Astros vs Mets: Starting Lineup, Notes, Game Preview

An article by posted on April 20, 2011

Starting Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – SS
  2. Josh Thole – C
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Carlos Beltran – RF
  5. Ike Davis – 1B
  6. Angel Pagan – CF
  7. Willie Harris – LF
  8. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  9. R.A. Dickey – RHP
  10. 

Mets Notes

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost 11 of their last 13 games and at 5-12, they have matched the third worst start after 17 games in team history…The 1962 and 1964 clubs began the year 3-14…The 1974 squad was also 5-12…The homestand continues with two more games vs. the Astros before the Diamondbacks visit for a three-game series…New York then hits the road for a three-game series at Washington and three more at Philadelphia.

AT HOME: The Mets are 1-7 at home this year equaling their worst record through eight home games in team history…The 1962 Mets started 1-7 at the Polo Grounds…New York has lost six straight home games dating back to April 10…It’s the longest losing streak at home since the Mets dropped eight in a row from September 14-September 28, 2007…The Mets have been outscored 50-33 at home.

BULLPEN: The Mets bullpen has posted a 4.45 ERA, ranking 25th in the majors…The bullpen is 0-2 with a 6.07 ERA (18 earned runs/26.2 innings) at home…The pen ranks first in the majors with 59 strikeouts, is second with 60.2 innings pitched and is tied for fourth with 28 walks.

PEDRO BEATO: Allowed an unearned run last night…Beato has worked 10.0 innings over seven major league outings without allowing an earned run to begin his major league career…The righty has held lefthanded batters to a .133 (2-15) mark…Opponents are 0-10 against him at Citi Field, 1-17 (.059) with runners on base and 1-9 (.111) with runners in scoring position.

BELTRAN IN CITI: Carlos Beltran hit his third home run of the year last night…All three of his home runs have come at Citi Field, where the outfielder is hitting .304 (8-26) with three doubles and four RBI…Beltran hit three home runs at Citi Field in 27 games in 2010 and had three home runs in 38 home games in 2009.

Game Preview

The Mets lost the opener to the Astros last night, and tonight they play again (in an effort to not have the worst record in the National League). As it normally goes with losing streaks, the problem at the start of the streak is not same problem though out the streak. At the start, the Mets bats were producing more than enough runs to allow the pitchers a chance to win. Now, for the most part, the Mets pitching has been good enough to keep the Mets in the game, but the Mets bats have not been able to produce runs. Tonight the Mets batters will get Bud Norris while the Astros will get R.A. Dickey.

Dickey will be making his 4th start of the season, pitching in his fifth game of the year (he got some work in on Sunday). The knuckler has 18.1 innings logged this season with a 3.96 ERA with 12 BB and 15 K. Last season he was 1-0 in two games with a 1.76 ERA against the Astros where he pitched 15.1 innings and struck out 8 batters. The Astros have the following numbers against Robert Allen:

Lee 7-14, 3 2B, HR
Bourn 2-8
Johnson 0-7
Pence 0-6

The Mets batters will try to break out of their collective slump against Bud Norris who is 1-1 this season over 16 innings (3 games) with a 5.06 ERA. Last season he was 1-1 against the Mets over 12.1 innings with a 4.97 ERA. The Mets have the following numbers on Norris:

Davis 1-5, 2B
Pagan 1-5
Wright 0-4
Beltran 0-3
Thole 2-2, HR

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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