What a night for the New York Mets!
The Mets clinched their first playoff berth since 2016 last night behind a masterful performance by Max Scherzer. He was perfect over his six innings of work and recorded the 200th win of his career. Milwaukee was packed with Mets fans and it was a special night watching the team have a subdued celebration locking in their playoff spot.
The Braves are still lurking right behind them though. They’re still only one game behind the Mets, putting the Mets into a “need to win” mode for another night.
— Metsmerized Online (@Metsmerized) September 20, 2022
The Mets bats look to continue their current run against lefty Aaron Ashby tonight. Ashby has pitched in 23 games, starting 17 of them, this season, totaling 96 1/3 innings of work. Overall, he has a 4.58 ERA, 4.05 FIP, 1.433 WHIP, and an 87 ERA+. As a starter only he has pitched 81 2/3 innings with a 4.96 ERA and 1.494 WHIP.
This is Ashby’s first start since August 19. In his last four starts, he allowed 17 runs (12 earned) over 20 1/3 innings (5.31 ERA, 4.93 FIP) from 19 hits and 10 walks while striking out 24. The Brewers placed him on the injured list in late July due to shoulder inflammation. It’s probable that he is on some sort of pitch count tonight which is important considering the Mets got to the Brewers bullpen earlier than expected in last night’s game.
Ashby faced the Mets back in June and allowed four runs from four hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings. The Mets have the following numbers against him:
- Daniel Vogelbach 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K
- Brandon Nimmo 0-2, K
- Pete Alonso 0-3, K
- Mark Canha 1-2, HR, BB, K
- Francisco Lindor 0-3, K
- Luis Guillorme 1-2
- Jeff McNeil 1-1, BB
- Tomás Nido 1-2, K
Ashby back on the bump.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 20, 2022
Carlos Carrasco will look to lead the Mets to their sixth straight victory.
He has started 26 games and pitched 141 innings with a 3.70 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 1.291 WHIP and a 105 ERA+ this season. In his last two starts, he has allowed two runs in 12 innings (1.50 ERA, 0.77 FIP) from eight hits and two walks while striking out 17.
The Brewers have the following career numbers against him:
- Omar Narvaez 3-13, 2B, 3 BB, 4 K
- Christian Yelich 3-15, 2B, BB, 9 K
- Willy Adames 5-7, HR, BB, K
- Kolten Wong 0-5, 2 BB, K
- Andrew McCutchen 1-6, 2B, 2 K
- Rowdy Tellez 3-5, 2 2B, BB, 2 K
Drew Smith was reinstated from the 15-day injured list, and Tommy Hunter was placed on the 15-day IL with lower back tightness. Bryce Montes de Oca will start a rehab assignment with Syracuse, as well.
The Brewers reinstated Aaron Ashby from the 15-day IL before the game and optioned Justin Topa, who gave up two runs in Monday’s game.
Let’s go Mets!