What’s on Tap for Thursday, July 17

The Mets and the rest of Major League Baseball are off on Thursday.

In Triple-A, Noah Syndergaard will get the start for Las Vegas at 9:05 p.m. ET.

The Mets open the second half of the season against the Padres on Friday in San Diego at 10:10 p.m. ET.


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In case you missed it…


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8 comments
hashburry
hashburry

In case Metsblog missed it, the Mets first round draft pick was just on TV as a finalist for the Golden Spikes award.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

I look at how Harvey and DeGrom came out looking better in the majors than the minors and I really have hopes for Syndergaard to make a strong showing in ST. I'm hoping Hefner looks good - he's a very viable #4/5 starter if he continues where he left off and that leaves Sandy room to deal and think about Gee. He doesn't get to top of rotation pitch counts but he's got to draw the interest of other teams - at least in the off-season.


The Mets have to be buyers - slots need to be filled and selling means squandering even the pitching talent they've acquired for a major rebuild. I know they're downplaying the mid-season deadline but I really think this team needs a hitter for the last two months of this year just to be respectable.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

I am assuming that those standings are for the Wild Card.  Interesting.  A song from Sesame Street comes to mind...

"One of these things doesn't belong with the others.."

birtelcom
birtelcom

The Padres have lost their last two games by a score of 1-0.  If the Mets can beat them 1-0 on Friday, the Padres would become the first team to lose three games in a row by a 1-0 score since the Phillies did that in May of 1960.


The Padres' interim GM is some guy named Omar Minaya. 


Mets career leaders in games vs. the Padres:

Games Played, Howard Johnson 96

Home Runs, Darryl Strawberry 20

Hits, Howard Johnson 90 

OPS (min. 100 PAs), John Olerud 1.024

Games Pitched, John Franco 40

Games Started, Tom Seaver 30 (ERA 2.03 in those games)

Wins, Tom Seaver 20

Losses, Jerry Koosman 11


hankypanky
hankypanky

So when does Conforto start his first game with the Cyclones?

birtelcom
birtelcom

Looking at the current standings and the standings in past seasons suggests that: (1) 90 wins would very likely make the post-season (at least the wild-card game).   (2) Fewer than 88 wins is unlikely to make the post-season.  


Based  on the Mets' runs scored and runs allowed this season to date, you can make an argument that they have played like a team with the talent to win around 85 games over a full season (which with some luck would put 88 wins well within reach).  But sitting at 45 wins and 50 losses right now means that to get to 88 wins this season they'd have to go 43-24 from here on out.  That's a .642 percentage , the equivalent of 104-win team. That's a tough row to hoe for anybody.  But it's not impossible.  In 2008, the Mets were 2 games under .500 after the July 4 game and went 44-23 in their next 67 games and were sitting in first place after the games of September 19.      

lindro88
lindro88

@birtelcom  I'd feel good about our chances in that series if Hojo,Straw,Olerud,Seaver, and Koosman were on the roster. All kidding aside, this is a very important series.  The Mets have been terrible after the break the last few seasons.  Regardless of the Padres lack of offense, they are going to throw three decent starters at the Mets.  We can't afford to lose a bunch of 2-1 games.  Friday night is actually an important game.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Statistics are fun, and I'm sure that you feel good knowing that this team has a favorable "run differential". They still are 5 games under .500, and really not seriously considered a playoff contender. If "run differential" gets you to go out to the park to see them play, good for you. Frankly, a team that wins one game 14-0 and loses the next twelve games by one run has a favorable "run differential, but they are still a bad ball club.