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Amazin' Preview: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers

New York Mets (16-17, 2nd Place, NL East, 5.5 GB) at Milwaukee Brewers (18-17, 2nd Place, NL Central, 2 GB) The Orange and Blue start a three-game set against the Brew Crew in search of a series win.

The past few weeks have been like a broken record for theNew York Mets.  

Win 2 out of 3 in each series.  Have 2 good wins and 1 stinker of a loss. Lose another player to injury.  After taking the first 2 from the Giants, the 3-2 lead in the 9th was turned into a 6-5 loss, thanks to a Wilmer Flores' error that would have sealed the win, and Jeurys Familia pitching perhaps his last game of the season as he has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his arm.  The clot is similar to Matt Harvey’s, so it looks like Addison Reed is the closer from here on out.

 

The Brewers come into the series having taken 2 out of 3 from the Boston Red Sox, but are just 9-11 at home this season.  Injury-plagued LF Ryan Braun went on the Disabled list again Friday morning with a calf and forearm injury.  Braun was third on the team with a .287 Batting Average, was tied for 2nd with 7 Home Runs, and was also third with 18 RBI.  The majority of the Brew Crew's offense this year has come from Eric Thames, who is tied for the Major League lead in Home runs with 13, and leads the team with a .331 Batting Average.

 

The Mets continue to provide offense lately without having to rely on the Home Run, although they are third in the National League with 46.  The Brewers and the Nationals share the lead with 55.

 

Here are this weekend’s scheduled pitching matchups:

 

Friday: Matt Harvey (2-2, 5.14) vs. Matt Garza (1-0, 2.55)

This will be Harvey’s opportunity to apologize to the team and it’s fan base by turning in a gem of a performance.  Harvey’s ‘lapse in judgment’ last weekend would not have been as negatively portrayed as it was if he was pitching better this season.  Garza is making his third start of the season, after missing the first few weeks due to a groin injury.  He’s only allowed 5 Earned Runs in 17.2 innings, but his only win came against Atlanta on April 30.

Saturday: Robert Gsellman (2-2, 6.54) vs. Zach Davies (3-2, 5.60)

After starting the season at 0-2, Gsellman picked up wins in his last 2 starts, but that was thanks to a productive offense backing him up, and he gave up 3 Earned Runs in 5 innings against Miami, and 5 in 5 innings against Atlanta.  Likewise, Davies has 3 wins and 2 No-Decisions in his last 5 outings after also starting 0-2, but has allowed only 4 Earned Runs in his last 15 innings pitched over 3 starts.  Davies has yet to finish the 5th inning in any game this year.

 

Sunday: Jacob deGrom (2-1, 3.80) vs. Wily Peralta (4-2, 5.30)

Degrom comes in having struck out at least 10 in 4 out of the last 5 starts for a total of 60 on the season, which is good for 3rd best in the entire league.  After starting the season 3-0, and an ERA under 2.70, Peralta has struggled lately, winning only 1 of his last 4 starts.  His worst outing of the year actually resulted in a win, even though he allowed 4 solo Home Runs to Cincinnati on April 26.

 

Another series win would give the Mets 5 series wins in a row.  The last time that happened was between August 23 and September 11 of last year, when they won 6 in a row.


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