MMO Game Thread: Pirates vs Mets – Lagares Scratched, Johnson In LF

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP Jeff Locke (5-4, 5.38) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (6-2, 2.00)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets dropped their third game in a row last night as they were shutout out 4-0 in the series opener against the Pirates. Tonight they look to get back on the right track behind their source of thunder: Noah Syndergaard.

Syndergaard won four straight decisions dating to May 11 and has posted a 1.41 ERA (six earned runs/38.1 innings), issued four walks and struck out 46 during that stretch. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of his last seven starts.

The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games and were shut out for the sixth time this year last night. They are 1-10 in their last 11 games against the Pirates and went 0-6 vs. Pittsburgh in 2015.

Juan Lagares has been scratched from the lineup because of a continued issue with his left thumb. He was replaced by Kelly Johnson who will play left field.

Mets Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson – RF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – CF
  4. Wilmer Flores – 3B
  5. Kelly Johnson – LF
  6. Matt Reynolds – 2B
  7. James Loney – 1B
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Noah Syndergaard – RHP

Pirates Lineup

  1. John Jaso – 1B
  2. Gregory Polanco – RF
  3. Andrew McCutchen – CF
  4. Jung Ho Kang – 3B
  5. Starling Marte – LF
  6. Josh Harrison – 2B
  7. Jordy Mercer – SS
  8. Eric Kratz – C
  9. Jeff Locke – LHP

Thor is 6-2 over 13 games and 12 starts and 76.2 innings with 95 K’s and a 2.00 ERA this season. In the month of June he has tossed 13.0 innings allowing 5 runs, 4 earned including his last start against the Pirates where he allowed 3 runs, 2 earned over 6.0 innings with 5 K’s in a game the Mets eventually won. The Pirates have the following numbers against Syndergaard:

  • John Jaso 3-6, 2 2B
  • Harrison 2-6, 2B
  • Ho Kang 2-6
  • McCutchen 1-5, 2B
  • Polanco 2-6, 2 2B
  • Joyce 0-3
  • Marte 0-3

The Mets bats will take a crack at Jeff Locke who is 5-4 over 12 starts and 72.0 innings with a 5.83 ERA this season. The former All-Star has been mostly average or better in games pitched this year, except one start in each month where things melted down to catastrophic levels. In April he allowed 8 runs over 3.0 innings, in May he allowed 6 over 5.1 (not so bad) and in his last start he allowed 11 runs over 4.2 innings which raised his ERA from 4.28 to 5.38. He missed the Mets earlier this season. Last year he tossed 5.1 innings in one start against the Mets allowing 1 ER over 4 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Jeff:

  • Cespedes 0-4
  • Lagares 2-5
  • Loney 2-4
  • Granderson 0-3
  • Colon 0-2

Let’s 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