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Amazin' Preview: Mets vs. Brewers

New York looks for revenge against a Brewers team that swept a three-game series in the teams' first meeting in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Brewers (27-23, 1st Place-NL Central) at

New York Mets (21-27, 2nd Place-NL East, 8.5 GB)

 

A couple of takeaways from the weekend’s series in Pittsburgh: The Offense is showing signs of life, scoring 20 runs in 3 games.  The Bullpen continues to be an issue, blowing a lead in the late innings again and losing the game in the 10th. And Matt Harvey was able to turn in his second straight effective pitching performance, allowing a run on 6 hits to get his second win in a row since his first two starts to open the season.

 

After the Sunday night game in Pittsburgh, the Mets return home for a revenge series against the Brewers, looking to atone for the sweep in Milwaukee a few weeks ago.

 

Brewers update: Since sweeping the Mets, the Brewers have gone 6-6 in 12 games. After back-to-back wins against Arizona, coupled with the St. Louis Cardinals going 4-8 in the same time frame, the Brewers have opened up a 1.5 game lead in the Central.  Ryan Braun also landed back on the Disabled List with a left calf strain, so he will miss this series.

 

Mets News: The good news is that no new injuries occurred in Pittsburgh.  Seth Lugo continues a successful rehab stint at AA Binghamton, and Steven Matz pitched 5 perfect innings in Las Vegas, with 8 strikeouts.  The required bad news on the injury front is that Yoenis Cespedes has been shut down until at least Tuesday, after suffering soreness in his injured right quad.

 

Here are the scheduled pitching matchups for the series:

 

Monday: Matt Garza (2-1, 3.60) vs. Robert Gsellman (2-3, 6.45)

Garza’s last win came against the Mets on the 12th, allowing just 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings during the Brewers 7-4 win, but is coming off a start where he allowed 6 runs on 7 hits in 5.1 innings against Toronto in and 8-4 loss.  Gsellman makes his second start after spending 2 games in the bullpen after he allowed 6 runs on 9 hits in 4 innings in Milwaukee on the 12th.  He was a victim of the bullpen’s struggles in San Diego, leaving with a 5-3 lead, but getting a no-decision in the 6-5 loss.

Tuesday: Zach Davies (5-3, 5.33) vs. TDB

Davies has won 5 of his last 6 decisions, including the 11-4 win over the Mets in Milwaukee, where he allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings.  As for the Mets starter, I would not be surprised to see Tyler Pill maybe get the start here, after pitching .2 innings against Pittsburgh and taking the loss on Saturday.

Wednesday: Junior Guerra (0-0, 3.12) vs. Jacob deGrom (4-1, 3.23)

Guerra is making his third start of the year, after spending 7 weeks on the Disabled List with a strained right calf.  He allowed just a run on 3 hits in 5.1 innings during the Brewers loss to Arizona in his last start.  deGrom returned to form on Friday in Pittsburgh, becoming the first Mets starter to pitch into the ninth this year.  He allowed just a run, while striking out 10 for the first time in three starts.

Thursday: Chase Anderson (3-1, 3.72) vs. Zack Wheeler (3-2, 3.83)

Anderson tossed 7 innings of shutout ball  and struck out 11 against Arizona in his last start for his first win since April 17.  Wheeler was the designated “hard luck loser” on Saturday in Pittsburgh, leaving with a 4-3 lead, but got the no-decision, and the bullpen lost the game late


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