Game 3 Preview: Houston Astros at New York Mets, Tonight at 7:10 PM


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Game 3: 4/21/11 (7:10 PM)
Chris Capuano (1-1, 8.53 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 3.25 K/BB): Unlike the Mets other low-risk, high-reward candidate (Chris R. Young), Capuano has yet to really show signs of that illustrious “high-reward.” Despite striking out 13 batters between his two starts (11.6 IP total), the left-hander has also surrendered 15 hits and 11 earned-runs during that span too. His 3.25 K/BB on the season is promising, but he has to limit the hit/run damage if he ever wants to be relied upon. (Career vs. Astros: .231/.347/.397 line with a 3.58 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 1.34 K/BB)

J.A. Happ (1-2, 5.79 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 0.91 K/BB): Happ was a key part of the trade which sent Roy Oswalt to the Phillies last season, but he hasn’t quite filled Oswalt’s shoes so far in 2011. In each of Happ’s three starts this season, the lefty has either been extremely hittable (7 earned-runs against the Reds, and 4 earned-runs against the Padres) or lacking control (5 walks against the Reds, and 4 walks against the Marlins). The 28 year-old looked good once he came over to the Astros last season (3.75 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 1.74 K/BB in 72 IP), but it’s doubtful he’ll ever return to his 2009 self (12 Wins, 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 2.13 K/BB). (Career vs. Mets: .250/.333/.471 line with a 4.05 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 1.23 K/BB)

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