4th of July Game Thread: Rangers vs Mets, 7:10 PM

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Happy Independence Day! The Mets begin the homestand with a three game series against the Texas Rangers. Jon Niese (5-4, 2.88) will oppose Yu Darvish (8-4, 2.42) in the Fourth of July series opener at 7:10 PM.

Niese earned a win in the Mets’ 5-3 victory over the Pirates on June 28 at PNC Park in his last start. He tossed 6.0 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs, striking out five with three walks. Niese has gone 20 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less, the longest current streak in the majors.

Jeremy Hefner threw 20 batting-practice pitches Friday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It’s the first time he faced batters since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28. Hefner aims to return to the majors this season.

Third baseman David Wright was expected to return to the lineup, after missing six games with the bruised shoulder, but Eric Campbell is playing third base tonight. No word yet, but beat writers think he could be going to the DL. Wright has not attempted any baseball activities since injuring his shoulder on June 26. Instead, he’s been undergoing daily physical therapy at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Curtis Granderson – CF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Bobby Abreu – RF
  5. Lucas Duda – 1B
  6. Eric Campbell – 3B
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jon Niese – LHP

The Mets look to move past their disappointing road trip by starting a series with ailing, and I mean ailing, Texas Rangers. The injury bug for the Rangers has been so bad it makes the 2009 Mets look like a joke. Anyway Jon Niese takes the mound tonight. He is 5-4 on the year over 16 games and 103.0 innings with a 2.88 ERA. In his last three starts he has pitched 6.0 innings and allowed 3 ER in each of them striking 3 then 4 then 5 batters (while walking 1 then 2 then 3 batters, numbers are strange). He has made one career start against the Rangers allowing 2 ER over 5.2 innings. The Rangers have the following numbers against the Mets:

  • Choo 2-7
  • Beltre 1-3, HR
  • Murphy 0-2
  • Pena 0-3
  • Baker 0-2

The Mets get a look at ace Yu Darvish tonight who is 8-4 over 15 starts and 104.1 innings this year with a 2.42 ERA. After two “poor” starts (By Yu’s standards) allowing 4 ER over 5 and 4 ER over 6, he came back in his latest start shutting out Twins over 8.0 innings. He has never faced the Mets before but Granderson, Recker and Chris Young are each 0-3 against Darvish in his career.

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