The New York Mets look for back to back wins against the visiting San Diego Padres.
If we look at San Diego up to this point it's obvious that stringing victories together has been a problem throughout 2012 as back to back wins is the best this team has done all year. That trend continued Friday a day after the Padres threw eleven runs on the board and followed with a 6-1 loss to Mets as both the arms and bats struggled. Starter Anthony Bass looked like he had the stuff to give the Mets problems but he had the problems with six runs given up on eight hits and a trio of walks in just 5.1 frames. The offense didn't give him much help with four hits and four free passes with a first inning sacrifice fly being the only source of scoring. San Diego sends left hander Clayton Richard to the bump with quality starts in three of his last four outings but is only 1-2 in this stretch. Richard gave up two runs on seven hits through seven frames in a 4-3 loss to St Louis in which he received a no decision.
With Friday's victory, the Mets are trying to get hot and back in the mix in the National League East. New York has now won three of four with the pitching giving up only four runs in the victories. The six runs was a welcome sight as the bats can be a bit up and down and would like nothing better than to get the offense going. The NewÂ Yorkers didn't need much with Dillon Gee turning in one of his better efforts of 2012 with one run given up on four hits and three bases on ball over seven innings. The bats easily made his performance hold up with eight hits with four walks with Lucas Duda going deep for the fifth time. Ike Davis singled in a pair of runs while five players knocked in runs and five scored overall. Johan Santana gets the starting nod Saturday looking to bounce back from a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Pittsburgh in which he gave up four runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings pitched which snapped a string of five quality starts.
I think the records of each team tells us a lot but I don 't think this is a slam dunk for the Mets who I prefer as dogs. Santana has the edge on the mound and hopefully pitches that way but the Mets as sizable favorites doesn't really interest me...