New York Mets Injury Report (6/3)

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The injury bug has returned to haunt the New York Mets again and their play has suffered because of it. Almost half of the original 40-man roster has spent time on the disabled list this season.

Injury Filled Outfield

Jay Bruce (back spasms) was removed from Friday night’s game and was held out of the lineup Saturday night. Bruce was originally in the lineup but could not get his back loose enough to play a whole game. Bruce did have a pinch-hitting appearance but struck out. He is currently day-to-day, but the injury could linger if he keeps playing through it.

Juan Lagares (torn plantar plate in his left foot) was transferred from the 10-day DL to the 60-day DL on Thursday. Lagares figured to be out for the entire season and this move sealed his fate. This allowed the Mets to open another spot on their 40-man roster.

Thor’s Surprise Injury

Noah Syndergaard (strained ligament in his right index finger) was put on the 10-day DL last week which came to the surprise of many people. He already missed one start and expects to miss his next scheduled start against the Baltimore Orioles. He will likely return next weekend against the New York Yankees and the Mets will need him if they want any chance to shut down the Yankees lineup.

Steven Matz (sprained middle finger) played catch on Thursday and threw a bullpen session Friday. He will make his next start today against the Chicago Cubs. Matz has had an up and down season but he has a 3.55 ERA. One of the big improvements the Mets hope to see is Matz ability to work deeper into the game.

A.J. Ramos (right rotator cuff tightness) was placed on the 10-day DL last week after a disastrous start to his season. He had a 6.41 ERA and was big contributor to the failures of the Mets bullpen. There is no timetable for his return, but is eligible to return in the next couple of days. Ramos will likely be sent back to the 10-day again because he will still need time to recover.

Wilmer Flores (lower back soreness) was also placed on the 10-day DL last week. He had struggled with throwing the ball during the series after the Milwaukee Brewers and the back soreness may have contributed to his problems. He must be examined before he can start baseball activities again but will be out for another week or two at least.

When Will Cespedes Comeback?

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) started a running program and could very soon start a rehab assignment. Cespedes has already missed two weeks and the Mets have desperately needed his bat in the lineup. The rehab assignment should start next weekend and the Mets will be very careful with Cespedes. He has a long history of leg injuries and problems.

Todd Frazier (hamstring) started a rehab assignment with the Las Vegas 51s on Thursday. He hopes to return during this week’s series against the Orioles. This was the first time that he has ever been on the DL and the Mets have missed him at third base. It will be interesting to see if Frazier’s return will be the reason Jose Reyes is DFA’d.

Anthony Swarzak (oblique) is set to start a rehab assignment this week. He is scheduled to pitch Tuesday, Friday and Saturday and it will be the first time he has pitched in two months. Swarzak should be expected to return once his rehab assignment ends and the Mets need him badly. The bullpen has been absolutely dreadful and it showed once again Saturday night against the Cubs.

David Wright (back, shoulder) played catch in the outfield on Thursday which is his first real baseball activity in months. Sandy Alderson expects him to ramp it up in 1-3 weeks which would start his long road back to the big leagues. There is no telling to what he actually has left in the tank but Mets fans would love to see him play before he officially hangs it up.

Travis d’Arnaud and Rafael Montero (Tommy John Surgery) are still held out of baseball activities for the rest of the season. T.J. Rivera (TJS) is also waiting at least another month to start baseball activities.

Was Pulling Seth Lugo the Right Move?

The New York Mets lost the first game of their four game set against the Chicago Cubs, 5-1. The game started with Seth Lugo tossing four spectacular innings in his first start of the season. Manager Mickey Callaway pulled Lugo after 60 pitches because he has been in the bullpen. Hansel Robles replaced Lugo and returned to form by allowing a two run homer.

