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Series Preview: Mets at Tigers

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(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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New York Mets (39-39) at Detroit Tigers (43-36)

Probable Pitchers:
Tuesday June 28, 7:05p:
RHP R.A. Dickey (3-7, 3.76 ERA, 65 K, 30 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Brandon Inge (5 for 17, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Jhonny Peralta (1 for 8, 2 K)

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RHP Rick Porcello (6-5, 4.50 ERA, 45 K, 25 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Jason Bay (1 for 2, 1 HR, 2 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Has not faced another Mets batter.

Wednesday, June 29, 7:05p:
LHP Chris Capuano (6-7, 3.99 ERA, 71 K, 24 K)
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (7 for 19, 2 HR, 4 RBI)
Hitter to Fail: Brandon Inge (0 for 4, 3 K)

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LHP Phil Coke (1-7, 4.32 ERA, 36 K, 28 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Daniel Murphy (1 for 1)
Hitter to Fail: Jason Bay (0 for 2, 1 K)

Thursday June 30, 1:05p:
RHP Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 4.78 ERA, 53 K, 25 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Miguel Cabrera (2 for 6, 3 BB)
Hitter to Fail: Has not faced another Detroit batter.

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RHP Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.38 ERA, 124 K, 27 BB)
Hitter to Fear: Jose Reyes (1 for 2)
Hitter to Fail: Jason Bay (1 for 4, 3 K)

What to Watch For:
1. Justin-credible - Tigers starter Justin Verlander gets the start in the last game of the series on Thursday afternoon. In his last 3 starts, he is 3-0 with 31 strikeouts and a 0.35 ERA. However, in his only career start against the Mets last year - he went only 2 innings after giving up 5 earned runs on 5 hits.

2. Dickey turning things around - Though his stats are not impressive, Mets starter R.A. Dickey is slowly starting to get some wins and lower his ERA. In his last start against the A's, he went 8 innings while only giving up 1 run and striking out 9. He is 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA career against Detroit.

3. Michigan homecoming - Mets manager Terry Collins is originally from Midland, Michigan. He is a former shortstop at Eastern Michigan University and was inducted in the EMU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.
On a side note - Tigers starter Rick Porcello, originally from Morristown, New Jersey, was a Mets fan throughout his childhood.

On Deck:
The San Francisco Giants come into town for a weekend series starting Friday.