Series Preview: Mets vs. Rays
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
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
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)