HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!
D’Backs (43-41) at Mets (35-46)
RHP Ian Kennedy (3-4, 5.36) vs RHP Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60)
- Eric Young, Jr. – LF
- Daniel Murphy – 2B
- David Wright – 3B
- Marlon Byrd – RF
- Josh Satin – 1B
- Anthony Recker – C
- Omar Quintanilla – SS
- Juan Lagares – CF
- Dillon Gee – RHP
The Mets are 28-33 all-time on July 4th and have won two of its last three Independence Day match-ups. They have never faced the Diamondbacks on July 4th.
Master Sergeant Mary Kay Messenger of the US Army will sing both today’s National Anthem and God Bless America (mid-seventh inning)…For the sixth consecutive year, the Mets and Major League Baseball will wear specially designed “Stars & Stripes” caps from New Era, as part of an ongoing fundraising and awareness initiative for Welcome Back Veterans, which addresses the needs of returning veterans and their families. MLB will once again donate 100% of its net proceeds from sales of the caps to Welcome Back Veterans.
Josh Satin hit his first major league home run, a solo shot, in the fourth inning last night. Satin has reached safely in 14 straight games and has hit in a career-best nine straight games. He is batting .412 (14-34) during that stretch, which dates back to June 25. Satin has collected at least one extra-base hit in four straight games. He has seven extra-base hits in his last six games dating back to June 28, which leads the majors over that span.
The Mets had three or more home runs in a game at home for the fourth time this year and first since June 12 vs. St. Louis last night. They hit a season-high four home runs at Citi Field on April 19 vs. Washington.
Over his last 14 games, Juan Lagares has hit .292 (14-48) with seven doubles and five RBI. Since June 20, Lagares has seven doubles, tied for the most in the majors.
Dillon Gee has posted a 2.45 ERA (11 earned runs/40.1 innings) over his last six starts, going 4-1 dating back to May 30. His 2.45 ERA is tied for the 12th-lowest in the NL over that stretch. Five of the six starts have been quality starts. Gee also has 40 strikeouts during that span, the 12th most in the NL. In addition, Gee has only issued seven walks over his last six starts.
Since June 5, David Wright is hitting .375 (39-104) with 15 runs scored, 11 doubles, six home runs and 13 RBI over a span of 25 games. His on-base percentage is .435 during that span.
The Mets and the Diamondbacks finish their four game set on the fourth (Happy Fourth Everyone!) as the Mets look for a series victory and the Dbacks look for a series split. On the Mets rubber, Dillon Gee gets the start. On the season he is 6-7 pitching 90.0 innings with a 4.60 ERA. In June he made 3 great starts in a row, had a hiccup where he allowed 5 over 5 but came back strong in his last game allowing 1 over 6. Last year in one start against Arizona he pitched 6.0 innings allowing 2 ER. The Diamondbacks have the following numbers against Gee:
Prado 4-20, 2B Montero 2-7, HR Parra 1-7 Goldschmidt 1-4
The Mets draw Ian Kennedy in the series finale. Kennedy is 3-4 on the season pitching in 15 games with a 5.36 ERA. He’s coming off of a June that saw him make two good starts, one mediocre start, one bad start (his last outing, 4 over 4.1) and one horrific start (10 over 4). Last year he allowed 3 ER over 6.1 innings against the Mets and the Mets have the following numbers on him:
Wright 4-11, 2B, 2 HR Buck 2-8 Byrd 2-9, HR Young 2-7 Brown 0-6 Murphy 1-3
Lets Go Mets!