Saturday, June 9, 2018

Mets Game Notes 6/9/18

Saturday, June 9, 2018 • 7:15 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Domingo Germán (0-4, 5.44) vs. LHP Steven Matz (2-4, 3.42)FOX • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050
METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets have lost 12 of their last 14 games, including seven straight...The seven-game losing streak is the longest since May 10-17, 2017 when the club also lost seven consecutive games...New York started the year 11-1 and has since gone 16-32.
AT HOME: New York has lost nine straight home games dating to May 22...The last time the Mets lost nine straight at home was September 7-20, 2012...It is also tied for the longest home losing streak in Citi Field history (done twice in 2012)...New York is 12- 20 at home this year.
SUBWAY SERIES: The Mets have lost five straight to Yankees dating to August 14, 2017...The Mets went 0-4 vs. the Yankees last year (0-2 at Citi Field and 0-2 at Yankee Stadium)...It was second time the Mets had been swept by the Yanks in a season series (also: 2003, 0-6)...The Mets are 46-67 vs. the Bronx Bombers all- time during the regular season, including 8-16 at Citi Field and 24-33 in Queens combined (Shea/Citi Field).
QUEENS & BRONX: Todd Frazier, Anthony Swarzak and Neil Walker have played for both the Mets and Yankees...Overall, 132 players have both for the Mets and Yankees.
INTERLEAGUE: New York is 1-4 in Interleague action this year, after going 7-13 vs. the AL last year...The Mets will travel to Yankee Stadium on July 20-22...Since 1997, when Interleague play began, the Mets are 186-181...The .507 Interleague winning percentage is the best all-time among NL clubs.
YOENIS CÉSPEDES: Went 0-2 as the DH last night in a minor league rehabilitation game for Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League at Trenton...He is expected to play the field tonight for Binghamton at Trenton...Céspedes has been on the DL since May 14 with a strain of the right hip flexor.
METS OFFENSE: The Mets have scored three runs in their last 51.0 innings...New York has been held to one run or fewer in five consecutive games...That streak is tied for the longest in franchise history (also: September 4-7, 1990 and September 25- 27, 1964)...The Mets have been held to one run or less 16 times this season, the third-most in the majors.
HOMERS: New York has 15 homers in its last 14 games, but, 13 have been solo blasts.
BRANDON NIMMO: Connected on his first career leadoff home run last night...It was the first leadoff home run vs. the Yankees at either Shea Stadium or Citi Field by a Met...Nimmo has a career- high eight homers after hitting six combined home runs in his first two years in the majors (250 at-bats)...Nimmo has three homers in his last seven games and six home runs in his last 16 games.
ON-BASE MACHINE: Nimmo has reached base safely in 25 of his 32 starts this year and is sixth in the majors with a .407 on- base percentage (min. 150 PA)...He owns a .960 OPS, ranking ninth in the majors (min. 150 PA)...Nimmo is tied for seventh in the majors with four triples...He ranks eighth in the National League with a .551 slugging percentage (min. 150 PA).
HONORING RUSTY STAUB: Mets Hall of Famer Rusty Staub passed away on March 29 at age 73... The Mets will wear a patch on the right sleeve on their home and away uniforms during the 2018 season honoring Staub...A six-time All-Star, he had 2,716 hits and 292 homers during his 23-year career.
STEVEN MATZ: Over his last six starts dating to May 5, Matz has a 2.32 ERA (eight earned runs/31.0 innings)...He has allowed two earned runs with 12 strikeouts in his last 16.0 innings (1.13 ERA) spanning three starts.
MATZ VS. LEFT: Steven Matz is hold lefthanded hitters to a .158 (6-38) mark this year and a .256 (64-250) batting average for his career.
STARTERS: Over its last 19 games, New York starters have a 2.36 ERA (28 earned runs/107.0 innings)...Overall, the Mets are 10th in the majors with a 3.78 ERA from their starters....New York starters are eighth in the majors with 341 strikeouts and they have issued 99 walks, tied for the fourth-fewest in the majors.
BULLPEN: In its last 14 games, the Mets bullpen is 1-9 with a 7.22 ERA (42 earned runs/52.1 innings)...Overall, the pen has 13 wins, tied for the sixth-most in the majors and 17 losses, the most in the majors...The pen's overall ERA is 4.55, ranking 26th in the majors.
deGROMINATE: Jacob deGrom leads the NL and ranks second in the majors with a 1.57 ERA...He is sixth in the majors with 106 strikeouts...His last loss prior to last night came on September 24 last year vs. Washington.
ROBERT GSELLMAN: Is tied for first among all major league relievers with five wins and sixth in innings (36.2)...Has picked up two saves this season, his first saves since his first year of professional baseball in 2011...Gsellman has allowed four runs over his last 16.0 innings (2.25 ERA).
