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Know Your Foe #37: Meet The Mets, Meet The Mets. Come And Meet The Mets!

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New York Mets (55-56, 9.0 GB, 3rd NL East, 7.5 WCGB)

Last Series vs. Rockies: 1-2 series loss @ Coors Field April 13-15

Let's travel back to those heady days of the early season. Greg Smith pitched one of his few good games in 2010 by striking out eight Mets and limiting those guys to two runs in seven innings. Seth Smith went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a homer. The next day the Rockies needed extra innings to win the second game 6-5. Chris Iannetta hit the walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th. Jon Niese got knocked around by the Rockies for five runs in five innings. Unfortunately, the Rockies couldn't complete the sweep and got shutout 5-0 by Mike Pelfrey.

Last Two Series Results: 1-2 series loss @ Atlanta; 1-2 series loss @ Philly

I'll let Troy Renck sum up Mets recently:

Mets season virtually ended on last road trip through ATL and Phi. Why? Wright and Beltran went 5-for-45 with 2 RBIs.

Before getting to the pitching match, I answered five questions for Mets Gazette. Check 'em out here.

Tuesday-Thursday: 3-game series @ Citi Field

Expected Pitching Match-ups

Tuesday, 10 August 2010 @ 5:10 p.m. MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ubaldo Jimenez 17-2 22 22 3 2 0 0 148.1 104 45 43 7 60 135 2.61 1.11


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Mike Pelfrey 10-6 23 22 0 0 1 0 129.2 150 63 60 9 50 77 4.16 1.54


Wednesday, 11 August 2010 @ 5:10 p.m. MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jeff Francis 4-4 15 15 0 0 0 0 86.2 95 47 45 6 19 54 4.67 1.32


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jon Niese 7-5 21 20 1 1 0 0 119.0 124 53 48 14 42 93 3.63 1.39

I'll be at this game, so I hope Jeff Francis throws the first perfect game in Rockies' history.

Thursday, 12 August 2010 @ 10:10 a.m. MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jason Hammel 8-6 20 20 0 0 0 0 123.1 127 62 60 11 33 102 4.38 1.30


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Johan Santana 9-6 24 24 1 1 0 0 162.0 151 56 55 10 49 111 3.06 1.23


Expected Lineup

 

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Jose Reyes SS 0.280 0.320 0.416 0.736 0.136 0.303 0.326
Angel Pagan RF 0.311 0.370 0.475 0.845 0.164 0.353 0.375
Carlos Beltran CF 0.195 0.300 0.312 0.612 0.117 0.222 0.265
David Wright 3B 0.293 0.366 0.495 0.861 0.202 0.365 0.369
Ike Davis 1B 0.253 0.328 0.435 0.764 0.183 0.304 0.334
Fernando Martinez LF 0.200 0.200 0.200 0.400 0.000 0.250 0.179
Josh Thole C 0.323 0.417 0.403 0.820 0.081 0.345 0.376
Ruben Tejada 2B 0.196 0.278 0.232 0.510 0.036 0.239 0.232

 

Fernando Martinez was just brought up to the majors after hitting .255/.321/.466 for Triple-A Buffalo. He's probably going to split time 50/50 with Jeff Francoeur in the outfield. Martinez's star has diminished over the last few years, but he shouldn't be wasting away on the bench while Jeff Francouer gets starts.

Ruben Tejada moved into a starting role recently, displacing Luis Castillo (did ya hear that the Mets offered Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo for Carlos Zambrano and were turned down?). This is his third time with the Mets this season. He started the season with the team before Jose Reyes returned a couple of games into the season and then came back for all of June and most of July.

Carlos Beltran has been back for about a month and done nothing.

Bench

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Mike Hessman 1B/3B 0.188 0.316 0.438 0.753 0.250 0.182 0.336
Henry Blanco C 0.263 0.314 0.368 0.683 0.105 0.299 0.301
Chris Carter OF 0.264 0.295 0.396 0.690 0.132 0.275 0.298
Jeff Francoeur OF 0.241 0.294 0.385 0.679 0.144 0.260 0.293
Luis Castillo 2B 0.245 0.339 0.286 0.625 0.041 0.261 0.293

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Francisco Rodriguez 4-2 51 0 0 0 24 5 55.1 44 14 14 3 21 66 2.28 1.17


Injuries


New York Mets Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
John Maine shoulder 05/21/2010
Rod Barajas oblique 07/25/2010
Jason Bay concussion 07/26/2010
Sean Green ribs 04/08/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Fernando Tatis shoulder 07/05/2010
Kelvim Escobar shoulder 03/26/2010