of 1-0 tonight at Turner Field. With the win and a Nationals loss, the Mets now find themselves just 2.0 games out of first place.


Jacob deGrom toed the rubber for the Mets tonight, and pitched another gutsy performance, but was able to keep the Braves in check for the entirety of the night.

All in all, deGrom tossed eight scoreless innings, scattering eight hits, and striking out six while walking one. However, deGrom will have to settle for another winless outing, as the Mets were unable to provide any offensive support for the righty.

Jerry Blevins faced Freddie Freeman to kick off the ninth, and quickly allowed a hit before turning the ball over to Addison Reed, who finished off the inning.

Jeurys Familia, despite pitching a scoreless 11th, induced some sweats as usual, but he did get the job done and recorded his 26th save of the year.

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Oh, Julio Teheran, you’ve haunted my dreams as of late. After one hitting the Mets just last week, Teheran pitched eight scoreless innings again tonight, striking out seven and allowing five hits.

Despite Teheran and committee keeping the Mets scoreless until the eleventh, Kelly Johnson finally broke the silence against his former team, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead with a solo shot, which they would hold on to and eventually win the game.

On deck:

Bartolo Colon (6-3, 3.00 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets tomorrow in the series finale at Turner Field, and will be opposed by Bud Norris (2-7, 4.69 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves, 7:35 PM Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:59:34 +0000 steven matz

Friday, June 24, 2016 • 7:35 p.m.
Turner Field • Atlanta, GA
LHP Steven Matz (7-3, 2.74) vs. RHP Aaron Blair (0-4, 7.19)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

Last night was another frustrating game for the New York Mets against the pesky Atlanta Braves. Matt Harvey finally had a solid start against the Braves, but the Mets bats couldn’t ramp up more than three runs and they eventually allowed the Braves to take the lead on a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 8th. Luckily, the Mets still have three games against the Braves to try and turn things around.

The Mets had their two-game winning streak snapped last night. New York has lost four of its last six games and are 4-6 in their last 10 games. They fell to 15-10 in one-run games with last night’s 4-3 loss.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. James Loney – 1B
  6. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  7. Michael Conforto – LF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

Braves Lineup

  1. Jace Peterson – 2B
  2. Ender Inciarte – CF
  3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
  4. Jeff Francouer – LF
  5. Nick Markakis – RF
  6. Adonis Garcia – 3B
  7. Tyler Flowers – C
  8. Erick Aybar – SS
  9. Aaron Blair – RHP

Steven Matz will be pitching tonight despite leaving his last start with elbow discomfort. He’s 7-3 on the season over 12 starts and 72.1 innings with a 2.74 ERA. His last start was against the Braves and he held them to 2 ER over 6.0 innings while striking out 7. Overall, he has faced the Braves three times totaling 20.0 innings with a 2-0 record and a 1.80 ERA while striking out 23 batters. The Braves have the following numbers against Steven:

  • Freeman 3-10, 2B
  • Markakis 2-9
  • Francoeur 3-9, HR
  • Garcia 2-9
  • Aybar 1-7
  • Flowers 1-8, 2B

The Mets draw Aaron Blair who is 0-4 over 10 starts this season an 46.1 innings with a 7.19 ERA. His last start was against the Mets and it was average, which is good for Aaron as he allowed 3 ER over 6.0 innings. In the month of June he has pitched 19.1 innings with a 7.91 ERA, which is slightly above his season stats. Overall against the Mets this year, he has pitched 11.1 innings with 6 ER and 5 K’s. The Mets have the following numbers against Blair:

  • Cabrera 3-6
  • Confortion 1-5, 2B
  • Granderson 1-5
  • Flores 1-5, HR
  • Walker 1-5
  • Cespedes 1-2, HR
  • Loney 2-2, 2B, 3B

Let’s Go Mets!

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Week 14 Mets Pitching Review: Robles Shines In Relief Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:45:14 +0000 hansel robles

A review of the latest turn through the Mets starting rotation:




Earned Runs





Quality Start

Matz (7-3)









DeGrom (3-2)








Yes (12/9)

Colon (6-3)








No (14/8)

Syndergaard (8-2)








Yes (14/12)

Harvey (4-8)

6.0 8


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Yes (14/6)

Best Start: This is the essence of having a top of the line rotation that’s struggling. Each of the young starters finished six innings and allowed three runs or less…

But were any of them dominant? Did any of thease performances dazzle you or, to quote the great Mean Gene Okerlund, show the intestinal fortitude of a champion?

While Noah Syndergaard did throw well despite arm troubles, I’m going to go with Steven Matz and his six innings against a pesky Atlanta Braves team that seems to suddenly have the Mets’ number.

