Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pre-Game 120: New York Mets(58-61) @ Arizona Diamondbacks(67-53)

The New York Mets fell into an early hole last night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, facing a 2-0 deficit heading into the top of the 2nd inning against Daniel Hudson. However, the resilient bunch would fight back yet again with the most unlikely of heroes, taking a 2-run double from Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter's first major league triple to the bank en route to a 4-2 lead. However, after Mike Pelfrey exited the game when a line drive nipped him in the elbow, DJ Carrasco promptly served up a 3-run home run to Chris Young, a blow that would prove to be enough to put the Mets away as they dropped their 4th consecutive game to fall 3 games under .500.

This afternoon at 4:10 PM ET, The New York Mets will look to salvage the final game of their 3 game series against the National League West leading Arizona Diamondbacks.

Chris Capuano(9-10, 4.51 ERA) will have a tough task at hand keeping the Arizona Diamondbacks at bay this afternoon, coming off of a string of rough starts. Perhaps Capuano's fatigue can be contributed to not having pitched a full season since 2007, but Capuano has posted a 5.81 ERA following the All Star Break, almost 2 runs higher than his 4.12 ERA during the first half of the season. During his last 5 outings, Capuano has only allowed less than 4 runs on 1 occasion and has seen his ERA rise by nearly half a number. Capuano was shaky during his last outing against San Diego, allowing 4 runs in 6 innings.

Jason Marquis(8-6, 4.48 ERA) is looking to make his mark on the Diamondbacks, having allowed 11 earned runs over his first 2 starts with his new club since the deadline. Marquis has only pitched 4 innings in each of his last 2 outings but was able to limit the Mets to 3 earned runs in 7 innings earlier this year with the Washington Nationals.

New York Mets Starting Lineup:
1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Justin Turner 2B
3. David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda 1B
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Josh Thole C
7. Jason Pridie 1B
8. Ruben Tejada SS
9. Chris Capuano P