|NY METS ( HARANG )|
CINCINNATI ( CUETO )
|953||NY METS||+220||Ov 7.5,-110||+225||Ov 7.5,-105|
|954||CINCINNATI||-240||Un 7.5,-110||-250||Un 7.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-58||-8.3||50-51||3.9||0.239||0.303||4.2||0.261||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+5.2||5-2||3.9||0.238||0.297||3.6||0.225||0.304|
|vs Right-handed Starters||62-43||+3||56-45||4.6||0.255||0.330||3.7||0.239||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.8||5-2||6.6||0.251||0.339||3.4||0.219||0.305|
|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)||6-4||W||190||7.5 un||O||10||6||1||5||4||1|
|9/21/2013||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||CLOYD(R)||5-4||W||-110||8.5 ov||O||7||5||0||7||2||0|
|9/22/2013||TORRES(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)||4-3||W||182||6.5 ev||O||11||7||0||9||8||1|
|9/23/2013||HARANG(R)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||NIESE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)|| |
|9/25/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||REYNOLDS(R)|| |
|9/9/2013||ARROYO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||0-2||L||-175||7.5 ov||U||7||9||0||7||6||0|
|9/10/2013||CINGRANI(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||1-9||L||-250||8 ov||O||10||9||1||13||8||0|
|9/11/2013||LEAKE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||6-0||W||-170||8.5 un||U||8||6||0||6||7||0|
|9/13/2013||LATOS(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||1-5||L||-145||7.5 un||U||4||4||1||9||8||0|
|9/14/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||HELLWEG(R)||7-3||W||-190||8 ov||O||10||9||0||6||10||2|
|9/15/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||5-6||L||-130||8 un||O||8||8||0||5||3||1|
|9/16/2013||CUETO(R)||@ HOUSTON||BEDARD(L)||6-1||W||-175||8 ov||U||7||7||0||7||6||1|
|9/17/2013||LEAKE(R)||@ HOUSTON||LYLES(R)||10-0||W||-175||8.5 un||O||12||5||1||5||6||1|
|9/18/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||6-5||W||-145||9 ev||O||9||15||0||13||16||1|
|9/20/2013||LATOS(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LIRIANO(L)||6-5||W||110||6.5 un||O||9||7||0||10||5||1|
|9/21/2013||BAILEY(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BURNETT(R)||2-4||L||100||7 un||U||5||4||2||5||5||0|
|9/22/2013||ARROYO(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||LOCKE(L)||11-3||W||105||6.5 ov||O||16||9||0||5||6||2|
|9/23/2013||CUETO(R)||NY METS||HARANG(R)|| |
|9/24/2013||LEAKE(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|9/25/2013||REYNOLDS(R)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(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.
|CINCINNATI: HITTING: 2B BRANDON PHILLIPS sparked the Reds offense after moving to the top of the order. But his free-swinging makes him a bad fit there. SS ZACK COZART played in only 11 games for the Reds before wrecking his non-throwing elbow, but it was still enough to convince the team they'd seen enough of PAUL JANISH in the starting role. 1B JOEY VOTTO keeps punishing pitchers. OF JAY BRUCE is in his gawky, teenage phase, but he's already emerged as a major power source. OF DREW STUBBS must cut down on his MLB-leading 206 strikeouts. He's out of the leadoff spot now, but those whiffs don't play well anywhere in the lineup. OF CHRIS HEISEY should get the starting nod in left now that Yonder Alonso is out of the picture. 3B SCOTT ROLEN is a permanent health question mark. His backup, JUAN FRANCISCO, swings for the fences. C DEVIN MESORACO is the most hyped catching prospect since Matt Wieters. RYAN HANIGAN will split squatting responsibilities with him. |
STARTING PITCHING: Considered a source of strength entering the 2011 campaign, the Reds rotation directly caused their undoing. The first step toward a remedy was trading for MAT LATOS, who began 2011 slow and got stronger as the year went on. The 24-year-old threw at least six innings with 5+ K in 16 of his final 17 starts (2.94 ERA). But that was in a much more pitcher-friendly environment. He has a decent career road ERA (3.57), and Cincy will surely give him much better run support than he received in San Diego. Last year's pitching problems began with BRONSON ARROYO, who gave up more home runs in a season than any pitcher in this millennium. He allowed more HR (46) than walks (45). JOHNNY CUETO was the one big bright spot; he hasn't maintained the strikeout rates he flashed early in his career, but he's All-Star caliber. HOMER BAILEY was a disappointment, going 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA. MIKE LEAKE actually pitched pretty well after he got his first taste of the minors to get his mechanics worked out.
