|NY METS ( HEFNER )|
MIAMI ( TURNER )
|953||NY METS||+105||Ov 7.5,+100||+105||Ov 7,-105|
|954||MIAMI||-115||Un 7.5,-120||-115||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||24-42||-19.4||35-29||4.0||0.232||0.293||4.5||0.268||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.3||4-3||3.9||0.263||0.326||4.7||0.252||0.292|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-45||-7.3||33-35||3.4||0.235||0.286||4.3||0.256||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5||1-6||3.1||0.267||0.323||2.4||0.231||0.276|
|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)||1-14||L||150||8 un||O||8||11||2||18||4||0|
|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||HEFNER(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)|| |
|7/19/2013||TURNER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||0-2||L||140||8 ov||U||6||6||0||5||9||1|
|7/20/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||0-6||L||155||8.5 un||U||5||7||0||12||7||1|
|7/21/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||0-1||L||145||8.5 un||U||4||6||0||7||6||2|
|7/22/2013||KOEHLER(R)||@ COLORADO||POMERANZ(L)||3-1||W||160||11 ev||U||9||8||0||9||7||0|
|7/23/2013||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||4-2||W||140||9 ov||U||12||6||1||5||4||0|
|7/24/2013||TURNER(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||1-2||L||160||9 ev||U||10||12||1||7||8||1|
|7/25/2013||EOVALDI(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)||5-3||W||150||9.5 ev||U||8||3||2||7||5||0|
|7/29/2013||TURNER(R)||NY METS||HEFNER(R)|| |
|7/30/2013||EOVALDI(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/31/2013||ALVAREZ(R)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||KOEHLER(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|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.
|MIAMI: HITTING: Ozzie Guillen takes over as manager for the newly named Miami Marlins, who will open their new retractable-roof Marlins Ballpark in 2012. Indoor games could generate more offense, but the fences are pretty deep (340' to left, 384' to 392' power alleys, 416' center and 335' right). New SS JOSE REYES led the NL with a .337 average and posted a career-best .384 OBP. Malcontent HANLEY RAMIREZ will reluctantly move to 3B, but hopefully he will play harder under Guillen than he has under the previous two skippers. OF GIANCARLO STANTON hit 34 HR last year and will drive in 100 if Ramirez stays healthy. OF LOGAN MORRISON cranked 23 bombs, but his batting average dipped to .247 with this new-found power. 1B GABY SANCHEZ fizzled after August 1 (.211 BA), but still had 19 HR and 78 RBI. OF EMILIO BONIFACIO swiped 40 bases and led the team with a .296 average, but he'll move down the order because of Reyes. C JOHN BUCK and 2B OMAR INFANTE's jobs are secure, but 22-year-old prospect MATT DOMINGUEZ might start 2012 in Triple-A instead of sitting and watching Ramirez and Sanchez at the corner infield spots. |
STARTING PITCHING: JOSH JOHNSON is dominant when healthy, but he's made only 88 starts over the past five seasons. His shoulder feels great after surgery last year, and he expects to take the mound on Opening Day. MARK BUEHRLE followed his former manager and signed a 4-year, $58M deal with Miami. The 33-year-old lefty was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA last year, his 11th straight season of 200+ IP and 10+ wins. RICKY NOLASCO once again had 10 wins and a strong K-to-BB ratio (3.4), but also sported an 8.18 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in his final eight starts. ANIBAL SANCHEZ posted a second straight productive season, fanning 202 batters in 196.1 innings. He did give up twice as many HR (20) as he did in 2010 though. CARLOS ZAMBRANO will begin 2012 in the rotation, but where he ends up is anybody's guess. If Guillen can motivate him, Zambrano has plenty of innings left in his 30-year-old arm.
RELIEF PITCHING: The signing of HEATH BELL to a three-year deal gives the Marlins a reliable long-term closer for the first time since Robb Nen in the mid-'90s. Bell's numbers could suffer a bit with the move to a smaller ballpark and an alarming drop in strikeout rate (11.1 in 2010 to 7.3 in 2011), but he still throws 94 mph. STEVE CISHEK will be the main set-up man for Bell and could see a handful of saves, converting all three opportunities last year and fanning 55 batters in 54.2 innings. MIKE DUNN is the lefty set-up man in this bullpen. He has great stuff (100 K in 86 career innings), but remains extremely wild (53 walks in those 86 IP).
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-MIAMI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Marlins Preview* ======================
New York (46-55) at Miami (39-63), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets are having trouble scoring during a three-game slide.
The Miami Marlins' inability to score throughout this season led to frustration for hitting coach Tino Martinez and paved the way for his departure.
The Marlins look to move forward after the resignation of Martinez as they open a four-game home set with the Mets on Monday night.
New York (46-56) seeks to avoid its first four-game slide since May 31-June 4. The Mets have posted their worst three-game output of 2013 by scoring single runs in every game of the skid.
Miami (40-63) is last in the majors in runs per game (3.2), batting average (.232) and slugging percentage (.337).
Martinez resigned as hitting coach after Sunday's 3-2 win over Pittsburgh, hours after complaints by players that he verbally abused them became public. He said he became frustrated as players struggled.
Owner Jeffrey Loria wanted him to stay on after Martinez offered to resign earlier. When the complaints by players became public, Martinez decided it was time to leave despite being in the first year of a three-year deal.
"I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior," Martinez said. "I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn't feel that way, and it kind of backfired on me."
The injury-plagued seasons of Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison certainly didn't work in Martinez's favor. Monday could mark the first time both are in the lineup against New York this season.
The Mets aren't far off from the Marlins' woeful average with a .237 mark of their own. New York went 3 for 22 with runners in scoring position in losing the final three games of a four-game weekend set in Washington.
Miami has won eight of 11 meetings this season, including five of six at home. The Marlins have won five straight in this series, and are 16-8 at home since a three-game sweep of the Mets from May 31-June 2.
Stanton had a solo homer and rookie sensation Jose Fernandez struck out a season-high 13 in Sunday's victory.
New York could have trouble against Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four home starts. Turner pitched seven scoreless innings to earn a 5-1 win over the Mets on May 31, lowering his ERA to 1.83 in three starts versus them.
The right-hander could be hard-pressed for support, however, since Miami has given him none in his last two outings - losses in which he has yielded four runs over 11 innings.
The Marlins haven't done much in winning both times when they have faced Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17), who starts Monday. Hefner is 0-2 despite a 1.93 ERA.
Stanton is 1 for 10 against the right-hander, who has been pounded while giving up 14 runs over 6 1-3 innings in dropping consecutive starts.
Mets star David Wright will return to the lineup after he was rested in Sunday's 14-1 loss. He's 1 for 17 in New York's five losses in Miami.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 7:34:40 PM EST|