The Mets and Rockies play the rubber game at an early 12:10 time slot today as the Mets try to take the series. Last night was the same old story for Niese and by same old story I just mean it has happened two outings in a row. Once again he was fantastic (1 R over 7 IP) but the pen seems to save it’s meltdowns for when Jon pitches. Anyway it is time for the ace Johan Santana to step vs Hammel in the finale.
Johan Santana is 9-6 on the season with a 3.06 ERA and in his last start he was able to rebound by pitching 7.1 shutout innings (where he had a no hitter going through 5.2 innings). He missed the Rockies earlier this season but he had a great outing against them last year as he picked up the win throwing 7 scoreless innings. The Rockies have these numbers on Johan:
Giambi 4-18, 2B, HR
Olivo 2-11, HR
The Mets will get a crack at Hammel this afternoon who is 8-6 this season with a 4.38 ERA. In his last four starts he is 1-2 with an ERA of 5.54. He didn’t play the Mets in April this year and last year he had a horrible start against the Amazin’s as he allowed 5 ER over 1.1 innings in a loss. The Mets have these numbers on Hammel:
Lets Go Mets!