Series Preview: Mets vs. Padres

The Mets take on San Diego for a weekend series.

The Mets (57-57) look to salvage being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks as they face off against the San Diego Padres (49-65) at Citi Field. The last ten games for the Mets have been crushing losing seven of them to opponents they should be beating. Luckily, the Padres are not having the best of years either, and if the Amazin’s want to turn things around, they need this three-game set to gain some momentum.

Friday 7:10 PM: Logan Verrett (3-7, 4.66 ERA) v Paul Clemens (1-2, 4.61 ERA)

            The win for Verrett continues to escape him as he lost to the Detroit Tigers in his last start. He was crushed for six earned runs on seven hits in only 3 2/3 innings. This particular start against the Padres will be crucial as the Mets may have to look into their options if Verrett cannot stay in the rotation.

            Clemens has mostly been a reliever since coming up from Triple-A New Orleans, but his past two appearances have both been starts. His last was against the Philadelphia Phillies where he went 4 1/3 innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits. Clemens has yet to reach the sixth inning in any of his big league starts.

Pitching Edge: This is just the start Verrett was looking for. The Mets should be able to hit Clemens, and Verrett can definitely make it passed the fifth.

Saturday 7:10 PM: Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.35 ERA) v Jarred Cosart (0-1, 5.79 ERA)

            deGrom allowed one lone run in his last start against the Tigers, but it ended in yet another no-decision. He scattered seven hits across 6 2/3 innings while also striking out three. deGrom is 4-1 in his last seven starts.

            Being traded from the Marlins to the Padres just a couple weeks ago, Cosart is still looking for his first win with the new team. His most recent start against the Phillies luckily ended in a no-decision as he allowed ten hits resulting in five earned runs.

Pitching Edge: Cosart faced the Mets in his first start of 2016 with the Marlins ending in a no-decision. The Mets can hit him, so give deGrom the edge.

Sunday 1:10 PM: Steven Matz (8-8 3.60 ERA) v Clayton Richard (0-1, 6.6 ERA)

            Though the Mets lost this past Tuesday to the D-Backs, the loss didn’t fall on Matz who started in the contest. In six innings, he allowed only two earned on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. Matz continues to battle, looking that groove he had at the start of the year.  

            It will be a rare spot start for Richard who hasn’t started in a big league game since last August. He was just picked up by the Padres last week after being released by the Chicago Cubs to clear room for their new closer, Aroldis Chapman.

Pitching Edge: Edge goes to Matz clearly as Richard has not started in a game since last year.

More About This Series:

            After the sweep to the team currently in last in the NL West, the Mets have undoubtedly hit rock bottom. It was clear during the post-game press conference where manager Terry Collins went on a rant addressing whether or not it’s his fault his team is plummeting into an abyss. However, there is still a slim chance of hope with this next series. Collins’ squad currently sits only three games out of the second wild card spot, so the time is now to make a push. The Amazin’s have a solid chance to sweep the Padres with every matchup going their way in the pitching column. It is the hitting, though, that will be the definitive factor.

            The Mets will begin a 10-game west coast road trip starting with the Diamondbacks after this set. If the team wants anything to do with the postseason, they better get some wins these next few days.  

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