Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mets Pregame 5/28/11

On the heels of a painful loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Mets will look to avoid falling 9 1/2 games out of the division leading Phils tonight at Citi Field.

Mike Pelfrey(3-4, 5.37 ERA) will take the mound coming off of a painful loss to the New York Yankees last Sunday afternoon. A game in which he held the Yankees to only a run through the first 6 innings fell apart as Pelfrey imploded, allowing 5 earned runs en route to his 4th loss of the year. Pelfrey has been much better of late but will be tested tonight against the Phillies, a team he has historically been awful against.

The Phillies will counter with Cole Hamels(6-2, 3.06 ERA), who has been fantastic since he was beaten up by the Mets during his first start of the year. The last time the Mets faced Hamels they hammered him for 7 hits and 6 runs in 2 2/3 innings at Citizens Bank Park. He hasn't allowed more than 4 runs in any game since, though, and allowed 3 runs through 6 innings against the Cincinnati Reds during his last start. The man who proclaimed the Mets "Chokers" during an interview several years ago has also been awful against the Mets since.

With the left handed Hamels starting for the Phils, Nick Evans will start at first base for the first time this year. Coming off of a game in which Daniel Murphy committed an error that cost the Mets the game, it's probably for the best that he gets a chance to clear his head.

Jason Bay will bat third tonight in yet another effort to start up his bat. Bay has been better as of late, going 8-27(.296) with 4 BB's in his last 8 games. However, he's still sitting at a lousy .234 on the season with only 2 HR and 8 RBI.

Mets Starting Lineup:
1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Justin Turner 3B
3. Jason Bay LF
4. Carlos Beltran RF
5. Nick Evans 1B
6. Angel Pagan CF
7. Ronnie Paulino C
8. Ruben Tejada 2B
9. Mike Pelfrey P

Phillies Starting Lineup:
1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Chase Utley 2B
3. Placido Polanco 3B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Raul Ibanez LF
6. Carlos Ruiz C
7. Dominic Brown RF
8. John Mayberry Jr. CF
9. Cole Hamels P