|NY METS ( GEE )|
MINNESOTA ( GIBSON )
|921||NY METS||-105||Ov 8.5,-110||+125||Ov 8.5,-110|
|922||MINNESOTA||-105||Un 8.5,-110||-135||Un 8.5,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||34-47||-13.1||39-39||3.9||0.236||0.299||4.3||0.262||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.7||3-2||3.1||0.251||0.309||4.0||0.289||0.325|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-53||+0.4||37-54||3.9||0.237||0.304||4.4||0.275||0.331|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.7||2-5||3.7||0.257||0.311||5.0||0.235||0.270|
|8/9/2013||HEFNER(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)||4-5||L||187||8 un||O||8||7||0||10||9||0|
|8/10/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||4-1||W||160||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||11||10||0|
|8/11/2013||NIESE(L)||@ ARIZONA||SPRUILL(R)||9-5||W||120||9 un||O||11||7||1||11||8||1|
|8/12/2013||MEJIA(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||2-4||L||170||7 un||U||10||9||1||8||3||1|
|8/13/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||2-4||L||115||6 un||P||7||6||0||8||3||0|
|8/14/2013||GEE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CAPUANO(L)||4-5||L||160||7 ov||O||14||11||1||12||9||1|
|8/15/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||4-1||W||140||6.5 un||U||7||5||0||7||8||0|
|8/16/2013||NIESE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||5-2||W||135||7 un||P||12||10||0||9||9||0|
|8/17/2013||MEJIA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-8||L||-105||7 un||O||7||9||0||15||9||0|
|8/18/2013||HARVEY(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||3-4||L||-140||6.5 un||O||6||5||0||10||9||1|
|8/19/2013||GEE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)|| |
|8/26/2013|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|8/5/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||0-13||L||150||8.5 ov||O||4||4||0||16||6||0|
|8/6/2013||ALBERS(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||7-0||W||180||7.5 ov||U||8||4||0||4||4||1|
|8/7/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-5||L||135||8 un||U||10||10||0||14||8||0|
|8/9/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||DANKS(L)||7-5||W||125||9 ev||O||7||8||0||7||8||0|
|8/9/2013||HENDRIKS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LEESMAN(L)||3-2||W||130||8.5 ov||U||9||11||0||8||7||0|
|8/10/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||4-5||L||110||9 un||P||8||10||1||7||10||1|
|8/11/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||5-2||W||130||8.5 ev||U||9||5||1||7||6||0|
|8/15/2013||PELFREY(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||RIENZO(R)||4-3||W||-135||8.5 un||U||9||7||0||9||7||1|
|8/16/2013||CORREIA(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||2-5||L||-115||8 un||U||9||10||1||10||5||0|
|8/17/2013||ALBERS(L)||CHI WHITE SOX||SALE(L)||5-8||L||+115||7 un||O||11||6||0||12||3||0|
|8/18/2013||DEDUNO(R)||CHI WHITE SOX||SANTIAGO(L)||2-5||L||-130||8 ov||U||10||12||0||8||6||3|
|8/19/2013||GIBSON(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|8/20/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)|| |
|8/21/2013||CORREIA(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)|| |
|8/22/2013||ALBERS(L)||@ DETROIT||VERLANDER(R)|| |
|8/23/2013||DEDUNO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||JIMENEZ(R)|| |
|8/24/2013||GIBSON(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|8/25/2013||PELFREY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(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.
