Ending the battle for New York in a stalemate two games to two with the Yankees, the Mets (56-52) now hit the road to face off against the Detroit Tigers (59-49). The Amazin’s have been falling back recently in the race for the NL East as they still sit in third place, but are eight games behind the Nationals. The Tigers, on the other hand, are in the hunt sitting in second in the AL Central behind the Indians by three games and only a half-game off the Wild Card lead. This will be a crucial series for both teams as they look to move up the ranks.
Friday 7:10 PM: Noah Syndergaard (9-5, 2.48 ERA) v Justin Verlander (11-6, 3.54 ERA)
What better way to kick off a series than with two aces on the hill battling for the early series lead. Syndergaard will get the ball for the Mets and he is due for a win as he hasn’t been awarded a victory since July 3. His last start against the Colorado Rockies ended in a no-decision as he went six innings giving up two earned on three hits.
Verlander is having no trouble winning as he continues to stay red hot. The hard-throwing righty is now 3-0 in his last six starts as he earned a win against the Houston Astros in his last appearance. He pitched a complete game allowing two earned runs while striking out 11.
Pitching Edge: Verlander has been on a roll and he will be on his home mound. Give him the edge in this pitchers’ duel.
Saturday 7:10 PM: Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.20 ERA) v Matt Boyd (2-2, 4.71 ERA)
The streak continues for Verrett who is still trying to look for a win in the starting role since April 19. The righty earned a no-decision against the Yankees last time out, making it four straight decisions in that category. Verrett is throwing quality innings, so all he needs is a little run support.
It wasn’t pretty, but Boyd somehow came away with a win against the Astros last time out. He lasted only five innings giving up three earned on four hits, but it was just enough to chalk up the W.
Pitching Edge: This battle of spot starters should go to Verrett who stays in games much longer than Boyd.
Sunday 1:10 PM: Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.41 ERA) v Anibal Sanchez (6-11, 6.26 ERA)
deGrom dominated the Yankees in his last start, getting him back on the winning track. He didn’t give up a run in seven innings of work while striking out eight. This is deGrom second straight appearance where he went seven innings not letting up a single run.
Sanchez hasn’t had the best of seasons this year as the Tigers had to option him to the bullpen due to poor performance. However, he is slowly coming to fruition as he earned a win against the White Sox in his last start. He went six strong allowing one earned on six hits and three walks.
Pitching Edge: deGrom appears to be in the driver’s seat with brilliant performances in his last two starts. Give him the edge.
More About This Series
Mets fans are not very happy with OF Yoenis Cespedes at the moment to say the least. The Mets star, who was put on the disabled list, was found to be out for a round of golf just hours before he tweaked the quad that continues to cause problems since early July. Cespedes loves golf and is known for playing on game days (played on the day the team clinched the NL pennant last year). However, the rage on social media from fans and journalists alike is justified as Cespedes was supposed to be “resting” so he wouldn’t have to take a DL stint. GM Sandy Alderson said the whole situation is “bad optics” as doctors told him golf probably didn’t aggravate the injury, but the fact that the man making $27.5 million this season is out leisurely participating in physical activity doesn’t really show much concern on his part.
Avid golfer or not, baseball players play the game when they are out of the hunt for the postseason and the Mets are most definitely still in the hunt. Cespedes will likely keep his clubs in the garage for awhile now.