|NY METS ( WHEELER )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SALE )
|975||NY METS||+140||Ov 7.5,-110||+160||Ov 7.5,+100|
|976||CHI WHITE SOX||-150||Un 7.5,-110||-170||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-11||+6.8||12-11||4.1||0.234||0.305||4.4||0.250||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5.2||3-2||5.1||0.277||0.342||3.3||0.251||0.315|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-30||-4.5||21-29||3.8||0.243||0.289||4.1||0.244||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||5-2||5.0||0.277||0.317||4.9||0.283||0.341|
|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)||4-3||W||175||7.5 ov||U||9||8||2||10||10||0|
|6/22/2013||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||7-8||L||105||9 un||O||10||8||1||12||4||2|
|6/23/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||8-0||W||-130||7.5 ov||O||12||6||0||4||4||1|
|6/25/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)|| |
|6/26/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/27/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|7/2/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|6/14/2013||SALE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||1-2||L||-185||7.5 un||U||6||8||2||5||6||0|
|6/15/2013||DANKS(L)||@ HOUSTON||HARRELL(R)||3-4||L||-120||8 un||U||8||6||0||6||2||1|
|6/16/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||4-5||L||-125||8.5 un||O||8||7||1||7||6||0|
|6/17/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ HOUSTON||NORRIS(R)||4-2||W||-105||8 ev||U||9||5||1||8||9||0|
|6/18/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ MINNESOTA||PELFREY(R)||5-7||L||130||8.5 ov||O||11||5||1||13||9||1|
|6/19/2013||SALE(L)||@ MINNESOTA||CORREIA(R)||4-7||L||-140||7 ov||O||9||5||2||10||11||0|
|6/20/2013||DANKS(L)||@ MINNESOTA||DIAMOND(L)||4-8||L||110||8 ov||O||10||8||2||15||8||1|
|6/21/2013||SANTIAGO(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||9-1||W||125||8.5 ov||O||11||7||0||3||2||1|
|6/22/2013||QUINTANA(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||3-2||W||110||8.5 un||U||9||8||0||7||6||0|
|6/23/2013||AXELROD(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||6-7||L||180||8 ev||O||11||10||2||12||8||0|
|6/25/2013||SALE(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|6/26/2013||DANKS(L)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/2/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|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.
|CHI WHITE SOX: HITTING: The departure of Juan Pierre opens things up for SS ALEXEI RAMIREZ to hit leadoff. 2B GORDON BECKHAM will get a fresh start, but his leash is shortening. 1B PAUL KONERKO faded last year. He's potential trade bait for the rebuilding Sox. Did DH ADAM DUNN need a year to adjust to A.L. pitching and DHing? With his contract, the Sox will have to find out. OF ALEJANDRO DE AZA's late-season surge probably wasn't for real, but it was enough to get him the inside track on a starting job with Carlos Quentin having been dealt to the Padres on New Year's Eve. OF ALEX RIOS has bounced back before, but at his age the odds are longer now. The organization believes in OF DAYAN VICIEDO. His improving approach and power fit well in U.S. Cellular, but he could platoon with KOSUKE FUKUDOME in left field. C A.J. PIERZYNSKI has motivation for one more solid season as free agency looms. 3B BRENT MOREL is good glove, but has a limited stick. OF/1B BRENT LILLIBRIDGE has an improving bat and can play just about anywhere. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOHN DANKS doesn't look like a true No. 1 starter, but he keeps consistently throwing strikes and has some swing-and-miss stuff. Maybe it's because he's fallen short of his once-elite prospect status, but GAVIN FLOYD seems to get no respect as a quality middle-of-the-rotation arm. He was especially good after adding a cutter/slider-type pitch last year. JAKE PEAVY isn't going to win another Cy Young, but unlike last year, his shoulder should be close to 100 percent. The big question will again be whether, as a flyball pitcher, he can keep the ball in the park at cozy U.S. Cellular. PHILIP HUMBER was a nice surprise in 2011, but don't be fooled. It wasn't a former top prospect finally figuring it out. It was a back-of-the-rotation arm getting some good breaks. CHRIS SALE will make the move to the rotation. He'll likely be on some pitch counts, but this is an exciting development. With his stuff (he already has a solid changeup to go with his fastball/slider combo) he has monster upside.
