National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, May 4th
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (13-13) at New York Mets (13-12), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Wade Miley (3-0, 1.29)
New York - Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.85)
(Sports Network) - Second-year lefty Wade Miley starts for the third time this
season and the 10th time in his career when the Arizona Diamondbacks head to
Citi Field tonight for the first of three games with the homestanding New York
Miley, a supplemental draft pick in 2008, debuted in the majors with the
Diamondbacks last season and was 4-2 over seven starts in eight appearances
while allowing 20 runs on 48 hits in 40 innings.
He began 2012 in the bullpen and made three straight relief outings, picking
up a decision in the first of them while combining to allow seven hits and
three runs in 8 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.
He started April 23 and 29 against Philadelphia and Miami and won both
decisions while allowing a single unearned run across 12 1/3 innings on three
Miley has never faced the Mets.
He's opposed by fellow youngster Dillon Gee, who turned 26 in late April and
starts for the fifth time this season.
The Texan reached the majors with five starts at the tail end of 2010 before a
breakout season in 2011 in which he went 13-6 with a 4.43 earned run average
in 160 2/3 innings.
Gee has alternated losses and wins in his four starts thus far this season,
most recently scoring a 7-5 victory at Colorado on April 28 after going seven
innings and allowing three earned runs in seven hits.
Overall, he's struck out 23 batters and allowed 16 runs in 26 innings.
Gee has split two career decisions against Arizona.
On Thursday in Washington, rookie Bryce Harper slapped a go-ahead opposite
field RBI double in the sixth inning, lifting the Nationals to a 2-1 win over
the Diamondbacks in the rubber match of a three-game set.
Ian Kennedy (3-1) was the hard-luck loser - his first loss in 13 starts -
after giving up two runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings for Arizona,
which has dropped two in a row following a three-game winning streak.
On Wednesday in Houston, Chris Johnson hit two home runs and knocked in a
career-high six runs as the Astros defeated the Mets, 8-1, to complete the
sweep of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.
Chris Schwinden (0-1) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks in just four
innings to suffer the loss.
Ruben Tejada had three of New York's seven hits, while Andres Torres knocked
in the lone run for the Mets, who lost for the fourth time in six games.
New York and Arizona split six matchups a year ago.
05/04 10:37:28 ET