Stroman and Diaz Win Pitchers Duel To Give Mets 1-0 Game 1 Win

The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies continued to put out tremendous pitching performances in game one of their doubleheader. Marcus Stroman outdueled German Marquez to get the Mets a 1-0 victory in a speedy seven-inning game.

Stroman did not have his best stuff early in the game but settled in for another excellent outing. He pitched six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and recording another ten groundball outs. Marquez was just as brilliant, pitching six innings (complete game), allowing just three hits and one run while striking out six. Jose Peraza was responsible for the lone run when he blasted a solo home run in the third inning.

Edwin Diaz was the only reliever to enter the game for both teams. He converted his ninth save in the same amount of opportunities to give the Mets their second straight victory. The game was completed in one hour and 54 minutes and was another example of the type of game the Mets have been winning. The Mets offensive provided just enough to win, and the pitching completed the rest. Both teams had three hits each, and the Mets never took an at-bat with a runner in scoring position.

Joey Lucchesi faces off against Antonio Senzatela in game two of the doubleheader, starting in about a half-hour from Citi Field.

Mets Game(s) Preview: (5/27/21) vs. Colorado Rockies (19-30)

After some ugly weather on Thursday, the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies link up for a doubleheader to complete their four-game series. The Rockies took game one, and the Mets took game two, with each win featuring a stellar pitching performance. Game one of the DH starts at 12:10 p.m. ET and game two starts shortly after.

Both teams are searching for offense as all the winners in the first two games needed were three runs. The Rockies are notoriously known for their horrible home/road splits, but they took it to a whole never level this year. They are hitting .203 with 12 home runs and a .303 slugging percentage, all the worst road numbers in MLB. Tuesday’s Mets lineup only had two people hitting over .250, and one of them was Jacob deGrom. Billy McKinney makes his Mets debut and is thrust into the four spot in the order.

Pitching Matchups 

Game 1

Marcus Stroman takes the mound for the Mets and looks to put together back-to-back good starts for the second time all year. Stroman’s first three starts gave him a terrific 0.90 ERA. He has a 3.90 ERA in his last six starts with some up and down outings. His best start of the season came against the Rockies at Coors Field, where he held them to one run in eight innings.

German Marquez makes his second start against the Mets in 2021, with his first also coming during a doubleheader. He pitched all seven innings and held the Mets to just two runs. The month of May has not brought the same success he had earlier in the season. Marquez has a 5.95 ERA and an uncharacteristic 11 in 19.2 May innings.

Game 2

Joey Lucchesi gets his fifth start of the season and hopes to replicate the success from his last outing. Lucchesi struck out eight in four innings but was yanked after just 43 pitches. If he is in another groove, the Mets may be inclined to let his pitch count elevate. The Rockies gave Lucchesi trouble at Coors Field when he allowed three runs in the same amount of innings.

Antonio Senzatela will pitch for the Rockies, and his season has been filled with inconsistency. He has been better over his last two starts allowing one run against the Reds and two against the Diamondbacks. Senzatela was great when he faced the Mets earlier this season, pitching six innings, allowing two runs (one earned), and striking out four in a loss.

Matchups To Lookout For

German Marquez vs. Jonathan Villar: 4-for-10 (.400), 2 Doubles, Strikeout

German Marquez vs. Brandon Drury: 3-for-16 (.188), 2 Doubles, Home Run, 2 Strikeouts

Marcus Stroman vs. Trevor Story: 3-for-9 (.333), Double

Antonio Senzatela vs. Francisco Lindor: 1-for-9 (.111), Home Run, 2 Strikeouts

Joey Lucchesi vs. Garrett Hampson: 5-for-15 (.333), Double, Home Run, 3 Strikeouts

Mets Game Preview: (5/26/21) vs. Colorado Rockies (19-30)

New York Yankees, New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

The New York Mets look to make it two in a row over the Colorado Rockies in the third game of the four-game set. It features a terrific pitching matchup which should once again feature a game with very limited scoring. The first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m., but there could be some rain throughout the night.

Before the game, the Mets added some much-needed outfield help by trading for Billy McKinney. He is still only 26-years old but is still looking to make an impact with his bat, hitting just .207 in his career. This entire series has featured a lack of offense as the winning team in both games only needed to score three times. The Rockies are known for their struggles outside of Coors Field and only have eight hits along with just two at-bats w/RISP.

