Back Diamondbacks to Extend Mets’ Losing Streak

Matthew Jordan

Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:31 PM UTC

Sunday, May. 14, 2017 10:31 PM UTC

The New York Mets have had just about everything go wrong that possibly could this season, and they enter Monday’s series opener at Arizona on a four-game losing streak. This capper believes that skid will continue.

MLB Season Record: 13-8

New York Mets At Arizona Diamondbacks (-115, 9.5)

The Mets open a three-game series Monday night at Arizona with first pitch scheduled for 9:40 p.m. ET from Chase Field.

I haven’t seen any updated MLB odds on the first manager to be fired this season, but the most recent ones from Bovada had the Mets’ Terry Collins at +1000. I believe he could be the first one to get the gate. New York is 16-20 and has dropped four in a row after being swept in Milwaukee over the weekend by a combined score of 29-17.

It’s certainly not all on Collins that this team is below .500. Ace Noah Syndergaard is out a couple of months with a torn late muscle. The team’s best hitter, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, hasn’t played since April 27 with a hamstring injury. He only recently began limited baseball activities so it will be a little while before he gets back. There was the whole Matt Harvey mess. He has been terrible in his past three outings.

Now closer Jeurys Familia is out 3-4 months – so maybe the rest of the season -- with a blood clot in his shoulder. He had surgery to remove it Friday. Familia saved 51 games for the Mets in 2016 and had saved three in 2017 since returning from a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The Mets have placed 11 players on the disabled list already and have had just three come back. Addison Reed was to serve as closer in Familia’s spot. I saw was because he gave up a go-ahead three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to Milwaukee’s Manny Pina on Sunday. The Brewers scored 10 runs over their final three innings in rallying from a 7-1 deficit.

Add shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to the walking wounded. He sat out Sunday’s game with a left thumb injury. Whether he has to go on the DL is to be determined. Cabrera is hitting .257 with three homers and 14 RBIs. Jose Reyes and his .189 batting average is filling in at short.

The Diamondbacks are without catcher Chris Iannetta. He scarily took a fastball to the face Friday against Pittsburgh and has been placed on the seven-day concussion list. Iannetta is hitting .230 with three homers and six RBIs. Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann will handle the catching duties in his spot.


Monday’s Probable Pitchers

It’s an all-Zack matchup on the mound. Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.18) takes the bump for the Mets. Wheeler, who missed the previous two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery, comes off his first quality outing of the year and the Mets’ last win: Wheeler went six innings and allowed a run and two hits last Tuesday vs. San Francisco. He did walk four and has given up 14 free passes in 32.1 innings, which is too many.

Wheeler last faced Arizona in 2014 and was 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in two starts against the Snakes. Paul Goldschmidt is 2-for-9 off him with a walk. Chris Owings is 2-for-6 with a double. Gregor Blanco is 1-for-7 with three RBIs.

The Diamondbacks’ Zack Godley (1-0, 2.25) has made only two starts – he’s in the rotation for the injured Shelby Miller, who is out for the year following Tommy John surgery. Godley beat the Tigers on Wednesday, allowing one run and four hits over seven innings with six strikeouts.

Last year, Godley was 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA in 8.1 innings vs. the Mets. Reyes is 1-for-4 against him. Jay Bruce is 1-for-6 with an RBI. Curtis Granderson is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

The Mets are 1-4 in Wheeler’s past five vs. teams with a winning record, while Arizona is 6-2 in Godley’s past eight vs. clubs with a losing mark. So the Snakes are the MLB pick.

MLB Free Pick: Diamondbacks -115Best Line Offered: BookMaker

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