Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 6/4

The 27-22 New York Mets will play the second of a four-game set against the 35-23 San Diego Padres. After winning the series in Arizona, the Mets would end up losing the opener to the Padres.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of left-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Joey Lucchesi to the hill, making his ninth appearance of the season. The Newark, California native is 1-3 with a 6.56 ERA with 27 K’s in 23.1 innings pitched.

Lucchesi, who was formerly with the Padres organization before joining the Mets, is coming off of a start in which he allowed a run on two hits, however the lefty only managed to pitch 3.2 innings against the Rockies on the 27th of May.

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 San Diego Padres will have 28-year old Blake Snell on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 12th appearance of the campaign. Snell’s last outing was against the Houston Astros and went down as another disastrous outing for the high-profile starter.

Snell so far is having a pretty lousy season, pitching to a 5.55 ERA while owning a 1-2 record. The Seattle, Washington native has also struck out 70 batters in 47.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

Friday’s Pitching Preview 6/4

The 27-22 New York Mets will play the second of a four-game set against the 35-23 San Diego Padres. After winning the series in Arizona, the Mets would end up losing the opener to the Padres.

Tonight’s contest will feature a couple of left-handed pitchers on the mound. The Mets plan to send the recently acquired Joey Lucchesi to the hill, making his ninth appearance of the season. The Newark, California native is 1-3 with a 6.56 ERA with 27 K’s in 23.1 innings pitched.

Lucchesi, who was formerly with the Padres organization before joining the Mets, is coming off of a start in which he allowed a run on two hits, however the lefty only managed to pitch 3.2 innings against the Rockies on the 27th of May.

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 San Diego Padres will have 28-year old Blake Snell on the mound, a veteran left-hander making his 12th appearance of the campaign. Snell’s last outing was against the Houston Astros and went down as another disastrous outing for the high-profile starter.

Snell so far is having a pretty lousy season, pitching to a 5.55 ERA while owning a 1-2 record. The Seattle, Washington native has also struck out 70 batters in 47.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

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

A Mets dream killed: Blake Snell

A dream has been killed on December 27th as the Tampa Bay Rays have traded off their ace lefty to the San Diego Padres for a handful of players. The dream of many Mets fans, including Del Alba of Mets Junkies.

Snell had a great tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays however his last start with the team will be forever viewed infamously as he was removed after just 73 pitches and 5.1 innings pitches. This was of course in game six of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Rays will receive Luis Patino, Francisco Mejia, Blake Hunt, and Cole Wilcox.

The deal is still pending due to medical reviews of all players involved, but this kills any hope of Snell joining the new Orange & Blue.

Considering the players involved in this trade, I imagine the Mets were at some point involved in discussions with the Rays over Snell. While no details have emerged on this, it’ll be curious to see who the Rays would’ve wanted in return.

Being that I’m a huge fan of Sandy Alderson, I believe that the asking cost was too much for the Mets to pursue the transaction.

Photo: Seth Fleischauer unwittingly became the face of sad Mets fans everywhere on Sept. 30, 2007, when he was photographed at Shea Stadium after the team lost on the final day of the regular season. – WSJ.com PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Hello, is it me (Blake Snell) you’re looking for?

The Rays are open to trading their ace lefty Blake Snell. The former CY Young award winner is coming off a good season, with a controversial last start in the world series. Snell was pitching well, but got pulled in the sixth, something the lefty didn’t like, but is part of the Rays success. It didn’t work out in the last World Series game tho.

It’s obvious the Mets are looking for starting pitching, so it should be obvious the Mets are interested. However, getting Snell would be very costly in terms of prospects, which might indicate the price will be to steep for the Mets. Also, the Rays have a good history for trading their starters for a haul of talent.

Blake Snell’s 2020 was a terrific season on the field. He pitched to a 3.24 ERA (also his career mark) in over 50 innings. Over those 50 frames he collected a 11.3 strikeouts per nine and a 1.20 WHIP. All very solid numbers from the 27 year old. Over his career, Snell has a 130 ERA+, so he has been well above average. No indication that will decrease anytime soon.

Biggest con on Snell is his inability to pitch deep into games. However, his performance in the middle innings is still very solid. In his career, he has a 3.82 ERA in the 4th thru 6th innings, slightly higher than his career ERA mark. In 108 career starts, Snell has pitched 556 innings, showing he pitches less than 6 per start on average. Something to mention, with the Mets not having a bullpen like the Rays.

Still, there is a shot to get Snell to the Mets. However, I wouldn’t do it for just Snell and add a bad contract in Kiermaier. Snell is owned 40.8 million for three years. Not much for a pitcher of his caliber, meaning he will cost a ton on it’s own. To be able to give up slighlty less, you can add Kiermaier and his 23 million (plus 13m team option) for two years.

Kiermaier hasn’t been good with the bat (OPS under .700 in the last three years), but he is still a terrific defender and a game changer in CF, a spot the Mets could desperately need to improve their defense. The Rays should be happy to include Kiermaier and his contract. A trade proposal could look like this:

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Still a steep price to pay, but something to consider. You get a top of the rotation arm with three years of control and add a terrific defensive center fielder. The price to pay is worth it for me personally, but there are other options to consider.

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson