National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, September 16th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (66-79) at Milwaukee Brewers (73-72), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Chris Young (4-7, 4.39)
Milwaukee - Wily Peralta (1-0, 3.46)
(Sports Network) - Dominican rookie Wily Peralta makes the third start of his
brief big-league career - and first against New York - when the Milwaukee
Brewers host the Mets in the finale of a three-game series at Miller Park.
Peralta, who debuted with the Milwaukee organization as a 17-year-old in 2006,
made his big-league debut on April 22 when he tossed an inning of one-run
relief, allowing three hits, in the Brewers' 4-1 loss to Colorado.
He made 28 starts at Triple-A Nashville and posted a 4.66 earned run average
in 146 2/3 innings, then returned to the majors and earned his initial victory
with six innings of three-run ball in his first start at Miami on Sept. 5.
Peralta allowed a run on seven hits in the follow-up effort five days later
against Atlanta and got a no-decision in Milwaukee's 4-1 victory.
In 13 combined innings, Peralta has walked five batters, struck out eight and
allowed a composite .319 batting average.
He'll be opposed by 33-year-old Texas native Chris Young, who faces the
Brewers for the third time in his 157th big-league start.
It's his first meeting with them since Sept. 7, 2008, when he tossed a
complete-game two-hitter, allowing a single run and striking out five in a
The win, which came when Young was a member of the San Diego Padres, remains
the only complete game of Young's big-league career.
The Princeton University product has pitched well in his two most recent
starts, picking up a win (at Miami) and a no-decision (against Atlanta) while
combining to give up three runs on 10 hits in 11 innings.
The Mets are 3-7 in his last 10 starts.
On Saturday, Rickie Weeks hit a home run, scored twice and drove in three to
lead the Brewers to a 9-6 victory.
Pinch-hit triples from Logan Schafer and Travis Ishikawa plated three runs for
the Brewers, who have won 19 of their last 25 games to stay within striking
distance of the NL Wild Card chase.
Ike Davis hit a two-run homer in the ninth to bring the Mets within three, but
it wasn't enough, as New York dropped its seventh game in its last eight
Shaun Marcum didn't pitch long enough to be considered for the win as he was
pinch-hit for during a five-run fourth inning for the Brewers. Brandon
Kitnzler (2-0) positioned himself for the victory after pitching a scoreless
Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda each came through with an RBI for
the Mets, but starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia (0-1) lasted just three-plus
innings in his first start of the season, allowing five runs on six hits while
"Command is what we really have to get straightened out," Mets manager Terry
Collins said. "Once the game starts you hope he settles down. I'm sure he was
pretty excited. It's tough to pitch up here behind in the count."
The Mets and Brewers split two games in a series in New York in May, after
Milwaukee won four of six games between the teams in 2011.
09/16 10:31:00 ET