Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 7, NY Mets 3
Fueled by a three-run triple by Erick Aybar and seven scoreless innings from Tyler Chatwood, the Angels controlled the Mets for a 7-3 victory in the rubber match of their three-game series.
Chatwood (4-4) allowed four hits and walked four, but kept New York off the scoreboard and snapped a two-start losing streak thanks to his team's potent offense.
Vernon Wells went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, while Jeff Mathis added a solo shot. Chatwood also singled in the sixth for his first career hit.
The Angels used the efforts to improve to 4-2 on their road trip, which continues with a three-game set against the Marlins starting Monday.
The Mets lost for the third time in four games after starter Jon Niese (6-6) gave up five runs -- four earned -- in four-plus innings.
Wells hit an RBI single in the first inning, and the Angels took control in the second with a two-out rally.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
New York is 9-5 on Father’s Day since 1998.
The Mets beat the Angels, 8-0, on Father's Day, 2003 as Jose Reyes hit a grand slam for his first major league home run on June 15.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.20) New York - Jonathon Niese (6-5, 3.46)
Jonathon Niese tries to win his fourth straight decision when he takes the mound for the New York Mets Sunday in the finale of a three- game series against the Angels.
Over his last six starts, Niese hasn't given up more than two earned runs in any game. The lefty is unbeaten over his previous four outings and hasn't lost since May 24 against the Cubs. More impressive is his home stretch. At Citi Field, Niese hasn't tasted defeat in exactly two months, falling April 19 vs. Houston. Since that time, he's gone five starts (3-0) without getting a losing decision at home.
Niese takes another streak into this afternoon's game in that he's 2-0 with a 4.58 ERA in three career interleague starts.
Tyler Chatwood, the starter for Los Angeles, is going in the opposite direction of Niese. The right-hander has dropped his last two starts and is on a four-game winless stretch, but he's received hardly any run support recently. The Angels have been outscored 16-1 during his last three trips to the mound. In his most recent appearance, a 9-0 loss to Kansas City a week ago, Chatwood matched a season-high by allowing five earned runs.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI to back Mike Pelfrey's complete game, as the New York Mets handled the Angels, 6-1, in the second test of a three-game inter-league series.
Justin Turner and Jason Bay both had an RBI and run scored for the Mets, who bounced back from a 4-3 loss in the opener of this set on Friday.
Pelfrey (4-5) gave up just one run on five hits to pick up his first complete game of the season. He also struck out five and did not issue a walk.
Mark Trumbo hit a solo homer for the Angels, who have the best inter-league road mark all-time (71-55).
Dan Haren (6-5) allowed six runs on seven hits over four-plus frames to suffer the loss.
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|Ronny Paulino starting his 3rd straight game|
Ronny Paulino getting his 3rd straight start while Josh Thole sits the pine.
Haren's Career vs Mets: 1-0, 3.89 ERA
|New York Mets Career statistics vs. Dan Haren|
The Mets will be facing one of the games best pitchers (when healthy) , Dan Haren. Many of the Mets have not faced Haren in the past and the team is only batting .250 off him. Only Angel Pagan has hit him well at a .667 clip (4 for 6). The Mets will have to score runs for Pelfrey to make a stand and win.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Dan Haren (6-4, 2.54) New York Mets - Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 5.11)
At 71-54, the Angels have the best interleague road mark all-time. What could be better than having road master Dan Haren on the hill today for a game against the New York Mets?
Haren has fashioned a 4-1 road record and has won his last two such starts. He's coming off a Monday win at Seattle in which he allowed three runs over six innings. Haren is 1-0 with a 3.89 ERA in six games (5 starts) when facing the Mets.
Mike Pelfrey will try for his first victory in more than a month when he takes the ball for the Mets. The right-hander is 0-2 over his last six appearances with a victory coming May 10 at Colorado. Pelfrey has improved over his last two outings, giving up two runs each time in games against Pittsburgh and Milwaukee.
On the positive side, Pelfrey is 2-0 with a 3.40 ERA in six starts at Citi Field this year. He was lit up for eight hits and six runs in his only showing against the Angels, but the Mets won that game.
Last night, Joel Pineiro finally picked up career win No. 100. Pineiro (3-3) threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and two runs in Los Angeles' 4-3 win. The right-hander had been 0-3 over his previous six starts, but he moved to 4-0 lifetime in seven appearances against the Mets.
Friday, June 17, 2011
by Jess Estremera
K-Rod who saved an MLB record of 62 games for Anaheim in 2008 could care less about facing the Angels for the first time since signing with the Mets .
"It's another team..when I cross that line, this is my enemy."Rodriguez said he is thankful for the opportunity the Angels provided him but added that he doesn't "have to show or prove anything to anybody." K-Rod recently snapped a 19 game save streak when he gave up a game tying 2- run home run in a loss to Atlanta Thursday night. He's pitched three straight games, but is anxious to get back on the mound Friday. "After the outing Thursday night, I definitely want to go back there," he stated before Friday's game.
|Bay Watch - Can Jason Bust Out?|
|New York Mets Career statistics vs. Joel Pineiro|
It appears that Joel Pineiro might have a rude welcoming committee at Citi-Field tonight . The Mets have had good success against Pineiro in the past. The Mets are batting combined .368 (28 for 76) with 6 2B's, 1 3B, and 2 HR's and 9 RBI's. Hot hitting Jose Reyes is hitting .583 (7 for 12) against Pineiro. Jason Bay, who needs to bust out has hit Pineiro at a .455 Clip. Carlos Beltran is also batting .313 vs Pineiro . Of Course though, If Jose Goes, the Mets GO. Let's Go Mets!
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Joel Pineiro (2-3, 4.03) New York Mets - Chris Capuano (5-6, 4.40)
The bounces continue to go against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Nobody knows that as well as starting pitcher Joel Pineiro.
Pineiro takes another crack at the 100th victory of his career this evening as the Angels visit Citi Field for the first time to take on the New York Mets in the first of three straight encounters.
In position to post a three-game sweep over the rival Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, the Angels instead saw the game slip away on a odd bounce in the seventh inning. Locked in a scoreless game, Seattle's Carlos Peguero hit a ball up the middle with two outs that looked to be an easy force play. However, the ball hit the corner of second base and bounced into the outfield, scoring two runs.
Los Angeles couldn't recover and lost a 3-1 decision, falling for the 10th time in 14 games.
"It was unfortunate. We had the out, but the ball hit the bag and that's all part of the game," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "If we're doing some of the things that we can do on the offensive end, then it's something you absorb and move on, but right now the margin between winning or losing is very tight and if you don't get a break, you're going to pay a big price for it."
Erick Aybar knocked in the lone run for the Angels, who opened a 12-game road trip with the series, and Ervin Santana took a tough loss after yielding two runs over 6 2/3 innings.
It has also been a tough go of it for Pineiro, who is 0-3 with a 5.50 earned run average over his last six outings. The Angels had lost each of the right- hander's last five starts before breaking through with a 7-5 victory over Kansas City on Saturday. Pineiro himself got a no-decision, yielding five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.
Though Pineiro remains winless since May 10, he insists the win milestone is not influencing his pitching.
"I wanted a win, but for the team," Pineiro told Los Angeles' website. "I don't care if it's 300, 100, whatever. Just so I could get back on track and do what I'm supposed to be doing -- going out there and giving the team a chance to win and keeping them in there. Honestly, that 100 [milestone] has nothing to do with the situation that's going on."