New York looks to right the ship in Texas.
New York Mets (24-31, T-2nd NL East, 11.5 GB) at
Texas Rangers (26-31, 4th Place AL West, 15.5 GB)
The good news is that the Mets head to the Lone Star State, and don’t have to face the best team in Baseball, the Houston Astros. The other good news (or bad depending on how you see it) is that they face a Texas Rangers team that is 2-8 in their last 10 games, and are coming off of a sweep to the hands of the Astros. So, good news is you get to face a team that’s about as bad as you have played lately. The bad news is that the law of averages says they will snap their losing streak sometime soon.
About The Rangers: The Mets head to Texas for the first time since 2014, when they took 2 out of 3. As a team in 2017, the Rangers are batting just .239, with Elvis Andrus leading the team at .305. Only 2 players have reached double digits in Home Runs (Joey Gallo-16 and Mike Napoli-11), despite Globe Life Park being described as a ‘hitters park’. On the pitching side, Yu Darvish leads a group of relatively young starters. Darvish is the team leader in Wins (5), ERA (3.13) and strikeouts (80).
Mets Report: The Mets have been ‘better’ on the road this season, with a 10-12 record, so the opportunity exists to actually go above the .500 level between this series, and the next stop in Atlanta. Potentially good news is that Steven Matz and Julio Lugo are expected to return in the Atlanta series to hopefully stabilize the rotation, and allow the offense to have wins to go along with their production this year.
Here are the scheduled pitching matchups for the brief 2-game series:
Tuesday: Jacob deGrom (4-2, 3.97) vs. Dillon Gee (0-0, 0.00)
deGrom looks to put his last start behind him. He only lasted 4 innings vs. Milwaukee, allowing 7 runs on 8 hits, including 2 Home Runs. This coming just one start after his gem vs. Pittsburgh on May 26. deGrom has enjoyed generous run support in his 10 starts, with the offense averaging 5.7 runs per game. Ex-Met Gee makes his first start of the season after 2 relief appearances, and starting the season at AAA. In 5 relief innings, opponents are batting just .200 against Gee, and Gee has only allowed 1 walk in those appearances.
Wednesday: Zack Wheeler (3-3, 3.72) vs. Darvish (5-4, 3.13)
Wheeler did not pitch badly in his last start vs. Milwaukee (2 runs on 10 hits and 6 strikeouts in 6.1 innings), it’s just that the offense was only able to muster just 1 run on 4 hits. Darvish has lost 2 in a row, allowing 3 runs each to Houston and Toronto. As noted earlier, Darvish is the best pitcher on a young staff.