The 3-6 road trip is behind us, and it's time to focus on the games ahead. Specifically, the three games ahead, against The Evil Empire. Rally The Troops! Solidify The Base! We're METS FANS, and on May 19th, 2006 there's still quite enough to beat our chests about as the Junkees roll into Shea:
The Mets record is 24-16, second-best in the National League.
The Mets are in FIRST PLACE, two games up over the Phillies, and three-and-a-half over Atlanta.
Despite the pitching dilemma, the Mets have the 4th-best ERA in baseball, and opposing batters have the lowest batting average against Mets pitching than any other team.
Lets Go Mets!
The pitching probables for this weekend:
5/19 Jeremi Gonzalez (0-0, 5.40) vs. Randy Johnson ( 5-4, 5.13)
5/20 Pedro Martinez (5-0, 3.19 ERA) vs. Mike Mussina (6-1, 2.56 ERA)
5/21 Tom Glavine (6-2, 2.43 ERA) vs. Shawn Chacon (4-1, 5.21 ERA)
Tonight's pitcher, Jeremi Gonzalez, has a lifetime record against the Yankees of 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA . The Yankees have Randy Johnson starting tonight against the Mets. In the last three seasons, Randy Johnson has gone 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA against the Mets. In Johnson's last four starts this year he's allowed 22 runs - 17 earned - in just 21 1/3 innings.
Since I don't get WPIX (Channel 11) down here in North Carolina, I'll have to watch the game on the YES Network. Hopefully I can stomach the announcers - I may have to listen on the computer instead.