What to look for: Red Sox vs. Mets, 4:05 PM
The Mets will look to even their series against the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field at 4:05 PM.
Here is today’s starting lineup for New York:
- Curtis Granderson RF
- Yoenis Cespedes CF
- Daniel Murphy 1B
- Travis d’Arnaud C
- Kelly Johnson 2B
- Juan Uribe 3B
- Michael Conforto LF
- Wilmer Flores SS
- Jacob deGrom RHP
Here is today’s pitching matchup:
Jacob deGrom (12-6, 2.29 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Joe Kelly (7-6, 5.18 ERA) will start for the Red Sox.
Here is what I am looking for today from the Mets:
The Mets had a quick turnaround after a late night once again on Friday. After a flat night offensively on Friday, the Mets will have to put together better quality at-bats and execute with runners in scoring position if they intend to even this series and force a rubber match on Sunday.
They’re facing a pitcher who has really struggled this season, so there should be no reason why they should let him off the hook and start a new winning streak in the process.
A healthy start for Jacob deGrom.
In his last start, deGrom was suffering from a little food poisoning, which presumably led to his immediate ineffectiveness against the Phillies. Fortunately, the Mets rallied and won that game anyway.
He should be fine and refreshed today, and he’s pitching in an environment he utterly dominates in – he has a 1.57 ERA in 22 career starts at Citi Field. Hopefully he gets himself back on track after his forgetful performance earlier this week.
He is tasked with not starting a losing trend in the thinner part of the club’s schedule. He’s an ace, and that’s what aces do.
Can anyone pitch in the bullpen?
The bullpen is both overtaxed and underwhelming at the moment, with only Sean Gilmartin, Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia being the true reliable arms in the stable. It can only be hoped that the other guys deliver clean performances to get the ball to those two guys.
But that’s going to have to change. Hansel Robles has started to show signs of consistency lately, but Carlos Torres continues to be up and down, Logan Verrett hit a bump in the road on Friday, and Eric O’Flaherty has yet to show any effectiveness. Against this Red Sox offense, it’s just going to have to be better than that.