Mets Three Run Seventh Inning Chases Woodruff in 4-2 Win

The Milwaukee Brewers were one of the hottest teams in baseball and came in winning 11 out of their last 12 games. Meanwhile, the newly healthy New York Mets came off a good weekend in the Bronx and rode the momentum to beat another tough pitcher. After getting shut down for six innings by Brandon Woodruff, the Mets put up three in the seventh inning for a 4-2 victory.

In those first six innings, Woodruff showed why he deserved his All-Star selection. He held the Mets to just one run on one hit and had a very low pitch count. In the seventh, Francisco Lindor battled through a walk then the rest of the order continued their aggressive attack early in the count. The next four batters saw just seven pitches but manufactured three runs.

Dominic Smith moved Lindor to third with a single, and Pete Alonso‘s double drove them both in to make it a 3-1 game. After Jeff McNeil‘s ground out moved Alonso to third, Michael Conforto drove him in with a single. The early attack was the same tactics they used against the New York Yankees, and it paid off against a strike-thrower like Woodruff. Brandon Nimmo continued to be a sparkplug at the top of the order with two more hits and is 7-for-16 since coming off the IL.

Megill Is Here To Stay

Tylor Megill impressed for a third consecutive start as he adjusts to the big leagues. He pitched a gritty five innings, allowing two hits, striking out seven, and his only blemish came on Omar Narvaez‘s solo-home run. Megill has the stuff to pitch in the big leagues, but his biggest improvement will come in his ability to limit his pitch count. He needed 92 pitches to get through his start, but otherwise, Megill has given the Mets everything they could have hoped.

Aaron Loup, Seth Lugo, and Trevor May combined for three shutout innings to bridge the gap to Edwin Diaz. He bent but did not break after allowing a run and the first three runners to get on base. Diaz rebounded and retired the last three guys he faced to pick up his 18th save of the season.

With the Atlanta Braves losing, the Mets NL East lead will be either 4 or 4.5 games depending on the Washington Nationals’ outcome. Brett Anderson will face Jacob deGrom in game two of their series, which is another 7:10 p.m. ET start from Citi Field.

The planned Phillies-Yankees game on Monday has been postponed

New York Yankees, Luke Voit

Coronavirus keeps lurking around the 2020 MLB season and the danger of the season being suspended, at least temporarily, is evident. Such is life scheduling baseball games in times of COVID-19 that a game that still hadn’t been officialized in the calendar, the New York Yankees – Philadelphia Phillies of Monday, has been postponed according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

The Phillies had one coach and one clubhouse staffer test positive in the week, after they played the Miami Marlins over the weekend at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins, for those who not remember, are currently dealing with 18 positive cases among players, plus two coaches.

The Yankees and Phillies will have to make up for the lost game somewhere along the road, but it is not clear when.
At this point, it is not clear if the season will keep its course next week, although that is the plan as of now.

The Yankees are not the only time with a fluid schedule

To make matters worse, MLB announced that another team, the St. Louis Cardinals, had positive COVID-19 cases. On Saturday morning, several outlets reported that “several” additional members of the organization were positive for the virus, although that was not accurate.

Per Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal, only one additional Cardinals player tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. This comes after two St. Louis ballplayers tested positive for the disease on Friday.

As a result of the mini-outbreak in St. Louis, Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed. No make up date for the game has been provided at the moment.

Meanwhile, a Brewers player opted out of playing the remainder of the season. All-Star center fielder Lorenzo Cain decided not to play anymore due to concerns about the rapid spread of the virus.

The New York Yankees, meanwhile, are playing the Boston Red Sox this weekend. They took Friday’s night opener 5-1 behind a stellar outing from starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery.

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

New York Mets Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers (4/13-4/15)

New York Mets, New York Yankees, Steven Matz

The red-hot New York Mets return home looking to add on to their terrific 10-1 start. They welcome in the Milwaukee Brewers (7-6), who sit in third place in the National League Central. The Brewers have one of the better outfields in baseball that includes Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana. Milwaukee hopes to win the division for the first time in their franchise’s history.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(4/13, 7:10 PM) Zach Davies (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. Steven Matz (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

(4/14, 7:10 PM) Chase Anderson (0-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Matt Harvey (0-0 3.60 ERA)

(4/15, 1:10 PM) Jhoulys Chacin (0-1, 6.59 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 3.94 ERA)

The Mets currently are one of the best teams in baseball and have won eight straight games. They already have six comeback victories, which leads baseball. Manager Mickey Callaway has looked like a genius through these first 11 games and every player is doing their part to contribute to the team’s early success.

The Brewers have a dangerous lineup which is headed by the big bat of Eric Thames. Just like last season, Thames has come out hot out of the gate with five home runs. With the loss of Jimmy Nelson for most of the season the team will be relying on Davies and Anderson to lead their rotation. The Brewers have already had a tough schedule that has started with 10 of their first 13 games against the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Closerless Brewers

After All-Star closer Corey Knebel went down with a hamstring the bullpen needed a new stopper for the end of their games. Josh Hader, Jacob Barnes and Matt Albers have been relied on heavily in Knebel’s absence. Hader has only pitched 7.2 innings but has 17 strikeouts in his limited work.

Friday will start the second turn around the rotation for the Mets “dream rotation”. On the first time around it led to a perfect 5-0 record. Now these core group of pitchers will showcase their talents at home for the first time. They have been good but they certainly can be even more dominant.

Matchups to Lookout For

Over his career Adrian Gonzalez has hit 8-22 with a home run against Jhoulys Chacin. Christian Yelich has a career .298 batting average against right handed pitching an that is exactly what the Mets will feature in the final two games of the series.

Jay Bruce has only hit 1-14 against Chase Anderson in his career. Callaway might shake up the lineup again for Saturday’s matchup. In a small sample size, Ryan Braun is only 1-6 against Noah Syndergaard and with Braun on the decline, Thor should win the matchup once again.

Interesting Stats

Yoenis Cespedes has hit .388 with four home runs in his career against the Milwaukee Brewers. Hopefully this allows him to breakout of his slump. Eric Thames has only hit .206 against power pitchers, so do not look for him to have too much success when he faces Syndergaard on Sunday.