Tonight, the Mets begin their inter-league schedule with a three-game series against the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays have been somewhat of a surprise this year, considering the tough division they play in. They are currently in third place, but are only four games behind the Orioles in the division.
The Blue Jays, so far, have been led by a plethora of young, talented arms in their rotation. The Mets could have trouble with all three guys they face in this series. Brandon Morrow has been fantastic and may finally be living up to his potential. Ricky Romero also seems to be continuing the success he had last season with the Jays.
On offense, it’s been all about Edwin Encarnacion. Carnacion has 13 homers and 34 RBI this season, both of which lead his team. Jose Bautista, the one who was supposed to lead the team in every offensive catagory, is hitting just .207 with ten homers.
Overall, the Blue Jays are a team on the rise and could pose a problem for the Mets in this three-game series.
Here are the pitching matchups:
Game 1- Tonight 7:07
Jonathon Niese (39.2 IP, 3,40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .224 BAA) vs. Ricky Romero (53.1 IP, 3.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .222 BAA)
Game 2- Saturday 1:07
Miguel Batista (25.1 IP, 4.26 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, .295 BAA) vs. Brandon Morrow (52.2 IP, 2.22 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, .200 BAA)
Game 3- Sunday 1:07
– Brett Lawrie will miss the entire series after dropping the appeal of his four–game suspension he received for throwing his helmet at an umpire while arguing over balls and strikes. Lawrie is hitting a team-high .281.
– Frank Francisco will continue to close for the Mets, despite recent struggles. Francisco has pitched, very, very badly of late, blowing a few games in a row. However, he is only part of the problem. The entire Mets bullpen has struggled this season, so Francisco is only part of the problem in the ‘pen.
– David Wright is hitting .411!!!