Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mets Game Notes 7/12/18

New York Mets (37-53)
Thursday, July 12, 2018 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Max Scherzer (11-5, 2.33) vs. LHP Steven Matz (4-6, 3.31)SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050
METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games... New York is 12-32 in its last 44 contests...The Mets have gone 15 straight series without a series victory dating to their sweep of Arizona from May 18-20 at Citi Field...New York has 13 wins in its last at-bat, tied for the second-most in the majors, behind Toronto (17)...The Mets posted their fifth shutout last night.
AT HOME: New York is 3-4 on their season-high 11-game homestand...The Mets have lost 19 of their last 24 home games... New York is 17-30 at home this year.
FROM ELIAS: The Mets last three wins have come via walk-off fashion (Jose Bautista walk-off grand slam on July 6 vs. Tampa, Wilmer Flores walk-off homer on July 9 vs. Philadelphia and Brandon Nimmo walk-off homer last night vs. Philadelphia)... The only other time three consecutive Mets wins (excluding any losses) came on walkoff home runs was May 31-June 4, 1988 (Kevin Elster, Howard Johnson, Kevin McReynolds)...Prior to this stretch the last time the Mets had three straight wins via a walk- off was May 29-June 3, 2006...New York's last four home wins have been walk-offs dating to June 26 vs. Pittsburgh...The last time that's happened was July 25-July 31, 1983 with two wins over Atlanta and two victories against Pittsburgh at Shea.
WALK-OFF NOTES: New York has sixth walk-off wins this year, tied for the fourth-most in the majors...The Mets have four walk- off homers this season....The last time the Mets had four walk- off homers in one season was 2016...The Mets have three walk- off homers in July...The only other time they hit three walk-off homers in the same calendar month was in June, 1963...The Mets have two pinch-hit walk-off home runs this year...It is the third time in franchise history the Mets accomplished that feat (also: 1962 and 1995).
NIMMO NOTES: Brandon Nimmo hit a pinch-hit, walk-off three- run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning last night...It was the first pinch-hit homer and walk-off home run of his career...It was also his first career walk-off RBI...Nimmo has a career-high 13 homers...He is 12th in the NL with a .382 on-base percentage, 12th with a .512 slugging percentage, sixth with a .895 OPS, tied for fourth in the majors with six triples and tied for third in the majors with 13 HBP, one shy of the single-season franchise record set by Lucas Duda in 2015.
ALL-STAR: Jacob deGrom leads the majors with a 1.68 ERA, is second in the NL and seventh in the majors with 149 strikeouts, second in the NL in WHIP (0.97) and is second in the majors with a .291 slugging percentage against mark.
JAKE IN THE FIRST HALF: DeGgrom's 1.68 ERA (actually 1.678) is the second-lowest ERA by a Mets pitcher before the All-Star break in team history...Dwight Gooden posted a 1.68 ERA (actually 1.677) before the All-Star break in 1985...Overall, deGrom's 1.68 ERA before the break is the lowest in the majors pre-All-Star Break since Zack Greinke had a 1.39 ERA before the break in 2015...Research courtesy of Elias...DeGrom's 149 strikeouts are the fourth-most by a Met pitcher before the All- Star break in team history...Trails Tom Seaver (178 in 1970), David Cone (154 in 1992) and Dwight Gooden (153 in 1985).
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.
NATIONALS-METS NOTES: New York is 17-45 vs. the Nationals at Citi Field since 2012.
2018: 4-2 @NY: 1-2 @WAS: 3-0
2017: 6-13 @NY: 2-8 @WAS: 4-5
History 413-430 @NY: 210-218 @WAS: 66-55 @MON: 135-152 @PR: 2-5
MATZ VS. THE NATS: Steven Matz has a 2.37 ERA (10 earned runs/38.0 innings) in six career starts vs. the Nationals...He has held Washington to a .207 batting average and has struck out 34 over those 38.0 innings.
VS. SCHERZER: Max Scherzer is 8-4 with a 2.23 ERA (24 earned runs/97.0 innings) in 15 career games, 14 starts vs. the Mets.
BULLPEN: New York's bullpen has allowed one earned run in its last 14.2 innings (0.61 ERA)...Mets relievers have combined for 19 wins this year, tied for the 10th-most in the majors...Overall, the Mets rank 26th in the majors with a 4.68 bullpen ERA.
AMED ROSARIO: Is hitting .462 (6-13) over his last four games... He has a .447 OBP over his last 12 games.
ASDRUBAL CABRERA: Has 51 RBI, tied for his highest total prior to the All-Star break during his career...He also had 51 RBI He also had 51 RBI in 2011 for Cleveland in the first half
FLORES FLOURISHING: Over his last 44 games, Wilmer Flores is batting .305 (43-141) with 13 doubles, six home runs, 23 RBI, 14 runs scored, 11 walks and a .350 OBP (dating back to May 4).
EL ALL- STAR GAME: INF Levi Michael was 1-2 with a triple and a run scored, OF Tim Tebow went 1-4 with a double, C Patrick Mazeika wsa 1-2 with a run scored, LHP Daniel Zamora tossed 1.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts and LHP David Roseboom hurled 0.1 scoreless inning in last night's Eastern League All-Star Game.
PCL ALL-STAR GAME: Las Vegas outfielder Zach Borenstein was 1-5 with a double, one RBI and a run scored last night at the Triple-A All-Star Game.
