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

Sunday, August 12, 2018 • 1:10 p.m.
Marlins Park • Miami, FL
RHP Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 3.17) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (4-8, 5.48)
PIX11 • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets dropped last night’s game in extras and now the Mets find themselves in a rubber game on a Sunday in Miami. Corey Oswalt was serviceable last night, a victim again of defensive miscues as the difference makers and the Mets offense was hot early and then cooled off fast. Syndergaard will look today to heat everything up.

Mets Lineup

  1. Amed Rosario  SS
  2. Austin Jackson  CF
  3. Wilmer Flores  1B
  4. Michael Conforto  LF
  5. Todd Frazier  3B
  6. Jose Bautista  RF
  7. Kevin Plawecki  C
  8. Jose Reyes  2B
  9. Noah Syndergaard  P

Marlins Lineup

  1. Rafael Ortega  LF
  2. Miguel Rojas  SS
  3. Starlin Castro  2B
  4. Brian Anderson  RF
  5. Derek Dietrich  1B
  6. Martin Prado  3B
  7. Bryan Holaday  C
  8. Magneuris Sierra  CF
  9. Wei-Yin Chen  P

Syndergaard is 7-2 over 15 games with 88.0 innings with a 3.17 ERA, 2.71 FIP, 1.216 WHIP with a 119 ERA+. Syndergaard was human in his last start against the Reds allowing four runs over 6.1 innings from six hits and a walk while striking out six. Way back in April Noah made a start in Miami where he allowed two runs, one earned over six innings from five hits and two walks. The Marlins have the following numbers against Thor:

  • Dietrich 6-for-15, 2 2B, 2 K
  • Realmuto 1-for-8, BB
  • Castro 2-for-8, 2B
  • Rojas 4-for-7
  • Prado 1-for-6
  • Anderson 1-for-3, 2B
  • Lee 1-for-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Wei-Yin Chen who is 4-8 over 18 games and 88.2 innings this year with a 5.48 ERA, 4.97 FIP, 1.432 WHIP and 68 ERA+. He had a poor stretch of four games from July 7th-30th where he posted a 6.75 ERA over 21.1 innings. His last start was strong though where he allowed no runs over 5.2 innings. He hasn’t faced the Mets yet this year but last year he faced the Mets in back to back starts. His first one was great for the Marlins allowing one run over six innings from seven hits and a walk. His second one was great for the Mets allowing six runs over three innings from seven hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Chen:

  • Reyes 4-for-15, 2B
  • Jackson 1-for-11, 2 BB
  • Bautista 3-for-9, HR
  • Flores 3-for-7, HR

Game Notes

The Mets rank seventh in the majors with a .329 road on-base percentage and ninth with a .744 OPS on the road. Michael Conforto is third in the NL with a .407 road OBP and Brandon Nimmo is 12th with a .385 road OBP.

Todd Frazier has hit in four straight games, going 5-15 (.333) with four RBI.

Wilmer Flores is batting .351 (13-37) with one homer and four RBI in four games with a .429 OBP and a .541 slugging percentage in August (10 games). Flores has hit .296 (24-81) with eight RBI since July 14 (22 games).

Noah Syndergaard’s 3.17 ERA ranks 15th in the NL and his 0.61 homers per nine innings is fifth (min. 80 innings). Among active pitchers with at least 70 starts, Syndergaard’s 2.95 ERA (148 earned runs/452.0 innings) trails only Clayton Kershaw‘s 2.37 career ERA, Jacob deGrom‘s 2.76 career ERA, and Chris Sale‘s 2.89 ERA.

Michael Conforto has reached base safely in 25 straight road games dating to June 12. It’s the longest road on-base
streak by a Met since Curtis Granderson reached base safely in 37 straight road games from August 8, 2015-May 6,
2016. Conforto has hit in 12 straight road games (13-41, .317). Conforto has reached base safely in 50 of his 52 road games this season (96.1%), the third-highest percentage in the majors among players who have appeared in at least 50 road games.

Austin Jackson has recorded three hits in each of his last three starts for the first time in his major league career. The
last Met to have three or more hits in three straight starts was David Wright, June 12-14, 2013. Brett Butler is the only player in franchise history with three or more hits in four straight starts, July 17-20, 1995.

Jackson has gone 17-37 (.459) with three doubles, two homers, and nine RBI since joining the Mets on July 27 with a .500 OBP and a .703 slugging percentage (13 games). Jackson leads the majors with a .459 batting average and is tied for fifth with a .500 OBP since July 27 (min. 20 at-bats). He is 12-for-his-last-21 (.571) and has reached base safely in eight of his nine starts.

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