The Mets finally got their bats going! After only scoring three runs in their first game against the Marlins, they finally went, scoring 11 in game two and nine in the finale. The Mets who are hanging by a thread in the NL East will need to take advantage of this next series as they return home to begin a four game series against the Chicago Cubs
Cubs Record: 58-82
Mets Record: 89-52
Javier Assad 0-1, 2.93 ERA vs Chris Bassitt 13-7, 3.24 ERA
Adrian Sampson 1-5, 3.76 ERA vs Jacob deGrom 5-1, 1.66 ERA
Drew Smyly 6-8, 3.57 ERA vs David Peterson 7-4, 3.47 ERA
What to watch:
The Mets are coming off winning two out of three from the Marlins in Miami and their offense, after being in a slump, has really taken off as of late. One player that has really helped revive the Mets offense and has shown no sign of slowing down is Eduardo Escobar. Escobar, who has been a disappointment most of this year, is making up from poor play. He has seen his average climb from .216 on Sept. 1st to now at .236. He has gone six for 25 in his last six games and has hit two home runs and five runs batted in during that span as well.
The pitching matchup:
The Mets definitely have the favorable pitching match heading into this series. Game one will feature Javier Assad for the Cubs and Chris Bassitt for the Mets. Assad is in his first year in the big leagues for the Cubs and has pitched to a 2.93 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched. For Bassitt, he is coming off one of his better starts of the season. The right hander struck out 10 batters in seven dominant innings against the Pirates and is just seven strikeouts away from tying his career high of strikeouts in a single season. For game two, it will feature Adrian Sampson for Chicago and ace Jacob deGrom for the Mets. Sampson is looking to bounce back from a tough outing against the Giants when he only pitched four innings and gave up four runs. For deGrom, he’s looking to continue his dominance as he struck out eight pirates on Sept. 7th in seven innings.
The series finale will have two lefties, Drew Smyly for the Cubs and David Peterson for the Mets. Smyly pitched strong in his last outing against the Giants on Sept. 9th and Peterson is looking to pitch a bit better than his last outing when he only went three ⅔ innings against the Marlins on Sept. 9th.
Who wins the series?
The Mets offense looks like it’s back and they have two of their aces on the bump in this series. The Mets offense continues to rake, and Bassitt and deGrom continue to pitch with complete dominance. I don’t see why the Mets can’t take sweep this three game series at home.