Series Preview: Mets (51-56) @ Padres (44-65)

An article by posted on August 6, 2009

The Mets begin a seven game road trip starting tonight against the San Diego Padres.  Although any chance at going to the postseason is probably out of the question, if the team could pull it off – there is not better team to face than the San Diego Padres.  The Padres have scored the fewest runs in baseball, and have a team batting average of .235.  As long as the offense can hold their own, and Oliver Perez doesn’t allow all his runs on walks – the Mets should find success.  History doesn’t support that though, as we all still remember the disaster that happened in last years trip to PETCO Park.

Earlier today, the Mets re-aquired Anderson Hernandez.  Although I don’t see him impacting the team in any major way – I would much rather have a young, good defensive player with some potential, rather then a has been like Angel Berreo.

At this point, the Mets chances are looking pretty bleak.  I don’t want the players on the field to quit – but management needs to start looking towards the future.  Rushing our injured players back – especially the ones who figure into the long term plans – would be a mistake.  Jose Reyes should probably be shut down for the year.  Players such as Daniel Murphy should be out there everyday showing what they got.

Probable Pitchers

Thursday: Livan Hernandez (7-5, 4.77) @ Clayton Richard (4-3, 4.47)

Friday: Oliver Perez (2-3, 7.03) @ Kevin Correia (7-9, 4.73)

Saturday: TBD @ Mat Latos (3-1, 2.66)

Sunday: Johan Santana (12-8, 3.10) @ Tim Stauffer (1-3, 3.12)

Matchups

Adrian Gonzalez against Oliver Perez, Johan Santana & Pedro Feliciano 4 for 21,  11 K
David Wright against Kevin Correia 6 for 8, 2 HR

Prediction

In all likelyhood, the Mets should salvage at least a split of the series.  If the bats stay alive, then taking three out of four isn’t too much of a stretch.

Mets take series 3 games to 1

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