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

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After dropping the series to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Mets are looking to get back on track against the San Diego Padres.  The three-game series is scheduled to being on Friday night at Citi Field.  Weather permitting, the first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.

Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.31) looks to win his fourth game out of his last five starts.  He is matched up against Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.13).

This certainly haven’t gone the Mets way lately, so a series against another team that is down and out might just be what the doctor ordered.  Colon has pitched fairly well over his left several starts, pitching at least seven innings in three of his last four.  Since May 17th, Colon has the fifth-lowest ERA in the majors (1.61) with a minimum of 25 innings pitched.  Colon also boasts the fourth-best strikeout to walk ratio at 5.08 in the National League.

Friday the 13th is notorious for bad luck.  That may be the case for everyone else not the Mets.  New York has won five of their last six games played on Friday the 13th which is a nice little streak, however they are 23-26 in their history.

Curtis Granderson, who was nursing a sore calf, didn’t start last night but made a pinch-hit appearance.  Thanks to his intentional walk, Granderson has now reached base safely in 24 games which is still the second longest active streak.  His longest streak for his career is 28, so he is still a few away.

Daniel Murphy still trails Paul Goldschmidt by one hit for the National League lead.  Murphy has at least one hit in eight straight games, and is hitting .375 in that span.

David Wright and Chris Young each recorded a stolen base for the Mets on Thursday.  In total, the Mets have 52 stolen bases as a team which ties them for third-most in the majors.  The Dodgers are first with 75.  The Mets have stolen seven bases over their last five games.

Starting Lineup

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

The Mets try to figure things out as the Padres come to town tonight. Last night the Mets lost the rubber game against the Brew Crew after sending the game to the 13th inning on a 1-1 tie. There is only so much you can ask of the bullpen without run support and in the top of the 13th they allowed 4 runs and the Mets could never recover. Tonight Colon takes a turn at the helm as he faces off against Andrew Cashner.

Colon is 5-5 on the season over 12 starts and 77.1 innings with a 4.31 ERA.  In his last four starts he has pitched 28.0 innings with 23 strikeouts and a 1.61 ERA. In his career he has made three starts against the Padres totaling 18.0 innings with a 1.50 ERA. However, most of the current Padres have seen very little of Colon:

  • Quentin 3-4, 2B
  • Alonso 0-1
  • Cabrera 1-1
  • Denorfia 0-1
  • Headley 0-1
  • Maybin 0-1
  • Venable 0-1

The Mets go searching for their bats again tonight against Andrew Cashner who is 2-5 over 10 games and 63.1 innings with a 2.13 ERA. In his last two starts he has pitched 13.0 innings with 11 strikeouts and one earned run. He also faced the Mets in a limited capacity last year allowing 1 hit over 2.2 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • C Yount 2-5, HR
  • Wright 1-4, HR
  • Duda 0-2
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Murphy 0-2
  • Tejada 0-1

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!