PREVIEW: N.Y. Mets at Minnesota Twins

N.Y. Mets at Minnesota

Mets-TwinsJonathon Niese vs. Scott Diamond

-Niese has one career start vs. the Twins, he lasted six innings, giving up just four hits and no runs, while striking out five.

-Diamond will be making his first start since have elbow surgery in December. Although the surgery was minor (bone chip removal), one must always hold his breath with his pitching arm under the knife. Diamond was the statistical frontrunner amongst Twins starters last season. Though the 26-year old shows a lot of promise, I expect he will be a tad rusty and on a very short leash. Scott has never faced the Mets before but his non-flashy style against some of the young free swinging Mets could make for positive results.

-Josh Willingham and Jamey Carroll each have five career at-bats against Niese. Carroll has three hits with one strikeout, while Willingham has two hits, a homer and two strikeouts.

-Colin Cowgill is the only Met to have faced Diamond. He is 3-for-3 against him.

Matt Harvey vs. Vance Worley

-The 24-year old Harvey who has never faced the Twins before will be making just his 13th Big League start. He is still striking out a batter per inning and many scouts agree the Mets have found themselves a special player.

-Since Worley is a former Phillie he has plenty of experience against the Mets. In nine appearances Worley has hurled 38.1 innings with a 3-3 record, a 5.17 ERA and 35 strikeouts.

-Second Baseman Daniel Murphy is 10-for-15 lifetime against Worley with three RBI’s.

-Shortstop Ruben Tejada is 7-for-17 with a pair of RBI’s.

-Outfielders Mike Baxter, Lucas Duda and third baseman David Wright have all hit homers off Worley.

Dillon Gee vs. Kevin Correia

-Gee who is just 26 years old has already made 50 career starts. Dillon has career ERA of 4.02 with a record 21-16 in 309.2 innings. He too has never faced out Twins.

-Correia also has plenty of innings (51.2) logged against the Mets. Those have come over 13 appearances. Kevin has a 2-5 record with a 4.01 ERA.

-Twins journeyman/utility infielder Carroll is the only current Twin with any experience against Gee. He is 3-for-6 vs. the Texas native.

-Catcher John Buck is 4-for-9 vs. Correia with a homer and four RBI’s.

-Ike Davis is 1-for-5 with a homer.

-Wright absolutely batters Correia, he is 13-for-17 with three homers and six RBI’s. Kevin has struck him out twice.

-Murphy is 6-for-15 vs. Correia.

The Mets are in full rebuild mode. Third baseman David Wright is the team captain and emotional leader. He is a superb fielder, who hits for power and also has the ability to steal a base if needed.

Center fielder and part-time leadoff hitter Colin Cowgill burst onto the scene with a grand slam on opening day. He has been very baseball mortal since, but he is still a threat with his glove and all around speed.

The Mets bullpen features wily veterans Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon and former Twin LaTroy Hawkins.

Josh Johnson

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