Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, May 19th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (21-18) at Toronto Blue Jays (22-18), 1:07 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Mets - Miguel Batista (1-1, 4.26)
Toronto - Brandon Morrow (4-2, 2.22)
(Sports Network) - Toronto's Brandon Morrow stifled four straight opponents
during a four-game victory streak. After a loss in his last start, the right-
hander will try to get back on the winning track this afternoon when the Blue
Jays host the Mets in the continuation of an interleague series.
Morrow has allowed no more than one earned run in any of his last five
appearances. That includes wins against the Royals, Mariners, Angels, and
Athletics. He gave up six runs, only one earned, in a 7-1 defeat to the Rays
on Monday. He has one career relief appearance against the Mets.
It's likely that Morrow won't have to deal with David Wright today. The Mets
third baseman, who tops the majors with a .409 batting average and leads his
team with 22 RBI, left last night's 14-5 loss due to feeling ill. He's likely
to get a day off today.
J.P. Arencibia had a pair of home runs and drove in six last night. Rajai
Davis had a pair of two-run home runs while Yan Gomes added his first major
league home run, two RBI and two runs scored for the Blue Jays, who have won
three straight. Ricky Romero (5-1) gave up just one run on three hits with
four walks and six strikeouts over six innings for the win.
"It was an outstanding offensive night tonight, obviously," said Toronto
manager John Farrell. "J.P. had some strong swings and Davis is really finding
his groove lately."
Scott Hairston hit a three-run home run for the Mets, who have dropped three
of four. Jon Niese (2-2) left after three innings as he gave up eight runs on
eight hits but did strike out six.
"Next time I face them won't be for a while," said Niese. "But I just have to
put this behind me and worry about my next start."
Miguel Batista, who pitched for Toronto in 2004 and 2005, gets the ball for
the Mets today. The Dominican right-hander received a win in the Mets' 3-1
victory over the Brewers at Citi Field on Monday. He threw seven shutout
innings in that game.
In nine career games (6 starts), Batista is 3-2 with a 1.70 ERA vs. the Blue
The Blue Jays own a 5-14 lifetime mark against the Mets. Including Friday's
win, they've captured just two of their last eight vs. New York at the Rogers
05/19 10:32:17 ET