Preview: Astros at Mets April 21, 2011

Houston Astros (7-11) at New York Mets (5-13) 7:10pm

J.A. Happ  (1-2 5.79) vs. Chris Capuano (1-1 8.53)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Astros go for the sweep tonight at Citi Field. The Mets have lost seven straight home games and could get swept by the NL Central’s last place Astros.

The good news for the Mets is that two of Happ’s three starts have been poor. The bad new for the Mets is that Capuano has been worse. Over Capuano’s last two starts he’s given up 11 runs in 11.2 innings. Not exactly a recipe for success.

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Astros 4 – Mets 3 April 20, 2011

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The Mets are finding new and interesting ways to lose games at this point with their seventh straight home loss. R.A. Dickey pitched a really good game until he gave up the go-ahead solo home run to Hunter Pence in the eighth inning. His final line is 8 IP and 4 runs. Jason Isringhausen pitched the ninth so at least K-Rod didn’t get another game finished toward his vesting option for 2012.

The Mets had some great offense going with 12 hits. Jose Reyes had 4 hits and Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy had 3 hits apiece. Murphy had a dramatic home run in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3. But the Mets couldn’t take the lead.

Angel Pagan got thrown out trying to score on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth and would have tied the game at 4-4. Reyes led off the ninth with a hit and Josh Thole popped up a bunt and Reyes was doubled off first base to, effectively, end the game. It was a new way to lose and I’m sure we’ll see many more ways to lose this season.

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Preview: Astros at Mets April 20, 2011

Houston Astros (6-11) at New York Mets (5-12) 7:10pm

Bud Norris  (1-1 5.06) vs. R.A. Dickey (1-2 3.93)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Astros have a chance to win the series tonight with a win. Norris started the season with two poor starts but his last start against the Padres was very good going 6 shutout innings for a win.

Dickey’s last two starts weren’t very good allowing 8 runs in 11.1 innings. He also had a 1 inning relief appearance in Atlanta. He needs to be the stopper again tonight for the Mets to make sure they don’t lose a home series to the Astros.

Astros 6 – Mets 1 April 18, 2011

Jon Niese
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The Mets dropped the first game of the three game series to the lowly Houston Astros. Jon Niese took the loss to drop to 0-3 but he didn’t pitch that badly giving up 2 runs over 6 innings. He wasn’t especially sharp giving up 7 hits and 5 walks but managed to work out of a lot of trouble.

For all the talk about playing the game the right way, the Mets look like a bumbling crew that doesn’t play the game the right way to me. The bullpen was terrible Ryota Igarashi and Tim Byrdak not getting the job done. And Bobby Parnell had another melt down on the mound balking in a run before he threw a pitch and then giving up an RBI hit.

Scott Hairston blew another ball in left field for an error. It’s just a sad state of affairs. The Mets only had 4 hits as a team and the only run was scored on Carlos Beltran’s solo home run. There wasn’t much to cheer about for the few fans that showed up to Citi Field tonight.

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Preview: Astros at Mets April 19, 2011

Houston Astros (5-11) at New York Mets (5-11) 7:10pm

Wandy Rodriguez  (0-2 7.31) vs. Jon Niese (0-2 6.88)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The NL Central’s last place Astros come to town playing just as poorly as the Mets have been. It’s no surprise that the Astros are up for sale just like the Mets are either.This should be a real barn burner of a series with two last place teams battling it.

After the last three seasons of pitching really well, Rodriguez is off to a terrible start. Two of his three starts this season have been awful. However, he did have one good start against the Marlins and it probably won’t be long before he gets back on track.

Niese started well against the Marlins this season but has had two consecutive awful starts against the Phillies and Rockies. He needs to get back on track tonight.

Preview: Astros at Mets August 29, 2010

Houston Astros (59-70) at New York Mets (64-65)  1:10 pm

Bud Norris (6-7 5.03) vs R.A. Dickey (8-5 2.64)

TV: SNY  Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Astros and Mets play the rubber game of the series today before the Mets head to Atlanta to begin a long road trip. The Mets have won the last three games that Dickey started. But he didn’t have his best stuff in his last start against the Marlins giving up 5 runs in 7 innings. The Astros have won the last 6 games that Norris started including Aug. 19 against the Mets. In that game Norris went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs while getting a win.

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Astros 4 – Mets 1 August 28, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana throws a pitch to the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York, August 12, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) Santana took another loss tonight, his third straight. Although this time he didn’t pitch a complete game. He went 7 innings and allowed all 4 runs. Houston put up 2 against him in the first and then two more in the fifth on a 2-run homer by Carlos Lee.

As always, the Mets had no offense. They had 9 hits and 1 walk in the game but only put up 1 run. The Mets didn’t even score the run until the bottom of the eighth when David Wright singled in Luis Castillo. That was the offense…

The Mets and Astros will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon.

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