Originally written May 04, 2012 on Mets Fever:
The New York Mets return home tonight coming off of a road trip that left a really bad taste in the mouths of both the club and fan base. After sweeping the Florida Marlins, the Mets were crushed 19-8 before bouncing back and taking the series from the Colorado Rockies. Just as it seemed the poor performances were behind them once again, they were swept by the reigning MLB cellar dweller Houston Astros in Texas.

Coming off of a much needed off day, the Mets will try their hand at snapping their three game losing street as Dillon Gee (2.2, 4.85 ERA) makes his fifth start of the year. With the exception of a dominant outing in Atlanta, Gee has been wildly inconsistent, having allowed no less than three runs per start and has allowed ten runs in his last two. Gee hasn't had much success against the Diamondbacks in his career, allowing eight runs, six earned, in eleven innings over two starts.

The National League West Champion Diamondbacks will send National League Rookie of the Month Wade Miley to the bump for his fifth start of the year, and Miley has been dominant to put it lightly. Miley allowed three runs in twenty-one innings through April, which included two starts. Miley's minor league numbers suggest that he's overachieving early in his career, holding a 3.69 ERA and a 1.352 WHIP in four seasons. Miley, much like Gee, will need to control his pitches in order to find success. In that aspect, tonight's matchup very well may end up being a contest of who can execute the best and keep men off base.

Earlier this afternoon, the Mets optioned RHP Chris Schwinden to AAA-Buffalo and recalled PH/1B/OF Vinny Rottino from AAA-Buffalo. Rottino has gotten off to a hot start for the tribe, posting a .317/.360/.442 line with one home run and 14 driven in. He'll provide the Mets with an extra bat off the bench, but it remains to be seen if he'll be a permanent call-up or if he'll be sent back down on Tuesday, when the Mets will have to decide who's going to take Schwinden's spot in the rotation. While many signs are pointing to Miguel Batista, it's possible that Jeremy Hefner might get the assignment.

Mets Starting Lineup:
1. Ruben Tejada SS
2. Daniel Murphy 2B
3. David Wright 3B
4. Lucas Duda RF
5. Scott Hairston LF
6. Ike Davis 1B
7. Andres Torres CF
8. Josh Thole C
9. Dillon Gee P
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Royals beat A's in extras, win first playoff game since '85

Mark Davis: Raiders head coaching job will be 'enticing'

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

MLB.com posts wrong story saying A's won game

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe: Iggy Azalea has had better career than Swaggy P

College football's post-Week 5 playoff projection

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

WATCH: Brett Favre in new commercial

Brady snubs rookie after TD pass

FCC: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Could Jon Gruden return to Oakland?

Marlins: We're not trading Stanton

Study: 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Heckling fan sues Knicks over ejection

Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe chooses Iggy over Swaggy P

Is DeMarco Murray the NFL's best RB?

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.