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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!

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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 1 Preview: Harvey vs. Lester

The Mets and Cubs face off in game 1 of the National League Championship Series. Tonight’s game is at Citi Field and starts at 8:07 PM. Matt Harvey (2.71 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 189 1/3 IP over 29 starts) gets the game 1 assignment against Jon Lester (3.34 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 1.12 WHIP, 205 IP over 32 starts). The Mets and Cubs have never faced each other in the postseason.

In his one postseason start, Matt Harvey has allowed 3 runs over 5 innings (2 earned), 7 hits, and 2 walks while striking out 7. Lester, in his one postseason start of 2015, pitched 7 1/3 innings while allowing 3 runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, and 2 wild pitches while striking out 9. Harvey made one start against the Cubs this season, and shut them out over 7 innings while allowing only 2 walks and 3 hits while striking out 9. Lester made two starts against the Mets this season, and in 13 innings, he allowed 3 runs, 10 hits and 5 walks while striking out 13. His second start against the Mets in July was an outing of 7 shutout innings.

Lineups:

Mets:Matt Harvey

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

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

Mets Bench:

Michael Conforto, LF (L), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Lucas Duda, 1B (L), Kelly Johnson, IF/OF (L), Matt Reynolds, SS/2B (R), Kevin Plawecki, C (R)

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), Noah Syndergaard* (R), Jacob deGrom* (R), Steven Matz* (L)

**Gilmartin replaces Erik Goeddel, after Goeddel did not record an out while facing 4 batters in the NLDS. Gilmartin is likely on the rosters for a couple of reasons. First, Jon Niese may miss part of a game due to a death in his family [Rubin] and second, the Cubs as a team have not hit lefties (.303 wOBA) as well as they have hit righties (.316 wOBA). Also of note for the Mets, Juan Uribe is unavailable for this series.

Cubs Bench:

Chris Coghlan, OF/IF (L), Austin Jackson, OF (R), Chris Denorfia, OF (R), Tommy La Stella, 3B/2B (L), Quintin Berry**, OF (L), Miguel Montero, C (L)

**Quintin Berry replaces Addison Russell, who is unavailable for the NLCS after re-injuring his hamstring in game 3 of the NLDS. Javier Baez will start at shortstop in his place.

Cubs Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Hector Rondon (R), Pedro Strop (R), Justin Grimm (R), Travis Wood (L), Trevor Cahill (R), Fernando Rodney (R), Clayton Richard (L), Jake Arrieta* (R), Jason Hammel* (R), Kyle Hendricks* (R)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

NLDS Game 1 Preview: deGrom vs. Kershaw

The Mets take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 1 of the National League Division Series. Jacob deGrom (2.54 ERA, 2.70 FIP, 0.98 WHIP, 191 IP over 30 starts) faces off against reigning NL Cy Young and MVP award winner Clayton Kershaw (2.13 ERA, 1.99 FIP, 0.88 WHIP in 232 2/3 IP over 33 starts). For the Mets, it is their first playoff game since 2006, while the Dodgers are making their 3rd straight appearance in the Division Series. This is the 3rd playoff series the Mets and Dodgers have played; The Dodgers took the 1988 NLCS 4 games to 3, while the Mets swept the 2006 NLDS 3 games to none.

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Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. David Wright, 3B (R)
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF (R)
  4. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  5. Travis d’Arnaud, C (R)
  6. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  7. Michael Cuddyer, LF (R)
  8. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  9. Jacob deGrom, P (L)

Dodgers:

  1. Carl Crawford, LF (L)
  2. Howie Kendrick, 2B (R)
  3. Corey Seager, SS (L)
  4. Adrian Gonzalez, 1B (L)
  5. Justin Turner, 3B (R)
  6. Andre Ethier, RF (L)
  7. A.J. Ellis, C (R)
  8. Joc Pederson, CF (L)
  9. Clayton Kershaw, P (L)

Mets Bench:

Michael Conforto, LF (L), Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF (L), Juan Lagares, CF (R), Kelly Johnson, IF/OF (L), Wilmer Flores, SS/2B (R), Kevin Plawecki, C (R)

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) Erik Goeddel (R), Noah Syndergaard* (R), Matt Harvey* (R), Steven Matz* (L)

Dodgers Bench:

Kike Hernandez, OF/IF (R), Chase Utley, IF (L), Jimmy Rollins, SS (S), Yasiel Puig, OF (R), Justin Ruggiano, OF (R), Yasmani Grandal, C (S)

Dodgers Pitchers (projected starters denoted with asterisk):

Kenley Jansen (R), Luis Avilan (L), Chris Hatcher (R), J.P. Howell (L), Pedro Baez (R), Joel Peralta (R), Yimi Garcia (R), Zack Greinke* (R), Brett Anderson* (L), Alex Wood* (L)

As always, LET’S GO METS!