KEVIN PLAWECKI: Has reached base safely in 12 of his 14 games this season (.375 on-base percentage)...Missed nearly two months with a hairline fracture of his left hand.
INNINGS: New York has allowed 40 first-inning runs, tied for the seventh-most in the majors...New York has scored 41 runs in the eighth frame this year (the club’s highest total for any inning)... The Mets 41 eighth-inning runs are the fourth-most in the majors.
MINOR LEAGUE STREAK: Outfielder Raphael Gladu extended Columbia's franchise-record hitting streak to 22 games with a pair of singles last night...Gladu, the Mets 16th round pick last year from Louisiana Tech, is hitting .370 during the stretch, which is also the longest in the South Atlantic League this season.
EMPIRE STATE BUILDING: The Empire State Building will be lit in Mets colors on the East and West side of the building tonight and Yankees colors on the North and South...The winner of tonight's game will have their team colors sparkle for 10 minutes.
Sun., June 10 RHP Luis Severino (9-1, 2.20) vs. RHP Seth Lugo (1-1, 2.04) 8:08 p.m. (ESPN, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050 AM)
steven matz LHP #322018 STATS: 2-4, 3.42 ERA
LAST START: Matz was a tough-luck loser in his last start vs. the Cubs on June 3 at Citi Field...The southpaw pitched a season-high 7.0 innings, giving up two runs, earned, on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts...Ended up with a loss in the Mets' 2-0 setback despite his second quality start in his last three outings...Was the first time he completed 7.0 innings since July 3 of last season at Washington...Pitched 6.0 scoreless innings before giving up two earned runs in the seventh...Reached 100 pitches for the first time this season.
SUBWAY SERIES: Matz tonight will make his fourth-career start against the Yankees...In his three previous starts against the crosstown rival, Matz is 1-2 with a 7.63 ERA (13 earned runs/15.1 innings)...Last started against the Yankees on August 17, 2017 at Citi Field in his final start of last season...Matz pitched 3.1 innings in the loss, giving up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts...His lone win against the Yankees came on September 18, 2015 during his rookie year at Citi Field...In that start, Matz pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one run, earned, on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
VS. THE BRONX BOMBERS: Current Yankee batters are hitting for a combined .319 average (15-47) against Matz, including three home runs and two doubles... Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Austin Romine are a combined 0-9 against the lefty with two strikeouts...Giancarlo Stanton is hitting for a .400 average (4-10) in his career against Matz, including two home runs.
STRONG START: In 35 career starts before the All-Star break, Matz owns a 13-11 overall record with a 3.18 ERA (71 earned runs/200.2 innings pitched)...Opponents are batting .239 (177-742) against Matz in starts before the All-Star break and have an on-base percentage of .302...The southpaw owns a 8-5 overall record with a 2.84 ERA in the months of May and June (40 earned runs/126.2 innings pitched).
STRIKING OUT THE COMPETITION: Through his first 11 starts of the 2018 season, Matz owns a 8.20 K/9 ratio (48 strikeouts/52.2 innings)...The southpaw has struck out 21.7 percent of the batters he's faced so far this season...Has fanned at least five batters in five of his 11 starts this season, the second-most five-strikeout games in a season in his career (had 18 starts with at least five strikeouts in 2016).
SETTLING IN: This season, Matz has a 4.09 first-inning ERA (five earned runs/11.0 innings) and a 3.24 ERA in all subsequent innings (15 earned runs/41.2 innings)... In his career, has a 5.71 ERA (33 earned runs/52.0 innings) in the opening frame... From the second inning onward, his career ERA is 3.48 (91 earned runs/235.1 innings).
CITI BALL: Matz tonight will be making his seventh home start of the season...In six starts at Citi Field this season, Matz is 1-3 with a 4.75 ERA (16 earned runs/30.1 innings)...Opponents are batting .224 (24-107) against Matz this season at Citi Field...In his 25-career home starts, Matz owns a 7-11 record with a 4.42 ERA (68 earned runs/138.1 innings)...The lefty owns a 8.5 K/9 ratio (131 strikeouts/138.1 innings) at home in his career.
TOP FIVE IN THE ORDER: The top five batters in opposing lineups are hitting for a combined .217 average (25-115) with five homers and 28 strikeouts against Matz this season...The sixth-eighth spots in the order have gone 17-56 (.304) with four homers and 11 strikeouts against the southpaw.
LEFT OUT: Lefthanded batters are hitting for a .158 average (6-38) with a home run and eight strikeouts against Matz so far this season...That is the second- best mark against lefthanders by a Mets pitcher this season (Seth Lugo has held opposing lefties to a .117 average).

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