|NY METS ( MATSUZAKA )|
ATLANTA ( MAHOLM )
|901||NY METS||+210||Ov 8,-115||+190||Ov 8.5,-105|
|902||ATLANTA||-230||Un 8,-105||-210||Un 8.5,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-22||+4||24-17||4.0||0.243||0.309||4.3||0.245||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2.5||4-3||5.4||0.283||0.341||3.1||0.256||0.295|
|vs Right-handed Starters||61-40||+8.2||48-45||4.4||0.254||0.321||3.3||0.245||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4||1-5||2.9||0.247||0.320||2.4||0.232||0.297|
|8/19/2013||GEE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||GIBSON(R)||6-1||W||125||8.5 ev||U||14||8||1||7||7||0|
|8/30/2013||GEE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||3-2||W||182||7.5 ov||U||7||5||0||6||4||0|
|8/31/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||HAREN(R)||11-3||W||170||7.5 ov||O||17||8||0||11||9||0|
|9/1/2013||NIESE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||5-6||L||140||8 ev||O||13||7||0||16||11||1|
|9/2/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)|| |
|9/3/2013||TORRES(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||GEE(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||NIESE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MASTERSON(R)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|8/20/2013||BEACHY(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||3-5||L||-150||7 ov||O||8||7||2||8||6||1|
|8/21/2013||WOOD(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||4-1||W||-135||7 ov||U||9||7||0||8||10||0|
|8/22/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||2-6||L||130||8.5 un||U||9||8||1||9||7||0|
|8/23/2013||MEDLEN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||1-3||L||140||7 ov||U||6||5||0||8||5||0|
|8/24/2013||TEHERAN(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||2-6||L||120||7.5 un||O||7||6||0||10||9||1|
|8/25/2013||MINOR(L)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||5-2||W||110||7.5 un||U||10||4||0||8||6||0|
|9/2/2013||MAHOLM(L)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|9/3/2013||MEDLEN(R)||NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|9/4/2013||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|9/6/2013||MINOR(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|9/7/2013||WOOD(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|9/8/2013||MAHOLM(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|9/9/2013|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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.
|ATLANTA: HITTING: The Braves were 27th in the majors in steals last year, but that number should rise with a full season of speedster OF MICHAEL BOURN, who was acquired from Houston last July. OFs MARTIN PRADO and JASON HEYWARD comprise the corner outfield spots, and are both are looking to bounce back after disappointing, injury-riddled 2011 campaigns. 2B DAN UGGLA smacked a career-best 36 HR in his first year with Atlanta, his fifth straight 30-homer season. Steady veterans C BRIAN McCANN and 3B CHIPPER JONES comprise a solid middle of the lineup. McCann has four straight 20-HR, 70-RBI seasons, while Jones, who turns 40 in April, has a career .402 on-base percentage. 1B FREDDIE FREEMAN was the N.L.'s best offensive rookie last year, batting .282 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. The starting shortstop will be one of two highly-touted, 22-year-old prospects, TYLER PASTORNICKY or ANDRELTON SIMMONS. |
STARTING PITCHING: Even with significant injuries to three starters, the Braves rotation still ranked ninth in the majors in ERA (3.73), thanks to TIM HUDSON posting a 3.22 ERA in 215 innings. The right-hander was lights-out at Turner Field again, going 10-4 with a 2.31 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. But he'll be out at least a month because of back problems. JAIR JURRJENS was outstanding through the end of July (12-3, 2.38 ERA), but a knee strain bothered him in August and shut him down for September. Although many teams inquired about Jurrjens in the offseason, it doesn't look like the Braves want to deal him just yet. TOMMY HANSON is another young star (25) that had to be shut down in early August due to a partially torn rotator cuff. His ERA was a career-worst 3.60, but he notched a career-best 9.8 K/9 rate. BRANDON BEACHY, also 25, posted a whopping 10.7 K/9 ratio with a respectable ERA (3.68) and WHIP (1.21). Atlanta is loaded with young pitchers, but expect MIKE MINOR (5-3, 4.14 ERA) and RANDALL DELGADO to start in the majors, with JULIO TEHERAN, who has the most upside of the trio, to begin 2012 in Triple-A.
RELIEF PITCHING: CRAIG KIMBREL exceeded all expectations last year, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the game. He struck out an eye-popping 14.8 batters per nine (127 K in 77 IP), and converted 46-of-54 (85%) save chances. Even though Kimbrel's job as a closer is probably locked down for the next decade, the Braves have two other great relievers, both lefties. JONNY VENTERS posted a 1.84 WHIP and .176 opponents' BA in 88 innings, and is next in line for saves (five in 2011) should Kimbrel suffer an injury. Fellow southpaw ERIC O'FLAHERTY had a 0.98 ERA (8 ER in 73.2 IP) and 32 holds, just three fewer than Venters.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Braves Preview* =====================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (62-72) at Atlanta (83-52), 1:10 p.m. EDT
After an all-around off night ended their winning streak, the Atlanta Braves hope to regroup behind a pitcher who has been stellar at Turner Field.
Paul Maholm hasn't been too shabby when facing the rival New York Mets, either.
The left-hander looks to continue both those strong runs Monday in the opener of a three-game series.
After totaling 20 runs during its six-game winning streak, Atlanta came up empty in a 7-0 loss to Miami on Sunday. Justin Upton went 1 for 4 after missing two starts with a left hand contusion, while NL batting-leader Chris Johnson is expected to return to the lineup after being limited to pinch-hitting duty due to minor leg soreness.
The Braves (83-53), who lead the NL East by 14 games, rank last in the majors with 34 runs since Aug. 18. They've made up for those struggles, however, by posting baseball's third-lowest ERA (2.87) over that span.
Atlanta might not need much scoring with Maholm (9-10, 4.37 ERA) taking the mound against the Mets (62-73).
After allowing five runs over 5 1-3 innings in a 6-2 loss at St. Louis on Aug. 22 in his first start in more than a month due to a left wrist contusion, Maholm limited Cleveland to one run over six innings before Atlanta pushed across a run in the ninth for a 3-2 victory at Turner Field on Wednesday.
Maholm hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of his eight home starts, going 5-2 with a 1.88 ERA.
"My goal for the whole month of September is to get back to (the playoffs) and for them to have confidence in me going forward," Maholm told the team's official website.
He's also had New York's number of late, going 3-1 with an 0.64 ERA while holding them to a .196 batting average in his last four starts. He was a tough-luck loser in the last outing, however, giving up two runs in seven innings of a 6-1 defeat June 18.
Daniel Murphy is 1 for 3 against Maholm this season and 8 for 15 with three RBIs lifetime. The second baseman has also gone 12 for 21 with five doubles in his last five games overall.
Although the Mets have averaged 7.5 runs while hitting .333 in their last four games, they had their three-game winning streak snapped in Sunday's 6-5 loss at Washington.
New York's bullpen failed to hold a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning, and its relievers could become a factor again in this contest if Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-2, 8.68) is unable to turn things around.
The veteran right-hander has allowed nine runs and 12 hits in two starts since signing with the Mets on Aug. 22. He gave up four runs and six hits over 4 1-3 frames in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Philadelphia.
"I will tell you - his stuff's good enough," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "When he commands it, he's going to get outs, because it's good enough."
Matsuzaka is 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two career starts against the Braves, but hasn't faced them since 2009 while with Boston.
He might have his hands full with Freddie Freeman, who is hitting .357 with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last 15 games versus the Mets. Dan Uggla is batting .375 with five homers and 10 RBIs in his last 19 against them.
|Last Updated: 9/19/2014 4:52:18 AM EST|