What to look for: Mets vs. Orioles, 7:05 PM
The Mets open a brief two-game series with the Orioles on Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore at 7:05 PM.
Here is tonight’s starting lineup for New York:
Curtis Granderson RF
Daniel Murphy 3B
Yoenis Cespedes CF
Lucas Duda 1B
Travis d’Arnaud C
Kelly Johnson 2B
Michael Cuddyer DH
Michael Conforto LF
Wilmer Flores SS
Jacob deGrom RHP
Here is tonight’s pitching matchup:
Jacob deGrom (11-6, 2.03 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Kevin Gausman (2-4, 4.48 ERA) will start for the Orioles.
Here’s what I am looking for from the Mets tonight:
The Mets had a rough ending to their weekend and ultimately got swept. After a day off to detox, the Mets need to reboot fast, as they’re facing a red hot Orioles team which is a run scoring machine right now.
They’re going to have to play a lot tighter than they did following Sunday’s rain delay, get their bats on track, and they’re just going to have to get better quality out of their relievers if they are going to win these games this week.
A deGrominant start.
After being knocked over this past weekend, It would really be nice of deGrom could go out there and do what aces do – end the losing streak with a long, dominant performance. He’s coming off an excellent start against the Rockies in which he allowed only two hits and four walks in seven innings and has allowed two or fewer runs in each of his last six starts. Hopefully that string of dominance continues tonight.
It’s not going to be easy, especially against the Orioles in that bandbox in Baltimore. But he’s going to have to be a stopper in a big way tonight and his club back on track.
Mojo for the bats.
The Mets need to get this offense going. The roster is too good and too versatile now for them to be browning out the way they have over the last ten days. They’re very reliant upon the home run ball at the moment, so they need to figure out some other ways to score runs and keep the opposition thinking, especially since it’s fair to expect they’re going to score a lot of runs as well. It’s time for better quality at-bats, moving runners around the bases, and better situational hitting.