The New York Mets have had six straight games with very solid pitching performances and on Saturday afternoon (1:10 p.m.) against the Arizona Diamondbacks they'll look to make it seven consecutive. Even more important, they'll hope to match their season high three-game winning streak as they continue to try to get on track in the early portion of this season and start gaining traction on their home turf.
Dillon Gee, who took the rotation spot of the injured Chris Young, will make his second start of the season. The 24-year-old doesn't 'wow' you with his stuff, but in the early stages of his career, it looks like he knows how to pitch. Against Atlanta he was impressive, tossing 5 2/3 innings, while allowing one run on five hits and striking out five. His overall numbers were great in his five starts at the end of last season -- sooner or later we'll have to take the "small sample size" out of the equation when discussing Gee's success, but let's give it a few more starts before we really decide.
Barry Enright is another struggling D'Backs pitcher that Mets have the chance to really take advantage of. In his three starts this year, he has a 6.23 ERA while allowing 20 hits in 17 1/3 innings with 12 strikeouts. He's another hittable pitcher, and after New York was really unable to get to Joe Saunders last night, this afternoon will be another prime opportunity to get the bats going.
Heavy rain is in the forecast for the New York metro area, so it remains to be seen if this game will be played on time, delayed or how often it'll have to be stopped.
Mets lead the series 1-0
WP: Mike Pelfrey (1 - 2)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez
LP: Esmerling Vasquez (0 - 1)
|4 - 1 win|
Saturday, Apr 23, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT
Barry Enright vs Dillon Gee
Mostly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 55.
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