|NY METS ( HARVEY )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )
|911||NY METS||-130||Ov 6.5,-120||-110||Ov 6.5,+105|
|912||SAN FRANCISCO||+120||Un 6.5,+100||+100||Un 6.5,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||19-34||-18.7||29-22||4.1||0.232||0.292||4.6||0.272||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||6-1||5.9||0.291||0.371||4.0||0.258||0.318|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-31||-9||33-25||3.8||0.255||0.311||4.7||0.258||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.4||2-5||2.1||0.177||0.250||4.6||0.255||0.317|
|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)||2-1||W||120||9 un||U||11||9||0||3||5||2|
|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||HEFNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)|| |
|7/13/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||GEE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|6/24/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||1-3||L||-105||6.5 un||U||8||10||1||6||5||0|
|6/25/2013||KICKHAM(L)||@ LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||5-6||L||115||7.5 ov||O||10||6||2||11||5||0|
|6/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-4||L||180||6.5 ov||U||5||4||2||12||7||1|
|6/28/2013||ZITO(L)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||1-4||L||130||10.5 ov||U||4||7||1||13||12||0|
|6/29/2013||CAIN(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-2||L||-110||9.5 un||U||7||6||2||4||5||0|
|6/30/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ COLORADO||POMERANZ(L)||5-2||W||-125||9.5 un||U||12||11||0||7||8||1|
|7/1/2013||KICKHAM(L)||@ CINCINNATI||ARROYO(R)||1-8||L||145||8.5 ev||O||2||2||0||11||4||0|
|7/2/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||0-3||L||165||8.5 un||U||0||1||1||7||8||0|
|7/3/2013||ZITO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CINGRANI(L)||2-3||L||165||8.5 ov||U||5||12||0||10||11||0|
|7/5/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-10||L||-140||6.5 ev||O||8||8||1||13||10||0|
|7/6/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||LA DODGERS||FIFE(R)||4-2||W||-185||7 ev||U||7||7||0||4||2||3|
|7/7/2013||GAUDIN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-4||L||+150||6.5 ov||U||4||4||1||7||5||0|
|7/8/2013||LINCECUM(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|7/9/2013||ZITO(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/10/2013||CAIN(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/11/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)|| |
|7/12/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)|| |
|7/13/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)|| |
|7/14/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)|| |
|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.
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Giants Preview* =====================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
New York (36-48) at San Francisco (40-46), 10:15 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets' Matt Harvey is hoping to start the All-Star game in front of his home crowd at Citi Field next week.
Delivering a strong showing in front of NL manager Bruce Bochy would surely help his chances.
Harvey has an opportunity to impress Bochy and add to the San Francisco Giants' recent woes Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.
In his first full season, Harvey (7-2, 2.27 ERA) has the third-lowest ERA in baseball and a league-leading 141 strikeouts. The 24-year-old, along with third baseman David Wright, will represent the Mets in the Midsummer Classic.
"It hasn't quite hit home yet," Harvey told MLB's official website. "It's definitely a huge honor, and I couldn't be more excited that it's in New York."
While Harvey certainly wants to start for the NL, he knows the choice lies in Bochy's hands.
"It's one thing I can't decide," Harvey said. "I've got two more starts left, and I have to go out there obviously and put up zeros, and do everything I can to help the Mets."
Shaky performances such as Wednesday's won't aid his cause or his team's, as he yielded a season-high five runs and nine hits in six-plus innings of a 5-3 loss to Arizona.
"He's all fired up about the All-Star thing, the situation," manager Terry Collins said afterward. "(This) week, he's going to pitch against the Giants, and it's going to be a nice, cool evening. It's going to be in front of Bruce, so I'm sure he's going to be all fired up."
In his only appearance against San Francisco (40-47), the right-hander allowed three runs in six innings of a 4-1 road loss July 31.
Harvey would appear to have a favorable matchup against a Giants team that's gone a major league-worst 5-16 since June 15. San Francisco fell 4-1 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday after Sergio Romo gave up a three-run double with two outs in the ninth inning.
"There's no question this is a tough loss," Bochy said. "These guys are resilient and are handling this as well as they can."
The Giants have gone 8 for 74 (.108) with runners in scoring position during a 2-11 stretch. Hunter Pence is mired in a 2-for-37 slump and is hitless in his last 22 at-bats. Pablo Sandoval has gone 3 for his last 41.
"Slumps are going to happen to any team," Sunday's starter Chad Gaudin said. "It's how you come out of it that matters."
San Francisco will try to get back on track behind Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.66), who has compiled a 0.79 ERA in winning five consecutive starts versus New York (37-48). Wright is 2 for 20 with 12 strikeouts in their matchups, while Eric Young and Ike Davis are a combined 6 for 33.
Lincecum, though, has gone 1-7 with a 5.23 ERA in his last nine outings. The right-hander suffered a season-high fourth consecutive loss in a 3-0 defeat at Cincinnati on Tuesday, allowing three runs in 5 1-3 innings.
"I need to attack the (strike) zone better," Lincecum said.
The Mets won 2-1 at Milwaukee on Sunday. Jeremy Hefner threw seven strong innings and Josh Satin, making his first appearance since Ike Davis was recalled Friday, went 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI.
"It's been a good run," said Satin, batting .409 during an 11-game hitting streak. "I would love to get used to it."
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:34:30 AM EST|