The New York Mets (22-18) stay at home for a weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers (18-23). The Amazin’s gave two of three to the Nationals in what was a very crucial series while the Brewers took the series from a red hot Cubs teams. With the Brewers rallying after that series, the Mets will have to bear down and come away with victories to stay in the hunt.
7:10 PM Friday: Steven Matz (5-1, 2.86 ERA) v Wily Peralta (2-4, 7.30 ERA)
After ten days’ rest, Matz is ready to get back on the bump after battling left elbow soreness. The rookie threw a bullpen on Wednesday where he gave the nod to pencil him in. He is currently riding a five-game win streak that he hopes will keep going strong. He has allowed only four earned runs in that span.
Peralta hasn’t had the best 2016 season so far. Against the Padres in his last start, he couldn’t get through the fifth allowing six earned on eight hits and three walks. Before that, he allowed double digit hits in back to back appearance. He will aim to keep the Mets off the base paths on Friday.
Pitching Edge: The elbow is a question, but if Matz feels ready, he will certainly be the better of the two pitchers Friday night.
4:10 PM Saturday: Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.50 ERA) v Zach Davies (1-3, 5.58 ERA)
deGrom shined again in his last start beating the Colorado Rockies for his third win on the year. He went six and a third allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks. He didn’t get off to a good start just like the Dodger game, but settled down and conquered.
Davies is another Brewer starter that has struggled to start the season. He has given up at least two runs in every appearance so far. However, he has consistently thrown at least five innings which shows longevity.
Pitching Edge: deGrom should dominate this Brewers lineup. Give him the edge.
1:10 PM Sunday: Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19 ERA) v Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32 ERA)
Syndergaard won the pitcher’s duel against Max Scherzer has he defeated the Nationals on Tuesday in grand fashion. He fanned ten batters and didn’t allow a run in seven strong innings of work. This came after an eight inning performance against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Syndergaard has most certainly come back after a small two-game losing streak.
Anderson also pitched a gem in his last start against the Cubs. He was an out shy of a complete game as he gave up only three hits and two earned runs. The righty started the year off miserably, but he seemed to have found his stuff in his most recent outings.
Pitching Edge: Though Anderson might be in a rhythm, Syndergaard just dominated two of the best in the NL. He gets the edge in this one.
More About This Series
Last month, it was the Michael Conforto show as the three hitter got off to a great start. His bat as since cooled down, but staying consistent and picking up the slack has been Yoenis Cespedes who is in set another one of his hitting grooves. In May, he has hit six homeruns and three doubles with ten RBIs. He is the leader in almost every offensive category including batting average, homeruns, RBIs and on-base percentage. Though the Mets have surrounded a few games, it is always good to see Cespedes producing the way fans hoped he would.