Game Preview: D-Backs at Mets [Game 102] July 31, 2009

d-backs logoArizona D-Backs (44-58 Road: 20-25) at New York Mets (49-52 Home: 28-21) 7:10pm

Doug Davis (5-10 3.76) vs. Livan Hernandez (7-5 4.87)

TV: SNY

What to watch: The fourth place D-Backs come to town after losing two of three at home to the Phils. The suddenly hot Mets send Hernandez to the mound after two straight good starts. Davis is 1-2 in his last three starts giving up 13 runs in 12.1 innings.

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Game Preview: Mets at Astros [Game 97] July 26, 2009

astrosNew York Mets (45-51 Road: 20-31)  at Houston Astros (50-47 Home: 28-24) 2:05pm

Livan Hernandez (6-5 4.93) vs. Brian Moehler (7-5 4.92)

TV: SNY

What to watch: The Mets and Astros play the rubber game of the series before the Mets finally head home from this long road trip. Hernandez had a great start in Washington going 7 innings and only giving up 2 runs. He had several clunkers before that, and there was even speculation that he could lose his spot in the rotation. Moehler has been very consistent. He hasn’t allowed more than 3 earned runs in a game since June 9. He’s 5-1 in his last seven starts.

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Mets 6 – Nationals 2 July 20, 2009

It was hard to believe I was watching the Mets tonight. They looked like a different team than the one that got pummeled in Atlanta. Livan Hernandez went 7 strong innings giving up 2 runs. And the bullpen held up for the final 2 innings.

Sure, it’s the Nationals that they’re playing. But the Nats offense isn’t that bad, although Ryan Zimmerman had the night off.

Jeff Francoeur put on a show going 3 for 4 with a double and a rare Mets home run. For the Mets, 6 runs is an explosion. They weren’t doing it against premier pitching but they’ll take what they can get.

7.20.09

Game Preview: Mets at Nationals [Game 92] July 20,2009

washington nationals logoNew York Mets (43-48 Road: 18-28)  at Washington Nationals (26-65 Home: 16-30) 7:05pm

Livan Hernandez (5-5 5.10) vs. J.D. Martin (0-0 0.00)

TV: SNY RadioWFAN

What to watch: Finally, the Mets face a team struggling as badly as they are. The Nats have lost 10 of their last 11. They have a new manager since we last saw them. Manny Acta was fired and Jim Riggleman is running the show now. Hernandez has been rocked in his last two starts allowing 15 runs in 7 innings. Martin is a 26 year-old making his major league debut tonight.

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Game Preview: Dodgers at Mets [Game 84] July 9, 2009

dodgers logoLos Angeles Dodgers (53-31 Road: 25-18) at New York Mets (40-43 Home: 23-18)  7:10 pm

Randy Wolf (3-3 3.49) vs. Livan Hernandez (5-4 4.56)

TV: SNY  Radio:  WFAN

What to watch: The Mets and Dodgers play the rubber game of the series tonight. In Wolf’s last five starts, he’s only allowed more than 2 runs once. Hernandez got bombed in his last start in Philly for 7 runs in 3 innings. The Mets offense finally woke up last night. We’ll see if they can do it again tonight.

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Phillies 7 – Mets 2 July 3, 2009

The story of this game is that Livan Hernandez got lit up by the Phillies for 7 runs in 3 innings. When that happens, the game is usually over. And it was in this case. The bullpen came in and threw five shutout innings, only giving up one hit.

On offense, Ryan Church was 3 for 4 and raised his season average to . 300. He’s looked so good lately going the other way. His swing has always  been the classic lefty pull hitter swing, but he’s really driving the ball to left field now and he played a pretty decent center field tonight.

There were two defensive bloopers by the Mets tonight that looked awful. It had absolutely no impact on the game because the Mets were out of the game so early. But Fernando Tatis didn’t cover second on a single up the middle and allowed Jimmy Rollins to walk into second base. And Daniel Murphy missed an easy throw at his chest from David Wright. The ball got by him and he and Brian Schneider both stood around while Shane Victorino walked to second base. Both plays were really ugly. Tatis isn’t normally a second baseman and Murphy doesn’t seem to be able to play anywhere capably in the field.

The Mets drop the first of three to the Phillies.

7.3.09

Game Preview: Mets at Phillies [Game 79] July 3, 2009

phillies logoNew York Mets (39-39 Road: 17-22) at Philadelphia Phillies (39-37 Home: 13-22) 7:05 pm

Livan Hernandez (5-3 4.04) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (0-0 0.00)

TV: SNY  Radio:  WFAN

What to watch: The Mets take their two game winning streak into Philly tonight. The Phils just got swept in Atlanta and have lost six of their last eight games. Hernandez hasn’t pitched badly but the Mets have lost the last four games that he started. Lopez is making his season debut for the Phils tonight. He made 14 starts for Colorado last year and was 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA.

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