Worst Start: The stat line makes this one rather easy. By only recording one out on Tuesday, Bartolo Colon set up one Mets reliever for some huge success…

Best of the Bullpen: and Hansel Robles showing off a 95 MHP fastball with an offspeed pitch that baffled one of the best contact teams in baseball. Six strikeouts in 3.2 innings against the Royals is similar to a 15-strikeout performance over 8 innings IMO.

Robles was easily the best pitcher in a Mets uniform this week, but early on I felt like I jinxed the entire unit after praising their numbers during my Week 13 review…and then watching the Braves beat both Jim Henderson (blown save) and Addison Reed on Saturday, then score three runs against Antonio Bastardo and Robles on Sunday. But the group effort they

But the group effort they put together in relief of Big Sexy and getting the final nine outs for Noah Syndergaard the following day said a lot. And did I forget to mention that Jeurys Familia set a team record with his 24th straight save to start the season?

Next Big Thing: While the sweep at Citi Field means most Mets fans aren’t looking past the Braves this weekend, it’s hard not to notice three games in Washington followed by four at home against the Cubs coming up. Whether it was gamesmanship or general concern that caused Terry Collins to switch Colon and Thor around this week, the result is our Norse god is scheduled to start the series against the Nationals and face Jake Arrieta on a Saturday night that’s certain to be a sellout.

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Conforto Throws Out Bonifacio At The Plate Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:54:09 +0000 travis darnaud michael conforto

One of the defensive highlights in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves, came in the bottom of the seventh inning when the Mets were trying to preserve their 3-2 lead at the time.

With the tying and winning runs on second and third, Ender Inciarte lifted a deep flyball to left field. Michael Conforto settled underneath the ball and made the catch in foul territory.

The runner on third, Emilio Bonifacio, tagged up and raced home. It looked like the Braves were about to tie the game up.

But Conforto fired an accurate throw to Travis d’Arnaud at the plate, and Bonifacio was called out to complete the inning ending double play and thwart any Atlanta comeback.

It was a tremendous throw by Conforto, but d’Arnaud played it perfectly, blocking the plate with his knee and applying the tag before Bonifacio could sneak in.

“It was a crazy catch,” said d’Arnaud after the game. “To get rid of it that quick and make that strong of a throw was really impressive.”

Braves manager Brian Snitker challenged the play and was quickly ejected when the ruling confirmed the call on the field.

“I knew it was going to be close,” Conforto said. “Incredible play by Travis to catch it on the short hop and then put the tag on him. Really, that was all him. I put the throw there, but he made the play.”

The Braves broadcast booth were screaming holy hell and even Keith Hernandez was stunned that the play was not overturned.

But a careful examination clearly provided little evidence to overturn the out call as Bonifacio avoided a clear and open lane to the plate, and instead slid right into d’Arnaud’s knee which blocked the left side of the plate.

The Braves would eventually win the game 4-3, prompting the Atlanta broadcast booth to celebrate and say that the Baseball Gods intervened and overturned the bad call. “Karma is gonna get you,” one of them exclaimed.

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Syndergaard Will Start Monday Against Nationals In DC Thu, 23 Jun 2016 21:34:35 +0000 noah syndergaard

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard will make his next start on Monday when the Mets begin a three game series against the Washington Nationals, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters in Atlanta today.

Syndergaard left Wednesday’s game early with elbow discomfort and was seen by team orthopedist Dr. David Altchek.

An MRI was conducted and showed that Syndergaard did not have have any structural damage in the elbow. He was prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and cleared to resume his normal routine.

Previous Report

The New York Mets released a statement that said an MRI showed that Noah Syndergaard has “no structural damage” in his right elbow.

Syndergaard was prescribed some anti-inflammatory medication and has been cleared to do his normal work routine. His availability for Monday’s start is still unclear, though.

Original Report

Noah Syndergaard left today’s game with some elbow discomfort, the team announced. According to Terry Collins, the young right-hander is being examined by the team doctor.

Syndergaard will stay behind in New York while he gets his elbow checked out by team orthopedist Dr. David Altchek. He will meet the team in Atlanta tomorrow as the Mets begin a four game series with the Braves.

It was strange to see how Collins informed reporters. After ending his presser and he started to leave, Mets PR man Jay Horwitz whispered something to him. Then came the bombshell that sucked all the oxygen out of the room…

A red-faced Collins angrily told reporters he took Syndergaard out of the game because his elbow soreness flared up, then he turned and left the media room in a huff without answering any further questions leaving everyone pretty stunned.

This is the second time in four weeks that Syndergaard is having his elbow examined. The Mets bumped him from his start yesterday, citing that they wanted to give him an extra day of rest after throwing a season high 115 pitches in his last start.

