|MIAMI ( NEIDERT )|
NY METS ( WALKER )
|901||MIAMI||+165||Ov 8.5,-110||+170||Ov 8.5,-125|
|902||NY METS||-175||Un 8.5,-110||-180||Un 8.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-4||-4.4||0-3||0.7||0.148||0.230||0.172||0.402||4.0||0.185||0.269||0.315||0.584|
|Past 7 Games||1-5||-4.5||2-3||3.2||0.218||0.294||0.316||0.610||4.8||0.208||0.278||0.376||0.653|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-1||0||2-0||5.0||0.232||0.337||0.406||0.743||6.0||0.271||0.329||0.543||0.872|
|Past 7 Games||1-2||-1.8||3-0||4.3||0.248||0.342||0.362||0.704||5.7||0.263||0.324||0.465||0.789|
|4/1/2021||ALCANTARA(R)||TAMPA BAY||GLASNOW(R)||0-1||L||+130||7.5 un||U||3||4||0||5||8||0|
|4/2/2021||LOPEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||YARBROUGH(L)||4-6||L||-115||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||8||3||1|
|4/3/2021||HERNANDEZ(R)||TAMPA BAY||HILL(L)||12-7||W||-110||7.5 ev||O||14||6||2||9||3||1|
|4/5/2021||ROGERS(L)||ST LOUIS||PONCE DE LEON(R)||1-4||L||-110||8 ov||U||5||7||0||5||4||0|
|4/6/2021||ALCANTARA(R)||ST LOUIS||GANT(R)||2-4||L||-125||7.5 un||U||7||11||1||6||7||2|
|4/7/2021||LOPEZ(R)||ST LOUIS||FLAHERTY(R)||0-7||L||+105||7 ev||P||3||7||0||8||5||0|
|4/8/2021||NEIDERT(R)||@ NY METS||WALKER(R)|| |
|4/10/2021||ROGERS(L)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|4/11/2021|| ||@ NY METS||STROMAN(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|4/5/2021||DEGROM(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||MOORE(L)||3-5||L||-185||7.5 ov||O||10||10||1||7||5||1|
|4/6/2021||STROMAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||ANDERSON(R)||8-4||W||-125||9 ev||O||5||6||2||10||10||0|
|4/7/2021||PETERSON(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||2-8||L||160||8.5 un||O||11||14||1||9||6||1|
|4/11/2021||STROMAN(R)||MIAMI|| || |
|4/12/2021|| ||PHILADELPHIA||ANDERSON(R)|| |
|4/13/2021|| ||PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)|| |
|4/14/2021|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|MIAMI: They're Here: GM Kim Ng, OF Adam Duvall, RHP Anthony Bass, LHP Gio G'nzalez, RHP John Curtiss, RHP Adam Cimber, LHP Ross Detwiler, C Sandy Leon.
He's Outta Here: RHP Jose Urena, RHP Brandon Kintzler, LF Matt Joyce, RHP Drew Steckenrider, C Francisco Cervelli, RHP Brad Boxberger, LHP Stephen Tarpley, RHP Robert Dugger, RHP Ryne Stanek, RHP Nick Vincent, RHP Jordan Yamamoto, RHP Johan Quezada.
Projected Lineup: CF Starling Mart' (.281, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs with Diamondbacks and Marlins), LF Corey Dickerson (.258, 7, 17), 1B Jes's Aguilar (.277, 8, 34), RF Adam Duvall (.237, 16, 33, .833 OPS with Braves), 3B Brian Anderson (.255, 11, 38), 2B Jazz Chisholm (.161, 2, 6) or Isan D'az (.182, 0, 1 in 7 games), C Jorge Alfaro (.226, 3, 16), SS Miguel Rojas (.304, 4, 20, .888 OPS).
Rotation: RH Sandy Alcantara (3-2, 3.00 ERA), RH Pablo L'pez (6-4, 3.61, 59 Ks), RH Elieser Hern'ndez (1-0, 3.16 in 6 starts), RH Sixto S'nchez (3-2, 3.46), LH Trevor Rogers (1-2, 6.11 in 7 starts).
Key Relievers: RH Anthony Bass (2-3, 3.51, 7 saves for Blue Jays), RH Yimi Garc'a (3-0, 0.60, 1 save), RH Dylan Floro (3-0, 2.59), RH James Hoyt (2-0, 1.23), LH Ross Detwiler (1-1, 3.20 with White Sox), RH John Curtiss (3-0, 1.80, 2 saves with Rays), RH Adam Cimber (0-1, 3.97 with Indians), LH Richard Bleier (1-1, 2.16 with Orioles and Marlins).
