Torres Back, Duda Out, Dickey and the Mets Lift-Off In Houston

Mets Notes

The Mets have activated OF Andres Torres from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Zach Lutz back to Triple-A Buffalo.

Lucas Duda is out of Monday’s lineup with a suspected case of the flu, the right fielder said. Mike Baxter instead is playing right field.

The Mets are 13-9 as they enter the final day of April. Last year, New York was 11-16 in the month of April. The Mets were 14-9 in April, 2010.

David Wright went 2-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and three walks yesterday. Wright has hit in six straight games, going 9-20 (.450) with six RBI. Wright is second in the majors with a .397 batting average, trailing only Matt Kemp (.425). Wright leads the majors with a .506 on-base percentage.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis tied his career-high with three hits on Sunday. It was his third three-hit game this year. Over his 16 games dating back to April 13, Nieuwenhuis is hitting .328 (21-64) with 10 runs scored, four doubles, one home run and four RBI.

Mike Baxter had a pinch-hit single yesterday and is 3-4 in his last four pinch-hitting appearances. Overall, Baxter is 5-11 (.455) with two doubles and three RBI as a pinch-hitter this year.

Starting Lineup

  1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis LF
  2. Ruben Tejada 2B
  3. Daniel Murphy 2B
  4. David Wright 3B
  5. Ike Davis 1B
  6. Mike Baxter RF
  7. Andres Torres CF
  8. Josh Thole C
  9. R.A. Dickey RHP

Game Preview

Yesterday was just a heart pounding game for the Mets. In case you missed it, the Mets were gliding through the game nicely until Todd Helton tied the game on a pinch hit grand slam, and at that point it was a back and forth battle through the 11th inning when the Mets got ahead and took the series. The Mets overall in their last series scored 21 runs over 3 games and now go to Houston for another series in a hitter’s ballpark. Tonight R.A. Dickey will take on Bud Norris and Astros.

Dickey is 3-1 0n the season with a 4.44 ERA. In his last start, he needed to rebound off of a bad start in Atlanta (4.1 IP, 8 ER) and he did just that as he allowed 1 ER over 7 innings as he picked up his third win of the year. Last season Dickey pitched 13.1 innings against Houston where he allowed 10 ER over 19 hits. The Astros have the following numbers against Dickey:

Lee 8-21, 3 2B, HR (Suffering a Sprain)
Johnson 4-14, 2B
Schaefer 3-7
Snyder 0-5

The Mets will look to continue the hit parade against Bud Norris who is 1-1 on the season over 4 games with an ERA of 5.84 over 24.2 innings. Last season Bud had two no decisions against the Mets over 13.1 innings with an ERA of 4.73. The Mets have the following numbers against Bud Norris over his career:

Wright 0-8
Thole 2-8, HR
Davis 2-8, 2B
Dickey 2-6
Hairston 1-5, HR
Murphy 2-6, HR

Let’s Go Mets!

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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!