Game Preview, Notes, Starting Lineup: Mets @ Braves

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. Brad Emaus – 2B
  9. Dillon Gee – RHP

Mets Notes

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost seven games in a row dating back to April 10… It’s New York’s longest losing streak since they lost 11 in a row from August 28-September 8, 2004… After today’s game, the Mets return to Citi Field for a six-game homestand vs. Houston and Arizona beginning Tuesday, April 19.

START: The Mets 4-11 start is tied for the third-worst 15-game start in team history… The 1962 and 1964 teams were 3-12 after 15 games… New York also began the 1974 and 1981 campaigns 4-11.

DOUBLEHEADER NOTES: The Mets were swept in yesterday’s doubleheader after being swept by the Colorado Rockies in a doubleheader at Citi Field on Thursday…. The last time the Mets were swept in consecutive doubleheaders was September 17-18, 1982 vs. St. Louis at Shea Stadium… Prior to yesterday, the last time the Mets were swept in a doubleheader by the Braves was May 20, 2008 at Turner Field.

ON THE ROAD: The Mets started 2-1 on the road (at Florida) and have gone 1-4 since (at Philadelphia and Atlanta).

SERIES: The Mets won their first series of the season at Florida, but have lost their next four series (Philadelphia, Washington, Colorado and Atlanta).

HOME RUNS: The Mets have hit nine home runs, ranking 22nd in the majors… The Mets allowed four home runs in the first game of yesterday’s doubleheader… It was the first time since August 1, 2010 vs. Arizona the staff yielded four home runs in a game… The Mets have allowed six home runs in the seventh inning or later, tied for the fourth most in the majors… New York’s pitching staff has allowed 19 home runs overall, the third most in the majors this year.

Game Preview

The Mets try to salvage the last game of the series, and their dignity, against the Atlanta Braves today. In the last two games, the Mets pitching wasn’t so bad (4 runs per game) however the bats decided to not make the trip down south. Today is also the continuation of “Who’s Pitching?” as we have our second new starter in as many days in Dillon Gee who will get to go toe to toe with Tommy Hanson this afternoon.

Dillon Gee makes his 2011 debut today. Last season for the Mets he pitched in 5 games with a 2-2 record and a 2.18 ERA. In those 33 innings of work he allowed 15 walks and struck out 17 batters. This season in the minors he is 1-1 in two starts with a 4.63 ERA over 11.2 innings pitched. Last season against the Braves he pitched 7 innings and allowed 3 ER, yet he still lost. The Braves have the following numbers on Dillon:

Gonzalez 1-2, 2B
Heyward 0-2
McCann 1-3, 2B
McLouth 1-3, 2B
Prado 1-3

Hanson will be making his fourth start of the season today. So far he is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA over 16 innings of work. Last season he was fantastic against the Mets with a 2-1 record and a 2.28 ERA over 4 games and 23.2 innings of work. The Mets have these numbers on Tommy:

Wright 1-13, 2B
Thole 3-11
Davis 1-9, 2B
Harris 4-9
Reyes 3-8, 2B
Murphy 2-3, 2B

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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!