|NY METS ( NIESE )|
COLORADO ( GARLAND )
|953||NY METS||+100||Ov 10,+100||+105||Ov 9.5,+100|
|954||COLORADO||-110||Un 10,-120||-115||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-3||+1.5||7-1||7.1||0.287||0.366||4.6||0.263||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||6-1||6.4||0.283||0.342||5.9||0.255||0.324|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-2||0||2-2||3.2||0.220||0.318||5.7||0.281||0.366|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3||6-1||5.9||0.255||0.347||6.0||0.293||0.369|
|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)||16-5||W||-110||7.5 un||O||15||6||1||6||6||2|
|4/13/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||4-2||W||-125||7 ov||U||10||6||0||4||3||0|
|4/16/2013||GEE(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||4-8||L||140||10 un||O||8||6||0||12||8||0|
|4/16/2013||LAFFEY(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||8-9||L||125||10.5 un||O||12||10||2||13||12||3|
|4/18/2013||NIESE(L)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)|| |
|4/23/2013||LAFFEY(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|4/24/2013||NIESE(L)||LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)|| |
|4/25/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/5/2013||FRANCIS(L)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||5-2||W||-150||11 un||U||7||4||1||7||7||1|
|4/6/2013||GARLAND(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||6-3||W||-140||11 un||U||8||7||0||8||7||1|
|4/7/2013||CHACIN(R)||SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||9-1||W||-140||10.5 un||U||15||6||0||9||7||1|
|4/8/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-4||L||170||7 un||U||6||7||0||8||4||1|
|4/9/2013||NICASIO(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||6-9||L||115||7 ev||O||4||4||0||14||10||1|
|4/10/2013||FRANCIS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||0-10||L||125||7.5 ov||O||7||7||1||16||13||0|
|4/12/2013||GARLAND(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||7-5||W||-105||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||9||2||1|
|4/13/2013||CHACIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||9-5||W||-120||7.5 un||O||14||11||0||10||6||2|
|4/14/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||2-1||W||-110||8 un||U||3||7||0||2||5||0|
|4/16/2013||NICASIO(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||8-4||W||-150||10 un||O||12||8||0||8||6||0|
|4/16/2013||FRANCIS(L)||NY METS||LAFFEY(L)||9-8||W||-135||10.5 un||O||13||12||3||12||10||2|
|4/18/2013||GARLAND(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|4/20/2013||DE LA ROSA(L)||ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|4/25/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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.
|COLORADO: HITTING: This offense still has trouble scoring outside of Coors Field, posting the second-fewest road runs in the majors (3.65 per game). SS TROY TULOWITZKI doesn't need the thin air though, posting an .881 OPS on the road. He led Colorado with a .302 BA, 30 HR, 105 RBI. OF CARLOS GONZALEZ was bothered by wrist and back injuries last year, but still managed to smack 26 homers with 92 RBI and 92 runs. OF DEXTER FOWLER will bat first or second after a strong .363 OBP. He could score 100 runs if he improved his base stealing (12 SB, 9 CS). OF MICHAEL CUDDYER gets the Coors Field Bump, while TYLER COLVIN settles into the 4th-OF role. Colorado has question marks with its corner infielders. 1B TODD HELTON is 38 with a bad back, and mediocre 3B CHRIS NELSON will start until top prospect NOLAN ARENADO is ready for the big leagues. 2B MARCO SCUTARO carries a louder stick than most two-baggers and C RAMON HERNANDEZ (.788 OPS) is an upgrade over the departed Chris Iannetta. |
STARTING PITCHING: There are plenty of question marks in Colorado's rotation with Ubaldo Jimenez pitching in the AL and two of its top three starters coming off major injuries. JORGE DE LA ROSA had Tommy John surgery and won't likely return to a big-league mound until June. De La Rosa had a 1.19 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 59 innings before his injury. JHOULYS CHACIN will be counted on as the rotation's ace and he certainly has the physical tools and array of pitches to live up to this billing if he can trim his 87 walks in 194 innings. Former Baltimore 'ace' JEREMY GUTRHIE threw for 200+ innings in each of his past three seasons, but he's also served up 86 gopher balls in this span. That's not a good sign of things to come in the thin air. JUAN NICASIO took a line drive off the head and broke his C-1 vertebrae in