The New York Mets took down the Philadelphia Phillies this week and now turn their sights to face the Toronto Blue Jays. An even tougher opponent, the meeting between the two will be yet another test. Can the Mets keep it rolling?
Taking a few cues from their sweep against the Phillies, these three qualities, attributes, and accomplishments are musts for the Mets against the Blue Jays this weekend.
1) The NY Mets starting pitchers must continue to go deep into games
Mets starting pitchers are undefeated when going 6 or more innings. It’s not some sort of a fact that’s brand new to anyone. We hear it every time the starter gets 18 outs.
This recipe is clear. The Mets will win if they get the most out of their starting staff.
The only pitcher we’ll see repeat in the series against the Blue Jays that we saw against the Phillies is Kodai Senga. Scheduled for a start on Sunday, we should all be eager to bear witness to how he does in yet another performance at Citi Field against an allegedly good starting lineup.
Senga has taken down the Tampa Bay Rays and the Phillies at home this season. Back in the late 1990s, there was something about Mary. In 2023, there’s something about Senga pitching in Queens.
Senga is 3-1 with a 1.20 ERA in 5 starts at Citi Field. He has held batters to a .136/.239/.194 slash line. It’s almost expected that he will have another strong performance at this point against the Blue Jays considering the setting.
The Mets will also ask Justin Verlander and Tylor Megill to continue the trend of starters going deep. It’s nice to not have to turn to Tommy Hunter, Stephen Nogosek, or Dominic Leone to eat up innings so regularly.