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Sound Smart: 6 things to know about tonight’s Mets-Brewers game

The Mets have lost six consecutive games, during which the bullpen has been credited with losses in five of the six games. It is the team’s longest losing streak since dropping seven in a row in April, 2011.


The Brewers, who have won two straight and three of their last four games, have won 10 of their last 12 road games against the Mets.


Tonight’s starting pitcher for the Brewers, Marco Estrada, has allowed a league-leading 18 home runs this season. However, he is 2-0 in his last three starts, despite his 5.79 ERA.


Daisuke Matsuzaka will start for the Mets tonight. He is 1-0 with a 5.23 ERA in two starts this season. He has not pitched against the Brewers since 2008.


David Wright has just one hit in his last six games (1-for-19). On the other hand, Curtis Granderson has reached base safely in 21 straight games. He is batting .279 (36-129) with seven HR and 23 RBI with a .383 on-base percentage since May 1.


Brewers OF Ryan Braun is hitting .407 (11-for-27) with two doubles, three homers and nine runs during his current seven-game hitting streak against the Mets.




48 comments
Bob Primosch
Bob Primosch

I'm predicting 10,000 in the park, down to about 4,000 by the eighth inning.  September comes early again.

Zach14
Zach14

They need to start winning now!

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

I just hope the Metsies play better ball tonight than what we witnessed in San Fran and Chicago...Lets Go Mets!

Frank Garza
Frank Garza

7) Ruben freaking Tejada is batting leadoff.

Doubleday
Doubleday

SOUND SMART:  Matsuzaka will throw a so-called "Quality start" and get no run support.

theglider
theglider

This team has two major league hitters. That's it. Two batters who will hit over .280 for a year. Otherwise this roster has nothing.

That was a post from Spring. It still applies.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

My condolences to the family of Bob welch former Dodgers and A's pitcher who died last nite of a heart attack at age 57

grillruben
grillruben

Ruben Tejada is batting leadoff. I repeat, Ruben Tejada is batting leadoff!!!!!!!

Kevin Pitino
Kevin Pitino

I don't blame Sandy or Terry. Its the Wilpons I blame. If Alderson had the money, he would put a winning team out on the field. Its time for the Wilpons to sell!

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and if you REALLY want to sound smart: 

7. Root for a Brewers Sweep

8. Root for a Padres Sweep after that

9. Don't go to any more games until House has been Cleaned

Kevin John
Kevin John

The Mets Stink! After they get swept by the brewers, I expect collins to be fired. IDC about hurt feelings. Our feelings, as fans are hurt. We've been drowned with lies and crime in the sandy regime.

Straw18
Straw18

David Wright has only one game this year with 3rbi's......you have to go back to over a year the last time he had 4rbi's in a game....the reason I mention this is because he is our superstar and all over the league I see star players with an occasional monster game and he continues to fall short....don't get me wrong I love Wright and I want him on this team but geez can you give us a 3-5 with 4rbi's now and then and carry this pathetic offense one time.....

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

Hang in there Met fans, let not your hearts be troubled...remember the goal:

Mets to contend in 2015....2014 is just a means to an end!


LETS GO METS!

Juan Contreras
Juan Contreras

i won't be watching any more games with reuben tejada  as our starting shortstop. #freeflores #fireterrycolins

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

And one of them doesnt hit or knock in runs after the 7th inning!!!

helloboy
helloboy

@grillruben CY is batting 5th.  Repeat, the main rally killer is properly placed again.

hankypanky
hankypanky

Yes, the Wilpons should sell a money-making machine that goes up in value with each passing year and will keep them rich for the rest of their lives. No doubt about it.

nwmets
nwmets

Because money = talent/winning? Wow, I didn't realize that. 

  there is really no evidence to support that thought

nwmets
nwmets

@D Ah, OK -- so by that logic, when do we start rooting for the Mets again? When they've won some unspecified number of games (to be decided by you)? When the Wilpons sell the team? Since that will never happen, why don't you just stop being a Mets fan?

Kevin John
Kevin John

@D Pessimist, but I'm with ya. I think MLB and the Wilpons need an eye opener here. Losing is the only way.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@Lets Go Mets! HOLY CRAP!  Are you serious dude?  "...remember the goal: Mets to contendin 2015...2014 is just a means to an end?"  You call yourself a Mets fan?

"...means to an end?"  Please don't make me hurl.  Weren't you the guy at the beginning of the season who was rah rah about winning 90 this year?  Are you telling me that you believe that the whole plan was to finish with 70 or so wins for the fifth straight year?  Are you telling me that this will make the Mets somewhat "competitive" next year?

Someone needs some substance abuse counseling.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@helloboy @grillruben I never thought that the Mets would find someone that would make me long to see Jason Bay in a Mets uniform again.  Then they signed Chris Young.

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@Kevin John @D Realist, Pessimist, all the same in Metsville...


I went Full Kotite awhile ago with this team...

