|NY METS ( GEE )|
WASHINGTON ( HAREN )
|953||NY METS||+125||Ov 8.5,+100||+135||Ov 8,-125|
|954||WASHINGTON||-135||Un 8.5,-120||-145||Un 8,+105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-40||-17.4||34-28||4.1||0.234||0.295||4.4||0.266||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.3||3-4||4.4||0.267||0.331||2.4||0.196||0.243|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-40||-14.8||38-35||3.6||0.241||0.298||4.2||0.259||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.1||4-3||3.0||0.216||0.255||6.1||0.282||0.349|
|7/13/2013||TORRES(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-4||L||160||7.5 un||U||8||10||1||9||8||0|
|7/14/2013||GEE(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||4-2||W||145||7.5 un||U||9||6||2||9||9||0|
|7/26/2013||MEJIA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||11-0||W||225||8 ov||O||13||5||0||8||7||0|
|7/26/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||1-2||L||-125||7 ov||U||8||10||1||6||3||1|
|7/27/2013||GEE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||TORRES(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)|| |
|7/29/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||MEJIA(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||GEE(R)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|7/13/2013||HAREN(R)||@ MIAMI||FERNANDEZ(R)||1-2||L||115||7.5 un||U||7||9||1||4||7||1|
|7/14/2013||JORDAN(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||5-2||W||-140||8.5 un||U||14||11||0||11||7||0|
|7/19/2013||STRASBURG(R)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||2-3||L||-155||7.5 ov||U||9||6||0||8||5||0|
|7/20/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||1-3||L||-135||7.5 un||U||10||12||1||11||12||0|
|7/21/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-9||L||+105||7 un||O||4||4||0||15||10||1|
|7/26/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)||0-11||L||-250||8 ov||O||8||7||0||13||5||0|
|7/26/2013||OHLENDORF(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||2-1||W||+115||7 ov||U||6||3||1||8||10||1|
|7/27/2013||HAREN(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/28/2013||JORDAN(R)||NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||STRASBURG(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||GONZALEZ(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|8/2/2013||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GORZELANNY(L)|| |
|8/3/2013|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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.
|WASHINGTON: HITTING: The Nats were among the eight worst teams in the majors in runs (3.88 per game), BA (.242), OBP (.309) and OPS (.691). Much of that had to do with the first two spots in the batting order hitting .285 OBP and .283 OBP respectively. OF ROGER BERNADINA (.301 OBP) and SS IAN DESMOND (.298 OBP) were the regular 1-2 hitters in the order. $126 million OF JAYSON WERTH was also to blame, batting .232 with a meager 58 RBI in 561 at-bats. 3B RYAN ZIMMERMAN also missed two months with an abdominal problem and had a down year with 12 HR and 49 RBI in 101 games. But OF MIKE MORSE had a breakout season, leading the Nats in batting (.303), HR (31) and RBI (95). 1B ADAM LaROCHE suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in June, but should be fully healed. Washington is counting on a pair of talented 24-year-olds to contribute a little more in 2B DANNY ESPINOSA (.236 BA, 21 HR) and C WILSON RAMOS (15 HR in 389 AB). |
STARTING PITCHING: STEPHEN STRASBURG is back fully healed from Tommy John surgery, but will reportedly be limited to 160 innings in 2012. That's still enough time to strike out 150 batters and win a dozen games though. In sending four quality prospects to Oakland, the Nats paid a huge price for GIO GONZALEZ. They hope he can overcome his control issues and become an elite No. 2. Well-traveled EDWIN JACKSON was also brought in to help bolster the rotation. He joins his sixth different club since 2008, but Jackson is just 28 years old and was serviceable after being traded to St. Louis last year (5-2, 3.58 ERA). JORDAN ZIMMERMANN was in the same boat as Strasburg last year, coming off elbow surgery and limited to 161.1 innings. But in that time, he had a team-best 3.18 ERA and 4.0 K-to-BB ratio (124 K, 31 BB). JOHN LANNAN remains the top lefty in the Nats rotation with a team-high 10 wins in 2011. He dominated left-handed hitters last year (.211 BA, 55 K in 185 AB), but still needs to improve his weak 1.4 K-to-BB ratio (106 K, 76 BB).
