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Monday, May 20, 2013

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 42

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 42

  1. Daniel Murphy-2B
  2. Rick Ankiel-CF
  3. David Wright-3B
  4. Lucas Duda-LF
  5. Marlon Byrd-RF
  6. Ike Davis-1B
  7. John Buck-C
  8. Ruben Tejada-SS
  9. Shaun Marcum-P

Mets Notes: Daniel Murphy remains in the lead-off slot and Ike Davis moves down to the six slot...

Preview: Game 42 - Reds at Mets - Cueto vs Marcum

Cincinnati Reds (26-18) at New York Mets (17-24) 7:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Cueto (R) 3 1-0 2.606.00-02.084/13@PITND4.1211-017.12.60
S. Marcum (R) 4 0-4 6.755.20-29.355/15@STLL6.2520-215.26.32


Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto makes his first appearance in more than a month on Monday night when the Reds visit Citi Field for the first of three games with the New York Mets.

The 27-year-old Dominican led the Reds with 19 victories last season, but had his 2013 short-circuited early with a strained right lat muscle that landed him on the 15-disabled list as of April 14.

He hasn't pitched since a day earlier, when he was touched for two hits and a run in 4 1/3 innings at Pittsburgh in a game the Reds ultimately lost, 3-1.

In three overall appearances prior to the injury, Cueto allowed five runs on 12 hits in 17 1/3 innings, with six walks and 18 strikeouts.

He's 1-3 in six career meetings with the Mets.

For New York, righty Shaun Marcum makes a sixth attempt at a first win in a Mets uniform.

The 31-year-old Kansas City native was 7-4 in 21 starts with Milwaukee last season, then signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Mets in January.

He dropped a 9-4 decision to Philadelphia in his debut outing on April 27, and has subsequently lost three decisions in four starts while posting a 6.75 earned run average.

Marcum is 1-1 in four lifetime meetings with the Reds.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Recap: Game 67 - Reds at Mets - Cueto silences Mets hitting, Reds sweep up Mets

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Cincinnati (38-27) «0000300003101
N.Y. Mets (35-32)010000000171

W: J. Cueto (8-3) L: C. Young (1-1)
S: S. Marshall (9)
HR: CIN - None   NYM - None

Johnny Cueto gave up just one run and struck out eight to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 win over the New York Mets, completing a three-game sweep at Citi Field.

Cueto (8-3) allowed six hits and walked just one over seven frames to pick up his third win in as many starts.

"Johnny Cueto was lights out, he's been lights out all year," Brandon Phillips said. "I'm glad he was keeping the ball down and getting people out."

Phillips and Wilson Valdez both drove in a run and Zack Cozart collected three hits and scored once for the Reds, who have swept their last two series.

Sean Marshall stranded two runners in the eighth and tossed a perfect ninth to get his ninth save of the season.

Josh Thole had two hits and Ike Davis scored for the Mets, who have lost their last four at home.

Chris Young (1-1) was pegged with his first loss since June 14, 2009, after giving up three runs -- two earned -- on nine hits over seven innings.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second. Davis, Daniel Murphy and Thole hit back-to-back-to-back to load the bases. Young then drew a two-out walk to plate Davis. Cueto was able to strike out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to end the threat.

The Reds scored three runs with two outs in the fifth to take the lead. Cozart doubled then scored when Valdez singled up the middle. Joey Votto was intentionally walked to put runners at first and second. Phillips followed with a single to right that scored Valdez easily. Mets right fielder Lucas Duda tried to throw Votto out at third on the play, but the ball bounced past third baseman David Wright and out of play, allowing Votto to score.

"We didn't have anyone on base and guys are always hollering 'two-out rally, two out rally' and that was the epitome of a two-out rally right there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.

New York put two runners on with two outs in the eighth but Marshall was able to get Scott Hairston to ground out to end the threat.

"We had opportunities, and one of the things we've done is get big hits with two outs," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "But this series we didn't."

