John Means (0-3, 8.10 ERA) vs. Michael Wacha (1-2, 7.20 ERA)
The Baltimore Orioles and New York Mets will get a two-game interleague series started on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Orioles had the day off on Monday, while the Mets were edged out by a score of 9-8 against the Phillies. It was a rough showing for David Peterson, who surrendered 3 hits and 5 earned runs in just 2 innings of work.
The Phillies were up 5-0 going into the 5th before things got a little crazy. The Mets scored 7 unanswered runs to take the lead by a run. Philadelphia fought back to tie things up and scored 2 runs in the top of the 10th. It was an entertaining game to say the least.
The Mets regressed to 19-23 on the season with the loss. The Washington Nationals are the only team that the Mets are ahead of in the NL East. Having said that, 5.5 games isn’t the most impossible mountain to overcome, though. The Mets are 5.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first in the division.
That said, I don’t see it as being too realistic. I hold the Phillies and Braves in higher regard than the Mets. It would take a lot for the Mets to win the NL East. It feels like almost everyone makes the playoffs this season, well, 16 teams, so the Mets aren’t out of the wildcard race by any means. The Giants and Marlins are currently the last teams in with a record of .500.
The Marlins have more games to make up down the stretch, so that might hurt or help them. Teams that are flirting with a record of .500 shouldn’t deserve a spot in the postseason to begin with, though. Those early round playoff games won’t mean much to me, and won’t really be true October baseball. Given the circumstances of a shortened season, I understand why they are doing it, however.
The Mets are expected to give a struggling Michael Wacha the ball on Tuesday. He is desperately looking for a start to help his numbers out, because right now, nothing is going right for the former St. Louis Cardinal. John Means shares the same sentiment, as he’s been struggling as well. Head below for our free Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Mets pick for September 8, 2020.
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John Means had a promising campaign as a rookie in 2019. He posted an ERA of 3.60 and 1.14 WHIP through 31 games. In other words, there were a lot of good things to say about Means going into this season. The Orioles were, and are still hoping, that Means can be their ace of the future.
This season there hasn’t been any indicators that suggest Means can fulfill that role in Baltimore, though. Means enters today with a 8.10 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in six outings. In his last three performances, Means has been slightly better than his overall body of work. He has posted an ERA of 6.57 and 1.46 WHIP through 12.3 innings.
So, better, but nothing to get too excited about and improvements must be made. The same can be said for Michael Wacha of the Mets. Wacha goes into this contest with a shaky 7.20 ERA and 1.75 WHIP through five games and 20 innings. There haven’t been too many positives to pick out from Wacha’s portfolio on the bump in 2020.
Wacha was one of the more reliable pitchers for the Cardinals from 2013 to 2015, and then a resurgence in 2018. However, Wacha recorded an ERA of 4.76 and 1.56 WHIP last season, which signaled the end of his career in St. Louis. He’s regressed significantly so far this season with a 7.20 ERA. In his last three performances, Wacha has recorded an ERA of 8.18 and 1.82 WHIP. There should be opportunities for plenty of runs at Citi Field on Tuesday.