FOOD DRIVE: The Mets will host their annual Summer Food Drive presented by Hain Celestial benefiting The River Fund NY on Saturday, July 14 from 2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 15 from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. by the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. ...Fans donating at least 10 non-perishable items will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to a remaining select Mets home game...Among the items most needed are: milk (powdered, evaporated, boxed), all types of pasta (packaged), rice, canned vegetables, canned fruit, mac and cheese (packaged), oatmeal, hot and cold cereal (packaged) and tuna.
Fri., July 13 Sat., July 14 Sun., July 15
RHP Tanner Roark (3-11, 4.76) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-1, 3.06) TBA vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.42)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson (3-1, 3.47) vs. RHP Corey Oswalt (0-2, 6.75)
7:10 p.m. (SNY, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050 AM)
4:10 p.m. (PIX11, MLBN, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050 AM) 1:10 p.m. (PIX11, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050 AM)
steven matz LHP #322018 STATS: 4-6, 3.31 ERA
LAST START: Matz tonight makes his 18th start of the season...Was a tough-luck loser in his last start on July 7 at Citi Field against the Tampa Bay Rays...The southpaw pitched 6.1 innings, giving up one run, earned, on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts...Was the third time he has lost a game this season despite pitching a quality start...Threw 110 pitches, tying his season-high...Was his sixth start in his last seven games throwing over 100 pitches after not going over 100 pitches at any point this season prior to this stretch...Matz has allowed six or fewer hits in 16 of his 17 starts this season...His 16 starts allowing six or fewer hits are tied for the fifth-most in the NL...Lowered his ERA to 3.31, good for 10th best in the National League (min. 89.2 innings).
CAPITAL STATEMENT: Toes the slab against the Nationals for the third time this season and the seventh time in his career...Fanned a season-high eight batters in his first start of the year against the Nats, April 7 in D.C....In six-career starts vs. Washington, the lefty is 1-2 with a 2.37 ERA (10 earned runs/38.0 innings) with 34 strikeouts and 10 walks...His 2.37 ERA is the best of his career against any opponent he's faced (min. two starts)...Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Trea Turner are hitting a combined .184 (7/38) with 12 strikeouts against Matz.
CITI BALL: Matz tonight will be making his 10th home start of the season and second home start against the Nationals...Has pitched a quality start in each of his last four outings at home, posting a 3.08 ERA (nine earned runs/26.1 innings) in that span...Has five quality starts in his last six outings at Citi Field...Overall, in nine starts at Citi Field this season, Matz is 1-4 with a 4.17 ERA (23 earned runs/49.2 innings)...In his 28-career home starts, Matz owns a 7-12 record with a 4.28 ERA (75 earned runs/157.2 innings)...The lefty owns a 8.5 K/9 ratio (149 strikeouts/157.2 IP) at home in his career.
VS. NL EAST: Has a 1.61 ERA (four earned runs/22.1 innings) in five starts in 2018 vs. the NL East, the second-best ERA in the majors among the 32 pitchers with at least five starts against the NL East...All told, Matz has made 21-career starts against the NL East...The lefty owns a 8-5 overall record against his divisional foes with a 2.69 ERA (36 earned runs/120.1 innings)...Since 2015, that 2.69 ERA against the NL East is the fifth-best in the majors (min. 20 starts).
MATZ SINCE MAY: Is 3-4 with a 2.78 ERA (21 earned runs/68.0 innings) in 12 starts since the beginning of May...His 2.78 ERA in that span is the 15th-best in the NL... All seven of his quality starts this season have come in that span...Has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 10 of those 12 starts in that stretch, including seven starts allowing one or no earned runs.
STRANDED: Rays hitters went 0-12 vs. Matz with runners on base in his last start, including 0-10 with runners in scoring position...Matz has not allowed a hit in his last two starts with runners on base (opponents are 0 for their last 26 with runners on dating to his start vs. Pittsburgh on June 26)...Since May 5, opponents are hitting .149 (17-114) with men on base and .115 (7-61) with RISP off Matz in 12 starts... Overall this season, hitters are 26-140 (.186) with runners on and 16-83 (.193) with RISP off Matz.
BALLS IN PLAY: Only 15.0 percent of balls put in play against Steven Matz this season have been line drives, the lowest against any pitcher with at least 80.0 innings this year...52.0 percent of the balls put in play against Matz have been grounders, the eighth-highest percentage in the majors (min. 80.0 innings).
BEFORE THE BREAK: In 41-career starts before the All-Star Break, Matz is 15-13 with a 3.18 ERA (84 earned runs/237.2 innings)...His 3.18 first-half ERA is the ninth- best mark in the NL (13th in majors) since 2015 among all pitchers with at least 220.0 first-half innings in the last four seasons.
HE'S BACK: Syndergaard tomorrow is expected to be activated from the 10-Day Disabled list to make his first MLB start since May 25 at Milwaukee...Has been on the DL since May 29 (retro to May 26) with a strained ligament in his right index finger...Made a rehab start with Single-A Brooklyn on July 8, pitching 5.0 innings and allowing one run, earned, on two hits with seven strikeouts and a walk...Threw 71 pitches in the outing.
RECENT THOR: Has not allowed more than three runs in each of his last 10 MLB starts since surrendering four runs in his Opening Day win and has pitched at least 5.0 innings in each of his last nine outings..Syndergaard is 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA (16 earned runs/54.2 innings) in his last nine starts.
2018 GAME LOG (17 GS/7 QS)

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