Series Preview: Mets vs. White Sox

Amazin' Clubhouse previews the Mets matchup with the White Sox.

The New York Mets  (28-20) stay at home in their next series with the Chicago White Sox (27-24). The LA Dodgers took two out of three at Citi Field over the weekend, but the Sox wish they could have had the same fate against the Royals in Kansas City. A three-game sweep now puts them behind in the AL Central by a game as they couldn’t break a losing streak that is up to six games now. The Amazin’s, however, will try to keep their opponent on their downward spiral, so that they can win back the games they dropped. This will be the Mets last home series before they head back on the road for a ten-game stretch.

1:10 PM Monday: Matt Harvey (3-7, 6.08 ERA) v Jose Quintana (5-4, 2.22 ERA)

It will be a matinee on Memorial Day for these two teams, and getting the ball for the Mets is the struggling Harvey. There were rumors of skipping this start for the right hander, but like last time, Manager Terry Collins will let The Dark Knight try to figure things out. The Nationals pounded him again last time around for five earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five total innings.

Quintana hasn’t had the best of luck either losing three straight starts, his last at home against the Indians. It wasn’t too bad of a performance with three earned runs on five hits through six, but it was enough to give him the defeat. Before this skid, though, he had won four straight games with beautiful outings. He doesn’t give up many runs, but his offense hasn’t been the best behind him so far this season.

Pitching Edge: Harvey gets another start at home to work out the kinks, but Quintana gets the edge with his inconsistency being a tad less than Harvey’s.

7:10 PM Tuesday: Steven Matz (7-1, 2.36 ERA) v Mat Latos (6-1, 4.06 ERA)

This game will have a great pitching matchup in Matz and Latos. Starting with Matz, his win streak continued has he dominated the Nationals in his last start. He went eight strong scattered four hits while fanning out seven to set up Jeurys Familia to close the door in the ninth. He looks to go eight straight Tuesday Night.

Latos has had a great start to his 2016 season as well. After suffering his first loss, he bounced back in his last start against the Indians going six strong allowing three earned runs forthe victory. He has not gone passed the sixth innings yet in any of his starts, but his work has been enough as he record shows.

Pitching Edge: Matz’s dominance speaks for itself. With the crowd on his side, he gets the definitive edge.

1:10 PM Wednesday: Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.81 ERA) v Miguel Gonzalez (0-1, 4.50 ERA

The first of the new month finds another matinee at Citi Field with deGrom on the hill for the Mets. It has been four starts without a decision now for the right hander as he throws quality innings, but cannot find a lead to work with. Last time, he held the Dodgers to one run on three total hits and seven strikeouts, but could not get the lead.Gonzalez has also had four no-decisions since coming up from Triple-A Charlotte. The

Royals struck for three runs in his last appearance, but he walked away unscathed. Gonzalez has been mediocre in the bigs, but he was dominating in Triple-A with a 4-1 record and a 2.65

Pitching Edge: deGrom will be determined for a decision in this one giving the edge to the home team.

More About This Series

The rumors about Padres’ first baseman James Loney potentially heading to the Mets became fact on Saturday. For cash considerations, the Amazin’s now have a legitimate replacement for the recently injured Lucas Duda. In Triple-A El Paso this season, Loney has been raking with a .342 batting average. Adam Rubin of ESPN tweeted that Collins expects him to be up in the big league dugout on Tuesday when they face a right-handed pitcher in Mat Latos. This will be Loney’s first major league appearance on 2016, and with Duda out for a significant period of time, he will have a great chance to make it worthwhile.

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