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Thursday, July 24
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (48-53) at Milwaukee Brewers (57-45), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92)
Milwaukee - Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Regardless of what happens on Thursday night, fatigue
shouldn't be an issue for Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
The right-hander followed the All-Star break with the shortest start of his
career, meaning he's thrown just one-third of an inning in two weeks before
the Brewers host the New York Mets to open a four-game series at Miller Park.
Garza was persistent in his final pre-break start while going 7 2/3 innings
against Philadelphia and took eight days off before a Saturday start in
Washington, where he was dinged for five runs while recording a single out.
He threw just 42 pitches.
"He had one out. So we were going to get up to 50 pitches and none of us are
comfortable with him going 50," manager Ron Roenicke said.
Still, the performance wasn't a total loss.
"He didn't throw the ball that bad," Roenicke said. "It's a shame you make
good pitches and they did a good job fouling them off, and they did a good job
reaching out and putting balls in play."
In six previous starts, Garza was 4-2 with a 2.35 earned run average, so it
may have been an anomaly. He was considered for another start in short rest
after the blowout, but stayed put so no one else's routine would be impacted.
The Brewers responded with a three-game sweep of Cincinnati in which their
starters combined for a 2.29 ERA. Milwaukee is now 5-2 after an 1-11 slide.
"We've been scuffling, obviously, since before the break and (it helps) to get
a couple of wins in a row and kind of get that feeling back in here that we
expect to win every game," said Mark Reynolds, who homered twice in
Wednesday's finale with the Reds.
The Mets counter with right-hander Dillon Gee, who allowed four runs in five
innings of his first post-break start, a 6-0 loss at San Diego on Saturday.
"I definitely want to try to get deeper into games," Gee said. "There's really
no excuse for it."
Gee is 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in his career against the Brewers.
Milwaukee won two of three games in a series at New York in early June, but
neither Gee nor Garza pitched.
On Wednesday in Seattle, Bartolo Colon tossed 7 1/3 solid innings and the Mets
held off a late Seattle surge to defeat the Mariners, 3-2, and win the rubber
match of a three-game set.
Colon (9-8) retired the first 20 batters he faced until allowing a single with
two outs in the seventh inning. The veteran right-hander allowed just two runs
on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
Daniel Murphy, David Wright and Juan Lagares each drove in a run for the Mets,
who won their first ever series at Safeco Field.
07/24 10:52:28 ET