|ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )|
NY METS ( MARCUM )
|963||ATLANTA||-130||Ov 8,-115||-130||Ov 8,+110|
|964||NY METS||+120||Un 8,-105||+120||Un 8,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-13||+3.9||18-13||4.4||0.244||0.312||3.5||0.246||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||7-0||+7||3-4||5.6||0.271||0.333||2.3||0.196||0.247|
|vs Right-handed Starters||9-18||-10.5||16-10||4.2||0.229||0.293||4.8||0.267||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.7||3-4||2.6||0.211||0.265||5.6||0.265||0.321|
|5/12/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||1-5||L||105||7.5 un||U||4||8||2||10||12||1|
|5/13/2013||MINOR(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||10-1||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||13||7||0||10||8||1|
|5/14/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||0-2||L||125||9 ov||U||4||7||0||8||6||1|
|5/15/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||3-5||L||-115||8 ev||P||11||12||0||10||6||2|
|5/17/2013||MAHOLM(L)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||8-5||W||-125||7 ov||O||9||9||1||10||7||2|
|5/18/2013||MEDLEN(R)||LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||3-1||W||-160||7.5 ov||U||7||3||1||2||4||0|
|5/19/2013||MINOR(L)||LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||5-2||W||-205||8 ev||U||7||10||0||3||4||3|
|5/24/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||7-5||W||-150||7.5 ev||O||10||9||2||10||10||0|
|5/25/2013||MINOR(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||6-0||W||-155||7 ov||U||11||6||0||6||9||0|
|5/26/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|5/27/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)|| |
|5/28/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ TORONTO||MORROW(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|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||HUGHES(R)|| |
|5/28/2013||HARVEY(R)||NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/29/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PHELPS(R)|| |
|5/30/2013||GEE(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|5/31/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ MIAMI||SANABIA(R)|| |
|6/1/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|6/2/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|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 (ATLANTA-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Mets Preview* =====================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Atlanta (29-18) at New York (17-28), 8:05 p.m. EDT
While the Atlanta Braves continue to roll, the New York Mets remain in a free fall.
The Braves can win nine in a row by handing the Mets a ninth consecutive home loss Sunday night.
Things proved doubly delightful Saturday for Atlanta (30-18) after it won the conclusion of Friday's suspended game 7-5 in 10 innings, then rolled to a 6-0 victory over New York in the regularly scheduled contest. The Braves, who won 10 straight from April 5-16, have outscored their last eight opponents 47-21.
Atlanta has won 15 of 18 over the Mets (17-29), including five straight and seven of eight at Citi Field. New York is 0-5 on an eight-game homestand and in the midst of its longest slide in Queens since it dropped nine straight Sept. 7-20.
"As I said before, when you're playing bad baseball, you've got to play perfect baseball to win," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "And so when we don't execute some things, certainly it comes back to hurt us."
Dan Uggla hit an RBI single in the 10th inning of the suspended game that the Braves led 5-3 before the Mets scored twice in the bottom of the eighth before the rains came.
"Sometimes you wonder how long these games will last," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I'm glad we were able to finish it off."
Mike Minor then allowed three hits and struck out 10 over 7 1-3 innings, and hit a two-run homer for the Braves. Chris Johnson added two more hits, and is batting .542 (13 for 24) in his last eight games after he went 0 for 17 in his previous six.
Teammate Freddie Freeman is batting .444 (8 for 18) with two homers and seven RBIs against the Mets this season.
Freeman and Johnson are a combined 3 for 19 against scheduled New York starter Shaun Marcum (0-5, 6.59 ERA), who is 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in four starts against the Braves. The only start Marcum did not lose this season came when he gave up three runs in 4 1-3 innings of a 7-5 win at Atlanta on May 3.
The right-hander struck out a season-high seven but allowed three of his four runs in the first inning and lasted six in Monday's 4-3 loss to Cincinnati.
"We've been through this now for what, five starts? I get hit, it's location. I made four or five mistakes today and they all got hit," Marcum said. "Got to limit the mistakes."
The Braves counter with Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.99), who allowed 13 runs in 16 innings while not earning a decision in his first three starts, but has yielded nine in 33 2-3 innings over the last five. He gave up a homer and four other hits in 8 1-3 innings of a 5-1 win over Minnesota on Monday.
"For the experience of being out there in the ninth inning - maybe he was a little tired - but you've got to dig deep a little bit," Gonzalez said. "It was good for him."
The right-hander is 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA in two appearances against the Mets. In his only start in 2011 at Citi Field, he gave up a run in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-1 victory.
It's uncertain how much Teheran will see of New York's Ike Davis, who is 2 for 44 (.045) with 19 strikeouts in his last 13 games.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 5:20:35 AM EST|