MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Orioles, 1:10 PM

The Mets and Orioles met yesterday in a matchup of two of the worst starting pitcher free agency signings in the last off-season. So naturally, Jason Vargas had his third best start of the season allowing two runs over five innings and Alex Cobb of the Orioles no-hit the Mets for while and then held them to one run in a game the Mets lost. Even getting Todd Frazier back last night wasn’t enough for the Mets as they struggled to bring runners home that were sitting on second and third or even just hit in general. The bright spot of the night: all the Mets pitchers did great. Vargas had a solid outing, even better when you consider all the damage was done in the first inning. Lugo dominated in his three innings of work, at one point throwing only six pitches in an inning. Swarzak returned as well had a good inning of work.

Mets Lineup

  1. Brandon Nimmo  LF
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera  2B
  3. Michael Conforto  CF
  4. Todd Frazier  3B
  5. Jay Bruce  RF
  6. Kevin Plawecki  C
  7. Adrian Gonzalez  1B
  8. Zack Wheeler  P
  9. Amed Rosario  SS

Orioles Lineup

  1. Trey Mancini  LF
  2. Adam Jones  CF
  3. Manny Machado  SS
  4. Jonathan Schoop  2B
  5. Mark Trumbo  RF
  6. Chris Davis  1B
  7. Danny Valencia  3B
  8. Chance Sisco  C
  9. Dylan Bundy  P

The Mets will try to move the conversation from “finding things to be happy about” to “winning ball games” this afternoon behind Zach Wheeler. Wheeler is 2-4 over 56 innings and ten starts with a 5.14 ERA, 3.88 FIP, 1.482 WHIP and 74 ERA+. He is coming off of a solid start against the Cubs where he allowed two runs over six innings from seven hits and two walks. The only member of the Baltimore Orioles to face Wheeler is Trumbo who is 0-3.

The Mets bats will get a look at Dylan Bundy who is 3-7 over 12 games and 68.2 innings with a 4.46 ERA, 4.73 FIP, 1.296 WHIP and 94 ERA+. He is coming off of an average start where he allowed three runs from six innings from 11 hits and no walks, which was preceded by a complete game start where he allowed three runs from two hits and nine innings and where he struck out 14 members of the White Sox.  A few members of the Mets have recorded at-bats against Bundy during their time as players in the AL East:

  • Frazier 0-8, 2 BB
  • Bautista 0-8, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Gonzalez 0-1, BB

Game Notes

The Mets are 22–11 (.667) in Interleague play against the Orioles, the third-best record in an Interleague series with 25 or more games played. The Marlins are 20-7 (.741) against the Orioles and the Angels are 25-9 (.735) against the Rockies.

New York is 1-2 in Interleague action this year, after going 7-13 vs. the AL last year. The Mets will travel to Baltimore on August 14-15. Since 1997, when Interleague play began, the Mets are 186-179. The .510 Interleague winning percentage is the best all-time among NL clubs.

Michael Conforto has three home runs in his last 12 games and four homers in his last 18 contests. Conforto has at least one hit in nine of his last 12 starts.

Over its last two games, the pen has tossed six scoreless innings…In its last 12 games, the Mets bullpen is 1-8 with a 7.30 ERA (40 earned runs/49.1 innings).

Over its last 17 games, New York starters have a 2.54 ERA (26 earned runs/92.0 innings).

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