Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pre-Game: Game 74 - Oakland A's VS New York Mets

The Mets and A's will play game 2 of their 3 game series tonight from Citi Field. The Mets have feel into a little rut during this homestand, dropping 3-4 so far to 2 below .500 teams. The red hot Jose Reyes has also cooled lately as he is only 2 for his last 17.

The Mets will hand the ball to right-handed knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in hopes of snapping the teams two game losing streak. Dickey (3-7, 4.00) has a 1.33 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 27 innings while winning all four of his starts versus AL teams with the Mets. In his last outing, Dickey only last 4 innings while giving up 4 ER against Atlanta.

Gio Gonzalez (6-5, 2.69) will take the mound for Oakland tonight in hopes of extending the teams winning streak to 7 games. Gonzalez is coming off an outstanding outing his last time out as he went 6 inning and only gave up 2 ER while striking out 10 Royals'.

Game time is scheduled for 7:10 PM. Here are the starting lineups:

For the (34-40) Oakland A's:

1. Jemile Weeks 2B
2. Cliff Pennington SS
3. Coco Crisp CF
4. Hideki Matsui LF
5. Conor Jackson 1B
6. Ryan Sweeney RF
7. Kurt Suzuki C
8. Scott Sizemore 3B
9. Gio Gonzalez P

For the (35-38) New York Mets:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Justin Turner 3B
3. Carlos Beltran RF
4. Jason Bay LF
5. Scott Hairston CF
6. Ronny Paulino C
7. Lucas Duda 1B
8. Ruben Tejada 2B
9. R.A. Dickey P