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Yes for those who have ever been to New York and taken a look at the huge MTA map in Grand Central Station.  You would take the purple line towards Queens and get off at the Mets/Willets Point stop to get to Citi Field.  How about that?  I am glad to be the one giving you tourist information to get to the stadium for the next time you are in the NYC. 

The Astros probably won’t be getting to Citi Field by taking the Subway.  However, they will be looking for their first series win of the season against a Mets team that comes into this series as losers of eight of their last ten games.  While the ‘Stros have not won two in a row yet this season.  They have shown that things might be turning around for them.  They did come away from a home series with the Padres, that saw them split four games with the National League West team and now head to New York hungry for those first back to back wins and a series win as well.  Wandy Rodriguez takes the ball in the first game, trying to forget about his last start against the Cubs.  Where he went five innings pitched and gave up five earned runs.  He is 0-2 with a 7.31 ERA.  The Mets send left-handed starter Jonathan Niese to the mound, who comes into the game at a 0-2 mark with a 6.88 ERA.  So something has to give in this game and Astros fans hope that it is Wandy finding the stuff he had in his second start of the year against the Marlins.  Both teams are 5-11 and looking to this series as a chance to turn their clubs luck around. 

Game 2: Bud Norris vs. RA Dickey
Game 3 (Series Finale): JA Happ vs. Chris Capuano
*All three games start at 6:10 CT*

The Astros close out the road trip in Milwaukee for a Friday, Saturday, & Sunday series.

Surprises this season in Major League Baseball

  • Lance Berkman is hitting .306 with six homers (tied with the Reds Johnny Gomes for 2nd in the MLB) & 13 RBI (tied with the Dodgers Matt Kemp for 6th in the NL) in 52 At-Bats playing right field for the Cardinals.  Astros fans will probably always cheer for the man who wore #17 during the good and lean times in Houston.  However, they probably wouldn’t mind seeing him do this in an Astros uniform as well…
  • Cleveland Indians are 12-4 and winners of their last four games… Right now that is good enough to have Manny Acta’s club leading the American League Central Division.  The Kansas City Royals are second in that division at 10-6.
  • Boston and Minnesota are performing way under the standard of baseball they were expected to play at this point…  Yes, it is early and Joe Mauer is on the DL with an illness and Justin Morneau is day to day with the flu.  Red Sox won their Monday Patriots Day game at Fenway Park against the Blue Jays 9-1.  Daisuke Matsusaka only gives up one hit while pitching seven innings for his first win of the young 2011 season. 
  • Three hitters are batting above .400: Dodgers CF Matt Kemp at .475, Reds 1B Joey Votto at .429, & Cubs Shortstop Starlin Castro at .408.
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