Lackluster Bullpen Performance

The move is definitely questionable considering the circumstances at hand. The bullpen has been extremely inconsistent and a fatigued Seth Lugo is more trustworthy than Hansel Robles. Lugo’s ability to keep the ball down and sharpness of his curveball would determine how fatigued he was. Like he has been all season, Lugo was sharp and cruised through a dangerous Cub lineup without facing any trouble. With Lugo probably getting one more start before Noah Syndergaard returns, the Mets certainly could have afforded to let him stretch himself out more.

If the Mets bullpen was more reliable they could afford to pull Lugo after 60 pitches, but right now there is no one outside of Robert Gsellman and Jeurys Familia that is trustworthy. The Mets are also not in a position to give away games as well. They needed to ride with their hot hand because they simply have no idea what they will receive from their starters. Jacob deGrom is the only reliable starter that is healthy and in the rotation.

Lugo definitely deserves another start and Callaway will likely up his pitch count if he has to remain in the rotation. He is a very effective pitcher, no matter when he pitches, and he is one of the few Mets pitchers who has been consistent this season. With Jason Vargas constantly treading on thin ice, it may not be long until Lugo becomes a permanent starter.

New York Mets Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (5/31-6/3)

New York Yankees, New York Mets, Zack Wheeler

After a 3-5 road trip that included the New York Mets hitting “rock bottom”, they return to Citi Field for a monumental nine game home stand. They start off with a four game set against the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs just finished a series where they took two out of three from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs took four out of the six games against the Mets in 2017.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/30, 7:10 PM) Jose Quintana (5-4, 4.78 ERA) vs. Seth Lugo (1-1, 2.48 ERA)

(6/1, 7:10 PM) Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.10 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.40 ERA)

(6/2, 7:15 PM) TBD vs. Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.52 ERA)

(6/3, 1:10 PM) Jon Lester (5-2, 2.71 ERA) vs. TBD

Lugo Gets The Spot Start

The Mets will trot out Seth Lugo to the mound for the series opener against the Cubs. This is Lugo’s first start of the season and is in the place of Noah Syndergaard who landed on the 10-day DL. Lugo has been dynamite out of the bullpen this season and had his first real hiccup in the first game of Monday’s double header against the Atlanta Braves. In his career as a starter, he has a 12-6 record with a 4.09 ERA. This is expected to be his only start and will likely be limited to 65 pitches.

The Mets offense has slowly clawed their way out of the mess it was in last week. Brandon Nimmo has emerged as the Mets leadoff hitter and a quality everyday player. His .969 on-base plus slugging would be the ninth best in baseball, if he qualified. Amed Rosario has also seen his bat come to life over the last week. He is hitting .333 over his last seven games and has a .583 slugging percentage which is almost 200 points higher than what it is now.

The Cubs Without Arrieta

The Cubs come in with a 29-23 record with puts them 4.5 games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers. They still remain as one of the better teams in the NL with their young lineup and their revamped pitching staff. Kyle Schwarber has produced a bounce back season with 10 home runs and a .374 on base percentage. Javier Baez found his power stroke to lead the team with 13 home runs and is still one of the best fielders in baseball.

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are also quietly making their contributions to the Cubs lineup. Rizzo had started the season slowly but has hit .429 with 10 walks over his last seven games. When he is on his game, the Cubs possess one of the most feared lineups in baseball. Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks continue to anchor the Cubs rotation with the loss of Jake Arrieta and are both in the top-15 for ERA in the NL.

