A pair of costly miscues kept the New York Mets from moving above .500 for the second time all season. A six-game homestand versus a pair of struggling opponents may provide another good opportunity.
New York (34-35) concluded a 6-4 road trip with a 9-8, 10-inning loss at Atlanta on Thursday. The Mets appeared headed for victory before closer Francisco Rodriguez served up a game-tying two-run homer to Brooks Conrad(notes) in the ninth. Two innings later, D.J. Carrasco’s(notes) balked in the winning run.
“We’ve got to take the positives and go with it,” manager Terry Collins said.
The Mets, who haven’t been above .500 since holding a 3-2 record April 6, will try to capitalize on interleague play. They won six of nine home meetings with AL opponents last year, and will face last-place Oakland after hosting the Angels (33-37) for three games.
If they are to succeed, Reyes will likely play a major role. The shortstop is batting .395 in Flushing, where he’s hit 10 of his major league-leading 12 triples. He’s batting .464 average with seven triples over his last 13 games there.
Reyes is also 7 for 12 lifetime against probable Los Angeles starter Joel Pineiro(notes) (2-3, 4.03 ERA), who will make his seventh attempt to earn his 100th career win. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 5.50 ERA in six starts since defeating the Chicago White Sox on May 10.
Pineiro’s drought continued Saturday, as he allowed five runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings. He didn’t get a decision in a 7-5 loss to Kansas City.
“The situation that’s going on has nothing to do with 100 wins,” Pineiro said. “Honestly, I wanted to win for the team. I’m just hoping that when it turns around, it turns around big.”
Perhaps his first start versus the Mets in almost two years can get Pineiro to his milestone. All six of his career starts against them resulted in wins for St. Louis, while he went 3-0 with a 4.15 ERA.
However, he was fortunate not to get saddled with a loss the last time he faced New York on Aug. 4, 2009. Pineiro surrendered seven runs in five innings, but the Cardinals went on to win 12-7 in 10.
The left-hander was superb in Sunday’s 7-0 win at Pittsburgh, limiting the Pirates to three hits in seven innings, five days after he yielded one run in six innings of a 2-1 victory over the Brewers.
“I feel like I’m able to throw the ball where I want, and I’ve got my velocity up to level where my changeup is effective off that fastball, so I’m just trying to just execute pitches,” he said.
Capuano, who has never faced the Angels, is 0-3 with an 11.44 ERA in his last five interleague games - four starts.
The Mets are 5-4 all-time versus Los Angeles, which has never visited Citi Field but won two of three at Shea Stadium from June 10-12, 2005.
The Angels have won three of five following a season-high six-game skid. However, they lost 3-1 at Seattle on Wednesday. A grounder up the middle ricocheted off second base, over the head of Erick Aybar(notes) and into center field to score two runs in the seventh.