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World Series Game 5 Preview: Harvey vs. Volquez

The Mets take on the Royals in Game 5 of the World series tonight at 8:07 ET at Citi Field. The Mets face elimination, as they are down 3 games to 1. They would have to win 3 games in a row, starting tonight, in order to capture a World Series championship. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) and Edinson Volquez (3.55 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 200 1/3 IP over 33 starts and 1 relief appearance) face off, in a rematch of game 1.

In his three postseason starts, Harvey has a 3.38 ERA, 3.72 FIP, and 1.18 WHIP, having allowed 16 hits, 6 walks (1 intentional), and a hit batsman while striking out 18. Harvey’s best start was his NLCS game 1 start against the Cubs, during which he allowed only 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Volquez, in 4 postseason starts in 2015, has a 4.37 ERA, 4.68 FIP, and 1.28 WHIP, having allowed 16 hits, 13 walks (1 intentional), and 2 hit batsman while striking out 18. Volquez’s best start was in game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, in which he pitched 6 shutout innings, while only allowing 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 4. Both Harvey and Volquez allowed 3 runs in 6 innings in their game 1 performances.

Lineups:

Mets:Matt Harvey

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Matt Harvey, P (R)

Royals:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  6. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  7. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  8. Alex Rios, RF (R)
  9. Edinson Volquez, P (R)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

AND…

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World Series Game 4 Preview: Matz vs. Young

The Mets take on the Royals in Game 4 of the World Series. After the Mets’ 9-3 victory last night, the Royals currently hold a 2 games to 1 series advantage. Rookie southpaw Steven Matz (2.27 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 1.23 WHIP, 35 2/3 IP over 6 starts) takes on veteran righty and former Met Chris Young (3.06 ERA, 4.52 FIP, 1.09 WHIP, 123 1/3 IP over 18 starts and 16 relief appearances). Young got the victory in game 1 after 3 innings of scoreless relief in extra innings.

Matz, over 2 postseason starts, has a 3.72 ERA, 2.72 FIP, and 1.45 WHIP in 9 2/3 innings, having allowed 10 hits and 4 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 8. Matz’s best start was his most recent, a 4 2/3 inning effort in which he allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, and 1 run while striking out 4 in an 8-3 Mets victory over Chicago in game 4 of the NLCS. Young, in 3 postseason appearances (1 start) has a 2.31 ERA, 2.96 FIP, and 0.94 WHIP in 11 2/3 innings, having allowed 6 hits and 5 walks while striking out 15. In his one postseason start, Young went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 runs while striking out 4 in a 14-2 Royals victory over Toronto in game 4 of the ALCS.

Lineups:

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Steven Matz, P (R)

Royals:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  6. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  7. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  8. Alex Rios, RF (R)
  9. Chris Young, P (R)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

World Series Game 3 Preview: Syndergaard vs. Ventura

The Mets take on the Royals at 8:07 ET tonight at Citi Field in Game 3 of the 2015 World Series. The Royals have a 2 games to none lead. Young hard-throwing right-handers Noah Syndergaard (3.24 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 1.05 WHIP, 150 IP over 24 starts) and Yordano Ventura (4.08 ERA, 3.57 FIP, 1.30 WHIP, 163 1/3 IP over 28 starts) will face off.

Syndergaard, in 3 postseason appearances (2 starts) has a 2.77 ERA, 1.44 FIP, and 1.08 WHIP over 13 innings while striking out 20, allowing 8 hits, and walking 6 (1 intentionally). His best start was his most recent against the Cubs, in which he struck out 9, walked 1, and allowed 3 hits in 5 2/3 innings of 1-run ball.

Ventura, in his 4 postseason starts of 2015, has a 5.09 ERA, 4.49 FIP,  and a 1.59 WHIP. He has allowed 20 hits, 8 walks (1 intentional), a hit batsman, and has struck out 21 in his 17 2/3 innings of postseason work. Ventura’s best start was also his most recent, a 5 1/3 inning effort in the clinching game 6 against the Blue Jays, in whichi he allowed only 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5.

