Astros Vs. Mets: Houston Meets New York In Battle Of Slumping Teams

HOUSTON - JUNE 07: Pitcher Jordan Lyles of the Houston Astros takes the field after taking questions from the media at Minute Maid Park on June 7, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Lyles was recently brought up from Triple A Oklahoma City. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Houston Astros will meet the New York Mets at Citi Field starting Friday, with both teams coming off of sweeps.

The playoffs haven't been in the discussion for the Houston Astros or the New York Mets in a while, but recent form has sunk the two teams even lower. Both the Astros and Mets are coming off of sweeps, with the Astros losing a series to the Cardinals and the Mets failing to win in four games against the Colorado Rockies -- a series where the Mets offense only managed to put up five runs against the worst pitching staff in the NL.

Game one of the upcoming series will pit Jordan Lyles (2-10, 5.37 ERA) of the Astros against Jon Niese (10-6, 3.49 ERA) of the Mets.

Houston swept the Mets the last time the two teams met in late April and early May, taking all three games in an early season series.

The game will be at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

For more on the Houston Astros and the New York Mets, head over to their respective SB Nation blogs at The Crawfish Boxes and Amazin' Avenue. More on the world of baseball can be found over at Baseball Nation and on SB Nation's YouTube channel:

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