RELIEF PITCHING: With Francisco Cordero flying the coop, and newcomer RYAN MADSON lost for the season with Tommy John Surgery, Cincinnati will use a closer-by-committee approach. The Reds gave up three players, including starter Travis Wood, to acquire SEAN MARSHALL, who should fit in nicely as a set-up man who's tough on both right-and left-handed batters. AROLDIS CHAPMAN is listed as the main set-up man for Marshall, but he missed out on winter ball and could be too raw to trust in the ninth inning. LOGAN ONDRUSEK is also capable of being a decent closer, with a big fastball.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-CINCINNATI) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(UPDATES with Reds five games ahead of Washington)
*Mets-Reds Preview* ===================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
New York (70-84) at Cincinnati (88-67), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker remains cautiously optimistic about starter Johnny Cueto, who is just one start removed from a long stint on the disabled list.
It's difficult to blame him given Cueto's injury history.
Trying to move closer to securing a third playoff appearance in four years, Cincinnati sends Cueto to the mound in Monday night's series opener with the New York Mets.
Cueto (5-2, 3.02 ERA) missed the start of the 2011 season with arm trouble, then went 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA in 2012 to help the Reds win the NL Central. But after a healthy season, he left Game 1 of the division series against San Francisco after only eight pitches with pulled muscles in his side.
The right-hander was enjoying a solid start to 2013 before straining a lat muscle in a loss to Texas on June 28, forcing him to the DL. He was activated last Monday, and threw five scoreless innings in his 6-1 win over Houston.
"That's a tremendous shot in the arm for our team," Baker said. "Let's hope that he continues to be well, continues to get better (and) his endurance gets better."
Though Cueto said he felt fine after that outing, Baker is taking a cautious approach, especially with the playoffs right around the corner. Cincinnati (89-67) still is in the mix for a second straight Central crown while leading Washington by five games for a wild-card spot.
"There's not a whole bunch of people that can fill that slot better than Johnny," Baker told the team's official site. "It depends on how he feels, and there's a chance (the final six) games are going to be pretty important."
The Reds have won five of six after taking two of three from Pittsburgh with Sunday's 11-3 win. They're tied atop the wild-card standings with the Pirates, who they face in a three-game series at home to end the regular season.
"You can't overlook the Mets thinking about the Pirates and then the Mets mess you up," Baker said. "They're going to try and beat us, too."
New York (71-84) is coming off a three-game sweep of Philadelphia after Sunday's 4-3 victory. Rookie Juan Lagares had three hits while driving in a run, and shortstop Wilfredo Tovar added an RBI single in the seventh in his major league debut.
Philadelphia committed an error that allowed another run to score on Tovar's hit.
The Mets are seeking their first four-game winning streak since July 7-10 as they send former Red Aaron Harang to the mound Monday.
Harang (0-1, 4.91) went 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA with Seattle before being designated for assignment Aug. 26, though he's shown signs of improvement since signing with New York.
The right-hander gave up three runs and struck out 10 in six innings while suffering a 7-2 loss to Washington on Sept. 12 before giving up four runs and striking out eight in five frames of the Mets' 5-4 comeback win over San Francisco on Wednesday.
Harang, who went 75-80 for the Reds from 2003-10, is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA in three starts against his former team. He gave up two runs in six innings to beat Cincinnati 4-2 while with the Mariners on July 5.
|Last Updated: 9/2/2014 3:56:29 PM EST|