At least for the New York Mets, the past two days have served as a brief respite for an injury-ravaged staff. Unfortunately, the unscheduled rest will not be enough to solve all of New York’s pitching problems.
Before the Mets and Brewers were rained out for the second night in a row Wednesday, New York said starter Pedro Astacio and reliever Scott Strickland will both likely have surgery in the next two weeks, ending their seasons.
The Mets have beaten the Brewers in eight straight games at home since Sept. 11, 2000.
The Brewers, who have won three of four, weren’t as happy with the postponements.
“It messes (the rotation) up a bit,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “Ben’s going have to come back on the fourth day.”
Roberts has been eligible to return since May 28, but he also has developed a muscular problem under his arm and is out indefinitely. Stanton can return on Friday.
“Having John Franco will definitely help,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “Other guys will have to step up.”
STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 8 1/2 GB, NL Central. Mets - 4th place, 12 GB, NL East.
BREWERS GAME ONE STARTER: Kinney (3-4, 3.69 ERA). The right-hander yielded two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings, but did not factor in the decision as the Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Thursday. Kinney leads all Brewers starters in ERA. He suffered a loss in his only career appearance against the Mets, surrendering four runs, three hits and four walks in six innings in a 5-3 loss on May 4.
METS PROBABLE GAME ONE STARTER: Trachsel (4-2, 4.21 ERA). The veteran right-hander pitched 6 2-3 shutout innings in the New York’s 5-0 victory at Philadelphia on Thursday night winning his fourth consecutive start, all on the road. Trachsel has allowed just 11 earned runs over his last five starts, and hasn’t lost since May 7, when he allowed just two runs and five hits over seven innings of a 2-1 defeat at Los Angeles. Trachsel is 4-4 with a 5.57 ERA in 12 career starts against Milwaukee.
BREWERS PROBABLE GAME TWO STARTER: Sheets (5-4, 5.42 ERA). On Friday night at Los Angeles, the right-hander won his first start since May 10, allowing three runs, five hits and striking out seven over seven innings of a 5-3 victory. Sheets has made two career starts against the
METS PROBABLE GAME TWO STARTER: Glavine (5-5, 4.28 ERA). In his last start, the 517th major league outing for the veteran left-hander, Glavine was tagged for a career-high four home runs by his ex-Atlanta teammates in a 5-2 defeat on Friday night. It was his second defeat by his old team in a week, leaving after allowing five runs and nine hits in seven innings. Glavine is 5-1 with a 3.89 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Eddie Perez, .290 avg.; Richie Sexson, 17 HRs, 39 RBIs and 42 runs; Eric Young, 15 SBs. Mets - Roberto Alomar, .268 avg. and 5 SBs; Cliff Floyd, 10 HRs and 31 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 32 runs.
SEASON SERIES: Mets, 2-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - RHP Sheets is 4-1 with a 3.98 ERA in six road starts this season. … Milwaukee released injury-plagued OF Jeffrey Hammonds on Wednesday, a little more than two seasons after signing a $21.75 million, three-year deal - the richest contract in team history. Hammonds was hitting .158 with one home run and three RBIs when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 15 with a high ankle sprain. … C Perez is batting .371 (13-for-35) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games. Mets - OF Cedeno is 3-for-9 in his career against RHP Sheets. … OF Floyd is 1-for-6 in his career against RHP Sheets. … This is the first time the Mets had been rained out in two straight at Shea Stadium since May 9-10, 1998, against St. Louis. … RHP Astacio began the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in the right shoulder before being activated April 24. He went 3-2 with a 7.36 ERA in seven starts before returning to the DL. RHP Strickland (0-2) with an 2.25 ERA in 19 appearances, has been on the DL since May 11 with a strained right groin and the leg injury is believed to be the cause of the stress on his right elbow.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 12-15 on the road; Mets - 15-12 at home.
INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL. Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; INF Jay Bell (groin), 15-day DL; OF Timo Perez (calf), 15-day DL; RHP Astacio (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Strickland (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL.
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