|PHILADELPHIA ( HERNANDEZ )|
NY METS ( MEJIA )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||+110||Ov 7.5,-120||+110||Ov 7,-105|
|954||NY METS||-120||Un 7.5,+100||-120||Un 7,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-13||-2.5||17-5||4.5||0.258||0.319||5.7||0.295||0.350|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3||5-2||3.1||0.232||0.295||5.4||0.262||0.322|
|vs Right-handed Starters||14-12||+4.2||9-12||4.0||0.217||0.290||3.5||0.237||0.298|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-4.9||3-3||3.6||0.242||0.295||5.3||0.286||0.347|
|4/25/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||COLLMENTER(R)||4-5||L||120||9 ov||P||11||9||0||9||6||1|
|4/26/2014||LEE(L)||@ ARIZONA||ARROYO(R)||6-5||W||-145||8 un||O||13||11||1||10||8||3|
|4/27/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||2-0||W||125||8.5 un||U||8||6||0||6||6||1|
|4/29/2014||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||1-6||L||-135||7 un||P||5||6||0||9||6||1|
|5/7/2014||LEE(L)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||0-10||L||100||8 un||O||3||5||0||11||3||0|
|5/8/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ TORONTO||DICKEY(R)||6-12||L||130||9 un||O||10||8||1||13||3||1|
|5/9/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ NY METS||MEJIA(R)|| |
|5/10/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|5/11/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|5/13/2014||LEE(L)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|5/14/2014||BURNETT(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||CINCINNATI|| || |
|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)||4-7||L||125||9.5 un||O||7||4||1||11||5||0|
|5/2/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||3-10||L||120||9.5 ev||O||9||8||1||13||4||0|
|5/3/2014||MEJIA(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)||10-11||L||120||10.5 un||O||17||12||1||13||6||2|
|5/4/2014||GEE(R)||@ COLORADO||CHACIN(R)||5-1||W||110||11 un||U||10||9||0||8||7||0|
|5/5/2014||NIESE(L)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||3-4||L||115||7 ov||P||6||4||2||9||11||0|
|5/6/2014||COLON(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||0-3||L||105||7.5 un||U||6||4||1||7||6||0|
|5/7/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)||0-1||L||100||7.5 un||U||2||3||0||3||6||0|
|5/12/2014||COLON(R)||@ NY YANKEES||KURODA(R)|| |
|5/13/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ NY YANKEES||NUNO(L)|| |
|5/14/2014||MEJIA(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)|| |
|5/15/2014||GEE(R)||NY YANKEES||SABATHIA(L)|| |
|5/16/2014|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard and his teammates have heard critics say the window has closed for the Philadelphia Phillies.|
They just don't believe it.
After a dominant run that included five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship, the Phillies have missed the postseason two consecutive years. They have an aging core of players who've been declining.
Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz are the remaining regulars from the group that led Philadelphia to its best era of baseball from 2007-11 under former manager Charlie Manuel.
They're determined to make another run.
''We've had a bad couple years and had injuries and all that stuff, but I don't think it's over,'' Howard said. ''People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine, but it's up to us to go out there and show them otherwise and go out and play our game and do what we do.''
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. refused to start the rebuilding process after the Phillies' first losing season since 2002. Instead, he re-signed Utley and Ruiz and added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and right-hander A.J. Burnett in free agency.
If the older players live up to their hefty contracts and younger guys like 2013 All-Star Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Ben Revere continue to develop, the Phillies should be in contention.
''I think we're positive. We're expecting to win and plan on doing everything we can to ensure that,'' ace lefty Cliff Lee said.
|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 (PHILADELPHIA-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Mets Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Philadelphia (15-17) at New York (16-17), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets are having a tough time scoring runs.
The Philadelphia Phillies aren't doing a very good job preventing them.
The Mets attempt to jump-start their scuffling offense and avoid approaching their longest scoring drought in 22 years Friday night against the visiting Phillies.
New York (16-17) has dropped six of seven games after allowing a run to score on a walkoff sacrifice fly in a 1-0 loss at Miami on Wednesday. The Mets were swept for the second time this season despite allowing only eight runs in the three games.
Their offense was limited to a .157 average and three total runs in the series. New York has been shut out over the last 23 innings for their longest such streak since a 24-inning drought July 15-17, 2010.
They went 30 straight innings without a run July 24-28, 1992.
"We hit some balls on the button, and there's not much you can do," manager Terry Collins said. "You just have to keep battling. There's no answer. If there was, then someone would be the greatest hitting coach in the history of the game."
David Wright is 10 for 26 with four doubles in six games, but he hasn't homered since opening day, and has two RBIs in his past eight games.
"I've always said that I don't try and go out there and hit home runs," Wright told the team's official website. "They just kind of happen. Hopefully, I can continue to hit line drives, continue to hit the ball hard, and then every once in a while, you'll get one with elevation and loft and start hitting the ball out of the ballpark."
Perhaps facing the Phillies (15-18) could get Wright and the Mets going.
Wright is batting .373 with five homers and 12 RBIs over the last 12 meetings, helping New York to five straight wins in the series.
Philadelphia should be happy to see any team besides Toronto after its pitchers posted a 7.20 ERA and surrendered 11 homers in four consecutive losses. Five of those home runs came in Thursday's 12-6 defeat after losing 10-0 a day earlier.
Manager Ryne Sandberg is planning to speak to the team before Friday's opener of this three-game series.
"We'll talk, we'll talk," he said.
Roberto Hernandez (2-1, 4.50 ERA) hopes to build on his best performance of the season for the Phillies. After allowing 10 runs over 10 innings in his previous two starts, the right-hander tossed four-hit ball for 7 1-3 innings Sunday in a 1-0 victory over Washington.
Hernandez, who hasn't won back-to-back starts since April 28 and May 3, 2011, with Cleveland, is 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA in three road starts this season.
The Mets are scheduled to counter with Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 5.23), who worked four scoreless inning before surrendering a career-high eight runs in the fifth in Saturday's 11-10 loss at Colorado.
That was a week after five of the six runs the right-hander allowed came in the sixth inning of a 7-6 defeat in 10 to Miami.
Mejia was hit hard in his only start against the Phillies, yielding six runs and nine hits over four innings in an 8-4 loss Sept. 10, 2010.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 8:48:38 PM EST|