The big question for NY tonight is which team will show up? The Mets team that won eight games in a row while outscoring their opponents 44-14 or the team that got outscored 21-5 by the Phillies in the last two games? The Reds are in the same boat after winning five in a row behind some strong pitching before getting Pujols'd and Carpenter'd over the weekend.
Lucky for us, tonight's pitching matchup seems to favor our beloved boys in Red. Oliver Perez hasn't sucked as bad this year as he did in 2009 (3-4, 6.82 ERA with a $12 million dollar salary, yikes), but he's trying. The Mets are paying Perez $12 million again this year, so if he keeps riding the train of sucktitude (pulled in the fourth inning after three runs and four walks in his last outing) the front office might consider filing burglary charges against him.
Mike Leake on the other hand has looked pretty good this year, cutting down on the walks as he's gone along (only three in his last two starts after 12 in his first two) and being the groundball machine that we all hoped he would be. Leake's pitched into the 7th inning in each of his four starts, and I expect nothing less from my new favorite Red tonight.
MY BOLD PREDICTION: Reds 7, Mets 3
Scotty Rolen is you player of the game since he hits Perez well (The first person to say "SSS!" can suck it).
UPDATE: Lineup looks like this, grab your ecto coolers!
CF Drew Stubbs
2B Brandon Phillips
1B Joey Votto
3B Scott Rolen
LF Jonny Gomes
SS Orlando Cabrera
RF Chris Heisey
C Ramon Hernandez
P Mike Leake