Tagged: Game Preview

Second Series Of The Year Feels Like A Big One

Say what you will, but I’m pretty excited for tonight’s Mets-Braves game.  Yes, I know it’s only the fourth game of the season, but no real Met fan can deny how pleasant it would be to win this series.  The Mets roll red-hot into Atlanta for the Braves’ home opener, following their three game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.  But Atlanta broke out the brooms on the road as well, as they took all three games (the first two in extra innings) against the Phillies.  With both teams undefeated and the marquee matchup of Smoltz vs. Glavine set to air before a national audience on Saturday afternoon, most of the eyes of the baseball world will be focused on Turner Field this weekend.  So what better opportunity could the Mets have to show that last year was no fluke and that they are capable of putting the Braves, and all the ghastly memories that come with them, away for good?

Tonight’s pitching matchup probably tips the scales ever so slightly in the Mets’ direction, as lefties Oliver Perez and Mark Redman will take the hill for New York and Atlanta, respectively.  Most Mets fans know Perez’s story: he’s got great stuff, but he’s very inconsistant.  Down the stretch for the Mets last year, however, Perez improved.  From September 1st through his strong start in Game 7 of the NLCS, he posted an ERA of 4.50 and struck out 39 batters in 40 1/3 innings.  Meanwhile, Atlanta counters with Redman, the former Kansas City Royal, who has eaten innings throughout his career, but not eaten them terribly effectively.  The 33-year-old gave up a lot of hits last year (202 in 167 innings pitched), recorded only 76 strikeouts, and doesn’t throw particularly hard.

Observations

I get the feeling that winning this series will require a group effort,
with players chipping in off the bench and the bullpen playing a more
significant role than in the series against St. Louis . . . 

Shawn Green is 6 for 6 against Redman in his career, which could lead Willie Randolph to put him in the starting lineup tonight over Lastings Milledge, who Randolph said might start tonight against the left-hander Redman . . .

Atlanta’s home opener is tonight, so the park should be full, as this old rivalry heats up once more.  Should be a fun series . . .

Game Preview: Mets vs. Marlins 1:05 PM 5/28/06

New York Mets (29-19) vs. Florida Marlins (15-32)

Time: 1:05 PM

Location: Dolphins Stadium; Miami, Florida

TV: WB-11

Mets’ Starting Pitcher: Orlando Hernandez (2-4 6.11 ERA)

Marlins’ Starting Pitcher: Ricky Nolasco (3-1 2.89 ERA)

The Lineups

New York

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Paul Lo Duca C
3. Carlos Beltran CF
4. Carlos Delgado 1B
5. David Wright 3B
6. Cliff Floyd LF
7. Jose Valentin 2B
8. Endy Chavez RF
9. Orlando Hernandez P

Florida

1. Hanley Ramirez
2. Dan Uggla 2B
3. Mike Jacobs 1B
4. Miguel Cabrera 3B
5. Joe Borchard RF
6. Josh Willingham LF
7. Jeremy Hermida CF
8. Miguel Olivo C
9. Ricky Nolasco P

Game Preview: Mets vs. Cardinals 8:10 PM EST 5/16/06

New York Mets (23-14) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (24-14)

Time: 8:10 PM EST

Location: Busch Stadium (Cardinals)

TV: SNY

Mets’ Starting Pitcher: Tom Glavine (5-2 2.19 ERA)

Cardinals Starting Pitcher: Jeff Suppan (4-2 4.58 ERA)

The Lineups

New York

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Paul Lo Duca C
3. Carlos Beltran CF
4. Carlos Delgado 1B
5. David Wright 3B
6. Cliff Floyd LF
7. Xavier Nady RF
8. Kaz Matsui 2B
9. Tom Glavine P

St. Louis
1. David Eckstein SS
2. So Taguchi LF
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Scott Rolen 3B
5. Juan Encarnacion RF
6. Jim Edmonds CF
7. Gary Bennett C
8. Hector Luna 2B
9. Jeff Suppan P

Game Preview: Mets vs. Giants 10:15 PM EST 4/24/04

New York Mets (12-6) vs. San Francisco Giants (10-8)

Time: 10:15 PM EST

Location: AT&T Park; San Francisco, California (Giants)

TV: SportsNet New York

Mets’ Starting Pitcher: Tom Glavine (2-0 1.38 ERA)

Giants’ Starting Pitcher: Matt Cain (0-2 6.75 ERA)

Starting Lineups

New York

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Paul Lo Duca C
3. Carlos Delgado 1B
4. David Wright 3B
5. Cliff Floyd LF
6. Xavier Nady RF
7. Kaz Matsui 2B
8. Endy Chavez CF
9. Tom Glavine P

San Francisco

1. Randy Winn CF
2. Omar Vizquel SS
3. Lance Niekro 1B
4. Barry Bonds LF
5. Moises Alou RF
6. Mike Matheny C
7. Pedro Feliz 3B
8. Jose Vizcaino
9. Matt Cain P

Game Notes

  • After an excellent rookie season last year, Cain has struggled.  He posted an impressive 2.33 ERA in seven starts during the 2005 season, but has gotten off to a poor start this year with an 0-2 mark and a 6.75 ERA.  He’s only 21 years of age, and San Francisco hopes that he and fellow starter Noah Lowry will become a formidable 1-2 punch for years to come.  His last start against the Diamondbacks went poorly.  Rotowire writes that "[a]fter breezing through the Diamondbacks’ lineup the first
    time through, Cain allowed five runs over the fourth and fifth innings
    and picked up the loss."
  • No Met has ever faced Cain.  Left-handers (.355) hit him far better than do righties (.212).
  • Tom Glavine has looked lights-out lately, but members of the Giants hit him decently.  Barry Bonds leads has by far the best numbers, hitting .329 lifetime with 3 homers and 13 RBI in 79 at bats.  Steve Finley is hitting .288 against Glavine.  Alou is at .297.  Vizcaino is 9 for 28 (.321).

Braves Watch:  Atlanta is currently 3 games behind the Mets for first place in the NL East.  They just fell behind the Brewers 3-1 in the bottom of the 7th after Corey Koskie hit at two run bomb to right-center.