Game Notes

Phillips extended his hitting streak to seven games...Cueto didn't pick up his eighth win last season until August 11...Cincinnati has swept three series in 2012...Davis and David Wright extended their hitting streaks to eight games...The Mets are 18-10 in day games this season...New York has been swept twice in its last three series.

Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 67

Keith Hernandez Bobble head day
Mets Father's Day Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 67:
  1. Nieuwenhuis-LF
  2. Quintanilla-SS
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-RF
  5. Davis-1B
  6. Murphy-2B
  7. Thole-C
  8. Torres-CF
  9. Young-P

Preview: Game 67 - Reds at Mets - Young's turn to avoid sweep

Cincinnati Reds (37-27) at New York Mets (35-31) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Cueto (R) 13 7-3 2.465.23-22.286/12CLEW9.0612-123.22.28
C. Young (R) 2 1-0 3.385.10-00.006/12@TBW5.2921-010.23.38

Coming off his second complete game of the season, Johnny Cueto aims to help the Reds accomplish something they haven't done since 2001...sweep a road series against the New York Mets.

Cueto went the distance for the sixth time in his career on Tuesday, when he limited the Indians to six hits and a run while fanning seven without issuing a walk. The only run he allowed was an RBI single to Jason Kipnis in the opening inning. Cueto gave up just four singles the rest of the way.

The righty, who has won his last two starts, will try this afternoon to beat the Mets for the first time. Cueto is 0-3 with a 6.58 ERA in five games when facing them.

The Reds won, 7-3, on Friday and last night came up with a 4-1 triumph thanks to eight solid innings from Homer Bailey.

A victory this afternoon would give Cincinnati its first three-game sweep in Flushing since April 13-15, 2001 at Shea Stadium. The last time the Reds swept the Mets in any set of at least three contests came April 4-7, 2005.

Recap: Game 66 - Reds at Mets - Mets See RED as the hitting stops with Bailey

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Cincinnati (37-27) «300100000480
N.Y. Mets (35-31)100000000160

W: H. Bailey (5-4) L: J. Niese (4-3)
S: A. Chapman (8)
HR: CIN - J. Bruce (15)   NYM - None

Homer Bailey pitched eight innings of one-run ball as the Cincinnati Reds won 4-1 win against the New York Mets in the second of three games at Citi Field.

Bailey (5-4) gave up six hits along with one walk and three strikeouts to win for the first time in his past three starts.

Jay Bruce hit a three-run home run and scored twice, while Ryan Ludwick drove in the other run for the Reds, who have won five straight.

David Wright drove in the only run of the game for the Mets, who have dropped five of their past eight games. Jon Niese (4-3) went seven innings and gave up four runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in the loss.

The Reds struck in the first inning thanks to the long ball. Zack Cozart and Wilson Valdez each reached base on a single, Two batters later, Bruce launched a pitch over the wall in right for his 15th homer of the season and a 3-0 lead.

The Mets got a run back in the first as Daniel Murphy hit a one-out double, stole third and came home on a Wright double.

New York threatened in the second as Scott Hairston led off with a double and Josh Thole followed with a single, but Bailey retired the next three batters down to escape with no damage.

The Reds added a run in the fourth when Bruce was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Todd Frazier followed with a single and Ludwick singled home Bruce for a 4-1 lead.

New York put two men on base in the third and sixth innings, but Bailey was able to get out without allowing any runs and he retired the Mets in order in the seventh and eighth innings.

Aroldis Chapman worked around a two-out walk to Andres Torres in the ninth to pick up his eighth save of the season.

