The Padres’ focus is clearly on the future, and today a piece of that future comes into focus for the fans. The organization’s top prospect above single-A ball will make his MLB debut today as the team tries to pull some momentum from last night’s comeback win. Facing the Padres are a Mets team led by Jacob deGrom, a starter who has flashed ace potential. The “rubber match” of the series will determine the series winner.
Dinelson Lamet has been on the Padres’ top 30 prospects list for a few years now, and he’s finally bringing his talents to the bigs. The 6’4” righty brings mid-to-high 90’s heat with late action along with a plus slider and a developing changeup. His repertoire is simple for an MLB starter, suggesting to some that he’s a better fit in relief until he develops more pitches, but he effectively works up and down in the zone and both sides of the plate, getting righties and lefties out at similar rates in the minors. We’ll see how that translates to The Show, but there’s no doubt that the stuff is legit. His makeup gets praise, as he has an aggressive approach and has confidence in his abilities.
Jakob deGrom has a record of success against the Padres, holding the friars to a 1.80 ERA over 20 innings across three starts in his career. He’s effectively minimized his damage this season, allowing more than three runs in only two of his nine starts to date. The Mets rotation has struggled to work deep into games, but deGrom has been the main exception, going five or more innings in each of his starts. His power fastball-slider profile is the type that has challenged Padres hitters the most. He’s striking hitters out at a ridiculous rate of 12.29/9IP, but he’s giving up more walks and serving up more longballs than in any season of his career as well. He also kinda looks like Jay from the Clerks series of films, so he’s got that going for him.
The Padres and Mets split the first two games of the series. Last night’s comeback win for the Padres was a nailbiter, while the Mets’ win to open the series was of the blowout variety. If the Padres can lay one on the Mets, they’ll have a series win and some nice momentum to bring down to DC for their upcoming series against the division-leading Nationals.
UPDATE: Some news from the Mets camp:
The Mets are pushing Jacob deGrom back a day out of concerns for the weather. Rafael Montero will start tonight in deGrom's place.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 25, 2017
Weather is rolling through the area, so there are doubts as to whether the game will go on, or how far into it they’ll get tonight. They want to ensure that they can get a full start from deGrom, rather than a piecemeal effort broken up by weather delays. Rafael Montero has worked as a swingman throughout his MLB career, and his 2017 appearances have been all over the place, as evidenced by his 8.10 ERA. In his one start, he gave up five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 3-1/3 innings against the Miami Marlins. Suffice it to say that this is a favorable change in plans for the Padres should the game actually happen.
Start time: 4:10PM PDT
Radio: 94.9FM, 860AM (Español)
TV: Fox Sports San Diego