Rays 10 – Mets 6 June 21, 2009

The story of this game was some really bad pitching by the Mets that allowed the Rays to win the series at Citi Field. Mike Pelfrey got bombed for 4 runs on 5 straight hits in the fifth inning. Bobby Parnell got rocked again in the seventh inning, giving up 4 runs without getting an out. B.J. Upton absolutely clubbed a ball into the second deck in left field off Parnell. What a shot that was! Then Sean Green reverted to his bad form by giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in the eighth without getting an out. It was a really ugly pitching performance.

The Mets offense put up 6 runs, which should be enough to win the game. They had 10 hits including a 3-run homer by Brian Schneider in the sixth, his second 3-run homer of the series. David Wright was 3 for 5 and made it through a game without striking out.

The Rays take two of the three games as the Mets welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to Citi Field for four games starting tomorrow night.


Game Preview: Rays at Mets [Game 67] June 21, 2009

Rays logoTampa Bay Rays (36-34 Road: 15-22) at New York Mets (34-32 Home: 19-12)   1:10 pm

Jeff Niemann (6-4 4.21) vs. Mike Pelfrey (5-2 4.56)

TV: SNY  Radio:  WFAN

What to watch: The Mets and Rays play the rubber game of the series today before the Cardinals come to town for a four game set. Niemann is a pitcher that appears to be pretty consistent from game to game. He isn’t outstanding but neither is Pelfrey. Niemann is going to pitch a decent game and likely won’t get rocked, especially by the Mets struggling offense.

Don’t forget to visit The Mets Report Live Game Chat during the game to chat with other Mets fans!

Rays 3 – Mets 1 June 20, 2009

After struggling (relatively) for the last month, Johan Santana came back with another excellent start. He went 7.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 98 pitches. But the game was stopped because of rain in the eighth and that was it for Santana with the Mets losing 2-1. Now that Santana is pitching well, the Mets aren’t scoring behind him again. The guy can’t win…

The Mets went very quietly today only getting 4 hits in the game. There was no offense whatsoever. The only run came on an RBI double to right by Omir Santos in the second inning. That’s it.

The Rays even up the series and they play the rubber game tomorrow afternoon.


Game Preview: Rays at Mets [Game 66] June 20, 2009

Rays logoTampa Bay Rays (35-34 Road: 14-22) at New York Mets (34-31 Home: 19-11)   4:10 pm

James Shields (5-5 3.52) vs. Johan Santana (8-4 3.29)

TV: FOX  Radio:  WFAN

What to watch: Fox Sports gets a good pitching match-up for this nationally televised game. Hopefully, the rain will hold out for long enough to get the game in. Shields has lost his last three road starts and is pitching to a 4.15 ERA on the road. Shields, like Santana, is a changeup pitcher and told the Tampa Tribune this week that he’s been looking forward to going up against Santana. The Mets are trying to get Santana back on track today. He’s been on a rough stretch for about a month now.

Don’t forget to visit The Mets Report Live Game Chat during the game to chat with other Mets fans!