Pre-Game: Mets vs. Pirates

The Mets open a three game series tonight against the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Game time is 7:05 pm.

The lineup is as follows:

1. Jose Reyes – SS
2. Angel Pagan – LF
3. Carlos Beltran – CF
4. Chris Carter – RF
5. David Wright – 3B
6. Ike Davis – 1B
7. Josh Thole – C
8. Ruben Tejada – 2B

Mike Pelfrey (11-7, 3.95 ERA) will start for the Mets. Pelfrey has allowed just three earned runs in his last 14 innings, although he’s got just one win to show for it and has just one win since June 25. Pelfrey has made two career starts against the Pirates and he’s 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA against them.

Jeff Karstens (2-9, 4.57 ERA) will start for the Pirates. Karstens has lost six of his last seven starts and is looking for his first win since June 19. Karstens is making his third start and fourth career appearance against the Mets tonight, and he’s 0-1 with a 5.27 ERA against them.