The last leg of the ten-game road trip for the New York Mets (31-26) will take them up north to face the Milwaukee Brewers (27-31). Offense has been the main concern for the Mets as they have lost seven of their last ten. Last night’s contest showed fans how these big bats can work, but consistency is key in this long season. The Brewers still sit under .500, but they have won five of their last seven beating above average teams like the Cardinals and Phillies. The Amazin’s will look to start a new win streak while the Brewers will try to defend their home turf and keep their own streak going.
7:10 PM Thursday: Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.27 ERA) v Jimmy Nelson (5-4, 3.43 ERA)
Colon earned a no-decision against Miami in his last appearance as his pitch count ended his night early. He finished with a stat line of five hits, two runs, one earned, a walk and a strikeout in five total innings. Since his loss to Washington on May 23, Colon has been stellar even though he has only earned one win in three starts.
Nelson could not get passed the Phillies in his last start exiting after a rough four innings. Seven hits and three walks turned into six earned runs for the Alabama alum. This was Nelson’s worst start by far in 2016, and he will try to bounce back Thursday night.
Pitching Edge: This game is up in the air, but give the edge to Colon as he seems to have found his groove again on the bump.
7:10 PM Friday: Matt Harvey (4-8, 4.95 ERA) v Junior Garcia (3-1, 3.61 ERA)
It was a pitcher’s duel in Harvey’s last start against Miami as he knew he needed to bring it against the Marlins’ ace, Jose Fernandez. Harvey allowed only one earned on four hits, but that one mistake was all Fernandez needed to close the door on the Mets. Fans and experts alike are the furthest from worried about another Harvey loss as he pitched lights out for the second straight game.
Since being promoted from Triple-A Colorado Springs, Garcia has taken advantage on his opportunity in the bigs. He earned three wins in his first four starts of 2016, one of them being against the tough-to-beat Chicago Cubs where he struck out 11. He has not earned a win since that appearance, though, but he has been putting up good numbers. His last start against the Phillies resulted in a no-decision after six innings of work.
Pitching Edge: Harvey will make it third times the charm. He just hopes his offense can give him some insurance.
3:10 PM Saturday: Logan Verrett (3-3, 3.22 ERA) v Wily Peralta (3-7, 6.79 ERA)
With the Mets having to play six games in five days, Verrett will get a spot start to keep the rotation on normal rest. This will be his fourth start on the season, his last coming on May 14 when he faced the Rockies. It was not pretty has he couldn’t get through the third giving up ten hits for seven earned runs.
Peralta must produce if he is to stay in the Brewers rotation as his appearances have been abysmal. In 61 innings this season, he has given up 92 hits and 46 earned runs which is not good in any sense. Recently, he has taken back-to-back losses including a seven hit, five earned run start against the Philadelphia Phillies last time around.
Pitching Edge: Peralta may be a starter by trade, but Verrett can produce in these situations. Verrett gets the edge for his consistency.
1:10 PM Sunday: Steven Matz (7-2, 2.69 ERA) v Zach Davies (4-3, 4.29 ERA)
The streak has ended at seven for Matz has he fell to the Pirates in his last start. The “Bucs” brought only two across the plate, but it was enough as the Mets’ bats were silenced. This is the second straight appearance Matz has not gotten through the sixth inning.
Davies is looking to continue a win streak of his own as he is currently riding on three straight wins. His last came against the Oakland Athletics in a seven-inning gem where he allowed two earned runs on two hits while fanning five. Since his first win on May 10, Davies has really been on a roll and won’t look to slow down anytime soon.
Pitching Edge: Miller Park could see a pitcher’s battle in this one, but the edge should stay with Matz.
More About This Series:
The Mets welcome back this always versatile utility man, Kelly Johnson, back into the clubhouse as he was acquired from the Atlanta Braves yet again yesterday. The Braves give up Johnson and cash considerations for minor leaguer Akeel Morris in a deal that greatly helps the Mets lineup. With Duda and Wright on the DL for a long stint, Johnson can get substantial time on the corners. Though he is batting a below average .215 at the moment, the veteran could get a boost knowing he is now playing for a contender in the NL. This was a great move by the Mets front office that will most certainly help the team moving forward.