National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, May 27th
(All times Eastern)
San Diego Padres (17-31) at New York Mets (26-21), 1:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Edinson Volquez (2-4, 3.49)
New York - R.A. Dickey (6-1, 3.45)
(Sports Network) - Knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey aims to win his fifth
straight decision when the Mets conclude a four-game series against the San
Dickey is coming off a career-best 11-strikeout effort in a 3-2 win at
Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He's walked just two batters and logged 19 strikeouts
over his last three games and has a six-game unbeaten string. His lone loss of
the year came April 18 at Atlanta.
In two career starts vs. San Diego, Dickey is 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA.
Through this season, San Diego's Edinson Volquez has not been getting the run
support he needs. The right-hander, who has dropped his last two starts, toes
the rubber today. The Padres have been outscored, 12-1 over his last two
contests and they've scored more than three runs just once in games he's
started this season.
Volquez is 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA in three career starts against the Mets.
On Saturday, Johan Santana tossed his ninth career shutout and first in close
to two years as the Mets won, 9-0. Santana (2-2) last tossed a shutout on
August 12, 2010 against the Colorado Rockies before undergoing left shoulder
surgery in September of that year, which forced the lefty to miss the entire
The two-time Cy Young award winner allowed just four hits on Saturday and
didn't issue a walk while striking out seven to extend his personal unbeaten
streak to seven games.
"It's a great feeling for me just to put my uniform (on)," remarked Santana.
"Being able to help and being able to go out there every five games is
definitely something that I was waiting for and I'm very happy for and I'm
just going to continue doing."
Scott Hairston belted a three-run blast and Mike Nickeas added a grand slam in
the eighth for the Mets, who have won four of their last five.
Clayton Richard (2-6) was charged for four runs on five hits and three walks
over six innings of work. He gave up four first-inning runs.
"It's tough when you put your team in the hole early on," said Richard. "Four
runs is kind of a big hole and it kind of changes the momentum of things right
off the get-go."
Yonder Alonso extended his hit-streak to nine games with a single in the
first, but the Padres fell for the fifth time in their last six tries.
The Mets are 16-9 vs. San Diego at home since 2005.
05/27 10:34:24 ET