Lineups:

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Noah Syndergaard, P (L)

Royals:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  6. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  7. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  8. Alex Rios, RF (R)
  9. Yordano Ventura, P (R)

With the lack of a designated hitter in the National League park, the Royals must sit their power-hitting DH, Kendrys Morales. The Mets, on the other hand, opt to start offense (Michael Conforto) over defense (Juan Lagares), two days after they had the luxury of starting both.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

And don’t forget…

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World Series Game 1 Preview: Harvey vs. Volquez

The Mets face the Kansas City Royals in game 1 of the World Series. Tonight’s game is at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri and starts at 8:07 PM ET. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) gets the game 1 assignment against Edinson Volquez (3.55 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 1.31 WHIP, 200 1/3 IP over 33 starts and 1 relief appearance). The Mets and Royals have never faced each other in the World Series, and in fact, it is the first time in major league history that two expansion teams have met in the World Series.

In his two postseason starts, Matt Harvey has allowed 5 runs over 12 2/3 innings (4 earned), 11 hits, and 4 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 16 and hitting a batter. Harvey was particularly impressive in his most recent start, game 1 of the NLCS against the Cubs during which he allowed only 2 runs in 7 2/3 innings. Volquez, in 3 postseason starts in 2015, has allowed 8 runs in 16 2/3 innings, 10 hits, 12 walks (1 intentional) while striking out 15. Volquez’s best start was in game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, in which he pitched 6 shutout innings, while only allowing 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out 4.

The Mets have not played the Royals since 2013, and among the 50 active players on the two rosters, only one has played for both teams: Royals starting pitcher Chris Young. The Mets have not played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City since 2004.

Lineups:

Mets:Matt Harvey

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Kelly Johnson, DH (L)

Royals:

  1. Alcides Escobar, SS (R)
  2. Ben Zobrist, 2B (S)
  3. Lorenzo Cain, CF (R)
  4. Eric Hosmer, 1B (L)
  5. Kendrys Morales, DH (S)
  6. Mike Moustakas, 3B (L)
  7. Salvador Perez, C (R)
  8. Alex Gordon, LF (L)
  9. Alex Rios, RF (R)

Mets Bench:

Michael Cuddyer, OF/1B (R), Juan Uribe**, 3B/2B (R), Juan Lagares, CF (R), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Kevin Plawecki, C (R)

**Juan Uribe rejoins the Mets after missing the Division Series and the Championship Series with a chest injury. He replaces Matt Reynolds on the roster. Uribe is the only player on the Mets to have won a World Series before, and he has done so twice: as a member of the 2005 White Sox and a member of the 2010 Giants.

Mets Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Jeurys Familia (R), Tyler Clippard (R), Addison Reed (R), Hansel Robles (R), Jon Niese (L), Bartolo Colon (R), Sean Gilmartin (L), Jacob deGrom* (R), Noah Syndergaard* (R) Steven Matz* (L)

Royals Bench:

Paulo Orlando, OF (R), Christian Colon, IF (R), Jarrod Dyson, OF (L), Raul Mondesi**, SS/2B (S), Drew Butera, C (R)

**Mondesi replaces pinch-running specialist Terrance Gore. Mondesi, should he appear in a game, would become the first player in history to make his major league debut in the World Series.

Royals Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Wade Davis (R), Kelvin Herrera (R), Ryan Madson (R), Luke Hochevar (R), Kris Medlen (R), Danny Duffy (L), Franklin Morales (L), Johnny Cueto* (R), Yordano Ventura* (R), Chris Young* (R)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLCS Game 4 Recap: Mets 8, Cubs 3, Mets advance to first World Seeries since 2000

The Mets defeated the Cubs by a score of 8-3, completing a 4 game sweep of the National League Division Series. The Mets jumped out to an early lead against Jason Hammel, when Lucas Duda hit a 2-out 3-run home run in the 1st inning. It was followed promptly by a solo home run by Travis d’Arnaud, giving the Mets an early 4-0 lead. They didn’t look back, adding a 2-run double by Duda in the 2nd and a 2-run home run by Daniel Murphy in the 8th, as the Mets cruised to an 8-3 victory. Steven Matz was solid over 4 2/3, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Bartolo Colon, Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia combined to finish out the victory.

