Preview: Mets at Dodgers July 4, 2011

New York Mets (42-42) at Los Angeles Dodgers (37-48) 9:10pm

Chris Capuano (7-7 4.27) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (4-7 3.77)

TV: SNY             Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets start a four game series in LA tonight against the last place Dodgers who have lost three straight series’. Capuano has won four of his last five starts despite not pitching that well in Detroit in his last start. He gave up 5 runs in 5 innings but benefited from the Mets scoring 16 runs behind him.

De La Rosa is a rookie right-hander who only has five career starts this season with the Dodgers. He’s lost his last three starts although he pitched well in Minnesota going 7 innings and allowing 1 run in his last start. He ended up losing a 1-0 game to the Twins and Scott Baker.

Mets 16 – Tigers 9 June 29, 2011

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The Mets are going crazy on offense right now. 14 runs last night and 20 tonight. Who knew the Mets had it in them? Scott Hairston’s bases loaded triple in the first inning got the party started and it never stopped. They assaulted the Tigers with 20 hits and 7 walks in the game. Ronny Paulino hit cleanup and went 4 for 6 with 4 runs scored. Angel Pagan also chipped in 4 hits, 3 runs, and 4 RBI’s. The offensive numbers are just silly.

The Mets pitching wasn’t anything to brag about. Chris Capuano gave up 5 runs in 5 innings and ended his run of excellent starts. Without the silly offense, he would’ve lost most games. Pedro Beato didn’t look great giving up 2 runs. And there was a bizarre incident like I’ve never seen before in the seventh inning. Terry Collins brought in Tim Byrdak even though he wasn’t warming up in the bullpen. Byrdak promptly gave up a homer to the first batter he faced, and had some words for Collins on his way out of the game.

The Mets won’t have it so easy against Justin Verlander tomorrow. Mike Pelfrey will need to bring his “A” game.

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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.

Angels 4 – Mets 3 June 17, 2011

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Chris Capuano was solid again but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Angels. It was a back and forth game throughout the night. But Justin Turner’s throwing error in the second inning allowed an unearnred run to score was the difference in the game.

Capuano went 6 innings and allowed 2 earned runs but he did it on 92 pitches. So it wasn’t the sharpest game he’s had this season but it should have been good enough to win the game.

The Mets offense was led by Angel Pagan who was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. He did a great job of putting the ball in play that scored runs and kept innings alive. Ronny Paulino was also 2 for 4 with 2 doubles.

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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.

Mets 7 – Pirates 0 June 12, 2011

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The final score was a rout but it was a actually a pitchers dual that was scoreless until the seventh inning. The Mets beat up the Pirates pitching at the end with another huge game from Jose Reyes. He was 3 for 5 with a solo homer in the ninth inning. His average is up to .346 now and he’s playing better than ever in the final season of his Mets contract.

Chris Capuano also had a big game throwing 7 scoreless innings and getting the win. He only allowed 3 hits and 2 walks and was firmly in control throughout the game.

The Mets are up 2-1 in the series with one game left tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.

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Preview: Mets at Pirates June 12, 2011

New York Mets (31-33) at Pittsburgh Pirates (31-32) 1:35pm

Chris Capuano (4-6 4.86) vs. Kevin Correia (8-4 3.64)

TV: SNY              Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets blew a winnable game yesterday on a bad play at third base by Daniel Murphy. I’d expect to see Justin Turner there today. Capuano lost a game to the Pirates last week at Citi Field. His record and ERA are pretty bad but he’s been a victim of bad defense and lack of run support this season.

Correia pitched a solid game against the Mets last week (6 IP, 2 ER) and then lost to the D-Backs in his next start (5 IP, 4 ER).