At this point in the year, you never want to get your hopes up too high heading into a series. With that said, it is hard not to when you’re about to face one of the worst teams in the National League. The Mets and Brewers always serve up good battles and this coming set should be a very entertaining and educational one at that.
The last two weeks have been ugly for New York, so we probably shouldn’t take any wins for granted. Nonetheless, the blue and orange are facing four pitchers who each have ERA’s over three.
This blessing couldn’t come at a better time, with the Mets bats falling silent as of late. Now, although there has been a recent famine at the dish, sportsbooks agree the better team should win. MLB oddsmaker topbet.eu favors the Mets through the entire series heading into next week’s rematch and redemption set with Pittsburgh.
Thursday: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.27) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (5-4, 3.43)
Friday: RHP Matt Harvey (4-8, 4.95) vs. RHP Junior Guerra (3-1, 3.61)
Saturday: RHP Logan Verrett (3-3, 3.22) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (3-7, 6.79)
Sunday: LHP Steven Matz (7-2, 2.69) vs. RHP Zach Davies (4-3, 4.29)
Against Milwaukee, the only real question marks for the Mets will be on the mound. The veteran Bartolo Colon will open the series on Thursday, while reliever Logan Verrett will check-in on Saturday. Colon hasn’t notched a win since May 23rd but has allowed just four earned runs over his last three starts and he gives the Mets a chance to win when he’s on the mound. Verrett, meanwhile, has given up 13 runs in his last 17 innings on the hill and in his last spot start he couldn’t make it out of the third inning and was pounded for seven earned runs.
Between those two matchups, the most exciting storyline will land on Friday. The resurging Matt Harvey will take to the hill against Junior Guerra. Harvey’s redemption began May 30th with a seven inning two-hit win against the Chicago White Sox. He followed that performance with a seven inning one-run performance in Pittsburgh. Sadly, the Mets bats didn’t give him any support, but it does appear that 27-year old ace is turning his game around at the right time.
Pitching in the series finale is Rookie of the Year candidate Steven Matz, who is coming off a bit of a clunker for him, but going into that game had won seven starts in a row with a 1.13 ERA. There’s no reason not to expect a rebound from Matz, who has exceeded expectations and pitches with a chip on his shoulder.
New York will need to take full advantage of these warm up games before facing the much more powerful Pirates, Royals, Nationals and Cubs through the next three weeks. All in all, we love their chances this weekend against a stumbling Brew Crew.