Can we take a moment to stop and think of what could’ve been? Just think how incredible this series would be if the Mets’ starting pitchers were deGrom and Syndergaard. With Cashner and Griffin, all that hair in two games.
We would be guaranteed at least one hair flip to rival Harper’s.
On to actual baseball things.
The Rangers finish off the season series against the Mets with two games in New York. The two game series in Texas ended in a split back in early June.
The Mets are 49-60 on the season, 13 games back in the wild card and 16.5 in the division. They’re 2-8 for their last 10 and a four-game losing streak coming off getting swept by the Dodgers and losing a three games series in Colorado.
Rangers are 53-58, now 18 back in the division and four back in the wild card. They’re 4-6 for their last 10.
GAME ONE: Cashner vs Flexen
Cashner is 3-0 with a 2.37 ERA in his last three starts. Opponents average is .169 with runners in scoring position in that time.
Cashner last faced the Mets in May of 2016. He went five innings, gave up three runs on eight hits and a walk.
He’s 0-3 with a 6.18 ERA all time against the Mets.
Flexen has just two major league starts and has pitched just three innings in each. He’s given up nine runs on 13 hits and five walks in those six innings. Opponents are 6-for-13 with four walks against him with two strike counts.
GAME TWO: Griffin vs Montero
In his last start, first since coming off the DL, Griffin went six innings and gave up just one run on two hits and a walk.
In Montero’s last start, he got the no decision after going 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on ten hits and a walk.
Neither pitcher has faced the opposing team as a starter.