|CHICAGO CUBS ( FELDMAN )|
NY METS ( NIESE )
|951||CHICAGO CUBS||+110||Ov 7.5,-105||+110||Ov 7,-125|
|952||NY METS||-120||Un 7.5,-115||-120||Un 7,+105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-13||-2.6||8-13||3.5||0.228||0.280||4.0||0.245||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.8||5-2||3.3||0.202||0.269||5.0||0.262||0.307|
|vs Right-handed Starters||15-27||-15.5||23-18||4.0||0.228||0.286||4.6||0.271||0.325|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-4.2||4-3||3.7||0.221||0.281||4.1||0.269||0.297|
|6/4/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||3-4||L||170||7.5 un||U||8||8||0||8||4||1|
|6/5/2013||GARZA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||VARGAS(L)||8-6||W||145||7.5 ev||O||15||11||1||10||8||0|
|6/14/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||6-3||W||110||7.5 un||O||9||4||0||9||8||0|
|6/15/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|6/16/2013||GARZA(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||WOOD(L)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||JACKSON(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||FELDMAN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||HOUSTON|| || |
|6/1/2013||MCHUGH(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||1-8||L||-110||7 ov||O||5||4||1||13||7||0|
|6/2/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||SLOWEY(R)||6-11||L||-210||6.5 un||O||9||5||1||16||10||0|
|6/4/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-3||L||182||7.5 ov||U||4||4||0||7||6||2|
|6/5/2013||GEE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||10-1||W||145||7.5 ev||O||15||8||0||10||11||0|
|6/11/2013||HEFNER(R)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||2-9||L||+125||8 ov||O||5||6||2||12||7||1|
|6/12/2013||GEE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||5-1||W||+170||7.5 un||U||6||2||0||6||7||1|
|6/13/2013||HARVEY(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-2||L||+125||6.5 un||U||7||8||0||10||7||0|
|6/14/2013||MARCUM(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||3-6||L||-120||7.5 un||O||9||8||0||9||4||0|
|6/15/2013||NIESE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||HEFNER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)|| |
|6/17/2013||GEE(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|6/18/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||BEACHY(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||NIESE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|6/22/2013|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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).
|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 (CHICAGO CUBS-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Cubs-Mets Preview* ===================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Chicago (26-38) at New York (24-37), 1:10 p.m. EDT
Nate Schierholtz continues to make a case for remaining in the Chicago Cubs' lineup.
David DeJesus won't be in it for awhile.
Schierholtz looks to continue his hot hitting and help the Cubs win for the sixth time in seven road games against the New York Mets on Saturday.
Schierholtz has appeared in 50 of Chicago's 65 games, starting 43 while splitting time in right field with Scott Hairston.
Lately, Schierholtz's impressive stretch is giving him the edge over Hairston, who is batting .153 on the season.
Schierholtz is 9 for 26 (.346) with two homers, two triples and two doubles during a seven-game hitting streak. He's also homered four times over his last eight starts, matching his career high of nine set in 2011 with San Francisco.
Manager Dale Sveum has moved Schierholtz up to third in the order, dropping Anthony Rizzo to fifth. Schierholtz responded by connecting for a solo homer in the first inning of Friday's 6-3 win in the opener of this three-game series at Citi Field.
"I'm just kind of mixing it up. Right now you could say he's our best hitter," Sveum said.
Schierholtz has a .333 average against the Mets, his highest against any opponent with at least 65 at-bats. He's 9 for 23 (.391) with two homers and two triples over his last eight meetings.
Rizzo has a .405 average in nine games against New York after getting three hits Friday.
DeJesus is headed for the disabled list after injuring his right shoulder when he crashed into the outfield wall trying to make a catch Friday.
Ryan Sweeney, who may replace him in center, is 8 for 18 (.444) in six games versus New York, which has lost nine of 11.
The Cubs (27-38) will send Scott Feldman (5-5, 3.22 ERA) to the mound hoping he can come close to matching his most recent appearance against the Mets. The right-hander tossed 6 2-3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in an 8-2 home victory May 18.
He's making his first appearance in Flushing since June 13, 2008, when he gave up seven runs in five innings of a loss with Texas.
Feldman had one of his worst outings of the season in Monday's 6-2 loss to Cincinnati, yielding five runs and seven hits, including a grand slam, over six innings.
The Mets are scheduled to turn to Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.24) for the second time since skipping a turn in the rotation due to a sore shoulder.
Despite the injury, he's compiled a 1.37 ERA over his last three starts. The left-hander, though, is 0-1 over that stretch since he's been backed by five total runs, while the defense has committed three errors.
Niese was in line for the win Sunday against Miami after allowing three runs - two earned - in 6 2-3 innings, but New York's bullpen failed to hold a one-run lead before the Marlins won 8-4 in 10.
He's 0-2 with a 7.47 ERA in three home starts versus Chicago, losing 7-0 in the most recent July 8. He gave up four runs in the first before serving up a three-run homer to Starlin Castro and leaving after the seventh.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:19:14 AM EST|