MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Cubs, 7:05 PM

New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

The Mets will complete their three game set with the Cubs today before heading out to San Francisco, their last leg of this long road trip. For the second game in a row yesterday the Mets suffered a heartbreaking, close loss. This time, the offense jumped out early, but the pitching couldn’t support the effort. 

Today, Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.42 ERA) will get the start for the Mets as he faces off against Travis Wood (5-5, 5.15 ERA) for the Cubs in a 7:05 PM start.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will remain in the starting rotation, despite allowing four runs in 4.1 innings against the Cubs on Wednesday. “That’s not the Daisuke we’ve been seeing,” said Collins. “The base on balls and falling behind in the count is stuff that he has not been doing. It cost him tonight.” Collins added that he will discuss speeding up his tempo with Dan Warthen, something that worked well in 2013.

According to a report by Adam Rubin, ailing righthander Dillon Gee has not picked up a baseball in 11 days since a scheduled bullpen was called off on May 25. Gee was supposed to pitch off a mound for the first time since landing on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle, but aborted the session after two throws on flat ground because of renewed discomfort.

Andy Martino of the Daily News writes:

Chris Young has been a disastrous signing so far for the Mets, and I asked a rival evaluator who has seen him throughout his career if there was any hope for improvement. Young did hit 32 home runs in 2007, so there must be something there, right? Right?

“When you start your career like that, you set really high expectations,” the evaluator said. “I think he can be solid, but nothing like (he used to be). This game is hard. Sometimes they make adjustments to you, and you can’t make that next adjustment. That happened with him.”

Collins said one reason behind placing Young leadoff Thursday is that it is the slot in which he did the most damage earlier in his career while with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Starting Lineup

  1. Chris Young – CF
  2. Curtis Granderson – RF
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Eric Campbell – 1B
  5. Andrew Brown – LF
  6. Wilmer Flores – 2B
  7. Ruben Tejada – SS
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Jacob deGrom – RHP

Jacob deGrom is 0-2 in his first four starts of his major league career with a 2.42 ERA over 26.0 innings while walking 12 and striking out 25 batters. The pattern over his first four starts has been excellent start, average start, excellent start, average start, at least in terms of earned runs. What wasn’t average his last time out was his strikeouts as he mowed down 11 i the game while allowing only 2 walks. Of course, it follows that deGrom has not faced the Cubs yet in his career or anyone on the Mets roster.

Travis Wood is 5-5 over 11 starts this year over 64.2 innings with a 5.15 ERA, a drastic increase over last years 3.11 mark. He started to gather some momentum in late May with back to back starts of at least 7.0 innings and allowing only 2 ER but in his last start he allowed 7 ER over 2.2 innings. That has been the story of this season for him, he has either been terrible or good. Only one average start. He faced the Mets once last year allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs over 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Travis:

  • Tejada 1-11
  • Wright 4-12, 3B
  • C Young 3-11, 2B
  • Duda 2-9, HR
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Murphy 0-3
  • Recker 0-3

Lets Go Mets!


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