|NY METS ( MARCUM )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( DANKS )
|927||NY METS||+125||Ov 8,-120||+120||Ov 8.5,-110|
|928||CHI WHITE SOX||-135||Un 8,+100||-130||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-12||+5.8||13-11||4.1||0.231||0.302||4.5||0.249||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||5-3||+4.2||4-2||5.0||0.264||0.328||3.5||0.248||0.315|
|vs Right-handed Starters||26-30||-3.5||22-29||3.8||0.243||0.290||4.1||0.242||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1||6-1||5.1||0.274||0.326||5.1||0.275||0.332|
|6/12/2013||GEE(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||5-1||W||+170||7.5 un||U||7||2||0||6||7||0|
|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)||4-5||L||165||7.5 un||O||5||3||1||7||7||1|
|6/26/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)|| |
|6/27/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|7/3/2013|| ||ARIZONA|| || |
|6/14/2013||SALE(L)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||1-2||L||-185||7.5 un||U||6||8||2||6||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)||5-4||W||-175||7.5 un||O||7||7||1||5||3||1|
|6/26/2013||DANKS(L)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)|| |
|6/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|6/28/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|7/3/2013|| ||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 JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
New York (30-42) at Chicago (31-42), 8:10 p.m. EDT
Shaun Marcum has finished five consecutive seasons with a winning record.
The right-hander is still looking for his first win with the New York Mets, however, as he takes the mound against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
"It's been a three-month ordeal for me," said Marcum, signed by the Mets this year after two winning seasons with Milwaukee and three for Toronto.
Marcum (0-9, 5.76 ERA) has lost four straight starts for New York (30-43). A lack of offensive help has been a problem all season, as his 2.43 run support average would be the lowest in the majors if he had thrown enough innings to qualify. However, Marcum hasn't done much to help himself in his last two outings, posting a 9.58 ERA.
He had a season-high four walks and allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings of last Wednesday's 5-3 loss in Atlanta. It was his shortest start since May 10.
"He's had some rough starts, but he's also pitched very well at times," manager Terry Collins said.
The good news for Marcum is that he's always fared well versus the White Sox, though he hasn't faced them since 2010. All five starts he made against them were Toronto victories as he went 3-0 with a 2.48 ERA. Chicago is the only AL team to which he's never lost besides Texas.
The White Sox (32-42) nearly suffered an ugly loss Tuesday, when Gordon Beckham flubbed a pop-up in the ninth inning to allow the tying run to come home for the Mets. However, Alexei Ramirez's RBI single in the bottom of the inning gave Chicago a 5-4 win.
"You're at a loss to describe it," manager Robin Ventura said. "At least they gathered together and scored a run in the next inning. But it's just a communication thing, and you got to clean it up."
The White Sox are tied for fifth in the majors with 54 errors, including two in the eighth inning Sunday that helped Kansas City steal a 7-6 victory.
John Danks (1-4, 5.40) also has had a rough go of it. The left-hander hasn't had much help from his teammates, getting 17 runs of support over six starts this season.
Then again, Danks hasn't pitched very well in his last two outings and lost both, recording an 8.18 ERA while opposing batters hit .354. That includes Thursday's 8-4 loss at Minnesota as he surrendered 12 hits and four home runs, both career highs, while giving up six runs in five innings.
"You can't just point out one thing that's gone wrong at this point," said Danks, who has never faced the Mets.
At least he's back at U.S. Cellular Field, where he has a 2.57 ERA on the season compared to 7.29 on the road. Nine of the 10 home runs Danks has allowed have come away from home.
New York's Eric Young snapped a streak of three straight multihit games Tuesday, but he did record a double for the fourth straight game. Prior to Friday, he had gone 15 straight games without an extra-base hit.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 4:25:09 AM EST|