RELIEF PITCHING: DREW STOREN had a phenomenal first year as a full-time closer, saving 43-of-48 games with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 74 K in 75.1 innings. His role will remain the same in 2012 once he returns from the 15-day DL (elbow) to start the season. Newcomer BRAD LIDGE was limited to 25 innings because of shoulder problems last year, but he appears to be the closer until Storen returns. The Nats have arguably the best set-up man in the game in TYLER CLIPPARD, who led the majors with 38 holds and posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.84 WHIP for the season. He held opponents to a .162 average and fanned 104 batters in 88.1 innings of work. Lefty SEAN BURNETT saw a huge decline in his numbers, as his ERA rose from 2.14 to 3.81 and his WHIP jumped from 1.14 to 1.32. This was mostly due to a diminishing strikeout rate (8.9 to 5.2 last year).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Nationals Preview* ========================
By JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
New York (45-53) at Washington (49-53), 3:05 p.m. EDT
Dan Haren needs a win in the worst of ways.
The Washington Nationals will look to provide their right-hander with an elusive victory when they host the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon.
Haren (4-11, 5.79 ERA) has gone a career-high 11 starts without a victory. Worse yet, the Nationals have lost each of those games.
Haren, against whom opposing batters are hitting .285 during his slump, has failed to pitch deep into games. He hasn't recorded an out in the seventh inning since May 30.
The Nationals (50-54) haven't done much to help him out, scoring 12 runs during Haren's skid.
That carried into his last start, when they spotted Haren a run in five innings, while he allowed five in a 6-5 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.
Washington's offense hasn't been helping any of its pitchers lately. The Nationals have averaged 2.7 runs per game while losing 12 of 16. They've been particularly cold with runners in scoring position during that stretch, batting .117 after going 0 for 8 in Friday's doubleheader split against the Mets.
The Nationals did manage to create some late offense Friday, as Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth emerged from slumps. Werth was 2 for his last 13 before going 3 for 3 in Friday's nightcap. Zimmerman, meanwhile, hit the walk-off home run in Washington's 2-1 victory. The third baseman is 8 for his last 14 after going hitless in his previous 15 at-bats.
Haren has been dreadful in his last four starts against the Mets, posting an 8.14 ERA. On June 5, the Mets (46-54) reached him for three home runs in four innings of a 10-1 win. Marlon Byrd was responsible for two of those blasts, while David Wright added one of his own.
Byrd has owned Haren, going 10 for 18 with two homers, two doubles and a triple. Daniel Murphy, who went 6 for 9 in Friday's doubleheader and is 11 for his last 17, is 3 for 7 with a home run against Haren.
While Haren looks to overcome past shortcomings against the Mets, Dillon Gee (7-7, 4.07) tries to remain perfect against the Nationals in 2013. The right-hander has won all three of his starts versus Washington this year, compiling a 0.96 ERA. That included six innings of one-run ball June 29 in a 5-1 victory at Citi Field.
Gee has gone six straight starts without a loss and hasn't surrendered an earned run in 13 2-3 innings.
"He's always changing speeds. He's always moving it around. You're really not getting the same pitch twice," manager Terry Collins said. "That's what's made him successful."
On Monday, he held Atlanta to two hits in seven scoreless innings of a 2-1 loss. That included getting out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the seventh with a fielder's choice and a strikeout.
"That was satisfying because I wasn't doing that at all early in the year, getting out of jams like that," Gee said. "It was nice to get out of one for once and still keep us in the game."
Walk-off win aside, Friday was a trying day for Washington. Bryce Harper aggravated a left knee injury, according to manager Davey Johnson, in the doubleheader opener and pinch hit in the nightcap, and some controversy surrounded Drew Storen's unsuccessful relief appearance while suffering from the flu and his subsequent demotion to Triple A-Syracuse.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2014 5:11:13 AM EST|