|NY METS ( HEFNER )|
PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )
|957||NY METS||+110||Ov 8.5,-110||+115||Ov 8.5,-105|
|958||PHILADELPHIA||-120||Un 8.5,-110||-125||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-1||+2.6||4-1||6.8||0.276||0.372||3.4||0.253||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.1||5-2||5.0||0.238||0.323||4.1||0.263||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-4||-1.5||5-2||4.7||0.253||0.311||6.0||0.273||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.4||5-2||4.3||0.249||0.302||6.3||0.269||0.332|
|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)||7-2||W||105||7.5 un||O||9||8||1||4||4||0|
|4/9/2013||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||3-8||L||180||7 ov||O||8||5||2||11||5||1|
|4/10/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ 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)||2-7||L||-115||7.5 un||O||4||4||0||9||8||1|
|4/9/2013||LEE(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||8-3||W||-190||7 ov||O||11||5||1||8||5||2|
|4/10/2013||KENDRICK(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|4/12/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/13/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ 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 NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
New York (5-2) at Philadelphia (2-5), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies may be hoping the rest of the rotation can draw some inspiration from Cliff Lee. Or Michael Young may need to keep hitting the New York Mets hard.
Young goes for another big effort at the plate, while Kyle Kendrick looks for some improvement on the mound as the Phillies go for their first series win of the season Wednesday night.
Philadelphia (3-5) is struggling on the mound, and the issue has been particularly troubling with the rotation going 2-5 with a 6.65 ERA. Lee, however, has both of those wins with a 1.08 ERA.
He had another strong performance Tuesday, yielding three runs - two earned - in 8 2-3 innings of an 8-3 win over New York (5-3). That came a day after Roy Halladay was pounded for seven runs in four innings of a 7-2 defeat in the series opener.
While Lee is winning, Halladay and Cole Hamels have combined to lose all four starts with a 12.50 ERA.
"If our No. 1 and No. 2 don't pitch well, we can't win," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
The same may apply to Kendrick, who was charged with Friday's 13-4 loss to Kansas City, a day after Lee went eight innings in a 2-0 win at Atlanta. Kendrick followed that by tossing four scoreless innings before giving up five runs and exiting with two outs in the sixth.
"It's disappointing," the right-hander said. "They got some hits. I'm not worried at all."
Kendrick was impressive in his last home meeting with the Mets on Aug. 30, yielding two runs in 7 2-3 innings of a 3-2 win. He had lost his five previous decisions at home against them behind a 5.87 ERA.
Young has been much more consistent against New York, batting .370 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 11 career games. He went 3 for 4 while driving in two runs and coming a double shy of the cycle Tuesday.
Hitting .345, Young seems to be fitting in nicely at third base after being acquired in an offseason trade with Texas.
John Mayberry is also trying to build on a strong performance from Tuesday, plating two runs on a double while his solo shot was his first homer of the season. He's 8 for 21 over his past five games against New York.
John Buck continues to be the Mets' top - and highly unexpected - offensive threat, hitting .393 with 14 RBIs while his four homers are one shy of the total they got from four catchers last season.
Buck, who hit .192 with Miami last year, has three hits and five RBIs in this series, homering in each contest. However, he's 0 for 7 versus Kendrick.
Jeremy Hefner is scheduled to take the mound, and he's been hit hard in three games - two starts - against the Phillies, surrendering 13 runs and 17 hits in 7 1-3 innings.
The right-hander's latest outing against them turned into the worst of his career. He was responsible for seven of the eight runs in the first inning, and was pulled before getting an out in a 16-1 loss Sept. 20.
Hefner, though, was solid in his season debut in Friday's 7-5 defeat to Miami, as the only run he allowed came on a homer in the second inning before leaving after the sixth.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 12:20:56 AM EST|