After winning two out of three against the Atlanta Braves at home, the New York Mets (17-9) now travel to the west coast to begin a long 11-game stretch starting with the San Diego Padres (11-17). The Amazin’s have taken six straight series after their win yesterday while the Padres have only won four of their last ten games. However, the NL West is not too good of a division at the moment as the Padres sit only three and a half games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mets are still chasing the Washington Nationals at one and a half games back on the division lead. The Mets will look to continue their series streak while the Padres will look to spoil it over their four-game set.
10:10 PM Thursday: Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.02 ERA) v Colin Rea (2-1, 4.61 ERA)
He had to fight through personal and physical issues, but “The deGrominator” has made the absolute best of his three start in the month of April winning them all. Three runs came across in his last start at home against the San Francisco Giants, but none were earned. He did walk four batters, one with the bases loaded, but he worked out of jams and went six strong for the win.
Rea has been doing a formidable job on the hill of late. His start against the Dodgers last Saturday was a success as he got the win finishing six innings with only two earned runs on four hits. The Padres offense has been giving him some run support unlike the beginning of April, and he will look to silence the Mets Thursday night.
Pitching Edge: deGrom has been “deBomb” and he should be able to dominate the Padres lineup. Look for him to stay undefeated.
10:40 PM Friday: Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 2.51 ERA) v Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48 ERA)
The Giants gave Syndergaard his first loss this season last time around as “Thor” let up four earned runs including two homeruns to Hunter Pence and Buster Posey. He couldn’t get ahead of hitters to start, and after five and two-thirds innings, manager Terry Collins decided to pull the plug. He will hope to rebound Friday night in San Diego.
In his first year with the Padres, Pomeranz has been performing very well on the bump. However, run support hasn’t been the best which is evident in his last start against the Dodgers where he gave up only one earned run in seven innings, but was awarded the loss. He has gotten a decision in every start so far this season due to his longevity.
Pitching Edge: The Padres can’t seem to get runners around when Pomeranz pitches. Look for Syndergaard to hunker down and bounce back for another win.
Colon continues to wow fans as he threw a gem against the Braves on Monday night. Through eight innings of work, the 42-year-old allowed seven scattered hits and no runs while striking out seven. The big man started the new month off right and he will try to keep the ball rolling on Saturday.
Shields, the ace of the Padres staff, hasn’t been as lucky to start off his 2016 campaign. He went 0-4 in the month of April with the Padres hitting woes leaving him out to dry. He finally got his first win of the year, though, Monday night against the Colorado Rockies as he went six innings allowing only one earned run. Shields hopes the month of May will bring life to the Padres’ bats and give him some cushion to work with.
Pitching Edge: Shields’ first taste of victory won’t be done as he will get his second win Saturday night.
Just when it seemed Harvey would find the answers to his pitching woes, he plummeted against the Braves. His command was off yet again as he allowed eight hits and three earned runs in five and two-thirds. The ace of the rotation will try to get back to his No. 1 starting form on Sunday.
Cashner has been doing a mediocre job for his ballclub. He had a rough outing against the San Francisco Giants, but bounced back in his last start where he allowed three runs on five hits to earn his second win of the year. He has also been plagued by run support, but he has had starts where the blame falls solely on him. The Mets will see which Cashner they will face Sunday.
Pitching Edge: As both starters are unpredictable, the edge can be split down the middle. Only the start of the game will tell who will have the upper hand in this one.
More About This Series
The month of April has been one for the record books as the Mets bat hit them into a great position to start the season. Extra base hits have been the reason for their run support as they tallied up to 82 over the month with 33 being long balls. It also helps that key components of the team like Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes and new addition Neil Walker are all producing. Can more of the same be found in May? The Amazin’s have hit three home runs and four doubles already, so it may very well be the continuation of a hot streak.