Series preview: Mets finish off road trip in Auckland

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The New York Mets will start a three-game streak with last place Oakland Athletics on Friday as they hold a 1.5-game advantage over the Eastern National League. The Atlanta Braves, who lost last night, are in Philadelphia to face the Phillies for three more games as they look to put pressure on their division rival.

What is interesting about this series is that the Mets will face three Left-handed beginners, which will really test right-handed hitters. Mets need There is a reputation And the Marc Ventus has good hits from the right side, especially in the absence of Starling Mart.

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Friday, September 23, 2022: RHP Chris Bassett (14-8, 3.32 ERA) vs. LHP Cole Irvine (9-11, 3.79 ERA).

Chris Bassett will take the ball in the series’ opening game against his former team. His only appearance against athletics came in 2014 when he was still a member of the Chicago White Sox.

The 33-year-old is in big numbers at the Oakland Coliseum, with 2.44 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 40 careers starting on that court. He’s taken it to another level since the All-Star break, going 7-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 11 restarts. Bassett made a big appearance against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Saturday, playing six goalless runs while dropping three hits and hitting eight to take the win.

Cole Irvine has thrown more innings (166 1/3) than anyone else on the athletics roster this season. The left-handed might not have an impressive win/loss record, but he was definitely one of the few bright spots for this team. Irvine has really strong numbers at home, holding a 5-4 record with 2.75 ERAs across 15 starts. By comparison, he’s 4-7 with a 5.17 ERA in 12 starts on the road this season.

The 28-year-old is 5-4 years old with a 4.56 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 71 innings since the All-Star break. Irvine took the win on his last start, allowing four runs to score seven strokes in seven rounds against the Houston Astros last Saturday.

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Saturday 24 September 2022: RHP Jacob deGrom (5-2, 2.32 ERA) vs LHP Ken Waldichuk (0-2, 7.13 ERA)

Jacob Degrom looked just like him through nine games in 2022. The right-hander may have been late to the start of his season, but his performances prove that he is still the most dominant bowler in the game. DeGrom was exciting, but for one stadium in his last start, he scored 13 in over five runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Sunday. His only flaw came from that performance at the top of the sixth inning when he was short O’Neill Cruz Hit three home runs to tie the game.

DeGrom has never faced an Oakland Athletics team in his career, and is one of two MLS Western (Houston Astros) teams that a Mets player hasn’t faced yet.

Ken Waldichuk is just getting started in the majors after coming to Oakland on a trade with the New York Yankees earlier this summer. The 24-year-old only has 17 2/3 runs under his belt, giving opponents a small sample to work with. Waldichuk was solid in his first two games, but the last two appearances didn’t go well for the young left-back.

The rookie only managed to play 2 and 3 innings against the Houston Astros last Sunday, allowing five runs to record five strikes for his second loss of the season. Waldichuk did really well at the start of his only home year, dropping three runs in three rounds in 5 1/3 innings against the Atlanta Braves again on September 7.

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Sunday 25 September 2022: RHP Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.15 ERA) vs. LHP JP Sears (6-2, 3.58 ERA)

Max Scherzer is set to make his second start since being dropped from the injured list after a left-leaning slash. The Mets couldn’t have asked for more on his final start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, throwing a perfect six while scoring nine to help the team clinch a playoff point.

The 38-year-old is 6-2 with a 2.61 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 11 routes starting this season. Scherzer will begin his eighth career against athletics on Sunday, setting a record 2-1 with 4.75 ERAs across 36 innings in the first seven.

JP Sears was one of the key pieces in the deal that included the former athletics player Frankie Montas Going to the New York Yankees on the trade deadline. The left-hander reached a 2.05 ERA in seven games with the Yankees earlier in the year. His numbers with athletics dipped slightly, going 3-2 with a 4.46 ERA in eight starts with his new team.

The 26-year-old put in an impressive performance on his last start, allowing the run to score in just one stroke in five rounds against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

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