Sunday, May 20, 2012

Preview: Game 41 - Mets at Blue Jays - Mets try to salvage last game of series


New York Mets (21-19) at Toronto Blue Jays (23-18) 1:07 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
STARTERSGSRECERAAIPRECERADATEOPPDECIPHERRECIPERA
D. Gee (R) 7 2-3 5.655.22-03.665/15MILL5.1870-117.06.88
H. Alvarez (R) 8 3-3 2.626.11-23.665/15TBL6.21022-122.21.19

Preview:
Trying for their season-high fifth straight win, the Toronto Blue Jays turn their attention to Henderson Alvarez as they aim to finish a three-game sweep of the New York Mets.

Alvarez had a personal three-game winning streak broken on Tuesday when he allowed a season-high 10 hits along with two earned runs in a 4-3 loss to the Rays. This will be his first appearance vs. the Mets.

Right-hander Dillon Gee surrendered seven runs over 5 1/3 innings in an 8-0 loss to Milwaukee Tuesday. He'll try to bounce back this afternoon. Although Gee has never faced the Blue Jays, the Mets can receive some comfort that Gee has sparkled on the road this year, going 2-0 with a 3.66 ERA in three starts.

Yesterday, Brandon Morrow tossed his second shutout of the season in a 2-0 final. Morrow (5-2) gave up just one walk and three hits while striking out eight for the Blue Jays, who have won four straight. Kelly Johnson and Yunel Escobar each had two hits and an RBI in the win.



"That was a great game that he threw out there today," said Toronto manager John Farrell. "We got a couple of timely hits there, but the real story today was Brandon, he was fantastic out there."

Lucas Duda's double was the only extra-base hit for the Mets, who have dropped four of five.

Miguel Batista started on the mound, but left after two innings with stiffness in his lower back. Jeremy Hefner (0-1), who was called up from Triple-A Buffalo prior to the game, gave up two runs on four hits with five strikeouts over five innings in his second appearance in the majors.

"I'm not trying to change anything with the way I approach things up here," said Hefner. "I'm just trying to make my pitches and when they put the ball in play let the guys behind me do their job."

Mets third baseman David Wright, who tops the majors with a .409 batting average, may get another day off so he can recover from his illness.




Starting Lineups: NY Mets at Toronto


NY Mets
PosPlayerHRRBIAVG
DHTorres, Andres110.212
LFBaxter, Mike07.351
3BWright, David422.409
RFDuda, Lucas420.273
2BMurphy, Daniel015.323
CFNieuwenhuis, Kirk212.276
1BDavis, Ike514.160
SSCedeno, Ronny16.211
CJohnson, Rob01.273
PGee, Dillon (2-3, 5.65)
Toronto
PosPlayerHRRBIAVG
2BJohnson, Kelly822.263
SSEscobar, Yunel114.259
DHBautista, Jose1023.204
1BEncarnacion, Edwin1334.271
CArencibia, J.P.726.250
LFThames, Eric39.258
RFFrancisco, Ben00.212
CFRasmus, Colby314.203
3BGomes, Yan12.375
PAlvarez, Henderson (3-3, 2.62)

The Blue Jays own a 6-14 lifetime mark against the Mets.
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