MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Blue Jays, 1:10 PM

Wednesday, May 16, 2018• 1:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
LHP J.A. Happ (4-3, 4.80) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.03)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050

After an extended rain delay, the Mets were able to deliver a win, putting them in a position to sweep the two-game set this afternoon. Last night Syndergaard led the Mets through five innings of good pitching and got the offense started with an RBI. After giving up two runs the Mets offense turned it on and ended up winning the game 12-2 thanks to a four-hit game by Lagares and Mesoraco who scored four times and was on base five times (two hits, three walks).

Mets Lineup 

  1. Juan Lagares  CF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera  2B
  3. Wilmer Flores  1B
  4. Michael Conforto  RF
  5. Phillip Evans  LF
  6. Luis Guillorme  3B
  7. Jose Lobaton  C
  8. Zack Wheeler  P
  9. Amed Rosario  SS

Blue Jays Lineup

  1. Curtis Granderson  LF
  2. Josh Donaldson  3B
  3. Justin Smoak  1B
  4. Teoscar Hernandez  RF
  5. Yangervis Solarte  2B
  6. Kevin Pillar  CF
  7. Luke Maile  C
  8. Gio Urshela  SS
  9. J.A. Happ  P

Wheeler looks to keep the Mets on the right track this afternoon. He is 2-2 over six games and 34 innings with a 5.03 ERA, 4.17 FIP, 1.441 WHIP and 77 ERA+. Zack is coming off of his best start since his first start. On May 9, he allowed one run from four hits and three walks in six innings while striking out seven in a game the Mets eventually lost 2-1. Very few Blue Jays have seen Wheeler in a game:

  • Grichuk 0-3
  • Donaldson 1-2
  • Solarte 1-1

The Mets bats will get a look at long-time Philly, now longtime Blue Jay, J.A. Happ. The 35-year-old is 4-3 this season over 8 starts and 45.0 innings with a 4.80 ERA, 4.32 FIP, 1.267 WHIP and a 93 ERA+. He is coming off his worst start of the season against the Mariners where he allowed seven runs from ten hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings which raised his ERA from 3.67 to 4.80. The last time he faced the Mets was in 2015 as a member of the Pirates where he held the Mets to one run from seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Happ:

  • Cespedes 5-22, 2 2B, HR, BB
  • Reyes 2-21, 2B, 2 BB
  • Cabrera 2-9, 2B
  • Gonzalez 1-6, BB
  • Mesoraco 0-6, BB
  • Lagares 1-3
  • Flores 1-2

Game Notes

Luis Guillorme makes his first career start, while Phillip Evans starts for the first time this season after being recalled this morning in place of the injured Yoenis Cespedes.

New York’s 12-game home winning streak vs. the Blue Jays is the longest such streak in Interleague history according to the Elias Sports Bureau. .The Giants had two separate 11-game home winning streaks vs. Texas and Oakland. According to Elias, the last major league team to win its first 12 home games against one team was the Baltimore Orioles, who won their first 14 home games vs. Seattle from 1977-1979.

New York has the sixth-lowest ERA (3.02) in the majors during day games this season. The Mets have a .340 on-base percentage in day games, the fifth-highest mark in the majors.

Amed Rosario had career-high-tying three hits and a career-high-tying two RBI. Over his last nine games, Rosario is batting .379 (11-29) with three doubles and four RBI.

Devin Mesoraco reached base in all five of his plate appearances last night, going 2-2 with a home run, four runs scored and a career-high three walks. The last Mets catcher to reach base five times in a game was Kevin Plawecki, who did so on September 30 of last season at Philadelphia.

Mesoraco also scored a career-high four runs, becoming the fourth catcher in club history to cross the plate at least four times in a game (also Ronny Paulino (June 29, 2011, at Detroit), Mike Piazza (April 5, 2002, at Atlanta), and Alex Trevino (August 14, 1979, at Atlanta).

New York is 1-0 in Interleague action this year after going 7-13 vs. the AL last year. The Mets will travel to Toronto on July 3-4. Since 1997, when Interleague play began, the Mets are 186-177. The .512 Interleague winning percentage is the best all-time among NL clubs.

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