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  W: M. Albers (2-1)   L: J. deGrom (2-3)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, April 26, 2019
Citi Field, Flushing, New York  Attendance: 28,131

Pitching-weary Mets, Brewers meet with hopes of mound turnarounds

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Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets

  1. The Brewers and Mets will meet for the first time this season with the Brewers taking last year's season series, 4-3. The Mets have won nine of the last 12 games against the Brewers in New York, holding Milwaukee to just 3.0 runs per game.
  2. Milwaukee has lost seven of eight, allowing 5.25 runs per game. The Brewers' team ERA this season is 5.27, up from last year's mark of 3.73 -- that +1.54 increase in ERA ranks as the second-largest increase in MLB behind the Red Sox (+1.69).
  3. The Mets sit in first place in the NL East with a 13-11 record despite holding a -12 run differential on the season. They took two of three against the Phillies in their last series, holding them to one combined run in the two wins but getting shut out in the one loss.
  4. Christian Yelich has gone hitless in his last five road games along with two walks and five strikeouts. All 13 of Yelich's home runs have come at home this season -- he has a 1.271 slugging percentage at home compared to just .273 on the road, the largest difference among qualified batters in MLB (home better).
  5. Robinson Cano has multiple hits in four of his last six games and accounted for three of the Mets' six hits in their 6-0 loss to Philly. Cano is hitting .381 over his last 11 games after hitting just .180 over the first 12 games of the season.
  6. Jacob deGrom has allowed nine earned runs over 9.0 innings in his last two starts after pitching two scoreless starts over 13.0 innings in his first two games. DeGrom has allowed 15 runs in his last three starts against Milwaukee after allowing four total runs in his first four starts against the Brewers.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/26/2019 thru 4/28/2019

The New York Mets chose to find a solution to their starting pitching problems from within instead of signing Gio Gonzalez this week.

They might get a chance to find out what they did - or didn't - miss out on as early as this weekend, when the Mets host Gonzalez' new team, the Milwaukee Brewers, in a three-game series.

The series is scheduled to get underway Friday, when reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (2-2, 3.68 ERA) is expected to come off the injured list and start for the Mets against Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.00 ERA). However, there are heavy thunderstorms in the forecast for Friday afternoon and evening in New York City.

Both teams were off Thursday after losing Wednesday. The host Mets missed a chance to complete a sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies by falling to their NL East rivals, 6-0. The visiting Brewers absorbed the final defeat in a three-game sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 5-2 loss.

Prior to Wednesday's games, the Brewers reportedly reached agreement with Gonzalez on a one-year deal worth $2 million plus incentives. Gonzalez finished last season with Milwaukee, for whom he went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts following his acquisition from the Washington Nationals, but remained unsigned well into spring training before agreeing to a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.

Gonzalez exercised the opt-out in his clause last Saturday and was released by the Yankees on Monday. Many believed he'd head to the Mets, whose rotation is pitching to a 4.97 ERA with a fifth starter, Jason Vargas, who has the third-worst ERA (5.97) among pitchers with at least 20 starts since 2018. But Gonzalez ended up with the Brewers, whose starters will enter Friday with an ERA of 5.84.

Gonzalez isn't slotted into the rotation yet, but he could be used in relief as he begins to knock off the rust. He last pitched on April 14 for the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Whenever Gonzalez slides into the rotation, the Brewers will hope he can pick up where he left off last season for them and offer his usual reliability. Gonzalez made 27 starts last year making it the 10th straight year with 27-plus starts, the fourth-longest streak among pitchers.

"He pitched good for us last year," said Brewers Opening Day pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, who has a 6.35 ERA in six starts this season. "Whoever can help us to get going. We haven't pitched deep in games, we haven't put the team in good position to win the ballgame every (day). That's something we have to start to do. To get a team out of a slump, it starts with your starters."

If deGrom comes off the injured list - he got through his throwing program fine on Monday and Wednesday - manager Mickey Callaway will hope he can follow in the footsteps of Vargas, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, who combined to allow just two runs over 17 2/3 innings in the three-game series against the Phillies. Vargas took the loss Wednesday after surrendering one run in 4 2/3 innings.

"I think all of our starting pitching stepped up this series," Callaway said Wednesday night. "We took the series because our starting pitching stepped it up and I think that kind of sets the tone for turning the corner and getting where we need to be, as far as what we're trying to do on the mound. Just another solid effort from a starter for the third day in a row."

Anderson earned the win in his first start of the season last Saturday when he allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings as the Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0.

DeGrom hasn't started since April 14, when he took the loss after allowing three runs over five innings as the Mets fell to the Atlanta Braves, 7-3. The 30-year-old came down with strep throat a few days later and felt soreness in his elbow while trying to resume his throwing program. He blamed the soreness on the full-body aches he had from the illness and the subsequent layoff. An MRI administered Monday came back clean.

Anderson is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in six career starts against the Mets. DeGrom is 3-2 with a 4.17 ERA in seven starts against the Brewers.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 25, 2019

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