Outlook: After a surprising run to their first playoff berth in 17 years, the Marlins are widely projected to backslide and finish below .500 this season. They could exceed expectations if one or more of their hitting prospects breaks out. Pitching is the team's strength, thanks to a group of eight starters all 26 or younger. S'nchez and Edward Cabrera are considered potential future aces, and 2020 first-round draft pick Max Meyer could crack the rotation later this year. Small crowds will be back at Marlins Park, with attendance initially limited to about 25% capacity, or around 9,300 spectators.
|NY METS: He's Here: SS Francisco Lindor, RHP Carlos Carrasco, C James McCann, RHP Marcus Stroman, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Trevor May, LHP Aaron Loup, LHP Joey Lucchesi, OF Kevin Pillar, INF Jonathan Villar, OF Albert Almora Jr., RHP Jordan Yamamoto, OF/1B Jos' Mart'nez, RHP Jacob Barnes, LHP Stephen Tarpley, LHP Mike Montgomery, RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Sean Reid-Foley, RHP Yennsy D'az, RHP Sam McWilliams, OF Khalil Lee, RHP Arodys Vizca'no, LHP Jerry Blevins, INF/OF Jos' Peraza, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jerad Eickhoff, INF/OF Brandon Drury, SS Wilfredo Tovar, owner Steve Cohen, president Sandy Alderson, acting GM Zack Scott.
He's Outta Here: GM Brodie Van Wagenen, 2B Robinson Can', C Wilson Ramos, SS Amed Rosario, INF Andr's Gim'nez, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Michael Wacha, LHP Justin Wilson, LHP Steven Matz, LHP Chasen Shreve, OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Brad Brach, 3B Todd Frazier, OF Yoenis C'spedes, C Robinson Chirinos, OF Guillermo Heredia, RHP Jared Hughes, INF Eduardo N''ez, C Ren' Rivera, RHP Erasmo Ram'rez, RHP Paul Sewald, RHP Hunter Strickland, RHP Ariel Jurado, C Ali S'nchez, OF Ryan Cordell, INF Jed Lowrie.
Projected Lineup: CF Brandon Nimmo (.280, 8 HRs, 18 RBIs, .404 OBP, .888 OPS), SS Francisco Lindor (.258, 8, 27, .750 OPS with Cleveland), RF Michael Conforto (.322, 9, 31, .927), 1B Pete Alonso (.231, 16, 35, .817 OPS), LF Dominic Smith (.316, 10, 42, .993 OPS), 2B Jeff McNeil (.311, 4, 23, .836 OPS), 3B J.D. Davis (.247, 6, 19, .761 OPS), C James McCann (.289, 7, 15, .896 OPS with White Sox).
Rotation: RH Jacob deGrom (4-2, 2.38 ERA, NL-high 104 Ks, 18 BBs, 68 IP), RH Marcus Stroman (did not pitch last season; 10-13, 3.22, 184 1/3 IP with Blue Jays and Mets in 2019), RH Carlos Carrasco (3-4, 2.91, 82 Ks, 68 IP for Cleveland; will miss start of season with injury), RH Taijuan Walker (4-3, 2.70 with Seattle and Toronto), LH David Peterson (6-2, 3.44 as rookie) or LH Joey Lucchesi (0-1, 7.94, 5 2/3 IP with Padres) or RH Jordan Yamamoto (0-1, 18.26, 8 HRs, 11 1/3 IP with Miami).
Key Relievers: RH Edwin D'az (2-1, 1.75, 6/10 saves, 50 Ks, 25 2/3 IP), RH Trevor May (1-0, 3.86, 2 saves, 38 Ks, 7 BBs, 5 HRs, 23 1/3 IP with Minnesota), RH Seth Lugo (3-4, 5.15, 3 saves, 47 Ks, 10 BBs, 8 HRs, 36 2/3 IP in 16 games, 7 starts), RH Jeurys Familia (2-0, 3.71, 19 BBs, 26 2/3 IP), RH Miguel Castro (2-2, 4.01, 1 save, 38 Ks, 24 2/3 IP with Orioles and Mets), RH Dellin Betances (0-1, 7.71, 12 BBs, 11 2/3 IP), LH Aaron Loup (3-2, 2.52, 22 Ks, 4 BBs, 25 IP with Rays).
