|NY METS ( WHEELER )|
MIAMI ( EOVALDI )
|911||NY METS||+105||Ov 8,-105||+115||Ov 7.5,+100|
|912||MIAMI||-115||Un 8,-115||-125||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||25-42||-18.2||36-29||4.0||0.233||0.294||4.6||0.267||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.4||5-2||4.1||0.259||0.326||5.3||0.248||0.297|
|vs Right-handed Starters||27-46||-8.7||34-35||3.5||0.234||0.286||4.4||0.257||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||2-5||3.4||0.253||0.312||3.1||0.234||0.286|
|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)||6-5||W||125||7 ov||O||10||7||1||6||7||0|
|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)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||COLORADO|| || |
|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)||5-6||L||-135||7 ov||O||6||7||0||10||7||1|
|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)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||@ PITTSBURGH|| || |
|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* ======================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
New York (46-56) at Miami (40-63), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Matt Harvey is the New York Mets' young ace who receives most of the publicity, but Zack Wheeler is making sure no one forgets there's another up-and-coming pitcher to help guide the franchise into hopefully better days.
Wheeler looks to remain unbeaten on the road as he faces the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
Headlines regarding the Mets often involve Harvey, the 24-year-old who started the All-Star Game earlier this month in New York and is among the major league leaders with a 2.11 ERA.
Wheeler (4-1, 3.72 ERA) may not be receiving as much attention, but he's pitched nearly as well as Harvey lately. The prized rookie is 3-0 with a 2.78 ERA over his last four starts after giving up four runs - three earned - in six innings of Thursday's 7-4 win over Atlanta.
He had allowed nine runs in the two starts - both Mets losses - before this unbeaten run.
"I'm starting to feel a little bit more comfortable with my mechanics. I've just got to trust my stuff and go after guys," Wheeler said. "I've just got to get ahead and start setting guys up. It's a lot easier when you do that."
While the 23-year-old right-hander has had some success to begin his career, manager Terry Collins knows he isn't even close to a finished product despite opponents hitting only .114 off Wheeler with runners in scoring position.
"He's a work in progress, but I'll tell you one thing: The sky's the limit with him," Collins said. "He's got plus stuff. He's tougher than people give him credit for. He's going to be fine, but he's got to make some adjustments."
Wheeler hasn't faced Miami in his seven-start career, but he's 3-0 with a 2.31 ERA in four road outings. He'll look to improve that mark after the Mets (47-56) ended a five-game skid versus the Marlins with a come-from-behind 6-5 victory in Monday's series opener.
Daniel Murphy, hitting .483 with two homers and 11 RBIs over his last seven games, drove in three runs for New York, which was outscored 20-3 while dropping the final three of a four-game series with Washington over the weekend.
"(I'm) just seeing the ball a little bit better. I don't know, it's baseball," Murphy said. "Sometimes you get beat up and sometimes you don't."
The Marlins (40-64) had won five of seven prior to Monday's defeat. Rookie third baseman Ed Lucas hit his second career homer, and catcher Jeff Mathis drove in two runs.
"We were one big hit away from winning it," manager Mike Redmond said. "We were one hit away from playing extra innings."
Miami will look to bounce back with help from Nathan Eovaldi, who has allowed three runs or fewer six times in seven starts since coming off the disabled list June 18.
After giving up six runs in four innings of a 6-0 loss to Milwaukee on July 20, Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54) bounced back by allowing three hits in six scoreless frames of Miami's 5-3 win over Colorado on Thursday. He had his outing cut short, though, due to a 93-minute rain delay after just 78 pitches.
"It's disappointing since I was throwing so good, but (I'm) still pleased with the outing," Eovaldi said.
The right-hander made four starts versus the Mets last season, going 1-2 with a 3.74 ERA.
Murphy is 4 for 8 with two doubles off Eovaldi.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 12:36:05 PM EST|