National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, September 29th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (74-87) at New York Mets (73-88), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Marco Estrada (7-4, 4.02)
New York - Jonathon Niese (8-8, 3.74)
(Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers started the season with eight losses
over their first 10 games. Even though they won't be going to the playoffs,
the Brewers can end the season on a positive note when they go for a four-game
sweep of the New York Mets at Citi Field.
The Brewers have won 10 of their last 14 games, including four in a row
leading up to this final day of the regular season.
Right-hander Marco Estrada, who has never pitched at Citi Field, is 3-0 with a
2.26 ERA in eight starts since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 7. He will
take the ball for Milwaukee and is 0-1 with a 14.54 ERA in five career games
against the Mets, all in relief.
Jonathon Niese counters for the Mets. The left-hander is 5-2 over his last
nine starts and is coming off a 4-2 win at Cincinnati on Tuesday, as he threw
seven solid innings in that contest.
In four career games against the Brewers, Niese is 2-0 with a 6.52 ERA.
Longtime catcher Mike Piazza will be inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame prior
to the contest. He will become the 27th member inducted into the Mets Hall of
Fame. Piazza hit 220 of his 427 career home runs with the Mets, ranking third
in franchise history.
Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt hit RBI singles in the 10th inning
Saturday to lift the Brewers to a 4-2 win. Gomez also had a solo homer.
Milwaukee right-hander Jimmy Nelson gave up just one hit and one run in five
innings in his first major league start. The right-hander walked three and
struck out four.
"It wasn't pretty," Nelson said. "I tried to do my best to keep us in there
and give us a chance to win, and we did that. We ended up scrapping it out in
Mets righty Aaron Harang went winless in his last 10 starts after giving up a
run, five hits and two walks in six innings. Harang, whose last win came July
22 with the Mariners, struck out seven.
"He knows what he's doing, he's got a game plan, he doesn't let certain guys
beat him," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's not afraid to pitch around
somebody and get the next guy out. He's one of those true professional
The Mets have lost three straight games overall. They've also dropped 10 of
their last 11 at home to the Brewers. The Mets won two of three in Milwaukee
from July 5-7.
09/29 10:35:25 ET