Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, August 19th
(All times Eastern)
New York Mets (56-66) at Minnesota Twins (54-68), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: New York - Dillon Gee (8-8, 3.79)
Minnesota - Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27)
(Sports Network) - The New York Mets will close out their lengthy road trip
Monday with a makeup game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
The finale of a three-game series between the Mets and Twins on April 14 was
postponed due to inclement weather. The Mets outscored the Twins, 20-7, in the
first two matchups and have won four of the last five in this series.
New York just split a four-game set with the San Diego Padres and lost the
last two contests at Petco Park, including Sunday's 4-3 setback. Matt Harvey
was sharp through six innings and gave up two runs before the bullpen
imploded. Gonzalez Germen and Pedro Feliciano each allowed a run with the
latter taking the loss for yielding Will Venable's game-winning home run in
the bottom of the ninth.
"I thought I had him 1-2 when I threw a slider," Feliciano said of Venable's
homer. "But he's pretty hot right now, and he went down and got it out."
Marlon Byrd had two hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Mets, who are 4-6 so
far on the road trip.
The Mets will return to Citi Field for nine games after their visit to
Minneapolis and hope Dillon Gee can cap this trek with a win. Gee gets the
start Monday and is 8-8 in 24 starts with a 3.79 earned run average. He did
not figure into the decision of his team's 5-4 loss at Los Angeles last
Wednesday and gave up two runs in six innings.
Gee is 3-1 in his past four decisions and the right-hander has never faced the
Twins in his career.
Minnesota will put the finishing touches on its eight-game homestand and lost
a four-game series to the Chicago White Sox over the weekend. After taking the
series opener on Thursday, the Twins lost the last three portions and suffered
a 5-2 loss Sunday.
Samuel Deduno was roughed up for five runs and eight hits in five innings,
while Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia had an RBI apiece in defeat.
"I'm feeling fine, but I just didn't locate the fastball," Deduno said. "I
left a lot of balls up in the zone. I wasn't aggressive with anything."
The Twins are 2-5 on their homestand and will open a six-game road trip
Tuesday against Detroit and Cleveland.
Taking the mound for the Twins Monday will be Kyle Gibson and the rookie is
2-3 with a 6.27 ERA in nine starts. He has allowed at least three runs in four
straight starts and will face the Mets for the first time.
The right-handed Gibson has recorded three straight no-decisions and the Twins
are 5-4 when he takes the mound.
08/19 10:28:59 ET