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Official Starters and Line-Up Cards for Today’s Game

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Game 2: 4/12/11 (7:10 PM)
Jon Niese (0-1, 6.55 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 5.00 K/BB): Niese looked more like an Opening Day starter than Pelfrey in his first start this season, hurling 7 quality innings, giving up just 4 hits, 2 earned-runs, 1 walk, and striking out 3 batters. But in his second start, the lefty looked more human (4 innings, 8 hits, 6 earned-runs, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts). Niese’s abilities are obviously somewhere in-between, so as long as the youngster can endure a full-season of baseball, he might become the glowing star in the Mets rotation. (Career vs. Rockies: .301/.358/.479 line with a 4.91 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 2.40 K/BB ratio)

Esmil Rogers (1-0, 1.23 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 7.00 K/BB): Rogers was originally signed as a shortstop by the Rockies, but the franchise made the smart decision to let him take the hill instead. While the hard-throwing right-hander only owns a less-than-mediocre 6.04 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, and 2.46 K/BB ratio in 76 career Major League innings, Rogers has surprised fans by running out of the box so far in 2011. There is still a journey-ahead for the rather newish pitcher, but it’s hard to ignore his debut outing. (Career vs. Mets: .182/.308/.182 line with a 3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 2.00 K/BB ratio)