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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Mets Game Notes 8/22/18


SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (62-65)
FOURTH PLACE, NL WEST, -8.5 GB
NEW YORK METS (55-70)
FOURTH PLACE, NL EAST, -15.0 GB
N.L. EAST
DIVISION CHAMPIONS
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Casey Kelly (0-1, 1.69) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-3, 3.40)SNY • WOR 710 AM • 104.3 WAXQ-FM HD 2 • ESPN 1050 AM
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METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have won 11 of their last 18 games....New York is 11-14 vs. the NL West this year...The Mets are 23-22 since July 1...This is the first time in team history that the Mets have not played the Giants prior to the All-Star break.
SINCE THE ALL-STAR BREAK: The Mets have scored 166 runs since the All-Star break, tied for the most in the National League with the Cardinals and trailing only Texas (187) in the majors... New York is tied for the third-most doubles (60) in the NL, tied for second in triples (eight) and fourth with a .334 OBP.
2019 SCHEDULE: The Mets 2019 schedule was released earlier today...The Mets will open the year at Washington On March 28... The Home Opener will be April 4 vs. the Nationals...The Subway Series at Citi Field will be July 2-3...Additional Interleague series at Citi Field will be Twins (April 9-10), Tigers (May 24-26) and Indians (August 20-22)...Promotional details for the 2019 season, including a 50th Anniversary celebration of the 1969 World Champions, will be announced in the weeks ahead...The complete 2019 schedule can be found on mets.com.
AT HOME: New York is 11-12 in its last 23 home games and 13- 27 in their last 40 home games...Overall, the Mets are 25-38 at home this year.
GOOD EYE: The Mets are ninth in the majors with 438 walks... Michael Conforto is tied for ninth in the NL with 66 walks.
DAVID WRIGHT: Went 1-4 with an RBI single last night for St. Lucie (A) vs. Tampa...He played 7.0 innings at third...He is expected to play tonight for St. Lucie vs. Tampa...Wright is 3-21 (.143) with one RBI and two walks in seven minor league rehabilitation games.
JAY BRUCE: Was 3-4 with a double, two singles and a run scored last night for St. Lucie (A) vs. Tampa...He played 9.0 innings in rightfield...Bruce is expected to play tonight for St. Lucie (A) vs. Tampa...He is 7-22 (.318) with one double and one walk in six minor league rehabilitation games.
JEFF McNEIL: Tied his career-high with four hits last night...Also had four hits on August 4 at Atlanta...McNeil is the first player in team history to have two four-hit games within his first 27 career games...McNeil has 29 hits in those 27 games, the 10th-most by a player who began his major league career with the Mets... McNeil has a career-best six-game hitting streak (.522, 12-23) and has collected at least one hit in his last eight starts, going 15-37 (.405) with eight runs scored and five RBI...McNeil has multi-hits in four straight starts...He is batting .342 (25-73) this month, tied for eighth in the NL (min. 75 PA) and has a .368 OBP in August.
MICHAEL CONFORTO: Tied his career-high with four RBI last night, sixth time, last, August 16 at Philadelphia (G2)...Is hitting .288 (34-118) with seven doubles, seven homers, 21 RBI, 23 runs scored, a .363 OBP and a .525 slugging percentage since the All-Star break...He is tied for fourth in the NL in RBI (21) since the All-Star break and ninth with seven homers after the break...He has four homers in his last 11 games.
WILMER FLORES: Has eight straight multi-hit games vs. the Giants and is hitting .361 (30-83) vs. San Francisco, his best against any one opponent (min. five games).
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.
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SYN-CITI: Noah Syndergaard is 4-0 with a 3.09 ERA (eight earned runs/23.1 innings) in his last four home starts...Syndergaard is 5-1 with a 3.38 ERA in nine home starts this season and is 19-10 with a 2.74 ERA in 42 career games at Citi Field.
deGROMINATE: Jacob deGrom leads the majors in ERA (1.71)... According to FanGraphs, he leads the majors in WAR (6.6), leads the NL with 0.43 HR/9 and FIP (2.08)...DeGrom is second in the NL and sixth in the majors with 204 strikeouts...He has held opponents to three runs or less in 22 straight starts, tied for the fifth-longest single-season streak in the majors since 1950.
FROM THE PEN: New York's bullpen has allowed four earned runs in its last 25.0 innings (1.44 ERA)...The pen has posted a 2.65 ERA (20 earned runs/68.0 innings) in August, the third- lowest mark in the majors this month...LHP Jerry Blevins has hurled 9.2 scoreless frames to July 26...RHP Robert Gsellman has tossed 9.2 scoreless innings dating to August 2...RHP Drew Smith has tossed 8.0 scoreless innings dating to July 31.
