MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 1:05 PM

Saturday, April 29, 2017 • 1:05 p.m.
Nationals Park • Washington, D.C.
RHP Zack Wheeler (1-2, 5.40) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 2.89)
PIX11 • MLBN • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets finally won a game again! Last night the Mets played a very Mets game as they beat the Nationals 7-5. Travis d’Arnaud got the offense going early with a 2 run shot in the 2nd but the Nationals immediately responded with three runs of there own. Then Travis hit a 3 runs shot and gave the Mets the lead. The game became a typical Mets game in the bottom of the 8th and 9th as Terry brought in Addison Reed with two outs in the 8th and he promptly gave up a 2-run homer making the score 7-5.

Jeurys Familia came into close, loaded the bases, somehow got one out and Terry went to Josh Edgin. Edgin got Bryce Harper to ground into a double play, the game ended and an entire fan-base breathed a sigh of relief.

Nationals Lineup

  1. Trea Turner– SS
  2. Michael Taylor – CF
  3. Bryce Harper – RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman – 1B
  5. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  6. Anthony Rendon – 3B
  7. Jayson Werth – LF
  8. Jose Lobaton – C
  9. Stephen Strasburg– RHP

Mets Lineup

  1. Michael Conforto – LF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Jay Bruce – RF
  4. Neil Walker – 2B
  5. Curtis Granderon – CF
  6. Jose Reyes – SS
  7. T.J. Rivera – 1B
  8. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Zack Wheeler is 1-2 on the season over 4 starts and 21.2 innings with a 5.40 ERA. He is coming off a start against the Nationals where he allowed 4 ER over 7.0 innings with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. (Runs thanks to Mr. Murphy) The Nationals have the following numbers against Wheeler:

  • Werth 7-24, 2 2B, HR (Fun Fact, Wheeler has faced Werth more than any other player currently in baseball right now)
  • Rendon 7-19
  • Harper 4-16, HR
  • Zimmerman 6-15, 2 HR
  • Lobaton 3-5
  • Murphy 1-3, HR, 4 RBI

The Mets bats will get a look at Stephen Strasburg who is coming off the paternity list, congrats Stephen! This season he is 2-0 over 4 games and 28.0 innings with 7 walks and 29 K. In his last two starts he has allowed 4 ER over 14.0 innings. He was 3-0 against the Mets last year over as many starts and 19.2 innings with a 1.83 ERA, 6 walks and 30 strikeouts (more than any other team he faced). The Mets have the following numbers against him:

  • Granderson 3-19
  • Reyes 5-22, 2 2B
  • Walker 6-20, HR
  • Lagares 2-14
  • Bruce 5-13, 2B, HR
  • d’Arnaud 4-10, HR
  • Cabrera 3-9, 2 HR
  • Conforto 0-9, 5 K
  • Plawecki 1-6, 2B
  • Rene Rivera 0-3

Notes –

Jacob deGrom has 35 strikeouts over his last three starts (19.2 innings). The last Mets pitcher with 35 strikeouts in a three start stretch was Dwight Gooden, May 25-June 4, 1985.

D’Arnaud’s first home run, a two-run blow gave the Mets a 2-0 lead and his second home run, a three-run shot, gave the Mets a 5-3 lead. Only two other catchers in team history have hit two go-ahead home runs in the same game. Mike Piazza, July 3, 2002 at Philadelphia and Gary Carter, August 11, 1985 vs. the Cubs.

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