MetsJunkies Recap: Alvarez Goes Beast Mode

The Mets beat the Marlins 9-3 yesterday behind some powerfully offense. The power started in the first when Mark Canha and Francisco Lindor went back-to-back. It ended with a bomb by top prospect Francisco Alvarez in the eight.

Lindor had a solid game going 2 for 3 with that homerun and double. The star shortstop drove in two in the win.

Arguably the biggest hit came of the bat from J.D. Davis. Davis cleared the bases with a three run double, an at bat after he got hit in the knee by a pitch. Eduardo Escobar also had a solid game going 3 for 3 with a RBI.

Arguably the most exciting moment was Francisco Alvarez crushing a homerun off the scoreboard in left field. It showed the amazing pop Francisco Alvarez has. He is going to be exciting.

With the Mets expecting a rainy evening, they went with relief pitchers and had Bassitt and Carrasco work in the minor league Instrasquad game earlier on the day. The bullpen game went well as Diaz, Castro, Orze, Shreve, Holderman, Lugo and Mitchell all had a scoreless frame. Sean Reid-Foley walked 3, allowing just one run and Josh Walker allowed 2 (1 earned) in his inning.

Castro did got some help by some sparkling defense behind him. Jeff McNeil made a terrific play for and out and Brandon Nimmo followed with a nice catch in CF.

Bassitt and Carrasco got their work in on the minor league site. Bassitt went 5 innings allowing just one hit with 5 strikeouts. Carlos Carrasco however, struggled in his outing allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 3.1 innings. He allowed homeruns to Jose Peroza and Thomas Nido. Drew Smith also pitched, he went a perfect inning.

Today the Mets face the Astros at 6.10pm with Tylor Megill making the start. The Game is not televised.

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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.

Stroman Fires Shots

While taking the field in terrible conditions today, it was clear that Stroman as well as others, were disappointed and confused to continue. From a fans standpoint, it was just as confusing.

However, Stroman took to Twitter just minutes after the game was delayed to voice his frustrations.

It’s pretty evident that the game should’ve been stopped sooner than it already did and players were not happy, rightly so.

Photo via Marcus Stroman

Saturday’s Pitching Preview 4/10

After a game in which the Mets won (controversially) by coming back in their half of the ninth inning, the team is well-rested and ready to go. Of course the Mets would love to start their first winning streak of the year, and I’m sure they’d just as much love to get deGrom a win.

On route to claim his third Cy Young award, deGrom started the year in stellar fashion. Against the Phillies, he tossed six innings in which he struck out seven and of course, getting the no-decision.

The Miami Marlins will have lefty Trevor Rogers on the mound, making just the ninth start of his career. Rogers threw four innings against the St. Louis Cardinals and gave up two hits and two earned runs, getting stuck with the loss.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as being featured as the free game on the MLB app.

Mets Pregame Predictions and Preview: Mets vs Marlins 4/8/21

Last Game Highlights

1:10 PM EST Citi Field

Nick Neidert (MIA) vs Taijuan Walker (NYM)

Miami Marlins

  1. Corey Dickerson LF
  2. Miguel Rojas SS
  3. Starling Marte CF
  4. Jesus Aguilar 1B
  5. Brian Anderson 3B
  6. Adam Duvall RF
  7. Jazz Chisolm 2B
  8. Chad Wallach C
  9. Nick Neidert P

New York Mets

  1. Brandon Nimmo CF
  2. Francisco Lindor SS
  3. Michael Conforto RF
  4. Pete Alonso 1B
  5. Dom Smith LF
  6. Jonathan Villar 3B
  7. Jeff McNeil 2B
  8. James McCann C
  9. Taijuan Walker

Predictions

Final Score

Marlins 4 Mets 7

Mets Player of the Game

Francisco Lindor

Marlins Player of the Game

Corey Dickerson

Mets First Hit of the Game

Francisco Lindor

Marlins First Hit of the Game

Miguel Rojas

How I Get Graded

Every prediction I make is worth 1 point. At the end of the day, there are 12 points up for grabs in 2021.