Matchups to Lookout For

Anthony Rizzo vs. Jacob deGrom: 5-16 (.313) 1 Double, 1 Home Run, 2 Walks, 2 Strikeouts

Asdrubal Cabrera vs. Tyler Chatwood: 4-13 (.308) Home Run, 3 Walks, 2 Strikeouts

Ben Zobrist vs. Jacob deGrom: 0-9 (.000) Strikeout

Jay Bruce vs. Jon Lester: 3-23 (.130) Double, 2 Walks, 6 Strikeouts

Interesting Stats

Kris Bryant vs. Left Handed Pitching in 2018: 19-43 (.442) 5 Doubles, Triple, 5 Home Runs

Brandon Nimmo During Day Games in 2018: 15-40 (.375) .545 OBP, 1.270 OPS

New York Mets Series Preview: Atlanta Braves (5/28-5-30)

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets just finished a rough four game series against the Milwaukee Brewers where they lost three out of four. They have a quick turnaround as they play four games in three days against the first place Atlanta Braves. The Braves just lost two out of three against the Boston Red Sox, but roughed up Chris Sale for six runs. They have dominated the Mets this season, taking five out of six games.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/28, 1:10 PM) Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.54 ERA) vs. Max Fried (0-2, 6.00 ERA)

(5/28, 7:10 PM) TBD (Likely P.J. Conlon) vs. Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 4.67 ERA)

(5/29, 7:35 PM) Steven Matz (2-3, 3.80 ERA) vs. TBD

(5/30, 7:35 PM) Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 3.06 ERA) vs. Julio Teheran (4-2, 4.20 ERA)

Steamrolled by the Brew Crew

The series against the Brewers was brutal to say the least. The Mets had the lead in all four game but only managed to win one because their pitching faltered. One of the encouraging signs is that their offense finally seemed to wake up from the slump they had been in over the last couple of weeks. The fight they showed against a dominant Brewers bullpen and hopefully they can bring their offense to Atlanta.

The Mets pitching seemed just fine after allowing four runs in the first two games of the series, but collapsed in the last two games. They allowed 25 runs over two games after outside of Zack Wheeler, they entire staff looked lost. Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald became victims of tough luck and Jason Vargas and Chris Flexen continued to look like they do not belong on a big league roster. If the Mets want to keep themselves in the division race their pitching desperately needs to wake up.

The Braves Are For Real

The Braves are a young team full of talent and have not slowed down at all this season. Ozzie Albies has blossomed quicker than expected and leads the team with 14 home runs. Nick Markakis has also continued to be one of the most underrated players in baseball and is tied for second in baseball with a .340 average. Of course, the Met killer, Freddie Freeman is still doing what he normally does in the middle of that Braves lineup.

The Braves received a little bit of a scare as their top prospect, Ronald Acuna Jr. injured his left knee trying to run out a ground ball. He fell as he ran through the base and tripped but was able to make it off the field without any help. His status for this series remains unknown as the Braves await the MRI results. The injury could have been worse as his knee buckled as he crossed the base. The rookie was hitting .265 with five home runs and 13 RBIs.

Matchups to Lookout For

Asdrubal Cabrera vs. Julio Teheran: 9-26 (.310) 3 Doubles, 2 Walks, 6 Strikeouts

Nick Markakis vs. Noah Syndergaard: 6-15 (.400) 1 Double, 1 Walk, 3 Strikeouts

Wilmer Flores vs. Julio Teheran: 3-21 (.143) 1 Home Run, 3 Walks, 3 Strikeouts

Tyler Flowers vs. Steven Matz 2-10 (.200) 1 Double, 3 Strikeouts

Interesting Stats

Asdrubal Cabrera at Sun Trust Park: 14-42 (.333) 2 Home Runs, 5 Doubles

Nick Markakis in High Leverage Situations: 397-1311 (.303) 25 Home Runs, .381 OBP

What I Liked About Last Night: Steven Matz and Brandon Nimmo

New York Mets, New York Yankees, Steven Matz

The New York Mets received two things that have been missing over the last few weeks. They got a solid start from Steven Matz and their offense finally broke through to put a team away. The Mets offensive attack was spearheaded by the bat of Brandon Nimmo.

Majestic Matz

Steven Matz averaged 4.5 innings per start and had an ERA of 4.42 going into last night. Matz gave the Mets six shutout innings and escaped out of jams the same way Jacob deGrom did in his start. He kept the Milwaukee Brewers from getting an extra base hit and pitched into the sixth inning for the second time this season.

