Like Matt did earlier in the season when the Miami Marlins and New York Mets battled each other, Matt was kind enough to have a chat with me regarding this series and the Mets season thus far. It is a very interesting chat and you can see the excellent work that goes on over at Fansided’s New York Mets site, Rising Apple.
Ehsan: The New York Mets are now sitting at 18-13 and closing in on first place in the division, is there anything that you see this team doing right now that will continue to help them succeed in the future?
Ehsan: As a critical fan, even when my team is winning, I find small holes that other teams will eventually exploit and my team will have to adjust to, do you see any weaknesses with the Mets right now that could cause some problems going forward?
Matt: By far, it’s the bullpen. Even though they have been playing well of late, they go through lapses where they can’t put the ball over the plate and walk everyone. What bothers me the most is that Bobby Parnell should be the first man out of the ‘pen, but it’s Manny Acosta most of the time, and his performance is iffy at best. Also, Frank Francisco can set down a team 1-2-3 one day, then implode the next. The unpredictability give me agita.
Ehsan: Which pitching match-up are you looking forward to see this series? Which pitcher/hitter match-up?
For pitcher-hitter match-up, I want to see Bobby Parnell throw his mid-90s fastball against Giancarlo Stanton. The Miami slugger has definitely woken his bat up after a tough April, and I’m always a fan of power vs. power.
Ehsan: What are your predictions for this series? Who will step up for the Mets, who will take a step back?
Ehsan: (Bonus question: How many homers is Giancarlo Stanton going to hit this series?)
Matt: How many homers for Stanton? I’m going to go with two…because the guy is freaking huge and scares the crap outta me.
Matt: Hope this helps my man, enjoy the series!
Big thanks to Matt for being such a great sport and doing this chat with us. Hopefully the Miami Marlins can beat the Mets and make Matt a bit grumpy!