Outlook: A whirlwind offseason began with Cohen buying the franchise from the Wilpon and Katz families for $2.42 billion in November. Cohen brought back Alderson, the Mets' general manager from 2010-18, as team president and he immediately fired Van Wagenen and several top aides. Can' was then suspended for 162 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug for the second time in his career. He'll sit out the entire season. Following a flurry of moves, the Mets have 18 newcomers on the 40-man roster. They focused on building depth and landed a big star in Lindor as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade with Cleveland that netted Carrasco as well. The addition of McCann also makes a dangerous lineup even longer, but the Mets need to deliver in the clutch. They ranked second in the majors in on-base percentage last year and third in OPS, yet finished 13th in runs. The defense is shaky at several spots, and questions remain in middle relief. The rotation is led by deGrom, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and one of baseball's most dominant arms. Stroman accepted an $18.9 million qualifying offer to return for one year after missing the start of last season with a calf injury and then opting out because of coronavirus concerns. The team hopes to get starter Noah Syndergaard back from Tommy John surgery in June, but the Mets' new depth will be tested early. Carrasco will be sidelined for a while after tearing his right hamstring in spring training ' he had already been slowed in camp by elbow soreness. That could open opportunities for Lucchesi and maybe even Yamamoto. Lugo is likely out until at least May following surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. Mart'nez, a new bench bat, is expected to miss about four months with a knee injury. New York looks talented enough to end a four-year playoff drought, but it won't be easy in a tough division ruled by three-time defending champion Atlanta. Expectations are high and there is pressure to win now. Lindor, Conforto, Syndergaard and Stroman can all become free agents after the season. Meanwhile, deGrom turns 33 in June and can opt out of his contract after 2022. The team is in talks with Lindor about a long-term deal, but he says he won't negotiate during the season. Conforto could be on deck. Citi Field will welcome back fans at 20% capacity (capped at 8,492 seats) early in the season.
|Mets welcome Marlins, fans for their home opener|
The New York Mets can't wait to finally play in front of fans at home. The Miami Marlins can't wait to hit the road.
A pair of National League East teams looking for an early season jump-start are scheduled to meet Thursday afternoon, when the new-look and new-era Mets host the Marlins in their home opener.
Taijuan Walker (4-3, 2.70 ERA in 2020) is scheduled to make his debut with the Mets. The Marlins said they will counter with someone making his first big-league start -- either right-hander Nick Neidert (0-0, 5.40 ERA in 2020) or right-hander Paul Campbell (0-0, 13.50 ERA this season).
Both teams dropped lopsided decisions in series finales Wednesday afternoon. The Mets spotted the host Philadelphia Phillies four first-inning runs and fell, 8-2, in the rubber game of a three-game series. The Marlins absorbed the final defeat in a three-game sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals in a 7-0 loss.
The Mets were eager to get home even before losing the finale of their series to open the season, after their scheduled three-game set last week against the Washington Nationals was postponed due to the Nationals' coronavirus outbreak. The matinee Thursday will mark the first time New York plays in front of fans at Citi Field since Sept. 29, 2019, when Dominic Smith hit a walk-off three-run homer to cap a come-from-behind 7-6 win over the Atlanta Braves in the season finale.
A pandemic-era sellout crowd of 8,492 -- 20 percent of Citi Field's capacity -- is expected to turn out for the first home game for new owner Steve Cohen, who bought the team from the Wilpon family for $2.4 billion last Nov. 6, and for second-year manager Luis Rojas, who was hired in January 2020 after the Mets and Carlos Beltran parted ways due to the latter's involvement in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
"It's going to be a special excitement for the whole group," Rojas said before Wednesday's game. "I think we've been looking forward to this moment for a while now. I know it's going to be special for fans to be there supporting their guys as well."
Opening at home didn't yield success for the Marlins, who were blanked twice and held to two runs or fewer two other times during a 1-5 start against the Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays. Miami went 11-15 at home and 20-14 on the road last season, when it reached the NL Division Series, and hasn't finished over .500 at home since 2017.
"You don't want to be a team that doesn't play well at home," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We were pretty good on the road last year, it seemed like, so we'll see what happens. But we're going to turn the page quickly."
Walker, who signed a two-year deal with the Mets in February after splitting last season with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, lost his lone start against the Marlins on Sept. 23, 2017, when he gave up seven runs (three earned) over 3 2/3 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 12-6 defeat.
Neither Neidert nor Campbell has faced the Mets. Campbell made his big-league debut Saturday when he allowed three runs in two innings against the Rays.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 4/23/2021 2:48:05 AM EST|