|CINCINNATI ( CUETO )|
NY METS ( GEE )
|951||CINCINNATI||-135||Ov 6.5,-120||-125||Ov 6.5,-105|
|952||NY METS||+125||Un 6.5,+100||+115||Un 6.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-3||-2||1-2||2.5||0.201||0.291||3.0||0.195||0.275|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-2||1-2||2.5||0.201||0.291||3.0||0.195||0.275|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-2||-1||2-0||4.3||0.208||0.283||6.7||0.275||0.373|
|Past 7 Games||1-3||-2||2-1||3.5||0.184||0.255||6.2||0.289||0.361|
|3/31/2014||CUETO(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-1||L||+115||7 un||U||3||9||0||5||6||3|
|4/2/2014||CINGRANI(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||1-0||W||+110||7 un||U||6||10||1||3||6||1|
|4/3/2014||BAILEY(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||6-7||L||-105||7.5 un||O||10||8||0||11||8||1|
|4/4/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ NY METS||MEJIA(R)||3-4||L||-105||7 ev||P||8||10||0||6||5||1|
|4/5/2014||CUETO(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|4/6/2014||SIMON(R)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|4/7/2014||CINGRANI(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)|| |
|4/8/2014||BAILEY(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)|| |
|4/9/2014||LEAKE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)|| |
|4/11/2014||CUETO(R)||TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||TAMPA BAY|| || |
|4/8/2014||COLON(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)|| |
|4/9/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)|| |
|4/10/2014||MEJIA(R)||@ ATLANTA||HALE(R)|| |
|4/11/2014||GEE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)|| |
|4/12/2014|| ||@ LA ANGELS|| || |
|CINCINNATI: CINCINNATI (AP) - Bryan Price's father worked for a savings and loan that had San Francisco Giants season tickets and would make some of them available to employees.|
Any team was good to see. Two were best.
''So you go in there and battle for tickets to certain games,'' Price said. ''And I would circle the Reds and the Dodgers.''
He loved how the franchises were stocked with stars. He knew it would be fun watching them play his hometown Giants. He even dreamed of some playing or working for one of those teams.
That's why the last six weeks of spring training left him with a too-good-to-be-true feeling at times. He's managing the Reds, one of those teams he loved to see.
''It's almost a constant, surreal experience for me at this point,'' he said in February.
The surreal part gave way to reality pretty fast.
Starter Mat Latos had knee surgery the day spring training opened. Closer Aroldis Chapman got hit in the head by a line drive and is out for at least a month after having a plate put into his forehead. Starter Homer Bailey strained his groin. Relievers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall aren't ready to start the season.
|NY METS: NEW YORK (AP) - Five straight losing seasons. That's what the New York Mets have produced since moving into Citi Field.|
David Wright, for one, is tired of it.
''We need to start going out there showing results,'' the star third baseman said. ''The last couple years we've kind of been hampered by some contracts and payroll issues. It seems like that's behind us. At the same time, we've got those prospects knocking at the door. I think we're in a better place now than we have been the past few years and quite frankly, I think we have a better team.''
Translation: No more waiting for next year. No more selling the future. No more excuses.
It's time to take a step forward - and that means winning.
General manager Sandy Alderson seems to think so, too. After he signed free agents Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon and Chris Young this offseason, a report emerged that Alderson told staffers he thinks the Mets can win 90 games (with a payroll under $90 million).
Even hard-core fans found that overly optimistic, especially with ace Matt Harvey expected to miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery. New York posted its second consecutive 74-88 record last year - and that was with Harvey on the mound most of the way.
But there is reason for hope, particularly in Triple-A. Touted young pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero could soon join a promising rotation that includes Colon, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jonathon Niese.
''He's got all the traits of the good ones,'' manager Terry Collins said about Syndergaard. ''He's on track to be special.''
The offense could be better with the addition of Granderson, who got a $60 million, four-year deal after an injury-plagued season for the Yankees across town. His left-handed power bat should provide some much-needed protection for Wright.
The multitalented Young, on a one-year contract following a down season in Oakland, appears highly motivated to regain his All-Star form.
''It's been interesting to watch the whole team,'' Granderson said early in spring training. ''There's power here. Chris Young has been amazing.''
The lineup remains flawed and prone to strikeouts, though the roster has improved. Perhaps not enough to push Washington and Atlanta in the NL East just yet, but the Mets expect to take significant strides this season as they anticipate Harvey's return in 2015.
''When I re-signed here, I knew it wasn't an overnight fix. I think I like that part of the challenge of it,'' Wright said. ''I want to be part of the reason why we get this thing turned around and headed in the right direction and ultimately start winning again. I think we have that ability.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (CINCINNATI-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Reds-Mets Preview* ===================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
Cincinnati (1-2) at New York (0-3), 1:10 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets avoided an 0-4 start, thanks in large part to their newly appointed starting first baseman, and are now after their fourth straight win over the Cincinnati Reds.
With hopes of their otherwise quiet bats following Lucas Duda's lead, the Mets turn to starter Dillon Gee for the second time in five games Saturday at Citi Field.
Duda was named the starting first baseman prior to Friday's 4-3 win over the Reds (1-3), and he made good on the new title by hitting a pair of two-run homers. Duda had been 0 for 6 before the 2-for-3 night.
Manager Terry Collins said things could still change, but he wants there to be some order in the clubhouse.
"I just didn't think it was fair to anybody coming to the ballpark every day not knowing what their role is," Collins told the team's official website. "We want to see if Lucas Duda can be the first baseman. If he doesn't do it or we think he maybe doesn't play it the way we want it played, then he becomes a guy that can perhaps go to other positions. So we'll just see how it works out."
New York (1-3) is batting .184 and leaning heavily on the long ball with five homers accounting for 10 of its 14 runs.
Johnny Cueto (0-1, 1.29 ERA) will be charged with keeping those bats quiet, as he's done recently against the Mets. Cueto is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts over the last two seasons versus New York.
His strong opening-day start went to waste in a 1-0 loss to St. Louis. After returning from the disabled list in September for two solid regular-season starts and a forgettable playoff outing, Cueto allowed a run and three hits while striking out eight in seven innings Monday.
Duda enters Day 2 of his assignment at 3 for 8 with a home run against Cueto.
"I'm just glad to play and contribute any way I can," Duda said. "It's just one day."
Gee (0-0, 5.40) has been bumped to the top of the Mets' rotation with Jonathon Niese's first start of the season pushed back until Sunday due to elbow soreness.
The right-hander put in six strong innings Monday against Washington but slipped up in the seventh in a 9-7 home loss. He went 6 2-3, yielding four runs while striking out five.
Gee didn't face the Reds last year and is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in one start against them.
After falling behind 4-1 on Friday, Jay Bruce connected on a two-run homer in the seventh to get the Reds within a run. Bruce has four hits in his last two games after starting 0 for 7. Like Duda, Bruce drove in all of his team's runs.
"It was the Lucas Duda-Jay Bruce show, and Duda won," Cincinnati starter Mike Leake said.
Reds manager Bryan Price sat center fielder Billy Hamilton and shortstop Zack Cozart after they went a combined 0 for 23 in the first three games.
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 2 for 4 and is 10 for his last 24 against the Reds.
A Mets win would even the all-time series in New York at 147-all.
|Last Updated: 9/20/2014 1:03:40 PM EST|