|NY METS ( WHEELER )|
ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )
|Doubleheader Game #2|
|903||NY METS||+165||Ov 7.5,-110||+175||Ov 7,-115|
|904||ATLANTA||-175||Un 7.5,-110||-185||Un 7,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||9-11||-0.5||11-9||3.8||0.218||0.289||5.0||0.253||0.314|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.7||2-4||2.6||0.205||0.261||4.0||0.244||0.295|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-20||+3.6||25-21||4.3||0.245||0.312||3.4||0.246||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.2||2-4||3.1||0.227||0.290||3.9||0.249||0.302|
|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)||2-5||L||-120||7 ov||P||6||6||2||11||16||1|
|6/16/2013||HEFNER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||4-3||W||-110||7.5 ev||U||6||6||2||7||6||1|
|6/17/2013||GEE(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||1-2||L||175||7.5 ov||U||7||8||0||5||4||0|
|6/18/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/18/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|6/19/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||NIESE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/6/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||0-5||L||-115||7 un||U||7||7||0||7||1||0|
|6/7/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-2||L||-110||7 un||U||8||8||1||6||5||0|
|6/8/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||2-1||W||-145||7.5 un||U||9||8||1||8||8||0|
|6/9/2013||MINOR(L)||@ LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||8-1||W||-165||7.5 un||O||7||6||0||8||11||1|
|6/10/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||6-7||L||-135||7.5 un||O||9||6||0||8||0||0|
|6/11/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-3||L||-130||7 un||U||6||4||0||5||5||0|
|6/12/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||3-5||L||-125||8 un||P||10||9||1||7||6||1|
|6/14/2013||MEDLEN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||0-6||L||-135||7 un||U||3||3||0||11||7||1|
|6/15/2013||MINOR(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)||6-5||W||-185||7 ov||O||11||9||2||11||8||1|
|6/16/2013||TEHERAN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||3-0||W||-165||7.5 ev||U||7||8||0||7||8||1|
|6/17/2013||HUDSON(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)||2-1||W||-185||7.5 ov||U||5||4||0||7||8||0|
|6/18/2013||WOOD(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|6/18/2013||MAHOLM(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|6/19/2013||MEDLEN(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|6/20/2013||MINOR(L)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|6/21/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||HUDSON(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)|| |
|6/23/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIGARO(R)|| |
|6/25/2013|| ||@ KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Braves C Gattis being placed on DL in new last graf.)
*Mets-Braves Preview* =====================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
New York (25-40) at Atlanta (42-28), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Rain delayed the opener of a five-game series between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets by three and a half hours.
It could wreak similar havoc on Tuesday's scheduled doubleheader, as the forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms all day long with a 60 percent chance of precipitation.
If the rain stays away, this twinbill offers a tempting look at the Mets' future. They send 24-year-old Matt Harvey (5-1, 2.04 ERA) to the mound in the first game followed by 23-year-old Zack Wheeler making his major league debut in the nightcap.
Harvey has dipped slightly since jumping out to a 5-0 record in his first nine starts while holding opposing hitters to a .149 average. In his last five starts, opponents are batting .277 against him as the Mets (25-40) have gone 1-4. The right-hander hasn't won win since May 17 and is coming off his first loss of the season Thursday against St. Louis, even though he allowed one run in seven innings of a 2-1 defeat.
"He's as good as you're going to face in the big leagues," Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter said. "He's got electric stuff."
Harvey would get most of the headlines Tuesday if not for the debut of Wheeler, the sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft. He was dealt to New York in 2011 as part of the trade that sent Carlos Beltran to San Francisco.
"I know it's going to be a big moment in my life," Wheeler said. "There's probably going to be some nerves."
He posted a 3.93 ERA in 13 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas this year, highlighted by 73 strikeouts in 68 2-3 innings.
Wheeler is not the only pitcher marking a first, however.
The Braves (42-28) will give Alex Wood (0-0, 3.52) his first start in the major leagues in the afternoon game. The 22-year-old Wood has yet to throw more than 36 pitches or two innings in six relief outings. He has struck out nine batters over 7 2-3 innings and opposing batters are hitting .185 off the left-hander.
While the early game will feature two young pitchers, the night contest includes a matchup between one man making his first start and one making his 231st in Paul Maholm (7-5, 3.65).
The left-hander has been a little shaky of late, allowing a homer in four straight starts while going 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA. Most recently, he tied a season high with three walks against San Diego, as he allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 defeat Wednesday.
Maholm has plenty of experience against the Mets, with a 6-3 lifetime record and 3.58 ERA. He has held them scoreless for 22 1-3 straight innings, including a three-hitter Aug. 10.
He faces a New York team averaging 2.6 runs in its last nine games. The Mets, losers of 11 of 14, rank last in the major leagues with 42 runs in June.
Though the emphasis will be on the mound Tuesday, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was the story Monday night, giving Atlanta a 2-1 victory with his two-run homer in the ninth inning. It marked Freeman's ninth home run against the Mets, his most against any team, and he now has a .311 lifetime average against New York. He has four multihit games against the Mets this season while batting .423.
The Braves, though, will have to find a way to replace Evan Gattis' production after the catcher was placed on the disabled list with an oblique strain on Tuesday. Gattis, who is second on the team with 14 homers and 37 RBIs, suffered the injury in his final at-bat Monday.
|Last Updated: 1/18/2018 9:27:12 PM EST|