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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Flushing, NY (July 5) – The New York Mets are beginning their final home stand of the first half tonight against the Cincinnati Reds. Mike Pelfrey makes the start one day after being snubbed from the All Star Team. Here are the lineups, news, and notes for tonight’s game.
Mets Lineup: Pagan (CF), Tejada (SS), Wright (3B), Davis (1B), Bay (LF), Francoeur (RF), Barajas (C), Cora (2B), Pelfrey (P)
Reds Lineup: Phillips (2B), Cabrera (SS), Votto (1B), Rolen (3B), Gomes (LF), Bruce (RF), Stubbs (CF), Miller (C), Wood (P)
The two teams will play a three game series. The Reds are a surprise team in first place in the NL Central. The Mets are in second place in the NL East behind the Atlanta Braves.
David Wright and Jose Reyes were named to the All Star Team yesterday. Wright is on his fifth straight All Star Team and is tied for third longest streak in franchise history. Only Darryl Strawberry and Tom Seaver were named to more, seven straight.
The Mets have won two of their last three games, 26-13 in their last 39 games. It is the second best winning percentage in the majors during that time. The Red Sox are first at 27-12.
The Mets have the fourth most wins in the NL. The Mets have only won one road trip all year and 28-12 at home. They have won 14 of their last 17 at home and 24 of their last 31. The Mets are 16-11 in the first game of a series and 11-2 at home. The mark is the best in the majors for home series openers.
The Mets have scored at least one run in the first inning in their last six games, and are 38-15 when they score first. The Mets have scored first a major league best 54 times. Jason Bay collected the team’s third triple in as many days yesterday.
The Mets are second in the majors with 24 triples. Bay is tied with Jose Reyes for first on the team with six triples. The six triples equal his career high, which he did in 2005 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bay has hit 292 with 1 double, 1 triple, 2 home runs, and 10 RBI in his last seven games.
Wright leads the National League and is third in the majors with 64 RBI. Wright has 42 RBI in his last 45 games. He needs four RBI to tie Howard Johnson for third place on the club’s all-time list with 629. The Mets were 7-16 with runners in scoring position yesterday. Since May 21, the Mets lead the majors with a 331 mark with runners in scoring position. The Mets are third in the majors overall with a 285 batting average with runners in scoring position.
Pelfrey is tied for fourth in the majors with 10 wins and ranks 10th in the NL with a 2.93 ERA. He is also tied for second in the majors with an 833 winning percentage. Pelfrey is 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA in nine starts at home this season. The six wins are tied for fourth most by any pitcher in his home ballpark this season.
Ike Davis connected for his 10th home run of the year yesterday. He became the third Mets rookie to have double digits in home runs before the All Star Break. Ron Swoboda had 15 in 1965 and Benny Agbayani had 11 in 1999. The team rookie record is 26 in 1983 by Darryl Strawberry