preGame: Mets vs D'Backs (Game Three)

The Game

The Mets (31–20) takes on the D’Backs in the ‘rubber game’ of a three-game set at Shea Stadium tonight at 7 pm EDT… 

The Pitchers

RHP Pedro Martinez (5–1, 2.79 ERA) starts for the Mets … He leads the majors in opponents batting average against with .167, and is tied for the major-league lead in strike outs with 80 … The Mets are just 6–4 in games that Martinez has started … In two starts against the D’Backs last season, Martinez allowed one run over 14 innings while striking out 15 … Arizona’s leadoff hitter, Eric Byrnes, is batting .385 in 13 at-bats against Martinez …

RHP Brandon Webb (8–0, 2.18 ERA) starts for Arizona … With a tremendous sinker, Webb leads the lead in ground balls induced with 151 … He averaged four ground balls to every pop-up … Webb lead the league in walks in 2004, last season he cut that total in half and this season he leads the majors with the fewest walks allowed per nine innings for any starter … In 10 at-bats against Webb, Jose Reyes, the Mets leadoff hitter, has four hits, including a solo home run…

The Notes

Carlos Beltran has driven in 14 runs in his last 12 games, and has 25 RBI in his last 23 games.  He is hitting .397 over his last 24 games…

Carlos Delgado is homerless in his last nine games and is 1–for-9 in this series…

Cliff Floyd is batting .347 over his last 49 at-bats spanning 15 games…

Paul Lo Duca has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games…

Aaron Heilman has inherited three base runners and allowed them all to score…

Billy Wagner has 29 strike outs in his last 17 innings and has saved three consecutive attempts…

The Bleachers… 

To chat during the game, go to HotFoot’s Bleachers … or, to access the chat room through IRC, go to server name irc.echo34.com and channel #metsblog…

…enjoy