Don't look now, but after last night's rain-filled 3-0 victory against the Washington Nationals, the New York Mets have one of the best records in the National League since April 21, with a 15-9 mark, according to MLB Network, and they continue to play solid baseball. However, they're still tied for fourth place with the Nats, with a 20-22 record. And, yet again there is rain in the forecast for the New York City area, so it looks like the two teams will be playing in far from optimal conditions. This rainy pattern just won't let go.
Jon Niese was extremely sharp last night and this afternoon Dillon Gee will look to repeat his performance against a Nats' lineup that's been shutout six times this season and is struggling mightily. Gee is 2-0 on the season witha 4.44 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. While he hasn't been flawless this season, the Mets have found a way to win every one of his starts this year.
The Mets will face rubber-armed, junk-baller Livan Hernandez, who is 3-5 on the year with a 3.92 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with only 29 strikeouts in his 57 1/3 innings pitched. This guy's going to throw the whole kitchen sink up there, which he has to do because he's far from overpowering on the mound.
With a series against the New York Yankees on the way, there isn't a better way to start it off with another series victory.
@ New York Mets
Thursday, May 19, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT
Livan Hernandez vs Dillon Gee
Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 65.
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