The Mets needed the back of the rotation to pitch better and the starts from Matz and Jason Vargas, give the Mets hope that things are changing. The back end of the rotation does not need to be a trio of aces like the Houston Astros have. Matz, Vargas and Zack Wheeler just have to go out, compete and give the Mets a chance to win. A positive sign for the Mets is their starters have thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings (Wheeler, deGrom, Matz).

Nimmo Carries the Offense Again

Brandon Nimmo has been dynamite out of the leadoff spot and he showed it again last night. He got on base all five times he went to hit and came a home run shy of the cycle. Not only is Nimmo getting on base at a terrific rate, but he has a .991 on base plus slugging percentage. If Nimmo qualified for the league leaders, he would be seventh in the big leagues. This puts him in the same company as Jose Ramirez, Kris Bryant and Aaron Judge. He certainly does not match their power, but he is an example of a different way to be a dangerous hitter.

With Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares missing an extended period of time, Nimmo has been irreplaceable in the Mets lineup. The is no doubt he has had the best season of any Mets outfielder so far. If he keeps up the pace, there is no doubt that Nimmo deserves to continue to see everyday action when Cespedes returns. He has certainly shown a lot of promise as a future leadoff hitter for the Mets.

The Mets look to make it back to back wins as the send Noah Syndergaard to the mound tonight to take on the Brewers.

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

What I Liked About Last Night: Jason Vargas

The New York Mets crafty veteran, Jason Vargas, gave a much needed scoreless start against the Miami Marlins. Vargas was in complete control of all three of his pitches and looked like he was starting to get back into a groove.

The start came against one of the worst offensive teams in baseball, but in his last three starts he could not keep anyone from scoring. Vargas desperately needed a good start and made the adjustments that a veteran in his position would make. With a career 4.26 ERA, the Mets had to feel it was only a matter of time before he broke out. He did a terrific job of keeping the Marlins off balance at the plate. Vargas showed the confidence in his changeup and curveball which had been lacking.

Keep the Momentum Going

The start was important because the Mets needed to keep the momentum going after they swept the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Atlanta Braves lost to the Philadelphia Phillies which also means the Mets are 2.5 games out of first place. The Mets really needed a strong start to the series which could potentially lead to a six game winning streak. After they finish with the Marlins, they start an eight game road trip against the Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. Both are series where they need their starting pitching to be top notch.

Of course we can not put too much stock into one start against a lackluster team, but this is a huge step for Vargas. The Mets need consistency from the back end of their rotation. Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas do not need to be all-stars, they just need to be quality starters. All three are very much capable of doing that and more. This allows the Mets to keep Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman in the bullpen which has added some much needed depth to their cast of relievers. The Mets are also still struggling to score runs, which is being covered by how well they have pitched over the last four games.

Once the Mets offense wakes up, they will regain the fear they earned during their 11-1 start. Zack Wheeler will try to build on this four game winning streak and will hopefully pitch in better conditions than in his last start. If he gets back on track, they will have a chance for a sweep with Jacob deGrom pitching the final game of the series.

New York Mets Series Preview: Miami Marlins (5/21-5/23)

After a huge three game sweep against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the New York Mets look to keep the momentum going against the Miami Marlins. The Marlins are dead last in the NL East with a 17-29 record, but are still considered to be overachieving. The Marlins just lost two out of three games to the first place Atlanta Braves. They finished off the series by blowing a five run lead in the bottom of the ninth. The Mets swept the Marlins in their only series this season.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/21, 7:10 PM) Eliser Hernandez (0-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (0-3, 13.86 ERA)

(5/22, 7:10 PM) Caleb Smith (2-5, 4.22 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (2-3, 5.92 ERA)

(5/23, 7:10 PM) Dan Straily (2-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Jacob deGrom (4-0, 1.75 ERA)

Big Sweep For the Mets

The sweep against the D’backs showed flashes of what made the Mets so great in 2015 and 2016. They had terrific pitching and clutch hitting to go along with a strong bullpen. Michael Conforto looked like a new player up at the plate and showed why he was an all-star last year. The Mets also kept themselves in the NL East race for first place at 3.5 games out. The sweep was a huge “pick me up” for the team and they look like they have their energy back to what it was in April.

