Scherzer Tries To Pick Up Mets, deGrom
Max Scherzer will get the job of trying to lift the New York Mets after a rare off-outing by Jacon deGrom againstay the Oakland A’s Sunday in the series finale.
deGrom was knocked around, giving up five earned runs as the Mets fell to A’s 10-4 Saturday, cutting into their lead in the National League East Division. It was the first time deGrom has given up five or more earned runs in a game since May of 2019.
Luckily for the Mets, they have another ace pitcher ready to take the ball in Scherzer, who picked up his 200th career win with six perfect innings in his last start. The 38-year-old has been dominant in his last three starts, allowing just two earned runs and seven hits while striking out 25 batters in 21 innings for the Mets, who lead the division by 1.5 games.
Capel Finding Oakland to His Liking
A month ago, Conner Capel probably couldn’t have imagined having the game he had Saturday in the A’s win over the Mets. Stuck in St. Louis with limited playing time and struggling when he did, the 25-year-old probably figured he would be moving on after the season.
As it turns out, he was put on waivers in early September and claimed by the A’s and the change in scenery has made all the difference. The former fifth-round pick out of a Texas high school had a triple and a home run and drove in four runs Saturday to help Ken Waldichuk earn his first big league win.
In four games with the A’s, Capel is 7-for-14 with three runs scored, four RBIs and two walks and he has done it all while becoming the first A’s player to wear No. 72.
Vientos Mashes First Career Home Run
Perhaps the only good thing to come out of Saturday’s loss for the Mets was the first career home run for Mark Vientos.
The 22-year-old followed up his two hits and two RBIs Friday with a solo home run Saturday that briefly tied the game at four. Home runs are nothing new to the second-round pick out of Florida high school as he had hit 76 of them over five minor league seasons, including 24 this season with the Syracuse Mets.
It took him 21 at-bats to get his first in the majors. Vientos, who was a solid .272 hitter in the minors, will likely get some time at third base and at designated hitter before taking a seat during the postseason, that’s if the Mets don’t call up catcher and top prospect Francisco Alvarez, another right-handed hitter.
Mets vs A’s Head-to-Head
The Mets and the A’s have split a pair of games in their first series since 2017. The A’s improved to 7-4 at home in the rivalry and cut into the Mets’ all-time series lead (14-11).
Mets vs A’s Game Information
- Game: Mets (96-57) vs A’s (56-95)
- Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
- Day/Time: Sunday, Sept. 25th, 4:07 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Mets vs A’s Betting Lines
|Athletics||+250||6½ Evu||1½ +135u|
Mets vs A’s Prediction
JP Sears will try to become the second A’s pitcher acquired from the New York Yankees via trade to beat the Mets. Both he and Waldichuk came over in the Frankie Montas trade.
The lefty Sears, a rookie 11th-round pick out of The Citadel, shook off a string of bad starts by throwing five innings of one-hit, no-run ball in his last start vs. the Seattle Mariners, the team that drafted him. Sears had surrendered 16 earned runs in his previous four starts.
The first two games easily went over the run total as the teams combined for 11 and 14 runs, but this feels like a game that will finish under the total given the pitching matchup.