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New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee got some good news Sunday. After undergoing surgery six weeks ago to repair a damaged artery in his throwing shoulder, Gee has been cleared to throw again, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin.
Rubin spoke with Gee over the phone, and the pitcher said he underwent an angiogram in St. Louis that showed he was fully healed. With nothing left to play for, however, don't expect to see him back on the mound before 2013, Mets fans.
"I don't foresee a return this year, but I'm not trying to put a timetable on anything," Gee told Rubin. "I just want to begin throwing and see how I progress from there."
The Mets, despite Ike Davis's heroics during Sunday's thrilling victory, are out of the playoffs, sitting on a record of 59-69. They'll be happy to have one of their better arms back in the rotation in 2013.
Ike Davis smacked two home runs Sunday including a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth to help the New York Mets edge the Houston Astros, 2-1, in a thrilling series' finale at Citi Field. The victory helped New York earn its first series victory in the month of August.
Davis, who also homered in the bottom of the fourth inning, hit a high fly to right field off Astros' reliever Wilton Lopez that just cleared the wall and gave the Mets their second straight victory.
The game-winning hit came after a tough top half of the ninth, which featured rookie Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner spoiling his own complete-game shutout by giving up a game-tying double to the Astros' Marwin Gonzalez.
Hefner did not earn the win, but put together a solid eight-inning, one-run, five-hit, seven-strikeout performance in just his eighth career start.
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|WP: Bobby Parnell (3 - 3)
LP: Wilton Lopez (5 - 2)
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R.A. Dickey advanced to 16 wins on the season Saturday, as the knuckleballer pitched seven innings of one-run baseball against the Houston Astros to lead his New York Mets to a 3-1 victory and end a six-game losing streak for the club. Houston's Fernando Abad earned the loss, as he gave up four hits and a run through four innings.
Today, New York looks to secure the series win in a rubber match beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET at New York's Citi Field. Rookie right-hander Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 5.11 ERA) will face Houston's Lucas Harrell (10-9, 4.04 ERA).
Hefner's previous outing was a rough one, as he allowed five runs in five innings last week against the NL East-leading Washington Nationals. He will look to rebound against an Astros team that is currently at the bottom of the NL Central standings.
The game will be televised on WPIX in New York and FS-H in Houston.
R.A. Dickey won his 16th game for the Amazins', giving him continued hope for a 20-win season. The knuckleballer threw seven innings only allowing one run on five hits and a walk. Frank Francisco picked up the save, his 21st on the year.
Dickey also helped his own cause with the initial RBI on an infield single.
Fernando Abad took the loss for lowly Houston. The southpaw surrendered only a run on four walks and as many hits, dancing out of trouble throughout his appearance.
On Sunday, the Mets will look to take the series with Jeremy Hefner on the mound.
The Astros, who won the series opener on Friday night, are 13-51 on the road.
Both managers have announced the starting lineups for Saturday's matinee, and they are as follows:
Dickey will look to pick up his 16th win of the season on Saturday, and better position himself in the Cy Young race. Dickey has stiff competition from pitchers like Johnny Cueto, and will need all the meaningless stats (hello, wins) that he can compile.
The Mets will host the Houston Astros for Game 2 of a series between two of the coldest teams in baseball. The Mets have lost six in a row and haven't scored more than two runs in over a week. The Astros snapped their own losing streak on Friday against the Mets, having previously lost seven straight.
The Mets send one of their few bright spots to the mound on Saturday, as R.A. Dickey will try for the third time to pick up his 16th win. He was stellar his last time out (7 IP, 3 hits, 1 ER), but the Mets provided minimal run support in a 3-1 loss to the Rockies. Dickey is currently second in the National League with 181 strikeouts.
The Astros will counter with Fernando Abad, who will make his first career start, having previously served as a Houston relief pitcher.
Today's game will start at 1:10 ET and can be found on WPIX.
The Mets got a good start from Jonathon Niese, who went seven innings and gave up three runs. He falls to 10-7 on the year with the loss. The bullpen also did an excellent job holding Houston scoreless the rest of the way, but the team simply had far too little offense. The lone spark came from David Wright on a solo home run, his 17th bomb of the season, and the Mets collected only four hits on the night.
Starting pitcher Jordan Lyles won his third game of the year for the Astros. He's only 3-10 on the season, but pitched a great game on Friday, giving up only one run through six innings.
The Mets will try to get back on track tomorrow.
The New York Mets will open a three-game set against the Houston Astros on Friday night at Citi Field and when they do, the club hopes to end a five-game losing skid that was extended by a four-game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
A key to ending the slide will be if the team's offense can generate some support. In their last six games, the Mets have failed to produce more than two runs in any game.
On Friday night, the club will look to end that drought against one of the league's worst teams (the Astros have given up a combined 47 runs in their last six games).
Here is the projected starting lineup via the club's official twitter account:
1. Ruben Tejada, Short Stop
2. Mike Baxter, Right Field
3. David Wright, Third Base
4. Ike Davis, First Base
5. Justin Turner, Second Base
6. Jordany Valdespin, Left Field
7. Andres Torres, Center Field
8. Josh Thole, Catcher
9. Jon Niese, Starting Pitcher