Here’s the rotation for the Braves’ series:
Tuesday: RHP Derek Lowe (12-7, 4.08) vs. LHP Oliver Perez (2-3, 5.97), 7:10 p.m., SNY.
Wednesday: RHP Jair Jurrjens (9-8, 2.99) vs. RHP Bobby Parnell (3-4, 3.50), 7:10 p.m., SNY.
Thursday: RHP Kenshin Kawakami (5-9, 4.13) vs. LHP Johan Santana (13-8, 3.10), 7:10 p.m., PIX-11.
That match-ups favor the Mets in just the Thursday game behind Santana.
The Mets can leave Atlanta in a double-digit hole. Things are that bad for our heroes. Mike Pelfrey and a rag-tag line-up try to stop the bleeding.
Here’s the line-up:
Angel Pagan, CF
Luis Castillo, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Gary Sheffield, LF
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Daniel Murphy, 1B
Alex Cora, SS
Omir Santos, C
Mike Pelfrey, RP
Pelfrey (7-4, 4.47 ERA) is 2-3 with a 5.08 ERA lifetime against the Braves. Pelfrey is coming off a solid outing against Cincinnati in which he worked seven innings and allowed three runs on five hits.
Jair Jurrjens (7-7, 2.91 ERA) will start for Atlanta. He is 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA lifetime against the Mets.
Tonight’s game with the Pirates has been rained out, and despite this being their last trip to Pittsburgh, there will not be a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon.
That means a rushed trip to Pittsburgh in August or September when the Mets will need the day off. It’s just as well they aren’t playing as they need a breather. This is a bruised and battered team and the bullpen needs a rest.
Around the Horn ….
-Tom Glavine was released by the Braves which begs the obvious: Would you take him back to add some depth to the rotation which still has some issues. Glavine underwent elbow and shoulder surgery in the offseason, but said he’s ready and will pitch again this season.
-Assistant GM John Ricco said Jose Reyes experienced pain again in his calf during an extended spring training game today and will return to New York for additional tests. Translation: He won’t be back any time soon. I can’t see him back for the Philadelphia series.
-Manager Jerry Manuel said Gary Sheffield will not play during tomorrow. He’s still nursing his leg. He didn’t run well at all the other night.
-Manuel also said JJ Putz will move to the seventh inning. Hardly earthshattering news.
-Ryan Church played in an extended spring training game and says he’s feeling better. He might be ready to be activated for the Phillies series.
-Oliver Perez threw off flat ground today but there’s no timetable for his return.
Last night’s win was arguably the most satisfying of the season for the Mets. John Maine regrouped after a rocky start to give manager Jerry Manuel length and to stay out of his taxed and depleted bullpen.
The Mets also came from behind a couple of times which hasn’t been their MO this season. And, they did it without Carlos Delgado (who won’t be available tonight) and Jose Reyes.
Last night was important on so many levels beginning with the need to snap out of their funk after losing two of three to the Braves. They certainly couldn’t have afforded to follow up the Atlanta series with a loss last night and then face Tim Lincecum tonight. That’s how losing streaks begin.
David Wright, who is hot right now, told me Lincecum is the toughest pitcher he faces. The guy is good and I’m not expecting much offense from the Mets tonight.
I’ll be around later tonight for the game. Hope you’re all having a great day.
After a successful home stand that ended on a down note, the Mets are in San Francisco tonight for the start of a four-game series, then three in Los Angeles and three in Fenway.
If they play the way they did at the start of their homes stand, they’ll be in good shape. If they play as they did against the Braves then the miles will wear on them.
What’s your confidence level for this trip?