Mets Rumors & News
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The Mets go to Houston for a three-game weekend series starting tonight. The Astros are 50-57 and tied for fourth place in the NL Central. They just took two out of three from Cincinnati but are 4-6 in their last 10 games. They play in an amusement park with trains and hills and a flagpole in center field. There’s talk of putting a log flume ride between first and second base. The Astros have former Mets fan-favorite Ty Wigginton on their roster and also not-so-favorite Kaz Matsui. They mysteriously traded for veteran Randy Wolf―to help them with their pennant drive? Umm, sure. They also feature fun-to-watch Hunter Pence. For you older Mets fans, he’s like a modern George Theodore but with talent.

The Mets go into this series with the same roster they had yesterday, with no deadline deals being made. Of course, no trade is better than a stupid trade. They are 58-50 and in second by a game. They just can’t seem to get to the magical 10 games over .500 mark. They lost two out of three in Florida and are 6-4 in their last 10. The Mets finished July with an 18-8 record. And Carlos Delgado sizzled last month, hitting nine home runs with 24 RBIs. He raised his average from .228 on June 30th to .260. Pedro Martinez returns to the mound tonight (how many times have we said that?). He hasn’t pitched since July 12th. It’s been a rough season for him, battling injuries and mourning the death of his father. Hopefully he can stay in the rotation for the rest of the season. This is the first meeting between the two clubs this year. Houston was also the scene where Carlos Beltran made one his greatest catches. In a game last season, he ran up the hill in center and made a diving snag to help preserve a victory.

Here are the pitching matchups for the series:

Friday: Pedro Martinez (3-2, 6.25) vs. Brandon Backe (6-10, 4.73)

Saturday: Johan Santana (9-7, 2.93) vs. Roy Oswalt (8-8, 4.67)

Sunday: John Maine (9-7, 4.13) or Oliver Perez (7-6, 4.02) vs. Randy Wolf (6-10, 4.79)

Astros Leaders:

Average: Lance Berkman – .344; Home Runs: Carlos Lee – 24; RBIs: Lee – 87; Runs: Berkman – 86; Stolen Bases: Michael Bourn – 33

Wins: Oswalt – 8; ERA: Wandy Rodriguez – 3.61; Saves: Jose Valverde – 27

Mets Leaders:

Average: Jose Reyes – .303; Home Runs: Delgado – 23; RBIs – David Wright – 83; Runs: Reyes – 78; Stolen Bases: Reyes – 35

Wins: Santana, Maine, Perez – 9; ERA: Santana – 2.93; Saves: Billy Wagner – 27

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