Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pre-Game: Game 117 - San Diego Padres VS New York Mets

The Mets will conclude their 4 game series with the Padres this afternoon at 12:10PM. After two nice come from behind wins, the Mets dropped the last night's game in ugly fashion as played terrible defense and had several mental lapses and miscues. They will look to move above the .500 mark once again today as they send left-hander Jon Niese to the hill.

Jon Niese (11-8, 4.12) has won two of his last three starts overall, including an 11-7 victory over Atlanta on Saturday in which he gave up five runs and 10 hits over five innings. In his lone career start against SD,the left-hander pitched a one-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks for his first career complete game in the Mets' 1-0 home win June 10, 2010.

Cory Luebke (4-6, 3.06) will take the hill for the Padres. The rookie has pitched will since his promotion from the minors. He is coming off the best start of his rookie campaign as the left-hander struck out a career-high nine while giving up one run and five hits over seven innings of Saturday's 13-2 win over the Pirates.

Game time is scheduled for 12:10PM. Here are the starting lineups:

For the (52-66) San Diego Padres:

1. Cameron Maybin CF
2. Logan Forsythe 2B
3. Jesus Guzman 1B
4. Kyle Blanks LF
5. Aaron Cunningham RF
6. Alberto Gonzalez SS
7. James Darnell 3B
8. Luis Martinez C
9. Cory Luebke P

For the (58-58) New York Mets:

1. Scott Hairston CF
2. Justin Turner 2B
3. David Wright 3B
4. Jason Bay LF
5. Lucas Duda 1B
6. Nick Evans RF
7. Ronny Paulino C
8. Ruben Tejada SS
9. Jon Niese P