|NY METS ( MATSUZAKA )|
PHILADELPHIA ( HAMELS )
|905||NY METS||+190||Ov 7.5,+100||+182||Ov 7.5,+105|
|906||PHILADELPHIA||-210||Un 7.5,-120||-195||Un 7.5,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||23-26||+1||27-19||3.9||0.237||0.303||4.6||0.251||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.2||2-5||2.7||0.192||0.260||3.0||0.202||0.275|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-61||-13.5||57-52||3.8||0.249||0.303||4.9||0.272||0.329|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.3||5-2||5.6||0.320||0.390||5.1||0.287||0.339|
|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)||1-2||L||+125||6.5 un||U||4||7||0||8||7||0|
|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||LATOS(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|9/10/2013||CLOYD(R)||SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||2-8||L||+105||8.5 un||O||7||6||1||13||5||0|
|9/11/2013||LEE(L)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||4-2||W||-160||7.5 ov||U||8||7||0||5||4||0|
|9/12/2013||HALLADAY(R)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||10-5||W||+105||8 un||O||14||11||2||4||6||0|
|9/13/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ WASHINGTON||OHLENDORF(R)||1-6||L||155||8 ov||U||8||6||1||11||8||0|
|9/14/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||5-4||W||145||6.5 ov||O||13||8||1||10||11||0|
|9/15/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-11||L||175||8 un||O||8||6||0||18||7||0|
|9/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)|| |
|9/21/2013||CLOYD(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|9/22/2013||LEE(L)||NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|9/23/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ MIAMI||TURNER(R)|| |
|9/26/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ ATLANTA||MEDLEN(R)|| |
|9/27/2013|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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.
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Phillies Preview* =======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (68-83) at Philadelphia (71-81), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies may be feeling confident about extending a successful home stretch behind Cole Hamels, but the New York Mets are also optimistic about the return of their captain.
Hamels and the Phillies seek their eighth win in 10 home games Friday night when David Wright is expected to be back in the lineup for the Mets.
Wright, who leads the team with a .309 average and .904 OPS, was batting .385 during a six-game hitting streak when he suffered a high-grade right hamstring strain in early August. Following a seven-week absence, the All-Star third baseman appears ready to help the Mets (68-84) in the opener of this three-game series.
It might be perfect timing since Wright is 15 for 38 with three home runs and nine RBIs during a nine-game hitting streak against Philadelphia (71-81). He's also 8 for 20 with two homers and seven RBIs when facing Hamels the past two seasons.
Hamels (8-13, 3.48 ERA) has been on a roll lately, going 4-0 with a 2.18 ERA while limiting opponents to a .220 batting average in nine starts since his last loss July 26. The Phillies have won the left-hander's last seven outings.
Now he'll try to add to an outstanding stretch by Philadelphia starters, who have a 2.79 ERA in victories during a 7-2 home stretch.
"We have guys that are playing for positions next year, and ultimately we're trying to win a ballgame, no matter what the opponent is and no matter what they're going toward," Hamels told MLB's official website.
The Mets were the last club to beat Hamels in Philadelphia on June 21 when they tagged him for four runs and seven hits over six innings in a 4-3 victory. He's 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA in his last five home starts against New York but 2-0 with a 1.95 ERA in his last eight there overall.
New York's Juan Lagares is 5 for 10 with three doubles when facing Hamels and 14 for 29 with seven RBIs in his last 10 games versus the Phillies. Eric Young, 7 for 17 against Hamels, has gone 8 for 19 with three doubles and five RBIs in five career games in Philadelphia.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-3, 6.12) will try to guide the Mets to their fifth win in eight games.
Since posting a 10.95 ERA while dropping his first three starts, Matsuzaka has allowed two runs over 12 2-3 innings to lead New York to wins in his last two. The right-hander gave up one run and two hits over seven innings to earn his first victory Saturday, 3-1 over visiting Miami.
"I'm not surprised," manager Terry Collins said. "This guy competes. He has competed his entire life at any stage, any situation, never gives in."
Matsuzaka, 1-1 with a 4.41 ERA in three career starts against Philadelphia, allowed four run and four walks over 4 1-3 innings in a 6-2 home loss to the Phillies on Aug. 28.
He'll attempt to cool off Chase Utley, who is batting .414 with 13 RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak at home. Rookie Cesar Hernandez (9 for 16) and Jimmy Rollins (10 for 17) have also been hot at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies have won 9 of 16 meetings, splitting six home games against the Mets.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:47:14 PM EST|