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The National League West meets the NL East for a three-game tilt this weekend as the San Diego Padres will be in Queens, NY to take on the New York Mets. San Diego is coming off a series loss to Chicago while New York split their most recent interleague series against Baltimore. The Padres have left-hander Blake Snell starting game one and New York hands the ball to Jacob deGrom for Friday night’s contest.
Padres Struggling in June
It was not too long ago that the Padres were sitting in first place in the NL West, partially because they were phenomenal in the month of May, going 19-9 over 28 contests last month. If only May were longer. With their most recent loss to Chicago Wednesday afternoon, San Diego is now 27-17 and has fallen into third place in the NL West, where they’re two and a half games back of first-place San Francisco. A good reason for their drop in the standings is their 3-6 June record so far.
Snell was brought on to the Padres to help generate the best starting rotation in the Majors. Unfortunately, it has not gone that way for Snell as he has had an up-and-down year in his first season pitching in the NL. Over 12 starts this season, Snell has posted a 4.83 ERA through 54 innings of work although his last start was perhaps his finest of the year as he went seven innings of scoreless ball against these same Mets at Petco Park. That being said, Snell has sported a 5.82 ERA over his past five starts.
Mets in Control of the East
Until another team in the NL East can start to put together a winning streak to put some heat on the Mets, New York doesn’t have to concern itself with anyone catching them. At 30-24, they’re three and a half games up on Philadelphia, four up on Atlanta, and seven up on both Miami and Washington, all of which are currently below .500. The Mets have played good lately, winning three of their last four games but their rise to first place was due in large part to their 17-9 record in May.
deGrom has been nothing short of amazing this season. He’s hands down the best pitcher in the Majors this season as he leads the league in both ERA (0.62) and WHIP (0.57) over nine starts so far. In his most recent start, against these very same Padres, he threw seven scoreless innings and only gave up a walk and three hits while striking out 11. Over his last five starts, he’s posted a 0.93 ERA over 29 innings of work and the Mets have won four straight in games he’s started.
-Mets are 4-0 in their last 4 home games. -Mets are 9-1 in their last 10 games at home. -Mets are 8-1 in their last 9 games with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
-Padres are 0-4 in their last 4 road games. -Padres are 0-4 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning record. -Padres are 2-8 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter.