Series preview: at Diamondbacks

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Tonight at 9 p.m., the Mets start a three-game series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tonight (9:40 ET): Dillon Gee (10-3, 3.93) vs. Ian Kennedy (14-3, 3.20)

Kennedy has been stellar this season, recording 14 wins, the second most in the National League behind Roy Halladay. Kennedy, a former top Yankee pitching prospect, was traded to Arizona in December of 2009, in a 3-team deal that involved Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson, who has since been traded three times. Ian has a career record of 2-0 against the Mets, with a 4.91 ERA.

Tomorrow Night (8:10 ET): Mike Pelfrey (6-9, 4.53) vs. Daniel Hudson (11-8, 3.83)

Hudson had a great year least year, going 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA for Arizona. He hasn’t equaled his success this year, but has been solid, going 11-8, with a 3.38 ERA. He has played a key role in the resurgence of the Diamondback rotation.

Sunday afternoon (4:10 ET): Chris Capuano (9-10, 4.51) vs. Jason Marquis (8-6, 4.48)

Jason Marquis, recently acquired by Arizona just hours beforeĀ  his scheduled start against the Mets on July 30, is a career 6-7 against the Mets, and 0-4 at Chase Field

D-Backs Background:

  • Arizona is 65-53 and currently leading the NL West over the World Champion Gianta by one game. The Diamondbacks have already matched their win total from last year, when they were 65-97, finishing in last place in the National League West.
  • Justin Upton, who struggled last year by his standards, has returned to 2009 form, hitting a career-high .302 with 23 home runs and 72 RBI. Upton is leading the National League in doubles this season with 33. He was selected as an All-Star last month, his second selection of his career.
  • D-Back pitching has vastly improved this season, lowering their ERA almost an entire run from last season, going from 4.81 to 4.06 this season.
  • The Mets swept Arizona in April, shutting down their offense, allowing just nine total runs in three games.

What to expect:

  • The Diamondbacks, despite hitting .250 as a team, have hit 134 home runs, fifth in the majors. According to ESPN’s MLB Park Factors, Chase Field is the seventh easiest ballpark to hit home runs in. I’m just Saying…
  • The D-Backs are really hot right now, soaring to the top of their division, with great pitching and hitting.
About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 17 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment.

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