New York Mets Vs. Houston Astros: Jason Bay Returns

Will Jason Bay be the savior for the New York Mets and their losing woes? Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson, his teammates and every single fan sure hopes so. After another (insert depressing adjective here) loss on Tuesday night, this time to the Houston Astros, the Amazin's (can we even call them that?) have now lost 12 of their past 14 games this season to give them a 5-13 record on the year. Playing a team like the 'Stros was supposed to solve the losing troubles. Instead, it's made the Mets look like the worst team in all of baseball, which they currently are.

At this point, maybe Collins needs to write up an unconventional lineup for a day or two, just to shake things up. Currently, David Wright, who's supposed to be the team's best hitter, is batting just .239 with two homeruns and eight RBI. He hasn't gotten a hit in five games -- 18 at-bats. Bay should be a nice addition to the lineup -- but let's be realistic here, it's not like he had an all-star campaign with the Mets in his first year, as he played just 95 games after suffering a concussion (and then a strained ribcage muscle during the Spring), batting .259 with six homeruns and 47 RBI. He hasn't played a regular season game since July 25.

The Mets will turn to Chris Capuano,who has been shaky to say the least, to put together a quality outing that translates to a victory. Capuano is 1-1 on the year in his two starts, but gave up seven earned runs in his last outing. He has an 8.53 ERA and 1.74 WHIP on the season, not exactly numbers reminiscent of a winning pitcher.

On the hill for the Astros will be southpaw, J.A. Happ. Happ has also struggled this year, as he has a 5.79 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. He's been hittable and he's not going to overpower the Mets, but with the way this season has gone so far, he'll likely make the Mets look like little leaguers.

There is really only one way the Mets can look at this: take it one game at a time, and start chipping away at what's only -- currently -- a 6.5-game lead for the first-place Phillies.

Current Series

Astros lead the series 2-0

Tue 04/19 WP: Wandy Rodriguez (1 - 2)
LP: Jon Niese (0 - 3)
1 - 6 loss
Wed 04/20 WP: Mark Melancon (2 - 1)
SV: Brandon Lyon
LP: R.A. Dickey (1 - 3)
3 - 4 loss

Houston Astros
@ New York Mets

Thursday, Apr 21, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

J.A. Happ vs Chris Capuano

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.


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