|LA DODGERS ( LILLY )|
NY METS ( HARVEY )
|961||LA DODGERS||+150||Ov 6.5,-110||+145||Ov 7,+105|
|962||NY METS||-160||Un 6.5,-110||-155||Un 7,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||5-5||-2.2||6-4||3.4||0.252||0.345||4.0||0.254||0.299|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.7||6-1||3.9||0.259||0.351||5.9||0.289||0.366|
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-5||-3.5||5-2||4.6||0.226||0.305||5.6||0.250||0.327|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||6-1||4.6||0.218||0.296||6.1||0.285||0.364|
|4/10/2013||BILLINGSLEY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-3||W||-120||7 ov||P||13||12||0||11||10||0|
|4/11/2013||GREINKE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||3-2||W||-155||7 ov||U||11||12||1||8||8||0|
|4/12/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||0-3||L||-150||7.5 un||U||6||10||0||6||6||0|
|4/13/2013||RYU(L)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||7-5||W||115||8.5 ov||O||14||10||0||11||6||0|
|4/14/2013||BECKETT(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||0-1||L||110||9 ov||U||6||5||0||6||6||0|
|4/15/2013||BILLINGSLEY(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-6||L||-165||6.5 un||O||12||9||1||9||8||0|
|4/16/2013||CAPUANO(L)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||2-9||L||-175||7 ov||O||4||7||0||15||10||0|
|4/17/2013||KERSHAW(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-7||L||-255||6.5 un||O||10||14||1||13||12||0|
|4/20/2013||RYU(L)||@ BALTIMORE||HAMMEL(R)||5-7||L||105||8.5 un||O||8||8||1||10||5||0|
|4/20/2013||BECKETT(R)||@ BALTIMORE||CHEN(L)||1-6||L||115||8 un||U||6||8||2||8||6||0|
|4/21/2013||FIFE(R)||@ BALTIMORE||ARRIETA(R)||7-4||W||120||9 un||O||8||9||0||10||7||0|
|4/23/2013||KERSHAW(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||7-2||W||-140||6.5 un||O||12||7||1||4||6||0|
|4/24/2013||LILLY(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/25/2013||RYU(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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)||3-11||L||105||9.5 un||O||8||5||1||17||7||1|
|4/23/2013||NIESE(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-7||L||+130||6.5 un||O||4||6||0||12||7||1|
|4/24/2013||HARVEY(R)||LA DODGERS||LILLY(L)|| |
|4/25/2013||HEFNER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|4/29/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|4/30/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|5/1/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|LA DODGERS: HITTING: The Dodgers were ravaged with injuries in 2010 and finished in the bottom third in the majors in runs (4.00 per game), homers (117) and OPS (.697). None of these poor numbers were the fault of OF MATT KEMP, who finished second in MVP voting with a .324 BA, 39 HR, 126 RBI and 40 steals. He says he wants a 50-50 season in 2012. 1B JAMES LONEY had the second-most homers (12) of any returning player, and batted .357 with a .608 SLG after August 1. If speedy SS DEE GORDON learns to be more patient at the plate (7 BB in 224 AB), he could score 90 runs from the top of the order. OF ANDRE ETHIER made headlines with a 30-game hit streak, but was once again dominated by lefties (.563 OPS). The team is counting on two veterans to drive in runs. 3B JUAN URIBE has been a walking infirmary lately, but still has 15-HR power, and OF JUAN RIVERA had 46 RBI in 219 AB after coming to the Dodgers. Two guys named Ellis, 2B MARK ELLIS and C A.J. ELLIS, will bat at the bottom of the order. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Dodgers remain one of the better rotations in baseball, placing third in the majors in ERA (3.41) and fourth in opponents' BA (.242). The biggest reason for the success was the NL Cy Young and Triple Crown-winning performance of CLAYTON KERSHAW, who tied for the NL lead in wins (21) and topped all NL pitchers in ERA (2.28) and strikeouts (248). Fellow southpaw TED LILLY had a down year overall (12-14, 3.97 ERA), but had a fantastic final two months of the season (2.09 ERA, 0.93 WHIP). CHAD BILLINGSLEY notched his fifth straight season of double-digit wins, despite sporting a mediocre 4.21 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. AARON HARANG signed a two-year, $12M deal to join the Dodgers rotation. He won 14 games for the lowly Padres last year and finished with a career-best 3.64 ERA. CHRIS CAPUANO left the Mets for richer pastures (2-yr, $10M) of Los Angeles. Although he pitched well at spacious Citi Field (3.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP), he was terrible on the road (5.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP).
