Preview: Game 102
New York Mets (48-53) at Milwaukee Brewers (57-45)
Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92 ERA) vs Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 8:10 PM
Preview:Matt Garza should be pretty well-rested when he takes the mound Thursday night.
That's because the Milwaukee Brewers right-hander followed some time off for the All-Star break with the shortest start of his career, leaving him with fewer than 50 pitches thrown in the last two weeks as he gets ready to face the visiting New York Mets in the opener of a four-game series.
Garza (6-7, 4.04 ERA) allowed two runs and three hits over 7 2/3 innings in his final outing before the break, a 9-1 home loss to Philadelphia on July 10. He had eight days off before starting in Washington on Saturday, and the rest didn't help.
Garza gave up five runs and five hits while walking two and recording just one out while throwing 42 pitches.
Garza, who went 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA in his previous six starts, also said he wasn't concerned.
The Brewers (57-45) considered bringing Garza back earlier, but he said he didn't want to mess up anyone else's routine.
The decision has paid off for NL Central-leading Milwaukee, which is coming off a three-game sweep of Cincinnati highlighted by a 2.29 ERA from its starters. Kyle Lohse pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and Mark Reynolds homered twice in Wednesday's 5-1 victory.
The Brewers have won five of seven following a 1-11 stretch.
The Brewers will next face Dillon Gee, who also lost his first start after the break. Gee (4-2, 2.92) allowed four runs and five hits -- two homers -- in five innings of a 6-0 defeat at San Diego on Saturday.
The Mets (48-53) enter this series after Bartolo Colon was perfect through 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 win over Seattle on Wednesday. They took two of three against the Mariners and have split the first six contests of a 10-game trip.
Gee has lost all three starts against Milwaukee behind a 6.75 ERA, while Garza hasn't received a decision in two outings versus the Mets despite posting a 1.93 ERA.
Neither pitched when the Brewers took two of three in New York from June 10-12.