|NY METS ( NIESE )|
ST LOUIS ( WAINWRIGHT )
|951||NY METS||+190||Ov 7.5,-120||+215||Ov 7.5,-110|
|952||ST LOUIS||-210||Un 7.5,+100||-235||Un 7.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||7-13||-8.4||13-6||4.5||0.228||0.297||4.8||0.272||0.338|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-6.2||4-3||2.7||0.204||0.269||6.1||0.301||0.375|
|vs Left-handed Starters||4-4||-1.6||3-4||2.9||0.219||0.295||3.0||0.235||0.297|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.4||4-3||4.7||0.297||0.371||3.0||0.189||0.244|
|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)||3-6||L||185||8 ev||O||4||7||0||11||7||0|
|5/14/2013||GEE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||GAST(L)||4-10||L||160||8.5 ov||O||6||5||1||11||8||0|
|5/15/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-4||L||182||8.5 un||U||7||5||2||6||6||0|
|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||GEE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/2/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||6-5||W||100||8.5 ev||O||12||7||1||12||13||0|
|5/3/2013||MILLER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||6-1||W||100||8 ov||U||15||9||0||8||6||1|
|5/4/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||7-6||W||-125||7.5 un||O||10||4||0||14||8||1|
|5/5/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||ESTRADA(R)||10-1||W||110||8.5 un||O||11||10||0||8||7||0|
|5/7/2013||LYNN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||1-2||L||-130||7.5 un||U||7||9||0||5||4||1|
|5/8/2013||WESTBROOK(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||5-4||W||-120||8 ov||O||11||6||1||11||4||1|
|5/12/2013||GARCIA(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||2-8||L||-155||7.5 un||O||6||7||0||11||6||0|
|5/13/2013||LYNN(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||6-3||W||-200||8 ev||O||11||7||0||4||7||0|
|5/14/2013||GAST(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||10-4||W||-170||8.5 ov||O||11||8||0||6||5||1|
|5/15/2013||MILLER(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)||4-2||W||-195||8.5 un||U||6||6||0||7||5||2|
|5/16/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/20/2013||MILLER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||WAINWRIGHT(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|5/22/2013||GARCIA(L)||@ 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.
|ST LOUIS: HITTING: Alienate and trade your talented young centerfielder for bullpen scraps and a middling, impending free-agent starter. Justify your ludicrous pitching changes by blaming crowd noise and your innocent bullpen coach'and you too could win a World Series! This was Tony La Russa baseball. But he's gone now, as is the all-world Albert Pujols. SS RAFAEL FURCAL liked his short stint in the Show Me State enough to sign up for more. OF CARLOS BELTRAN will hit second after an impressive 2011 campaign during which he produced solid numbers in pitchers' parks amidst weak lineups. 2Bs TYLER GREENE and DANIEL DESCALSO are the latest plucky 'gamer' to play infield at Busch. Resuscitated slugger 1B LANCE BERKMAN shifts to a much more suitable defensive position. OF MATT HOLLIDAY's OPS remains as strong as ever. 3B DAVID FREESE will never have to buy a drink in Missouri again after his postseason heroics. C YADIER MOLINA is a defensive whiz behind the plate and an underrated hitter. OFs ALLEN CRAIG and JON JAY are more suited to platoon roles, but Jay will be starting in center on Opening Day. |
STARTING PITCHING: His stuff isn't nearly what it used to be, and he's more than earned his reputation within the game as a towering crybaby. But on the mound, CHRIS CARPENTER remains ruthlessly effective when he's healthy. But he'll miss the first couple of months of the 2012 campaign due to shoulder problems. ADAM WAINWRIGHT should be ready to go on Opening Day, and has shown every reason to think he'll be his old brilliant self. JAIME GARCIA cannot sustain a sub-2.00 ERA for a full season. He's a mid-rotation starter, but one of the better ones in all of baseball. Did KYLE LOHSE really register a 1.17 WHIP over an entire season? Really? He just doesn't miss enough bats to keep that going. JAKE WESTBROOK stayed healthy for a full season again, which is a relief given his past dalliances with the DL. He's an innings eater who's capable of another dozen wins. LANCE LYNN gives the Cardinals enviable depth in the rotation. He'll probably slide back to the bullpen once Carpenter returns. Uber-prospect SHELBY MILLER could be a second-half call-up.
