With baseball's All Star Break having come and gone, the time has arrived for the New York Mets to get back to action. The Mets (45-50) had hit a very high note prior to the break, going 8-2 on a 10 game home stand to pull themselves within seven games of a playoff spot. The Mets will look to carry the momentum from that strong finish over to the beginning of the second half, which kicks off tonight with a 10 game road trip. The trip will start on the West Coast as the Mets face off with the San Diego Padres for a three game weekend set. First pitch at PETCO Park is scheduled for 10:10 pm.
The Padres (41-54) are on a completely different path than the Mets, as their postseason dreams have pretty much evaporated. An anemic offense has doomed the Friars this season, as they have scored a major league worst 279 runs in 95 games. That averages out to an awful 2.93 runs per game. The Padres' offense is so bad that the next worst team, the St. Louis Cardinals, has outscored them by 81 runs on the season.
The matchup on the mound this evening should be a good one. The Mets will send 41 year old right hander Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) to the mound. Colon took a loss in his last outing before the break, allowing three runs in eight innings against the Atlanta Braves last Thursday. The Padres will counter with Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47 ERA). Kennedy took a tough no decision in his start last Saturday, tossing eight shutout innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York Mets Lineup:
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- LF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
- CF Juan Lagares
- SS Ruben Tejada
- SP Bartolo Colon
- The Padres may be close to a deal that will send closer Huston Street to the Los Angeles Angels. No deal was announced at press time.
- Jonathon Niese tossed a bullpen session and should be good to go in the Seattle series next week.
- As a result, Daisuke Matsuzaka is available out of the bullpen tonight. Matsuzaka won't be back there full time until Niese is activated from the DL.
- The Mets will give Kirk Nieuwenhuis a start in left field tonight. Nieuwenhuis will bat sixth.
- The Mets have historically struggled at PETCO Park. The Mets have gone 12-24 since the park opened in 2004 and have only won one series there in that span.
- The Mets took two out of three against the Padres at Citi Field back in June.
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