Let’s play two!
After they lost a hard-fought 3-2 game against the Diamondbacks yesterday, the Mets will get two chances to exact revenge on the D-Backs on Sunday. Losers of seven of their last nine, the Mets haven’t looked anything like the 90-win team that Sandy Alderson talked about in spring training.
Outside of David Wright’s impressive day (which included his third home run of the year) and Curtis Granderson’s trek back to looking like the $60 million player he is, the Mets offense couldn’t get anything going. While the two previously mentioned players had five hits and a walk combined, the rest of the team went a collective 2-26 with three walks. Thankfully, Zack Wheeler kept the Mets in the ballgame, though he ended up getting his fifth loss of the season. Wheeler allowed just one walk (which had been something of a problem for him) and two earned runs, though it was the unearned run after Wilmer Flores’ first error of the season that was ultimately the difference in the close affair. On a positive note, the Mets’ bullpen did not allow a hit in 2.1 innings of work.
Like the Mets, the Diamondbacks got tremendous pitching performances from their starter and relievers alike. Josh Collmenter threw six innings of shutout ball to earn his third win of the year. Evan Marshall (who has still not allowed an earned run in 8 career innings) and Brad Ziegler each threw scoreless innings before Addison Reed pitched a perfect 9th to collect his 13th save of the season.
In the first game today, Rafael Montero will face Bronson Arroyo, while Daisuke Matsuzaka will take the ball in the second game against Zeke Spruill, who is making his season debut. It will be interesting to see how Terry Collins arranges the lineups today. As of this morning, Collins has already used 34 different lineups (1-8 in the order) in 47 games this season. With four effective outfielders, two potential shortstops, and the emergence of Eric Campbell on the big league roster, it remains to be seen how the lineups from each game will differ today.
If the Mets want to sweep the Diamondbacks and win the weekend series, they will need to start hitting the ball well to help out their two pitchers. Over the last nine games, the Mets are averaging just 2.67 runs per game. With Montero making his 3rd career big league start and Matsuzaka making his first start of 2014, the offense must come alive today. Because of the same reason, the bullpen will also play a big factor in this game. After Terry Collins used Josh Edgin, Scott Rice, Carlos Torres, and Jose Valverde in yesterday’s game, it will be interesting to see how the bullpen is used in the two games today.
With no rain in the forecast, it’s a beautiful day for baseball.
So, I say again, let’s play two!