Mets Game Preview: (6/11/21) vs. San Diego Padres (37-27)

The New York Mets and San Diego Padres have a rematch of last weekend’s thrilling series at Citi Field. After a terrific 14-1 victory to finish off the road trip, they will try to rekindle the output against the Padres dominant pitching staff. The first pitch from Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

The Mets have found a way to survive their typical June swoon so far by going 4-4 this month. They are happy to return home after their long road trip and begin their homestand, where they have found plenty of success. Despite playing the least amount of home games (20), they have more home wins (15) than nine other teams. Pitching is the main reason why they are playing well at home with a 1.81 ERA and allowing just seven home runs at Citi Field. The Mets will also play in front of their largest home crowd of the season at just over 23,000 fans.

The Padres wish they played in the NL East, where they would be in first place with their 37-27 record. However, everyone with the Mets is thankful they only have to worry about the dynamic Fernando Tatis Jr. twice a season. The MVP caliber shortstop has 17 home runs, 13 stolen bases and is well on his way to a 30-30 season; the first Padre to accomplish the feat. Tatis Jr. running ability translates to a team that leads MLB with 65 stolen bases, with the second-best team only having 43 steals.

Pitching Matchup

Jacob deGrom and his 0.62 ERA faces off against the Padres for the second consecutive start. He was magnificent in his last start, pitching seven shutout innings with 11 strikeouts and holding the Padres to three hits. deGrom needed just 85 pitches to get through his start and should get to the 100 pitch plateau tonight. Then, of course, the heavyweight matchup of deGrom vs. Tatis will be on full display for the enjoyment of all baseball fans.

Blake Snell also faces the same team for the second straight start and dominated the Mets. Snell carried a no-hitter through six innings to complete seven scoreless with just one hit allowed. Over three career starts at Citi Field, Snell has a 2.00 in 18 innings pitched. The matchup between deGrom and Snell features three Cy Young Awards between them.

Matchups To Lookout For

Blake Snell vs. Kevin Pillar: 7-for-19 (.368), 2 Doubles, Walk, 2 Strikeouts

Jacob deGrom vs. Victor Caratini: 4-for-12 (.333), 2 Home Runs, 2 Strikeouts

Jacob deGrom vs. Manny Machado: 6-for-18 (.333), Walk, 6 Strikeouts

Jacob deGrom vs. Wil Myers: 4-for-22 (.182), 2 Doubles, Home Run, 2 Walks, 10 Strikeouts

Mets Can’t Stop Tatis Jr. and Darvish, Fall Short in 4-3 Loss To Padres

Fernando Tatis Jr. and Yu Darvish are two key reasons why the San Diego Padres are a contender, and the New York Mets learned that lesson in game one of their series. Both left their marks all over the Padres 4-3 victory to give themselves the upper hand in their four-game series.

Darvish made it look easy on both sides of the ball throughout his start. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, and struck out five. Darvish stayed true to his usual game plan of spinning the ball in and out of the zone while reaching back for his mid-90s fastball when he needed the boost. Offensively, Darvish turns into a weapon against the Mets as he recorded two hits, including a double. He now has 13 hits in his career, and five have come against the Mets.

Tatis Does It All

Tatis Jr.’s status for the game was originally in question due to injury, and he made the Mets wish he were not in the lineup. He opened up the Padres scoring with a two-run homer in the third inning that center fielder Mason Williams could not keep in his glove during his leaping attempt. Tatis Jr. later used his legs to get the Padres their fourth run on a wild pitch which barely squibbed away from catcher James McCann. The run ended up paying dividends as it the extra run the Padres needed to win.

Taijuan Walker struggled throughout his start but battled enough to make it through five innings. He allowed seven hits, four runs, four walks and needed 104 pitches to get through the outing. Manager Luis Rojas had an opportunity to pinch hit for Walker in the fifth inning, down three, with two runners on but let him hit. After needing all but one out from his bullpen on Wednesday, it was a no-brainer to squeeze another inning from Walker.

Coming Up Short

James McCann’s two-run homer was the only damage the Mets had off of Darvish. After falling behind 4-2, the Mets were on the brink of tying the game multiple times once Darvish exited. In the sixth, Tatis Jr.’s error loaded the bases for pinch hitter Pete Alonso, but he grounded into a double play to kill the rally. Billy McKinney‘s eighth-inning RBI triple with two outs moved the Mets to within one, but that was it.

In the ninth inning, the Mets got the first two runners on against closer Mark Melancon. The league leader in saves recorded a fielder’s choice and a Kevin Pillar double play to allow the Padres to escape with a win. This matchup was a prime example of the tight, competitive matchups we should expect going forward from both teams. With the loss, the Mets NL East lead drops to 3.5 games over the Atlanta Braves.

Two lefties face off in Friday’s rematch as former Padre Joey Lucchesi faces 2018 Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell. The first pitch is once again a late-night 10:10 p.m. ET start from Petco Park.

Mets Game Preview: (6/3/21) @ San Diego Padres (34-23)

The New York Mets take on the varsity of their west coast trip as they face the San Diego Padres. This is the first of seven games between both teams that will be played within the next 11 days. The first pitch for the Mets’ toughest series of the season is set for 10:10 p.m. ET from Petco Park.

The Mets took two out of three against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but it came tougher than expected. After an easy victory in game one, the next two games were each decided by a run. Francisco Lindor has gotten his bat going over the last five games by going 9-for-23 and has gotten back to driving the ball to all fields. Even if Fernando Tatis Jr. is not playing, there will be plenty of comparisons between the two high-paid shortstops.

The Padres are in the midst of a four-game losing streak which includes a three-game sweep to the Chicago Cubs. Tatis Jr. also suffered an oblique injury, but it does not seem to be anything serious. He is not likely to play during tonight’s game, but we should expect to see him back by the third or fourth game. Even without Tatis Jr., there is plenty of big bats in the Padres lineup. Jake Cronenworth is one of the best they have, hitting .282 with a team-leading 60 hits.

Pitching Matchup

Taijuan Walker takes the mound after a terrific start off the IL. He hurled five shutout innings with just two hits allowed and eight strikeouts. Walker has become the steal of the offseason during the first couple of months of the season. His ERA is a season-low 1.84, which is fifth in all of baseball.

Yu Darvish is the Padres starter and looks to bounce back from a rare bad start. He allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings against the Houston Astros, and it pushed his ERA over two. On the year, Darvish has a 2.16 ERA in 11 starts and has 79 strikeouts.

Matchups To Lookout For

Taijuan Walker vs. Manny Machado: 2-for-12 (.167), Walk, 2 Strikeouts

Yu Darvish vs. Francisco Lindor: 4-for-7 (.571), Double, 2 Walks