Game Notes

Before the game, the Mets placed outfielder Jason Bay on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion. He suffered the injury in Friday's game after crashing into the wall in left field on a dive off a Jay Bruce fly ball that went for an inside-the-park homer...Bailey is 1-1 in three starts against the Mets. He came into the game with a 13.00 earned run average against New York...Niese fell to 1-2 in four games against the Reds...The Mets left eight men on base and went just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Box Score:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 66

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs  Reds - Game 66:

  1. Nieuwenhuis-CF
  2. Murphy-2B
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-RF
  5. Davis-1B
  6. Hairston-LF
  7. Thole-C
  8. Quintanilla-SS
  9. Niese-P

Preview: Game 66 - Reds at Mets - Niese will try and stop the bleeding

Cincinnati Reds (36-27) at New York Mets (35-30) 7:15 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
H. Bailey (R) 12 4-4 4.355.13-23.496/10DETND6.2631-118.24.82
J. Niese (L) 12 4-2 3.695.22-03.606/10@NYYND7.0701-018.02.00

Jonathon Niese heads into tonight's start for the Mets on a shutout streak

... sort of.

The southpaw, who will take the mound in the middle test of a three-game series against the NL Central-leading Reds, has fanned 16 and walked just two over his last two outings. He hasn't allowed an earned run in either appearance - a 6-1 win against the Cardinals on June 3 and a no-decision on Sunday vs. the Yankees. Niese gave up two unearned runs in the Subway Series contest.

Niese is 2-0 over his last four starts and starts a 1-1 mark with a 5.79 ERA in three lifetime games when facing the Reds.

Homer Bailey would've had his fourth win in a five-start span, if not for Cincinnati's bullpen blunders late in a 7-6 loss to the Tigers on Sunday night. The right-hander, who gets the start tonight, didn't get a decision in his most recent appearance.

He departed leading 6-2, but was charged with a run on Prince Fielder's single off Sean Marshall. In the eighth inning, the Tigers took the lead with four runs scored - two each off Logan Ondrusek and Aroldis Chapman.

Bailey, who put together a three-game winning streak from May 19-29, is 0-1 with a 13.00 ERA in two games against the Mets.

Last night, Wilson Valdez drove in three runs as Cincinnati took a 7-3 win. Brandon Phillips hit a two-run home run while Jay Bruce had an inside-the-park homer for the Reds, who have won four straight.

Recap: Game 65 - Reds at Mets - Mets Lose 7-3, Lose Bay

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Cincinnati (36-27) «0220002017110
N.Y. Mets (35-30)000001200341

W: B. Arroyo (3-4) L: D. Gee (4-5)
HR: CIN - J. Bruce (14),B. Phillips (9)   NYM - K. Nieuwenhuis (6),S. Hairston (9)

Wilson Valdez drove in three runs as the Cincinnati Reds took a 7-3 win over the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game series.

Brandon Phillips hit a two-run home run while Jay Bruce had an inside-the-park homer for the Reds, who have won four straight.

Bronson Arroyo (3-4) won for the first time since May 7 as he gave up just three runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over six-plus innings. He had been 0-3 in his previous six starts.

"The pitching staff had been pretty consistent since the first day and our defense has been great," said Arroyo. "The only thing that you can attribute to our losses is scoring a few more runs. And know we're playing teams that are playing good and still finding ways to win, so that's a good sign for us."

Dillon Gee (4-5) was touched for four runs -- three earned -- on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts over six innings of work for the Mets, who had a three-game winning streak stopped. Scott Hairston hit a two-run home run in the loss.

The second inning saw the Reds plate two men to grab the lead. Bruce led off the frame with a fly ball to left field. Jason Bay tried to track down the ball, but it landed just out of his reach as he dove and crashed into the wall, allowing Bruce to come all the way home. Bay left the game and was replaced by Hairston, who committed an error two batters later when he misplayed a Ryan Ludwick double that saw Todd Frazier, who had singled prior to Ludwick, come home.

"He was dizzy. I asked him what he did and he said he hit his head," said New York manager Terry Collins about Bay. "I asked him if he was dizzy and he said yes so I told him he was done. He wanted to try and go back out there and I told him no, not with the past."

Cincinnati made it a 4-0 game in the third inning as Joey Votto was hit by a pitch and Phillips followed with a shot over the left-center wall for his ninth homer of the season.

The Mets had just three runners reach base through the first five innings, but got on the board in the sixth when Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the frame with his sixth homer of the year.

