Pittsburgh Pirates (26-28) at New York Mets (25-30) 1:10pm
Paul Maholm (2-7 3.18) vs. Mike Pelfrey (3-4 5.00)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets need a win just to split the four game series today. They’ll do it behind Pelfrey and, unfortunately, the Mets have lost the last three games he started. Pelfrey only got 6 runs of support in those three games though.
Maholm has been up and down but his last start was fantastic. He threw a complete game 3-hit shutout in Chicago. Prior to that, the Pirates lost five games in a row that he started but he hasn’t gotten much run support either. The Pirates hit about as little as the Mets do so a low scoring affair today wouldn’t be a surprise.
The Mets lost a terrible game in the late innings again after a solid start by Chris Capuano although his line doesn’t show it. The Mets were up 2-0 after six innings. In the seventh, the Pirates strung together an inconceivable number of infield hits. They scored 5 runs in the inning. It was compounded by a couple of bad plays at third base by Willie Harris. Granted, he’s not an everyday third baseman. But he looked like it was the first game he’s ever played there tonight.
On offense the Mets had 10 hits and 2 walks but they left 7 runners on base. They’ve had a lot of trouble scoring lately and that didn’t change tonight. Although Justin Turner hit a garbage time home run in the eighth inning to break the Mets 10 game homerless drought. Jason Bay and Willie Harris were hearing the boo’s tonight too. Bay was 0 for 4 with 2 K’s. Harris was 1 for 4 with 3 K’s.
The Pirates are 2-1 in the series and the Mets need a win to split the series tomorrow afternoon.
Pittsburgh Pirates (25-28) at New York Mets (25-29) 7:10pm
Kevin Correia (7-4 3.44) vs. Chris Capuano (3-5 4.94)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: Correia has been having quite a season for the Pirates. He’s been having some great starts but he has been hit hard a couple of times. The Nationals, Dodgers, and Brewers have hit him but the Mets don’t have much offense so they could be in trouble against him.
The Mets are 3-6 when Capuano starts this season. He was 1-3 in May but should have had a better record. In his three losses, the Mets scored 4 runs behind him. Expect the Pirates right handed hitters to tee off on him. Righties are hitting .312 against him this year.
The Mets got a tremendous game from R.A. Dickey pitching on a bad foot. He threw 7 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts but got hit in the eighth inning for 3 runs. Doing it on an injured foot was just a great effort. He didn’t get any support from the offense and didn’t deserve a loss.
Bobby Parnell was back from the DL and looked just as bad, if not worse, than when he left. He got two outs in the ninth and it took him 32 pitches to do it. He gave up 2 runs but both were unearned because of a Ruben Tejada throwing error.
The Mets offense was awful with their tenth straight game without a home run. They only mustered 6 hits and 2 walks in the game. Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy had 2 hits apiece but they didn’t score after they put up 1 run in the first inning. The offense is just sad.
The Mets and Pirates will do it again tomorrow for the third game in the four game series.
Pittsburgh Pirates (24-28) at New York Mets (25-28) 7:10pm
James McDonald (3-3 5.23) vs. R.A. Dickey (2-5 4.50)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The big news is that Dickey is making this start after leaving his last start with an injured foot. It will be worth keeping an eye on him playing the field and running that bases. Expect the Pirates to test him out with some early bunts.
McDonald had a rough start to the season for the Pirates. But he’s been pretty good since the end of April. The Pirates are 4-6 in his starts this season and they’ve won four of the last six games he started.
The Mets got another good effort from Dillon Gee going 7 innings and giving up only 3 runs. He had 8 strikeouts and no walks lifting his record to 5-0 this season. He’s been terrific since last September every time he’s been given an opportunity. At this point, I don’t know how he could lose his spot in the rotation.
The Mets offense crushed the Pirates pitchers for 15 hits and 2 walks. But they left 10 runners on base. The damage could have been much worse than the 7 runs they scored. Josh Thole had the big hit, a 2-run double in the bottom of the seventh that gave the Mets the lead for good in the game. Daniel Murphy, Angel Pagan, and Ruben Tejada had 3 hits apiece tonight.
The Mets take the first game of the four game series.
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