|SAN DIEGO ( RICHARD )|
NY METS ( HARVEY )
|905||SAN DIEGO||+130||Ov 7,-110||+130||Ov 7,-110|
|906||NY METS||-140||Un 7,-110||-140||Un 7,-110|
|Past 7 Games||0-1||-1||1-0||2.0||0.129||0.182||11.0||0.342||0.419|
|Past 7 Games||1-0||+1||1-0||11.0||0.342||0.419||2.0||0.129||0.182|
|4/1/2013||VOLQUEZ(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||2-11||L||130||7.5 un||O||4||6||1||13||8||1|
|4/3/2013||RICHARD(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/1/2013||NIESE(L)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||11-2||W||-140||7.5 un||O||13||8||1||4||6||1|
|4/3/2013||HARVEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|4/4/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|4/5/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|4/8/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|SAN DIEGO: HITTING: This was by far the worst lineup in the National League in runs (3.66 per game), HR (91), and OPS (.653). 1B JESUS GUZMAN had 44 RBI in just 247 at-bats thanks to a 1.094 OPS with RISP. 1B YONDER ALONSO, the key piece of the Mat Latos trade, will play first every day, moving Guzman to a back-up role. OF CAMERON MAYBIN used his speed to steal 40 bases and score 82 runs. OF CARLOS QUENTIN was acquired from the White Sox and will provide much-needed power in the middle of the batting order when he returns to the field sometime in late April/early May after having knee surgery. Slugger KYLE BLANKS will fill the void. In 420 career at-bats, he has 20 homers, but also has a .219 BA and 152 strikeouts. SS JASON BARTLETT had a disappointing first season in San Diego, hitting only two home runs in 554 at-bats and posting a pathetic .615 OPS as the team's No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Mediocre OF WILL VENABLE (.705 OPS) would not start for any other team in the majors. 3B CHASE HEADLEY batted .289 with a .374 OBP, but failed to provide any power from the three-hole. Oft-injured C NICK HUNDLEY had an .824 OPS and 9 HR in half a season. SS ORLANDO HUDSON batted just .246 with 92 strikeouts and just 31 walks. |
STARTING PITCHING: This young staff finished sixth in the majors with a 3.62 ERA. TIM STAUFFER struggled to pitch outside of spacious Petco Park, posting a 4.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP on the road (2.57 ERA, 1.13 WHIP at home). Two starters both underwent surgery on their throwing shoulders last summer, but are expected to be ready for the start of the season. Lefty CLAYTON RICHARD had just 53 K and 38 BB in 99.2 innings, but he posted a strong 2.30 ERA and 1.11 WHIP at home last year. The 2011 campaign was the year to judge whether EDINSON VOLQUEZ was all the way back from major arm surgery. Well, the jury's in and the verdict isn't kind. The move to San Diego can only cure so much. Right-hander DUSTIN MOSELEY enjoyed his first season in the NL, posting career-best marks in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.28). But like Richard, his 64 K and 36 BB in 120 innings were unimpressive. CORY LUEBKE began 2011 in the bullpen, but was moved the rotation, which is where he'll stay in 2012. In 17 starts last year, he shined with a 3.31 ERA and 111 K in 100.2 IP.
RELIEF PITCHING: For the first time since 2008, somebody other than Heath Bell will close games for the Padres. HUSTON STREET will certainly benefit from the move to hitter haven Coors Field to pitcher-friendly Petco Park. Street had a 4.20 home ERA in three seasons in Colorado, while posting a stellar 2.59 ERA on the road. If Street gets hurt, the two leading candidates for the closer role are LUKE GREGERSON and ERNESTO FRIERI. Gregerson is the more consistent pitcher of the two, but Frieri throws harder than Gregerson and has a stellar 11.1 strikeout rate in his three-year career.
