|MIAMI ( NOLASCO )|
NY METS ( NIESE )
|953||MIAMI||+155||Ov 7,+100||+155||Ov 7,+105|
|954||NY METS||-165||Un 7,-120||-165||Un 7,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||0-1||-1||0-1||0.0||0.143||0.226||3.0||0.214||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-1.6||1-2||2.0||0.205||0.263||4.0||0.250||0.338|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-1||-0.5||2-0||8.0||0.315||0.412||4.5||0.221||0.274|
|Past 7 Games||2-2||-1||3-1||6.2||0.263||0.357||3.7||0.208||0.275|
|4/1/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||0-2||L||225||7 ov||U||3||3||0||5||4||0|
|4/3/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||0-3||L||210||7 un||U||4||5||1||6||7||1|
|4/4/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||1-6||L||200||7 un||P||8||8||2||9||5||0|
|4/5/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-5||W||140||7.5 un||O||11||8||0||10||12||1|
|4/6/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|4/7/2013||()||@ NY METS||LAFFEY(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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)||1-2||L||-150||7.5 un||U||5||9||0||6||9||0|
|4/8/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|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 (MIAMI-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Mets Preview* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Miami (1-3) at New York (2-2), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Mike Redmond knows it's not going to be easy as the manager of the Miami Marlins, but another big effort at the plate would surely help.
Justin Ruggiano certainly makes it look easy against the New York Mets.
After Redmond got his first victory at the helm of the Marlins, Ruggiano looks to continue pounding the Mets in the middle game of this series at Citi Field on Saturday.
Miami (1-3) hit .167 and was outscored 11-1 while being swept in its season-opening series at Washington. However, the club broke out of that early slump in impressive fashion Friday, collecting 11 hits - five for extra bases - in a 7-5 win at New York.
"Pretty cool, obviously," Redmond said of getting his first win. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and it wasn't. No easy wins in the big leagues, but for the first one, I will remember it for the rest of my life."
Redmond may have Ruggiano to thank after his center fielder doubled on one of his two hits, drove in two runs and stole two bases. That came a day after he connected for a solo shot to account for the Marlins' first run of the season in a 6-1 loss to the Nationals.
Ruggiano could be in for another strong performance at the plate since he's batting .400 with five RBIs and four steals in eight career meetings with the Mets (2-2). All of those stolen bases came in five games in Flushing, where he's gone 8 for 19.
He's 2 for 5 versus Jonathon Niese, who will take the mound for the Mets as he attempts to begin a second straight season with back-to-back wins.
The left-hander got 2013 off to an impressive start Monday, yielding two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings while helping himself with two hits and an RBI in an 11-2 win over San Diego. He threw 101 pitches and insisted he go out for the seventh.
"Last year was kind of the year where I hit that sixth inning and I had 95 pitches, and they kind of shut me down," Niese told the team's official website. "This year, I want to be that guy that goes back out and finishes my start. I just told (manager Terry Collins) that I wanted to go back out and I felt like I had a lot left."
Niese is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in five starts against the Marlins over the last two seasons.
He'll be opposed by Ricky Nolasco, who hasn't won at Citi Field in five starts since September 2009. Miami wasted two solid performances there by the right-hander last season as he went seven innings in each and gave up three total runs.
The four combined runs he got in those starts were still much more than the Marlins gave him in Monday's 2-0 loss at Washington on opening day. Nolasco yielded three hits over six innings, but two were solo homers to Bryce Harper while Miami mustered three hits.
John Buck, a member of the Marlins the last two years, continues to be an unexpected offensive bright spot for the Mets. The catcher has hit safely in all four games, going 7 for 17 with two homers and five RBIs.
David Wright, who's off to a 3-for-14 start, might be able to get going Saturday. He's 12 for 27 with three homers and three doubles against Nolasco since 2010.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 1:27:19 AM EST|