Ryan McMahon is the one Rockie who has been able to muster some offense. He only has two hits in the series, but both have been for home runs. Luckily, the Rockies have not been on base often, which resulted in both homers only resulting in one run.

Pitching Matchup

Marcus Stroman takes the mound for the Mets and looks to put together back-to-back good starts for the second time all year. Stroman’s first three starts gave him a terrific 0.90 ERA. He has a 3.90 ERA in his last six starts with some up and down outings. His best start of the season came against the Rockies at Coors Field, where he held them to one run in eight innings.

German Marquez has struggled in May but hopes to replicate his April start against the Mets. Marquez pitched a complete game (7 innings) and held the Mets to two runs while striking out six. In 19.2 innings during May, Marquez has a 5.95 ERA and uncharacteristically walked 11 batters.

Matchups To Lookout For

German Marquez vs. Jonathan Villar: 4-for-10 (.400), 2 Doubles, Strikeout

German Marquez vs. Brandon Drury: 3-for-16 (.188), 2 Doubles, Home Run, Strikeout

Marcus Stroman vs. Ryan McMahon: 0-for-6 (.000), Strikeout

deGrom Shows No Rust in Mets 3-1 Win Over Rockies

New York Mets, Jacob deGrom

The New York Mets desperately needed healthy bodies to return from the injured list, and Jacob deGrom was the first of hopefully many to come back. deGrom looked fresh as ever by leading the Mets to a much-needed 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

deGrom came out firing from the beginning of his start, consistently throwing his fastball in the 100-101 range. He only got to throw 63 pitches, but it was enough to pitch five terrific innings, allowing one run and struck out nine. The only blemish on his line was a Ryan McMahon home run in the second inning. Of course, no deGrom start is complete without the theatrics of his bat. He recorded another hit to push his average to .471, and it would have been a double if he did not leave the bag on his slide.

Catcher Collab

The Mets offense was not anything special but did enough to support deGrom. The terrific pitching allows the offense to put up enough runs to survive. The catcher combination of James McCann and Tomas Nido got the job done by driving in all three runs. McCann did it early in the first inning with a ground out, and Nido continued his hot hitting with a two-run homer to put the Mets in the lead. Jonathan Villar and Dominic Smith were the two Mets to record multi-hit games.

The bullpen was tremendous following deGrom. Miguel Castro (2), Trevor May (1), and Edwin Diaz (1) combined for four hitless innings with six strikeouts to secure the victory. The Rockies had just one at-bat with runners in scoring position, which was the exact amount they had the previous night. The win keeps the Mets in first place and improves them to 12-5 at home this season.

Wednesday night features a pitchers duel between German Marquez and Marcus Stroman. The first pitch from Citi Field is another 7:10 p.m. ET start.

Mets Ninth Inning Rally Comes Up Short in 3-2 Loss to Rockies

New York Mets, David Peterson

The New York Mets‘ offensive struggles continue as they were outscored 3-2 by the Colorado Rockies in the first game of their series. Colorado is notorious for their lack of offense on the road, but they figured out a way to outscore the Triple-A lineup the Mets rolled out.

David Peterson looked like he was going to have another short start after allowing two solo home runs in the second inning. He rebounded and put together a quality start where he allowed three runs over six innings pitched with just three strikeouts. Peterson did not have his best stuff but certainly pitched well enough to deliver a victory.

Fellow lefty Austin Gomber was the pitcher who had his good stuff. Gomber pitched eight terrific innings, pitching into the ninth, allowing two runs, and striking out eight. James McCann and Brandon Drury each tagged him for solo home runs and summed up the Mets offense. Drury’s homer started a ninth-inning rally, but the Mets stranded the tying run at second against Carlos Estevez. Offense was such a premium that each team only had one at-bat with a runner in scoring position.

McCann At First Base

McCann played his first career game at first base with the Mets in dire need of depth on their roster. On his first play, McCann made a sprawling play on a groundball to his right and made a perfect toss to Peterson for the out. Unfortunately, Johneshwy Fargas left the game with what looks like a shoulder or collarbone injury. Fargas suffered the injury after slamming into the center field fence. With 16 players on the injured list, the Mets are running out of outfield options with Kevin Pillar, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto out of commission.

Luckily, Jacob deGrom returns off the injured list on Tuesday when he makes his first start in two weeks. Kyle Freeland makes his first start of the season after being sidelined with a shoulder injury. The first pitch from Citi Field is another 7:10 p.m. ET start.

