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.

A’s 7 – Mets 3 June 21, 2011

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I never would have guessed before the game that Dillon Gee would be terrible and Jason Bay would be great tonight. The Mets have now lost three of four games on this home stand to west coast AL teams. It’s an abysmal showing for a team that’s supposed be taking on the fiery personality of Terry Collins.

Gee gave up 4 runs in 4 innings on 3 hits and 6 walks. He couldn’t find the plate and only threw 45 strikes in 87 pitches. It was his worst start of the season by far.

The Mets had very little offense going with only 5 hits and 5 walks in the game. Bay had 3 of those hits going 3 for 3 with a long home run to left field and a triple off the top of the center field wall. He finally woke up! I hope that’s a sign of good things to come from Bay. That’s about the only positive that the Mets can take from this game.

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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.