Fresh off yet another series victory over the Washington Nationals, the Mets return home to play their first interleague series of the year as they host the Seattle Mariners to begin a seven game homestand.
Mets Record: 22-11
Mariners Record: 14-18
Marco Gonzales 1-4, 3.91 ERA vs Max Scherzer 4-1, 2.92 ERA
George Kirby vs Chris Bassitt 4-2, 2.45 ERA
Robbie Ray 3-3, 4.22 ERA vs Carlos Carrasco 3-1, 3.19 ERA
What to Watch:
Mets Closer Edwin Diaz will face his former team for the first team since he was traded by Seattle to the Mets in December of 2018. Former Met Robinson Cano was involved in that package. The Mets will also see former players and top prospects on the field as well with relief pitcher Paul Sewald returning after spending four years in Flushing. The Mets will also get a look at former top prospect Jarred Kelenic who was involved in that massive trade that sent Diaz to the Mets.
Keys for Series Win:
Despite Seattle’s disappointing start to the season, they’re still a really good offensive team. The Mets are going to need great starting pitching especially from game one’s starting pitcher Max Scherzer who’s not been himself the last couple of starts giving up four runs on three home runs over six against the Phillies on May 1, and then three runs and on 10 hits against Philly again on May 8. The Mets will also need to wake up the bats as a few of their players have struggled at the plate with utility hitter Dom Smith and third baseman Eduardo Escobar in funks as they’re in a combined 0 for 36 skid. Francisco Lindor will also need to wake up his bat. Since his hot start to the season, his bat has been cold as he’s hit only at a .200 batting average.
Who Wins the Series?
Yes, Seattle’s start has been a disappointing one since they won 90 games last year. This team will eventually turn it around and it could start this weekend against the Mets. However, I think the Mets can pull out a series victory and take two out of three from Seattle with Mariners starting pitchers projected for this series, lacking good numbers.