May 15, 2018
By DANIEL MARCILLO
After the New York Mets split a rain-shortened series against the Philadelphia Phillies, they return home to welcome in the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mets have struggled mightily, failing to win back to back games since their nine game winning streak ended. The Blue Jays currently sit in third place in the AL East with a 21-20 record. The Mets went 6-7 during interleague play in 2017.
Probable Pitching Matchups
(5/15, 7:10 PM) Jaime Garcia (2-2, 5.40 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 3.09 ERA)
(5/16, 1:10 PM) J.A. Happ (4-3, 4.80 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.03 ERA)
Mets Struggling to Score
The Mets offense has accounted for a lot of their struggles during this rough patch for the team. They are second to last in the NL in runs scored to the Miami Marlins are last in the NL in hits. Not only is the team struggling to get on base, they can not drive in runners when they actually get on. The team is only hitting .227 with runners in scoring position and Asdrubal Cabrera is the only Met hitting over .300.
Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler are two cases of potentially dominant pitchers who have not found their groove this season. Syndergaard’s ERA looks great but he has averaged a hit per inning and has not had that dominant game yet this season. The Blue Jays are second in the AL in strikeouts which could be a formula for success Tuesday night. Wheeler has been solid this season as well, but his eight run outing against the Rockies inflated his ERA.
Flying in the Middle of the Pack
The Blue Jays also come in with an underachieving offense but has the potential to have a lot of power. Kevin Pillar and Yangervis Solarte have carried the load for the offense. Pillar leads the team with a .308 average and Solarte leads the team with nine home runs. The Blue Jays rotation has struggled a little bit but Aaron Sanchez has been their best pitcher with a 4.08 ERA. Marcus Stroman was supposed to be the teams ace but put up an 0-5 record with a 7.71 ERA before he was sent to the DL.
Two key Mets from the 2015 World Series run will make a return to Citi Field. Tyler Clippard and Curtis Granderson have revived their careers north of the border. Clippard is actually tied for the team lead with four wins and 1.23 ERA. He will likely assume closer duties with Roberto Osuna facing suspension due to an off the field incident. Granderson does not qualify for AL leaders but he would be tied for fourth with a .431 on-base percentage. He was a fan favorite during his time in Flushing and the Mets will likely have something nice planned for him.
Matchups to Look Out For (Small Sample Sizes Incoming)
Yangervis Solarte vs. Noah Syndergaard: 1-3 (.333) K
Wilmer Flores vs. Jaime Garcia: 4-12 (.333) 2 HR, 2B, 3 K
Randal Grichuk vs. Noah Syndergaard: 0-3 (.000) BB, 2 K
Jay Bruce vs. Jaime Garcia: 12-58 (.207) 2 Doubles, 2 BB, 16 K
Josh Donaldson: He Good
Curtis Granderson at Citi Field: 211-1002 (.211) 39 HR, 111 RBI, 135 BB, 251 K
Zack Wheeler during pitches 76-100 in 2018: 31 Batters Faced, 4 H, 1 R, 7 K, .138 AVG
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For Game 1 of this series we chose:
-New York Mets over 4.5 runs
-Total runs over 7.5
-New York Mets over 7.5 hits