The Mets look to take the final game of this three game series against the NL East leading Marlins. With another lefty going for the Marlins, Scott Olson, Willie Randolph will send out the same lineup that found the Mets a victory last night. So yes, Carlos Delgado is once again on the bench.
It’s a big night for Oliver Perez who needs to be on top of his game. It’s a must for him to pitch the way he did against the Yankees on that Sunday night. Everyone within the Mets would be able to let out a big sigh of relief with a victory tonight, because the focus has to get back onto winning series.
The Mets need to focus on the task at hand, which is tonight’s game. That means no thinking “hey we played great last night”. Worry about Scott Olson and the Marlins tonight and just take care of business.
This is worth a note, as Jay Horwitz, the Mets PR guy, is wearing his orange suit jacket. He was talked into wearing the jacket last night and the Mets won, so maybe we’ve found our good luck charm.
Let’s get it done tonight, Ollie. Enjoy the game everyone.
LET’S GO METS!
The Mets head to Atlanta set to take on the Braves for four games in three days. The series kicks off today with a day-night doubleheader. In game one, John Maine (5-2, 2.81 ERA) will take the hill and his opponent will be Tom Glavine (1-1, 4.41 ERA), who Mets fans haven’t seen since the pathetic performance on September 30, 2007.
John Maine has been terrific all season long, outside of his first start which was at Turner Field. In his seven starts since that game, Maine hasn’t allowed more than 2 earned runs and the Mets are 6-1. His last two starts may have been his best on the year, in which he’s pitched a total of 14-1/3 innings allowing only two earned runs and six hits. The significant number is he’s only had one walk in each of those starts.
The Mets are coming off maybe their best weekend of the season, with two very good victories against the Yankees. They hope to build momentum now, as only three times this year have they had a winning steak of three games (the longest being five).
The Mets hope they can ride on Jose Reyes and David Wright. Reyes went 4-for-10 at Yankee Stadium, while Wright went 5-for-10.
This is a huge series for the Mets. They finally showed that attitude of dropping the hammer on other teams, and I hope that mentality is there in Atlanta. This is a team they should want to kill.
Only one game out of first, let’s get a good string of games going.
LET’S GO METS!
The Mets and Yankees will wrap up their two-game series tonight at Yankee Stadium. Oliver Perez (3-3, 4.61 ERA) will take on Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang (6-1, 2.90 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05.
Perez has been very successful in interleague play against the Yankees in the past holding a 3-1 record with a 3.04 ERA. Last season, two of his best pitched games came against the Yanks, as he went 2-0 in those games only allowing 2 earned runs in 15 innings pitched.
The Mets hope to build off of yesterday’s game. A win would provide the Mets with their first sweep at Yankee Stadium, even if its only a two-game mini-series. It would also only be the second time the Mets have two victories at Yankee Stadium in a season.
Marlon Anderson will get the start tonight in left field, as he will bat second. This moves Moises Alou to the DH spot. Anderson is 6-for-16 in the month of May, while Alou is batting .342 in 38 at-bats since returning from the DL.
Tonight’s game can be watched on ESPN, and if you don’t want to deal with the play-by-play from Jon Miller and Joe Morgan, then tune in to WFAN 660.
LET’S GO METS!
The Mets and Yankees will kick off their shortened Subway Series matchup this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Johan Santana (4-2, 3.10 ERA) will take on Andy Pettitte (3-4, 4.40 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.
Johan Santana has won his last three decisions and the Mets are 6-2 in his starts this season. He is 3-0 in his career against the Yankees with a 2.66 ERA over five starts, and 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in his three starts at Yankee Stadium.
Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado and David Wright have all handled Pettitte pretty well in the past. Beltran is 12-for-34, Delgado is 21-for-60 with five home runs, and Wright is 5-for-13.
Damion Easley gets the start at DH today for the Mets, being 16-for-56 in his career against Pettitte with 8 RBI.
The Mets enter today at 20-19 in third place in the NL East.
LET’S GO METS!