RELIEF PITCHING: It doesn't look pretty when JASON MOTTE winds up and delivers a pitch, but in the end, results are results. The converted catcher has finally nailed down the closer role that many predicted would be his a few years ago. The only way he loses it this time is if he hurts himself with that painful delivery. FERNANDO SALAS can more than hold his own if that happens. He'll slot into the eighth-inning role, but he provides more of the pitching depth that is a hallmark of this Cardinals team. KYLE McCLELLAN, like Lynn, is serviceable both in relief or in the rotation. But he's better in the former role.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-ST LOUIS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Cardinals Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
New York (14-22) at St. Louis (25-13), 1:45 p.m. EDT
With Adam Wainwright on the mound, it would appear the St. Louis Cardinals have a strong chance to complete a four-game sweep of the reeling New York Mets.
The right-hander looks to build on another gem and help the Cardinals hand the visiting Mets a season-high seventh straight loss Thursday.
After Wainwright (5-2, 2.30 ERA) allowed a season-worst five runs and 11 hits in 5 1-3 innings at Milwaukee on May 4, he took a no-hitter into the eighth before finishing with a two-hitter in Saturday's 3-0 win over Colorado. It was his third scoreless outing of 2013, and the Cardinals' sixth win in his last seven outings.
"I wanted to get back to the basics after the last start," he said. "I wanted to attack the strike zone right away. Keep it simple, that was my focus."
At least one teammate suggested that the way Wainwright is pitching, he's capable of no-hitting just about any opponent.
"I feel like he's going to do that every time," first baseman Allen Craig said. "He has that mentality when he's out there."
Wainwright has shined at home, yielding two runs and 11 hits in 25 innings while striking out 25 and walking three. However, he's lost his last three starts versus New York with a 9.92 ERA.
But none of those outings came in 2013, and this Mets team is riding a six-game losing streak during which it has hit .195 while getting outscored 41-16.
New York (14-23) is at risk of suffering a four-game sweep at St. Louis for the first time following a 4-2 loss Wednesday. The Cardinals (26-13) managed six hits and scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch in the seventh to win for the 12th time in 14 games.
Jon Jay has keyed the surge, hitting .439 with 12 RBIs over his last 12 games after contributing an RBI double Wednesday.
Ex-Cardinal Rick Ankiel hit a two-run homer in his third game since New York picked him up after being released by Houston last week.
"It's unfortunate we didn't win but for me it's a positive, so I'm happy about it," said Ankiel, who is 2 for 8 with New York after batting .194 in 25 games with the Astros. "For me it was just fun to do because it was against that team."
David Wright struck out three times Wednesday and has no homers with one RBI in the last nine games for the Mets, who are looking to avoid losing seven in a row for the first time since April 10-16, 2011.
Scheduled New York starter Jonathon Niese (2-4, 5.93) is 0-4 with a 7.71 ERA in five starts since he won at Minnesota on April 12. The left-hander has been very bad in the last two, allowing 15 runs and walking nine in 8 1-3 innings.
"I'm not really deceiving anybody right now," he told the Mets' official website. "With my arm angle being down, I think they can pick the ball up a lot sooner, and that's why I think they're not chasing some of the pitches that they normally have chased.
"Hopefully I can get it back."
There might be reason to believe that could come Wednesday for Niese, who is 2-1 with a 1.83 ERA in four starts against the Cardinals. However, this will be his first appearance at Busch Stadium.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 12:45:37 PM EST|