The New York Mets host the Brewers after a ramping up their rivalry with Philadelphia a couple of notches with plenty of hits batsmen, a little headhunting, and tempers flaring all around. Milwaukee, losers of four straight, is glad to get out of St Louis after a three-game sweep at the hands of the Cardinals.
The Mets will fire away with the top of their rotation, starting with Cy Yong winner Jacob DeGrom facing Brandon Woodruff to begin the series. DeGrom returns from the injury list after missing a start with elbow soreness in what seems at the moment a case of over cautiousness by the team. DeGrom looks to get back on track after two consecutive disappointing starts by his standards. Chase Anderson gets a second start in a row after being sent to the bullpen to start the season. Five scoreless innings against the Dodgers has bought him another start.
Game two features two pitchers trying to find their way. It’s been a tough go for Noah Syndergaard and his early season struggles. Even though he’s getting his strikeouts, more than a strikeout per inning, his ERA in his previous three games is a hefty 6.88. An important cog to the rotation, the Mets will need Syndergaard to step up if they’re to compete for a playoff spot this season. For the Brewers, Brandon Woodruff has been no better, posting a 5.81 ERA in five starts.
Steven Matz matches up against Zach Davis in the season finale. It’s been a roller coaster for Matz, coming off a great start against the Phillies going 6 innings while giving up only one run on three hits. That after getting blown up against the same Phillies team a week earlier, exiting the game in the first inning without recording one out after giving up eight runs, six earned. Take away that one terrible start and Matz has been stellar otherwise with a 1.61 ERA. Davis has been the only reliable starter for the Brewers. It’s him and nobody else for a team that has high expectations on the season. He’s pitched to the tune of a low 1.65 ERA in five starts and not giving up over two runs in any game.
Give the Mets the series edge with the starters set to throw. Besides DeGrom, look for Syndergaard to get on track. However, they’ll have to do it against a tough Brewers lineup.