|NY METS ( HARVEY )|
PHILADELPHIA ( HALLADAY )
|955||NY METS||+105||Ov 7.5,-115||+105||Ov 7.5,-105|
|956||PHILADELPHIA||-115||Un 7.5,-105||-115||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-1||+1.5||3-1||6.7||0.284||0.381||3.7||0.279||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||4-2||+1||4-2||6.0||0.258||0.352||3.5||0.252||0.314|
|vs Right-handed Starters||2-3||-1.4||3-2||4.6||0.262||0.324||6.4||0.287||0.344|
|Past 7 Games||2-4||-2.4||4-2||4.2||0.260||0.319||6.8||0.285||0.351|
|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|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/1/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-7||L||-110||7 un||O||10||8||0||10||5||0|
|4/3/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||2-9||L||140||7 un||O||9||9||0||9||6||1|
|4/4/2013||LEE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||2-0||W||110||6.5 un||U||8||9||1||2||2||0|
|4/5/2013||KENDRICK(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||4-13||L||-120||8 un||O||9||4||0||19||9||0|
|4/6/2013||LANNAN(L)||KANSAS CITY||MENDOZA(R)||4-3||W||-110||8 un||U||3||5||2||6||4||0|
|4/7/2013||HAMELS(L)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||8-9||L||-120||7 un||O||15||8||0||13||8||0|
|4/8/2013||HALLADAY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/9/2013||LEE(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|4/10/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Phillies Preview* =======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (3-2) at Philadelphia (2-3), 7:05 p.m. EDT
While Matt Harvey appears to have a bright future ahead, Roy Halladay hopes his best days aren't behind him as he seeks his 200th career win.
Harvey will try to build on an outstanding season debut and lead the New York Mets to a third consecutive victory Monday night when they visit Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets (4-2) claimed their second straight series win as Marlon Byrd came through with a walkoff, two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday's 4-3 victory over Miami.
"It's huge to show that we can win close games," said Byrd.
Now they'll send the 24-year-old Harvey (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound for his 12th career start. Harvey allowed one hit and struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings in an 8-4 victory over San Diego on Wednesday.
"All his stuff is electric," catcher John Buck said.
The seventh overall pick of the 2010 draft has gone 4-5 with a 2.44 ERA since getting the call-up from the minors last July. In two starts against the Phillies, the right-hander has a 2.03 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 13 1-3 innings.
Jimmy Rollins has gone 2 for 5 with a double and a homer against Harvey, while Ryan Howard has gone 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.
Rollins hit his first homer - a three-run shot - on Sunday, but Billy Butler's video review-confirmed grand slam in the fifth proved to be the big blow in a 9-8 home loss to Kansas City.
"We're going to be all right," said manager Charlie Manuel on the team's 2-4 start. "We have to put a solid ballgame together."
The Phillies had managed 17 runs and a .234 batting average through their first five games before pounding out 15 hits Sunday. Philadelphia, however, has struck out 26 times in its last two games.
The Phillies will try to give Halladay some support as he looks to rebound from a rough first start. Halladay (0-1, 13.50), who struggled with a sore shoulder last season and allowed 11 runs in 16 1-3 innings in the spring, gave up five runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings in a 9-2 loss at Atlanta on Wednesday.
"I'd rather get beat 20-0 and pitch eight innings than pitch 3 1-3," said Halladay, who also struck out nine and walked three. "That's got to change."
The two-time Cy Young Award winner may be able to get on track against the Mets considering he's 9-1 with a 2.36 ERA in his last 11 starts against them.
Byrd has had the most success against Halladay with five hits - including two doubles and a triple - in 16 career at-bats.
After getting a scheduled day out of the starting lineup Sunday, Buck is expected to be back behind the plate for New York. Buck is off to a hot start, going 8 for 20 with two homers and nine RBIs.
The Mets have had one of the league's top offenses so far, scoring 36 runs and hitting eight homers. They've also homered in their first six games for only the third time in team history (1962 and 1987).
New York won seven of nine in Philadelphia and finished 10-8 overall against the Phillies last season.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 8:10:56 PM EST|