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Game Thread: Mets (23-19) vs Red Sox (25-18) And Were Back! Play Ball!

Game Time: 1:35pm
Game Time: 1:35pm
Record: 0-0 Era:3.00 K:4 BB:4 WHIP: 1.00
Record: 0-0 Era:3.00 K:4 BB:4 WHIP: 1.00


Mets Notes:

  • The Mets (23-19) overcame a one-run, ninth-inning deficit for a 3-2 win on Saturday. The victory, though, appeared to be in doubt as Omir Santos’ drive off closer Jonathan Papelbon hit the top of the Green Monster and was ruled a double, preventing Gary Sheffield from scoring the tying run.
  • The Mets, who are 5-4 during their trip, also took the series opener 5-3 to end a four-game slide. They’re now one-half game behind NL East-leading Philadelphia
  • Francisco Rodriguez labeled himself “a lot better” and planned to test his back by tossing a baseball before Sunday’s series finale against the Red Sox, a day after spasms sent him to the hospital in an ambulance. K-Rod said he dramatically improved after receiving medication at the hospital. “As soon as the medicine started kicking in, I started feeling a lot better. And by this morning I was doing a lot of things that I wasn’t capable of last night,,” Rodriguez said. “… The pain went away and I’m feeling pretty good. Man, that was really painful. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. I was a little struggling to walk yesterday, but I got some medicine in me and I feel pretty good now.” Manuel labeled it lower back spasms and suggested it was possible he could be available as soon as today, though he wasn’t yet sure.(per adam)
  • Carlos Beltran is DHing again, but Manuel said he would return to center field on Monday when the Mets resume NL play against the Nationals. Ryan Church’s hamstring/hip isn’t doing as well, according to the manager.
  • New York, though, could be without closer Francisco Rodriguez(this is soooo 2008) who was unavailable Saturday after being taken to the hospital for back spasms. The closer, who pitched a perfect ninth Friday, is 1-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 20 games, and has converted all 12 of his save chances.
  • The right-hander allowed two runs and two hits with four strikeouts and four walks in six innings of a 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers after being activated from the disabled list on Monday.
  • He’s lost both of his career starts against the Red Sox on the road, surrendering 12 runs – eight earned – and 12 hits with seven walks over 5 2-3 innings(so buckle you seat belts kids). However, he hasn’t faced them since being chased after an inning of a loss with the New York Yankees on July 15, 2005.

LINEUP

Dan “The Man” Murphy, 1b
Angel “Flap Your Arms” Pagan, rf
Carlos “Da Tron” Beltran, dh
Gary “The Chef” Sheffield, lf
David “Never Wrong” Wright, 3b
Jeremy “P.F. Flyer” Reed, cf
Ramon “Shrek” Castro, c
Ramon “AAAA” Martinez, ss
Luis “Slappy” Castillo, 2b

Record: 5-2 Era: 3.59 K:30 BB:23 WHIP: 1.25
Record: 5-2 Era: 3.59 K:30 BB:23 WHIP: 1.25

Red Sox Notes:

  • New York will have to contend with 42-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, as he looks to continue his home success. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last six starts at Fenway.
  • He kept that streak intact Tuesday, yielding only a solo home run and four singles in eight innings of a 2-1 win over AL East-leading Toronto.
  • Wakefield hasn’t faced the Mets since a loss at Shea Stadium on July 12, 2001, and his last victory against them came with Pittsburgh on Oct. 4, 1992. Since then, he’s 0-3 with a 3.66 ERA in four games with three starts.

LINEUP:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
J.D. Drew, RF
Mike Lowell, 3B
George Kottaras, C
Nick Green, SS

Let the battle of the two 2nd place teams in the AL/NL east commence. Both of these clubs are only .5 games away from first in their division. The Mets are looking for a sweep that will take their club to 1st place in spite of the many injuries to their club while the Red Sox are looking to avoid a sweep and catch up to the red hot Blue Jays and reclaim their rightful place as the class of that division. Well, as one would say….

