Tonight, the New York Mets head out to San Diego for 3 games
against the Padres. This is going to be an intense series for both teams as the
Mets aim to gain the .5 games over the Nationals for 1st place and the Padres
try to get above .500. First off, lets go over both teams on a player by player
basis and see how they both match up.
1st base: The Mets will send out Lucas Duda while the Padres
send out Yangervis Solarte. Duda has been on a tear recently, hitting .333 over
his last 10 games with 6 Home Runs and 10 RBI's while posting a 1.317 OPS over
that span. Duda's stats for the season include a .298 Batting Average, 9 Home
Runs, and 25 RBI's. Over the course of May, Solarte's Batting Average dropped
from .328 to .262 and it's been more than a month since his last Home Run. In
his last 5 games, Solarte has gone on a stretch of 4 for 22 with 1 RBI.
2nd Base: The Mets will be sending out Daniel Murphy against Jed Jyorko and Cory Spangenberg. After a terrible start to the season, Murphy found himself in May and produced like he had in the past. After finishing April with a .198 Batting Average and a .258 OBP, Murphy was able to bring up those numbers to .272 and .325 by now. In his last 10 games, Murphy hit .405 which included 4 multi hit games. Spangenberg and Gyorko combined are hitting .218. The two of them had combined to strikeout 58 times while Murphy struck out just 15 times.
3rd Base: The Mets will be sending out Ruben Tejada against Will Middlebrooks. So far this season, Tejada is hitting .246 while Middlebrooks is hitting .238. Tejada's OBP stands at .338 while Middlebrooks stands at .271. In all of May, Tejada had hit .282 with a Home Run and 5 RBI's while just in his last 5 games, Middlebrooks hit .384 with 2 Home Runs, 7 RBI's, and an OPS of over 1.2.
Shortstop: The Mets are going to play Wilmer Flores against Alexi Amarista and Clint Barmes. Flores has really found himself a home lately as possibly one of the best Shortstops in baseball right now. He leads all Major league Shortstops in Home Runs with 8 alongside Peralta of the cardinals and is just 2 RBI's behind Starlin Castro for 3rd most RBI's with 22. He is also hitting .244 and has a .273 OBP. Amarista has only been hitting above .200 twice in all of May and has just one Home Run and 9 RBI's while Barmes, who is hitting .258 only has One Home Run and 2 RBI's.
Left Field: Michael Cuddyer has been on fire recently for the Mets and now has a 6 game hitting streak and over the last 8 games has 3 multi hit games. For the season, he is .260 with 5 Home Runs and 22 RBI's. He also scored 22 times and has an OBP of .326. Justin Upton will be going for the Padres and after finishing April with a .259 Batting Average, he went on to hit over .340 in may with an OBP of over .400. For the season, he is hitting .307 with 12 Home Runs and 37 RBI's, and he is on an 8 game hitting streak in which he has been hitting over .450 during that time with 5 multi hit games.
Center Field: Juan Lagares has really been slacking off for the Mets and after starting may with a Batting Average over .320, has now dipped to .254. In his last 9 games, Lagares is 5 for 31 with a .250 OBP. The padres will be sending out Will Venable, who for the season is only hitting 9 points higher than lagares, but hit .296 in may. In his last 9 games, Venable has an OBP of more than .360.
Right Field: Curtis Granderson is hitting .234 for the season while Matt kemp is hitting .249. Granderson finished April with a Batting Average of .231 meaning his went up by 3 points, however Kemp finished April hitting .326. That's a .186 Batting Average for Kemp in May against a .237 Batting Average for Granderson. Kemp hasn't hit a single Home Run in the month and only has 2 for the season with 26 RBI's while Granderson hit 5 Home Runs in May alone. In their last 5 games, Kemp holds a .190 Batting Average while Granderson's stands at .176. The big difference is that Granderson's 4 walks brings his OBP to .348 during that span, more than 120 points higher than Kemp's and has a Home Run and 3 RBI's during that span.
Catcher: The Mets will be throwing out Kevin Plawecki against Derek Norris. Plawecki is hitting .213 for the season with 2 Home Runs and 10 RBI's while Norris is hitting .283 with 4 Home Runs and 32 RBI's.
Bench: The Mets bench consists of John Mayberry, Anthony Recker, Danny Muno, Eric Campbell, and Darrell Ceciliani. Muno is hitting .071, Ceciliani is hitting .125, and Mayberry is hitting .140. Those 3 combined for just 1 Home Run and 5 RBI's. Anothony Recker is hitting .176 with 2 Home Runs and 2 RBI's and has an OBP of .317, the 6th highest of any active position players on the team. Campbell is hitting .179 with a .304 OBP and 7 RBI's, but hasn't gotten a hit in his last 8 games. The Padres send out Austin Hedges, and Abraham Almonte. Almonte is hitting .184 and Hedges is hitting .111. Those two combined for 6 RBI's. Others who will play off the bench at times for the Padres include Veneble and Barmes who are both hitting above .250.
Rotation: The Mets will be sending out Jacob Degrom who is 5-4 with a 2.71 ERA against Andrew Cashner who is 2-7 with a 3.00 ERA in Game 1. Game 2 will see Noah Syndergaard who is 2-2 with a 2.55 ERA against Ian Kennedy who is 2-5 with a 7.15 ERA. The final game will feature Dillon gee coming back from the DL who is 0-2 with 3.86 ERA against James Shields who is 6-0 with a 3.69 ERA. Games 1 and 2 should be easy for the Mets with Degrom and Sydnergaard who have both come off excellent starts against 2 pitchers with losing records and pretty bad ERA, while the Padres have the upper hand in Game 3 with an ace against DL pitcher who hasn't won a game yet.
Bullpen: The Mets bullpen will consist of Familia, Gilmartin, Goedell, Leathersich, Robles, and the Andres and Carlos Torres. Leathersich has gone 6 innings since his debut and has yet to give up a run. Familia is 1-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 15 Saves in 16 tries. He has 30 strikeouts and 6 walks in 25 innings. Goedell has a 2.25 ERA and a WHIP of .95 and threw 20 strikeouts in 20 innings. Andres Torres has a 2.79 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 19.1 innings. Gilmarten boats a 2.93 ERA in 18 games. Carlos Torres has an ERA of 3 and has a record of 2-2 in 25 games. Lastly, Robles has an ERA of 6.1 and has 12 strikeouts in 10.1 innings and has a record of 0-1. 5 of the Mets 7 Bullpen pitchers have an ERA of 3 or under, 5 of the 7 have a K/9 ratio of at least 9, and their combined record is 3-3 with 16 Saves. The Padres Bullpen consists of Benoit, Garces, Kelley, Kimbrel, Maurer, Mazzoni, Quackenbush, and Thayer. None of them have an ERA under 2, the leaders are Maurer and Benoit with an ERA of 2.25 and 2.57. Next up is Thayer with an ERA of 2.86 and Quackenbush with 3.24. Kimbrel's ERA is 4.74, Kelley's is 5.93, and Mazzoni's is 12. The Padres Bullpen combines for a record of 8-4. The Padres Bullpen ERA stands at around 3.88 while the Mets Bullpen stands at around 2.54
If I had to take a guess, I would have to say that some of the Mets bats that are on fire will help the Mets win the first two alongside their pitching with the padres taking the 3rd game.