Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 5/21/12

Mets (22-19) at Pirates (19-22)

7:05 PM EST—PNC Park, Pittsburgh

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The Bucs are back at PNC Park this week, and will kick off the homestand with a three-game set against the New York Mets.

About the Mets:

Most people didn’t expect a whole lot from the Mets in 2012, but they’ve been a pleasant surprise so far this year. Their pitching has struggled but they’ve  hit the ball enough to  stay above .500 and hang around the top of the NL East and Wild Card hunt.  David Wright has led the way, hitting a ridiculous .412 with a .513 OBP. That’s obscene. Jason Bay is hurt at the moment, but we should see old buddy Ronny Cedeno this week. Miss him yet?

For more on the Mets, MetsBlog.com is the place to be.  I answered some questions about the Pirates over there – you can read those here.

Tonight’s starters…

Johan Santana (1-2, 2.89) vs. Erik Bedard (2-5, 3.07)

The best cure for an offense that struck out 17 times yesterday and 41 times over the weekend is probably not Johan Santana. He’s one of the top lefties in baseball and has always pitched well against the Pirates in the past. The Bucs are going to have their hands full (yet again) tonight.

Luckily, they will counter with Bedard on the mound. Erik seemed to be back in the zone in his last start at Washington before allowing two home runs at the tail end of his outing, so there’s a very good chance he can give the Pirates a strong start and keep them in the game.

Pirates vs. Santana:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Nate McLouth 17 15 2 1 0 1 2 2 2 .133 .235 .400 .635 Casey McGehee 10 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 .200 .200 .400 .600 Rod Barajas 9 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 .286 .444 .286 .730 Andrew McCutchen 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 Pedro Alvarez 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 .667 1.333 Clint Barmes 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 Garrett Jones 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Jose Tabata 3 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .333 .333 1.333 1.667 Neil Walker 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 Total 55 51 9 3 0 2 3 4 13 .176 .236 .353 .589 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/21/2012.

Mets vs. Bedard:

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS Scott Hairston 10 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .300 .300 .300 .600 Rob Johnson 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 David Wright 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167 Total 16 15 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .267 .313 .267 .579 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/21/2012.

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