|ARIZONA ( CORBIN )|
NY METS ( HEFNER )
|905||ARIZONA||-135||Ov 7,-115||-130||Ov 7,-115|
|906||NY METS||+125||Un 7,-105||+120||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-26||+1.5||26-27||4.5||0.259||0.316||4.3||0.258||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||3-3||3.0||0.242||0.305||5.3||0.299||0.387|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-14||+5.4||16-12||4.0||0.233||0.305||4.6||0.248||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.3||4-3||3.7||0.241||0.305||4.4||0.240||0.300|
|6/25/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-7||L||125||7.5 ov||O||14||10||1||11||7||1|
|6/26/2013||MILEY(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-3||L||140||7.5 un||U||4||5||1||8||6||0|
|6/27/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||3-2||W||125||7 un||U||10||9||0||8||8||0|
|6/28/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||0-3||L||155||8 un||U||4||4||0||11||11||0|
|6/29/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ ATLANTA||HUDSON(R)||5-11||L||135||7.5 ev||O||10||9||1||11||10||0|
|6/30/2013||CAHILL(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||2-6||L||140||8 un||P||8||6||1||10||10||0|
|7/1/2013||MILEY(L)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||4-5||L||-120||7.5 ev||O||11||11||1||16||20||0|
|7/2/2013||CORBIN(L)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/3/2013||DELGADO(R)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|7/4/2013||KENNEDY(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/5/2013||CAHILL(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|7/8/2013||DELGADO(R)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|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||HAND(R)|| |
|7/6/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|7/7/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|7/8/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|7/9/2013|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || |
|ARIZONA: HITTING: Arizona's offense placed ninth in the majors in runs (4.5 per game), homers (172) and OPS (.736), thanks in big part to its young outfield trio. OF JUSTIN UPTON, 24, had a career year and led his team with a .289 BA, 31 HR, 88 RBI, 105 runs and a .369 OBP. OF GERARDO PARRA may have won a Gold Glove, but OF JASON KUBEL is the new leftfielder. Kubel's power numbers will improve in the desert. OF CHRIS YOUNG's .236 BA was poor, but his .331 OBP allowed him to score 89 times and swipe a team-high 22 SB. 1B PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, 24, belted 30 homers in 103 Double-A games and continued his power in the majors with eight bombs in 156 at-bats. 3B RYAN ROBERTS (19 HR, 86 runs) and C MIGUEL MONTERO (18 HR, 86 RBI) also had career-best seasons. 2B AARON HILL was a great midseason acquisition from Toronto, tallying an .878 OPS in 33 games with Arizona. SS STEPHEN DREW batted only .252 with 5 HR in half a season before fracturing his ankle. He'll probably return in early May, and speedy WILLIE BLOOMQUIST will replace him in the starting lineup. |
STARTING PITCHING: D-backs starters won 71 games, sixth-most in baseball. IAN KENNEDY won 21 of those contests and led the team with a 2.88 ERA and 198 strikeouts. He also held batters to a .210 BA at hitter-friendly Chase Field. DANIEL HUDSON was strong in all facets as well, notching 16 wins, 169 K and a 3.49 ERA. He pitches like a seasoned veteran, but he's only 25. Newcomer TREVOR CAHILL was 6-1 with a 1.79 ERA in his first 10 starts before finishing 6-13 with a 5.25 ERA. Don't expect a huge comeback going from a pitcher's park to a hitter's park. The Diamondbacks brought back innings eater JOE SAUNDERS, which closed the door for stud prospect WADE MILEY to begin 2012 in Arizona's starting rotation. Once the first-round draft pick from 2008 cuts down on his walks, everything else should fall into place, and he should be pitching for the big club come September. JOSH COLLMENTER burst on the scene with his crazy delivery and was unhittable in his first six starts (1.05 ERA, 0.76 WHIP). He predictably tailed off, but still led the rotation with a 1.07 WHIP, walking just 28 batters in 154.1 innings.
RELIEF PITCHING: Arizona led the majors with 58 saves, as J.J. PUTZ tallied 45 of those. He didn't allow a run in his final 18 appearances, finishing with a 2.17 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 9.5 K per 9 IP. He was unhittable on the road, giving up just one run on nine hits in 24.1 innings (.113 opp. BA). Putz does have a history of being injured, and if he gets hurt again, DAVID HERNANDEZ proved a worthy replacement, saving 11 games last year and posting a strong 10.0 K per 9 IP rate. He held opponents to a meager .193 BA. BRAD ZIEGLER was even better after Arizona acquired him at the deadline. In 23 appearances with the D-backs, the side-arming Ziegler notched a 1.74 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
|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 (ARIZONA-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Diamondbacks-Mets Preview* ===========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Arizona (42-39) at New York (33-45), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Despite pitching well, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin has been denied a chance to make team history.
The left-hander will try for a sixth time to improve to a franchise-best 10-0 on Tuesday night against the New York Mets.
Corbin (9-0, 2.22 ERA) hasn't earned a win since June 2 despite a 2.55 ERA in his last five outings. He has also allowed two runs or fewer in each of his past three starts with Arizona (42-40) winning in his past two.
The Diamondbacks, though, haven't provided Corbin with enough support to help him top Brandon Webb's team-record 9-0 start from 2008. Corbin has been given a combined nine runs in his last five games after being provided with 48 in his first 11 starts.
"Obviously I'd like to get a win, but if the team wins, that's what I want. I just want to kind of keep us in the ballgame," Corbin told the team's website after giving up two runs in seven innings in Thursday's 3-2 victory at Washington.
Corbin will try to help the Diamondbacks avoid a season-high fifth straight defeat. Arizona, losers in nine of 10 on the road, blew an early 3-0 lead in Monday's series opener and a one-run advantage in the 13th inning and lost 5-4.
After Cody Ross homered in the 13th for the Diamondbacks, the Mets (34-45) got a two-run single from Andrew Brown for their 10th win in 16 games. Josh Satin, batting .444 (12 for 27) in his last seven games, hit the tying RBI single in the ninth off Arizona closer J.J. Putz, who was attempting to earn his first save since returning from the disabled list.
"(Josh is) getting big hits for us," manager Terry Collins said. "Every team has somebody that surprises you and saves you. And right now, he's our savior `cause this guy has come up and filled a big hole for us."
The Mets' Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.72) will seek to continue his solid pitching from June. The right-hander posted a 1.80 ERA in five starts this past month but went just 1-1.
He was given a combined nine runs of support in June and was provided one Thursday in Colorado. Hefner gave up two runs over six innings but did not get a decision from a 3-2 win.
Hefner is making his first start against Arizona while Corbin will face the Mets for the first time since they handed him his first loss in the majors on May 5, 2012, at Citi Field. In his second career game, Corbin gave four runs over 3 1-3 innings in a 4-3 defeat.
Daniel Murphy was 2 for 2 against Corbin in that game. Eric Young has three doubles in six at-bats versus Corbin, and Brown went 2 for 5 with a solo homer against him while playing for Colorado last season.
Martin Prado is the only Diamondbacks player to have faced Hefner, going 0 for 2 with one strikeout.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer Monday, but is still just 2 for 15 during the losing streak.
It's unknown if Gerardo Parra, who has played in 81 of Arizona's 82 games, will be in the lineup after being hurt in the eighth inning Monday when he tried to make a diving catch.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:37:46 PM EST|