|NY METS ( HEFNER )|
PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )
|953||NY METS||+155||Ov 7.5,-110||+165||Ov 7.5,+100|
|954||PHILADELPHIA||-165||Un 7.5,-110||-175||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-11||+4||11-10||3.9||0.227||0.299||4.7||0.253||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.3||1-3||3.4||0.238||0.299||3.1||0.237||0.321|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-30||-5||30-28||3.7||0.252||0.308||4.5||0.266||0.319|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||4-3||4.1||0.282||0.327||5.1||0.265||0.309|
|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)||4-3||W||100||7 un||P||7||8||0||6||6||1|
|6/18/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||6-1||W||175||7 ov||P||14||10||1||7||12||2|
|6/19/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)||3-5||L||175||7.5 un||O||6||2||0||7||8||1|
|6/20/2013||NIESE(L)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-3||W||175||7.5 un||U||9||6||1||13||11||3|
|6/21/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|6/22/2013||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|6/25/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||NIESE(L)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/27/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|6/7/2013||LEE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIGARO(R)||4-5||L||-130||8 un||O||7||5||2||11||10||0|
|6/8/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)||3-4||L||120||8.5 un||U||10||6||0||11||8||0|
|6/9/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||1-9||L||140||8.5 un||O||5||2||1||8||3||0|
|6/11/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||WALTERS(R)||2-3||L||-115||8 un||U||7||6||0||9||6||1|
|6/12/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||3-4||L||120||8.5 ov||U||7||5||0||12||9||0|
|6/13/2013||LEE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||3-2||W||-140||7.5 un||U||16||16||0||3||1||2|
|6/14/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||8-7||W||115||9.5 ov||O||13||8||0||13||7||0|
|6/15/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||5-10||L||150||10 ov||O||11||8||2||18||12||1|
|6/16/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||2-5||L||105||9.5 un||U||6||3||0||9||6||0|
|6/21/2013||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|6/22/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|6/23/2013||LANNAN(L)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|6/24/2013||LEE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|6/25/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)|| |
|6/27/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||@ LA DODGERS|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Phillies Preview* =======================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
New York (27-41) at Philadelphia (35-38), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Wins haven't been easy to come by for Philadelphia's Cole Hamels, but he got the best of the New York Mets earlier this season.
Manager Terry Collins' club has generally struggled in the series of late.
Hoping to avoid becoming the majors' first 11-game loser, Hamels tries to lead the Phillies to a sixth consecutive win over the visiting Mets in Friday night's opener.
After posting double-digit wins in each of the previous six seasons, Hamels (2-10, 4.40 ERA) has had a rough go this year. The three-time All-Star, who went a career-best 17-6 in 2012, is tied with the Los Angeles Angels' Joe Blanton for the most losses in baseball.
"I'm not happy about it, because there's a reason I want to be here, and that's to win," Hamels, whose run support average of 2.97 ranks as one of the NL's lowest, told MLB's official website.
Hamels went toe-to-toe with Colorado's Jhoulys Chacin on Sunday but suffered another loss in a 5-2 defeat, allowing three runs in seven innings. Hamels, who lost a career-high 11 games in 2009 and 2010, fell to 1-1 in three June starts despite posting a 2.70 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 20 innings.
"He's one of the toughest lefties in the game," Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer said. "I know his record and ERA is what it is, but he's still got great stuff."
Hamels is 3-0 with a 3.07 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 41 innings in his last six outings versus New York (28-41). He walked a career high-tying six but allowed one run and two hits over six innings in a 5-1 victory at Citi Field on April 28. Lucas Duda is 1 for 12 against Hamels and John Buck is 2 for 25. Those two hits, though, were homers.
Hamels hasn't been alone in baffling the Mets, who have hit .208 in dropping nine of 10 versus Philadelphia (35-38), including the last five by a 33-11 margin.
The Phillies are looking to regroup after their season-high six-game home winning streak was snapped Wednesday in a 6-2, 11-inning loss to Washington. Jonathan Papelbon blew his second save in three chances before Michael Stutes surrendered a grand slam in the 11th.
"This is a game of fundamentals. We got to do fundamentals right," said Papelbon, who wasn't pleased with his team's defensive positioning. "It's a simple game. Every little thing that goes into every pre-pitch, we got to do better."
The Mets just took three of five at NL East-leading Atlanta, winning 4-3 in Thursday's finale. David Wright went 3 for 4 with a pair of solo homers and Andrew Brown also went deep.
"It's a good feeling to come in here and take this series against this team, because they're obviously one of the elite," said Wright, hitting .407 with four homers during a 14-game stretch.
Wright is 18 for 54 (.333) with four homers against Hamels.
New York counters with Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 3.96), who allowed three runs - one earned - and six hits in five innings in Sunday's 4-3 walkoff win over the Chicago Cubs.
The right-hander has been knocked around in his last two starts versus Philadelphia. After yielding a career-worst seven runs and failing to record an out before being removed in a 16-1 defeat Sept. 20, Hefner surrendered a season-high five earned runs in three innings in a 7-3 road loss April 10 - his shortest start of the year.
Domonic Brown is 2 for 2 with a homer versus Hefner, and Jimmy Rollins is 3 for 7 with two doubles.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 3:40:20 PM EST|