McCann’s Perfect Strike Give Mets The 2-1 Victory Over The Rockies

New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

Defensive improvement was the top priority during the New York Mets offseason, and James McCann showed why when he secured a series win against the Colorado Rockies. With two outs in the ninth, McCann foiled Trevor Story‘s stolen base attempt to give the Mets a big 2-1 victory in the mile-high city.

The Mets do not get to that point without the stellar outing from Marcus Stroman. He delivered eight terrific innings with just three hits and one run allowed on an efficient 90 pitches. Stroman made the highlight reel with his behind-the-back grab on a comebacker and five-hop throw to first base in the eighth. He now has a 0.90 ERA in three starts, which is good for the seventh-best in baseball.

Survive and Advance

The offense is still struggling to get anything going consistently, but great pitching allows the Mets to survive these games. Jeff McNeil drove in the first run with a second-inning ground out and J.D. Davis recorded the second with a fourth-inning single. Overall, the Mets are still struggling with runners in scoring position as they went 1-for-8. The Mets had an opportunity for an insurance run in the ninth, but McNeil’s failed attempt to stretch a double to a triple floundered their scoring chance.

Luckily, Edwin Diaz continued to dominate by picking up his second save in the same amount of games. His ERA is 3.18 and continues to drop after his rough outing early in the season. Brandon Nimmo also continued to stay hot by getting on base for the 11th consecutive game to start the season. He leads all of baseball with his .447 batting average and .543 on-base percentage.

The 7-4 Mets have themselves a one-game lead in the NL East after a chaotic first three weeks to the season. They have a day off on Monday as they head to Chicago to face the Cubs. If the weather obliges, they will begin a three-game series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.

Mets Game(s) Preview: (4/17/21) @ Colorado Rockies (3-10)

Mother Nature was once again mean to the New York Mets as snow showers prevented the first game of their series with the Colorado Rockies. Thanks to the snow, the Mets will play their second straight doubleheader after another cancellation.

7 of the original 15 games for the Mets have already been canceled, and there may still be more cancellations in the upcoming week. Despite the wacky schedule, the Mets sit in first place by half a game over the second-place Philadelphia Phillies.

The Rockies are a much different story. Trevor Story is the lone star on the team after Nolan Arenado was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals, beginning the rebuilding period for the Rockies. They have lost six straight games, but Ryan McMahon has started strong by leading the team in batting average, home runs, RBIs, and hits.

Pitching Matchups

Jacob deGrom gets the ball for game one and has been as good as advertised to begin the season. The Mets are 0-2 in his starts, but none of it is deGrom’s fault. A combination of bad defense and ugly offense has wasted his outings. Coors Field is hell for most pitchers, but deGrom has faired well with a 2.51 ERA in two prior starts in Colorado.

Chi Chi Gonzalez starts for the Rockies and has a 3.60 ERA over 3 outings (1 start) this season. Gonzalez only has five strikeouts in 10 innings pitched and has not pitched in a week. He will likely be on a short leash in his outing as the Rockies try to build his stamina.

Joey Lucchesi makes his first start with the Mets in the nightcap. Lucchesi has had a long rest after pitching two scoreless innings in the Mets third game of the season. After spending three seasons with the San Diego Padres, Lucchesi is very familiar with Coors Field but has a 5.56 ERA in five prior starts. He will be another pitcher who is not expected to pitch deep into the game.

German Marquez will pitch for the Rockies and looks to build on two straight solid outings where he allowed three runs in both. The Achilles heel for Marquez has been the inability to limit base runners. His 1.79 WHIP is dead last among qualified starters, and the Mets offense is known for their ability to flood the bases and work deep counts.

MLB: Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon and a former Yankees reliever test positive for COVID-19

With the negotiations hurdle between MLB and the players association in the past (while it wasn’t technically cleared, it is now in the rearview mirror, at least for now) we will have baseball in 2020. The league said that the season would start either on July 23 or 24, and players will start reporting to camp on July 1st.

The common enemy is, and always was, the current, ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that instead of decreasing in cases, deaths and importance, is spiking as we speak. In the last few hours, the outbreak hit MLB very hard.

The Philadelphia Phillies announced that more players and staffers tested positive for the virus, while a former New York Yankees‘ reliever, Phil Diehl (the one they sent to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for outfielder Mike Tauchman) also has the disease.

