GAME 2 PREVIEW: Mets at Rangers, 4:10 PM

Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.70 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 2.40 K/BB): Mets fans had grown accustom to Niese throwing gems on a consistent basis. That’s all for good reason. The southpaw had owned a 2.65 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 2.16 K/BB since April 19. However, Niese allowed eight hits and five runs (four earned) in just four innings–his shortest outing of 2011. (Career vs. Rangers: no record)

Alexi Ogando (7-2, 2.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 3.20 K/BB): Before the season started, Ogando was the favorite to close games for the Rangers if the team decided against moving Neftali Feliz into the rotation. The last minute decision about keeping Feliz as closer and placing Ogando in the rotation was a prudent one as Ogando has emerged as a dependable starting pitcher. The right has sacrificed some of his 2010 dominance (8.4 K/9 to 6.5 K/9), but it has seemingly been at the cost of pinpoint control (from 3.5 BB/9 to 2.0 BB/9). His superb control combined with his .204/.261/.299 line against makes him one tough cookie on the hill. (Career vs. Mets: no record)


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