Brewers (13-15) @ Mets (13-15) Series Preview

The New York Mets, riding a four-game win streak after Mike Piazza's 11th inning walk-off home run Thursday, welcome the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game set at Shea Stadium this weekend. The Brewers, who have lost five of their last six games, begin a 12-game stretch of playing NL East opponents. Milwaukee has a very respectable 6-8 road record this season and boast a very potent offense.

New York hopes to revitalize their struggling offense and feed on the Brewers' pitching. Milwaukee ranks 12th among National League clubs with a team ERA of 4.90 and have given up an NL high 66 doubles so far this season. The Mets are struggling scoring runs this season as only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos have scored fewer runs in the National League this season.

The Mets continue their homestand against a Brewers team still trying to overcome the loss of key players. Milwaukee has not been a good team for a long time, and that trend looks to continue for at least another season. The same can perhaps be said about the Mets as well, but it is hard to say considering the amount of injuries that has once again bitten this team. New York has, however, been playing well this week, and possibly feasting on a bad team could be just what they need to finally kick start their season.

Other than Mike Piazza setting the record for homeruns by a catcher, there has not been much to cheer about. While the bats are still relatively quite, the pitching has done a very solid job this season. Now if they could only get the two to click at the same time, happy days could once again return to Queens.

Probable Pitching Match-ups

The Mets will send Tom Glavine out for game one. Glavine (4-1, 1.85 ERA) is finally having the year that the team hoped for when they went out and signed him. Glavine looked solid against San Diego allowing two runs in six innings of work.

Milwaukee will counter with Doug Davis (1-2 5.14 ERA). Davis looked shaky against the Pirates. Davis did not factor in the decision, despite giving up three runs on eleven hits in seven innings.

Saturday's game will feature Tyler Yates (1-3 5.40 ERA) versus Matt Kinney (0-2 8.31 ERA). Neither pitcher looked especially impressive last week. Yates was shelled for five runs in four innings against the Padres, while Kinney allowed six runs on just over two innings versus the Reds.

Steve Trachsel will get the ball on Sunday, hoping to pick up where he left off last week against the Giants. Trachsel (3-3 3.79 ERA) pitched eight strong innings, allowing just one run.

Victor Santos will pitch for the Brewers. Santos (1-0, 4.00 ERA) looked sharp against the Reds, throwing five innings of shutout ball.

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