Game Preview: Roark vs. deGrom

The Mets (89-72) take on the Washington Nationals (83-78) at 3:10 at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (2.60 ERA, 2.74 FIP, 0.99 WHIP, 187 IP over 29 starts) faces off against Tanner Roark (4.63 ERA, 4.85 FIP, 1.34 WHIP, 105 IP over 11 starts and 28 relief appearances). This is the final game of the regular season and holds no importance for the Mets, as the Dodgers clinched home field advantage in the NLDS with a win last night against San Diego.

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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. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  9. Jacob deGrom, P (L)

Nationals:

  1. Anthony Rendon, 3B (R)
  2. Trea Turner, 2B (R)
  3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  4. Jayson Werth, LF (R)
  5. Clint Robinson, 1B (L)
  6. Ian Desmond, SS (R)
  7. Michael Taylor, CF (R)
  8. Pedro Severino, C (R)
  9. Tanner Roark, P (R)

Mets News: According to Terry Collins, Jacob deGrom will be limited to 80 pitches today, and will be followed by Bartolo Colon, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia. Steven Matz will throw a bullpen session Tuesday and will pitch in the instructional league on Thursday. Assuming all goes well, that should set him up for a game 4 NLDS start. The Mets are also not opposed to bringing back Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard on 3 days rest. If the Mets are down 2-1 in the NLDS, deGrom could pitch game 4 on 3 days rest and Syndergaard game 5 on regular rest. Juan Uribe is “real iffy” for the NLDS, and his absence could open up a spot for Eric Young Jr., Kirk Nieuwnhuis, or an 8th relief pitcher.

Jacob deGrom is looking to put a nice topper on a fantastic season, albeit in what will likely be a shortened outing. DeGrom is currently 5th among qualified NL pitchers in ERA, 4th in FIP, 4th in xFIP, 7th in BB%, 5th in K%, 4th in K-BB%, 5th in SIERA (ERA estimator), 7th in fWAR, 10th in pitchers bWAR, 8th in RE24, 6th in WPA, and 5th in WPA/LI (context neutral WPA). DeGrom should get some Cy Young votes, but I’d be shocked if he finishes higher than 4th or gathers a single 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place vote, with Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw in front of him.

Tanner Roark, after a very successful 2014 season, has struggled this year while being shuttled between the bullpen and the rotation. Roark was jettisoned from the rotation to make room for Max Scherzer. Oddly enough, Roark has succeeded more in the bullpen than in the rotation, with a 3.74 ERA in bullpen work and a .313 wOBA against. In the rotation, over 11 starts, Roark has a 5.31 ERA and a .362 wOBA against. As a starter, Roark has struggled with the home run ball, allowing 1.82 HR/9. Roark has not started against the Mets this season, but he has made 4 relief appearances. In those appearances, he has pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed 4 runs, all 4 of which came in an outing that lasted only 1/3 of an inning.

As always, LET’S GO METS!

10/3/15 Game 2 Preview: Scherzer vs. Harvey

The Mets (89-71) take on the Nationals (82-78) in game 2 of a day-night doubleheader. Matt Harvey (2.80 ERA, 3.16 FIP, 1.03 WHIP, 183 1/3 IP over 28 starts) faces off against Max Scherzer (2.91 ERA, 2.91 FIP, 0.96 WHIP, 219 2/3 IP over 32 starts). Both teams are sitting many players who started game 1; only 5 players are starting both games: Ruben Tejada, Michael Cuddyer, Yunel Escobar, Clint Robinson, and Matt den Dekker.

Lineups:Matt Harvey

Mets:

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  3. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B (R)
  5. Kelly Johnson, 3B (L)
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF (L)
  7. Kevin Plawecki, C (R)
  8. Dilson Herrera, 2B (R)
  9. Matt Harvey, P (R)

Nationals:

  1. Trea Turner, SS (R)
  2. Michael Taylor, CF (R)
  3. Yunel Escobar, 3B (R)
  4. Clint Robinson, 1B (L)
  5. Wilson Ramos, C (R)
  6. Matt den Dekker, RF (L)
  7. Tyler Moore, LF (R)
  8. Wilmer Difo, 2B (S)
  9. Max Scherzer, P (R)

It seems Terry Collins is focusing more on resting his regulars than gunning for home field advantage. With the Mets down 1 game with 2 to play for each team, it seems unlikely now anyway, and it seems Collins would prefer to rest Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, and Yoenis Cespedes after game 1 (David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud were givens). I would venture a guess that if he felt up for it, Wilmer Flores would get the start at shortstop, however Flores is still recovering from lower back stiffness and strep throat.

Matt Harvey makes his 29th and final start of the regular season, and it’s certainly been a success in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. While his strikeout numbers are a bit down (24.2% compared to 27.7% in 2013), he still had a solid season, with a 75 ERA-, compared to 64 in 2013 and 73 in 2012 (ERA- measures his ERA relative to league average, therefore, an ERA- of 75 makes him 25% better than league average in ERA). Harvey’s numbers have been significantly stronger at home, where he has a 2.36 ERA compared to 3.42 on the road. With Harvey likely starting game 3 of the NLDS, it certainly appears as if he’ll start at home, where he has held opponents to only a .264 wOBA and an 0.95 WHIP.

Max Scherzer had a Cy Young Award-caliber 1st half this season, with a 2.11 ERA over 132 innings (150 strikeouts and only 14 walks). However, he has struggled more in the 2nd half, with a 4.11 ERA over 87 2/3 IP, but his walk and strikeout numbers are still fantastic (109 strikeouts and 20 walks, 2 intentional). If there has been one thing indicative about his 2nd half struggles, it has been the increased home run rate, which was 0.68 HR/9 in the 1st half and 1.75 HR/9 in the 2nd half. The last time the Mets faced him, they scored 5 runs in 6 innings, 3 of which came via the solo home run (Conforto, Johnson, Cespedes). The batted ball profile against Scherzer has changed as well; Scherzer has allowed 2.7% more hard hit balls, 2.9% more medium hit balls, and 5.6% less soft hit balls (according to Fangraphs). The home run per fly ball rate has also jumped from 6.3% in the first half to 18.5% in the 2nd half (league average is 11.4%).

As always, LET’S GO METS!

Game Recap: Phillies 3, Mets 0; Pitching strong as offense falters, Regulars watch from bench

The Philadelphia Phillies (62-97) defeated the Mets (89-70) by a score of 3-0. Sean Gilmartin was strong for the Mets in 5 innings, the only blemish being a 2-run home run allowed to Darin Ruf. The offense managed only 6 hits off Jerad Eickhoff and the Phillies bullpen; 3 by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, 2 infield singles by Kelly Johnson, and a single by Ruben Tejada.

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Jerad Eickhoff was in control all day for the Phillies, allowing only 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 10 while shutting the Mets out over 7 innings. The Mets’ best opportunity came in the 7th, after a 1-out double by Kirk Nieuwenhuis and a 2-out walk by Kevin Plawecki. However, Juan Lagares struck out on a 3-2 curveball to end the threat.

Sean Gilmartin was solid for the Mets in his first career start, allowing onlyh 3 hits, a walk, 2 runs, and a home run over 5 innings while striking out 3. Unfortunately though, that home run, a 2-out 2-run shot by Darin Ruf in the 4th inning, proved to be all the Phillies would need. Tim Stauffer was strong in two shutout innings of relief and Dario Alvarez allowed a solo home run to Andres Blanco, but it didn’t matter. On a day where a hangover lineup was called for, no one could muster anything against Eickhoff, Jerome Williams, or Luis Garcia.


This could’ve been expected, especially after such a late loss last night. Gilmartin and Stauffer were pleasant surprises in their combined 7 innings of work, but the offense was absolutely lifeless. What bothered me were the pinch hitting opportunities not utilized by Terry Collins. I understand he wants to give his regular players a day off, but when Eric Young Jr. and Dilson Herrera are your two pinch hitters from a bench that includes Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Lucas Duda, and Curtis Granderson, it’s a little tough to justify your desire to win the game. In the 7th inning, with 1st and 2nd with two outs, it should have been Granderson, Murphy, or Duda facing off against Eickhoff (or a lefty reliever, if they decided to make a switch). I find it tough to believe that these veteran professionals could have their playoff performances compromised by one plate appearance.

But, these are small annoyances. After the rest day today, one would imagine that Terry will go with his regular lineup the rest of the weekend, perhaps with an extra righty or two against Gio Gonzalez. The Mets fans certainly have to thank Mike Leake and the Giants for keeping their home field advantage hopes alive – Leake spun a 2-hit shutout last night, reducing the Mets home field advantage magic number to 3. The Giants look to take 3 of 4 from the Dodgers this afternoon at 3:45, with Brett Anderson facing Tim Hudson. A Dodgers win would bring L.A. to the same record as the Mets, but as a reminder, the Mets do own the tiebreaker.

Noah Syndergaard faces Gio Gonzalez tomorrow at 7:10 at Citi Field, weather permitting, as the Mets open a 3-game series against the Nationals.

POSITIVES: Sean Gilmartin and Tim Stauffer were both solid today with better-than-expected performances. Dario Alvarez, while allowing a home run to a right-handed batter, also retired the only lefty he faced. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had 3 of the Mets’ 6 hits, but despite 2 doubles, was never able to score.

NEGATIVES: The offense, save for Nieuwenhuis. The manager’s decision to pinch hit Eric Young Jr. and Dilson Herrera in a close game that means something. The decision to remove Michael Conforto in a close game, and not for a better bat.


WPA Winners: Kirk Nieuwenhuis (.109)

WPA Losers: Eric Campbell (-.141)

Best Play: None over .100

Worst Play: Darin Ruf hits a 2-run home run, Phillies up 2-0, 4th inning (-.245)