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Game 160 Preview: Houston Astros vs New York Mets

This is the end......

Ronald Martinez

Houston Astros (69-90) at New York Mets (77-82), 6:10 p.m. (CST)

TV: CSN Houston, MLB.TV
Radio: KBME 790 AM, KLAT 1010 AM
Mets SBNation BlogAmazin' Avenue

Pitching matchup

RHP Brad Peacock (4-9, 4.82 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) vs. LHP Jonathon Niese (9-11, 3.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP)


This is the end. My only friend, the end.

The Astros final series of the 2014 season. Houston hopes to rebound in Flushing, NY after being swept by the Rangers earlier this week. The Astros face a Mets team lead by former Astros manager Terry Collins, Collins has yet to have a winning season in four years with the club. But, the Mets have a bright future with the likes of Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee, Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard, and the return of Matt Harvey. New York still has 'starts' that can rebound next season in the form of David Wright (101 OPS+) and Curtis Granderson (100 OPS+). Not  to forget the existence of Bartolo Colon, who is a victory in himself. A victory in life.

Brad Peacock makes his final start in his roller coaster season. In the Major, in the minor, sick, pulled after recording one out, and teetering on going to the bullpen, Peacock has done it all this season. The Peacock has finished the season on his strongest note, allowing two runs or less in five of his last seven starts. He was pulled early in his last start on September 19, after he allowed seven runs (two earned)  on six hits over 3 1/3 innings against Seattle. Peacock is 1-5 on the road this season with a 5.51 ERA.

Peacock will face a red-hot Curtis Granderson, who is batting .389 (14-36) with a home run and seven RBIs in his last ten games. Shortstop Ruben Tejada is batting .321 (9-28), and Matt den Dekker .333 (9-27) in their last ten games respectively.

On the mound for the Mets is Jonathon Niese, who I remember best as the guy who Carlos Beltran bought a nose job for. But, Niese has pitched well enough this season to forget about all that - he has three straight quality starts coming into tonight's games. At Citi Field, Niese has a record of 3-5 with a 2.93 ERA.

Jose Altuve is currently sitting at 222 hits this season, and is 1-for-5 in his career against Niese.