|NY METS ( GEE )|
CHICAGO CUBS ( WOOD )
|909||NY METS||+135||Ov 8.5,-105||+140||Ov 9,-110|
|910||CHICAGO CUBS||-145||Un 8.5,-115||-150||Un 9,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-10||-2.8||11-6||4.1||0.225||0.297||5.4||0.259||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.9||3-4||3.0||0.212||0.269||5.0||0.264||0.332|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-16||-0.4||17-13||4.6||0.261||0.313||4.1||0.228||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.3||5-2||5.6||0.278||0.310||3.0||0.237||0.280|
|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)||2-8||L||120||8.5 un||O||9||7||1||11||6||1|
|5/19/2013||GEE(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||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)||8-2||W||-130||8.5 un||O||11||6||1||9||7||1|
|5/19/2013||WOOD(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/21/2013||GARZA(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||WOOD(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)|| |
|5/26/2013|| ||@ 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 NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
New York (16-23) at Chicago (17-24), 2:20 p.m. EDT
Enjoying plenty of early season success, Travis Wood has been as reliable as could be for the Chicago Cubs.
The same can't be said for the New York Mets' Dillon Gee, who hasn't been able to get it together.
Looking to win a third consecutive start, Wood takes the mound opposite Gee as the Cubs and Mets conclude a three-game set Sunday at Wrigley Field.
Among the major league leaders with a .175 opponent batting average, Wood (4-2, 2.03 ERA) has allowed three or fewer runs and gone at least six innings in all eight of his outings. He's already two victories away from matching his total from all of last season.
"He's doing a lot of this without secondary pitches," manager Dale Sveum told MLB's official website. "It's not like he's throwing a lot of curveballs or changeups. He's mixing in those pitches and using them when he has to against people who are vulnerable, and able to use both sides of the plate and be aggressive."
After allowing one run and six hits over 6 2-3 innings during a 2-1 win over St. Louis on May 7, Wood scattered two hits over seven scoreless frames in Monday's 9-1 victory over Colorado.
"Tomorrow's a new day. You've got to get after it and put my work in," said Wood, who went 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA against the Mets last season. "If I feel like I need to work on something, work on it and take the ball that fifth day and hopefully be able to keep it going."
Having recorded one quality start in eight tries, Gee (2-5, 6.13) is just hoping to get on track. The right-hander's woes continued Tuesday in a 10-4 loss at St. Louis, surrendering six runs, nine hits and three walks over four innings.
"I don't know what's going on," said Gee, who induced 12 ground balls. "I don't even know what to say, really. I didn't feel all that bad tonight. I'm a ground-ball guy, and I think seven ground-ball hits got through. I don't know what else to do."
Gee's 11.34 road ERA is by far the highest mark among NL pitchers with at least four road starts. He had gone 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA versus Chicago (18-24) before allowing one run over eight innings in a 3-1 victory July 7.
Gee will try to slow down a Cubs team that's won five of seven while hitting .368 with runners in scoring position. Chicago went 4 for 9 in such situations Saturday, and Nate Schierholtz and Anthony Rizzo both went deep in the 8-2 victory.
"Whenever you get an opportunity to get runs, you gotta seize those opportunities," said Rizzo, batting .390 with four homers and 16 RBIs in the last 21 games.
Rizzo is 12 for 29 with two long balls in seven games against the Mets (16-24).
After taking Friday's series opener, New York lost for the seventh time in nine games. The Mets are hitting .223 and have posted a 5.96 ERA during that stretch.
"If you get down and you let this get to you, you're going to lose 10 in a row," manager Terry Collins said. "You've got to stay upbeat."
Ike Davis is mired in a 1-for-30 slump and Ruben Tejada is one for his last 25. Lucas Duda has also struggled, going 7 for 50 this month.
While some of his teammates look lost at he plate, second baseman Daniel Murphy has gone 14 for 28 with one homer and five doubles during a seven-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 10:22:18 AM EST|