By: Stache Staff

Pre-Game: New York Mets (53-55) @ San Diego Padres (45-64)

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This afternoon at 4:05, the Mets go for the series win at Petco Park.  After last night’s 6-2 victory over the Padres, the Mets seem as if they may have broken out of their second half funk.  With a win today, the Amazin’s would finish off this 11-game west coast trip at 7-4.  A mark no one would have thought possible 2 weeks ago.

Jeremy Hefner put forth another solid outing last night.  He allowed only one run on five hits with two strikeouts in six innings.  Mike Baxter had a bizarre 5 for 5 night.  That is he walked in all five plate appearances.  Murph was 4 for 4, and Ruben Tejada was 2 for 5 .

The Mets have gotten 5 straight strong starting pitching performances, and today, rookie phenom Matt Harvey (1-1 1.59 ERA) looks for his 3 straight outstanding start.  Harvey will face off against Staten Island native Jason Marquis (6-10 5.54 ERA), who has pitched well since joining the Padres earlier this season.

Today’s game can be seen on SNY and heard on WFAN 660 AM

 

 

 

Who’s HOT for the Mets?…Daniel Murphy just recorded his 5th 4-hit game this year and has 8 hits in his pas 22 at bats.
Who’s HOT for the Padres?…Chase Headley  is 9 for his last 25 for 2 homers and 7 RBI’s

Pitching Matchup

Matt Harvey (1-1 1.59 ERA) gets his first crack at the pitcher’s haven known as Petco Park.  Facing a Padres team that doesn’t have much offense, you’d expect some impressive numbers out of Matt today.  In his last start against the Giants, he pitched well again, allowing 2 earned runs in 6 innings with 7 strikeouts.  Against a much better lineup last week, Harvey used his changeup a lot more.  With a bigger ballpark, I expect to see Rob Johnson put down the number 1 a lot more often.

Jason Marquis (6-10 5.54 ERA overall, (4-6, 4.08 with the Padres)) is 6-7 with a 4.58 ERA against the Mets in his career.  Jason’s last outing was not a very good one.  He gave up 7 runs at Cincinnati in 6 1/3 innings along with 3 homers.  He had won his last three starts.  In his lat 8 starts against the Met Marquis is 1-4 with a 6.02 ERA,

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