RELIEF PITCHING: Jonathan Broxton is gone, ending any kind of closer controversy the Dodgers may have been trying to avoid. JAVY GUERRA is the closer, and for good reason. He converted 21-of-23 save chances while posting a 2.31 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and allowing just two homers in 46.2 innings. If Guerra falters, manager Don Mattingly can afford to have a short leash with KENLEY JANSEN as his set-up man. Jansen led the majors with an insane 16.1 K-per-9 ratio and limited opponents to a .159 BA and .228 slugging percentage. At age 24, his upside is extremely high. MATT GUERRIER is a usually reliable reliever, but he is coming off a subpar 2011 campaign (4.07 ERA, 1.27 WHIP).
|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 (LA DODGERS-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Dodgers-Mets Preview* ======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Los Angeles (8-10) at New York (9-8), 7:10 p.m. EDT
At just 24 years old, the New York Mets' Matt Harvey has taken the game by storm in his first full season in the majors.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, meanwhile, are counting on veteran Ted Lilly to give their injury-plagued rotation a much-needed lift.
Looking to become the first Met to win his first five starts in seven years, Harvey takes the mound opposite Lilly, who's set to make his season debut Wednesday night when these clubs continue a three-game series at Citi Field.
Harvey (4-0, 0.93 ERA) has been lights out thus far, striking out 32 over 29 innings while limiting opponents to a .108 average. He is the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to win his first four starts while yielding a combined 10 hits or fewer.
The right-hander gave up one run, four hits and struck out seven in as many innings Friday in a 7-1 win over Washington.
"There's going to be a lot of years you're going to talk about this guy," manager Terry Collins said. "He pitched great, but that's the mark of a true ace. Games like that can spread to great seasons."
Harvey, who walked off to a standing ovation after outpitching Stephen Strasburg, improved to 2-2 with a 1.42 ERA over six career home starts.
"He functions on such a high octane already," catcher John Buck told MLB's official website. "To be honest, I really don't think he cares who he's facing."
Harvey has a chance to become the first Met to win his first five starts since Pedro Martinez in 2006. He'll try to get the best of Lilly, who's eager to get back on the hill for the first time since May 23 after recovering from shoulder surgery.
The left-hander, entering his 15th season, will help fill in for the injured Zack Greinke and Chris Capuano.
"I spent plenty of time on the DL last year and I can't wait to get off it," he said. "Unfortunately, to be completely frank, the last thing we needed was something like what happened to Greinke and Cappy going down. I hope they get back as soon as possible."
Lilly's contributions will prove all the more crucial with Chad Billingsley now out, too. Billingsley is set to undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday.
"We're still in good order," manager Don Mattingly said. "We'll end up with five guys that are accomplished starters (Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett, Lilly and Capuano) and Greinke on top of that. Nobody wants to hear our complaints. A lot of teams would like to have five accomplished major league starters."
Lilly is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA over six starts versus New York (9-9). He can't be looking forward to facing Marlon Byrd, who's gone 8 for 17 with a homer in their matchups.
After managing 13 runs over a six-game losing streak, Los Angeles (9-10) has scored seven in each of its last two contests, winning both. Mark Ellis did most of the damage in Tuesday's 7-2 series-opening victory, going 4 for 5 with a pair of homers and four RBIs.
"We've been lacking some big hits lately," he said. "We haven't done a great job early on this season."
Matt Kemp, who went 2 for 5 with a double, is a career .370 hitter (20 for 54) at Citi Field.
The Dodgers have outscored the Mets 38-19 during a five-game winning streak. Los Angeles has also won five straight in New York.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 1:13:10 AM EST|