This season’s new ill-conceived jig-saw puzzle of an Inter League schedule is upon us again. For only the second time in their history, the Kansas City Royals are in Queens to play the Mets, and for the first time, they will play in Citi Field. Heading into tonight’s action, the Mets and Royals held a 3-3 record against one another, with each protecting their home field. The Mets took two of three games in 2002 at Shea Stadium, while the Royals countered in 2004 at Kaufman Field, likewise winning that series two games to one.
The visiting Kansas City Royals arrived in Flushing with a 54-51 record, and at the moment, are as hot as any team in baseball. They entered Citi Field winners of their last nine in a row, and completed the month of July with a 15-10 record. Despite floundering against the Miami Fish yet again, give the Mets their due. They equaled Kansas City’s wins in July with a 15-12 record, but dropped two in a row, and five of their last seven games prior to tonight.
Game One’s pitching match-up will feature Dillon Gee for the home team, opposed by the Royals Wade Davis. Gee brought a 7-8 record into the game with a 4.13 ERA. Prior to this evening, Dillon Gee’s last start in Washington didn’t go so well. He surrendered three home runs, in a seven inning losing effort. Prior to that, he pitched seven innings of two hit, scoreless baseball against the Braves at Citi Field, but received a no-decision. Dillon is 3-3 pitching at home, with a 2.47 ERA. Wade Davis is in his first season with the Royals. The former Tampa Bay Rays hurler won his last start over the White Sox, but struggled mightily prior to that, losing four straight decisions. He entered tonight’s night’s game with a 5-9 record, and 5.50 ERA in twenty previous starts.
- Relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano has been recalled from AAA-Las Vegas. He replaces Josh Edgin, who will reportedly miss the next month to six weeks with a stress fracture in his rib.
- Bobby Parnell will not be available tonight, out with a stiff neck. He will miss the rest of the weekend, and be re-evaluated then.
Stick with Rising Apple tonight for the post-game recap.