MMO game theme: Rockies vs. Mets, 1:40 p.m

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday, August 28, 2022 • 1:40 p.m
Citi Field • Flushing, NY
RHP German Marquis (6-10, 5.22 ERA) vs. RHP Max Scherzer (9-3, 2.33 ERA)

Yesterday was such a great day for the Mets franchise. New York hosted their first Old Timers Day since 1994 before the game. Tons of players came out, had fun and reminded us all what makes Mets baseball the best.

On top of all the celebrations, the Mets won and the Braves lost. The Mets got instant offense from Brandon Nimmo, hitting a solo homer to start the game and adding an RBI in the next inning. That was the only offense New York needed David Peterson and the Mets bullpen managed to keep the Rockies completely off the board.

Rockies lineup

The Mets address him Max Scherzer to complete the series sweep against the Rockies this afternoon. Over 18 games and 115 2/3 innings, Scherzer has a 2.33 ERA, 2.57 FIP, 0.942 WHIP and a 169+ ERA. He hasn’t been himself in his last two starts against the Braves and Yankees, allowing a total of eight runs on 10 hits over 13 innings while striking out 11. He’s also looking for revenge from his start last year against the Rockies where he allowed five runs off six hits and one walk over five innings. The Rockies have the following numbers against him:

  • Chris Bryant2-for-16, 3B, 2 BB, 10 K
  • Charlie Blackmon4-for-15, 2 HR, BB, 5 K
  • Randal Grichuk1-for-12, 5 K
  • CJ Cron3-for-11, 4 K
  • Jose Iglesias2-for-8, HR, 3 K’s
  • Ryan McMahon1-for-6, BB, 4 K
  • Joseph Urena0-for-7, 6 K’s
  • Elias Diaz0-for-4, 2 K’s

Mets lineup

The Mets bats will look to Germán Márquez today, who is making his 25th start of the season today. So far, over 139 2/3 innings pitched this year, he has a 5.22 ERA, 4.69 FIP, 1.432 WHIP and an ERA+ of 88. Márquez started the month of August strong, allowing exactly two earned runs over six queue at the back starts. Since then, he has allowed nine runs over 12 innings in back-to-back starts on 15 hits and four walks.

Things weren’t going well for Márquez the last time he faced the Mets in late May. He allowed five runs, four earned, over six innings on 11 hits and one walk. This performance actually lowered his ERA by 0.02 points. The Mets have the following career numbers against Márquez:

  • Edward Escobar13-for-26, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 7 K
  • Starling Marte5-for-19, 3B, HR, BB, 6 K
  • East Francis2-for-11, 2B, 2 BB, K
  • Brandon Nimmo4-for-11, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Mark Canha1-for-10, 2 K
  • Daniel Vogelbach0-for-9, 2 K’s
  • Jeff McNeil3-for-6, 3 2B
  • Tyler Naquin3-for-6, 2B
  • Pete Alonso0-for-6, 4 K’s
  • James McCann0-for-6, 3 K’s
  • It has a reputation0-for-4, BB, K

Game notes

The Mets are looking for their sixth shutout of the season today.

The Atlanta Braves, who trail the Mets by 3.0 games in the division, finish their series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Louis Cardinals tonight at 7:08 PM ET on ESPN. Pitching Matchup: Jake Odorizzi (3.95 ERA) vs Adam Wainwright (3.11 ERA). Meanwhile, the Phillies, who trail the Mets by 9.5 games, conclude their series against the Pirates at 1:35 PM ET looking for a sweep.

Rockies starter Germán Márquez, as you might guess, has dramatic splits. Away from Coors Field, he owns a 4.11 ERA. That’s against a 6.09 ERA at home. Still not a good number though, much better than his home figure.

The Mets recorded their 17th shutout of the season last night. That’s the best mark in the major leagues.

Over his last 12 games, Mark Canha is hitting .432 (16-37) with eight runs, eight doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI, two walks with a .500 OBP and an .892 OPS.

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