WELCOME: Over 400 Midshipmen from the United States Merchant Marine Academy will be in attendance tonight... Celebrating its 75th anniversary this September, the United States Merchant Marine Academy is one of the country’s five federal service academies.
FANTASY FOOTBALL: Earlier today, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Devin Mesoraco and Drew Smith drafted fantasy football teams among fans that purchased teams with all the proceeds benefiting the Mets Foundation and TRU32 - Matz's charity that honors first responders and military.
BOXING & BASEBALL: Boxer Andre Ward, who retired with a 32-0 record, will attend batting practice tonight...Ward held multiple world titles in two weight classes, including the unified WBA (Super), WBC, and lineal super middleweight titles between 2009 and 2015; and the unified WBA (Undisputed), IBF, WBO, light heavyweight titles between 2016 and 2017.
SOFTBALL WORLD CHAMP: Ken Eriksen, the Head Coach of the US Women's National Softball team, which earlier this month won the World Championship beating Japan to qualify for the 2020 Toyko Olympics, will attend tonight's game...Eriksen graduated from Ward Melville (NY) High School, the same school as Steven Matz and was the softball coach at South Florida when Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland was pitching for the baseball team.
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VS. SAN FRANCISCO
UPCOMING OPPONENTS & PITCHING
Thurs., Aug. 23 LHP Madison Bumgarner (4-5, 3.05) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (8-7, 1.71) 1:10 p.m. (SNY, WOR 710 AM, 104.3 FM HD, ESPN 1050 AM)
GIANTS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 10-15 vs. the Giants at Citi Field during the regular season since 2011, but 5-3 over the last three years.
2018: 1-1 @NY: 1-1 @SF: 0-0
2017: 5-1 History @NY: 2-1 @NY: @SF: 3-0 @SF:
281-325 149-154 132-171
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NOAH SYNDERGAARD RHP #342018 STATS: 8-3, 3.40 ERA
LAST TIME OUT: Syndergaard today makes his 18th start of the season...In his last start, August 17 at Philadelphia, tossed 5.2 innings and allowed a season-high- tying four runs, earned, on eight hits while striking out five and walking two...Took the loss, his third of the season, in the Mets' 4-2 setback at Citizens Bank Park... Was his first loss in four starts at the Phillies' ballpark...Has now allowed four runs in two of his last three starts following a 13-start streak of allowing three runs or fewer.
VS. SAN FRANCISCO: Tonight's start is Syndergaard's first regular-season appearance vs. the Giants since August 21, 2016, when he pitched an 8.0-inning gem, limiting San Francisco to two hits in the Mets' 2-0 victory...Later that season, Syndergaard again faced the Giants in the National League Wild Card Game, recording another scoreless performance (7.0 innings, 10 strikeouts) but did not factor into the decision in the Mets' 3-0, season-ending defeat...Including that postseason start, has thrown 15.0-consecutive scoreless innings against the Giants.
SYN-CITI: Syndergaard tonight makes his 10th home start of the season...Has won each of his last four home starts and is 5-1 with a 3.38 ERA (19 earned runs/50.2 innings) overall in nine starts at Citi Field this season with 59 punchouts and 14 walks...The Mets are 7-2 in those nine starts...Has yielded three or fewer earned runs in 27 of his last 31 home starts...Owns a 2.74 ERA (77 earned runs/253.0 innings) in 42 games (41 starts) at Citi Field, the second-lowest ERA among all pitchers with at least 120.0 innings pitched at the ballpark, trailing only staffmate Jacob deGrom and his 2.18 ERA at home.
IN ELITE COMPANY: Syndergaard is one of only four active major league hurlers with at least 70 career starts to sport an ERA of 3.00 or lower...His 3.00 career ERA (155 earned runs/464.2 innings) trails only Clayton Kershaw's 2.36 career ERA, staffmate Jacob deGrom's 2.73 career ERA and Chris Sale's 2.88 ERA...Ranks third in the NL in strikeout-to-walk ratio since 2015 (5.34 SO/BB), topped only by Kershaw (7.67) and Max Scherzer (5.71)...Is the only pitcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to have a SO/BB ratio of 5.0 or greater in each of his first three seasons.
