Mets vs Yankees: Turner At 1B Leading Off, Lagares In CF, Quintanilla At SS

Starting Lineup

  1. Justin Turner – 1B
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. John Buck – DH
  5. Lucas Duda – LF
  6. Marlon Byrd – RF
  7. Anthony Recker – C
  8. Juan Lagares – CF
  9. Omar Quintanilla – SS

Game Notes

Prior to tonight’s game, the Mets placed infielder Ruben Tejada on the 15-Day Disabled List with a right quad strain and selected the contract of infielder Omar Quintanilla from Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. Quintanilla will wear #3 and was hitting .333 (42-126) with 26 runs scored, nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and 18 RBI in 47 games for Las Vegas. To make room on the 40-man roster, New York transferred RHP Frank Francisco to the 60-Day DL.

The Mets have won four games in a row for the first time since September 21-24, 2012. The last time the Mets won five in a row was May 5-9, 2012. This is the fifth time the Mets have won three in a row over the Yankees, last accomplished May 22 -June 18, 2010. The Mets have never won four in a row vs. the Yankees.

After winning the first three games, the Mets have won the season series vs. the Yankees for the third time. New York went 4-2 vs. the Yankees in 2004 and 2008. The Mets are now 3-8-6 in all-time season series against the Yankees.

The Mets scored five times in the first inning last night. It was the fifth time the Mets have scored five runs in an inning this year. The Mets scored five or more runs in an inning seven times all of last year. It was also the second time the Mets have scored five runs in the first inning against the Yankees. The other occurrence was June 22, 2012 at Citi Field. The Mets also scored five first-inning runs on April 12 at Minnesota.

The Mets scored nine runs last night. They had scored eight runs combined over their last four games. The last time the Mets scored nine or more runs was April 12 at Minnesota (16 runs).

David Wright is hitting .455 (5-11) with four runs scored and two RBI over the last three games vs. the Yankees. On Monday, Wright hit a solo home run in the seventh inning that tied the game. On Tuesday, he had an RBI single in the ninth that tied the game. Wright’s home run on Monday was his ninth against the Yankees, the most by a Mets player against their crosstown rival…Cliff Floyd and Mike Piazza each had eight. Wright had one hit last night extending his team record with 55 career hits vs. the Yankees.

Daniel Murphy has at least one hit in 14 of his last 17 games, batting .397 (27-68) with nine doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI over that clip. Murphy collected his 17th double last night and is tied for first in the NL with Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce. Since the start of 2012 season, he has 57 doubles, tied for the second most in the NL, one behind Milwaukee’s Aramis Ramirez. Murphy is 8-14 with runners in scoring position and two outs this season.

Game Preview

The Mets go for 5 in a row, the series sweep and the season sweep tonight as they take on the Yankees. Last night the Mets showed shades of their former selves from the first two weeks of the season jumping out early scoring 5 runs in the first and then scoring 9 runs overall. Hefner finally got a win on the season and everyone (staying true to the orange and blue at least) went home happy. Tonight Dillon Gee looks to hop back on the right track as the Amazin’s look to continue hitting the ball against Vidal Nuno.

Dillon Gee is 2-6 over 10 games and 49.2 innings pitched this season with a 6.34 ERA. The last three starts have not been pretty for Gee pitching a total of 14 innings with a 8.36 ERA. He’s only reached 6.o innings twice this season. Last year in one start against the Yankees he allowed 3 ER over 7 innings and 5 hits with 5 strikeouts. The Yankees have the following numbers against Gee:

Cano 2-6, 3B
Overbay 1-6
Gardner 0-4

The Mets bats will get a look at Vidal Nuno tonight who is 1-1 this season over 4 games and 2 starts over 14.0 innings with a 1.93 ERA. Specifically in his starts, he has pitched 11.0 innings allowing 2 ER. In the minors this year he was 2-0 over 23.1 innings with a 1.54 ERA. Since he made his debut this season, he has never faced the Mets and never faced anyone on the Mets roster.

Lets 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! You can follow me on twitter @213mfs