Sunday, May 26, 2019 • 1:10 p.m.
Campo Citi • Flushing, NY
RHP Spencer Turnbull (2-3, 2.68 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (3-3, 4.74 ERA)
PIX11 • WCBS 880 AM • ESPN 1050 AM
The Mets and the Tigers play the rubber game of their three-game before the Mets go to Los Angeles to play with the Dodgers tomorrow.
Yesterday, surprisingly, it was a matter of low score for the two starting pitchers and it did not get interesting until the bullpens got involved. For the Mets, Jason Vargas has thrown well in four of his last five starts, and is beginning to change his narrative. New York and Detroit changed lead several times until Edwin Diaz allowed an inherited runner to score in eighth place that drove both teams to the 13th inning, where Tomas Nido hit a home run! (Also, we can not turn a turn to talk about today's game without mentioning Wilson Ramos, who was the Mets' offense with two homers and one RBI).
Alignment of the mets
- Amed Rosario (R) SS
- Dominic Smith (L) 1B
- Michael Conforto (L) RF
- Wilson Ramos (R) C
- Todd Frazier (R) 3B
- Carlos Gómez (R) LF
- Adeiny Hechavarria (R) 2B
- Juan Lagares (R) CF
- Zack Wheeler (L) P
- Niko Goodrum (S) 2B
- Dawel Lugo (R) 3B
- Nicholas Castellanos (R) RF
- Christin Stewart (L) LF
- Ronny Rodriguez (R) SS
- Brandon Dixon (R) 1B
- John Hicks (R) C
- JaCoby Jones (R) CF
- Spencer Turnbull (R) P
Zack Wheeler makes his 11th start of the season today. He has 3-3 in 10 games and 62.2 innings with a 4.74 ERA, 3.21 FIP, 1,372 WHIP and an 83 + ERA. He bounced a bit in his last start allowing only three runs in seven innings, which means he had three good starts in May, which allowed a total of seven runs in 21.0 innings. He also has a start where he allowed six runs in six innings. We are a few hours away from discovering what Wheeler we have today. The Tigers have the following numbers against him:
- Josh Harrison 1-for-6, 2B, 2 K
- Jordy Mercer 0-of-5
- Gordon Beckham 1-for-2
- Tyson Ross 1-for-2
Unlike the last two days, the Mets face a starter this afternoon who has really been in rotation all season and has been successful. Spencer Turnbull pitched in four games, three starts in 2018 and recorded 16.1 innings with a 6.06 ERA, 2.85 FIP, 1286 WHIP and 75 ERA +.
With more than 10 starts and 53.2 innings this year, it has an ERA of 2.68, 3.86 FIP, 1,304 WHIP and 173 ERA +. In his last seven games, he has thrown 38.2 innings with a 1.86 ERA and opponents are batting .208 against him. That said, the last two lines are interesting. On May 16 it lasted only four innings and allowed six races, but only one was won, and in its last start it only lasted five innings and allowed three races. Nobody in the Mets has seen him in a big league game.
Prior to Sunday's competition, the Mets activated outfielder Michael Conforto out of the 7-day concussion and designated outfielder Rajai Davis for the assignment. The Mets now have three players in the limbo of DFA, with relievers Paul Sewald and Tim Peterson also without resolution yet.
The Mets have hit 25 homers in their last 16 games. They have at least one homer in six consecutive games, the maximum of the season. They have hit in nine consecutive home games, their longest streak since they did it in consecutive games at Citi Field from June 8 to July 6 last season.
Edwin Díaz recorded his first flying save of the season. A streak of turning 22 consecutive salvation opportunities was broken. The streak goes back to August 20, 2018. It was the second longest streak of his career and the third longest active streak in the Major Leagues. He converted 28 consecutive games from June 2 to August 15 of last season.
Come on, Mets!