Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 6/15

The 33-25 New York Mets will play the second of a four-game set against the 38-28 Chicago Cubs. After taking the the first game against the Cubs, the Mets look to at least split the series with a win tonight.

Tonight’s contest will feature Taijuan Walker on the hill for the Mets, making his 12th appearance of the season. The Shreveport, Louisiana native is 5-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 60 K’s in 61.0 innings pitched.

Walker’s last outing came against the Orioles in Baltimore and the pitcher tossed seven innings of one run ball, striking out nine and picking up the victory.

The Chicago Cubs will have 29-year old righty Alec Mills on the mound, a former 22nd round pick with the Royals. This start will count as his second of the season, while the rest of his appearances have come out of the bullpen.

Mills, so far is having a rough go, pitching to a 6.08 ERA while owning a 2-0 record. The Clarksville, Tennessee native has only struck out 15 batters in 23.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on ESPN.

Mets finalize trade with Cubs

The Mets have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Chicago Cubs. The trade is for cash considerations.

Maybin has a career slash line of .256/.324/.376/.700 in 14 Major League seasons.

The veteran outfielder will report to Syracuse. A source close to the Mets however reports that Maybin will be with the team soon.

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Tuesday’s Pitching Preview 4/20

The Mets took two of three while making a visit to Denver, Colorado and after a day off, the boys in Orange & Blue are set to take on the Cubs for a three game series in Chicago.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Taijuan Walker to the hill to make his third start of the campaign. His last outing wasn’t exactly a typical one as he pitched just 4.1 innings. He would only end up surrendering one earned run and just three hits, while it was also super encouraging to see him fan eight batters.

On the season, Walker owns a 2.61 ERA in 10.1 innings pitched and has struck out 12 batters. While he’s yet to earn a decision on the year, he’s definitely pitching well enough to earn his pay.

The Chicago Cubs will have old friend Jake Arrieta on the mound, a righty with a 3.18 ERA. This will be the Mets’ first time seeing Arrieta this year, however the Mets have seen him with the Phillies as well as the Cubs in the past.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:40 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on ESPN.

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Will They Make the Club? Part I

The Mets have added so much depth this offseason with loads of positions already filled. Still, there are some decisions to make and players showing what they can do, in hopes to make the squad. So will they show enough to make it this spring? First off, let’s take a look at newly acquired Albert Almora jr.

The center fielder had a strong start to his spring. He homered in his Spring Training Debut on Tuesday, showing he is capable of hitting the ball out of the park. If Almora’s bat can be solid, it’s a major plus. Because that’s his main issue over the last couple of years.

Almora is still capable off being a strong defender. His OAA has diminished, but so has his playing time. Either way, with he’s just 26 years old and still provides good speed, I do expect him to be the a solid bench player the Mets need.

Conclusion:

The Mets need Almora on the bench. They need their good CF’er in case of a need defensively. Nimmo should be the every day guy and with a good defensively inclined player as back up, that calls for a good formula. And hey, if Almora is capable of hitting a bit while showing some pop, that’s just the icing on the cake with a cherry on top!

Almora crushes HR

Almora took a belt-high fastball and absolutely crushed it, driving it over the left field wall. This is Almora’s first HR of the Spring and is currently fighting for a fifth OF spot on the Mets 26-man roster.

While it’s likely that Almora will start the season in Syracuse, this HR is nothing but great signs of formidable depth.

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