|NY METS ( MARCUM )|
ATLANTA ( MINOR )
|907||NY METS||+165||Ov 7.5,-110||+175||Ov 7,-115|
|908||ATLANTA||-175||Un 7.5,-110||-185||Un 7,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-7||-3.5||7-4||4.5||0.230||0.314||5.1||0.243||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.1||2-4||2.6||0.192||0.258||4.7||0.271||0.324|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-8||+0.7||9-9||3.9||0.234||0.296||3.2||0.250||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.8||4-3||2.7||0.201||0.258||4.7||0.262||0.325|
|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)||1-2||L||-120||8 un||U||4||2||0||5||4||0|
|5/1/2013||GEE(R)||@ MIAMI||LEBLANC(L)||7-6||W||-130||8 un||O||13||9||2||13||7||1|
|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||HEFNER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|5/8/2013||GEE(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||PITTSBURGH|| || |
|4/19/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)||0-6||L||-115||7 ov||U||2||0||0||9||8||0|
|4/20/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||MCDONALD(R)||1-3||L||-130||7.5 un||U||4||8||0||7||6||0|
|4/21/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||SANCHEZ(L)||2-4||L||-160||7 ov||U||8||10||1||10||9||0|
|4/23/2013||MINOR(L)||@ COLORADO||FRANCIS(L)||4-3||W||-120||9.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||4||0|
|4/23/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ COLORADO||GARLAND(R)||10-2||W||110||9.5 un||O||14||7||1||12||9||0|
|4/24/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||5-6||L||-125||9.5 un||O||10||6||0||15||12||2|
|4/26/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||0-10||L||130||7.5 ov||O||5||5||2||15||10||0|
|4/27/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-7||L||-105||8 un||O||7||4||0||13||9||0|
|4/28/2013||MINOR(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||3-8||L||135||7.5 un||O||6||8||0||9||4||0|
|5/3/2013||MINOR(L)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|5/4/2013||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/5/2013||HUDSON(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/6/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|5/7/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||MINOR(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|5/9/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)|| |
|5/10/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|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.
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Braves Preview* =====================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (11-15) at Atlanta (17-10), 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves' all-or-nothing offense has provided closer to nothing of late, though that hasn't been case when the New York Mets have visited Turner Field.
The NL East-leading Braves will try to get back on track and beat the Mets for the eighth time in nine home games in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night.
After getting shut out with only two hits a day earlier, Atlanta (17-11) was held to five hits on Thursday in a 3-1 home loss to Washington as it settled for a split of its four-game set.
Only three base runners reached scoring position over the last two games, and Dan Uggla's home run in the seventh on ended a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings for the Braves.
Atlanta ranks near the top of the majors in home runs (39) as well as strikeouts (259), but has just four homers and 84 strikeouts while dropping six of eight.
The Braves, who still lead the NL East by 2 1/2 games, may be able to bounce back in this series since they've batted .292 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs while winning seven of eight meetings at Turner Field.
They hope to continue that trend versus right-hander Shaun Marcum, who makes his second start for the Mets (11-15) after beginning the season on the DL with a neck injury and right biceps tendinitis.
Marcum (0-2, 7.94 ERA) allowed three runs and five hits in only four innings in a 9-4 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday before giving up two runs in 1 2-3 innings of relief against Miami two days later.
He's pitched well in his career against the Braves, striking out 18 and allowing five runs over 20 innings in three starts.
Chris Johnson, Atlanta's top hitter at .369, is 1 for 12 with five strikeouts lifetime against Marcum.
After ending a season-worst six-game losing streak on Wednesday, New York looks to win consecutive games for the second time in 12 road contests.
The Mets have their own issues offensively, scoring 29 runs and batting .194 in their last 10 games.
"The most frustrating thing about the past six days is we've been in the games," manager Terry Collins said. "We've given ourselves a chance, we just haven't been able to create any offense.
Collins' club is hoping to catch Atlanta starter Mike Minor (3-2, 3.13) at an opportune time as he tries to recover from his worst outing of the season.
The left-hander gave up a total of five runs while winning three of his first four starts before allowing six runs and six hits - including two homers - in an 8-3 loss at Detroit on Sunday.
The Braves have won five of Minor's six career starts against the Mets, though he has a 6.03 ERA in this series. He limited New York to just three hits over 6 1-3 innings in a 2-0 win on Sept. 29.
John Buck, who leads the Mets with nine homers and 27 RBIs, is hitless in eight career at-bats against Minor.
The Braves have won 12 of 14 overall against the Mets.
|Last Updated: 9/22/2014 9:12:53 AM EST|