Daniel Murphy was named NLCS MVP after going 9 for 17 with a double, 4 home runs, and 6 RBI. Murphy has now homered in 6 consecutive postseason games, a new major league record, and he is only 1 shy from the major league record of 8 home runs in a single postseason.

Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the 2nd inning with left shoulder swelling. He is expected to be ready for the start of the World Series, next Tuesday.

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The Mets jumped out to an early lead on Jason Hammel. After a Curtis Granderson single, Hammel retired David Wright and Daniel Murphy before allowing a steal to Granderson and a walk to Cespedes. Lucas Duda then sent a 3-2 pitch over the center field wall for his first home run of the postseason. Travis d’Arnaud followed with a home run of his own, giving the Mets an early 4-0 lead. That was followed by a Michael Conforto hit-by-pitch and a Wilmer Flores single and stolen base before Steven Matz flew out to end the inning.

The Mets tacked on in the 2nd after a 1-out walk to David Wright chased Hammel early. Reliever Travis Wood allowed a single to Daniel Murphy and struck out Yoenis Cespedes before giving up a 2-run double to Lucas Duda to give the Mets a 6-0 lead.

Steven Matz was strong through the first three before running into trouble in the 4th inning. Matz gave up a leadoff double to Jorge Soler, a walk to Kris Bryant, and a single to Anthony Rizzo which loaded the bases with no one out. However, Matz was able to escape the jam allowing only one run, on a ground out by Kyle Schwarber. Matz struggled a bit more in the 5th, allowing a couple of 2-out singles before Bartolo Colon struck out Kris Bryant for the 3rd out.

In the 6th, Wilmer Flores led off with a triple past a diving Kyle Schwarber, but the Mets were unable to get him in, even though defensive replacement Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Curtis Granderson both hit balls sharply. Colon worked around a 2-out walk to Kyle Schwarber in the bottom of the inning before the Mets put together another threat in the 7th. Daniel Murphy led off with a double, before Juan Lagares bunted him over to 3rd. Lucas Duda walked and Travis d’Arnaud was hit by a pitch, but Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores were retired to end yet another threat.

Though the Mets were unable to convert on opportunities in the 6th and 7th, they were able to add on in the 8th after a perfect inning by Addison Reed. After a 2-out walk by David Wright, Daniel Murphy lined a 2-run home run to center field, his 6th consecutive game with a home run, a new postseason record. The Mets had a lead of 8-1.

Tyler Clippard ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 8th, giving up a leadoff double by Jorge Soler and a 2-run home run by Kris Bryant. He recovered to retire the next 3, sending the game to the 9th. After the Mets were unable to convert on a leadoff double by Duda in the 9th, Jeurys Familia closed it out in the bottom of the 9th, sealing the 2015 National League Pennant.


POSITIVES: 2015 NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS! Lucas Duda was 3/4 with two doubles, a home run, a walk, and 5 RBI. Daniel Murphy was 4/5 with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. Travis d’Arnaud was 1/4 with a solo home run, and Wilmer Flores was 2/4 with a triple and a walk. Steven Matz pitched 4 2/3 innings of 1 run ball, working out of a major jam in the 4th. Bartolo Colon, Addison Reed, and Jeurys Familia combined for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

NEGATIVES: Tyler Clippard gave up a 2-run home run to Kris Bryant in his inning of work. Michael Conforto was 0/2 with a strikeout and a hit-by-pitch before he was removed for defense, but Conforto hit a liner in the 3rd that was snagged by Dexter Fowler in center. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Juan Lagares were 0/2 with a strikeout each as defensive replacements.

Game 1 of the World Series will be Tuesday, October 27th in either Toronto or Kansas City, depending on the outcome of the ALCS (which the Royals currently lead 3-2).