An MLB star has coronavirus

Perhaps the most prominent player, performance-wise, to test positive for coronavirus in the last day is Rockies’ outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Starting pitcher Ryan Castellani also has the virus, so we could be talking about a possible outbreak in MLB in just a matter of days if the health and safety protocols aren’t effective.

Here is the Denver Post report about the Rockies’ situation:

“Several Rockies have been working out at Coors Field this month, including taking live at-bats. The positive tests came late last week, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. One player was showing symptoms and the other two were asymptomatic.

“After the three players tested positive, all of the other players who were working out at Coors Field were tested for coronavirus. Those tests came back negative. Per Major League Baseball protocol, Coors Field has been closed for the week.”

Per NJ.com, about 40 players and staff members reportedly tested positive for the virus last week.

Mets unlikely to bid on Rockies’ Nolan Arenado

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado might just be the quietest superstar in all of Major League Baseball. At age 28, he’s already benn a five-time All-Star, seven time Gold Glove Award winner, led the National League in home runs three times and in RBIs twice.

Arenado is currently being shopped around by the Rockies who are looking to cash in their top chip to rebuild their roster.

That being said, Arenado, although an infielder, would be the perfect compliment for the Mets to match with Pete Alonso, their stud first baseman. But, don’t get your hopes up. A del with the Mets is the longest of long shots at the moment.

From Danny Abriano of SNY.tv:

Arenado is signed to a megadeal through the 2026 season, but has an opt-out after the 2021 season. It’s fair to believe that any acquiring team would want that opt-out waived before sending key pieces to Colorado in exchange.

 

When it comes to the Mets specifically, what Arenado will earn in 2020 could be an issue since they’re already bumping up close to the $208 million luxury tax threshold. That should change after the 2020 season, when a bunch of high-priced players come off the books.

Arenado has seven years and $234 million remaining on his contract which includes an opt out after the 2021 season, but as Danny mentioned, the Mets don’t have the financial bandwidth at the moment to to take that contact on without getting slammed for eclipsing the tax threshold.

And what would it take to pry him away from the Rockies? Think young and cheap. The Rockies might want Alonso and/or Jeff McNeil or Michael Conforto plus a pitcher. Noah Syndergaard is still under control for two more seasons. Then there would be the prospects and that could include one or more of the following: SS Ronny Mauricio, SS Andres Gimenez, RHP Matthew Allan and 3B Brett Baty.

Mets Lose Their Second Straight Slugfest With the Rockies

After a promising three game win streak, the New York Mets have comeback to lose consecutive games against the Colorado Rockies. Both nights they lost 10-8 and did not receive any length from their starting pitchers. Even thought the Mets scored more than five runs in their fifth straight game, they left 12 men on base which came back to haunt them.

Struggles For Lugo

Seth Lugo failed to find any consistency on any of his pitches which led to six runs allowed in three innings. Pitchers seem to have trouble throwing their curveball in the Colorado altitude. Lugo fell victim to this trend and was unable to find the handle on his best pitch. It was clear when Nolan Arenado launched his 15th home run way back in left field.

Robert Gsellman also struggled in his outing last night as he allowed a three run home run to Ryan McMahon. The homer put the Rockies back in front and the rally came with two men already out in the fifth. Ian Desmond walked on an extremely close 3-2 pitch that could have easily been called strike three. His walk was followed up by a Tom Murphy single which set up the McMahon home run.

Mets Inability to Capitalize

The Mets had a chance to tie and take the lead in the following half of game. They loaded the bases with one out and Mickey Callaway decided to send up Kevin Plawecki to pinch hit for Gsellman instead of Amed Rosario. Plawecki ended up grounding into an inning ending double play and killed all of the Mets momentum for the rest of the game. Rosario does not have the patience Plawecki has, but is faster and does not hit groundballs to the left side of infield at a high rate. A fly ball or a groundball would still get a run in with the speed Rosario possesses.

On a positive note, Dom Smith had a breakout game. The new left fielder came within a home run of the cycle and seems very comfortable in his new position. Smith showed his ability to drive the ball to all fields and will continue to play everyday until Jay Bruce or Yoenis Cespedes return. The Mets hope to win the final game and get a split of the series. Steven Matz will get the “getaway day” start and hopefully give the Mets some much needed innings.