|MIAMI ( ALVAREZ )|
NY METS ( WHEELER )
|953||MIAMI||+100||Ov 7.5,-105||+100||Ov 7,+100|
|954||NY METS||-110||Un 7.5,-115||-110||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||4-11||-7.8||9-6||4.0||0.255||0.326||4.8||0.269||0.337|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.6||2-5||3.6||0.240||0.310||2.7||0.198||0.251|
|vs Right-handed Starters||11-7||+6.5||7-8||4.3||0.220||0.298||3.7||0.241||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.6||1-6||2.6||0.190||0.274||3.1||0.248||0.310|
|4/11/2014||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||3-6||L||-135||6.5 ov||O||7||10||0||10||9||0|
|4/12/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PETTIBONE(R)||4-5||L||100||8 un||O||13||12||0||9||4||1|
|4/13/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||3-4||L||110||8.5 ov||U||6||7||1||13||13||1|
|4/21/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||2-4||L||175||7.5 ov||U||9||10||1||9||12||3|
|4/22/2014||FERNANDEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||1-0||W||120||6.5 un||U||4||3||1||3||3||0|
|4/23/2014||EOVALDI(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||1-3||L||125||7 un||U||7||7||1||7||8||0|
|4/25/2014||ALVAREZ(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|4/26/2014||SLOWEY(R)||@ NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|4/27/2014||KOEHLER(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|4/11/2014||GEE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||4-5||L||150||8 un||O||10||4||0||11||17||0|
|4/12/2014||NIESE(L)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||7-6||W||160||7.5 un||O||11||11||0||9||2||0|
|4/13/2014||COLON(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)||2-14||L||130||7.5 ev||O||6||5||0||17||8||0|
|4/14/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||7-3||W||125||9 un||O||13||11||0||9||7||2|
|4/15/2014||MEJIA(R)||@ ARIZONA||ARROYO(R)||9-0||W||130||9 ev||P||12||6||0||3||5||1|
|4/16/2014||GEE(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||5-2||W||140||9 un||U||10||10||0||8||5||2|
|4/21/2014||MEJIA(R)||ST LOUIS||LYONS(L)||2-0||W||+110||7.5 un||U||7||9||0||6||7||1|
|4/22/2014||GEE(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||0-3||L||+150||7 ov||U||4||4||1||10||9||0|
|4/23/2014||NIESE(L)||ST LOUIS||WACHA(R)||3-2||W||+130||6.5 ov||U||4||8||0||11||10||1|
|4/24/2014||COLON(R)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||4-1||W||+115||7 un||U||7||5||1||4||6||1|
|4/29/2014||NIESE(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|4/30/2014||COLON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|5/1/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/2/2014|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|MIAMI: MIAMI (AP) - The owner of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox is apparently unimpressed by the Miami Marlins' attempts to improve their feeble offense.|
''They should apologize for their regular season lineup,'' John Henry tweeted during spring training.
In 2013 the Marlins were truly sorry. They finished last in the majors in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs and home runs, and scored even less than their woeful 1993 expansion team. They also lost 100 games, two more than in their first season.
Henry was being catty after the Red Sox drew criticism for the minor league lineup they fielded for a spring game against Miami. But he might be right - it's unclear whether an offseason shakeup of the lineup will mean more runs for the Marlins than last year.
''We were anemic offensively,'' new general manager Dan Jennings said. ''Just bad. It's unacceptable.''
|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 (MIAMI-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Marlins-Mets Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
Miami (10-12) at New York (11-10), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets haven't exactly been tearing the cover off the ball, but they had enough timely hitting this week to secure a series victory over the reigning National League champions.
Coming off a shutout, Henderson Alvarez will try to silent those bats altogether and prevent New York from getting a fifth win in six games Friday night when it faces the slumping Miami Marlins.
The Mets (12-10), opening the final series of their season high-tying 10-game homestand, are hitting .187 with six extra-base hits during a 4-1 stretch. But they were 7 for 21 with runners in scoring position in their three wins in a four-game series with St. Louis.
Daniel Murphy drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning of Thursday's 4-1 victory, while Curtis Granderson added an RBI single in the next frame as a pinch hitter. Granderson came in batting .125 on the season with one hit in his last seven games and was replaced in the lineup by Bobby Abreu, who was 1 for 3 in his first big league start since July 25, 2012, with the Dodgers.
"It's been a long time," said Abreu, whose 2,348 games played rank behind only Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter among active players. "It was kind of exciting. At first I had to calm down my emotions and just go out there and play the game."
Offense could be tough to come by against Alvarez (1-2, 2.66 ERA), who has not given up more than three earned runs in any of his four starts. He recorded his third career shutout and first victory of the season Saturday, surrendering two hits in a 7-0 win over Seattle. The right-hander didn't issue a walk after allowing seven over his previous 14 2-3 innings.
Alvarez gave up six runs in five innings to lose his first career start against the Mets in 2012, but held them to a combined two runs and 10 hits over 14 1-3 innings in two matchups last season and won both.
Miami (10-12) could use a strong outing from Alvarez given its recent ineptitude at the plate. The Marlins have seven runs and 24 hits over their last four games, going homerless in three of them after hitting at least one in 10 straight contests. They struck out 41 times while dropping two of three in Atlanta this week despite outhitting the Braves 20-19 and posting a collective 2.08 ERA.
Giancarlo Stanton is 2 for 18 over his last five with nine strikeouts and just one RBI, though his 27 RBIs still lead the majors.
"First things first, you've got to put the ball in play," Stanton told the team's website. "Even if you have bad contact or something doesn't go right, if you put it in play, something can happen."
Stanton, though, is 4 for 36 with 14 strikeouts over his last 10 games versus the Mets. Christian Yelich is batting .179 in eight career matchups against them but enters on a 17-game hitting streak.
Taking the hill for New York will be Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63), who has had three quality starts in four outings. He gave up three runs over six innings in a 4-3, 14-inning win over Atlanta on Sunday.
Wheeler limited Miami to two runs and three hits in seven innings of a 4-2 road victory in his eighth career start July 30, going without a decision.
The Marlins, who are a big league-worst 1-8 away from home, have dropped 16 of their last 23 at Citi Field.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 11:01:55 PM EST|