At the end of this day, one shall stand, one shall fall!
At the end of this day, one shall stand, one shall fall!
PLAY BALL!!
PLAY BALL!!

Game Thread: Mets (22-19) vs Red Sox (25-17)

Game Time: 7:10 pm  Game Temp: 80's
Game Time: 7:10 pm
Record:4-1 Era:4.61 K:11 BB:17 WHIP:1.54
Record:4-1 Era:4.61 K:11 BB:17 WHIP:1.54

Mets Notes:

  • The New York Mets overcame more troublesome fielding to end a season-high four-game losing streak in Friday night’s series opener against the Boston Red Sox.
  • The Mets (22-19) are one of the worst defensive teams in baseball with 35 errors, and David Wright has been the biggest culprit with seven after committing 16 all last season
  • Pelfrey, who has never faced Boston, has won his only two interleague starts with both coming on the road, but he’s given up 10 runs and 16 hits in 11 innings in those contests
  • Carlos Beltran, bothered by a bruised knee, has opted to DH rather than play center field Saturday night. That means David Wright at third base and Jeremy Reed in center field.

Lineup

Daniel Murphy 1b

Angel Pagan RF

Carlos Beltran DH

Gary Sheffield LF

David Wright 3B

Jeremy Reed CF

Omir Santos C

Ramon Martinez(ugh) SS

Luis Castillo 2B

Record:4-2 Era:5.85 K:46 BB:23 WHIP:1.66
Record:4-2 Era:5.85 K:46 BB:23 WHIP:1.66

Red Sox Notes:

  • The Mets will attempt to beat Boston ace Josh Beckett for only the third time in 14 tries Saturday night when the teams play the middle game of their interleague set at Fenway Park.
  • The right-hander is 6-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 13 career starts against the Mets – all but one outing coming with NL East rival Florida. He hasn’t lost to them since pitching for the Marlins on April 15, 2005, and is 3-0 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts since. He last faced them at New York on June 28, 2006, leading the Red Sox to a 10-2 win.
  • Beckett has been solid of late, going 2-0 with a 3.79 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 19 innings over his last three starts. He’ll attempt to help Boston win for the fourth time in five games.
  • Beckett labored through a season-high 120 pitches over seven innings last Saturday, yielding three runs and four hits while striking out five, walking three and hitting another batter in a 5-3 win at Seattle

Lineup

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

David Ortiz DH

Kevin Youkilis 1B

Jason Bay LF

J.D. Drew RF

Mike Lowell 3B

Jason Varitek C

Nick Green SS

PLAY BALL!!
PLAY BALL!!

Game Thread: Mets (21-19) vs Red Sox (25-16)

Game Time: 7:10 pm  Game Temp: 80's
Game Time: 7:10 pm Game Temp: 80's
Record: 5-2 Era:1.36 K:67 BB:11 WHIP: 1.04
Record: 5-2 Era:1.36 K:67 BB:11 WHIP: 1.04

METS NOTES:

  • The Mets, who went 9-6 against the AL last year, are batting .218 with six runs during the slide after averaging 6.2 runs and batting .312 in winning 11 of the previous 13.
  • The two-time Cy Young Award winner, however, is coming off his worst performance of the season. He allowed season highs of six runs — four earned — and 11 hits while striking out seven in seven innings as the Mets (21-19)won 9-6 at San Francisco on Saturday.
  • That’s also the last time New York won, as the club has dropped a season high-tying four games in a row after falling 2-1 at Los Angeles on Wednesday
  • Manuel said J.J. Putz is still dealing with some neck discomfort, but is available

LINEUP:

Murphy, 1b
Church, rf
Beltran, dh
Sheffield, lf
Wright, 3b
Reed, cf
Santos, c
Martinez, ss
Castillo, 2b

Record: 0-1 Era:12.79 K:5 BB:5 WHIP:3.00
Record: 0-1 Era:12.79 K:5 BB:5 WHIP:3.00

