Ike Davis Out, Santana Looks To Stop Mets Four Game Skid

An article by posted on May 5, 2012

Starting Lineup

  1. Andres Torres – CF
  2. Ruben Tejada – SS
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Scott Hairston – LF
  5. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  6. Justin Turner – 1B
  7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – RF
  8. Mike Nickeas – C
  9. Johan Santana – LHP

Mets Notes

RECENT METS: New York has lost a season-high four straight games. This three-game homestand is the club’s shortest of the year. New York is 8-6 at home this season. New York was 34-47 at home last year.

FALLING BEHIND EARLY: The opposition has scored first in five of New York’s last six games.

DAVID WRIGHT: David Wright is second in the National League and third in the majors with a .395 batting average. Wright leads the majors with a .505 on-base percentage. He is tied for fourth in the majors with 19 walks and ninth with a .580 slugging percentage.

JOHAN SANTANA: Since 2004, Santana leads all active pitchers with a 2.86 ERA. He is tied for sixth in wins (110) and is second with 1,508 strikeouts during that span. The Mets lefty recorded his 50th career double-digit strikeout game on April 24 vs. Miami. Santana has allowed one run or less in four of his five starts and if you take out his start on April 17 at Atlanta (1.1 innings – the shortest of his career – allowing six runs, four earned) his ERA would be 0.79 (two earned runs/22.2 innings).

RUBEN TEJADA: Went 1-4 last night…Tejada is hitting .438 (14-32) over his last seven games. Overall, Tejada is hitting .303. Tejada has 10 doubles this year, tied for the fourth-most in the majors. He finished with 15 doubles last year in 96 games.

ANDRES TORRES: Went 3-4 with an RBI last night, and has at least one hit and one RBI in all four games since being activated from the 15-Day Disabled List on April 30. It is tied for the longest such streak of his career. Had three, three-game streaks with at least one hit and one RBI, all in 2010. The three hits were the most in a single game since he had three hits on July 15, 2011 with San Francisco at San Diego.

BULLPEN: Over their last seven games, the Mets bullpen is 1-3 with two saves and a 8.64 ERA (24 earned runs/25.0 innings). Overall, the pen ranks 27th in the majors with a 4.95 ERA (46 earned runs/83.2 innings). The pen has six wins, tied for the fifth-most in the majors this season.

Game Preview

The Mets dropped their forth game in a row yesterday as the Diamondbacks clawed out a comeback win against the Amazin’s in Queens. In today’s game the Mets look to rebound with Johan Santana on the mound as he takes on Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks, the second rookie in a row the Mets will face.

Johan Santana is 0-2 on the season with a 2.25 ERA over 24.0 innings and 4 starts. In that 24.0 innings, he has walked 11 BB and 29 K. The last time he faced the Diamondbacks was back in 2008 where he pitched 13.0 innings over 2 games allowing only 1 ER with 7 BB and 18 K. The Diamondbacks have the following numbers against Santana:

Bloomquist 3-14
McDonald 1-13
Overbay 1-11
Blanco 1-8
Hill 1-9

The Mets bats will another shot a rookie tonight, this time Patrick Corbin. In his major league debut this year he pitched 5.2 innings allowing 3 ER over 8 hits with 3 BB and 6 K. He was 2-0 in AA this year over 4 starts and 27.0 innings with a 1.67 ERA with 25 K.  Last season he was 9-8 in 160.1 innings with an ERA of 4.21. The Mets bats will look to score more runs against Corbin as yesterday they were able to get to Wade only once.

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