Author: Paul Zinn
Two-straight series wins, one against the Dodgers, and the other on the road over a solid Colorado Rockies team that lit the Mets up at Citi Field earlier this season, sets up an imporant weekend for this team in Houston.
Currently at 17-20 and in last place, if the Mets could find a way to at least win this series, the team will come home for four games against the Marlins and the Nationals with a chance to get back to .500.
That is particularly important considering six games with the Yankees and Phillies follow, sandwiched around a road series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
Despite the turmoil and injuries over the first month and change of the 2011 campaign, the Mets are only 4.5 games out to of the wild card. They need to continue to tread water while getting healthy and getting the bats of the likes of Jason Bay (.215) and David Wright (.234) going.
In order to finish May in a reasonable spot, this series against Houston, and the following two-game sets against the Marlins and Nationals, are very important.
The series matchups are as follows:
Tonight: 8:05 - Gee (2-0, 3.80) vs. Norris (2-2, 3.16)
Saturday: 4:05 - Dickey (1-4, 4.50) vs. Happ (2-4, 5.75)
Sunday: 2:05 - Capuano (2-4, 4.93) vs. Rodriguez (0-1, 5.50)