|NY METS ( COLON )|
COLORADO ( NICASIO )
|955||NY METS||+125||Ov 9.5,+100||+110||Ov 9.5,+110|
|956||COLORADO||-135||Un 9.5,-120||-120||Un 9.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-8||+7.1||8-9||4.3||0.221||0.298||3.6||0.236||0.295|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+3.4||1-4||3.9||0.212||0.293||2.4||0.212||0.276|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-8||+3.9||13-6||6.0||0.297||0.345||4.3||0.237||0.292|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.8||6-0||5.9||0.279||0.325||5.3||0.277||0.349|
|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)||6-1||W||125||7 un||P||9||6||1||5||6||0|
|5/1/2014||COLON(R)||@ COLORADO||NICASIO(R)|| |
|5/2/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|5/3/2014||MEJIA(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)|| |
|5/4/2014||GEE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|5/5/2014||NIESE(L)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)|| |
|5/6/2014||COLON(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|5/7/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|4/17/2014||MORALES(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||3-1||W||120||7 ov||U||4||3||0||6||3||0|
|4/21/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||8-2||W||-140||10.5 un||U||11||6||2||6||8||0|
|4/22/2014||MORALES(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||2-1||W||+105||10.5 un||U||9||7||0||8||9||1|
|4/23/2014||CHATWOOD(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||10-12||L||-105||9.5 un||O||16||9||0||14||8||1|
|4/25/2014||LYLES(R)||@ LA DODGERS||BECKETT(R)||5-4||W||130||7 un||O||8||4||0||8||6||0|
|4/26/2014||NICASIO(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAHOLM(L)||3-6||L||100||7 ev||O||7||7||0||12||9||0|
|4/27/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||6-1||W||140||7 un||P||11||6||0||8||10||3|
|4/28/2014||MORALES(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)||8-5||W||120||8.5 un||O||12||5||0||10||6||2|
|4/29/2014||CHATWOOD(R)||@ ARIZONA||BOLSINGER(R)||5-4||W||-105||8.5 ov||O||11||7||1||10||11||0|
|4/30/2014||LYLES(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||4-5||L||105||8.5 ov||O||8||5||0||8||8||0|
|5/1/2014||NICASIO(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)|| |
|5/2/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|5/3/2014||MORALES(L)||NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|5/4/2014||CHATWOOD(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/7/2014||DE LA ROSA(L)||@ TEXAS||LEWIS(R)|| |
|5/8/2014|| ||@ TEXAS|| || |
|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.''
|COLORADO: DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau wears Larry Walker's old number and is stepping in for Todd Helton.|
Just so it's clear, though: He doesn't expect to be the next Walker and certainly isn't trying to make Colorado Rockies fans forget all about Helton, the everyday first baseman in the Mile High City since 1997.
Morneau can only be himself, a slick fielder who's a four-time All-Star and former AL MVP.
That's not too bad, either.
Still, the Rockies wouldn't mind if Morneau channeled a little bit of those two Colorado icons to help them get back to the postseason. But that's a lot of cleats to fill, especially when it comes to Helton, the franchise's leader in virtually every offensive category.
Morneau's goals are more modest: Slide seamlessly into to this potent lineup, one that includes good friend and reigning NL batting champion Michael Cuddyer, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki.
The 32-year-old Morneau knows the comparisons to Helton are inevitable. No. 17 spent 17 seasons in purple pinstripes, endearing himself to the community. The team will honor Helton on Aug. 17 when they retire his number (although Helton's first send-off will be hard to top, when the club gave him a horse in his last home game).
''From the outside looking in, it looks like I'm coming in to replace him,'' said Morneau, who wears No. 33 because of Walker, his boyhood idol. ''But that's not my thought process. My thought process is to just come in and be me and do what I can do.''
Cuddyer thinks Morneau will fit in just fine.
''If you think about the guy you're replacing, you're already not doing yourself a good service,'' said Cuddyer, who was teammates with Morneau in Minnesota. ''He respects (Helton), but he also understands he has to go out there and be himself.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-COLORADO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Rockies Preview* ======================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
New York (15-11) at Colorado (16-13), 8:40 p.m. EDT
Since opening the season with series losses, the Colorado Rockies and New York Mets have been two of the hottest teams in baseball.
Both clubs will try to keep it going Thursday night as they begin a four-game set at Coors Field.
The Rockies (16-13) won four of six on a road trip against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona, but it ended on a sour note after they blew a four-run lead in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Colorado now returns for six games at home, where its 8-4 and batting .346.
"We know we have a home-field advantage when we go home, and I think we've really tried to embrace that and make that part of who we are," manager Walt Weiss told the team's official website.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been their most noteworthy performer at Coors, batting .563 with four home runs and 14 RBIs in 10 games there this season.
The Mets (15-11), however, haven't backed down on the road with a 7-3 record. They were rained out Wednesday in Philadelphia, and are 15-8 since being swept by Washington to open the year.
New York also won its last four against the Rockies in 2013, holding them to five runs in that span.
Pitching has also been a big part of their current success. The Mets are 7-2 with a 2.07 team ERA since April 20 - helping to mask a .209 team batting average in that time. Still, they're focusing on the positives, which include a rotation that has allowed one run on seven hits over 15 innings in the last two games. Bartolo Colon is next in line.
"We've got guys that have tremendous stuff," catcher Anthony Recker told the team's official website. "We've got guys that have tremendous experience."
That certainly describes the 40-year-old Colon (2-3, 4.50 ERA). He's allowed four runs with 14 strikeouts over 14 innings in his last two starts after giving up a career high-tying nine earned runs - and four homers - in five innings of a 14-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on April 13.
Outside of that poor showing, Colon has posted a 2.33 ERA with 23 strikeouts and one walk in four starts. He snapped a two-start losing streak Thursday when he surrendered one run and four hits over seven innings in a 4-1 home win over St. Louis.
Colon, who is 2-0 at Coors Field with a 5.40 ERA, will be opposed by Juan Nicasio.
After an effective first three starts, Nicasio (2-1, 5.27) needs an extended outing after making it through 9 1-3 innings in his last two. He suffered his first loss Saturday in a 6-3 defeat against the Dodgers, allowing five runs on eight hits in 4 1-3 innings.
"I didn't have command of my fastball," said Nicasio, who allowed two homers for a second straight game, which he also did against New York last year.
Nicasio has faced the Mets once, surrendering four runs on six hits while earning the win in an 8-4 home victory on April 16, 2013.
David Wright hit both of the homers off Nicasio that day and is a career .392 hitter with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 32 games at Coors Field. In his last five games there, he's 10 for 18 with two homers and nine RBIs.
Wright and the Mets' struggling bats could have some help with outfielder Juan Lagares coming off the disabled list. He's been out since April 15 with a strained right hamstring and leads the team with a .314 average. Manager Terry Collins plans to use him regularly along with Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Eric Young Jr., meaning the four outfielders could all have their share of time off.
"They all have a key part on our club, and I don't know how I'm going to rotate it just yet, but I think they all deserve an opportunity," Collins said. "I don't think there's one guy you can point your finger at and say, 'Hey, you're not playing.'"
Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado has an MLB-best 20-game hitting streak, on which he's batting .358. First baseman Justin Morneau is 0 for 11 lifetime off Colon and had a 13-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 1:36:32 AM EST|