|NY METS: HITTING: The Mets will be moving in the fences at Citi Field by as much as 12 feet and reducing the height to eight feet, making the park more homer-friendly. The loss of Jose Reyes and his NL-leading average at the top of the order weakens an already subpar lineup. 3B DAVID WRIGHT is coming off his worst season (.254 BA, 14 HR, 61 RBI) and could be traded at the July 31 deadline. New OF ANDRES TORRES provides very little at the plate (.221 BA, .312 OBP), but the future is bright for youngsters OF LUCAS DUDA (.852 OPS) and 1B IKE DAVIS (.926 OPS), who missed most of 2011 with an ankle injury. OF JASON BAY (.245 BA) continues to be a colossal bust. SS RUBEN TEJADA will be tasked with trying to replace Reyes. The 22-year-old made great strides last year, batting .319 after August 1. DANIEL MURPHY hit .320 last year, and will start at second, possibly losing AB in a platoon with JUSTIN TURNER. C JOSH THOLE hits well enough to be an above-average starting catcher. |
STARTING PITCHING: With the fences moving forward at Citi Field, the entire Mets pitching staff takes a hit. JOHAN SANTANA will be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to have much faith that he'll remain healthy for an entire season. His velocity on his fastball is not what it used to be, topping out in the high-80's. MIKE PELFREY benefitted most from the pitcher-friendly ballpark with serviceable home numbers (3.94 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) and atrocious road statistics (5.49 ERA, 1.56 WHIP). JONATHON NIESE was also much better at Citi Field (3.54 ERA) than he was on the road (5.33 ERA), but he posted 14 games of 6+ strikeouts for the second straight season. DILLON GEE began the season 7-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, but closed the 2011 campaign with a 5.51 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in his final 17 starts. Knuckle-balling R.A. DICKEY posted a second straight solid season with New York, notching a 3.28 ERA and a solid 1.23 WHIP. At age 37, he hopes to keep his pitches dancing in the smaller home ballpark.
RELIEF PITCHING: Two former Blue Jays late-innings relievers, FRANK FRANCISCO and JON RAUCH, were signed from Toronto to pitch at the back of the bullpen. Francisco will likely get first crack at the ninth-inning role, saving 17 games last year and keeping his strikeout rate above one per inning for the fourth straight year. Rauch is an imposing figure at 6-foot-11, but he posted a 1.35 WHIP and paltry 6.2 strikeout rate last year. But 52 saves since 2008 makes him a worthy candidate for ninth-inning duty. RAMON RAMIREZ was part of the Andres Torres/Angel Pagan trade and he should be a valuable set-up man. He had a strong two-year stint with San Francisco, posting a 2.07 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Padres-Mets Preview* =====================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
San Diego (0-1) at New York (1-0), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Matt Harvey turned in an impressive rookie season last year. Now, with heightened expectations and a starting rotation beset by injuries, the New York Mets hope he can be even better.
Harvey will begin his first full season in the majors Wednesday night when he gets the nod against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.
The seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, Harvey was promoted to the big leagues last July when the Mets' staff was overcome with attrition. The right-hander responded by posting a 2.73 ERA over 10 starts with 70 strikeouts in 59 1-3 innings. A lack of run support, however, left him with a 3-5 record.
New York will again look to the 24-year-old in 2013, but this time with a starting job out of spring training. And with Johan Santana undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday and Shaun Marcum set to miss his start this weekend because of neck pain, the team is in need of strong pitching.
The Mets got it with Jonathon Niese limiting Pittsburgh to two runs in 6 2-3 innings in Monday's 11-2 opening-day victory. Now they'll look for Harvey to follow Niese's success after a positive spring in which Harvey went 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA over seven starts. He struck out 33 in 27 1-3 innings.
"I just think that the way he pitched in spring training, pounding the strike zone, made people swing the bats, he's going to get easier outs," manager Terry Collins told the team's official website. "I've seen him get deeper into games, and with that I think he's going to win a lot of games."
Harvey will oppose a San Diego lineup that scraped out four hits Monday as it took the field without Chase Headley.
Headley, who hit .286 last season with career highs in home runs (31) and RBIs (115), is expected to miss at least two weeks with a broken thumb suffered during spring training.
The Padres' only runs Monday came from Carlos Quentin's RBI single and a solo homer by Yonder Alonso.
"We just have to be a little more aggressive," said Alonso, who went 2 for 3 with a double and two-run homer off Harvey in a 7-3 win in San Diego on Aug. 5.
Harvey ended up giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings.
On the mound for San Diego will be left-hander Clayton Richard, who matched a career high last season with 14 wins. The Padres could use a strong start after Edinson Volquez's forgettable opening-day performance in which he allowed six runs and didn't escape the fourth inning. Reliever Brad Bach was also hit hard in two-thirds of an inning, yielding four runs and four hits.
"We didn't pitch well at all," manager Bud Black said. "Like I said all spring, you've got to pitch well and we just didn't."
New York received solid offensive contributions in the opener from all three of the new additions to its lineup, with Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd and John Buck going a combined 6 for 14 with seven RBIs.
"If I was going to draw it up, this would be about what it looks like and feels like," Buck said of his Mets debut. "It definitely helped me settle in a little easier."
Highly touted Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko made his first big league start at second base, going 1 for 4 with a double.
Richard is 2-1 with a 2.84 ERA in five career starts against the Mets.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 10:49:50 AM EST|