Everyone knows how good Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are, but after they pitch the Mets rotation is full of question marks. Wheeler and Steven Matz have been inconsistent and Vargas does not look like a big league pitcher at the moment. For the Mets to be a World Series contender they need consistency from the back end of their rotation. For Vargas and Wheeler these games are important for them to get on track, especially after an important sweep.

Floppin’ Fish

It does not surprise many people that the Marlins are last in baseball in home runs and RBIs. After trading away most of their valuable assets, there are many unproven players throughout this Marlins roster. J.T. Realmuto has been their lone brightspot on the team since he has returned from his injury. He leads the team with a .313 average and has been a staple at the top of their order.

The Marlins are one of the youngest teams in baseball which means there is still a lot of room to grow for many of their players. Brian Anderson and Jarlin Garcia have shown a lot of potential and that they deserve to be a part of this team’s future. Top prospects Lewis Brinson and Dillon Peters have struggled big time in their first full season’s in the big leagues. Brinson is hitting .160 and Peters has an ERA of 6.31. Since the Marlins are in a huge rebuild mode, there is still plenty of time for them to get better.

Matchups to Look Out For

Starlin Castro vs. Jason Vargas: 3-8 (.375) 3 Doubles, 2 Walks, Strikeout

Asdrubal Cabrera vs. Dan Straily: 3-8 (.375) 2 Doubles, Walk, Strikeout

J.T. Realmuto vs. Jacob deGrom: 2-12 (.167) 4 Strikeouts

Jose Reyes vs. Dan Straily 2-11 (.182) 4 Walks, 2 Strikeouts

Interesting Stats

J.T. Realmuto career batting 1st in the order: .341 AVG, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 13 Doubles

Michael Conforto career in the first inning: .350 AVG, 15 HR, 32 RBI, 11 Doubles

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New York Mets Injury Report: May 20

Another round of New York Mets are landing on the DL, leading to more roster call-ups. The once deep Mets outfield is slowly becoming depleted.

Depleted Outfield

Juan Lagares (hyperextended left big toe and torn plantar plate) has landed on the 10-day DL after he suffered the injury after making a play during the Toronto Blue Jays series. Lagares will undergo surgery and is out for the rest of the season. He was the best defensive outfielder on the team and was having a great start to his season by batting .339. The Mets signed Ezequiel Carrera to a minor league deal in case the Mets need another outfielder.

Yoenis Cespedes (right hip flexor strain) was placed on the 10-day DL about a week ago. Cespedes spent the last few weeks visibly playing through pain and the Mets decided it was time to give him a break. He should be able to return by the end of the month and will hopefully be 100% again. The Mets called up Phillip Evans to take his place on the 25-man roster.

Hansel Robles (sprained right knee) was placed on the 10-day DL about a week and a half ago. The Mets do not have a timeframe for Robles to return but will likely keep him out as long as they can. He had allowed runs in more than half of the games he pitched in this season.

Lingering Injuries

Todd Frazier (left hamstring strain) does not expect to return soon. Frazier originally hoped that he would spend the minimum amount of time on the DL but his hamstring is not fully recovered. He hopes to go on a rehab assignment soon and return by the end of the month. Wilmer Flores has done a good job replacing him in the lineup and the Mets signed Christian Colon as a reinforcement for future injuries.

Anthony Swarzak (oblique) has resumed long tossing but is not quite ready to go on a mound yet. Swarzak has been out since the beginning of April after only pitching in two games. Swarzak was put on the 60-day DL and cannot be activated until the end of May. The Mets hope to have him back in early June.

