MMO Game Thread: Brewers vs Mets, 7:10 PM

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The Mets are hoping that a return to Citi Field can end their current 6-game losing streak.  The Milwaukee Brewers come to town for a three-game series starting this evening at 7:10 PM.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-0, 3.09 ERA) will make his third start this season and is tasked with ending the skid.  He will face Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.19 ERA).

Matsuzaka, who replaced Rafael Montero in the Mets rotation, last just 4.1 innings his last time out allowing four runs against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.  Dice-K’s looking for his first victory since May 25th..

Ruben Tejada has been moved up to the leadoff spot tonight.  This is the first time in over a year that he will bat in this spot in the order.  Last time was May 29, 2013 against the New York Yankees.

Recently called-up catcher Taylor Teagarden will make his first start as a New York Met, and his first start in the major leagues since August 30, 2013 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles against the New Yankees.

Curtis Granderson has reached base safely in 21 straight games.  It is the second longest current streak in the majors behind Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez who has reached in 24 straight.  Granderson also had two home runs on Sunday against the Giants, making it his 15th multi-home run game and first since 2012.

Starting Lineup

  1. Ruben Tejada – SS
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson – RF
  5. Chris Young – LF
  6. Lucas Duda – 1B
  7. Taylor Teagarden – C
  8. Matt den Dekker – CF
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka – P

The Mets come home after a rough road trip. The road trip started off in Philly and they did great winning 4-1 games, but then they lost three in a row in Chicago, and then three in a row again in San Francisco. Anyway, they try to figure it out against the Brewers and Marco Estrada tonight as the Mets send Matsuzaka out to the mound.

Matsuzaka is 2-0 over 18 games and 2 starts this year totaling 33.2 innings with a 3.21 ERA. His last start against Cubs was pretty bad as he allowed 4 hits and 4 earned runs over 4.1 innings while walking 5 batters. He has made one career start against the Brewers allowing 2 runs, none earned, over 6.2 innings. The Brewers have the following numbers against Daisuke:

  • Overbay 7-27, 2 2B, 3 HR
  • Gomez 0-7
  • Braun 2-4
  • Weeks 0-2
  • Reynolds 0-2

Estrada is 5-2 over 12 starts and 73.0 innings while posting a 4.19 ERA. In his last 7 starts he is 3-1 over 41.2 innings while posting a 5.18 ERA. Last year against the Mets he allowed 1 ER and 2 hits over 7.0 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Marco:

  • Murphy 1-3
  • Wright 0-3
  • Duda 0-3
  • C Young 0-2
  • Tejada 1-1

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!