I would have sworn that the Cubs have already played the Mets this year, but it looks like that is not the case. Much like another NY team who shares 75% of the letters in the team name, I don’t think there’s any moment in which their manager is not on the hot seat. Rumors of Mickey Callaway’s demise seem to have subsided for the time as the Mets have played .500-ish ball for the past few weeks, but from past experience you can believe pretty much anything of the Mets.
- OBP: Jeff McNeil (.406)
- ISO: Pete Alonso (.346) (!!!!)
- HR: Alonso (24)
- R+RBI: Alonso (103)
- wRC+: Alonso (153)
- BSR: Brandon Nimmo (1.3)
- Defense: Noah Syndergaard (?!) (4.5)
- SP K/9: deGrom (11.08)
- SP BB/9: deGrom (1.98)
- SP FIP: deGrom (3.21)
- RP K/9: Edwin Diaz (14.13)
- RP BB/9: Seth Lugo (2.36)
- RP FIP: Lugo (2.67)
- WAR: Alonso (2.7)
- OBP: Bryant (.395)
- ISO: Rizzo (.272)
- HR: Rizzo (19)
- R+RBI: Rizzo/Bryant (96)
- wRC+: Contreras (146)
- BSR: Bryant (2.5)
- Defense: Baez (8.6)
- SP K/9: Darvish (10.32)
- SP BB/9: Cyle (1.63)
- SP FIP: Cyle (3.32)
- RP K/9: Edwards (10.20)
- RP BB/9: Kintzler (2.25)
- RP FIP: Cishek (3.14)
- WAR: Bryant (2.8)
Injuries, transactions, blood feuds, etc.
Nothing has really changed on the Cubs front that I know of so I’m basically recopying this from the series two days ago. The Cubs have had a couple of pitchers go down lately, including Cyle (shoulder inflammation) and Edwards (thoracic strain). The Cubs will certainly feel the Cyle loss but it sounds like at least we might see a spot start from Alzolay. If you read BN you would think that Edwards has been lighting the world on fire lately, but that hasn’t certainly seemed the case to me. It is nice for relief pitchers that their baseline numbers don’t get dinged for letting inherited runners score. Craig Kimbrel has been officially added to the I-Cubs roster and has pitched, and could be up as soon as next week. Brandon Morrow is ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
On the Mets side, the most recent biggest name injury is that Noah Syndergaard is out with a hamstring strain. He hasn’t quite been capital-T Thor this year, but the Cubs won’t be sorry to miss him. Yoenis Cespedes is out for the season following surgeries on both of his feet for unrelated injuries. Brandon Nimmo is shut down for a month with a bulging disc in his neck that, shockingly, the Mets underplayed when it was first reported. Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson are also on the IL with what may or may not be minor injuries.
K/9, BB/9, ERA, projected ERA listed for all pitchers. Projections only for guys making their debut.
Thursday: Walter Lockett, RHP (6.70, 2.70, 4.63) vs Tyler Chatwood, RHP (7.46, 5.40, 3.60, 5.21) / Adbert Alzolay, RHP (8.42, 3.38, 4.65), 7:05 PM CT
Lockett is making his Mets debut – he started three games for the Padres last year.
Friday: Jason Vargas, LHP (7.16, 3.90, 3.74, 4.96) vs Yu Darvish, RHP (10.32, 5.11, 4.65, 4.23), 1:20 PM CT
Vargas is day to day after suffering calf muscle cramps in his last start.
Saturday: Zack Wheeler, RHP (9.79, 2.66, 4.94, 3.74) vs Jose Quintana, LHP (7.75, 2.90, 3.87, 3.79), 1:20 PM CT
Sunday: Jacob deGrom, RHP (11.08, 1.98, 3.26, 2.91) vs Cole Hamels, LHP (8.93, 3.14, 2.85, 3.57), 1:20 PM CT