MMO Game Thread: Mets vs. Marlins, 7:10 PM — WRIGHT DAY!

Saturday, September 29, 2018 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Trevor Richards (4-9, 4.66) vs. LHP Steven Matz (5-11, 4.14)
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HAPPY DAVID WRIGHT DAY!

The Mets are set to to play what will undoubtedly be an emotional night as the captain comes back for this first start in over two years. Last night David Wright grounded out pretty much immediately at start of his pinch hit at bat. That doesn’t matter.

Wright has worked so hard and has overcome so many hurdles to return to Queens. For people like me, born in the late ’80s early ’90s, see David Wright as the player attached to the franchise. The rising star during our formative teenage years. Everyone has a David Wright story and we all wish him the best. Thank you David Wright for everything.

Mets Lineup

1. Jose Reyes (S) SS
2. Jeff McNeil (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Michael Conforto (L) LF
5. Jay Bruce (L) 1B
6. Brandon Nimmo (L) RF
7. Austin Jackson (R) CF
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Steven Matz (R) P

Marlins Lineup

1. Miguel Rojas (R) SS
2. Brian Anderson (R) 3B
3. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
4. Peter O’Brien (R) 1B
5. Lewis Brinson (R) CF
6. Austin Dean (R) LF
7. Isaac Galloway (R) RF
8. Bryan Holaday (R) C
9. Trevor Richards (R) P

Steven Matz will start the game tonight. He’s 5-11 over 29 games and 148.0 innings with a 4.14 ERA, 4.77 FIP, 1.270 WHIP and 89 ERA+. His last start against the Nationals was not good, allowing three runs over three innings. However, overall in his six games he has pitched 33.1 innings allowing 10 runs posting a 2.70 ERA. He is 1-0 over two starts against the Marlins this year allowing four runs, three earned, over 11.1 innings while striking out 10. The Marlins have the following numbers against him:

  • Rojas 1-for-13, 2B
  • Castro 0-for-11, 5 K
  • Realmuto 3-for-9, BB
  • Anderson 1-for-6, 2B
  • Brinson 0-for-4
  • Dietrich 0-for-2
  • Riddle 1-for-3

The Mets bats will get a look at Trevor Richards who is 4-9 over 24 games and 119.2 innings with a 4.66 ERA, 4.18 FIP, 1.396 WHIP and a 77 ERA+. Richards is coming off a good start against the Reds where he held them scoreless over seven innings. before that in a three game stretch he allowed 16 runs, 14 earned, off 16 hits in 11.1 innings including a start against the Mets where he allowed six runs, four earned over five innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Richards:

  • Bruce 0-for-2, BB
  • Conforto 0-for-3
  • McNeil 2-for-3, 3B
  • Nimmo 0-for-3
  • Rosario 1-for-3, HR
  • Smith 1-for-3, 2B
  • Reyes 2-for-2, 2B

Notes

José Reyes and David Wright will start in the same line-up tonight for the first time since September 28, 2011 vs. Cincinnati. The duo has started 878 games together (including tonight), the most by any two players in franchise history. Research courtesy of Elias.

Michael Conforto has 17 homers (tied for the seventh-most in the majors) and 52 RBI (third in the majors) since the All-Star break. He is third in the majors with 43 RBI since August 1 and tied for sixth in homers (14) during that span. Conforto has 82 RBI, extending his career-high (had 68 RBI last season). He also has a career-high 28 homers (one more than last year).

Mets starters have 918 strikeouts in 899.1 innings this season. The franchise record for strikeouts by starting pitchers is 934 by the 1990 Mets rotation. This year’s starting staff has a collective 9.2 K/9 ratio, on pace to smash the franchise record (8.13 K/9, set last year).

Brandon Nimmo has 29 walks this month, the most by any Met in a calendar month. Keith Hernandez had 28 walks in July, 1984. He has drawn at least one walk in 14 of his last 15 games. Ranks ninth in the NL with 80 walks.

Jeff McNeil has a .327 (71-for-217) batting average since his debut on July 24, which is the ninth-highest in the majors (min. 200 PA). He is tied for ninth in the majors in hits since his debut. Is fourth in the majors with 33 hits this month. Has the 12th-highest batting average (.337) in the majors this month (min. 70 AB). McNeil’s .327 average in his first 61 career major league games with the Mets is the highest average in franchise history (min. 190 PA).

Amed Rosario has 71 hits since the All-Star break, tied for the 11th-most in the NL. Rosario is tied for fifth in the NL with 31 hits in September. Overall, ranks 10th in the NL with 22 stolen bases…He is tied for third in the NL with eight triples.

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