Wednesday, September 12, 2018 • 4:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Trevor Richards (3-8, 4.73) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (10-7, 3.39)
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Yesterday was a classic deGrom for the Mets as deGrom did something that has never been done before and not getting the win for it. Jacob posted his 26th consecutive start of allowing two runs or less but the Mets bats could only muster one run for the two he allowed and the bullpen allowed three more. Despite the Mets scoring a whopping 3 runs, it wasn’t enough to erase the loss decision on deGrom’s ledger.
1. Amed Rosario (R) SS
2. Jeff McNeil (L) 2B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Brandon Nimmo (L) CF
6. Dominic Smith (L) 1B
7. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
8. Tomas Nido (R) C
9. Zack Wheeler (L) P
1. Rafael Ortega (L) LF
2. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
3. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
4. Brian Anderson (R) 3B
5. Derek Dietrich (L) 1B
6. Lewis Brinson (R) CF
7. JT Riddle (L) SS
8. Magneuris Sierra (L) RF
9. Trevor Richards (R) P
Hopefully, the Mets bats won’t do Wheeler dirty like deGrom. Wheeler is coming back from a chest injury and was originally questionable for yesterday’s start. On the season he is 10-7 over 27 games and 167.1 innings with a 3.39 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 1.165 WHIP and a 109 ERA+. He had his most human start in a while in his last start allowing three runs over seven innings. Overall in his last nine games, he has tossed 60 innings posting an ERA of 1.50. Against the Marlins he is 2-1 in as many starts this year posting a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings. The Marlins have the following numbers against him:
- Dietrich 3-for-15, 3B, 2 BB, 9 K
- Castro 3-for-15, 5 K
- Anderson 1-for-8, 2B, 4 K
- Rojas 3-for-9, 2 HR
- Realmuto 3-for-6, 2B
The Mets bats draw rookie Trevor Richards tonight who is 3-8 over 21 games and 102 innings with a 4.73 ERA, 4.21 FIP, 1.451 WHIP and a 77 ERA+. He is coming off of a terrible start where he allowed six runs over 1.1 innings against the Phillies in Miami. In his last four games, he has allowed 16 runs off 20 hits in 16.2 innings. This will be his first start against the Mets.
Today marks New York’s fourth doubleheader this year. The Mets have split all three previous double dips this year (two vs. Philadelphia and one vs. Atlanta). The last time the Mets and Marlins played a doubleheader was September 14, 2013, when they split a pair of games. The Mets last doubleheader sweep vs. Miami was August 29, 2011, at Citi
Field. The Marlins have never swept a double-dip from the Mets.
Zack Wheeler is 8-1 with a 1.86 ERA (14 earned runs/67.2 innings) over 10 starts dating to July 14. The Mets are 9-2 in his last 11 starts.
Wheeler leads the majors with seven wins and has the fourth-lowest ERA in the majors (1.50) since the All-Star break.
Michael Conforto is tied for 11th in the NL with 71 walks. Conforto has 13 homers (tied for sixth in the NL), 34 RBI (tied for fourth in the NL) with a .335 OBP and a .522 slugging percentage since the All-Star break.
Let’s Go Mets!