The Reds, though, got it back and one more in the seventh on a two-run double from Valdez for a 6-1 advantage.

New York got back to within three in the seventh as Ike Davis led off with a single and Hairston followed with a two-run homer. Jose Arredondo came on to relieve Arroyo and set down the next three batters to get out of the inning.

Sean Marshall pitched a scoreless eighth while Valdez added an RBI single in the top of the ninth.

Aroldis Chapman retired the Mets in order in the ninth to close the game.

Game Notes

The Mets said during the game that Bay possibly suffered a concussion on the play. He had a concussion in 2010, his first season with the Mets...Phillips has 22 RBI in his last 18 games...Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker celebrated his 63rd birthday on Friday...Arroyo improved to 8-3 in 14 starts against the Mets...The Reds placed outfielder Drew Stubbs on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a strained muscle on his left side. Valdez made his first ever start in center due to Stubbs' absence along with Chris Heisey being sidelined with a mild left groin strain.

Box Score:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Preview: Game 65 - Reds at Mets - Gee Opens Up Homestand

Cincinnati Reds (35-27) at New York Mets (35-29) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
B. Arroyo (R) 12 2-4 3.796.02-33.826/9DETND7.0520-217.15.71
D. Gee (R) 12 4-4 4.426.01-34.916/9@NYYL7.0530-120.23.05

A pair of National League teams on a roll get together tonight at Citi Field, where the Central Division-leading Cincinnati Reds open a three-game series against the New York Mets.

The Reds will also visit Cleveland for three games on their road trip and just swept the Indians in three games at Great American Ball Park to take the first installment of the Battle of Ohio. The Reds banged out a 12-5 win over the Tribe in Thursday's series finale, as Brandon Phillips recorded three hits, including a home run, and four RBI to lead the way.

Phillips has knocked in 20 runs over his last 17 games.

Joey Votto hit a three-run homer and Ryan Ludwick added a two-run shot for Cincinnati, which leads the NL Central by three games over Pittsburgh and St. Louis and went 5-4 on its homestand. Votto is 20-for-40 (.500) with four home runs and 14 RBI in his last 11 contests. Reds starter Mike Leake avoided a decision by allowing three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, while Jose Arredondo picked up the win by getting the final two outs of the fifth inning.

"We needed every run we could get today," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "They can score runs in bunches and we feel very fortunate to have swept them."

Baker will celebrate his 63rd birthday today.

Bronson Arroyo hasn't tasted victory in more than a month and the Reds hope that changes when he takes the mound tonight. Arroyo is 0-3 with a 4.91 earned run average in six starts since a May 7 win at Milwaukee, and did not record a decision in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Detroit.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 38 - Reds at Mets - David Wright Leads Mets Past Reds

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Cincinnati (19-18)000130000482
N.Y. Mets (21-17) «00002115x9120

W: B. Parnell (1-0) L: L. Ondrusek (3-1)
HR: CIN - J. Votto (6)   NYM - R. Cedeno (1)

David Wright crushed a go-ahead, RBI double in the bottom of the eighth, lifting the Mets to a 9-4 victory over the Reds to salvage a split of a two-game series at Citi Field on Thursday.

Lucas Duda and Justin Turner each knocked in two runs, Wright scored three times and Ronny Cedeno added a three-run blast in a five-run eighth inning as the Mets snapped a brief two-game skid.

"These guys are a resilient bunch," remarked Mets manager Terry Collins. "They don't get down when they lose tough games. They just know they have to come out and play. They're a joy to be around."

Bobby Parnell (1-0) got the victory after tossing a scoreless top of the eighth, while starter R.A. Dickey was charged for four runs -- three earned -- on five hits with eight strikeouts over six frames.

Logan Ondrusek (3-1) suffered the loss after giving up five runs on four hits and a walk in the eighth inning. Starter Mat Latos struck out seven and allowed three runs on seven hits over his five-plus innings of work.

"It's something that's going to happen," Ondrusek said. "I have to bear down next time and do a better job and not give up five."

