Found August 24, 2012 on The Daily Stache:

The Mets are on the cusp of being exactly what we thought they would be; a basement dweller that makes baseball fandom absolute torture.

With a golden opportunity to avoid such depression against the hideously bad Houston Astros, the Mets try to better than image in whatever way they possible can.

This Astros lineup is so weak that you have to expect the best out of Mets pitching during this upcoming home series. With the way Mets bats turned in such an anemic performance against the Colorado Rockies, you can simply hope for the best in terms of run support.

You really just have to hope the Mets have what it takes to simply destroy one of the worst teams in U.S. professional sports right now.

Lineups

New York Mets 1) Ruben Tejada SS
2) Mike Baxter RF
3) David Wright 3B
4) Ike Davis 1B
5) Justin Turner 2B
6) Jordany Valdespin LF
7) Andres Torres CF
8 ) Josh Thole C
9) Jon Niese LHP Houston Astros 1) Jose Altuve 2B
2) Marwin Gonzalez 3B
3) Brett Wallace 1B
4) Ben Francisco LF
5) Steve Pearce RF 6) Tyler Greene SS
7) Chris Snyder C
8 ) Brandon Barnes CF
9) Jordan Lyles RHP

Matchup

NYM: Jon Niese (10-6, 3.49 ERA) A very fine season is coming together for Jon Niese. He’s maintained a consistent ethic and health. And even during the toughest of times, he’s stood strong and provided this rotation with a winning presence. He’s won three out of his last four decisions while walking only five during the stretch

HOU: Jordan Lyles (2-10, 5.70 ERA) New York catches a break drawing a pitcher in Lyles who doesn’t have much going for himself. All things aside, and the possible threat of Lyles no-hitting the Mets tonight, he comes into this start a career 4-18 pitcher. He is just 21 thought and has the makings of a good hard thrower. 2012 has simply not been kind to him and he deserves more time to develop.

Stache Keys to the Game

  1. Put the bat on the ball. You can’t stress it enough. It’s time to deliver with men on base.
  2. Niese has yet another start to prove why he should be a mainstay in this Mets rotation for years to come.
  3. This Astros lineup is even less experienced than the Mets. Take advantage of these guys.

Slated for a 7:10 PM ET start, catch the game live on SNY and WFAN 660.

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