New York Mets (48-41) at San Francisco Giants (48-41) 10:35 pm
Jon Niese (6-3 3.61) vs Barry Zito (7-4 3.76)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets try to even up the series at a game apiece tonight. Niese has pitched well in his last three starts. Although he took a loss to Cincinnati in his last start. Zito has been up and down this season but it’s definitely his best season since coming to San Francisco in 2007.
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The game wasn’t as close as the score appears for those of you that didn’t stay up until 1:20am to watch the whole game. Pedro Martinez was fantastic going six innings and throwing his fastball in the low 90’s with regularity. I was shocked that he had that kind of velocity. I was also shocked that he went six innings.
The Mets had a long turn at bat in the fifth when they scored eight runs, the most of any inning this season. But Pedro came back out for the top of the sixth. He looked like he was starting to get a little shaky in the fifth and sixth but it was a great comeback game for him.
Offensively, one of the stars of the game was… Pedro Martinez. I’m not kidding. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run. Damion Easley was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI’s and a run.
Barry Zito was horrible again. It’s a real warning sign about signing pitchers to long term contracts. His contract may go down as the worst contract in baseball history. Although Kevin Brown and Mike Hampton have had awful contracts as well.
Scott Schoenweiss looked like he reverted to 2007 form in the ninth inning. He went .1 innings giving up two hits (one homer) and two walks for three runs. Billy Wagner had to quickly warm up and bail him out.
New York Mets (28-28) at San Francisco Giants (25-33) 10:15pm
Pedro Martinez (0-0) vs. Barry Zito (1-8)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: Five years ago this would’ve been a great pitching duel. Now it’s a mystery. Pedro is always hurt, and Barry Zito’s skills have dropped off a cliff. The Mets need to take both remaining games from the Giants to salvage this series after getting bombed last night.
San Diego at San Fran 4:05pm Peavy vs. Zito
Nice pitching matchup! Our first chance to see what the Giants are getting for $126M. Surprisingly, there’s no national TV for this game.