|SAN DIEGO ( STULTS )|
NY METS ( GEE )
|953||SAN DIEGO||+130||Ov 7.5,-105||+140||Ov 7.5,+110|
|954||NY METS||-140||Un 7.5,-115||-150||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||0-1||-1||1-0||4.0||0.194||0.242||8.0||0.242||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||0-2||-2||2-0||3.0||0.161||0.212||9.5||0.296||0.367|
|vs Left-handed Starters||1-0||+1||1-0||8.0||0.242||0.306||4.0||0.194||0.242|
|Past 7 Games||2-0||+2||2-0||9.5||0.296||0.367||3.0||0.161||0.212|
|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)||4-8||L||130||7 un||O||6||3||1||8||4||1|
|4/4/2013||STULTS(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|4/5/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/6/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/7/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/9/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/10/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/11/2013|| ||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)||8-4||W||-140||7 un||O||8||4||1||6||3||1|
|4/4/2013||GEE(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|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 JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
San Diego (0-1) at New York (1-0), 1:10 p.m. EDT
A productive offense and some solid starting pitching has keyed the New York Mets' strong start.
The Mets look to sweep a season-opening series for the second straight year Thursday against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.
New York opened the season Monday with an 11-2 rout of San Diego and followed with an 8-4 victory Wednesday. After Jonathon Niese allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings in the opener, Matt Harvey struck out 10 and yielded one hit over seven scoreless frames against the Pirates on a chilly night in Queens.
"He pitched an absolutely - under the circumstances - an unbelievable game," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Harvey. "The fact that he commanded his stuff as well as he did was impressive."
The Mets opened 4-0 in 2012, but finished 74-88 to miss the postseason for the sixth consecutive year. They've already scored three more runs in two games this season than they did in the first four a year ago.
Catcher John Buck hit one of New York's three homers and had three RBIs while David Wright added a run-scoring double Wednesday. Lucas Duda reached base three times and scored twice for New York, which has 21 hits and four homers through two games.
Buck is 4 for 8 with four RBIs in the series.
Collins will hand the ball to Dillon Gee, who went 6-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 17 starts before a blood clot in his right shoulder ended his 2012 season prior to the All-Star break. The right-hander should be eager to face the Padres after he allowed two runs, struck out 14 and overcame seven walks over 13 2-3 innings to win his previous two starts against them.
San Diego, which started 0-3 last season, has 10 hits in the series. Nick Hundley and Everth Cabrera each had two for the Padres, who were shut out for the first seven innings Wednesday.
Cabrera is 5 for 14 (.357) in his last four games against the Mets.
Looking to help the Padres avoid a sixth consecutive loss in Queens, Eric Stults takes the mound to start his first full season with San Diego.
"We need to get a win, no doubt about it," manager Bud Black said. "Stultzie has had a good couple of starts at the end of spring and he's capable of pitching a great game."
Acquired off waivers from the Chicago White Sox in May, Stults went 8-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 15 starts last season despite missing almost two months with a strained left lat muscle. The 33-year-old left-hander will again rely on commanding his offspeed pitches to succeed.
"A guy like me, who is more finesse, has to adapt and find ways to get guys out other than velocity," Stults told the Padres' official website. "If you can do that, hopefully there will be a team that will allow you to do that.
"It still comes down to getting outs."
Stults is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in four starts against the Mets.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 7:31:44 AM EST|