The New York Mets look to get .500 again, and will put Jon Niese (6-5 3.46) on the mound. The Angels will put Tyler Chatwood (3-4 4.20) to try to win the rubber game series of the three game series.
The Mets haven't faced Chatwood, and the Angels havn't faced Niese in both of their careers.
Chatwood's last performance was a terrible outing lasting only 3 2/3 innings allowing 5 runs.
Niese on the other hand pitched very well again against the Braves, and is now 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA over his last six starts.
Good news for Niese, Chatwood hasn't won since beating Atlanta on May 22 in his only interleague start. The Angels haven't scored a run for Tyler in his last four outings.
In the last 15 games, the Mets starters are 8-3 with 1.77 earned run average, which is the most wins and lowest ERA in any 15 game span for a team since 1989.
Ruben Tejada was put back into the lineup, giving Duda a day off. Both of them have been struggling the last few games.
Jason Bay has had 2 hits in the last 3 games of 4.
Mets are 10-3 with Daniel Murphy in the clean up spot (4) in the batting order. He is batting 4th again today.
Reyes is wearing spikes under his cleats for the first time this season.
Reyes also has elected to stay with Peter Greenberg and not hire the overpowering Scott Boras for his agent.
Mets are 15-10 in lst 25 games in Citi Field, their home stadium.
To begin the game, in the first inning, Maicer Izturis hit a bloop single. Niese retired the next two batters, and also threw a passed ball that catcher Josh Thole should have been able to stop. The struggling Vernon Wells then smacked an opposite field single to right field, and Izturis came in to score the first run of the game. Howie Kendrick then flew out to retire the side, leaving with only 1 run.
After Reyes grounded out in the bottom of the first inning, Justin Turner went the other way with a line drive double off the right field fence on a few hops. Beltran was then walked, putting Daniel Murphy up with 2 men on. Murphy hit a ground ball hard to the middle, wear Izturis made a very nice back handed play to start the double play. The Mets lost a good chance at tying the game there.
Niese struggled even more in the second inning, allowing Trumbo and Bourjos singles, and a Izturis hit by pitch with 2 outs, Erick Aybar, batting .190 righty vs lefty, hit a hard ground ball down the right field line, scoring three more, and ending up at third base with a 3 RBI triple. Tori Hunter struck out to end the horrific inning by Niese.
In the 5th inning, Justin Turner overthrew an Erick Aybar ground ball, and Aybar was safe at first base. Tori Hunter then hit a base hit to center field, allowing Aybar to get to third base. Niese's last batter, Vernon Wells smacked a base hit to center field to make the score 5-0. D.J. Carrasco came in for Niese after only pitching 4+ innings. Carrasco struck out Howie Kendrick for one out. With Mark Trumbo up, he hit a chopper to first base, Murphy coming in had only one choice, to throw to 1st base, and Trumbo was retired. With 2 outs, and the speedy Bourjos up with 2 men on, Carrasco got him to ground out to the short stop Reyes to retire the side.
Manny Acosta in for the 6th inning, let up a lead off homer to catcher Jeff Mathis, he was then able to retire the next 3 batters, after a great double play started by Murphy, the first baseman. The score was 6-0.
In the 7th inning, Tori Hunter hit a home run, but Acosta was able to stop the bleeding with only 1 run, making the score 7-0.
Bobby Cassevah relieved Chatwood after 7 innings of work. He finished the 8th, but struggled in the 9th inning. With 1 out, Tejada hit a bloop single and pinch hitter, Jason Pridie hit a ground ball single. Reyes then hit a groundball single to right field, to score Tejada allowing Pridie to move over to third. Reyes then stole while Turner was up. Turner then hit a groundball to second base, scoring Pridie and moving Reyes to third base, to cut the score to 7-2 with 2 outs. Beltran then was able to hit a line drive single to right field scoring Reyes. The score was 7-3. That was the end of Bobby Cassevah, as Scott Downs came in to get the final out. With pinch hitter Scott Hairston up at the plate and Beltran on 1st base, Hairston hit a slow roller in the gap, Izturis gunned a throw to get Hairston out at first. Replays show, he was safe, and the inning should have continued. The ball game was over, and the Mets lost 7-3.
Niese now (6-6 3.70) didn't look good from the start. He was throwing his pitches way high, and he had no control. He ended up with the loss after 4 innings of work allowing eight hits with no walks, 5 runs (4 earned), striking out 3 on only 67 pitches. Tyler Chatwood (4-4 3.84) received his first win in a while, going 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 4 walks, allowing no runs, striking out 4 on 117 pitches.
The Mets had many opportunities to score with runners that were in scoring position, but failed on all their attempts until the 9th inning, where they miraculously came back, but it wasn't enough.
Overall, Niese was flat, and the batting lineup was flat. Mets will fall to 2 games below .500, and will now play a 3 game sieres against the Oakland Athletics, who have great pitching. The Mets hadn't lost a series since May 27-29. This was dis-encouraging as the Mets showed no life until the end of the game, when it was way to late to come back from 7 runs down.