RELIEF PITCHING: With closer Sergio Santos shipped off to Toronto, youngster ADDISON REED figures to be the top candidate to close games. Any young closer is a risk, but Reed's fastball/slider combo has been dominant over two pro seasons. Lefty MATT THORNTON might have blown his chance to claim the closer role last year. He had regained his form as a top set-up man late in the year, but if Reed falters he might be no more than a committee guy. JESSE CRAIN chased strikeouts more aggressively last year, but he also issued more walks. He may miss the first couple weeks of the season with an oblique injury.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-CHI WHITE SOX) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-White Sox Preview* ========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
New York (30-42) at Chicago (31-42), 8:10 p.m. EDT
After an impressive big league debut last week, Zack Wheeler surely has New York Mets looking forward to his encore performance.
The visiting Mets send Wheeler to the mound opposite the Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale, who tries to snap a career-worst four-start losing streak Tuesday night.
Considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Wheeler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) lived up to the hype in the back end of last Tuesday's doubleheader at Atlanta. After watching Matt Harvey strike out 13 while winning the first game, Wheeler scattered four hits and fanned seven over six scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory.
"I hope people saw this," manager Terry Collins said of Harvey and Wheeler. "Certainly they're going to enjoy watching these two guys for a long time. They're going to be around. ... You got two guys that can win some baseball games for you."
It wasn't all smooth sailing for the 23-year-old Wheeler, who issued five walks. The right-hander threw just 55 of his 102 pitches for strikes.
"I had some jitters going at first," he said. "I settled down a little bit, probably the fourth or fifth inning I think it was, found a rhythm, settled down, and I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes."
Another solid outing from Wheeler could put even more pressure on Sale (5-6, 2.69), whose run support average of 2.69 is the lowest in the majors. Chicago (31-42), last in the AL with 272 runs, backed Sale with a combined five in his last four starts and he lost them all. The left-hander had never previously lost more than two straight decisions.
"It's tough, even for (Sale)," manager Robin Ventura told MLB's official website. "You feel like you have to throw up a one or two to be able to survive in that. That's not good for any pitcher to go out there and think that they have to do that."
Sale had his own problems Wednesday, though, allowing four runs and eight hits in five innings in a 7-4 defeat at Minnesota.
"I didn't have good command," said Sale, who had a 1.18 ERA in his previous five starts. "I was coming out of myself. I just kind of need to gather myself and get the flow again and regroup next time out."
Sale is making his first appearance against the Mets (30-42), who enter this two-game set having won six of nine. They were off Monday after an 8-0 victory at Philadelphia on Sunday, when Harvey threw six strong innings and David Wright went 4 for 5 with a homer, a triple and two doubles.
Wright is batting .405 with 14 extra-base hits in his last 17 games, including 9 for 19 with three homers and five RBIs over the past four.
"This guy is tired, beat up, yet he rides it when you need him," Collins said. "I've been around stars, and this guy's as good as any of them."
While Wright is a career .322 hitter in interleague play, he went 0 for 5 with three walks as the Mets split a two-game home series with Chicago from May 7-8.
The White Sox return home following a 3-7 road trip. Chicago appeared headed for a three-game sweep of Kansas City before Jesse Crain allowed three unearned runs in the eighth inning of Sunday's 7-6 loss.
"It's a tough way to lose a game," said Crain, who had made a franchise-record 29 consecutive scoreless appearances. "We had a chance to sweep the series, which we needed. We just have to look forward to the next game."
While Adam Dunn has hit .340 with seven homers and 17 RBIs in his last 14 games, Paul Konerko is batting .407 with a homer and five RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 11:17:50 AM EST|