09/09/09 12:59 AM ET
Beltran's comeback creates good problem
New York (62-76) vs. Florida (73-65), 7:10 p.m. ET
By Tim Britton and Marty Noble / MLB.com
NYM: LHP Pat Misch (1-1, 3.25 ERA)
Misch was quasi-masterful in his second start of the season, taming the Rockies and Coors Field on Thursday when he pitched seven innings of two-run ball to gain his first career victory in his 13th career start. His first 6 2/3 innings were scoreless. He had allowed two hits before he surrendered successive bases-empty home runs. Misch has allowed three runs in his past 18 innings (three appearances). Left-handed hitters (.286 batting average, .335 on-base average and .411 slugging percentage) have been more productive against him than right-handed hitters (.234, .315 and .338). He has appeared in 21 games -- including two starts, both with the Mets -- and his team has won merely four of them. None of the appearances have come against the Marlins. Jorge Cantu has a single, a double and a home run in four career at-bats against Misch. FLA: RHP Ricky Nolasco (10-8, 5.27 ERA)
Nolasco held the Braves to three runs on seven hits over six innings while striking out seven Thursday. He avoided a big inning when he pitched out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth after allowing two runs. The Marlins have win six of Nolasco's nine most recent starts; he's won four and lost one in that period. In two starts (10 innings) against the Mets this season, he has a loss, a no-decision and a 7.20 ERA. Nolasco has allowed 20 home runs in his 152 innings, 12 by left-handed hitters. David Wright has a .419 average and three home runs in 31 career at-bats against him. Tidbits
Prior to the game, the Mets called up right-hander Tobi Stoner from Triple-A Buffalo, where Stoner was 7-7 with a 3.96 ERA. ... Wednesday night will be Free Hot Dog Night at Citi Field, where all fans will receive a coupon for one free Nathan's hot dog. ... Pagan extended his hitting streak to eight games with a third-inning single. Pagan added a triple in the fifth -- his ninth three-bagger of the year, all of which have come since July 11. The nine triples are good for third in the National League, two behind both the Phillies' Shane Victorino and the Astros' Michael Bourn. ... Luis Castillo's fifth-inning infield single gave him 38 infield hits on the year, tied for tops in the NL with Bourn. Castillo is batting .456 at Citi Field since August 2 (18 games) and leads the NL with a .369 average at home for the season. This date in Mets history -- Sept. 9
The Mets played the first of the eight ties in their history on this date in 1962. A 7 p.m. CT curfew on a Sunday forced an end to their game against the Colt 45's at Colt Stadium in Houston with the score tied at 7 after eight innings. ... A second successive victory against the deflated Cubs, this one a 7-1 thrashing by a team of modest offensive means, put the '69 Mets a half-game out of first place on this date. The loss was the sixth of eight in a row suffered by the soon to be runner-up Cubs. Tom Seaver outpitched Ferguson Jenkins, and Donn Clendenon and Art Shamsky hit home runs.
Four years later on this date, the Mets were outhit, 13-5, but defeated the Expos, 3-0, in Parc Jarry to move into a tie for fourth place in the NL East. George Stone allowed 11 singles and a walk in 7 2/3 innings. The Mets turned two double plays with Willie Mays playing first base. ... On this date in 1999, the Revenge of the Former Dodgers produced a 3-1 Mets victory in Los Angeles. Orel Hershiser pitched eight innings, and Mike Piazza hit his 34th home run of the season. The Mets trailed the first-place Braves by three games.
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Thursday: Mets (Bobby Parnell, 3-7, 5.25) vs. Marlins (Sean West, 6-5, 4.61), 7:10 p.m. ET
Friday: Mets (Nelson Figueroa, 2-4, 4.74) at Phillies (Cole Hamels, 8-9, 4.32), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Mets (Mike Pelfrey, 10-10, 4.83) at Phillies (J.A. Happ, 10-4, 2.77), 4:05 p.m. ET
Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.