|NY METS ( HEFNER )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( FELDMAN )
|951||NY METS||+130||Ov 8.5,+100||+120||Ov 8.5,+100|
|952||CHICAGO CUBS||-140||Un 8.5,-120||-130||Un 8.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-13||-5.3||13-8||4.5||0.232||0.297||4.5||0.267||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||3-4||3.0||0.204||0.265||5.4||0.279||0.349|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-16||-1.4||16-13||4.4||0.259||0.311||4.2||0.226||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.3||5-2||4.9||0.272||0.301||3.7||0.239||0.286|
|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)||5-2||W||215||7.5 ev||U||11||8||0||8||6||2|
|5/17/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-2||W||-140||7 ov||U||8||5||1||6||3||2|
|5/18/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||GEE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|5/7/2013||WOOD(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-1||W||+120||7.5 un||U||5||4||1||7||9||0|
|5/8/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||4-5||L||+110||8 ov||O||11||4||1||11||6||1|
|5/10/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||3-7||L||120||7.5 un||O||10||7||1||9||3||0|
|5/11/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||8-2||W||187||7 un||O||12||6||0||6||6||2|
|5/12/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||2-1||W||160||7.5 un||U||7||6||1||5||8||1|
|5/17/2013||JACKSON(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-3||L||+130||7 ov||U||6||3||2||8||5||1|
|5/18/2013||FELDMAN(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|5/19/2013||WOOD(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||VILLANUEVA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||RODRIGUEZ(L)|| |
|5/22/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)|| |
|5/23/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||GOMEZ(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)|| |
|5/25/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.
|CHICAGO CUBS: HITTING: 'Under New Management' is the motto in Wrigleyville, where Epstein, Hoyer, Sveum and Co. aim to turn SS STARLIN CASTRO and a bunch of straw into gold. OF DAVID DeJESUS was an underrated first pick-up. But OFs ALFONSO SORIANO and MARLON BYRD are overpaid and over the hill. C GEOVANY SOTO has lost his mojo. New 3B IAN STEWART has a lousy career OPS of .737 away from Coors Field. 1B BRYAN LaHAIR is tagged as part of a 'youth movement,' but he's almost 30. The other youths'2B DARWIN BARNEY, IF JEFF BAKER, and IF BLAKE DEWITT 'are interchangeable guys with low ceilings. Fourth OF TONY CAMPANA is fast but one-dimensional. And minor-league reinforcements are scarce. OF BRETT JACKSON is solid, but blocked in the lineup. And former uber-prospect 3B JOSH VITTERS has done nothing to justify his third-overall draft status. This rebuilding process will take time. Meanwhile, somewhere in the Chicago suburbs, Jim Hendry quietly sobs into a pile of Cubs-themed stuffed animals. |
STARTING PITCHING: RYAN DEMPSTER should bounce back from an unlucky year in which there was nearly a full-run difference between his ERA and his FIP. He's no ace in good times, but he's an underrated and dependable source of innings and strikeouts. MATT GARZA didn't disappoint in his debut season on the North Side, but he was an odd acquisition to begin with: the Cubs dealt top prospects from a thin system when all signs pointed to a belly-flop of a season. He's already trade bait again. JEFF SAMARDZIJA is moving to the rotation after a strong year in the bullpen (2.97 ERA, 87 K in 88 IP), but he needs to cut down on his walks (5.1 per 9 IP). What killed TRAVIS WOOD in 2011 was uncharacteristic wildness. His walk total spiked by over 50 percent from 2010. He's better than this, though it's hard to say how much. It could be that a 40-inning jump from 2010 to 2011 aided his freefall. Subpar newcomers PAUL MAHOLM and CHRIS VOLSTAD will also compete for rotation spots. The lefty Maholm is coming off his best season in Pittsburgh (3.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), but was awful after the All-Star break (0-5, 5.75 ERA, .355 Opp. BA). The 6-foot-8 Volstad was 5-13 with a 4.89 ERA for the Marlins last year, but still has time to figure things out at age 25.
RELIEF PITCHING: Because of his contract and the head-scratching faith in the 'closer mentality' that still pervades even the most enlightened front offices, CARLOS MARMOL will enter the 2012 campaign with a near-ironclad grip on ninth-inning duties for the Cubs. Trading away Sean Marshall, arguably Chicago's best reliever last season, is yet another vote of confidence for Marmol. His lack of command leads to more hittable pitches (along with tons of walks), though his ceiling for strikeouts and saves is sky-high. KERRY WOOD will be the main set-up man again after a triumphant return to Chicago last season (3.35 ERA, 57 K in 51 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-CHICAGO CUBS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Cubs Preview* ===================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
New York (15-23) at Chicago (17-23), 1:05 p.m. EDT
With their starting rotation finding at least some temporary stability, the New York Mets have put a six-game skid behind them. They can win a third straight for only the second time this season Saturday as they play the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
New York (16-23) had lost six in a row prior to Friday's 5-2 win at St. Louis, then followed that with a 3-2 win in the opener against Chicago on Friday.
During the losing streak, Mets starters posted a 7.16 ERA. In the two games since, Jonathon Niese and Matt Harvey combined to limit opponents to four runs over 14 2-3 innings.
Harvey recovered from a shaky first inning Friday and was mostly dominant the rest of the way. He allowed both runs on three hits in the first then followed that with 6 1-3 shutout innings while giving up two hits.
"He's not your run-of-the-mill young pitcher," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "This guy has got some savvy. He's got great confidence."
Harvey also provided the go-ahead run for himself with a single in the seventh, but otherwise, New York's offense remained mostly dormant with 31 runs on 78 hits over the last 11 games. David Wright went 3 for 4 with his sixth home run and is hitting .321 with 14 RBIs over his last 14 games against Chicago.
On the mound Saturday will be Jeremy Hefner (0-4, 4.61 ERA) for the Mets and Scott Feldman (3-3, 2.53 ERA) for the Cubs, two right-handers who have both thrown better of late.
New York has lost all seven of Hefner's starts, though he's yielded just 10 runs over 27 innings in his last four outings. Four of those runs came in the first inning.
"Not everything is gauged on wins and losses, although winning is the most important thing - especially in the big leagues," Hefner told the team's official website. "I need to keep the runs down early in the game, build some momentum and confidence for myself and the team, and hopefully we'll come out on the winning side more often than not."
Conversely, Chicago (17-24) has won each of Feldman's last four starts as he's recorded a 1.57 ERA, allowing 17 hits and seven walks over 28 2-3 innings. The Cubs dropped his first three outings as he gave up 14 runs - seven earned - over 14 innings.
"He's throwing the ball wherever he wants," manager Dale Sveum told the team's official website. "You just hope it continues."
The Cubs' defensive woes continued Friday as two more errors ran their season total to 33, their seventh multi-error game.
David DeJesus is 7 for 16 over his last four contests and Starlin Castro extended his hitting streak to seven games after going 2 for 4. Castro has collected at least one hit in 14 of his 16 games against New York, batting .344 lifetime.
Feldman was hit hard in his only previous start against the Mets, giving up seven runs and eight hits over five innings while with Texas on June 13, 2008. He's only faced two current Mets, with John Buck going 3 for 13 and Wright 0 for 2.
Hefner threw 1 1-3 scoreless innings of relief against the Cubs on June 26, 2012, hitting one batter.
New York's only other three-game winning streak this season was April 6-8.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 9:08:10 PM EST|