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 Jays.
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 Centre.
05/19 10:32:17 ET