|MILWAUKEE ( HELLWEG )|
NY METS ( GEE )
|903||MILWAUKEE||+125||Ov 7.5,-110||+130||Ov 7.5,+100|
|904||NY METS||-135||Un 7.5,-110||-140||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-60||+1||54-58||4.0||0.251||0.306||4.2||0.257||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||3-4||3.7||0.258||0.294||3.7||0.263||0.324|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-59||-5.2||50-54||3.8||0.238||0.302||4.1||0.260||0.313|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+6.8||3-4||3.3||0.231||0.285||2.6||0.232||0.302|
|9/12/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||5-3||W||160||8 un||P||11||6||0||6||4||2|
|9/16/2013||PERALTA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||6-1||W||-125||8 ev||U||8||8||2||5||6||3|
|9/17/2013||ESTRADA(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||SAMARDZIJA(R)||4-3||W||-135||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||7||4||2|
|9/18/2013||THORNBURG(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||7-0||W||-140||8 un||U||5||3||0||4||8||0|
|9/19/2013||LOHSE(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-5||L||-135||8.5 un||U||4||4||1||13||8||0|
|9/20/2013||HELLWEG(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||6-7||L||+180||9.5 un||O||13||8||0||16||12||0|
|9/21/2013||GALLARDO(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||2-7||L||+130||8.5 un||O||7||9||1||9||5||0|
|9/22/2013||PERALTA(R)||ST LOUIS||KELLY(R)||6-4||W||+135||8.5 un||O||8||5||0||8||9||3|
|9/23/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||5-0||W||115||7 un||U||11||6||0||3||5||1|
|9/24/2013||THORNBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||GARCIA(R)||2-3||L||125||7.5 un||U||7||6||0||10||4||0|
|9/25/2013||LOHSE(R)||@ ATLANTA||MAHOLM(L)||4-0||W||115||7 un||U||12||8||0||2||2||0|
|9/26/2013||HELLWEG(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|9/27/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)|| |
|9/28/2013||NELSON(R)||@ NY METS||HARANG(R)|| |
|9/29/2013||ESTRADA(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|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)||2-3||L||225||7.5 un||U||6||5||0||10||15||1|
|9/24/2013||NIESE(L)||@ CINCINNATI||LEAKE(R)||4-2||W||170||7.5 ev||U||10||5||0||8||5||0|
|9/25/2013||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||1-0||W||235||8 un||U||4||7||0||4||6||0|
|MILWAUKEE: HITTING: It helped when the Brew Crew had Prince Fielder in the fold, but there's still lots of firepower here now that he's moved on. 2B RICKIE WEEKS starts it off, with some of the game's best bat speed. OF NYJER MORGAN doesn't hit the ball hard, but when it drops in he's off to the races. OF RYAN BRAUN has put up Hall of Fame numbers since day one. Now the big question is whether he doped to do it. OF COREY HART has improved his batting eye and is no longer an on-base liability. He's also one of the few Brewers hitters who plays even average defense. 3B ARAMIS RAMIREZ is on the down side of his career, but remains productive. Backup TAYLOR GREEN should see decent time behind him though. IF MAT GAMEL is slated to start at first; nobody knows if he'll be any good. He sure as heck won't be Prince Fielder. C JONATHAN LUCROY was effective in a middle-of-the-road kind of way. Fourth OF CARLOS GOMEZ still can't hit. SS ALEX GONZALEZ will play every day and has decent pop for a middle infielder. |
STARTING PITCHING: The Brewers' front three is among the most formidable in baseball. YOVANI GALLARDO has improved his peripherals every year as a starter. High pitch counts used to chase him early in games, but not anymore. One day he'll win a Cy Young. ZACK GREINKE was a product of bad defense, bad luck, and an unusually high home run rate. In the second half, he was a beast. SHAUN MARCUM pulled a reverse Greinke, starting brilliantly then fading down the stretch. Not too surprising, given the durability issues that have followed Marcum throughout his career. Most teams would still kill to have him as their No. 3 starter. People laughed when the Crew signed RANDY WOLF for three years and $30 million, but he's been a highly dependable innings-eater in both seasons as a Brewer. The same holds for CHRIS NARVESON. He's the very definition of a back-end guy, but as fifth starters go, he's pretty good.
RELIEF PITCHING: JOHN AXFORD and his Long John Silver's facial hair are proof positive that you don't need to spend a fortune on a closer. Axford was an undrafted retread when Milwaukee signed him. The list of 'proven closers' with fat contracts that Axford has outpitched each of the past two years is a deep one. FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ ruined the Brewers' offseason plans by accepting arbitration. He's a decent bet for some cheap saves, and still brings it with that crazy body-flinging delivery. But the team may still deal him at some point this season. KAMERON LOE has made a reasonably smooth transition to full-time reliever.
|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 (MILWAUKEE-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Brewers-Mets Preview* ======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Milwaukee (70-87) at New York (72-85), 7:10 p.m. EDT
It's unknown if the Milwaukee Brewers will have their leading home run hitter for the opener to the final series of this season.
With Carlos Gomez potentially facing a suspension, the Brewers will try to spoil the New York Mets' return from a successful road trip Thursday night.
Gomez's first-inning homer - his 23rd of the season - got Milwaukee (71-87) started toward a 4-0 victory in Atlanta on Wednesday, but he didn't get to touch home plate because Braves catcher Brian McCann confronted him on the third-base line. The Brewers outfielder was arguing with both pitcher Paul Maholm and first baseman Freddie Freeman during his home run trot before McCann joined in.
Benches cleared after Gomez tried to make his way to the plate, and he was ejected from the game along with Freeman and Atlanta's backup catcher Gerald Laird.
After the game, Gomez said he was upset because Maholm hit him in the leg with a fastball in a 7-4 loss June 23.
"I don't apologize for this," Gomez said. "Just take the pain back. You can see the replay. They hit me for no reason, and I tried to get it back today. It's the only opportunity that I have. That's what I did.
That incident leaves Gomez's status unknown for a four-game series with the Mets (73-85), who went 5-1 in visits to Philadelphia and Cincinnati. It's also unclear how many games Aramis Ramirez (knee) and Jean Segura (hamstring) will play.
New York limited the playoff-bound Reds to four hits in a 1-0 victory Wednesday, lowering the team's ERA during a 9-4 stretch to 2.61.
The Mets, who have a 3.78 ERA this season, will start Dillon Gee (12-10, 3.54 ERA). The right-hander is 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in his last five starts and is seeking to match his career high for victories, set in 2011.
Gee allowed four runs over six innings Saturday in Philadelphia but got enough support for a 5-4 win. He gave up three runs in his final frame amid a heavy downpour.
Gee is seven innings shy of reaching 200 for the first time, a remarkable feat for someone who entered this season after surgery to remove a blood clot in his right shoulder.
"It means a lot. One of the main goals, especially coming off an injury, was to hit that 200-inning mark. I haven't been there yet," he told the team's website.
Gee dropped to 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in two career starts against Milwaukee after permitting seven runs in 5 1-3 innings of an 8-0 loss May 15, 2012.
Johnny Hellweg (1-4, 7.43) wasn't at his sharpest in his only start against the Mets. He gave up seven runs - three earned - and walked five over 3 2-3 innings in a 12-5 loss July 5.
Hellweg also issued five base on balls Friday against St. Louis but yielded just two runs over five frames while not factoring into the decision in a 7-6 loss. He has walked a combined 19 over 24 innings in his last five starts.
The Mets took two of three from Milwaukee in their only other series this season July 5-7, but have lost in seven of eight home meetings.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:44:00 PM EST|