RED SOX TEAM NOTES:

  • The Red Sox went 11-7 in interleague play last season, including six wins in nine games at Fenway. They’re 10-8 all-time against the Mets (21-19), sweeping a three-game series in the last meeting June 27-29, 2006.
  • The Red Sox (25-16) completed a three-game series sweep of East-leading Toronto on Wednesday with a 5-1 victory. That winning streak has put them one-half game behind the Blue Jays for first place.
  • Boston is expected to activate Matsuzaka (0-1, 12.79 ERA) from the disabled list in order for him to make his first start against the Mets. The right-hander has been on the DL with right arm fatigue since April 15, one day after he was tagged for five runs and five hits in one inning of a 6-5, 12-inning loss at Oakland.

LINEUP:

Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
J.D. Drew, RF
Mike Lowell, 3B
Jason Varitek, C
Julio Lugo, SS

PLAY BALL!!!
PLAY BALL!!!

Game Thread: Mets (21-18) vs Dodgers (28-13)

Record: 2-1   ERA-3.38  K-13  BB-7  WHIP-1.44
Record: 2-1 ERA-3.38 K-13 BB-7 WHIP-1.44
Record: 3-1  ERA-5.59  K-23  BB-12  WHIP-1.53
Record: 3-1 ERA-5.59 K-23 BB-12 WHIP-1.53

Time-10:10pm  Temp: 76 sunny
Time-10:10pm Temp: 60 sunny

Mets Lineup:

Jose Reyes, SS

Luis Castillo, 2B

Carlos Beltran, CF

David Wright, 3B

Daniel Murph, 1B

Ryan Church, RF

Ramon Castro, C

Angel Pagan, LF

Livan Hernandez, P

Dodgers Lineup:

Juan Pierre, LF

Rafael Furcal, SS

Orlando Hudson, 2B(questionable)

Andre Ethier, RF

Russell Martin, C

James Loney, 1B

Xaiver Paul, CF

Casey Blake, 3B

Jeff  Weaver, P

Game Notes:

  • Weaver is 2-1 with a 6.10 ERA in five career games against New York, which he hasn’t faced since 2006.
  • Hernandez is 9-13 with a 4.42 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers, including 4-2 with a 3.57 ERA in eight starts versus them since the start of the 2005 season.
  • Los Angeles’ Rafael Furcal, batting .207 with 11 strikeouts over his last 12 games, is 22 for 66 with four homers, a triple and three doubles lifetime against Hernandez.
PLAY BALL!!
PLAY BALL!!

Tonight's Pitching Matchup

From Scout.com Walnut 15.  I hope he does not mind. 

Pitching matchup


  LA: RHP Jeff Weaver (2-1, 3.38 ERA)

 

NYM: RHP Livan Hernandez (3-1, 5.59 ERA) 

Scouting Report:

Weaver vs. Mets (lifetime, 2-1, 6.10):

Ryan Church .667, 1 RBI, 3 AB
David Wright .429, 2 RBI, 7 AB
Jeremy Reed .400, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 AB
Carlos Beltran .262, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 42 AB
Luis Castillo .222, 9 AB
Gary Sheffield .214, 1 RBI, 14 AB
Fernando Tatis .200, 5 AB
Jose Reyes .182, 11 AB

 

 

Hernandez vs. Dodgers (lifetime, 9-13, 4.42):

Andre Ethier .429, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 14 AB
James Loney .365, 1 RBI, 8 AB
Casey Blake .375, 8 AB
Rafael Furcal .333, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 66 AB
Mark Loretta .333, 2 RBI, 30 AB
Brad Ausmus .323, 5 RBI, 31 AB
Juan Pierre .271, 1 RBI, 85 AB
Russell Martin .133, 15 AB
Orlando Hudson .063, 2 RBI, 16 AB
Juan Castro .000, 3 AB
Matt Kemp .000, 1 AB