The National League East-leading New York Mets had their six-game winning streak stopped this week and will try get back on track when they open a nine-game homestand with the first of three straight games versus the Houston Astros at Shea Stadium.
The Mets had won five in a row and were aiming for a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds until they dropped a 7-0 decision in the series finale on Wednesday. Reds starter Tom Shearn and three relievers combined for the shutout, while Luis Castillo, Carlos Beltran and Mike DeFelice accounted for the three hits for the Mets, who remained five games ahead of the Phillies in the NL East after they dropped a 9-8 decision in
Mike Pelfrey gets the nod for the Mets on Friday and he is 1-7 with a 5.43 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) this season. Pelfrey posted his first win of the season on Saturday at
The right-handed Pelfrey is 0-2 with a 7.84 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.
Luke Scott belted a two-run homer for
Rodriguez, who is 8-12 with a 4.49 ERA in 27 starts this season, owns a 2-0 mark with a 1.89 earned run average in three career starts against the Mets.