MMO Game Thread: A’s vs Mets, 7:10 PM

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The Mets conclude their two-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler (3-7, 3.93) takes the hill for the Mets and will oppose Oakland left-hander Brad Mills (0-0, 4.50).

In his last start, Zack Wheeler hurled a three-hit complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win at Miami on June 19. It was the 10th time in team history a pitcher faced 28 batters in a complete game effort and the first since Chris Capuano on August 26, 2011. No Mets pitcher has ever faced the minimum.

At 24 years and 20 days old, Zack Wheeler became the youngest Mets’ pitcher to throw a 1-0 shutout since Dwight Gooden threw one against the Astros on July 14, 1985 in the Astrodome at 20 years and 240 days old.

David Wright has at least one RBI in seven consecutive games, tying his career-best (June 10-17, 2010). The last two Mets with an RBI in eight straight games practically overlapped (Carlos Beltran, June 7-15, 2006 and Carlos Delgado, June 5-14, 2006).

Curtis Granderson is hitting .287 (47-164) with 26 runs scored, nine home runs, 28 RBI with a .409 on-base percentage since the beginning of May. He has reached base safely in a career-high 32 straight starts. 

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Eric Campbell – 1B
  5. Curtis Granderson – RF
  6. Chris Young – CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Yesterday the Mets were firing on every cylinder. The Mets crushed the Athletics, and the league’s ERA leader Scott Kazmir. They did it with power and pitching. In my opinion, it was the opening blow by Granderson that was the key for the Mets but as the game went on, Chris Young hit two homers and d’Arnaud in his return to the majors smacked a three run jack. On the mound, Colon allowed only one earned run in the first inning and then shut down his former team over 8.0 innings including a base hit. Today Brad Mills gets the start for the Athletics as he goes up against Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler is 3-7 this year over 15 starts and 87.0 innings with a 3.93 ERA. He is coming off of the best start of his career with a complete game shutout only walking one batter and striking out 8. Being a young pitcher, it makes sense that he has never faced the Athletics or anyone on the Athletics roster in a major league game.

The Mets bats look to make it three games in a row scoring at least 10 runs tonight against Brad Mills who is making his second start start of the year. In his first start he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned over 4.0 innings of work. He has had a strong minor league season in 14 games, 12 starts over 75.0 innings with a 1.56 ERA.  The only Met who has seen him in a major league game is Granderson who is 0-1.

Lets Go Mets!

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I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs