Mets Trade James McCann

The Mets were able to find a taker for catcher James McCann, and hey, that’s all they needed. McCann will pack his bags and head for Maryland as the veteran backstop is now an Oriole.

As of now, the Mets haven’t received a player back in the deal. Also, Steve Cohen will assume a large portion of his $24M contract, $19M to be exact.

This move clears up the jam behind the dish, as Omar Narvaez will now only have Tomas Nido as his competition for playing time. This of course is under the assumption that rookie phenom Francisco Alvarez will start 2023 in AAA in order to refine his defensive skills.

The Mets currently have 42 players on the 40 man roster.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Power up Against O’s

The Mets bursted out of the gates early with another shot by first baseman Pete Alonso in the opening inning, a two run shot. The home run would go down as his 10th of the season as he’s slugged three home runs in the past two games against the Orioles.

Tiajuan Walker was absolutely brilliant following the disaster of a game that took place last night. Michael Garaffa had earlier pointed out that the Mets have done a great job in bouncing back in games like these.

The right-hander pitched seven innings in which he only gave up one run while walking one and striking out nine. Walker has now lowered his ERA to 2.07 on the 2021 campaign and is in the top five in regards to NL ERA.

It’s safe to say that former Mets ace Matt Harvey did not have the same luck or outcome. Harvey was chased out of the game in the third inning after giving up seven earned runs on eight hits. The New London, Connecticut native’s ERA has now ballooned up to 7.41, his days could be numbered.

Warrior of the Mets Kevin Pillar had a 3-4 night as the flashy yet hard-nosed centerfielder clubbed two home runs on the evening. The first coming off of Harvey in the third, then another coming off of reliever Mac Sceroler. Pillar now has four home runs while having also raised his batting average to .262 after tonight.

Billy McKinney joined the slugfest as the newly acquired outfielder also hit two home runs, while having driven in 5 RBI’s. McKinney has been a great addition since his arrival and it would be nice to see him remain with the team.

Tonight will go down as the 8th time in Mets franchise history that the team hit six or more home runs in a game.

The Mets are now 30-24 and will be hosting the San Diego Padres back in Citi Field on Friday evening.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/9

The 29-24 New York Mets will play the final of a two-game set against the 22-38 Baltimore Orioles. After splitting the series in San Diego and a day off, the Mets took a bad blowout loss in yesterday’s opener.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of right-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Taijuan Walker to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 4-2 with a 2.17 ERA and 51 K’s in 54.0 innings pitched.

MLB.com suggests that we may start to see some regression from Walker, as the right-hander’s FIP (3.06) is almost a full run higher than his ERA.

The Baltimore Orioles will have 32-year old Matt Harvey on the mound, a former friend and right-hander that’s making his 13th appearance of the campaign. In the last five starts, Harvey owns a ERA of 12.96 and only lasted three innings in his last outing against the Minnesota Twins.

Harvey, formerly known as “The Dark Knight”, so far is having a terrible season, pitching to a 6.62 ERA while owning a 3-6 record. The New London, Connecticut native has also struck out 45 batters in 51.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Fall Prey to Orioles

For David Peterson, this will make back to back shortened starts when the lefty is out there. This time out against the Baltimore Orioles, Peterson threw just 2.2 innings while surrendering four earned runs on eight base hits. The left-hander’s ERA is now at 6.32 after this appearance in Baltimore.

Despite the terrible outing, manager Luis Rojas told reporters that David Peterson will indeed make his next scheduled start. So while many might have been wondering about Peterson’s fate, management seems to know have a plan.

Believe it or not, the Mets actually got up early in this contest when Pete Alonso hit a two-run shot in the first inning. The home run, his eighth, would come off of lefty Bruce Zimmermann and put the boys in Orange & Blue up by two.

Every pitcher wearing a Mets uniform in this contest gave up a run, so there isn’t much to write about on that front. However, Drew Smith struck out three batters in two innings pitched while giving up a run.

While the rest of the Mets offense was on a sabbatical, Pete Alonso came through with another home run. His second dinger of the evening would this time come off of pitcher Travis Larkin Sr., a righty with a plus six ERA.

The Mets and Orioles will finish off this series tomorrow evening at 7:05 PM EST in Camden Yards.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/8

The 29-23 New York Mets will play the first of a two-game set against the 21-38 Baltimore Orioles. After splitting the series in San Diego and a day off, the Mets look to keep the momentum going.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of left-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send David Peterson to the hill, making his 11th appearance of the season. The Denver, Colorado native is 1-4 with a 5.89 ERA with 49 K’s in 44.1 innings pitched.

Peterson, currently in his second Major League season, is coming off of a start in which he allowed five earned runs to the Diamondbacks in just 0.1 of an inning.

I’m not sure what the over/under will be for tonight’s game, however assuming it’ll be 8.5 or 9.5, I’ll definitely be taking the over.

The Baltimore Orioles will have 26-year old Bruce Zimmermann on the mound, a left-hander that’s also making his 11th appearance of the campaign. Zimmermann’s last outing was against the Minnesota Twins and went 5.1 innings while allowing two earned runs, a performance well enough to pick up a win.

Zimmermann so far is having a pretty mediocre season, pitching to a 4.96 ERA while owning a 3-3 record. The North Carolina native has also struck out 43 batters in 49.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.