Series Preview: Mets vs. Rays

Imagine the Mets are Mr. Worf, and their June opponents are the guys with the pain sticks.

The Mets continue their journey through the gauntlet that is their June schedule with a 3-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Pete.

They are 4-6 so far this month against opponents like the World Champion Cardinals, the first place Nationals, and the always formidable Yankees.  Those 6 losses have come in their last 7 games.  Now they have to play another AL East powerhouse on the road.  It’s as if the Mets are going through some kind of rite of passage.  How they stand up over the next couple of weeks will tell us more about this team.

This series features a couple of marquis pitching matchups.  On Wednesday, red-hot R.A. Dickey faces off against the nasty left-hander, David Price.  On Thursday, Johan Santana takes on Jeremy Hellickson, who’s having a great year.

New York Mets

After getting swept out of the Bronx, the Mets are now in 3rd place in the NL East, 5 games behind Washington.

Who’s Hot (Last 10 games):

  • David Wright – .306, 3 HR, 4 RBI
  • Lucas Duda – .286, 3 HR, 10 RBI
  • R.A. Dickey – 24.2 consecutive scoreless innings, 3 walks and 38 strikeouts over his last 4 starts
Who’s Not (Last 10 games)

Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays are coming off a sweep of the Amazing Technicolor Marlins, and have won their last 4 overall.  They currently reside in a first place tie with the Bombers in the AL East.

Who’s Hot (Last 10 games)

  • David Price – 2 wins, 0.73 ERA, 13 strikeouts in his last 12.1 innings pitched
  • Elliot Johnson – .321, 1 HR, 7 RBI
  • Ben Zobrist – .290, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Who’s Not (Last 10 games)

Pitching Matchups

Tues, June 12, 7:10 PM: Chris Young (0-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Alex Cobb (2-2, 4.13 ERA)

Wed, June 13, 7:10 PM: R.A. Dickey (9-1, 2.44 ERA) vs. David Price (8-3, 2.40 ERA)

Thurs, June 14 1:10 PM: Johan Santana (3-3, 2.96 ERA) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.65)

Paul is a freelance writer, blogger, and broadcast technology professional residing in Denver. A New Jersey native, he is a long-suffering Mets fan, a recently-happy Giants fan, and bewildered Islanders fan. He's also a fair-weather Avalanche and Rockies supporter. In his spare time, he enjoys the three Gs: Golf, Guitars, and Games.
  1. SiddFinch June 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm
    I see Vlad Guerrero might be available, he’s been crushing it at AAA. He’s in the twilight of his HOF career but would still be a power bat the Mets offense needs. He can’t field well in the OF anymore but neither can Duda, so move Duda to 1B, Vlad in RF and send Ike down to straighten himself out.

    If Vlad hits well and the Mets fade they could move him at the deadline. If he hits well and the Mets remain in contention his power bat could really give them a boost down the stretch. He’s certainly far from the ideal solution but he wouldn’t cost much and if still has something left he could definitely be the slugger the team currently lacks.

  2. argonbunnies June 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    Cool idea! 2 problems:

    1) Presumably we’d have to give the Jays something to get Vlad.

    2) After moving up from A ball to AAA, Vlad’s hitting .214/.233/.286 in 30 ABs.

    • SiddFinch June 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm
      No, he was outright released by the Jays. But agreed his AAA Stats are pretty lousy, especially considering the PCL is a hitter’s league.
  3. argonbunnies June 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm
    I don’t see our offense scoring much against Price and Hellickson right now. Is tonight a must-win?