1 point for picking winner

1 point for picking Mets score correctly

1 point for picking opponents score correctly

1 point if the score of the game is correct, but winner is wrong

1 point for Mets player of the game

1 point for opponent’s player of the game

3 points for picking who gets the first hit for both teams (Doesn’t count against me if it’s wrong. This is because it is really difficult to predict this stat, so it is like a bonus stat.)

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Mets send down Yamamoto

Jordan Yamamoto has been sent down to MiLB camp today. The Hawaiian born right-hander had an impressive spring as he was in competition for a spot in the rotation.

Although he’s only pitched in three games, he does owns a 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched while also having struck out five. Even though the former second-round pick doesn’t have an overwhelming fastball, he does know how to work his secondary pitches really well.

With this move, it looks like the Mets will utilize a rotation with two lefties included. The first being David Peterson and the latter being the newly acquired Joey Lucchesi.

While it was pretty much expected that Peterson would have a job on the MLB club, Lucchesi may come as a surprise to some. However, it probably won’t come as too much as a surprise.

This spring Lucchesi appeared in three games and has pitched to a 3.24 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched. While these numbers may not be a good as Yamamoto’s, it’s important to point out the Lucchesi has gotten batters to swing and miss more often.

The Mets may choose to skip Lucchesi’s first start of the season, being that there’s two days off within the first 10 days. This will give the Mets a fresh arm to use a couple of weeks later while not pushing the limitations of the starters in the rotation.

With everything said and done, we’ll see a healthy portion of Jordan Yamamoto this year. The right-hander has a ton of talent and knows how to put an incredible amount of movement on his pitches.

Tuesday’s Pitching Preview

The Miami Marlins have been playing well this Spring as they’re 10-4 before Tuesday’s matchup against the Mets. The Mets will host the Marlins with just about a week of Spring Training left with Marcus Stroman on the bump.

While Stroman seems to always garnish some criticism on the internet, he’s been nothing short of great this spring. In 13.1 innings pitched, Stroman has posted a 2.70 ERA with 14 strikeouts while owning a 1-0 record in four games.

The Marlins will send lefty Daniel Castano to the hill to make his fourth appearance. Castano owns a 4.05 ERA in 6.2 innings and only has three K’s, so far. While these numbers don’t look good, the left-hander was 1-2 in 2020 with an ERA of 3.03 in 29.2 innings pitched.

Tomorrow’s game will be aired on MLB Network as well as SNY with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 PM EST.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview 3/17

Wednesday will feature a couple of pitchers that have yet to give up any earned runs so far this spring. The Marlins will host the Mets in this matchup and Miami will send out Sandy Alacantara for the fourth time.

Alcantara has pitch 7.2 innings and has struck out ten batters while maintaining a 1.57 WHIP. In 2020, the right-hander appeared in seven games and posted a 3.00 ERA in 42.0 innings pitched.

The Mets have a scrap going on for the fifth and final spot of the rotation. With Carlos Carrasco experiencing some elbow issues, it may be wise to have someone else ready to go at start of the season.

One of the candidates is Joey Lucchesi and the left-handed is just making his second appearances of the Spring. Also with a 0.00 ERA going into today’s contest, Lucchesi has pitched just two innings and has three strikeouts with a 0.50 WHIP.

The Mets of course acquired Lucchesi during the off-season in a three-team trade that had also sent Joe Musgrove to the San Diego Padres. Sandy Alderson and crew only had to give up MiLB catcher Endy Rodriguez to the Pirates in this deal and yes, that’s it.

Tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 1:05 P.M. EST and will unfortunately not be televised, however radio will be available on Miami’s WINZ AM.

Photo from Call to the Pen

Yamamoto sharp against Nationals

The Hawaiian born pitcher Jordan Yamamoto squared off against Juan Soto and the Nationals, and looked good besides giving up a run.

In his third appearance of the Spring, Yamamoto had his ERA bumped up to 1.08 after pitching 3.1 innings. The right-hander gave up a run a 2-out double by Nationals first baseman Josh Bell.

Yamamoto might not be the favorite to land a spot in the back-end of the Major League rotation, but the talent is clearly promising.

Photo from The Athletic