Game Preview: Pirates vs Mets

The Mets look to bounce back from a close game against the Pirates tonight. Yesterday they lost 5-3 in the homecoming of Ike Davis who went 0-2 with a walk. On the other side, Lucas Duda had a couple of hits including a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth. Today Edinson Volquez will take the mound for the Pirates as Jon Niese will start for the Mets.

Niese is 3-3 over 9 starts and 56.2 innings of work this season with a 2.70 ERA. In his last three starts he is 1-1 over 17.0 innings allowing 11 runs, 9 earned with a 4.76 ERA with 6 BB and 13 strikeouts. Last year he had an ugly start against the Pirates where he allowed 8 earned runs over 4.1 innings, 3 walks and struck out one. The Pirates have the following numbers against Niese:

  • Sanchez 5-21, 2B, HR
  • Barmes 5-14, 2B, HR
  • Martin 1-8, HR
  • McCutchen 4-8, 2 2B
  • Tabata 4-5, 2 2B
  • Walker 1-6

Volquez is 2-4 over 10 games and 9 starts and 55.2 innings with a 4.37 ERA in his first year with the Pirates. He had a rough start to May in the first three games allowing 14 earned runs over 16 innings. In his last outing he allowed 1 ER over 6.0 innings, which was shades of how he started out 2014. In his two games last year against the Mets he pitched 8.0 innings allowing 8 earned runs. The Mets have the following numbers against Volquez:

  • C Young 2-15, HR
  • Wright 2-10
  • Murphy 3-10
  • Abreu 2-8, 2B, 3B
  • Granderson 0-4
  • Duda 0-3
  • Flores 1-3, 2B
  • Lagares 2-2
  • Niese 1-1

Lets Go Mets!

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