WPA Winner: Lucas Duda (.348)

WPA Losers: None under -.100

Best Play: Lucas Duda hit a 3-run home run, Mets up 3-0, 1st inning (.272)

Worst Plays: None under -.100

NLCS Game 4 Preview: Matz vs. Hammel

The Mets take on the Cubs in game 4 of the National League Championship Series tonight at 8:07 at Wrigley Field. Steven Matz (2.27 ERA, 3.61 FIP, 1.23 WHIP, 35 2/3 IP over 6 starts) takes on Jason Hammel (3.74 ERA, 3.68 FIP, 1.16 WHIP, 170 2/3 IP over 31 starts).

Lineups:

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  4. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  5. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  7. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  8. Wilmer Flores, SS (R)
  9. Steven Matz, P (R)

Cubs:

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF (S)
  2. Jorge Soler, RF (R)
  3. Kris Bryant, 3B (R)
  4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B (L)
  5. Starlin Castro, 2B (R)
  6. Kyle Schwarber, LF (L)
  7. Javier Baez, SS (R)
  8. Jason Hammel, P (R)
  9. David Ross, C (R)

In his one postseason start, Steven Matz allowed 3 runs over 5 innings, with 6 hits, 2 walks (1 intentional) and 4 strikeouts. Hammel, in his one postseason start of 2015, allowed 2 runs over 3 innings, with 3 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Matz has not faced the Cubs, but Hammel did make one start against the Mets, a strong effort in which he allowed only 1 run on 5 hits and a walk over 8 innings, while striking out 6.

Matz, in a very small sample size, has performed better against righties than lefties, allowing a 2.8% walk rate to righties but a 17.5% walk rate to lefties. However, it is righties who have taken him deep, to the rate of 1.30 HR/9 (he has yet to allow a home run to a lefty).

The one major note about Hammel is his 2nd half troubles, compared with his first half success. Hammel had a 2.86 ERA in the first half, but a 5.10 ERA in the 2nd half. The main culprits have been his increased home run rate (0.95 HR/9 in the first half, 1.61 HR/9 in the 2nd half) and a slightly increased walk rate (4.4% first half, 7.3% 2nd half). Hammel also has reverse home run splits, having allowed a higher home run rate to righties than lefties (1.52 HR/9 vs. 0.83 HR/9).

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLCS Game 3 Recap: Mets 5, Cubs 2

The Mets defeated the Cubs by a score of 5-2 in game 3 of the National League Championship Series to take a 3-0 series lead. Jacob deGrom was again not at his best, and had trouble locating early, but was able to go 7 innings, allowing only 2 runs (both on solo home runs), 4 hits, and 1 walk while striking out 7. The Mets were able to score early on a Yoenis Cespedes RBI double, and again in the 3rd on yet another Daniel Murphy Home Run, his 6th of the postseason and 5th in 5 consecutive games, tying Carlos Beltran‘s major league record for consecutive postseason games with a home run. They tacked on with a wild pitch in the 6th, a Cespedes RBI single in the 7th, and a run-scoring groundout by Lucas Duda in the 7th. DeGrom, on the other hand, allowed only solo home runs to Kyle Schwarber and Jorge Soler, before turning it over to Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia to close it out.

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The Mets got off to an early start against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, after Curtis Granderson reached on a fielding error by Javier Baez, on a grounder that skipped past the shortstop, drawn in to guard against the bunt as the rest of the infielders shifted against Granderson. Granderson was erased when trying to steal second, but David Wright singled to left before Yoenis Cespedes brought him in on a double to left-center. The Mets took an early 1-0 lead.

However, the Cubs came right back, when Kyle Schwarber drove an outside pitch over the left-center wall to tie the game at 1. DeGrom allowed singles to Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, but retired Jorge Soler to escape more trouble in the 1st. In the 2nd, the Mets got two runners on after Travis d’Arnaud singled and Michael Conforto walked. Wilmer Flores hit a slow grounder to shortstop, but Javier Baez elected to force out the lead runner at 3rd. Jacob deGrom then hit a ball well up the middle, but it was fielded cleanly by Baez, and turned into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.

