|NY METS ( HEFNER )|
MILWAUKEE ( GORZELANNY )
|955||NY METS||+105||Ov 8.5,-115||+110||Ov 9,+110|
|956||MILWAUKEE||-115||Un 8.5,-105||-120||Un 9,-130|
|vs Left-handed Starters||17-14||+6.7||17-12||4.2||0.237||0.307||4.5||0.246||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||7-0||5.9||0.274||0.356||5.7||0.284||0.344|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-29||-1.8||31-23||4.3||0.263||0.312||4.6||0.258||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.3||4-3||4.4||0.258||0.303||5.6||0.270||0.355|
|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||HELLWEG(R)||12-5||W||115||9 un||O||14||13||1||12||8||3|
|7/6/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||6-7||L||135||8.5 ov||O||10||9||2||12||9||0|
|7/7/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)|| |
|7/8/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||GEE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|7/10/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||MARCUM(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|6/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||9-3||W||-140||8 ov||O||11||3||0||8||5||1|
|6/26/2013||GALLARDO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||FELDMAN(R)||4-5||L||-135||8.5 un||O||9||5||2||11||11||0|
|6/27/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||GARZA(R)||2-7||L||-110||9 un||P||9||8||2||9||6||0|
|6/28/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||3-10||L||182||8 ov||O||10||9||2||12||6||0|
|6/29/2013||HAND(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||1-2||L||187||7.5 ov||U||7||7||0||6||3||0|
|6/30/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||1-2||L||130||8 un||U||4||4||0||8||12||2|
|7/1/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||5-10||L||175||7 ov||O||11||7||2||13||7||0|
|7/2/2013||PERALTA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||4-0||W||230||7.5 un||U||8||9||0||8||10||1|
|7/3/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||DETWILER(L)||4-1||W||125||8 ov||U||10||7||0||5||6||1|
|7/4/2013||HAND(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)||5-8||L||150||8.5 un||O||10||8||2||11||7||0|
|7/5/2013||HELLWEG(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||5-12||L||-125||9 un||O||12||8||3||14||13||1|
|7/6/2013||GALLARDO(R)||NY METS||MARCUM(R)||7-6||W||-145||8.5 ov||O||12||9||0||10||9||2|
|7/7/2013||GORZELANNY(L)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|7/12/2013||HAND(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|7/14/2013|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|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.
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
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*Mets-Brewers Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
New York (36-47) at Milwaukee (34-51), 2:10 p.m. EDT
Jeremy Hefner got off to a disappointing start to the season, but has since turned things around and proven to be a reliable option in the New York Mets' rotation.
New York hopes Hefner's run of solid starts continues on Sunday as they visit the Milwaukee Brewers for the finale of their three-game series.
Hefner (3-6, 3.54 ERA) opened the season 0-5 with a 4.50 ERA, with the Mets (36-48) losing all nine of his starts. In seven starts since, he is 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA with a walk rate of 1.47 per nine innings. The right-hander issued 3.60 base on balls per nine in his first nine starts.
He held Arizona to a run and four hits over seven innings in a 9-1 win on Tuesday - his seventh quality start in eight games.
"If I give a quality outing, go deep into games, I've done my job," said Hefner, who yielded a solo homer. "If we score runs, then I'll get a win. If we don't, then I might get a no-decision or whatever. Just as long as the team wins, I'm happy."
He'll look to lock down the Brewers (35-51), who have split their last six games but continued to swing the bats well in a 7-6 victory over the Mets on Saturday. Milwaukee is hitting .294 in its six July games with 11 doubles and 17 walks.
Leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki was 2 for 4 Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games, during which he's 13 for 29 with four runs driven in.
Logan Schafer finished with three hits, and is 7 for 21 this month after going 12 for 67 (.179) in his first 18 games as a replacement for the injured Ryan Braun.
Milwaukee, which won for the third time in 11 games, will call upon Tom Gorzelanny (1-1, 2.43) in a spot start. The Brewers were initially slated to send Wily Peralta to the mound, but he left his previous outing with a strained left hamstring, and the club opted for extra rest.
"We just didn't want him to go back out Sunday, and all of a sudden in the second or third inning, he feels something again," manager Ron Roenicke told the team's official website.
Gorzelanny didn't record a decision in his only previous start this year, allowing a solo homer in addition to four other hits over four innings in a 4-3 win over Philadelphia on June 8. The left-hander is 4-5 with a 4.53 ERA in 21 games - eight starts - versus New York.
David Wright, who was named an All-Star starter for a fifth time Saturday, is 2 for 12 with five strikeouts versus Gorzelanny since 2008. He is 9 for 29 with a .444 on-base percentage during a seven-game hitting streak.
Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks, who had two hits Saturday after going 2 for 23 in his previous seven contests, homered in his lone at-bat against Hefner on Sept. 15. Hefner worked one inning of relief in his only outing versus the Brewers.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 4:07:21 AM EST|