|NY METS ( WHEELER )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( CAIN )
|905||NY METS||+155||Ov 7.5,+105||+180||Ov 7,-130|
|906||SAN FRANCISCO||-165||Un 7.5,-125||-190||Un 7,+110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||20-34||-17.7||30-22||4.1||0.230||0.290||4.5||0.271||0.328|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.8||6-1||5.9||0.259||0.338||4.6||0.280||0.344|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-33||-11.2||35-25||3.8||0.256||0.314||4.8||0.257||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.7||3-4||2.6||0.202||0.277||5.1||0.237||0.313|
|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)||4-3||W||-110||6.5 un||O||9||7||0||14||18||2|
|7/9/2013||GEE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||10-6||W||120||7.5 un||O||12||8||2||13||11||0|
|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)|| |
|6/26/2013||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)||3-4||L||+100||6.5 un||O||14||18||2||9||7||0|
|7/9/2013||ZITO(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||6-10||L||-130||7.5 un||O||13||11||0||12||8||2|
|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 JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
New York (39-48) at San Francisco (40-49), 3:45 p.m. EDT
Like that of his team, Matt Cain's season has been disappointing - something that was highlighted in arguably his worst start of 2013 his last time out.
San Francisco hopes for a strong bounce-back effort Wednesday from Cain as the Giants face their former draft pick Zack Wheeler for the first time.
A day after suffering a 16-inning loss in the series opener, San Francisco fell 10-6 on Tuesday, with Marlon Byrd delivering an eighth-inning grand slam. The defeat was the third straight for the Giants (40-49) and 13th in 15 games.
A year after going 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA, Cain (5-5, 4.85 ERA) has mirrored his team's inconsistency. He's allowed seven or more runs four times this season after entering 2013 with seven such outings lifetime.
The latest of those came Friday in the second-shortest outing of his career, as he surrendered eight runs in 2 1-3 innings of a 10-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He walked four after giving up three total walks in his previous three starts.
Cain had posted a 1.82 ERA in his five previous starts.
"He just got out of sync and then couldn't get back on track," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It happens. He's been throwing the ball so well, too, but tonight he was off. There's not a lot you can do as a pitcher when you get out of sync like that."
Cain has gone 3-1 with 2.01 ERA in his last five starts against New York, though he's had little success in getting David Wright out.
Wright, who went 2 for 3 with two runs Tuesday and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, is 11 for 24 with six doubles against Cain.
Wheeler (2-1, 4.29) was drafted sixth overall by San Francisco in 2009 before being sent to the Mets (39-48) in the Carlos Beltran trade in 2011. The right-hander has been shaky in three outings since throwing six scoreless innings in his big league debut, posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.
He surrendered one earned run in five innings of a 12-5 victory at Milwaukee on Friday, yielding seven hits and three walks while throwing 99 pitches.
"I am happy about my outing even though there were some low points," Wheeler said. "You know throwing 20 pitches an inning and only going five, but I battled out there as best I could and got a good result."
He'll look to take advantage of a San Francisco lineup that continues to come up empty in key situations. The Giants have gone 4 for 26 with runners in scoring position in the series' first two games and 12 for 100 during their 2-13 slump.
The Mets, winners of four of five and 14 of 22, will be trying for their first three-game sweep of the season.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 4:49:21 AM EST|