The New York Mets (37-48) return home for their final 10 games prior to the All Star Break, and it looks as if the break can't come soon enough for the Amazin's. The Mets have been miserable for the last two months, and now find themselves closer to the worst record in the league than to a playoff spot. The Mets went 1-6 on their last road trip and have been without their captain, David Wright, for the last six games with a bruised rotator cuff.
Things won't get any easier during this homestand, as the Mets open up a three game interleague series with the Texas Rangers on Independence Day. The Rangers have been struggling in their own right, carrying a 37-48 record of their own into tonight's game. The Rangers are currently in fourth place in the American League West, trailing the Oakland A's by 15 games in the division. The Rangers' main problem has been their pitching. The Rangers have a 4.62 team ERA heading into today's game, which is the second worst mark in the major leagues.
The pitching shouldn't be a problem for the Rangers tonight as they send their ace, Yu Darvish (8-4, 2.42 ERA) to the mound. Darvish picked up a win in his last outing, tossing eight shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins last Saturday. The Mets will counter with lefty Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.88 ERA). Niese picked up a win in his last outing, allowing three runs in six innings pitched against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Saturday. First pitch for tonight's contest at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
New York Mets Lineup:
- LF Eric Young Jr
- CF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- RF Bobby Abreu
- 1B Lucas Duda
- 3B Eric Campbell
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- SS Ruben Tejada
- SP Jonathon Niese
- David Wright will be out of the lineup for one more day. Wright was supposed to field grounders before a return to the lineup, but rain prior to the game prevented that. Wright is aiming to return to the lineup tomorrow.
- The Mets have won six out of nine all time meetings against the Rangers, including two out of three in Arlington in 2011.
- This will be the Rangers' first trip to Citi Field. The Rangers' only previous trip to Queens came in 2008, the final season of Shea Stadium.
- Starting tonight, the Mets will wear a patch on their uniforms to honor former GM Frank Cashen. Cashen passed away earlier this week.