April 19th, 2015

Padres Take Series as Lester Remains Winless

This is really interesting to me. I don’t value wins and losses as much as the next guy does, but it is interesting how every time someone signs a big deal, and they don’t live up to expectation, you cringe at the offer they were given. This is the case with Giancarlo Stanton as well. More on that in a post next week on MetsPlus.

Here’s the original post from “Born On Third”

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Cubs Final 4-19

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Things started out well enough today as the Cubs jumped on the listless Padres with two runs in the bottom of the first.  I say listless because the Padres were sleepwalking in the first, they made two errors and looked generally disinterested.  From that point on it was all Padres, as they scored five unanswered runs en route to a 5-2 win.  Jon Lester was just okay again today, he worked into the sixth inning but made far too many mistakes up in the zone, he needs a road start or two to settle in.  The Cubs threatened a few times as they left the bases-loaded twice, and were just 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

At the Plate:

  • Dexter Fowler has been swinging it well as of late, he went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
  • Jorge Soler remains productive while hitting second in the order…

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Five things you didn’t know about…. Erik Goeddel

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1) Attended UCLA – Goeddel had an important year in 2010, as he made 36 relief appearances to help UCLA reach the College World Series finals.

2) 24th Round Pick– Goeddel was signed in 2010, and has moved up through the organization with an impressive pace. He is on the Mets as of 4/19.

3) Strong Years in the Minors– Goeddel pitches to a 6-0 record with a 2.85 ERA during early 2013, he also threw 51 strikeouts in that span.

4) Twitter– Follow Erik on Twitter @erikgoedy

5) MLB Debut in 2014– Goeddel was called up when rosters expanded last September 1st. Ever since, Goeddel has been on the Mets active roster (except April 6th). He has a chance to solidify a spot in the bullpen with a strong performance early this year.

Photo: Matt Harvey takes the field on Sunday 

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Three Things to look for during today’s Marlins vs Mets game

Today, April 19th 2015, the Mets look to salvage a four-game sweep, and extend a seven-game win streak into a eight-game win streak. If the Mets win today, they will be the first team to get to ten wins. Matt Harvey will be on the mound today, opposing Tom Koehler. In Harvey’s first two starts, he has pitched to a 2.25 ERA and a 0.833 WHIP.

OK, now, here are three things to look for during today’s “Harvey Day” game:

1) Murph’s resurgence – Daniel Murphy has been struggling a bit at the plate. Many attribute the slump to his hamstring injury, which I believe is the truth. I think Murphy should be aiming to hit more line drives, but I have confidence that Murphy will put the work in to fix the problem.

2) Big Crowd- It appears as if the Mets have sold out yet another game today. This is the fifth game this year that will have over 38,000 fans in the yard, which is beyond impressive.

3) Harvey, Need I say more? – Harvey brings his energy to every game he pitches in, and today will be no different. Look for creative Harvey posters and merchandise during today’s game.