Energized by the return of Mike Piazza, New York has been on fire at the plate and have received…
Mets @ Dodgers Series Preview
The Mets' bats came alive on Thursday, but they will need to work even harder this weekend, as they will face some tough pitchers.
Weekend Pitching Matchups:
Fans should be treated to a pretty decent matchup on Friday night. Al Leiter (12-6 4.53 ERA) will be looking to build on the success of his last start, a 6-4 victory over the Rockies in which he gave up just one run in six innings of work. Opposing the Mets will be Hideo Nomo (14-9 2.75 ERA). Nomo is enjoying a solid season for the Dodgers, and is coming off an outstanding performance, tossing seven shutout innings against the Cubs last week.
Saturday's matinee will feature Steve Trachsel (12-7 4.20 ERA) versus Andy Ashby (3-9 5.20 ERA). Trachsel is coming off of a beautifully pitched game, coming one hit away from his first no hitter. Ironically the one hit he gave up was to Rockies' pitcher Chin-Hui Tsao. Ashby hasn't pitched since August 8th, a 3-1 win over the Cubs in which he allowed one run on three hits.
Tom Glavine will try to close out the series on Sunday. Glavine (8-11 4.55 ERA) has had a turbulent season, but has been pitching well of late. Though the Mets lost on Tuesday against the Padres, Glavine left the game with a chance to win, giving up one run on six hits in six innings of work. Los Angeles will counter with staff ace, Kevin Brown (12-6 2.25 ERA). Despite some nagging injuries, Brown has enjoyed a fine season, though was roughed up by the Expos his last time out. Brown allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings en route to a 7-5 loss on Tuesday night.
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