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.

#FlashbackFriday Mets Edition: Matt Harvey makes his MLB debut

On this date seven years ago (July 26, 2012), Matt Harvey made his major league debut in impressive fashion against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The pitchers went 5.1 innings while only giving up three hits and striking out 11 batters.

He became the first player in modern baseball history to strike out 10 or more batters and get two hits in his major-league debut.

The former ace spent parts of six season with the Mets and owns a 34-37 record in 109 games, striking out 612 batters in 639.1 innings pitched. He was designated for assignment in 2018 and was eventually traded for catcher Devn Mesoraco.

Harvey has had some tremendous highs since then however it seems like he’s at his rock bottom right now as the Angels had recently released him. However, it’s not surprising that there are teams still interested in the formerly known “Dark Knight”.

Source: Michael Mayer

Devin Mesoraco is back with the Mets

I honestly like this move, there’s no reason to have high expectations from the veteran backstop but he does offer a bit of pop at the dish with decent defense ability.

The contract signed is a Minor League deal and will likely receive a invite to Port St. Lucie for Spring Training in a week or so.

The Mets originally acquired catcher Devin Mesoraco in a direct swap for former Mets ace Matt Harvey. The trade worked out for both clubs involved.