Joey Votto added a solo blast in defeat as the Reds lost their second game in three tries.

The Mets trailed 4-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, but scored nine unanswered runs to complete the comeback victory.

Andres Torres slapped a one-out single in the fifth and Wright worked a walk two batters later. Duda then lined a double into right, scoring both runners to bring the Mets within 4-2.

Ike Davis drew a leadoff walk in the sixth before a single from Cedeno marked the end of Latos' afternoon. J.J. Hoover entered and Mike Nickeas got down a bunt that Todd Frazier misplayed at third to load the bases before pinch-hitter Mike Baxter's sacrifice fly to left pulled the Mets within one.

Aroldis Chapman walked Wright to start the bottom of the seventh and Duda followed with a flare into shallow center.

Daniel Murphy then lifted a fly ball into center field where Drew Stubbs made a diving effort, but saw the ball tip off his glove to load the bases before a sac fly from a pinch-hitting Turner tied the game at 4-4.

Ondrusek entered for the Reds in the eighth, but Rob Johnson reached on a bunt single with one out before scoring from first on Wright's double into center field to give the Mets a 5-4 lead.

After Duda flied out and Murphy was intentionally walked, Turner lifted a fly ball into shallow left field that no one was able to get under, allowing Wright to score before Cedeno's first homer of the year pushed the margin to 9-4.

Earlier in the game, Votto's sixth homer of the season gave the Reds a 1-0 lead in the fourth before they added three more in the fifth.

After not walking a batter over the first four frames, Dickey plunked Ryan Ludwick to start the fifth and walked Frazier before Ryan Hanigan plated Ludwick with a double into center field.

Latos then pushed a run across with a sac fly and Hanigan scored on a passed ball to give the Reds a 4-0 lead.

Game Notes

Votto extended his streak of reaching base safely to 28 games with his home run in the fourth...Chapman had gone 19 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing a run this season...Ondrusek also had his streak of 15 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings snapped.

Box score:

Preview: Game 38 - Reds at Mets - Dickey goes for split in series

Cincinnati Reds (19-17) at New York Mets (20-17) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
M. Latos (R) 7 2-2 4.545.21-15.405/12WSHND5.0311-017.13.12
R. Dickey (R) 7 5-1 3.656.03-01.715/12@MIAW6.0922-020.02.70

The New York Mets' bullpen is costing them, and the Cincinnati Reds would like to continue capitalizing on it.

Coming off another defeat due to their ineffective relievers, the Mets will look for another dominant home outing from R.A. Dickey on Thursday as they try to split this two-game set with the Reds.

New York (20-17) has one of the worst bullpens in baseball with a 5.05 ERA, but the relievers have been much worse lately. They've combined to surrender 20 runs in 19 2-3 innings while blowing four of five save chances and allowing opponents to hit .329 with four homers during a 3-4 stretch.

The Mets paid the price again Wednesday, as the bullpen wasted a strong effort from Johan Santana by giving up four runs in the eighth inning en route to a 6-3 loss to Cincinnati (19-17). Jon Rauch was charged with three of those, while D.J. Carrasco served up a two-run homer to Todd Frazier.

Carrasco, who had a 7.36 ERA in four games, was designated for assignment.

The bullpen issues are coming at a time when closer Frank Francisco has gone 0-2 while allowing six runs in 1 2-3 innings over his last three games.

"We're in New York and Yogi Berra said if you ain't got a bullpen you ain't got nothing," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "Yogi was right, big time. You've got to have a bullpen."

Dickey (5-1, 3.65 ERA) hasn't needed very much from the bullpen at Citi Field, where he's won all three starts with a 1.71 ERA while opponents have hit .167.

Overall, the right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA in his last four starts.

Dickey battled through six innings Saturday, allowing two runs and a season high-tying nine hits in a 9-3 win at Miami. He helped himself in unconventional fashion, getting his first RBI of the season when he was hit in the wrist by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth.

