|CINCINNATI ( LEAKE )|
NY METS ( NIESE )
|903||CINCINNATI||-125||Ov 7.5,+100||-110||Ov 8,-115|
|904||NY METS||+115||Un 7.5,-120||+100||Un 8,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-7||-0.9||9-4||4.6||0.257||0.334||4.2||0.227||0.277|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.5||4-3||4.9||0.283||0.356||2.3||0.219||0.271|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-15||-7.3||14-9||4.3||0.231||0.295||4.7||0.267||0.330|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.6||2-5||3.3||0.227||0.271||4.7||0.248||0.302|
|5/14/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ MIAMI||NOLASCO(R)||6-2||W||-165||7 ev||O||10||8||0||6||4||0|
|5/15/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)||4-0||W||-175||8 un||U||11||9||0||11||12||0|
|5/16/2013||LATOS(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||5-3||W||-160||7 un||O||8||7||0||6||4||1|
|5/17/2013||CINGRANI(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||3-5||L||110||7 un||O||8||8||1||6||6||0|
|5/18/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||10-0||W||-105||8 un||O||16||12||0||6||7||0|
|5/19/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||2-3||L||-150||8 ev||U||9||8||1||9||7||1|
|5/20/2013||CUETO(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||4-3||W||-145||7.5 ev||U||8||9||0||5||6||1|
|5/21/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/22/2013||LATOS(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|5/24/2013||ARROYO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|5/25/2013||BAILEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|5/26/2013||CUETO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|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)||4-3||W||150||9 ev||U||7||3||0||8||5||0|
|5/27/2013||NIESE(L)||NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|5/28/2013|| ||NY YANKEES|| || |
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|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 (CINCINNATI-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Mets Preview* ===================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Cincinnati (26-18) at New York (17-24), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Jay Bruce is on a tear, and his recent results against the New York Mets could be described the same way.
A day after his home run proved to be the difference, Bruce looks to continue pounding the Mets as the Cincinnati Reds attempt to extend their dominance at Citi Field on Tuesday night.
Bruce, a career .257 hitter, is on an 11-game hitting streak. The right fielder owns a .400 average with five homers, seven doubles and 14 RBIs in that stretch.
He's also approaching his career-high 13-game hit streak set as a rookie July 27-Aug. 9, 2008.
Bruce has been just as effective against the Mets of late, going 10 for 27 (.370) with five homers, four doubles and 11 RBIs in the last seven meetings. He has two hits in each of the last four matchups, with three homers, four doubles and seven runs in that span.
Bruce was at it again Monday, hitting a go-ahead shot as Cincinnati (27-18) took the opener of this three-game set 4-3, its eighth win in 10 games at Citi Field.
Baker is expected to turn to Mike Leake (3-2, 3.72 ERA), who remains in the rotation despite Johnny Cueto's return from the disabled list Monday.
Leake's latest effort was his best of the season, as the right-hander scattered nine hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 4-0 win at Miami on Wednesday. He had lost two of his previous three outings with a 5.17 ERA.
"He's doing better than some of the guys on our staff," Baker said of the possibility of Leake losing his rotation spot. "I don't understand why it was coming down between him and somebody else anyway. Leake has pitched well. It shouldn't have been thought of."
Leake has posted a 1.65 ERA in four starts versus the Mets, but is just 1-1 in those games as he received two or fewer runs of support in three of them.
He didn't need much help at home against New York on Aug. 15, tossing a four-hitter in a 6-1 victory. Leake has limited David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis to a combined 3 for 28.
Davis hasn't posed a threat to anyone this season, as his .152 average is third-worst in the major leagues.
The first baseman has been particularly bad over the past nine games, going 1 for 33 with 13 strikeouts. He's 6 for 30 with two RBIs in nine career home meetings with Cincinnati.
New York has dropped four in a row and nine of 11 at home, averaging 2.2 runs in that span.
Jonathon Niese (3-4, 5.40) will try to build on his longest start of the season. The left-hander yielded two runs in 7 1-3 innings of a 5-2 win at St. Louis on Thursday, ending the Mets' season high-tying six-game losing streak. He had allowed 15 runs in 8 1-3 innings over his previous two starts.
Niese has gone 1-2 with a 5.61 ERA while giving up six homers in four starts against the Reds, losing both home outings.
One of those came June 16, a 4-1 defeat in which he allowed a three-run first-inning homer to Bruce before surrendering another run and leaving after the seventh.
The Mets' Marlon Byrd has gone 6 for 16 (.375) with two homers and six RBIs over his last six games.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:24:00 AM EST|