CONTACT: According to Fangraphs, Syndergaard induces soft contact 26.1 percent of the time, the highest rate in the NL and second-highest in the majors, trailing only Chris Sale's 28.7 percent clip (min. 100.0 innings)...Only 21.0 percent of balls in play against Syndergaard are of the hard-hit variety, the lowest percentage in the majors by over three percentage points (min. 100.0 innings).
FAST AS LIGHTNING: According to PitchF/X average pitch velocity data, Syndergaard throws MLB's fastest four-seam fastball (98.1 mph), changeup (90.8 mph) and slider (92.5 mph) among all pitchers who have thrown at least 100.0 innings this season...His curveball (average velocity 83.5 mph) is the third-hardest in that group of 106 pitchers, trailing only Lance McCullers Jr. (86.3 mph) and Matt Harvey (83.6 mph).
VS. NL WEST: Has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine starts against the division, including eight starts allowing two earned runs or fewer...Owns a 2.33 ERA (14 earned runs/54.0 innings) during that stretch.
REACHED A MILESTONE: On July 20 at the Yankees, Syndergaard fanned his 500th career batter...Became the fastest Mets pitcher to 500 strikeouts (by innings pitched) by reaching the mark in 437.1 innings...Passed Dwight Gooden, who fanned his first 500 batters in 445.1 innings...He is one of six Mets pitchers to have reached the mark before their 26th birthday (Syndergaard turns 26 on August 29), the others are: Dwight Gooden (1,391 strikeouts before turning 26), Tom Seaver (866), Sid Fernandez (765) Jon Matlack (747) and Gary Gentry (563).
TOMORROW'S STARTER: RHP JACOB DeGROM (8-7, 1.71 ERA)
PREVIOUS START: Threw the Mets' first complete game of the season and the third of his career, August 18 at Citizens Bank Park...Allowed one run, unearned, on seven hits with nine strikeouts...Was the second of his complete-game efforts to come against Philadelphia (also a one-hit shutout on July 17, 2016)...Became the sixth pitcher with at least one complete game in each of the last three seasons.
QUALITY OUTINGS: Has thrown 17 quality starts in a row, the longest streak by a Mets pitcher since Tom Seaver's franchise record 19-straight quality outings from July 17, 1971-April 26, 1972...His current streak of 17 quality starts is the longest- active streak in the majors and longest thus far in 2018 (no other active streak of more than nine QS).
2018 GAME LOG (17 GS/9 QS) METS RECORD: 11-6
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Date Opp. Dec.
3/29 STL W, 9-4
4/4 PHI ND, 4-2
4/9 @MIA W, 4-2
4/15 MIL ND, 3-2
4/20 @ATL ND, 5-3
4/26 @STL ND, 3-4
5/1 ATL L, 2-3
5/6 COL ND, 2-3
5/15 TOR W,12-2
5/20 ARI W, 4-1 7.0 5/25 @MIL ND, 3-4 6.0 7/13 WAS W, 4-2 5.0
IP H R ER HR BB K NP ERA
6.0 4.0 6.0 5.1 6.0 7.1 6.0 6.0 5.0
6 4
4 2
5 2
2 1
7 3
6 2
10 3
6 2
5 2
6 1 1 0 1 6 3 3 1 0 7 1 1 0 2
4 2 0 10 85 6.00
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2 0 1 0 0 0 3 1
2 7 92 5.40 2 5 90 3.94 1 11 101 2.95
6 103 3.29 7 101 2.86 3 91 3.10 595 3.09 7 103 3.14 7 102 2.91 878 3.06 3 75 2.97 484 2.89 491 2.98 696 3.17 7 101 3.22 5 115 3.40
7 71 1.80
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Height/Weight: 6-6/242Born: Mansfield, TXResides: Mansfield, TX
Bats/Throws: L/RAge: 25 (August 29, 1992)Signed Through: 2018
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AWARDS + HONORS
» 2016 NL All-Star
» 
2015 Topps Rookie All-Star» 2014 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game (USA)
medical history
» Strained ligament in rt. index finger (5/26/17)» Partial tear in right lat (4/30/17)
