Mets Must Win Series

The New York Mets have a must win series starting tommorow at Citi Field.

Info from Mets.com

Friday: Tommy Hanson(8-5, 4.19) vs. R.A. Dickey(6-1, 2.62)

After recent forgettable starts against the White Sox and Tigers in which Hanson surrendered 15 total runs, the right-hander was dynamite in his latest outing against the Marlins. In 6 2/3 innings, the 23-year-old allowed just one earned run and five hits.

Allowing just two unearned runs, Dickey outpitched Stephen Strasburg on Saturday in Washington, rebounding from his first loss of the season, but was left with a no-decision. Dickey will look for win No. 7 against the Braves, the lone division foe he hasn’t seen this season.

…Jerry Manuel loves to have R.A. Dickey open a series because he feels his Knuckle ball can have lasting effect on the hitters, effecting the next two games of the Series, he gets this opportunity again, in the last series before the break…

Saturday: Tim Hudson(8-4, 2.44) vs. Mike Pelfrey(10-3, 3.39)

Hudson was recently selected to his third All-Star team and is highly deserving after his successful start in ’10. The 34-year-old has allowed just three earned runs in his past two starts combined while completing 15 innings. During that span, he has struck out 13.

Since a perceived snub from the NL All-Star team, Pelfrey has allowed 11 runs in 9 1/3 innings while striking out just four over that stretch. Yet Pelfrey is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA against the Braves this season.

…although 2-0 with a low 1.42 ERA against the Braves this season, he will be facing them in a day game (4:10 Start). He has a 5.28 era during the day compared to a 2.62 at night. Dan Warthen has speculated the drastic difference can be attributed to Pelfrey being a creature of habit, starting every fifth day at 7:10 pm, but he believes Pelf can work through his struggles during the day in the first half, and eliminate them…

Sunday: Derek Lowe(9-7, 4.40) vs. Johan Santana(6-5, 3.15)

Despite losing two his past three starts, Lowe has been stellar on the mound. The righty has a 2.75 ERA during that time while completing 19 2/3 innings. He even tossed seven innings of scoreless ball against the red-hot White Sox on June 24.

Santana went the distance in his last start, striking out five on his way to shutting out the potent Reds offense. He is 1-5 with a 2.25 ERA in nine career starts against the Braves and took a tough loss against them earlier in the year, giving up just two runs in seven IP.

…Santana has looked like the Santana of old, confident with a few extra ticks on the radar gun, and with the combination of him no longer tipping his pitches and the increased speed differential between fastball and changeup, Santana is now getting the swings and misses that he wasnt earlier in the year. Look for Johan to head into break strong and have strong second half…

vanilla (pete)

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