|NY METS ( TORRES )|
WASHINGTON ( JORDAN )
|903||NY METS||+120||Ov 8,-120||+150||Ov 8,+105|
|904||WASHINGTON||-130||Un 8,+100||-160||Un 8,-125|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-41||-18.4||34-29||4.0||0.232||0.293||4.4||0.265||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.3||3-4||3.9||0.255||0.320||3.0||0.205||0.252|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-40||-13.8||38-36||3.6||0.241||0.297||4.2||0.257||0.310|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.1||3-4||3.3||0.227||0.263||5.0||0.249||0.312|
|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)||1-4||L||125||8 ov||U||4||4||0||6||2||1|
|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||TORRES(R)||KANSAS CITY||CHEN(L)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||KANSAS CITY|| || |
|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)||4-1||W||-135||8 ov||U||6||2||1||4||4||0|
|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||HAREN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HAND(R)|| |
|8/4/2013|| ||@ 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* ========================
New York (46-54) at Washington (50-54), 1:35 p.m. EDT
Rookie Taylor Jordan has, for the most part, given the Washington Nationals successively longer outings since an uneven big-league debut against the New York Mets last month.
New York's new six-man rotation will include Carlos Torres, who has been tremendous in two 2013 starts.
One right-hander considered a promising prospect opposes another who can only be called a journeyman when these disappointing teams complete a four-game set Sunday in Washington.
These NL East clubs, separated by three games in the standings, appear to be well out of contention.
Fans of both will be looking to the future and Nationals supporters should be excited by the progress of Jordan (0-3, 3.68 ERA).
The 24-year-old right-hander started the year in Class A Potomac before a 7-0 mark with an 0.83 ERA at Double-A Harrisburg helped pave the way for his promotion to the big leagues June 29.
Jordan gave up three runs - one earned - over 4 1-3 innings in a 5-1 loss to New York that day.
Although he remains winless, Jordan has increased his innings pitched to 5 2-3, 5 2-3, six and 7 2-3 in his latest outing, a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday in which he gave up five runs.
Unlike last month, Jordan won't be in awe of the Mets (46-55).
"I'm starting not to really care who's up to bat," said Jordan, who will be shut down once he pitches between 20 and 30 more innings. "I still have to make my pitches. "
When Jordan last faced New York, Torres (1-1, 0.94) was in the Mets' bullpen.
He has allowed two runs over 11 innings in two starts made possible due to injuries to Jonathon Niese and Shaun Marcum.
Torres hadn't started since Aug, 3, 2010, before these outings. New York is his third team in four big-league seasons. He's part of a six-man rotation the Mets are using now to give Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler extra rest.
Starting pitching has been the story of this series. Mets starters have allowed five runs over 22 innings while Nationals starters have yielded seven over 20 2-3.
Home runs have proved decisive. The Mets went deep three times in Friday's 11-0 rout before Ryan Zimmerman had the game's only homer in the nightcap of that doubleheader, a game-winning solo shot in a 2-1 victory.
Washington (51-54) scored all of its runs via the longball in Saturday's 4-1 win. Ian Desmond and Denard Span hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and Bryce Harper added a two-run shot in the third.
The Nationals have homered 12 times over their last eight games after a six-game drought.
"One thing we know that they can do is they're a dangerous club, they've got good power," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Collins is hoping for a split before the Mets head to Miami for another four-game set Monday.
"We're 1-2 right now, we win tomorrow we're 2-2," he said. "There's nothing to accept. You've just gotta keep playing, bounce back, we've got a lot of road trip left."
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 7:32:31 AM EST|