» On 60-Day D.L. from 5/1-9/23/2017
7/20 @NYY
8/1 @WAS
8/6 CIN
8/12 @MIA W, 4-3 7.0 8/17 @PHI L, 2-4 5.2
8 1 6 3 6 4 7 3 8 4
1 0 0 3 1 1 4 0 1 3 0 2 4 0 2
W, 7-5 5.0 L, 3-5 7.0 W, 6-4 6.1
With Single-A Brooklyn (rehab)
7/8 SI ND, 2-1 5.0 2 1 1 0 1

SYNDERGAARD VS. SAN FRANCISCO
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W-L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB K
2018 8-33.401717100.210541386211052017 1-2 2.97 7 7 30.1 29 14 10 0 3 34
Career 32-21 3.00 79 78 464.2 428 176 155 36 98 523
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Last Win: 8/21/16 at San Francisco Last Loss: 5/1/16 vs. San FranciscoCareer Record vs. San Francisco (3 starts): 1-2, 3.66 ERA (8 ER/19.2 IP)Career vs. San Francisco at Home (2 starts): 0-2, 6.17 ERA (8 ER/11.2 IP)Career at San Francisco on Road (1 start): 1-0, 0.00 ERA (0 ER/8.0 IP)
Giants Batters vs. Syndergaard
AVG HR BBSO
Panik Pence Posey
Total
AVG HRBB SO
Belt
Crawford
Hundley
Longoria
McCutchen .125 (1/8) 0 1 3
.333 (2/6) 0 .200 (1/5) 1 .500 (3/6) 0
.185 (10/54) 1
0 0 0 1 0 1
4 15 Career
.000 (0/6) 0 .250 (2/8) 0 .000 (0/3) 0
3 3 0 1 0 0
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.333 (1/3) 0 02
SYNDERGAARD SEASON + CAREER HIGHS
2018 Season
4 (5/15-7/20)
11 (4/15 vs. MIL)
2 (last, 4/15 vs. MIL) 6.0 IP (2x, last, 5/1-6) N/A
10 (5/1 vs. ATL)
2 (3/29 vs. STL)
4 (3x, last 8/17 @PHI) 4 (5/6 vs. COL)
7.1 (4/26 @ STL)
0
0
Win Streak Strikeouts 10+ K Games Scoreless Streak Low Hits, CG
SYNDERGAARD VS. LHB
YEAR AVG. AB H HR
2018 .278 209 58 2
SYNDERGAARD VS. RHB
YEAR AVG. AB H HR
2018 .251 187 47 4
6 (5/11-6/22/16) 13 (7/10/15 vs. ARI) 13 (last, 4/15/18 vs. MIL) 13.0 IP (9/27/16-4/9/17) N/AHigh Hits, Game 10 (3x, last, 5/1/18 vs. ATL)High HR, Game 2 (6x, last, 3/29/18 vs. STL)
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High Runs, Game High Walks, Game IP, Game Complete Games Shutouts
7 (6/2/15 @ SD) 5 (7/22/15 @ WSH) 8.1 (6/15/16 vs. PIT)
0 0
Career .252 845 213 18 Career .233 922 215 18
SYNDERGAARD BATTING STATISTICS
YEAR AVG. AB R H RBI SAC
2018 .152 33 0 5 3 2
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Career Career XBH:
.189
143 8 27 13 11
Six doubles (last, 5/15/18 vs. TOR) Four home runs (last, 8/16/16 @ ARI) 3 (5/27/15 vs. PHI)
4 (5/11/16 @ LAD)
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Most Hits, Game: Most RBI, Game:
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deGROM VS. SAN FRANCISCO
Last Win: 8/10/17 vs. San Francisco Last Loss: 9/5/17 vs. San Francisco Career Record vs. San Francisco (6 starts): 4-1, 3.12 ERA (14 ER/40.1 IP) Career vs. San Francisco at Home (3 starts): 2-0, 2.33 ERA (5 ER/19.1 IP) Career at San Francisco on Road (3 starts): 2-1, 3.86 ERA (9 ER/21.0 IP)
LAST START VS. GIANTS: Pitched 8.0 innings of one-run ball at AT&T Park on June 24 of last season, allowing four hits and one walk while fanning seven in the Mets' 5-2 win...Was his second time throwing 8.0 innings or more against the Giants.
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NEW YORK METS PITCHING BREAKDOWN
W-L-S ERA IP H R ER BB K HR AVG
STARTERS 35-42 3.99 688.1 664 329 305 196 686 85 .252 RELIEVERS 20-28-30 4.70 437.0 432 241 228 184 392 68 .259TOTALS 55-70-30 4.26 1125.1 1096 570 533 380 1078 153 .254
W-L-S ERA
IP H
R ER BB K HR AVG
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HOME 25-38-13 3.73 582.0 514 250 241 182 597 77 .237 ROAD 30-32-17 4.84 543.1 582 320 292 198 481 76 .272TOTALS 55-70-30 4.26 1125.1 1096 570 533 380 1078 153 .254
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