Series Preview: Mets Head to Pittsburgh

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Tonight, the Mets begin a three-game set in Pittsburgh with the Pirates.

The Pirates, 19-22, are currently third in the NL Central.

The Pirates are led by Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen, the one and only star on the Pittsburgh roster, is leading the team in almost every major category, He is hitting .336 with seven home runs, 20 RBI, and 24 runs scored. The Pirate offense as a whole, is in the bottom three in baseball in runs, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. The pitching is the only thing keeping them from the bottom of the division.

The Pirates are led by ace (for the moment) James McDonald. McDonald, who had a 4.21 ERA in 31 starts last year, is currently 3-2, but has a 2.68 ERA. The back end of the bullpen has also been stellar. Jason Grilli, the setup man, has ten holds on the season and has a 2.25 ERA.  The closer, Joel Hanrahan, has nine saves and a 3.07 ERA.

Here are the pitching matchups:

Game 1- Tonight 7:05

Johan Santana (1-2, 2.89 ERA) vs. Erik Bedard (2-5, 3.07 ERA)

Game 2- Tuesday 7:05

R.A. Dickey (5-1, 3.75 ERA) vs. James McDonald (3-2, 2.68 ERA)

Game 3- Thursday 7:05

Jonathon Niese (2-2, 4.85 ERA) vs. Charlie Morton (2-4, 4.35 ERA)

More notes…

– The bullpen finally didn’t blow it yesterday! … but it sure gave us a scare, didn’t it? Bobby Parnell allowed two runs in his inning of work, but luckily, Frank Francisco held on for the win.

David Wright once again had two hits and an RBI. He is now hitting .412 for the year.

– I think this past series was a snap back to reality about what this team can really be. Yes, they have a very bright future, but the expectations of .500 baseball seem to be coming true. The bullpen needs help. Also, this lineup isn’t going to carry us anywhere, especially without Ike Davis stepping up.

About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 16 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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