Syndergaard, 23, pitched 6.0 innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits today, while striking out four.

More to come…

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Braves Lineups, 7:10 PM Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:40:06 +0000 matt harvey

Thursday, June 23, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Turner Field • Atlanta, GA
RHP Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.76) vs. RHP Matt Wisler (3-7, 4.23)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

After a tough series against the Braves over last weekend, the Mets responded by winning two games against the Royals despite some fairly unexpected twists including Bartolo Colon leaving the game with a thumb injury after tossing just four pitches.

The Mets have won a franchise record-tying seven straight games at Atlanta. This current seven-game winning streak is the longest by the Mets at Turner Field. The Braves are moving into a new ballpark in 2017. New York is 63-103 (.380) all-time at Turner Field.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. James Loney – 1B
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Kelly Johnson – 3B
  6. Michael Conforto – LF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Alejandro De Aza – CF
  9. Matt Harvey – RHP

Braves Lineup

  1. Jace Peterson – 2B
  2. Ender Inciarte – CF
  3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
  4. Nick Markakis – RF
  5. Adonis Garcia – 3B
  6. A.J. Pierzynski – C
  7. Erick Aybar – SS
  8. Emilio Bonifacio – LF
  9. Matt Wisler – RHP

Tonight, Matt Harvey has a shot of redemption against the Atlanta squad from his last outing. He’s 4-9 on the year over 14 starts and 79.1 innings with a 4.76 ERA. After three starts where he logged 20.0 innings allowing 2 ER, he allowed 4 ER over 6.0 innings vs the Braves. The Braves have the following numbers against Harvey:

  • Freeman3-15, 3 2B
  • Markakis 1-10
  • Pierzynski 6-9, 2B
  • Aybar 1-6
  • Peterson 2-7, 2 2B
  • d’Arnaud 1-3, 2B
  • Flowers 0-3

The Mets bats will try to get some consistency going against Matt Wisler who is 3-7 over 14 games and 13 starts this season with a 4.23 ERA while pitching 83.0 innings. He opened up June to two horrid starts that saw him allowing 13 ER over 8.0 innings, in his last start he settled down to 2 ER over 8 hits in 6.2 innings of work. His best start of the season by far was against the Mets at the start of May where he held the Mets to one hit and two walks over 8.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Matt:

  • Granderson 1-12
  • Cespedes 2-9, 2B
  • Conforto 3-8
  • Flores 1-6
  • Cabrera 2-5
  • Loney 2-7

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets,1:10 PM Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:09:44 +0000 jacob degrom

Sunday, June 19, 2016 • 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Julio Teheran (2-7, 2.93) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (3-3, 2.82)
PIX11 • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

After losing the first two games of this series, the Mets will look to avoid being swept by the Braves for the first time since June 19-21, 2015 at Turner Field…The last time Atlanta swept the Mets in a three-game series in New York was September 7-9, 2012.

Five of New York’s next seven games are against the Braves…The Mets are 5-3 vs. Atlanta this year…The Mets opened the year 4-0 vs. Atlanta but have gone 1-3 since…New York is 10-5 vs. the Braves in its last 15 match-ups dating to September 10, 2015, including 3-5 at Citi Field.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  4. Neil Walker, 2B
  5. James Loney, 1B
  6. Wilmer Flores, 3B
  7. Michael Conforto, LF
  8. Kevin Plawecki, C
  9. Jacob deGrom, RHP

Braves Lineup

  1. Mallex Smith, LF
  2. Ender Inciarte, CF
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  4. Nick Markakis, RF
  5. Tyler Flowers, C
  6. Jace Peterson, 2B
  7. Chase d’Arnaud, 3B
  8. Erick Aybar, SS
  9. Julio Teheran, RHP

The Mets dropped another game against the Braves yesterday after the Mets bullpen couldn’t hold the lead and their bats went silent after scoring three runs early. This afternoon. the Mets look to reverse their fortunes with Jacob deGrom, AND ITS HIS BIRTHDAY TODAY! Happy 28th Jacob! He is 3-3 over 11 starts this season and 67.0 innings with a 2.82 ERA.