Gotta root for them to lose for their own damn long-term good

Straw18
Straw18

@Steven Matregrano @Straw18 Murphy hits in front of him and leads the NL in hits....there are guys on.....hate to put pressure on him but for $100M he needs to produce more...

nwmets
nwmets

@flmetsfan Look up the definition of "troll" -- she's just trying to get a reaction out of you, and she succeeded.

Juan Contreras
Juan Contreras

@Steven Matregrano @Juan Contreras sure ill admit tejada is in a hot run right now, but mostly because flores has always played well at every level he has played in, was the biggest bat in Las Vegas last season, and has been a big bat-prospect for years,  while tejada has not shown us he is an everyday major leaguer for the major part of 2 years

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

@D @Kevin John Do you really think that is going to work?  The Wilpons love the prestige of owning a Major League team.  It's like a big toy to them.  During Spring Training they go rolling around the complex in a golf cart laughing it up.  During the year they sit in their luxury suite and entertain guests.  During the off season they have charity events.

Losing is not going to make this team a winner.  The only thing losing will do is make our Summer miserable.

Like it our not, they are the owners, Alderson is the GM, and Collins takes up space in a uniform while flapping his arms like he directs things on the field.  We are Mets fans, and we always will be.  We can be miserable about the state of the team, but not so miserable as to cheer for losses.

I can't think what makes me fume more: Alderson insisting that we have to buy tickets so they can have money for players, or Cerrone telling us that we need to lose so many games to have a protected pick in the next draft.

I hate losing, but I'll suck it up and watch tonight...at least for a few innings until something stupid happens again.

nwmets
nwmets

@D @Kevin John I totally do not understand rooting against your favorite team. Whatever you're trying to achieve by doing that, it won't work.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@Steven Matregrano @Juan Contreras From Baseball Prospectus, on Flores:  "His best attribute is still his uncanny hand-eye coordination and exceptional feel for contact. He has above-average bat speed with an ability to make quality contact on a variety of pitches in all parts of the strike zone. Flores’ detractors note his overly aggressive approach in the box and his propensity to swing at pitches he cannot drive, leading him to get himself out too frequently. His approach will never be “patient,” but he would be well served to begin identifying pitches he cannot drive and lay off of them more consistently; it’s a skill he has not demonstrated to date. Flores has above-average raw power that has been exaggerated by the friendly confines in Las Vegas, but he could still pop 25-30 doubles and 15-18 home runs a year at the big-league level"

Juan Contreras
Juan Contreras

@Steven Matregrano @Juan Contreras  " If you sent Tejada down to AAA, he'd probably do fine", meanwhile Flores tore up AAA pitching, did the work to get back to the SS position, and has pop, the numbers don't lie, Flores has earned his spot on this major league roster, the kid needs to play everyday

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@Steven Matregrano @Juan Contreras So, Steve, 4 years of Ruben Tejada is Not Enough Evidence for you to see what he IS, while ohhh idk, a start here and there for Flores Is Enough to judge him?

theglider
theglider

How has he earned a spot? He's had two years in the majors and what has he done? He doesn't get on base and has RBIs in two games this year. Two.

Brian Regan
Brian Regan

@Steven Matregrano lol, he is 0 for his last 2 games.  If you are baatting 180 it does not take much to raise your average.  He is a back up long term.  He never hit 300 in the minors either.  His 1 season that he hit well was misleading.  He needs to be benched in favor of flores

Juan Contreras
Juan Contreras

@theglider you wouldn't be hitting well when you only get to play one game per week either. also, you can't get RBIs with a depleted offense that won't get on base in front of you, also TC has placed him in the 7-8 hole, when he should be hitting higher up in the line up with more RBI situations

theglider
theglider

He's actually played more than that. He's a .230 hitter who doesn't get on base.

DON'T BE SLOPPY
DON'T BE SLOPPY

@Steven Matregrano @Victor Triguero Steve go away. People are tired of your trolling here. You come to argue with and bash people's post. You add nothing of value to this blog except hate.


You always look for a chance to put somebody down. Enough is enough move along.

fhc1224
fhc1224

@theglider tired of your putting down any prospect we have in favor of guys that have proved they stink.  you say flores sucks and has had 2 seasons and done nothing.  well here are the numbers for you.  career stats - flores 45 games  155 abs  2 home runs  20 rbi's  1 homer per 77.5 at bats  1 rbi per 7.75 at bats.  Tejeda 396 games  1366 at bats  4 home runs  101 rbi's  1 home run per every 341.5 at bats  1 rbi every 13.5 at bats.  Tejeda is your choice because Flores has not proved himself?  Hard to prove yourself in 155 ab's and what has Tejeda proved in almost 10x as many ab's?  that he stinks as a hitter and should be a back up middle infielder at best and also that you sir just speak out of your A$$

Juan Contreras
Juan Contreras

@theglider i didn't say he would hit .300 in his rookie year, I'm just saying, playing the kid everyday will probably yield better results than tejada over the long run