Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pre-Game 123: New York Mets(59-63) @ San Diego Padres (55-69)

The New York Mets will look to avoid losing the rubber match of their series against the San Diego Padres this evening at Petco Park in San Diego coming off of a rough loss that was demonstrative of how the Mets are more than a few pieces short of a whole.

Dillon Gee(10-4, 4.07 ERA) has been struggling to find his success he was able to maintain prior to the All Star break during his last several outing, posting an ERA over 5 in his last 10 starts while going 3-4 during that stretch. During his last outing, Gee allowed 4 runs over 5 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, getting rocked by Justin Upton in the first inning and struggling to finish strongly. He'll look to get back on track tonight in pitcher friendly Petco Park.

Mat Latos(6-11, 3.80 ERA)
struggled to find any command early in the year, looking like a far cry from the dominant pitcher he proved he could be last year. Latos has turned it around big time as of late, posting a 3.20 ERA in his 6 starts since the All Star break. Latos is coming off of an impressive outing against the Cincinnati Reds in which he allowed just 2 runs in 7 innings. Latos hasn't allowed more than 3 earned runs in his last 9 starts.

New York Mets Starting Lineup:
1. Angel Pagan CF
2. Willie Harris 2B
3. David Wright 3B
4. Lucas Duda 1B
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Jason Pridie RF
7. Josh Thole C
8. Ruben Tejada SS
9. Dillon Gee P

San Diego Padres Starting Lineup:
1. Will Venable RF
2. Jason Bartlett SS
3. Cameron Maybin CF
4. Jesus Guzman 1B
5. Orlando Hudson 2B
6. Logan Forsythe 3B
7. Aaron Cunningham RF
8. Rob Johnson C
9. Mat Latos P