Recap: Game 37 - Reds at Mets - Four run eighth dooms Mets

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Cincinnati (19-17) «0010001406101
N.Y. Mets (20-17)001002000380

W: J. Arredondo (3-1) L: J. Rauch (3-2)
S: S. Marshall (7)
HR: CIN - T. Frazier (2),T. Frazier (3)   NYM - None

Todd Frazier homered twice, a solo shot and a two-run blast that capped a four-run eighth inning, as the Cincinnati Reds came back to down the New York Mets, 6-3, on Wednesday.

"I try to play guys in front of their home people. They play better, concentrate better," Reds manager Dusty Baker said of Frazier, who was born in New Jersey and had his family in attendance.

Cincinnati received six innings, as well as two hits and a run scored, from starter Mike Leake, while Jose Arredondo (3-1) pitched a perfect seventh for the win and Sean Marshall tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save for the Reds, who have won three of four.

Jon Rauch (3-2) was charged with three runs in just a third of an inning to suffer the setback, as the Mets lost their third in four tries.

Rauch opened the eighth by giving up three straight hits, a pair of singles around a double, as Brandon Phillips brought home Drew Stubbs to tie the game. Tim Byrdak came in to pitch to pinch-hitter Jay Bruce, who eventually hit a long sacrifice fly.

D.J. Carrasco then entered and was greeted by Frazier, who launched Carrasco's first offering out to dead center field for a two-run shot.

"Left a slider over [the plate], too hittable of a pitch, and he drove it out of the yard," said Carrasco.

Earlier, Leake charged toward home on Zack Cozart's hit in the top of the third, sliding under Mike Nickeas' tag for the game's first run.

New York pulled into a tie a half inning later, when Lucas Duda plated Mike Baxter on a liner to left, and scored two sixth-inning runs, on an Ike Davis RBI double and Nickeas' suicide squeeze two batters later.

Frazier got the Reds within one in the seventh on an opposite-field blast into the right-field bullpen.

Game Notes

Mets starter Johan Santana, who has never lost against the Reds, allowed two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings...The probables for Thursday's finale of this two-game set are Cincinnati's Mat Latos against R.A. Dickey.

Box Score:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 37

Kirk leading off
Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 37:
  1. Nieuwenhuis-CF
  2. Baxter-LF
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-RF
  5. Murphy-2B
  6. Davis-1B
  7. Turner-SS
  8. Nickeas-C
  9. Santana-LHP

Preview: Game 37 - Reds at Mets - Hard Luck Santana looking for 2nd win

Cincinnati Reds (18-17) at New York Mets (20-16) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
M. Leake (R) 6 0-5 7.116.00-26.165/11WSHL3.0760-313.27.90
J. Santana (L) 7 1-2 2.926.11-11.905/11@MIAND6.0631-019.02.84

Third-year right-hander Mike Leake tries again for a first win of 2012 tonight when the Cincinnati Reds head to Citi Field for the opener of a two-game series with the New York Mets.

Leake, one of the rare players to jump straight from college to the big leagues with no time in the minors, won 20 games over 53 appearances in his initial two seasons with the Reds after they drafted him eighth overall out of Arizona State in 2009.

He's not been able to regain that success in 2012, however, instead dropping five decisions in six starts while failing to go beyond five innings twice and getting past six innings just two more times.

Leake was rocked for six runs on seven hits in his most recent outing on May 11 while dropping a 7-3 decision to Washington.

Overall, in 31 2/3 innings, he's given up 25 earned runs on 40 hits, translating to a 7.11 earned run average.

In two career starts against the Mets, he's 0-1 with a 2.19 ERA.

For New York, lefty Johan Santana enters on a four-start unbeaten streak.

The 33-year-old Venezuelan, who's 63 games above .500 (134-71) in his major- league career, hasn't lost since a 9-3 drubbing at Atlanta on April 17.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Final Happy Recap: Game 162 - Reds at Mets - Batista shuts-out Reds, Jose Reyes bows out after one hit

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

N.Y. Mets «00010200x360

W: M. Batista (5-2) L: E. Volquez (5-7)
HR: CIN - None   NYM - M. Baxter (1)

First off due to prior commitments (Real JOB), It did not post last night's recap, nor the preview/lineup and I apologize ...

