|NY METS ( NIESE )|
MINNESOTA ( WORLEY )
|979||NY METS||-110||Ov 7.5,-105||-110||Ov 7.5,+110|
|980||MINNESOTA||+100||Un 7.5,-115||+100||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-2||+1.5||5-1||6.2||0.283||0.369||4.0||0.261||0.315|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2||5-2||4.3||0.249||0.330||4.6||0.277||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||4-3||4.0||0.241||0.310||4.6||0.298||0.350|
|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)||3-7||L||120||9 un||O||11||7||0||10||5||0|
|4/12/2013||NIESE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||WORLEY(R)|| |
|4/13/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||@ MINNESOTA|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/18/2013|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|4/5/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)||5-9||L||140||9 un||O||10||7||1||14||10||0|
|4/6/2013||WORLEY(R)||@ BALTIMORE||TILLMAN(R)||6-5||W||130||8.5 ov||O||9||8||1||11||7||2|
|4/7/2013||HERNANDEZ(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||4-3||W||170||9 ev||U||4||5||1||7||6||1|
|4/8/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||1-3||L||135||9 un||U||8||7||0||9||5||0|
|4/9/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||4-7||L||140||8.5 un||O||8||7||0||13||5||1|
|4/10/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||0-3||L||140||8.5 un||U||7||12||1||9||9||2|
|4/12/2013||WORLEY(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|4/13/2013||DIAMOND(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/14/2013|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/15/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/16/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/17/2013|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|4/19/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|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.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Twins Preview* ====================
By PAUL DIGIACOMO STATS Senior Editor
New York (5-4) at Minnesota (4-5), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Jonathon Niese had a career year in 2012, a nice season in which he established himself as a potential No. 1 starter down the road.
With Johan Santana getting injured again and the New York Mets trading away Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, Niese had to take on that role a little sooner than originally thought.
The left-hander hasn't disappointed, and he'll look to continue his strong start when the Mets visit the offensively challenged Minnesota Twins to open a three-game interleague series Friday night.
Niese went 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA in 30 starts last year, and the Mets gave him a five-year extension worth $25.5 million guaranteed April 4. That came three days after he started the opener and beat San Diego 11-2 by allowing two runs and four hits over 6 2-3 innings.
He was just as good in his second outing but didn't receive a decision after giving up two runs in six innings of a 7-3 victory over Miami on Saturday. Niese (1-0, 2.13 ERA) is also 2 for 4 with an RBI this season.
Catcher John Buck, one of the players acquired from Toronto in the Dickey deal, helped give the Mets the win in Niese's last start by driving in four runs. He homered for the third straight game Wednesday but the Mets (5-4) lost their second in a row, 7-3 at Philadelphia.
Lucas Duda had two solo shots for New York, which set a club record by hitting at least one homer in its first nine games. Buck leads the charge with five home runs, and he's batting .375 with an NL-best 15 RBIs.
"I knew coming into this area, New York, that things would be heightened - good, bad or indifferent," Buck told the Mets' official website. "I kind of prepared myself to try to be numb to anything, and that's how I've approached it."
Buck now gets to bat against Vance Worley (0-1, 5.73), who has only faced Buck four times despite pitching for Philadelphia while Buck played for the NL East rival Marlins the past two seasons.
Buck is 0 for 2 with two strikeouts and two walks in their matchups. Teammate Daniel Murphy, though, is 10 for 15 against Worley while Duda is 5 for 10 with a homer.
Worley, who went 3-3 with a 5.30 ERA in seven starts against New York while in Philadelphia, lost his Minnesota debut April 1 to Detroit before not getting a decision in his last outing Saturday. The right-hander gave up five runs and 10 hits over five innings of a 6-5 win at Baltimore.
The Twins (4-5) have scored nine runs in four games since that victory, including five in suffering a three-game sweep at Kansas City this week.
Minnesota stranded 12 and went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position in a 3-0 loss Wednesday night.
"Hitting is all about timing," second baseman Brian Dozier said. "You've got to be able to hit with runners in scoring position. ... It's just our ninth game. We had two really big series against two really good teams and we know we can hit. We'll put this behind us."
Minnesota is 7-5 all-time against the Mets, who are making their first visit to Target Field.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 7:54:56 PM EST|