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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Preview: Game 68 - Padres at Mets - Hahn vs Wheeler

Preview: Game 68
San Diego Padres (28-39) at New York Mets (30-37)

Pitching Probables:
Jesse Hahn (0-1) 9.82 ERA vs Zack Wheeler (2-6) 4.19 ERA

TV - WPIX 11 - Radio WOR 710 am - First Pitch 4:10 PM

***Of course, Saturday’s game also features some entertainment. 50 Cent and G-Unit perform at Citi Field postgame.


Bobby Abreu is giving the New York Mets some signs of life at the plate.

Still, their pitchers have been the key behind their home success against the San Diego Padres.

Abreu may get a chance to build on his best performance in a Mets uniform, while Zack Wheeler tries to win at home for the first time in 10 months Saturday.

New York (30-37) is among the worst offensive teams in the majors, batting .233 with 47 homers, a .348 slugging percentage and 4.0 runs per game. The Mets have been even worse while losing eight of 10, mustering a .221 average and .328 slugging percentage.

Abreu, however, is 6 for 10 with three RBIs in three games, matching his total of hits from his previous 11 games with five coming as a pinch-hitter.

The 40-year-old right fielder replaced Curtis Granderson (calf) in Friday's series opener, and went 4 for 4 with two RBIs in a 6-2 win over San Diego (28-39).

The Mets have won six of the past seven home meetings with the Padres, thanks in large part to a 1.29 ERA -- 1.07 from the starting rotation.

Wheeler's only appearance against them included a career-high 12 strikeouts, yielding one run in six innings of a 4-1 road win Aug. 15.

The right-hander (2-6, 4.19 ERA), though, is 0-4 with a 3.32 ERA in seven home starts dating to a win over Atlanta on Aug. 20.

He was also roughed up at San Francisco on Sunday, giving up four runs and six hits with six strikeouts and two walks while hitting a batter in 3 2/3 innings of a 6-4 loss.

The Padres, though, are last in the majors with a .215 batting average, and are hitting .159 with seven runs during a season-high five-game slide.

Jesse Hahn (0-1, 9.82) will try to snap the skid, and gain some inspiration from family and friends in attendance as he takes the mound roughly two hours from his hometown of Norwich, Connecticut.

Hahn, is a high-school teammate of injured Mets ace Matt Harvey.

The right-hander struggled in his major league debut June 3, giving up four runs and two homers with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

He went 2-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 11 games -- eight starts -- for Double-A San Antonio. Pitching for the Missions on Monday, he allowed one earned run in season-high 5 2/3 innings.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Yonder Alonso21000010.500.667.5001.167
Chris Denorfia32100001.667.6671.0001.667
Jedd Gyorko30000003.
Chase Headley31000002.333.333.333.667
Rene Rivera21010000.500.5001.5002.000
Will Venable31000002.333.333.333.667
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