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Mets' Series Against Angels Will Be Determined By Pitching

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The Mets are coming off a road trip that included heart breaking loses, superb pitching, timely hitting, and dancing along the .500 mark.

Terry Collins is saying his team has to "only take the positives and go home with them" when they face a tough Los Angeles Angels team this weekend.

The Amazin's do have two factors working for them when they square off against the West Coast club.

First, the Angels have the disadvantage of being on the road during Interleague play, meaning they lose an everyday batter because National League teams don't use a designated hitter. Also, the Angel pitchers will have to adjust to batting which is a rarity for them while Mets pitchers are used to it.

The second blessing New York has is that they only have to face one of the two exceptional pitchers that the Angels boast. Los Angeles' Dan Haren and Jeff Weaver are considered one of the best 1-2 pitchers in all of baseball. The Mets will only have to face Haren on Saturday.

Here is how the pitching matchups break down.

Friday, 6/17 7:10 PM ETChris Capuano (5-6, 4.40 ERA) – Capuano has started to turn things around as of late as he has only allowed one run or fewer in 3 of his last 4 starts. He shutout the Pirates over 7 innings in his last start and is looking to even his record.

Joel Pineiro (2-3, 4.03 ERA) – Pineiro has not won in his last 6 starts and boasts a poor 0-3, 5.50 ERA over that span.

Saturday, 6/18 7:10 PM ET

Mike Pelfrey (3-5, 5.11 ERA) – Pelfrey pitched well in his last start but still got handed the loss after only giving up 2 runs over 7 innings against the Pirates. He has given up 2 earned runs in 3 of his past 4 starts.

Dan Haren (6-4, 2.54 ERA) – Standout pitcher Dan haren started out the season by racking up the wins but went into a cold spell. He was winless from April 17th to May 29th though most of his loses were a result of his offense not supporting him. He has gone at least 6innings in all of his starts this year.

Sunday 6/19, 1:10 PM ETJon Niese (6-5, 3.46 ERA) – Niese struggled in his earlier starts but has rebounded nicely by going 4-1 with a 1.58 ERA over his last six starts. Niese pitched into the seventh against the Braves in his last start to pick up the win.

Tyler Chatwood (3-4, 4.20 ERA) – The rookie is coming off a horrible start in which he gave up 5 runs in only 3 2/3 innings. He has not won a game since May 22nd. Going for a sweep will be hard for the Mets since they are running into Haren, but a series win is not out of the question. Then again, anything is possible in baseball, and as shown last night, so is for the Mets.

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