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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Seattle Mariners

July 22nd, 2014 at 9:31 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (46-53) look to snap a three game losing streak Tuesday night as they continue their series with the Seattle Mariners (53-46) at Safeco Field. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM EST. Seattle took the opener 5-2, pounding out fourteen hits against Jon Niese and the Met bullpen.

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Mets Starting Lineup

  1. LF Eric Young Jr.
  2. 2B Daniel Murphy
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. 1B Lucas Duda
  5. DH Bobby Abreu
  6. C Travis d'Arnaud
  7. RF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
  8. CF Juan Lagares
  9. SS Ruben Tejada

Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18) starts for the Mets, making his first Interleague appearance of his career. deGrom has been electric in his last two starts, going 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA while striking out nineteen batters in fourteen innings of work.

Erasmo Ramírez (1-4, 4.58) will make his first start since June 24 after being recalled from AAA Tacoma Tuesday afternoon. The southpaw has posted a 2-4 record with a 4.12 ERA across two separate AAA stints this season.

Pre-Game Notes

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Wilmer Flores Has 22 Game Hitting Streak with Las Vegas 51′s

July 22nd, 2014 at 2:32 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets demoted Wilmer Flores to the Las Vegas 51's last month to try and find him regular playing time. Flores had been added to the big league roster in May to supplant Ruben Tejada at shortstop, but it somehow never materialized. Tejada hit well enough to maintain his job, and Flores got the boot so he could do more than rot on the major league bench. Flores has responded to the playing time, doing nothing but hit since he returned to Triple-A.

Flores is riding a 22 game hitting streak with the 51's, which he extended last night by going 3 for 5 in Las Vegas' loss to Tacoma. Flores has hit safely in every game in his latest stint with the 51's except for his first one, and has a .330 batting average in Las Vegas. Flores also has flashed some power, swatting 12 home runs and driving in 54 runs on the year. Flores has clearly shown enough ability to get a shot at major league playing time, but the problem is that the Mets don't really have a place for him.

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Seattle Mariners Beat New York Mets 5-2 as Mets’ Losing Streak Hits Three

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:23 AM
By Mike Phillips

Seattle-It wasn't rainy in the Pacific Northwest yesterday, but the Seattle Mariners found a way to rain on the New York Mets' parade. The Mets had lost two in a row heading into last night's contest with the Mariners, and they were looking to get back on track in Jonathon Niese's return from the disabled list. That did not happen, as the Mariners (53-46) roughed up Niese and beat the Mets (46-53) 5-2.

The Mariners got on the board first when Kyle Seager drove home Willie Bloomquist in the bottom of the first to give Seattle a 1-0 lead. The Mets answered back in the top of the third when an RBI single from David Wright tied the game at one. The Mariners responded with two runs in the third, starting with a solo home run from catcher Mike Zunino to give the home team a 2-1 lead. Another RBI single from Seager pushed the lead out to 3-1, and a ground rule double by Willie Bloomquist in the fourth plated another run to push the Seattle lead to 4-1.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Seattle Mariners

July 21st, 2014 at 7:06 PM
By Mike Phillips

After winning the first game of their series with the San Diego Padres Friday night, the New York Mets looked ready to build on their momentum from the end of the first half. That changed quickly as the Mets dropped the final two games of their series to the lowly Padres, dropping them six games below .500 with another week to go on their current road trip. Yesterday's loss was a particularly brutal one, as the Mets rallied from being no-hit to tie the game in the eighth inning only to blow it in the bottom of the ninth.

The Mets will have to move forward though, and they aim to do that tonight as they continue their road trip at Safeco Field against the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners check into today's action with a record of 52-46, good for third place in the American League West. The Mariners trail the Oakland A's by nine games in the division, but are currently holding on to the second wild card spot in the American League with a 1.5 game lead over the New York Yankees.

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Mets 101 Flashback: David Wright’s Major League Debut

July 21st, 2014 at 9:45 AM
By Mike Phillips

We don't flash back too often here at Mets 101, but when we do it is for a special occasion. A couple of years ago we flashed back to the 10th anniversary of Mike Piazza's first home run in the first professional sporting event in New York City after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Today's flashback is another 10th anniversary, as 10 years ago today David Wright made his major league debut.

The hype surrounding Wright's arrival was enormous. The Mets had just promoted talented young shortstop Jose Reyes the year before, and Wright was supposed to be the guy to team with Reyes and form the team's left side of the infield for years to come. There was actually a little bit of controversy when Wright arrived since he displaced the hot hitting Ty Wigginton (remember him Mets fans?), who had become a fan favorite for his tough nosed attitude. Ten years later, it appears clear that the Mets made the right choice at third.

ESPN New York's Adam Rubin recaps the lineup for that July 21, 2004 contest against the Montreal Expos in his morning briefing. This is who the Mets trotted out for that contest at Shea Stadium:

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