Found April 30, 2012 on MetsOnline:
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The New York Mets (13-9) begin a three game series against the Houston Astros (8-14) tonight at 8:05 PM ET at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The game can be seen on SNY. Andres Torres has been activated for today’s game, and Zach Lutz has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Torres, who started at centerfield and was the leadoff hitter on Opening Day, will push Kirk Nieuwenhuis over to left field and will start in center. He will bat seventh in the lineup. Starting Lineups:
Mets Monday lineup at Houston: Nieuwenhuis-LF, Tejada-SS, Murphy-2B, Wright-3B, Davis-1B, Baxter-RF, Torres-CF, Thole-C, Dickey-RHP — New York Mets (@Mets) April 30, 2012
Astros lineup vs Mets: CF Schafer, 2B Altuve, SS Lowrie, LF Buck, 1B Downs, RF Bogusevic, 3B Johnson, C Castro, Norris P — Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) April 30, 2012
Starting Pitchers: RHP R.A. Dickey (3-1, 4.44 ERA) will take the hill for the Mets tonight. Dickey will pitch in humidity with the roof open in Houston. Humidity is good for knuckleball pitchers. Dickey is 1-2 with a 3.82 ERA in 30 2/3 innings pitched against the Astros.     RHP Bud Norris (1-1, 5.84 ERA) will take the hill for the Astros tonight. Norris is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in 26 innings pitched against the Mets. Norris is 1-1 with a 7.13 ERA in 17 2/3 innings pitched in his last three starts of the season. David Wright is hitless against Norris, going 0-for-8 in his previous at-bats against him.   Game Notes:
  • Norris has struggled recently, so the Mets should definitely work the counts early on in the game. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a homerun or two from the Mets hitters tonight.
  • R.A. Dickey is facing a bad team in humid weather–a knuckle baller’s dream. I think Dickey’s going to have an incredible night.
  • I really hope Andres Torres gets on base today, and I think he will for some reason. If Davis can continue his good hitting from yesterday, the Mets’ lineup is in good shape.
Let’s Go Mets!
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