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Game of The Week Preview – Mets vs Diamondbacks 4:10 PM EST

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The Series:

At the opening game of the series on Thursday at Chase Field, it was left hander Robbie Ray pitching at home against Matt Harvey, who was set back on a 3-game losing streak.

Although Ray shut out the Mets through 5 innings, he ultimately left the game due to having thrown 110 pitches, something he credited to allowing too many foul balls during his stint. The Arizona bullpen couldn’t hold onto the lead for Ray, as Dominic Leone gave up three runs in the subsequent inning, setting off for his loss of the game. Overall, the Mets scored six runs on the Arizona bullpen (save Oliver Perez, who had a one-two-three seventh inning). John Mayberry, Jr had a HUGE night, going 4-5 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBI courtesy of a two-run dinger in the 9th.

Meanwhile, Harvey gave up two solo home runs (one to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the other to the phenomenal Paul Goldschmidt), but kept the Diamondbacks in check otherwise with nine strikeouts through seven innings. However, it was a rough night, as Daniel Murphy left the ball game with tightness in his right quadriceps.

The second game of the series told an entirely different story. With the battle being Jon Niese going against Jeremy Hellickson, both men needed a big win.

Niese pitched a solid five innings before going to the 6th and giving up two runs off of hits from the aforementioned Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas. After being taken out, Carlos Torres, Jack Leathersich, and Erik Goeddel combined to give up four runs out of the bullpen in the 8th inning.

Meanwhile, Hellickson gave up two runs, one being a home run to Michael Cuddyer in the top of the 2nd, but pitched well enough to win, throwing six strikeouts through six innings.

Game 3 of 4 was a tighter contest, as the 42-year old Bartolo Colon pitched against Chase Anderson. The start was originally scheduled to be the young but uber talented Archie Bradley, but was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendonitis.

Anderson gave up a solo home run in the second inning to Juan Lagares. Ultimately, Anderson lasted 5.2 innings, being taken out when he loaded the bases in the top of the 6th. However, the Mets struggled with men in scoring position and was held to only one run, even though they outhit the Diamondbacks 10-6.

Bartolo Colon, however, after going strong through six innings, gave up a two-run shot to backup catcher Wellington Castillo in the bottom of the 7th. That one miscue from “El Porko” cost the Mets a victory 2-1.

Probable Starters:

Mets:

RHP Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.41 ERA) – He has pitched tremendous at Citi Field, but quieted his doubters by throwing a 2-hitter through eight innings at his last start at San Diego on Monday. DeGrom needs to control his pitches and watch his pitch count, as the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year has struggled with his command a tad this season.

Diamondbacks:

RHP Josh Collmenter (3-5, 5.03 ERA) – Collmenter has struggled with getting to 6 IP. He has only gotten there once in the past five starts. To survive, similar to deGrom, he needs to control his pitch count and get deep into the ballgame. If he does that, he’s gravy. If not, it might be a complete struggle for the Arizona right hander.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Mets:

RF Curtis Granderson (.232)

2B Ruben Tejada (.309)

1B Lucas Duda (.279)

LF Michael Cuddyer (.273)

CF Juan Lagares (.262)

3B Eric Campbell (.162)

SS Wilmer Flores (.249)

C Anthony Recker (.167)

P Jacob deGrom (.200)

Diamondbacks:

RF Ender Inciarte (.287)

CF A.J. Pollock (.324)

1B Paul Goldschmidt (.343)

3B Yasmany Tomas (.338)

LF David Peralta (.258)

2B Chris Owings (.250)

SS Cliff Pennington (.159)

C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.143)

P Josh Collmenter (.217)

Jon Harder

Editor at Legends On Deck
Jon was born in Queens and now resides in New Jersey. He is a die-hard Mets fan and believes HoJo should be in the Mets Hall of Fame. Not only is Jon a contributing writer on Legends On Deck, but he also is the founder of @HardwayHQ, host of the #TheHardwayPodcast and somewhat plays Air Hockey on http://HardwayHQ.com. You can follow Jon on Twitter @TheJonHarder