Series Preview: New York Mets

Floyd leads the underachieving Mets (Getty Images)

New York finds itself in last place in the NL East with the best team in baseball coming to town. Not a good mix if you are a Mets fan. The Mariners (40-18) will send Ryan Franklin, Freddy Garcia and Jamie Moyer to the mound in the three-game set.

Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY

Seattle (40-18, 23-7 road)
New York (N) (26-32, 15-14 home)

Friday, June 6, 4:10 p.m. KSTW
Seattle: Ryan Franklin (R) (4-3, 3.47 ERA)
New York (N): Jay Seo (R) (2-2, 3.07)

Saturday, June 7, 4:10 p.m. FSN
Seattle: Freddy Garcia (R) (5-6, 5.50)
New York (N): Al Leiter (L) (6-2, 4.35)

Sunday, June 8, 10:10 a.m. FSN
Seattle: Jamie Moyer (L) (9-2, 3.21)
New York (N): Mike Bacsik (L) (NR, 27.00)


Who's Hot:

Seattle:
Jamie Moyer (9-2) comes into Sunday's start with the most wins in Major League Baseball. Gil Meche (8-2) is tied for the second-most, and everyone in the bullpen with the exception of Giovanni Carrara and Kazuhiro Sasaki have an ERA under 3.00. So if people wonder what the key has been to the Mariners nine-game winning streak, the answer is clear - it's the pitching. The Mariners will rely on that pitching staff against the New York Mets in this weekend series. The best pitching match up is Friday when Ryan Franklin faces Jay Seo. Franklin (4-3) is coming off of a stellar performance in Minnesota, where he went seven innings and gave up only two runs on the way to a win. Seo (2-2) is coming off an eight-inning performance where he held the Braves to only two runs. Bret Boone hit .423 with three home runs over the last week, leading the team in both categories. Randy Winn had a good week, posting the team's second-highest average at .381.

New York (N):
There haven't been too many bright spots for the New York Mets this season. Ty Wigginton and Cliff Floyd have been the only reliable hitters in the Mets lineup. Wigginton has two of the three home runs hit by the team over the last six games, and batted .474 during that span. Floyd hit .467 over the last week of games, second only to Wigginton. The Mets have also found a bright spot in young Jay Seo. Seo is coming of three very impressive performances. He gave up just two runs to Atlanta in eight innings in his last outing.


Who's Not:

Seattle:
The Mariners are on a nine-game winning streak and seem to be clicking on all cylinders. A weak spot is hard to find, but if their were one it'd be the recent struggles of Carlos Guillen at the plate. The 27-year-old shortstop has just four hits in his last 23 at bats.

New York (N):
The New York Mets have had an absolutely miserable season. With what started as hopes and aspirations of a division title has turned into injury central and a spot in the cellar of the NL East. They have had key injuries to former All-Stars Mo Vaughn, Mike Piazza, Roberto Alomar, and now Tom Glavine. This has caused New York to pre-maturely bring up Jason Phillips and platoon him at first base with Tony Clark and at catcher with Vance Wilson. Their fielding has been horrible as well, as the statistics show; they are 22nd in the majors with 45 errors.


Richie Stone is the brain behind the series previews at InsidethePark.com. Let him know what you think at stoneyrich11@aol.com .

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