4/28/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at San Diego Padres

4/28/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at San Diego Padres


4/28/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at San Diego Padres


The Mets have won one series all time at Petco Park since it opened in 2004.


The Mets will have two chances to make it two with the first chance coming tonight at 8:30 PM, thanks to Friday night’s victory.

The Pitchers

Jason Vargas makes his season debut for the Mets as he’s returning from a broken glove hand, and will pitch his first game for the Mets since 2007. Vargas was an 18 game winner for Kansas City last season, but with his season starting this late and the Mets’ bullpen indiscriminately torpedoing good starts by the two aces, well … good luck matching that this year, Jason.

Joey Lucchesi will make the start for San Diego, and his windup is something that takes some getting used to:

He’s been successful with it, as he has a 2-1 record with a 2.70 ERA and a WHIP of 1.125 in his brief major league career. Have fun, Mets hitters.

How To Enjoy

Television Coverage: WPIX has the game tonight, and also a pre-game show at 8:00. Keith Hernandez will try very hard not to accidentally give the middle finger during tonight’s broadcast. If you’re in San Diego, you can find the game on FOX San Diego and FOX Deportes San Diego.

Radio Coverage: 710 WOR, ESPN Deportes 1050, or KEGY 97.5 and KEMO 860 if you find yourself in San Diego. Ted Leitner is just like Bob Uecker, if Bob Uecker were to drink 58 cans of Red Bull or Four Loko before the game.

Internet Coverage: The Mets and Padres are today’s free game of the day on MLB.tv. If you like tonight’s matchup between Jason Vargas and Joey Lucchesi, well there’s plenty more where that came from if you pony up the dough.

The Lineups

Wilmer Flores is hitting second tonight, moving Cespedes down to the third spot. Jay Bruce should have lots of fun with Lucchesi’s windup as he returns to the lineup, and Amed Rosario moves up to six as the pitcher is actually in the pitcher’s spot tonight.

As for San Diego: Joey Fuego!

Pre-Game Notes

  • Eric Hosmer, former teammate of Vargas, is hitting .077 lifetime against Vargas. He has also walked twice.
  • Jay Bruce is hitting .175 in Petco Park for his career, with an OPS of .572, Seems like a perfect opportunity for him to play against a lefty with a crazy windup. Awesome.
  • Lucchesi was the first pitcher from the 2016 Draft to reach the major leagues. He had 308 strikeouts in 268 and 2/3’s innings in his three seasons pitching for Chabot Jr. College and Southeast Missouri State.
  • Vargas has a 4.39 ERA in five games with Marty Foster behind the plate. I’m not going to pretend that this means anything. Unless you want it to mean something. This game preview is tailored to you. And be glad it isn’t Angel Hernandez tonight. (Hashtag blessed.)

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