|NY METS ( GEE )|
PITTSBURGH ( COLE )
|903||NY METS||+145||Ov 7.5,-105||+145||Ov 7.5,-105|
|904||PITTSBURGH||-155||Un 7.5,-115||-155||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||19-14||+9.1||18-13||4.3||0.242||0.314||4.5||0.246||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.2||4-3||4.7||0.246||0.323||3.7||0.246||0.315|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-27||+25.2||28-43||3.8||0.240||0.299||3.2||0.220||0.288|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||0-7||2.6||0.226||0.288||2.3||0.196||0.260|
|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)||7-2||W||182||7.5 un||O||8||8||0||6||7||2|
|7/12/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||MORTON(R)||2-3||L||135||7.5 un||U||9||7||0||6||8||0|
|7/13/2013||TORRES(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-4||L||160||7.5 un||U||8||10||0||10||8||0|
|7/14/2013||GEE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)|| |
|7/19/2013||HEFNER(R)||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/20/2013||WHEELER(R)||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/5/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-2||W||-135||7.5 un||O||13||13||0||4||4||0|
|7/6/2013||MORTON(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-4||L||-115||9 un||U||5||5||1||7||6||0|
|7/7/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||VILLANUEVA(R)||3-4||L||-145||9 ov||U||9||9||2||8||7||1|
|7/12/2013||MORTON(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)||3-2||W||-145||7.5 un||U||6||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/13/2013||BURNETT(R)||NY METS||TORRES(R)||4-2||W||-170||7.5 un||U||10||8||0||8||10||0|
|7/14/2013||LOCKE(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/19/2013||LIRIANO(L)||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/20/2013||BURNETT(R)||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|7/21/2013|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.
|PITTSBURGH: HITTING: The Pirates' two-month casual flirtation with competitiveness was cute while it lasted, before this team fizzled to a 72-win season. This team is still years away. But don't blame OF ANDREW McCUTCHEN, who might be the best all-around player in the division. Of all the ballyhooed outfielders from the 2005 draft, he's the one GMs would most want to build around. OF JOSE TABATA, not so much. He's serviceable and has plus speed, but the six-year extension the Pirates gave him was absurd. 2B NEIL WALKER has settled into a respectable place short of stardom. 3B PEDRO ALVAREZ has a lot of uphill climbing to do if he wants to wake up old expectations. He'll compete with 3B CASEY MCGEHEE for a starting role, but it's most likely that Alvarez moves to first base to back up 1B GARRETT JONES. OFs NATE McLOUTH and ALEX PRESLEY are underwhelming choices for the starting left-field spot. SS CLINT BARMES and C ROD BARAJAS would like to thank the Pirates for wildly overpaying them. |
STARTING PITCHING: JEFF KARSTENS looked pretty decent for much of last year. But that's what happens when you get to log 14 percent of your innings against the lowly Astros. Better teams exposed him for the replacement-level guy he is. Contrary to what a lot of bored, lazy sportswriters wanted you to believe last year, CHARLIE MORTON doesn't pitch like Roy Halladay. At all. JAMES McDONALD could still be special if he cut down his walk rate. ERIK BEDARD was a respectable signing. Even if his shoulder acts up, he cost only $4.5 million for a year. If he's healthy, he's still well above-average. KEVIN CORREIA may only be slightly more effective at striking out hitters than a batting tee, but the Pirates are grateful for the innings he eats. BRAD LINCOLN is the designated fill-in if any of the other starters get hurt (cough, Bedard). In the meantime, he's a swing man.
RELIEF PITCHING: Closer JOEL HANRAHAN has been outstanding since first donning a Pirates uniform in 2009, converting 40-of-44 saves with a 1.83 ERA last season. It makes sense for the rebuilding Pirates to move him, but they'll probably keep the hand they were dealt. There isn't another qualified ninth-inning pitcher in this bullpen though. EVAN MEEK was bit by the shoulder bug. His early season was an unqualified disaster, but he turned it around and regained his form once he came back in September. He should be fully healthy again, and a quiet source of a few saves. CHRIS RESOP is another primary set-up man, but he posted a 4.39 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 2011. DANIEL McCUTCHEN won't be so lucky with his ERA this year if he doesn't lower his walk rate. He's just not a guy to put much faith in.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(EDITS Midsummer Classic to conform in fifth graf.)
*Mets-Pirates Preview* ======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
New York (40-50) at Pittsburgh (56-36), 1:35 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets rested their young ace ahead of the All-Star game.
The Pittsburgh Pirates didn't have a choice in skipping Jeff Locke.
With Locke sidelined due to a back injury, the Pirates will turn to rookie Gerrit Cole as they try to enter the All-Star break with their longest winning streak over the New York Mets in 21 years Sunday.
The Mets (40-50) opted to skip Matt Harvey's turn in the rotation, making him available to pitch - and potentially start - Tuesday's All-Star game at Citi Field.
The Pirates (56-36) aren't afforded the same luxury. Locke will miss his scheduled start Sunday and is out of the Midsummer Classic thanks to discomfort in his back suffered during Monday's 2-1 loss to Oakland.
The left-hander is 8-2 and his 2.15 ERA is second in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (1.98).
"The only thing I'm disappointed about is not being able to go (Sunday)," Locke said. "It's not one of those things where I can't go (Sunday) but I can go in the All-Star game. I think it'd be disrespectful to the team. I don't think it's even questionable ... I'll just go there and enjoy it and come back after the break."
Now, Cole (4-2, 3.68 ERA) will fill in for Locke and try to help Pittsburgh to its first six-game win streak against the Mets since a seven-game run in 1992.
The Pirates are tied with St. Louis atop the NL Central, and already assured of their best record at the break since 1975 after rallying for a 4-2 win over New York on Saturday.
"We just want to continue to keep rolling," center fielder Andrew McCutchen said.
Cole, though, is 0-2 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts this month. The only runs the 22-year-old right-hander gave up Tuesday over a season-best seven innings came on a two-run homer by Oakland's Brandon Moss in a 2-1 loss.
McCutchen, one of four Pirates named to the All-Star team, is batting .392 over the past 14 games after hitting a solo homer before connecting for a go-ahead single in the seventh Saturday.
The star center fielder has a .362 average in 14 career home games against New York.
After skipping Harvey's scheduled start Saturday, the Mets are expected to turn to Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60), who is 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA in four career starts versus the Pirates.
The right-hander limited them to one run over five innings at Citi Field on May 9, but hit two batters and threw 101 pitches before departing in the Mets' 3-2 walkoff win.
Gee earned an 8-1 victory in his only visit to Pittsburgh on June 10, 2011, yielding one run and eight hits in eight innings.
He wasn't nearly that sharp Tuesday at San Francisco, surrendering five runs and a season-high five walks in 6 2-3 innings while not getting a decision in a 10-6 win.
Mets' All-Star David Wright went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts Saturday to end his 12-game hitting streak.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 6:20:50 AM EST|