DeGrom retired the side in the 2nd, and Hendricks retired his first two Mets in the 3rd before Daniel Murphy took him deep to center for his 6th home run of the postseason and a home run in his 5th consecutive game. With that home run, Murphy holds the all-time Mets record for postseason home runs, he ties the major league record for home runs by a 2nd baseman, and he ties the record for consecutive postseason games with a home run. The Mets led 2-1.

However, the Cubs would once again get the run back, with an opposite-field solo home run by Jorge Soler in the bottom of the 4th. The game was tied at 2. That would be all Jacob deGrom would give up, as he went on to retire the next 11 in a row to end his night.

In the 6th, Yoenis Cespedes led off with a single before Lucas Duda tried to bunt against the shift. The bunt was fielded by catcher Miguel Montero and Duda was thrown out at first, but nonetheless got credit for a sacrifice bunt. Yoenis Cespedes stole 3rd easily, but unfortunately had to hold on Travis d’Arnaud’s groundout to 3rd. With two outs, Michael Conforto struck out swinging, but the ball bounced away to the backstop allowing Conforto to reach at 1st and Cespedes to score from 3rd. The Mets had a 3-2 lead. Wilmer Flores followed with a shallow liner to right field on which Jorge Soler attempted to make a diving catch. Soler missed, and the ball bounced all the way back to the ivy. However, the ball bounced up into the ivy, prompting center fielder Dexter Fowler to throw up his hands to signify the ball had disappeared in the ivy. As the Wrigley Field ground rules indicate, it was ruled a ground-rule double, forcing baserunner Michael Conforto to return to 3rd base (he would have easily scored if the ball stayed in play). Jacob deGrom flew out to left to end the threat.

The Mets tacked on in the 7th, and after Curtis Granderson struck out against reliever Travis Wood, David Wright doubled on a soft liner to left, and Daniel Murphy hit a soft grounder to 3rd for an infield single. Justin Grimm came on to pitch for the Cubs, and Yoenis Cespedes lined a ball off of Kyle Schwarber’s glove in left for an RBI single. Lucas Duda then hit a grounder to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to score another run. The Mets had a 5-2 lead.

After deGrom’s night ended after 7 innings pitched, the Mets closed out the win with Tyler Clippard (who worked around a 1-out double) and Jeurys Familia, who had a 1-2-3 9th.


POSITIVES: David Wright and Yoenis Cespedes each had 3 hits with a double. Wright was 3/4 with a walk and 2 runs scored, while Cespedes was 3/5 with 2 RBI and a run scored. Daniel Murphy was 2/5 with a home run, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Lucas Duda had a line-drive single, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI as he tries to break out of his slump. Jacob deGrom was extremely strong, while Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia pitched an effective inning each to close it out.

NEGATIVES: Curtis Granderson was 0/4 with a walk and a strikeout, and Michael Conforto was 0/3 with a walk and a strikeout.

Tomorrow at 8:07, Steven Matz faces Jason Hammel in game 4 at Wrigley Field.


WPA Winners:

  • Yoenis Cespedes (.468)
  • David Wright (.104)
  • Jacob deGrom (.135 pitching, -.179 batting, -.044 total)

WPA Losers: Travis d’Arnaud (-.106)

Best Plays:

  • Michael Conforto strikes out and reaches on a wild pitch, Yoenis Cespedes scores, Mets up 3-2, 6th inning (.150)
  • Daniel Murphy hits a solo home run, Mets up 2-1, 3rd inning (.132)
  • Yoenis Cespedes hits an RBI double, Mets up 1-0, 1st inning (.120)
  • Yoenis Cespedes singles to left, David Wright scores, Daniel Murphy to 3rd, Yoenis Cespedes to 2nd on the throw, Mets up 4-2, 7th inning (.104)

Worst Plays:

  • Jorge Soler hits a a solo home run, game tied 2-2, 4th inning (-.153)
  • Kyle Schwarber hits a solo home run, game tied 1-1, 1st inning (-.115)
  • Daniel Murphy grounds into a double play, game tied 2-2, 5th inning (-.115)