|PITTSBURGH ( GOMEZ )|
NY METS ( HARVEY )
|953||PITTSBURGH||+185||Ov 7,+110||+182||Ov 6.5,-125|
|954||NY METS||-200||Un 7,-130||-195||Un 6.5,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-11||+6.6||14-12||4.5||0.259||0.312||4.0||0.231||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||4-3||4.4||0.272||0.313||3.1||0.219||0.285|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-10||-4.4||12-4||4.9||0.239||0.305||4.9||0.274||0.336|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.3||5-2||3.3||0.219||0.269||5.7||0.296||0.360|
|4/28/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||9-0||W||185||7.5 un||O||13||7||1||3||6||0|
|4/29/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||4-10||L||120||8 un||O||5||4||1||13||6||2|
|4/30/2013||MCDONALD(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||8-12||L||135||8 ov||O||14||6||1||15||9||0|
|5/1/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||BURGOS(R)||6-4||W||130||9 un||O||9||4||1||7||7||1|
|5/9/2013||LOCKE(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||2-3||L||110||8 ov||U||8||10||0||8||7||0|
|5/10/2013||RODRIGUEZ(L)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||7-3||W||-110||7.5 ev||O||12||6||0||10||7||1|
|5/11/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||11-2||W||105||7.5 un||O||16||7||0||7||8||0|
|5/12/2013||GOMEZ(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|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)||7-5||W||182||7.5 un||O||7||2||0||10||7||0|
|5/5/2013||NIESE(L)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||4-9||L||150||7.5 un||O||6||6||0||12||9||0|
|5/7/2013||HARVEY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||1-0||W||-160||6.5 ev||U||5||7||0||1||1||0|
|5/8/2013||HEFNER(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||PEAVY(R)||3-6||L||+105||7 un||O||8||7||1||13||9||1|
|5/13/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||GEE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|5/15/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|5/16/2013||NIESE(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|5/17/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|5/18/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/19/2013|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|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 (PITTSBURGH-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Pirates-Mets Preview* ======================
Pittsburgh (19-16) at New York (14-18), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Facing the New York Mets has seemingly served as a wake-up call for the Pittsburgh Pirates' feeble offense over the last two days.
Matt Harvey will look to play stopper Sunday - a role that's suited him well of late - against Pittsburgh, which looks to win its first road series versus the Mets in over nine years.
Each of the last four starts for Harvey (4-0, 1.28 ERA) have followed losses by the Mets (14-19), with the right-hander holding opponents to a total of five runs over 27 1-3 innings while helping New York bounce back to victories three times.
Harvey also comes off his best outing yet, narrowly missing out on a perfect game as he limited the White Sox to one hit over nine innings in a 1-0 win in 10 innings Tuesday.
The lone hit was an infield single barely beaten out by Alex Rios.
"The best thing he had going is that he had everything going," catcher John Buck told the Mets' official website after Harvey struck out a career-high 12. "I think what really set (the tone) was the location of his fastball right off the bat ... He was locating his heater wherever and whenever I wanted."
Harvey is now called upon to quiet the suddenly-hot bats of the Pirates in his first start against them. In 12 games prior to Friday - including Thursday's 3-2 loss in the series opener - Pittsburgh went 11 for 81 (.136) with runners in scoring position, collecting one or fewer hits in such situations in all but two of those contests.
The Pirates (20-16) were 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position in Friday's 7-3 victory, then followed with a season-high six hits in 12 chances during Saturday's 11-2 win.
They tagged Mets starter Jonathon Niese, who matched a career worst by allowing eight runs. Jose Tabata was 4 for 5 with a home run and Jordy Mercer homered twice, backing Francisco Liriano, who struck out nine over 5 1-3 innings in his Pirates debut.
"For our guys to swing the bats today the way they did in a big ballpark, I think that was a feel good for the offensive side of our game," manager Clint Hurdle said.
While Pittsburgh's offense tries to get to Harvey, it will give the ball to Jeanmar Gomez (2-0, 2.38) for his third start. Gomez pitched five shutout innings in a 4-1 win over Seattle on Tuesday despite learning he would start roughly three hours beforehand. He filled in for originally scheduled starter James McDonald, who was placed on the disabled list earlier in the afternoon.
But the short notice didn't seem to bother Gomez, who gave up two hits and two walks.
"A guy comes in here at 4 o'clock and you tell him he's going to start, to get that effort we were real happy," Hurdle said. "He continues to show up and do a very professional job in whatever we tell him to do."
Russell Martin, tied for the team lead with six homers, sat out Saturday for the fourth time in five games with stiffness in his neck.
John Buck is the only Met to face Gomez, going 0 for 3, while no Pirates have seen Harvey.
New York had been 13-3 against the Pirates at Citi Field prior to the last two losses. Pittsburgh hasn't won a road series versus the Mets since a three-game sweep April 16-18, 2004.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 8:54:38 PM EST|