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.
The Mariners aren't an offensive juggernaut, as their offensive numbers rank towards the bottom of the American League. What the Mariners do have is plenty of pitching. The Mets catch a huge break missing Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (11-2, 2.02 ERA) in this series, but the Mariners have a deep rotation and very strong bullpen. The Mariners have produced enough offense to support their staff with a strong first year from Yankees import Robinson Cano (.335, 7 HR's, 57 RBI's) and the emergence of young third baseman Kyle Seager (.277, 16, 64).
The Mets will send lefty Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) to the mound. Niese is making his first start since July 4th after spending time on the disabled list to rest his left shoulder. The Mariners will counter with young lefty Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54 ERA), who got tattooed in his last outing. Elias took a loss against the Minnesota Twins on July 9th, getting rocked for six earned runs in only 3.1 innings pitched. First pitch for tonight's contest at Safeco Field is scheduled for 10:10 pm.
New York Mets Lineup:
- RF Curtis Granderson
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Eric Campbell
- DH Lucas Duda
- C Travis d'Arnaud
- LF Chris Young
- CF Juan Lagares
- SS Ruben Tejada
- The Mets designated Buddy Carlyle for assignment to make room for Niese on the roster.
- Lucas Duda will get a rare start against a lefty as the DH tonight. Eric Campbell will play first base and bat cleanup, while Duda will hit fifth.
- The Mariners have won seven of nine meetings all time against the Mets, although the two teams have not met since 2008.
- The last time the two teams met at Safeco Field was back in 2005, where the Mariners swept the Mets in three straight games.
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