|MILWAUKEE ( ESTRADA )|
NY METS ( NIESE )
|951||MILWAUKEE||-105||Ov 7,-115||-110||Ov 7,+115|
|952||NY METS||-105||Un 7,-105||+100||Un 7,-135|
|vs Left-handed Starters||16-27||-11||21-20||3.9||0.258||0.302||4.4||0.257||0.321|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.4||1-6||4.1||0.257||0.292||1.9||0.201||0.274|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-62||-9||50-57||3.8||0.237||0.302||4.1||0.259||0.312|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1.1||1-6||2.4||0.227||0.292||2.9||0.235||0.309|
|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)||4-2||W||170||7.5 un||U||7||6||1||8||11||0|
|9/27/2013||GALLARDO(R)||@ NY METS||TORRES(R)||4-2||W||-110||6.5 un||U||5||3||0||8||5||0|
|9/28/2013||NELSON(R)||@ NY METS||HARANG(R)||4-2||W||-110||7 ov||U||12||10||1||5||10||0|
|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 JONAH ROSENBLUM STATS Writer
Milwaukee (73-87) at New York (73-87), 1:10 p.m. EDT
The Milwaukee Brewers are ending on a far better note than they began.
Even with New York's flimsy finish, manager Terry Collins appears poised to return to the Mets.
The Brewers try to cap the season with a four-game sweep of the Mets on Sunday at Citi Field.
Milwaukee (74-87) won Saturday 4-2 in 10 innings to pick up its 12th win in 17 games, a far departure from its 2-8 start to the season. Carlos Gomez snapped out of a 3-for-25 slump with four hits, including the go-ahead single.
"It's one of those days like, everything you hit, you have to take it," Gomez said. "Tomorrow is the last one and finish hard, get another win."
The Mets (73-88) have lost three straight and will finish with a losing record for a fifth straight year, but Collins is close to an agreement to remain manager as the club attempts to build a winner.
"It would be a blast," Collins said. "But again, we will wait 'til the end of the year to smile about it."
Fielding an inexperienced lineup depleted by injuries and trades, Collins has kept the Mets competitive down the stretch without most of his top players.
"If it happens, it's well-deserved," said team captain David Wright, who has been limited to 111 games because of injuries. "If you look at the players he's had to manage and the trades and injuries he's had to endure, he's done a nice job. Obviously we aren't where we want to be as a team, but that's not an indication of his job. We have a young team and Terry provides the fire. ... It is a really good fit."
One thing Collins has been unable to do is find a way to beat Milwaukee at Citi Field.
The Brewers have won 10 of 11 at the Mets' ballpark.
Marco Estrada (7-4, 4.02 ERA) takes the ball in the finale looking to lead Milwaukee to its first four-game sweep of New York.
Estrada was 4-4 with a 5.32 ERA when a strained left hamstring landed him on the disabled list. He has since gone 3-0 with a 2.26 ERA. That included a win over Atlanta on Monday, when he allowed two hits in seven scoreless innings.
"I thought Marco threw the ball outstanding," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "His changeup was great, located his fastball well and threw some nice curveballs. When he has that changeup going, he's capable of throwing this against anybody."
Before he was sidelined, the right-hander yielded 14 home runs in 69 1-3 innings. He has allowed five in 51 2-3 since.
New York has one homer in its last four contests, while going 3 for 32 with runners in scoring position.
Estrada has struggled in five relief outings against the Mets, posting a 14.54 ERA, last facing them in 2011.
Jonathon Niese (8-8, 3.74) is slated to start Sunday, one of four opening day starters to take the field for the Mets in the finale, joining Wright, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda.
Niese is 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA since missing a month and a half with a partially torn left rotator cuff. The left-hander held Cincinnati to two runs in seven innings of a 4-2 win on Tuesday.
The Mets, with 13 runs over their last six games, seek to avoid ending their season with four straight losses for the first time since 1998.
|Last Updated: 8/30/2014 9:35:55 PM EST|