If the Mets want to hold on to their slim lead in the NL East, it’s a team like this that they need to take advantage of. The Mets will look to take advantage of this opportunity as they head to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates in a three game series set.
Mets Record: 85-50
Pirates Record: 49-84
Taijuan Walker 10-3, 3.45 ERA vs Mitch Keller 4-10, 4.43 ERA
Wednesday’s Game One Starters:
Jacob deGrom 4-1, 1.98 ERA vs Bryse Wilson 2-8, 6.12 ERA
Wednesday’s Game Two Starters:
Chris Bassitt 12-7, 3.32 ERA vs Johan Oviedo 2-1, 2.86 ERA
What to watch:
The Mets had a very disappointing weekend series against the Washington Nationals. They surprisingly lost two out of three to their division rivals and scored a combined two runs and in two of the three games played. They will look to right the ship as their division lead is quickly shrinking. They will need players like Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil, who had a rough series against the Nationals to step up at a time where it’s needed most with their division lead down to just one game.
The pitching matchup:
The Mets are again favored in this series in terms of the starting pitching matchup. Originally supposed to pitch in the Mets past series finale against the Nationals, Taijuan Walker will get the nod in the opener of this series. Walker is coming off a quality start against the Dodgers where he gave up three runs over five ⅔ innings pitched. He will face off against the Pirates Mitch Keller who went six strong innings in his last start against the Brewers on August 30th. Game two will feature the Mets ace Jacob deGrom and Bryse Wilson for the Bucs. deGrom is coming off a milestone start as he went seven innings in a game for the first time this season on August 31th against the Dodgers.
For Wilson, he is coming off a rough outing against the Brewers on August 29th where he only went three innings and gave up three runs on five hits. The finale will have Chris Bassitt for the Mets and Johan Oviedo for the Pirates. Bassitt is off six strong against the Dodgers on September 1st and Oviedo is making just his three career start in this one.
Who wins the series?
This is a series the Mets need to take advantage of. Their division lead is just one game and if the Mets want any hope of expanding it further, this is the chance. That’s why I have the Mets sweeping the Pirates. The Pirates have been struggling all season long and their starting pitcher they’re throwing out is not strong. It will be too much for the Bucs, give me the Mets sweeping this series.