Sunday, June 26, 2011
First off, my apologies for no preview today - went fishing...got skunked
Jose Reyes went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and another driven in, sparking the Mets to an 8-3 victory over the Rangers.
Daniel Murphy added three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for New York, which took two of three in the interleague series.
Dillon Gee (8-1), coming off his first loss of the season, got back in the win column with a quality six-inning start of three runs allowed on eight hits.
Derek Holland (6-3) was knocked around for 12 hits and seven runs -- just three earned -- in six-plus inning for Texas. Michael Young went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in a losing effort.
The Rangers took the series opener before getting routed, 14-5, on Saturday. They handed the Mets a first-inning run in the finale when a wild pitch allowed Reyes to score.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
This time, the Mets had everything going for them.
And then some.
Coming off an 8-1 loss to the Rangers the night before -- a game right fielder Carlos Beltran summed up thusly: "They swung the bat well and their pitcher was throwing good" -- the Mets turned the tables with a 14-5 rout of Texas on Saturday afternoon.
Beltran hit a two-run triple and scored during a three-run first inning, Jonathon Niese (7-6) threw 5 2/3 innings and New York evened the three-game series with their third win in four games.
The Mets scored six runs in three innings against sputtering Texas starter Alexi Ogando (7-3). Later, their first eight batters reached base during an eight-run sixth.
The Rangers showed life with back-to-back solo homers from Adrian Beltre and Michael Young in the fourth inning, but didn't have enough offense to avoid their third loss in eight games.
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|Pridie will start today|
- Willie Harris will DH in the #2 Hole.
- Jason Bay will sit in favor of Jason Pridie , who will be in left and bat 8th
- Jonathon Niese, who has the 9th-lowest ERA (2.25) since May 18, will start for the Mets.
Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Mets - Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.70) Texas - Alexi Ogando (7-2, 2.66)
Alexi Ogando has finally hit a wall for the Rangers, and the young hurler will try to break through it when Texas takes on the New York Mets in the second installment of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Ogando has been one of the biggest surprises in the American League this season, as the 27-year-old opened the campaign with a 7-0 ledger and a 2.10 ERA.
However, the good times would not last, as the hard-throwing right-hander has now dropped his last two starts. After allowing six runs in less than two innings against the Yankees, Ogando put forth a strong effort in his last outing against Atlanta, but despite his gritty effort, he still took the loss.
In five innings against the Braves, Ogando allowed three runs -- one earned -- on five hits.
Both of those setbacks came on the road, but now the first-year starter is back at home where he has been outstanding. In seven games in Arlington the right-hander is 5-0 with a stunning 1.91 earned run average.
The Mets will hand the ball to Jonathon Niese, who has been inconsistent on the season. In 15 starts this season the crafty lefty is only 6-6 with a 3.70 ERA.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Mets - Mike Pelfrey (4-5, 4.70) Texas - Matt Harrison (5-6, 3.16)
Mike Pelfrey tries to follow up his first complete game of the season tonight when the New York Mets open a three-game interleague series against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Pelfrey went the distance to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday, holding them to a run and five hits, while striking out five without walking a batter.
"It doesn't happen much these days as it did in the past, but it's fun to go out there and finish what you start," said Pelfrey, who has never faced the Rangers.
The road, though, has given Pelfrey problems this season, as he is just 1-5 away from home this season with a 6.75 ERA in eight starts.
Pelfrey's road woes could continue tonight, as he faces a lethal Rangers' lineup that has given National League pitchers fits this season, especially Nelson Cruz and reigning AL MVP Josh Hamilton.
Cruz is batting .400 with two homers and six RBI in six interleague games this season, while Hamilton has hit .375 with two homers and eight RBI. He also has a 17-game interleague hitting streak at home.
The Rangers were denied a series sweep of Houston in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday, as Neftali Feliz blew his fourth save of the season, surrendering four runs in the ninth in the 5-3 loss.