In his last four starts he’s 0-2 over 26.0 innings with 35 K’s and a 2.42 ERA. His second start of the season was against the Braves where he allowed only 1 ER over 5.2 innings while striking out 3. The Braves have the following numbers against Jacob:

  • Kelly Johnson 1-10
  • Walker 2-6
  • Cabrera 1-5, 2B
  • De Aza 1-4
  • Loney 2-3, 2B, HR

The Mets bats will get a look at a familiar foe, Julio Teheran, who is now 25 playing in his 6th major league season. He’s 2-7 this year over 14 starts and 89.0 innings with a 2.93 ERA. In his last four starts he has also pitched 26.0 innings like deGrom with a 3.81 ERA while striking out 26 batters. He hasn’t faced the Mets yet this season but last year he was 2-1 in as many starts against the Mets logging 17.1 innings with a 2.60 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers against Julio:

  • Granderson 4-15, 2B, HR
  • Walker 2-11
  • Flores 3-10, HR
  • K Johnson 1-5
  • deGrom 1-4
  • De Aza 1-3, 2B

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Recap: Mets Cough Up Lead, Stumble To Braves 4-3 Sun, 19 Jun 2016 03:46:33 +0000 ender inciarte

The New York Mets (36-31) were defeated by the Atlanta Braves (22-46) by a score of 4-3 tonight at Citi Field to fall 6.5 games back behind the division-leading Washington Nationals.


Steven Matz got the start for the Mets tonight, and pitched well, going six innings, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out seven. However, Matz would end up with a no-decision.

Jim Henderson then relieved Matz and pitched a third of an inning, allowing one run, as the game was now tied up at three a piece.

Jerry Blevins kept the Braves at bay getting the last two outs in the seventh, but Addison Reed allowed the Braves to take the lead in the eighth inning on a wild pitch allowing Ender Inciarte to score the winning run.

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Yoenis Cespedes launched his 17th big fly of the year in the third inning to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead. Wilmer Flores then played a little bit of long ball himself, launching a solo shot in the fourth.

Rene Rivera gave the Mets a 3-0 lead at the time with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Braves pitching stymied the Mets after that until a dramatic and gut-wrenching bottom of the ninth.

With Flores on base on an error, James Loney drove a double to the wall in left-center, but Flores was thrown out at the plate thanks to a perfect relay throw home. It was a crushing blow as Curtis Granderson would end the game on a called strike three, stranding two runners including the tying run at third.

On Deck:

Jacob deGrom (3-3, 2.82 ERA) gets the nod tomorrow afternoon, and will be opposed by Julio Teheran (2-7, 2.93 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.

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MMO Game Thread: Braves vs Mets, 8:15 PM (FOX) Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20:24:47 +0000 steven matz

Saturday, June 18, 2016 • 8:15 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Aaron Blair (0-4, 7.59) vs. LHP Steven Matz (7-3, 2.71)
FOX • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets dropped the first game of the series against the Braves 5-1 on Friday, and they look to put it back together with Steven Matz on the mound for tonight’s FOX broadcast.

Steven Matz is tied for the major league lead for rookies with seven wins with Michael Fulmer. He leads the NL and ranks third among rookies in ERA (2.71) and ranks third in among major league rookies in strikeouts (66). He was named the NL Rookie of the Month for May, going 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA (five earned runs/34.1 innings) and 31 strikeouts.

Six of New York’s next eight games are against the Braves…The Mets are 5-2 vs. Atlanta this year and 10-4 vs. the Braves in their last 14 match-ups dating to September 10, 2015, including 3-4 at Citi Field.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Michael Conforto – LF
  6. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  7. James Loney – 1B
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Steven Matz – LHP

Braves Lineup

  1. Chase d’Arnaud – 2B
  2. Ender Inciarte – CF
  3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
  4. Jeff Francoeur – LF
  5. Nick Markakis – RF
  6. Tyler Flowers – C
  7. Brandon Snyder – 3B
  8. Erick Aybar – SS
  9. Aaron Blair – RHP

Matz is 7-3 on the year over 11 starts and 66.1 innings with a 2.71 ERA. His last start wasn’t the best, but the defense wasn’t the best behind him. He pitched 6.0 innings allowing 5 runs and 4 earned.

Matz has two good starts against the Braves this year first holding them to 2 ER over 6.1 innings and then in his second start he held them scoreless over 7.2 innings while striking out 8. The Braves have the following numbers against Matz:

  • Freeman 3-7, 2B
  • Garcia 2-9
  • Markakis 2-6
  • Aybar 1-6
  • Flowers 0-6
  • Francoeur 2-6
  • d’Arnaud 0-3

Aaron Blair continues his rookie season. He’s 0-4 over 9 starts and 40.1 innings so far this year with an ERA of 7.59 to match. In the month of June he’s allowed 14 ER over 13.1 innings over three starts. He made his major league debut against the Mets back on April 24th where he allowed 3 ER over 5.1 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Blair:

  • Cabrera 2-3
  • Conforto 1-2, 2B
  • Granderson 1-2
  • Walker 1-2
  • Flores 0-2
  • Plawecki 0-2

Let’s Go Mets!

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