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Mets Vs. Pirates: James McDonald Looks To Continue Dominance On The Mound

James McDonald faces off against R.A. Dickey in game two of the three-game series between Pittsburgh and New York.

May 17, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald (53) in action in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
May 17, 2012; Washington, D.C., USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald (53) in action in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

The Pittsburgh Pirates face the New York Mets tonight at 7:05 p.m (Root Sports) in the second game of a three-game series. Right-hander James McDonald (3-2, 2.68 ERA) will be on the mound for the Pirates. McDonald has been stellar in his last five outings with a 3-1 record and a 2.34 ERA. He took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his most recent start, last Thursday at the Washington Nationals.

R.A. Dickey (5-1, 3.75 ERA) will be the starter for the Mets. Dickey is 3-0 in his last five starts, but left Thursday's game against the Cincinnati Reds without a decision. He's generally had the number of Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who is 2-for-9 with four strikeouts against the knuckleballer.

The Mets have lost six of their last 10 games, including last night's 5-4 loss to the Pirates, while Pittsburgh is 6-4 in their last 10.

For more on the Pirates, there's Bucs Dugout. For more on the Mets, there's Amazin' Avenue.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.