Preview: Mets at Rangers June 25, 2011

New York Mets (37-39) at Texas Rangers (41-36) 4:10pm

Jon Niese (6-6 3.70) vs. Alexi Ogando (7-2 2.66)

TV: Fox             Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets are going to have a tough time today against Ogando. He was in the bullpen last season but he’s been pitching really well as a starter this season. He’s stumbled a couple of times including against the Yankees when he allowed 6 runs in 1.2 innings on June 14. Otherwise, he’s had some great starts.

Niese really stumbled too in his last start against the Angels when he allowed 4 runs in 4 innings. He’ll be looking to get back on track in a tough park for pitchers this afternoon.

Preview: A’s at Mets June 23, 2011

Oakland A’s (34-41) at New York Mets (36-38) 1:10pm

Graham Godfrey (1-0 4.76) vs. Chris Capuano (5-7 4.29)

TV: SNY              Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets need this game to take the series and make their home stand a .500 one before hitting the road for Texas. Godfrey is a rookie right hander who’s only made two starts this year. The first one was really bad in Chicago and his last one was really good against the Giants. There isn’t much big league work to judge him on yet.

Capuano has been tremendous in his last three starts. He’s allowed only 3 runs over 19 innings during that span.

Preview: A’s at Mets June 22, 2011

Oakland A’s (34-40) at New York Mets (35-38) 7:10pm

Gio Gonzalez (6-5 2.69) vs. R.A. Dickey (3-7 4.00)

TV: SNY              Radio: WFAN

What to watch: After losing the first game of the series, the Mets need to win tonight and tomorrow to take the series from the A’s and avoid a losing home stand. It won’t be easy going up against Gonzalez tonight. He’s having an excellent season so far. He did it last year too. In 2010, he had a 3.23 ERA in 33 starts for the A’s.

Dickey will be looking to regain his form after having a terrible start in Atlanta last week. He gave up 4 runs in 4 innings and just didn’t look like himself. Maybe Jason Bay can help him out tonight by continuing to hit the ball again.

Preview: A’s at Mets June 21, 2011

Oakland A’s (33-40) at New York Mets (35-37) 7:10pm

Josh Outman (2-1 3.14) vs. Dillon Gee (7-0 2.86)

TV: SNY              Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The struggling A’s are in town for three games. They’re in last place in the AL West but, surprisingly, they’ve won five straight games including sweeping the Giants at home before coming to New York. Outman is a lefty who has made a few starts over the last few years but never getting any consistent time in the big leagues. He’s made five starts this year and four of them were pretty good.

Gee looks to continue his mind boggling run tonight in his eleventh start of the season. The Mets still haven’t lost a game that he started this season. In three starts this month he’s only allowed 1 run. He’s been extraordinary.

Preview: Angels at Mets June 19, 2011

Los Angeles Angels (34-38) at New York Mets (35-36) 1:10pm

Tyler Chatwood (3-4 4.20) vs. Jon Niese (6-5 3.46)

TV: SNY              Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets and Angels play the rubber game of the series for Father’s Day today. It should be a great weather day for everyone going to the game with their father. The Angels have Chatwood on the mound today, a rookie who’s been very inconsistent. The Angels have lost the last three games that he started. The Royals roughed him up badly in his last start for 5 runs in 3.2 innings.

Niese has been fantastic in his last six starts. He hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in a game during that span and has only allowed 1 home run. He’s won three straight decisions and is really in a good groove right now.

Preview: Angels at Mets June 17, 2011

Los Angeles Angels (33-37) at New York Mets (34-35) 7:10pm

Joel Pineiro (2-3 4.03) vs. Chris Capuano (5-6 4.40)

TV: SNY              Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Angels are in town for three games this weekend after taking two of three in Seattle this week. They’re currently in third place in the AL West, 3 games behind the Rangers. Pineiro has been getting hit hard recently. He’s allowed 4 earned runs in each of his last five starts.

Capuano has been pitching really well lately. He’s won his last two starts and allowed only 1 run in 13 innings over that span.

Preview: Mets at Braves June 16, 2011

New York Mets (34-34) at Atlanta Braves (38-31) 7:10pm

R.A. Dickey (3-7 3.98) vs. Mike Minor (0-2 4.50)

TV: SNY              Radio: WFAN

What to watch: Surprisingly, the Mets have a chance to sweep the Braves in Atlanta tonight. They’ll go for it with Dickey on the mound who has lost two of three starts since he hurt his foot. But he’s been pitching really well during that span allowing 7 runs in 23.2 innings (2.72 ERA).

The Braves have Minor on the mound tonight making his fifth start of the season. He’s never pitched more than 6 innings in a start this year and the Braves are 2-2 in his starts. In his last start, he allowed 2 runs over 6 innings in Houston.