|SAN FRANCISCO ( BUMGARNER )|
NY METS ( NIESE )
|953||SAN FRANCISCO||-140||Ov 6.5,-120||-135||Ov 7,+120|
|954||NY METS||+130||Un 6.5,+100||+125||Un 7,-140|
|vs Left-handed Starters||22-28||-7.7||20-25||3.9||0.270||0.320||4.1||0.252||0.316|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.6||3-2||6.4||0.280||0.371||3.4||0.260||0.319|
|vs Left-handed Starters||23-25||+2||27-18||3.9||0.239||0.304||4.6||0.251||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||3-4||2.9||0.207||0.267||3.7||0.202||0.272|
|9/10/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||8-9||L||-115||7 un||O||14||12||0||14||8||0|
|9/12/2013||CAIN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||2-3||L||160||6.5 ov||U||9||9||1||9||9||0|
|9/13/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||4-2||W||165||6 un||P||9||4||0||10||10||1|
|9/14/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)||19-3||W||145||7 ov||O||22||10||0||8||7||3|
|9/15/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ LA DODGERS||VOLQUEZ(R)||4-3||W||105||8 ev||U||6||4||1||9||10||0|
|9/17/2013||PETIT(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||8-5||W||-130||6.5 un||O||9||10||2||9||9||1|
|9/18/2013||CAIN(R)||@ NY METS||HARANG(R)||4-5||L||-155||6.5 ov||O||6||7||1||9||7||2|
|9/19/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|9/20/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NOVA(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||PETIT(R)||@ NY YANKEES||PETTITTE(L)|| |
|9/24/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||LA DODGERS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|9/6/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ CLEVELAND||KAZMIR(L)||1-8||L||155||8 ov||O||7||5||1||10||8||1|
|9/7/2013||NIESE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||KLUBER(R)||4-9||L||155||8 ov||O||8||4||1||11||5||0|
|9/8/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ CLEVELAND||SALAZAR(R)||2-1||W||225||8.5 ev||U||8||10||0||5||8||0|
|9/17/2013||WHEELER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||PETIT(R)||5-8||L||+120||6.5 un||O||9||9||1||9||10||2|
|9/18/2013||HARANG(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||5-4||W||+145||6.5 ov||O||9||7||2||6||7||1|
|9/19/2013||NIESE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|9/20/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|9/21/2013||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||TORRES(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|9/23/2013||WHEELER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||HARANG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||NIESE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||REYNOLDS(R)|| |
|9/26/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Mets Preview* =====================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
San Francisco (70-81) at New York (67-83), 1:10 p.m. EDT
A dramatic comeback helped the New York Mets re-establish their success over the San Francisco Giants.
Giving the ball to Jonathon Niese, especially at home, may only extend it.
Following Josh Satin's clutch hitting, Niese looks to continue his recent home dominance and help the Mets take this three-game set from the Giants on Thursday.
New York (68-83) scored five runs in the final two innings, including four in the ninth after Satin's two-run, walkoff single provided the winning margin in Wednesday's 5-4 victory over San Francisco. He also plated a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly.
"If there's anything that typifies what we're trying to do here, it was that ninth inning," manager Terry Collins said. "When you're playing the world champions, down by three, Matt Cain is mowing you down, it might be easy to say to yourself, 'We don't belong here.'"
The Mets may have felt that way Tuesday, dropping the series opener 8-5 to end their five-game winning streak over the Giants.
New York is trying to conclude this 11-game homestand with five wins in seven games after being swept by Washington in a four-game set.
Turning to Niese (7-7, 3.88 ERA) could help since he's 4-1 with a 3.13 ERA in seven starts since returning from a partially torn left rotator cuff. The left-hander has been particularly impressive in three home games, going 2-0 with a 1.61 ERA.
He won at Citi Field again Friday, allowing three runs and two homers with seven strikeouts before being pulled with one out in the seventh of a 4-3 victory over Miami.
Niese is 1-1 with a 3.10 ERA in three career starts versus the Giants. He last faced them Aug. 1, 2012, when he allowed one run in seven innings of a 2-1 road win.
San Francisco will counter Niese with Madison Bumgarner (12-9, 2.83), one of the club's most consistent starters.
The left-hander has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 18 straight starts, San Francisco's longest such streak since Tim Lincecum went 19 games from Aug. 16, 2007-June 11, 2008.
Bumgarner pulled within one game of that streak in impressive fashion in Friday's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. He outpitched Clayton Kershaw, allowing two runs and five hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
Despite his consistent stretch, Bumgarner's victory over the Dodgers was his first in eight starts since he's been backed by an average of 2.7 runs.
He got plenty of help in his only visit to Citi Field on April 23, 2012, allowing one run and three hits in seven innings of a 7-2 victory.
Gregor Blanco has been superb at the plate during a seven-game hitting streak, going 12 for 23 (.522) with five RBIs and five runs. He had a two-run homer Wednesday, but he's just 1 for 6 versus Niese.
Buster Posey is 4 for 8 with two doubles and a homer off the Mets starter, but he's 1 for 17 while the Giants are 3-2 on this 10-game road trip.
|Last Updated: 8/29/2014 3:22:05 PM EST|