David Wright (back, shoulder) is going to visit a doctor at the end of May which will decide whether or not he resumes baseball activities. The 35-year old captain is still fighting for his career but the odds are stacked against him to make a comeback. Whether you are frustrated with Wright or not, we are all pulling for him to make a return to the big leagues, even if it is for just one game.

Kevin Plawecki (hand) looks to begin a rehab assignment within the next few days. After fracturing his hand, the Mets catching position has been a revolving door. Plawecki hopes to return by the end of May and will give the Mets two respectable catchers on their roster.

T.J. Rivera (elbow) will be out until July the earliest as he is still recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Travis d’Arnaud and Rafael Montero also underwent Tommy John Surgery and will continue to be sidelined for the season.

New York Mets Series Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks (5/18-5/20)

The New York Mets welcome in the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three game weekend series. The Mets split their second straight series on Wednesday, losing 12-1 on a rainy day against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Diamondbacks are in a similar position as the Mets, struggling after a red hot start. Unlike the Mets, they sit in first place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks owned the Mets last season, taking six out of the seven games against the Mets.

Probable Pitching Matchups

(5/18, 7:10 PM) Zack Godley (4-2, 4.08) vs. Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.83)

(5/19, 7:10 PM) Patrick Corbin (4-1, 2.53) vs. Steven Matz (1-3, 3.86)

(5/20, 1:10 PM) Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.46) vs. Noah Syndergaard (3-1, 3.14)

Can the Mets Get it Together?

Just when many feel that the Mets were starting to breakout again, they fall back down to Earth. Whether it was Michael Conforto’s big home run against the Phillies or the 12-run outburst against the Blue Jays, the team was not able to back it up in the next game. The unfortunate weather circumstances the next day derailed their momentum in both situations. The reality is this team has been extremely inconsistent and there is no way to hide the fact that they have not been able to win back to back games in over a month.

This is a very big series for the Mets because they have their three best pitchers facing the D’Backs three best pitchers. If the Mets can take this series, they will welcome in the Marlins before facing a tough schedule for the rest of May. The Mets also sit 4.5 games out of first place and cannot afford to dig themselves a larger hole. There is no telling if the Braves, Phillies and Nationals slow down their pace but the Mets could easily find themselves out of the four team race in the NL East.

Not So Hot in Arizona

The D’Backs started the season going 20-8 in April, but have played 5-10 baseball in May. They also have a struggling all-star in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Goldy has only hit .208 with four home runs, 12 RBIs and is tied for the NL lead with 55 strikeouts. A.J. Pollock was picking up the slack in his place but just landed on the DL with a thumb fracture. Pollock leads the team with 11 homers and 33 RBIs, but will be out for at least a month.

The backbone of their success has been their pitching which leads the NL with a 3.31 ERA. Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin are putting together stellar seasons for the D’Backs. Corbin is seventh in the NL with a 2.53 ERA and second to Max Scherzer with 75 strikeouts. Closer Brad Boxberger has also found new life with them and is second in the NL with 12 saves. Their whole bullpen has been terrific though; six different relievers have ERAs under 2.50.

Matchups to Lookout For (Small Sample Sizes Incoming)

Daniel Descalso vs. Noah Syndergaard: 3-6 (.500)

Asdrubal Cabrera vs. Zack Greinke: 14-32 (.438) 2 Doubles, Triple, 4 Walks, 2 Strikeouts

Chris Owings vs. Noah Syndergaard: 1-9 (.111) Double, 5 Strikeouts

Jay Bruce vs. Zack Greinke: 7-40 (.175) Home Run, 2 Walks, 12 Strikeouts

Interesting Stats

Zack Greinke at Citi Field: 2-0, 2.16 ERA, 25 IP, 1 Home Run allowed

Adrian Gonzalez has 35 home runs in his career against the D’Backs (Most against any team)