Mets vs Padres: Wheeler Takes The Hill In Series Opener, Davis Batting Cleanup

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Mets at Padres • 10:10 PM • Petco Park

Zack Wheeler (5-2, 2.63) vs Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. Marlon Byrd – RF
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. Josh Satin – 3B
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. John Buck – C
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Zack Wheeler – RHP

Game Notes 

  • Jeremy Hefner was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow. He won’t require surgery, and the Mets are optimistic he can pitch for them again before the end of the season. Hefner was optioned to the minors Sunday, but that transaction was negated by the DL move. In 24 appearances (23 starts) this season, Hefner is 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 130 2/3 innings.
  • Wilmer Flores was out of the lineup again Wednesday due to a sprained right ankle he sustained in Monday’s loss to the Dodgers. He made a pinch-hit appearance in the ninth inning and singled to center. The 22-year-old rookie is listed as day-to-day.
  • Zack Wheeler takes a 5-2 record and 3.63 ERA in his start Thursday against the Padres in San Diego. Wheeler is the second pitcher in Mets history to earn five wins in his first 10 games. Jason Isringhausen won six times in his first 10 games. Wheeler has not pitched against the Padres this year and is coming off a win against the Diamondbacks in which he allowed one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
  • Dillon Gee held the Dodgers hitless through three innings before giving up a leadoff single to Carl Crawford in the fourth. He wound up working six innings of two-run ball in a no-decision. Gee has made quality starts in five of his last six outings, going 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA since July 14. The 27-year-old also helped himself with the bat, hitting the first triple of his career in the fourth inning.
  • Marlon Byrd finished a triple short of the cycle, and he blasted a 3-0 pitch into the left field pavilion for his 18th home run of the year, a three-run shot in the third inning against the Mets. Byrd, who entered the night batting .320 against left-handed pitchers, went 3-for-6 to raise his average in 36 career games against Los Angeles to .369 (48-for-130).

Game Preview

The Mets roll into San Diego for a four game set after being swept by the Dodgers in rather close fashion. Last night the Dodgers came back, pushed the game into extras and were able to take it in the 12th as the Mets racked up more extra innings this season. Zack Wheeler looks to stop the slide tonight as he takes on Tyson Ross.

Zack Wheeler is 5-2 over 10 games with a 3.63 ERA over 57.0 innings. Wheeler made a good rebound start his last time out posting only 1 ER over 6.1 innings, the time before he allowed 4 ER over 5 innings. Zack was not up with the major league organization earlier this year when the Padres came to New York and he has not faced any specific batters on the Padres’s roster in a major league game before (so no batting stats).

Tyson Ross is 3-5 with a 2.75 ERA making 7 starts and pitching in 26 games overall this season totaling 72.0 innings with 62 strikeouts. He has made a string of four starts recently and he’s been very good in that stretch posting a 1.33 ERA over 27.0 innings. He has never faced the Mets before but two Mets have faced him, and are both 0-1 (Byrd and Young).

Lets Go Mets!

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I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008 and worrying about the Mets roster for pretty much my entire life. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ. You can follow me on twitter @213mfs