Series preview: at Padres

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The Mets start a three-game series in San Diego tonight at 10:05. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tonight (10:05): R.A. Dickey (5-11, 3.75) vs. Aaron Harang (11-3, 3.95)

Haarang’s last start was against the Mets at Citi Field. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on ten hits, while striking out five. Now, he will get another shot at the Mets, this time at PETCO Park, where he is a career 7-5 in 17 games.

Tomorrow Night (10:05):Jonathon Niese (11-9, 4.03) vs. Cory Luebke (4-6, 3.09)

Luebke faced the Mets in his last start, and allowed two runs in five innings. He is 1-1 in his past three starts, with a 3.70 ERA.

Wednesday Night (6:35): Dillon Gee (10-4, 4.07) vs. Mat Latos (6-11, 3.80)

Latos allowed two runs in seven innings against the Reds in Cincinnati. He is 1-1 with a 2.14 ERA in his past three starts. He finished eighth in Cy Young voting last season, going 14-10, but his production has fallen off drastically.

Padres Background:

  • The Padres, after playing the Mets last week, went to Cincinnati to play the Reds. They lost two of three, finishing off the series with a 7-3 win. They scored four runs early off Dontrelle Willis before he left with an injury. They extended their lead late, scratching off a run in each of the last three innings of the Cincinnati bullpen.
  • San Diego dropped to 54-68 this weekend, and are still in last place in the National League West.
  • The Padres are hitting .238 this season, last in the National League.
  • As usual, the Padres have had stellar pitching. The team ERA is 3.45, fourth in the National League.
  • Heath Bell has 32 saves so far this year. He has a 2.64 ERA and has dominated the ninth.

What to expect:

  • Tight, low scoring, games will dominate this series. The Mets have lost most of their top hitters and the Padres are arguably the worst hitting team in the majors.
  • The Padres will run on Met catchers. San Diego leads the majors in stolen bases with 145, with six players in double digits already. Throughout his career, Josh Thole has thrown out only 29% of runners.
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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