Fresh off taking two out of three from the Milwaukee Brewers and clinching a playoff berth in the process, the Mets work is not done yet! They enter this series with a one game lead in the NL East and winning the division on their mind. With less than 12 games to go in the regular season, the Mets will look to take advantage of another easy series as they head to the West Coast one last time to take on the lowly Oakland Athletics.
Mets Record: 95-56
Friday’s Starters: 55-95
Chris Bassitt 14-8, 3.32 ERA vs Cole Irvin 9-11, 3.79 ERA
Jacob deGrom 5-2, 2.32 ERA vs Ken Waldichuk 0-2, 7.13 ERA
Max Scherzer 10-4, 2.15 ERA vs JP Sears 6-2, 3.58 ERA
What to watch:
Despite being shutout in the final game of their three game series against the Brewers, the Mets offense was raging hot in that series and as of lately too. For one, first baseman Pete Alonso is trying to make a late season push for league MVP. The Polar Bear has driven in at least one run in eight out of his last nine games including hitting two three run homers in the Mets three game series in Milwaukee. He still leads the NL in runs batted in with 121 making it a new career high for him. Another play to look out for is shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor is also coming off a strong series against the Brewers, driving in five runs in the three games, four of them going for grand slam. He too has a new career in runs batted in with 99 so we’ll see if Alonso and Lindor keep up their hot bats.
The pitching matchup:
The Mets will have their top three aces coming for them in this series which will for sure give them an advantage. For game one, Chris Bassitt will square off against his former team where he spent his last years. He will square off against lefty Cole Irvin. Bassitt is coming off pitching six scoreless innings against the Pirates on Sept 8th. A great bounce after only going three ⅔ innings in his previous start against Chicago. Irvin is coming off a start where he pitched seven innings against the Astros on Sept. 17th but gave up three home runs in the process.
Game two will have Jacob deGrom for the Mets and Ken Waldichuk for the A’s. deGrom is coming off a no-decision despite striking out 13 of the first 15 batters he faced until giving up a three homer to the Pirates ONeil Cruz on Sept. 18th. While Waldichuck is still trying to get his feet wet in the big leagues pitched to an ERA over seven in his limited time in the majors. For the finale, it will have Max Scherzer for the Mets and JP Sears for Oakland. Scherzer is coming off his first start in 16 days against the Brewers on Sept. 19th and it’s fair to say he didn’t miss a beat. He pitched six perfect innings at Miller Park striking out eight. While Sears has been one of the bright spots from Oakland’s dismal season having a pretty good year pitching to an ERA over three.
Who wins the series?
If the Mets want to prove they’re the true division champs and want to make a deep run into October, this is the series to do it. You have to take advantage of playing a poor team like the A’s. That’s why I have the Mets sweeping this series. Their offense has been firing on all cylinders lately and they have their top three aces going for them in this series. The Mets can take care of business and sweep the A’s at the RingCentral Coliseum.