August, but the team amazingly expects him to ready when the season begins. The 25-year-old has great command for such a young hurler. GUILLERMO MOSCOCO fared pretty well as a starter with the A's last year (.209 Opp. BA), but his 4.70 road ERA nearly doubled his 2.42 ERA in Oakland . Lefty DREW POMERANZ, 23, has a wealthy array of pitches and performed admirably in three of his four starts after being called up last season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Although he was the team's main set-up man last year, RAFAEL BETANCOURT becomes the Rockies closer with Huston Street out of the picture. After struggling at Coors Field in 2010 (4.99 ERA, 7 HR), he thrived in the thin air last year with a 1.93 ERA, and just 1 HR allowed in 32.2 innings. But he turns 37 in April and is one of the riskier saves men with little closing experience in his career. MATT BELISLE figures to be next in line for saves, notching 70 K and 16 BB at Coors Field since 2010. MATT REYNOLDS is the top lefty in the pen, but his 2011 season was nothing to write home about (4.09 ERA, 10 HR allowed in 50.2 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Rockies Preview* ======================
By PAUL DIGIACOMO STATS Senior Editor
New York (7-6) at Colorado (10-4), 3:10 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets are undoubtedly counting the hours until their plane leaves Denver and takes them back to the Big Apple.
The Mets conclude a 10-game road trip that has seen three contests in the last four days postponed when they meet the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.
New York (7-6) lost two of three to Philadelphia to start the trip before moving on to Minnesota, where it took the first two matchups with the Twins before Sunday's game was called off.
The Mets then traveled to Colorado, where they've spent more time sitting around than on the field. Snow postponed Monday night's game, which was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday.
The first game was delayed two hours as eight inches of snow was cleared off the field, and the Rockies (10-4) came away with an 8-4 victory. Colorado rallied from a six-run deficit in the frigid nightcap to post its fifth straight win, 9-8 in 10 innings on Jordan Pacheco's single with two outs.
Another spring snow storm passed through the Mile High City on Wednesday, forcing another postponement. The forecast for Thursday calls for partly cloudy skies with the high about 34 degrees.
"This is a game of consistency, a game of repetitions," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "When you lose those reps, it can change the outcome of a lot. ... This has been a tough trip for us. Guys are tired of sitting at the hotel."
Jon Garland (1-0, 3.75 ERA) will again look to benefit from Colorado's potent offense, which has scored 35 runs during the win streak, as he takes the mound Thursday.
The right-hander has gotten an average of 5.3 runs of support thus far, but both of his first two starts since 2011 - he missed 2012 after undergoing shoulder surgery - came against the offensively challenged Padres.
Garland allowed three runs and five hits over six innings while not receiving a decision in a 7-5 win at San Diego on Friday.
"With this lineup, you just want to go out and give the team a chance to win," said Garland, who is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in five starts against the Mets. "There are definitely going to be some bumps and bruises along the way, but if they continue to do what they've done it's going to put us in a good position."
Trying to limit the Rockies will be Jonathon Niese (2-0, 3.57). The left-hander was bailed out by the Mets' offense in Minnesota on Friday, when he allowed five runs and five hits while walking four in five innings of a 16-5 win.
Niese had pitched six or more innings in 22 consecutive starts, which was the longest current run in the majors. He said the cold and wet conditions led to him having trouble gripping the ball.
"It was tough to be consistent with it," Niese told the Mets' official website. "Some pitches would feel good and a pitch later it would slip out of my fingers and the ball would hang there. It was tough."
Niese may have trouble again with the cold weather at Coors Field, where he's gone 1-0 with a 7.94 ERA in two starts.
Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez has been locked in at the plate, going 9 for 15 (.600) with a homer, three doubles and eight runs in his last four games, but is hitless in seven career at-bats against Niese.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 6:12:20 PM EST|