On that note, here is the final recap -  Jose Reyes Lead off with a bunt Single, then he walked off  first base and called it a day. Justin Turner Pinch ran for him. Terry Collins and Jose Reyes had worked this decision before the game.. Of course it was all about the batting tittle..

Jose Reyes ended up with a .337 (181/ 537) batting average,  which is leading the NL.

Ryan Braun on the other hand is hitting .335 (187/559) and has to clearly go 3-3 to make it a .338 clip and 3-4 will also push him slightly over Reyes by percentage points. Pressure will build tonight in Milwaukee at 8:10PM to see if he can do it..

Miguel Batista tossed his first shutout since 2006, a two-hitter, and the New York Mets closed out the regular season with a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

The 40-year-old Batista (5-2) walked two and struck out five for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak and finished 2011 with a 77-85 record.

Queens Native Mike Baxter hit a 2 run shot which extended the lead to 3-0....It was his first career shot..

Edinson Volquez (5-7) gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings for Cincinnati, which posted a 79-83 mark one year after capturing the NL Central title.

Box Score: Click here

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Reds at Mets - Game 161

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Reds at Mets - Game 161

  1. Jose Reyes, ss
  2. Ruben Tejada, 2b
  3. Willie Harris, lf
  4. David Wright, 3b
  5. Nick Evans, 1b
  6. Josh Thole, c
  7. Mike Baxter, rf
  8. Jason Pridie, cf
  9. Chris Capuano, lhp

Preview : Game 161 - Reds at Mets - Capuano tries to get to .500 for year

Cincinnati Reds (78-82) at New York Mets (76-84), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (9-12, 5.09) New York - Chris Capuano (11-12, 4.55)

Right-hander Bronson Arroyo gets a final 2011 crack at a seventh double-digit win season tonight when the Cincinnati Reds visit the New York Mets in the middle test of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Arroyo, a 34-year-old native of Key West, Fla., has won 10 or more games in four of five seasons with the Reds since he was acquired from Boston in a trade for Wily Mo Pena.

He was a double-digit winner twice for the Red Sox, including a 10-9 record in 32 appearances for the 2004 World Series champions.

His 17 wins last season were a career high.

Arroyo got within a game of win No. 10 with a gem in his last start, when he tossed a six-hit shutout against the Houston Astros while walking none and striking out two in a 2-0 decision on Sept. 21.

He is 7-3 in 12 career start against the Mets with a 3.49 earned run average across 87 2/3 innings.

On Monday, Chris Heisey's three-run home run powered the Reds to a 6-5 victory.

Logan Ondrusek (5-5) stranded two runners in the sixth inning to earn the win in relief of starter Homer Bailey, who tossed five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Recap: Game 160 - Reds at Mets - Reds squeak by Mets

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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W: L. Ondrusek (5-5) L: T. Byrdak (2-1)
S: F. Cordero (36)
HR: CIN - C. Heisey (18)   NYM - None

Chris Heisey's three-run home run powered the Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Mets to kick off a season-ending series at Citi Field.

Logan Ondrusek (5-5) stranded two runners in the sixth inning to earn the win in relief of starter Homer Bailey, who tossed five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Francisco Cordero put two runners on with no outs in the ninth, but worked out of the jam to earn his 36th save of the year.

Tim Byrdak (2-1) allowed two hits before Josh Stinson gave up Heisey's homer.

Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as the Mets dropped their second straight contest.

"Tomorrow or the next day is going to be tough for me. I'm going to have a lot of stuff going through my head but I'm going to stay focused like always," said Reyes, who will be a free agent at the end of the season and is playing his final home games of the year.

Willie Harris led off the ninth with a double before Cordero hit David Wright with a pitch to put the go-ahead runs on the bases with no outs. But Cordero got the force at third on a Nick Evans bunt back to the mound and Josh Thole grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

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