|MINNESOTA: HITTING: OF BEN REVERE's slap-and-run style fits well in spacious Target Field. He will compete with lefty Chris Parmelee for the starting RF job. OF DENARD SPAN should be over his concussion problems. He works the count well as a steady presence near the top of the order. C JOE MAUER will see more time at first in an attempt to keep him healthy. Offensively, he'll be limited by a pitcher-friendly home park and no support in the lineup. RYAN DOUMIT has a chance to play regularly and stay healthy as a full-time DH and/or backing up Mauer behind the dish. 1B JUSTIN MORNEAU's concussion symptoms came back late last year. It's a bad omen. OF JOSH WILLINGHAM is being relied on to produce runs, but he's going from one pitcher-friendly home park (Oakland) to another. 3B DANNY VALENCIA showed enough power in 2011 to secure an everyday job heading into 2012. Newly signed SS JAMEY CARROLL has done a nice job off the bench, but hasn't been tested in an everyday role. If hamstring problems are still holding him back, 2B ALEXI CASILLA has won the second-base job ahead of disappointing import TSUYOSHI NISHIOKA, who will start the year in the minors. |
STARTING PITCHING: Who would have thought CARL PAVANO would emerge as the picture of consistency and durability? While he's far from a star, the veteran continues to be a rock for Minnesota, throwing strikes and eating innings. SCOTT BAKER got hurt again last year. If he could ever stay healthy, he's the prototype for success at Target Field'lots of strikeouts, few walks, lots of flyouts. The FRANCISCO LIRIANO rollercoaster nosedived again last year. The Twins have gotten so desperate to keep him healthy that they actually let him pitch more over the offseason. He's obviously a huge risk again. BRIAN DUENSING, NICK BLACKBURN and JASON MARQUIS are all the definition of fifth starter. They serve it up, give up a lot of hard-hit balls, and hope they get hit right at their defenders. If Duensing and Blackburn falter, ANTHONY SWARZAK probably pitched well enough last year to get a shot in the rotation. LIAM HENDRICKS, one of the organization's better prospects, would be a slightly more exciting option.
RELIEF PITCHING: Despite his underwhelming performance last year, MATT CAPPS will pitch the ninth inning again because of his 'closer's experience.' He figures to be on an undeservedly long leash. GLEN PERKINS certainly proved he deserves to close. He was Minnesota's best reliever in his first full season in the 'pen. His velocity was up as a short reliever, and the lefty was truly overpowering. If things go sour for the Twins again this season (and it seems likely they will), perhaps they'll get serious about Perkins later this year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-MINNESOTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Twins Preview* ====================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
New York (56-65) at Minnesota (54-67), 2:10 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets are in the midst of another disappointing season, but they've experienced some success in interleague games.
While hoping to get another strong outing from Dillon Gee, the visiting Mets will try to earn another win over an AL opponent in Monday's makeup game against the Minnesota Twins.
The Mets (56-66), likely headed for a fifth straight losing season, suffered their fifth loss in seven games Sunday, 4-3 in San Diego.
Gonzalez Germen was charged his first career blown save after allowing the tying run in the eighth inning, and Pedro Feliciano gave up Will Venable's walk-off homer in the ninth.
"That's baseball. We could have gotten this one, but we lost," Feliciano told the team's official website. "We've just got to go out and be ready for tomorrow."
Gee (8-8, 3.79 ERA) will try to help his club bounce back and improve on its 9-4 record in interleague play. That mark includes two wins in Minnesota from April 12-13.
The finale that Gee was scheduled to pitch was rained out, but New York would probably rather have the right-hander face the Twins now than back in April.
Gee started this season 0-3 with an 8.36 ERA but is 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in his first three starts this month. He gave up two runs over six innings in his latest outing Wednesday at the Los Angeles Dodgers and left with a two-run lead the bullpen couldn't hold in a 5-4 loss in 12.
"Sometimes, things happen like that," Gee said. "We're playing hard. Things just didn't turn out the way we wanted."
In his first appearance against the Twins, Gee will face a team that's lost five of six and three in a row. Minnesota (54-68) had double-digit hits for the third time in five contests Sunday but went 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
The Twins are 15 for 71 (.211) in those situations through seven of eight straight home games.
"It's not a different mentality with that or anything," second baseman Brian Dozier said. "You just have to bear down more and hopefully pitchers make mistakes in certain situations. It's something we've definitely got to get better at."
Kyle Gibson (2-3, 6.27) will try to help his team rebound while ending a five-game winless stretch. The right-hander gave up three runs over 5 1-3 innings Wednesday and did not get a decision in a 9-8 loss to Cleveland.
Daniel Murphy went 6 for 9 with two doubles and five RBIs in the two games against Minnesota in April. He's hitting just .221 in August, however.
The Mets can reach double-digit interleague wins Monday for just the second time since 2004. They won a franchise-best 13 games against the AL in 2010.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 9:30:04 AM EST|