|WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )|
NY METS ( WHEELER )
|903||WASHINGTON||-120||Ov 7.5,-105||-130||Ov 7,-125|
|904||NY METS||+110||Un 7.5,-115||+120||Un 7,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||28-30||-7.2||29-26||3.4||0.233||0.288||4.1||0.257||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.3||3-3||3.7||0.258||0.314||4.7||0.278||0.319|
|vs Left-handed Starters||15-13||+5.3||14-12||4.0||0.231||0.300||4.4||0.245||0.305|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||4-3||4.9||0.253||0.302||3.1||0.228||0.278|
|6/16/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||0-2||L||-115||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||4||5||2|
|6/17/2013||HAREN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)||4-5||L||-115||8.5 ov||O||9||6||0||12||10||0|
|6/18/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||2-4||L||150||7 un||U||6||4||0||9||6||0|
|6/19/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||6-2||W||-120||7.5 ov||O||8||6||0||4||5||0|
|6/23/2013||DETWILER(L)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||6-7||L||-130||7.5 ev||O||13||11||0||13||5||2|
|6/28/2013||DETWILER(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||6-4||W||150||6.5 ov||O||8||3||2||9||9||0|
|6/29/2013||TAYLOR(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||1-5||L||100||8 ov||U||7||7||3||9||10||0|
|6/30/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/4/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE||HAND(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|7/7/2013|| ||SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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)||3-0||W||110||8.5 un||U||7||3||0||4||3||1|
|6/27/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)||3-2||W||170||10.5 un||U||9||8||1||8||4||0|
|7/5/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|7/7/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|WASHINGTON: HITTING: The Nats were among the eight worst teams in the majors in runs (3.88 per game), BA (.242), OBP (.309) and OPS (.691). Much of that had to do with the first two spots in the batting order hitting .285 OBP and .283 OBP respectively. OF ROGER BERNADINA (.301 OBP) and SS IAN DESMOND (.298 OBP) were the regular 1-2 hitters in the order. $126 million OF JAYSON WERTH was also to blame, batting .232 with a meager 58 RBI in 561 at-bats. 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN also missed two months with an abdominal problem and had a down year with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 101 games. But OF MIKE MORSE had a breakout season, leading the Nats in batting (.303), HR (31) and RBI (95). 1B ADAM LaROCHE suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, but should be fully healed. Washington is counting on a pair of talented 24-year-olds to contribute a little more in 2B DANNY ESPINOSA (.236 BA, 21 HR) and C WILSON RAMOS (15 HR in 389 AB). |
STARTING PITCHING: STEPHEN STRASBURG is back fully healed from Tommy John surgery, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings in 2012. That's still enough time to strike out 150 batters and win a dozen games though. In sending four quality prospects to Oakland, the Nats paid a huge price for GIO GONZALEZ. They hope he can overcome his control issues and become an elite No. 2. Well-traveled EDWIN JACKSON was also brought in to help bolster the rotation. He joins his sixth different club since 2008, but Jackson is just 28 years old and was serviceable after being traded to St. Louis last year (5-2, 3.58 ERA). JORDAN ZIMMERMANN was in the same boat as Strasburg last year, coming off elbow surgery and limited to 161.1 innings. But in that time, he had a team-best 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K-to-BB ratio (124 K, 31 BB). JOHN LANNAN remains the top lefty in the Nats rotation with a team-high 10 wins in 2011. He dominated left-handed hitters last year (.211 BA, 55 K in 185 AB), but still needs to improve his weak 1.4 K-to-BB ratio (106 K, 76 BB).
RELIEF PITCHING: DREW STOREN had a phenomenal first year as a full-time closer, saving 43-of-48 games with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74 K in 75.1 innings. His role will remain the same in 2012 once he returns from the 15-day DL (elbow) to start the season. Newcomer BRAD LIDGE was limited to 25 innings because of shoulder problems last year, but he appears to be the closer until Storen returns. The Nats have arguably the best set-up man in the game in TYLER CLIPPARD, who led the majors with 38 holds and posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.84 WHIP for the season. He held opponents to a .162 average and fanned 104 batters in 88.1 innings of work. Lefty SEAN BURNETT saw a huge decline in his numbers, as his ERA rose from 2.14 to 3.81 and his WHIP jumped from 1.14 to 1.32. This was mostly due to a diminishing strikeout rate (8.9 to 5.2 last year).
|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 (WASHINGTON-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Nationals-Mets Preview* ========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Washington (40-39) at New York (32-44), 1:10 p.m. EDT
New York Mets manager Terry Collins revealed this week Zack Wheeler had been tipping his breaking pitches.
The rookie right-hander doesn't think that'll be an issue moving forward.
Wheeler will make his Citi Field debut Sunday in the series finale against the Washington Nationals.
While it's hard to make many conclusions about Wheeler (1-0, 3.18 ERA) after two major league starts, Collins - and others - noticed the 23-year-old has been telegraphing his off-speed stuff. Collins said the staff briefly addressed it with Wheeler during a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday when he gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings.
"Guys look for it all the time. It starts with the glove," said Collins, who said he received about 10 text messages and emails from those who pinpointed Wheeler's flaw. "Moving the glove there's different things to look for and then all of sudden you start to look when he speeds up, when he slows down, what the pitches are. You start to get a read on it."
Wheeler, who threw six shutout innings in his debut - a 6-1 victory over Atlanta on June 18 - also has been working with pitching coach Dan Warthen to correct his arm slot.
"I don't think it's anything too difficult," the 2009 first-round pick told the Mets' official website. "Just a little small tweak here and there, and we'll be good to go."
Wheeler's curveball improved his last time out, but getting ahead of hitters - he's already thrown 211 pitches and walked eight - are a concern.
So is the Mets' 15-24 record in Queens, but New York (33-44) has a chance to win its second series over the Nationals (40-40) in town this season after evening this three-game set with Saturday's 5-1 victory.
Winners of nine of 14 overall, the Mets will get their second look at Gio Gonzalez (4-3, 3.31) this season.
The left-hander yielded five runs, walked four and lasted just four innings in a 7-6 victory at Citi Field on April 20 - the Nationals' only victory in that three-game set.
Since then, Gonzalez has surrendered two runs or fewer in 10 of 12 starts. He has a 2.16 ERA in five appearances this month, but he has just one win to show for that. That came Tuesday when he allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings of a 7-5 win over Arizona, his first victory in nine starts.
The two-time All-Star had a 2.18 run-support average since his last victory May 5.
"Seeing these guys come alive, swing the bat, it's always a nice thing to see, especially when you start getting in a rhythm like that," Gonzalez said.
Mets newcomer Eric Young Jr. is in a nice rhythm, batting .400 with seven RBIs during a team-best eight-game hitting streak.
New York's Marlon Byrd and David Wright, who both went 1 for 2 off Gonzalez on April 20, lead the team with six and five homers, respectively, this month.
Washington shortstop Ian Desmond has eight homers this month with 25 RBIs - the most by a National in June. The franchise record for RBIs in June was 30 set by Moises Alou in 1994 with Montreal.
Desmond has team highs of three homers and five RBIs as Washington has dropped four of seven to New York this season.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:07:26 AM EST|