MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Padres, 8:40 PM

Saturday, April 28, 2018• 8:40 p.m. (ET)
Petco Park • San Diego, CA
LHP Jason Vargas (season debut) vs. LHP Joey Lucchesi (2-1, 2.70)
PIX11 • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050

In his last two starts, Jacob deGrom was masterful through seven innings. Then in one start, he kicked off the eighth inning in a bad way and the bullpen had a historic meltdown. In the next start, the bullpen had a meltdown on their own in the 8th inning. Last night broke the trend! DeGrom dominated through 7 1/3 innings and the bullpen held the game together as the Mets took the opener in the series from the Padres.

Jason Vargas will finally make his Mets debut tonight after breaking his catching hand in Spring Training. Vargas, signed to increase the depth of the Mets rotation, now becomes a critical piece as Matt Harvey has landed himself in the bullpen while Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are raising questions again. Last year, in an All-Star season, Vargas went 18-11 over 32 games and 179.2 innings posting a 4.16 ERA, 4.67 FIP, 1.330 WHIP and 109 ERA+. If he sounds familiar to you, like you swear you’ve seen him in the orange in blue, well first, you’re correct, and second, thanks for following the Mets for over ten years! Vargas pitched 10 1/3 innings for the Mets in 2007 leading to 14 ER from 17 hits and two walks. He has made one career start in San Diego where he allowed two runs from seven hits and two walks in six innings. The Padres have the following numbers against him:

  • Hosmer 1-13, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Headley 3-13, 5 K
  • Myers 1-7, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Ellis 2-3

The Mets bats will face Joey Lucchesi tonight for the first time. The rookie is 2-1 over five games and 26.2 innings with a 2.70 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 1.125 WHIP and 141 ERA+. He’s coming off his worst start of the season allowing four runs in five innings from five hits and four walks. His first start of the season also wasn’t the best, which combined with his ERA/FIP/WHIP numbers let you know how dominant he was in starts 2-4. Joey was 11-7 in 139.0 innings last year in the minors with a 2.20 ERA and 2.78 RAvg striking out 148 batters and walking only 33. He split the season in High-A and Double-A. The Padres, seeing something the rest of the world was just starting to (he was a fringe top 100 prospect if that at the time), moved him to start the second game of the season this year.

New York Mets

  1. Asdrubal Cabrera  2B
  2. Wilmer Flores  1B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes  LF
  4. Todd Frazier  3B
  5. Jay Bruce  RF
  6. Amed Rosario  SS
  7. Juan Lagares  CF
  8. Jose Lobaton  C
  9. Jason Vargas  P

San Diego Padres

  1. Wil Myers  RF
  2. Eric Hosmer  1B
  3. Carlos Villanueva  3B
  4. Jose Pirela  2B
  5. Franchy Cordero  LF
  6. Freddy Galvis  SS
  7. Manuel Margot  CF
  8. Austin Hedges  C
  9. Joey Lucchesi  P

Game Notes 

With this evening’s start, Vargas will be making his third career start with the Mets and first since July 3, 2007, at Colorado, ten years, nine months and 26 days ago. Will be the fifth Mets player to go at least 10 years between appearances, joining RHP Jason Isringhausen, RHP Bob Miller, catcher Kelly Stinnett, and RHP David Cone.

New York has 10 come from behind victories this season, tied for the second-most in the majors with Boston. Philadelphia is first with 12 such wins.

Jacob deGrom has now made 113 career starts and allowed one run or fewer 49 times (43 percent). DeGrom currently has a 14.1 scoreless inning streak dating to April 21, the third-longest active streak in the majors. He has 48 strikeouts, tied for the third-most in the majors.

The Mets are eighth in the majors with a 3.54 ERA, seventh with a .226 batting average against, sixth with a 1.19 WHIP and sixth with 247 strikeouts.

Juan Lagares is batting .371 (13-35). the fourth-highest mark in the majors (min. 40 PA). Lagares is hitting .333 (5-15) vs. left-handers this season.

New York’s 16-8 start after 24 games is tied for the fourth-best start in franchise history with the 2015, 2006 and
1985 clubs being the only ones with better ones.

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