MetsJunkies Recap: Mets fall to the Fish in the ninth

Saturday’s game didn’t feature much offense from either time, as a matter of fact, we didn’t see the first run of the game until the bottom of the seventh inning. However, when the bats are silent, we’re at least in the midst of a good pitching matchup.

Joey Lucchesi hit the hill and tossed four scoreless, one- hit innings in just an amazing 43 pitches. While some may question the decision of manager Luis Rojas, Lucchesi himself has acknowledged that he needs to be more consistent in his outings.

My guy Sean Reid-Foley also took the mound and while he gave up a run, he’s still pitching at a high level of intensity. The right-hander whom was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season now has an ERA of 1.54 for the Mets.

Offensively, there’s not really much to say for the Mets here. Dom Smith went 1-4 on the afternoon, however his one hit was a big one as it not only put the Mets on the board, it tied the game in the eighth.

Unfortunately in the bottom part of the ninth inning, Drew Smith would give up two hits. One of these hits being the big blow via a walk-off two-run home run by Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper.

The Mets (21-18) and Marlins (21-24) will meet again tomorrow afternoon in the rubber-match between the two NL East competitors.

MetsJunkies Game Recap: ReplaceMets fall to Braves; Win the Series

Jonathan Villar has been pretty clutch since joining the Mets, especially while in the starting lineup. Today, Villar lead the fourth inning off with a home run off of Braves starter Charlie Morton.

Former New York Mets outfielder Guillermo Heredia would put Atlanta on the board with a well hit single. Pitcher Charlie Morton would immediately follow Heredia with an unorthodox RBI single of his own, putting the Braves up by two.

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t end just yet. David Peterson would throw a 58-footer causing a wild pitch and that would allow Heredia to cross the plate.

So after 4.2 innings pitched, Peterson would be removed after pitching an excellent four innings out of the gate. He would be charged with three earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five.

Drew Smith would come in to relieve Peterson and was spot on as he went 1.1 scoreless innings, keeping his ERA at 0.00 so far.

In the top half of the seventh, Jose Peraza would lace a double down the line that would push across Dom Smith to score. Tomas Nido would crash through again with his own single to put the Mets up 4-3, the catcher is 5-9 in the series and has driven in three runs.

Miguel Castro, who opened in last night’s contest, came on to pitch in the seventh as he put down the middle of the Braves order in yet another impressive outing. Not only did the righty get the job done, but his pitches had a tremendous amount of movement on them as he was clearly effective. Castro’s ERA is now 2.97 on the year.

However, Aaron Loup would come into the game in the eighth and give up three consecutive hits to start the inning, giving up the lead. He would be removed for Jacob Barnes.

Barnes and the Mets did a great job of getting out of the eighth inning with only giving up one run, however Ronald Acuna Jr would hit a walk-off home run off of Barnes to lead off the ninth.

The Mets would drop the game, 5-4, however they did take the series against the Braves. After a day off tomorrow, the Mets will be back on Friday to take on Miami Marlins.

Mets recall Drew Smith

Per Anthony DiComo, the Mets have called up right-handed reliever Drew Smith. The Fort Worth, Texas native has yet to appear in the Majors during this 2021 season however pitched to a 6.43 ERA in 2020.

Throughout his career, Smith has posted a 1-2 record with a 4.11 ERA in 35 innings pitched. Smith was of course acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays for DH/First Baseman Lucas Duda.

In return, the Mets have decided to send down reliever Trevor Hildenberger in order to make room.

Drew Smith and Arodys Vizcaino Dealing with Soreness

Right handed relievers Drew Smith and Arodys Vizcaino are dealing with soreness in their arms.

Drew Smith, who was showing great promise this spring, is dealing with right shoulder soreness. There is no timetable for his return.

The 27 year old owns a career 4.11 ERA after a strong first season in 2018. After TJS, he returned last season with 7 iffy innings. This spring Smith has looked great with 3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with no walks and three strikeouts.

Arodys Vizcaino is dealing with lateral right elbow soreness. He is expected to return in games next weekend.

The former Braves closer is returning from some injury riddled seasons. The 30 year old pitched just 4 innings in 2019, after he had to cut his year short with shoulder surgery. He hasn’t pitched in 2020.

When healthy Vizcaino was an accomplished closer for the Braves. Between 2017 and 2019 he pitched to a 2.53 ERA and a 1.14.WHIP. This spring Vizcaino pitched just one innings, but looked really good in that inning.

Both had a shot to make the bullpen with some open spots in that pen. This will make the battle a little less crowded. Hopefully they both return quickly, because the Mets could use them both during a 162 season.

Photo by: Anthony DiComo on Twitter.

MetsJunkies Game Recap: Cardinals 3 – Mets 5

While it got really close towards the ninth, the Mets were able to pull off an impressive victory over the Cardinals. Sam McWilliams would come on to walk three in the ninth, however would find a way to get out of the jam to secure the victory.

Starter Taijuan Walker pitched two inning and gave up two runs while also walking and striking out two. It could’ve been worse, with runners on the corners Albert Almora jr would make a diving grab in right field. While the second run of the game did tag up and score, it could’ve been worse if the ball got by Almora.

While the Mets had seven hits on the day, their first run didn’t come till the seventh inning. In fact, all of their runs ended up coming in the seventh.

Highly touted prospect Ronny Mauricio went 1-1 with 2 RBI’s in the contest with a two-out single. Mallex Smith, who is fighting for a fifth outfield spot, was able to draw a walk as well as steal his first bag of the spring.

The bullpen did it’s thing today. Edwin Diaz, Juerys Familia, Miguel Castro, Tommy Hunter as well as Drew Smith all pitched a scoreless inning along with Sam McWilliams.