|NY METS ( WHEELER )|
ATLANTA ( SANTANA )
|957||NY METS||+125||Ov 7,-125||+140||Ov 7,-115|
|958||ATLANTA||-135||Un 7,+105||-150||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||3-3||+0.3||3-2||4.0||0.205||0.281||4.2||0.250||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.7||3-3||3.6||0.192||0.266||4.3||0.262||0.319|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-3||+2||1-6||2.1||0.220||0.264||1.9||0.198||0.264|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+2||1-6||2.1||0.220||0.264||1.9||0.198||0.264|
|4/8/2014||COLON(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||4-0||W||115||7 un||U||9||8||2||8||10||0|
|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||NIESE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|4/13/2014||COLON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|4/14/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ ARIZONA||ARROYO(R)|| |
|4/15/2014||MEJIA(R)||@ ARIZONA||DELGADO(R)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|3/31/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||0-2||L||-110||8 un||U||5||7||1||8||4||0|
|4/1/2014||WOOD(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||5-2||W||105||8.5 un||U||9||5||1||6||6||0|
|4/2/2014||HARANG(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||1-0||W||120||8.5 ev||U||3||4||0||2||3||0|
|4/4/2014||HALE(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||2-1||W||165||7.5 un||U||6||6||0||8||8||0|
|4/5/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||6-2||W||145||6.5 un||O||13||12||0||5||8||2|
|4/6/2014||WOOD(L)||@ WASHINGTON||JORDAN(R)||1-2||L||-105||7 un||U||8||9||2||4||3||1|
|4/8/2014||HARANG(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)||0-4||L||-125||7 un||U||8||10||0||9||8||2|
|4/9/2014||SANTANA(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|4/10/2014||HALE(R)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|4/14/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HERNANDEZ(R)|| |
|4/15/2014||HALE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LEE(L)|| |
|4/16/2014|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|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.''
|ATLANTA: ATLANTA (AP) - For the Atlanta Braves, spring training turned into a matter of survival.|
No wonder they're so eager to get the season going.
The defending NL East champions lost a big chunk of their starting rotation down in Florida: projected opening day starter Kris Medlen and fellow right-hander Brandon Beachy both underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time and are out for the season. Another starter, Mike Minor, will also begin the year on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore shoulder.
But the Braves are nothing if not resourceful. They quickly signed Ervin Santana to a $14.1 million, one-year contract and have every intention of getting back to the playoffs for the fourth time in the last five years.
''We still have a great team,'' closer Craig Kimbrel said. ''It's tough losing two top pitchers. But getting Santana was really big. I want to be closing out division titles and championships and World Series. I think we've still got the group to do it.''
The Braves will have a different look behind the plate after longtime catcher Brian McCann signed with the New York Yankees. But another title in a lackluster division is certainly a possibility, especially if second baseman Dan Uggla and center fielder B.J. Upton bounce back from dismal seasons in which both hit under .200. They showed signs of turning things around in spring training.
''Time will tell,'' general manager Frank Wren said, ''but we really like what we've seen so far.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-ATLANTA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Braves Preview* =====================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
New York (2-4) at Atlanta (4-2), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Atlanta Braves may have been hoping Ervin Santana could rescue their injury-depleted rotation.
Instead, he may just be adding some serious depth.
Santana looks to continue Atlanta's impressive stretch on the mound as he makes his Braves debut Wednesday night against the New York Mets.
Atlanta (4-3) has lost Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen for the season due to elbow surgery, while Mike Minor is on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left shoulder. That trio combined for 30 wins last year, with Medlen leading the way with 15 while his 3.11 ERA was the lowest for any regular member of the rotation.
In an effort to soften the blow of those absences, the Braves signed Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract and forfeited a first-round draft pick - 26th overall - as compensation.
The right-hander went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA with Kansas City last year after spending eight with the Los Angeles Angels.
He won his only meeting with the Mets on Aug. 4, yielding one run in six innings of a 6-2 road victory. The Braves would welcome a similar line to that after Santana surrendered six runs with four walks in 5 1-3 innings with Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday.
"(Santana) pitched better than the numbers show," manager Fredi Gonzalez told the team's official website. "The reports showed there were some plays that could have been made, or were close plays."
Santana now joins a rotation that has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball, compiling a 1.61 ERA behind Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, rookie David Hale and 35-year-old Aaron Harang.
The starters haven't allowed more than two runs in any outing, but those efforts haven't been helped by a lineup that is hitting .192. The offense has managed more than two runs in just two games, and that was the case again in Tuesday's home-opening 4-0 loss to the Mets (3-4).
Those struggles undermined Harang's impressive outing, as he yielded one run and two hits with nine strikeouts in six innings.
"You've seen some spurts, you've seen some guys coming out, getting good at-bats. Now we've got to put the whole line-up together," Gonzalez said.
That could be a challenge since the Mets are putting together their own strong stretch on the mound with a 2.00 ERA while winning three of four games.
Giving the ball to Zack Wheeler, a native of nearby Smyrna, could give them a chance to keep it going.
The right-hander is returning to Atlanta for the first time since striking out seven in six scoreless innings of a 6-1 victory in his major league debut on June 18. Wheeler also beat the Braves twice at home while posting a 4.26 ERA.
He's trying to become the first Met to win his first four starts versus Atlanta and the first to do it at all since Terry Leach against the Montreal Expos from Sept. 13, 1985-Oct. 11, 1987.
Matching that feat may require some improvement after Wheeler gave up three runs in six innings of an 8-2 loss to the Nationals in his season debut Thursday.
"It all starts with me though, giving up the three runs," Wheeler told the team's official website. "I should have done better."
The Braves' Jason Heyward surely feels the same way after flying out with the bases loaded to end Tuesday's defeat to cap an 0-for-5 day.
"I knew I just missed it," said Heyward, who is 3 for 28 on the season. "I'd like to be in that spot every time. I'd like to come through."
The right fielder is 0 for 6 with two strikeouts versus Wheeler.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 6:40:17 PM EST|