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Syndergaard and Utley (Mets Game 48 Preview) May 28, 2016

Posted by tomflesher in Baseball.
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Noah Syndergaard; Photo: Arturo Pardavila III

Noah Syndergaard; Photo: Arturo Pardavila III

Tonight, Noah Syndergaard takes the mound against the Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda. The Mets enter tonight’s game 3-2 on the season against the Dodgers, following a near miss by normally lights-out closer Jeurys Familia.

The Dodgers’ Chase Utley has been, frankly, ridiculous this year. Utley has been producing in key positions for the Dodgers. After last year’s disappointing .212/.286/.343 season, Utley has raised his batting average to .292 and added almost a full .100 to his on-base percentage (chiefly by walking more). Utley is dangerous on base, scoring a run over 40% of the time. Though there’s speculation that Syndergaard will murder Utley, the Mets seem to have made their peace with him and are letting the fans exact his punishment – although, frankly, he’s batting in so many runs that I wish they’d just hit him instead of giving him the chance to clear the bases.

However, Syndergaard has had his way with Utley. In 8 plate appearances, Utley has only gotten on base once – a single. Noah has been similarly effective against Howie Kendrick (1-11), Yasmani Grandal (1-7), and Yasiel Puig (1-6). On the other side, former Met and current troll doll Justin Turner has been successful (2-6, both doubles). Enrique Hernandez is 1-1 with two walks, one intentional.

As for Maeda, Mets fans may recall him as the dude Noah hit two home runs off of a few weeks ago. Other Mets haven’t been as effective: Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, and Asdrubal Cabrera are each 1-3, but no one else has hit him. This one is going to require Syndergaard to pitch effectively and our batters to leave it on the field. Syndergaard’s numbers versus current Dodgers are below.

 

Name PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Howie Kendrick 11 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .091 .091 .091 .182
Adrian Gonzalez 10 9 2 0 0 1 1 1 4 .222 .300 .556 .856
Yasmani Grandal 8 7 1 0 0 1 1 1 3 .143 .250 .571 .821
Corey Seager 8 8 2 0 0 1 1 0 4 .250 .250 .625 .875
Chase Utley 8 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .250
Justin Turner 7 6 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 .333 .429 .667 1.095
Carl Crawford 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .333
Joc Pederson 6 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000 .167 .000 .167
Yasiel Puig 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .167 .167 .333
Enrique Hernandez 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Clayton Kershaw 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Kenta Maeda 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Trayce Thompson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Total 78 72 12 2 0 3 3 6 20 .167 .231 .319 .550
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/28/2016.
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