|NY METS ( HEFNER )|
MIAMI ( SLOWEY )
|951||NY METS||-115||Ov 7.5,-115||-115||Ov 8,-105|
|952||MIAMI||+105||Un 7.5,-105||+105||Un 8,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-7||-1.2||10-3||5.4||0.249||0.318||4.7||0.268||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.9||3-3||2.7||0.185||0.272||5.0||0.258||0.320|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-10||-1.2||6-8||3.6||0.241||0.294||4.2||0.259||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.4||2-4||4.0||0.259||0.319||3.9||0.228||0.285|
|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)||7-3||W||-170||7 un||O||11||9||0||4||4||0|
|4/25/2013||HEFNER(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-3||L||+120||8 un||U||5||7||0||6||4||1|
|4/29/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||3-4||L||-140||7 un||P||11||14||0||16||14||1|
|4/30/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||GEE(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)|| |
|5/3/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|5/4/2013||NIESE(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|5/5/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|4/18/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||1-11||L||175||7.5 ov||O||6||7||2||12||8||0|
|4/19/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||2-1||W||230||7.5 un||U||7||5||0||5||4||0|
|4/20/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||2-3||L||200||8 un||U||8||7||0||13||17||1|
|4/21/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||6-10||L||225||8 un||O||11||8||2||11||8||0|
|4/23/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||3-4||L||140||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||6||0|
|4/23/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||8-5||W||135||7.5 un||O||16||9||1||9||8||0|
|4/25/2013||SLOWEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-4||L||+105||7.5 un||U||6||9||1||6||4||0|
|4/26/2013||LEBLANC(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||2-4||L||-110||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||10||6||0|
|4/27/2013||SANABIA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||+105||7.5 un||U||5||5||1||8||6||0|
|4/28/2013||NOLASCO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||6-4||W||+105||7 ov||O||7||3||0||7||5||0|
|4/29/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||4-3||W||+130||7 un||P||16||14||1||11||14||0|
|4/30/2013||SLOWEY(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/1/2013||LEBLANC(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/2/2013||SANABIA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|5/3/2013||NOLASCO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|5/5/2013||SLOWEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HALLADAY(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||LEBLANC(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|5/7/2013|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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.
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Marlins Preview* ======================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
New York (10-13) at Miami (6-19), 7:10 p.m. EDT
David Wright was healthy enough to make a late appearance in the series opener, and he could return to the New York Mets' lineup in the next game.
Giancarlo Stanton won't be available for the Miami Marlins for at least a couple weeks.
The light-hitting Mets and the major league-worst Marlins are back at it Tuesday night in Miami after the longest-ever game between these NL East foes.
A stiff neck kept Wright out of the starting lineup Monday for the first time this season, but he came on in the 13th inning and struck out.
"I'm very unconcerned about it," Wright told the Mets' official website prior to the 4-3, 15-inning loss. "It's not something I'm worried about."
The Mets (10-14) are extremely concerned about their .169 batting average and 10 total runs during a season-worst five-game skid. They went 1 for 18 with runners in scoring position Monday, the lone hit an infield RBI single by Ruben Tejada in the 15th.
"We just cant drive any runs in," manager Terry Collins said.
That's been an ongoing issue for the Marlins (7-19), who have crossed home plate a major league-low 71 times.
Miami has scored 10 while winning two straight for the first time since Oct. 1 and 2 against the Mets, but Stanton landed on the 15-day disabled list after Monday's game due to a strained right hamstring. The injury occurred in the 10th inning when Stanton, second in the NL with 37 homers last year, was trying to beat out a tapper.
It was horrible news for a team that just finished celebrating Nick Green's game-winning sacrifice fly. The 5-hour, 31-minute contest went three innings longer than any other Mets-Marlins game.
"We're enjoying this win," manager Mike Redmond said, "but at the same time, on Tuesday the reality will set in that (Stanton is) not in the lineup anymore."
Stanton's absence may come as particularly bad news to Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43 ERA), who enters his start Tuesday already with the second-lowest run-support average in the majors at 1.21. The offseason acquisition has made five starts and given up eight total runs, including a season-high three in six innings of Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
That leaves Slowey, who didn't pitch last season due to injuries and went 0-8 in 2011, winless since Sept. 18, 2010, while with Minnesota. He'll try to help the Marlins win three straight for the first time since July 4-6.
New York's starter Tuesday, Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 5.14), hasn't won since a 4-2 victory at Miami on Oct. 3. The Mets have lost each of his five starts this season, but Hefner's last outing - Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers - gave him some reason for optimism.
"When the guys come to the park and they see my name, I don't want it to be, 'Oh man, we've got to score 10 runs because Hef's pitching,'" he told the Mets' official website after giving up one run in a season-high seven innings. "I want it to be, 'Oh, Hef's pitching today. Let's just grind out a couple, and we'll be in it."
Catcher John Buck is doing his part to get the Mets back into the win column. With a two-run shot Monday, Buck matched the club record for homers in April with nine. He's one RBI shy of tying the April team mark of 26, set by Jeff Kent in 1994.
Buck is 3 for 11 with a double off Slowey, while Wright is 2 for 3 with a homer.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 7:09:51 AM EST|