New York Mets Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (5/24-5/27)

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

After a rough end to a 5-3 home stand, the New York Mets will fly to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers in a four game series. The Mets seemed to get their act together but their offense cannot get out of their own way. The Brewers have had a terrific season so far and are in first place in the NL Central with a 31-19 record. The Mets took two out of three games from the Brewers at Citi Field in April.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/24, 8:10 PM) Steven Matz (1-3, 4.42 ERA) vs. Zach Davies (2-3, 4.24 ERA)

(5/25, 8:10 PM) Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 2.91 ERA) vs. Junior Guerra (3-3, 2.98 ERA)

(5/26, 4:10 PM) Jason Vargas (1-3, 9.87 ERA) vs. Chase Anderson (4-3, 3.86 ERA)

(5/27, 2:10 PM) Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.32 ERA) vs. Jhoulys Chacin (3-1, 3.32 ERA)

Inconsistent Mets

The Mets are certainly playing better baseball over the last week but their hitting is still keeping the Mets from being great. Their starters and relievers have done a terrific job of saving this teams offense.

The struggles of Jay Bruce combined with the losses of Todd Frazier and Yoenis Cespedes have led to a struggling offense. Bruce has only hit three home runs and has what is currently a career low .366 slugging percentage. To cap off a tough series against the Miami Marlins, the Mets scored four runs in three games against one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball.

Jacob deGrom delivered another terrific performance last night and has established himself as the current ace of the Mets rotation. The unsung duo of Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo has played very large roles out of the Mets bullpen. In the new age of bullpens where multiple inning relievers are coveted, the Mets have the ability to have two. Gsellman has a 2.67 ERA, Lugo has a 1.84 ERA and they have combined for five wins. With a lot of talk about them being moved to a starting role, they serve better in the bullpen right now.

Brew Crew Back On Their Winning Ways

The Brewers do everything you expect a first place team to do. They hit for power, they pitch extremely well and they have taken the step to be a respectable fielding team. The newly acquired outfielders, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich, have produced very strong seasons. Travis Shaw also leads the team with 11 home runs and their offense is still strong even with the losses of Eric Thames and Ryan Braun to injuries. Jesus Aguilar has done a terrific job of stepping up in both of their places. Aguilar leads the Brewers with a .324 average and a .577 slugging percentage.

The Brewers have the second best team ERA in baseball at 3.34. Chacin and Guerra have emerged as key pitchers in a rotation that does not feature names that necessarily scare you. The starters have been good but the Brewers feature a dominant bullpen. Veterans Matt Albers and Dan Jennings have had strong season so far, but are overshadowed by another duo in their bullpen.

Josh Hader has had a historic season so far. In just 29.1 innings he has struck out 58 batters. That number ties him for the 14th most strikeouts in the NL which equals 17.8 strikeouts per nine innings. It would be the highest in MLB history. Jeremy Jeffress has been just has good with a 0.35 ERA. He has allowed only one earned run in 25.2 innings. The Brewers just welcomed back all-star closer Corey Knebel, which makes the Brewers bullpen one of the best in baseball.  

Matchups to Lookout For

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Chase Anderson: 9-21 (.429) 2 Doubles, Home Run, 5 Walks, Strikeout

Hernan Perez vs. Noah Syndergaard: 3-5 (.600) Strikeout

Jay Bruce vs. Zach Davies: 1-15 (.067) Home Run, 2 Walks, Strikeout

Christian Yelich vs. Noah Syndergaard: 2-14 (.143) Double, 6 Strikeouts

Interesting Stats

Adrian Gonzalez vs. Milwaukee Brewers: .332, 13 Home Runs, 48 RBIs, 23 Doubles

Christian Yelich leading off an inning: .308, 13 Home Runs, 13 RBIs