|ATLANTA ( TEHERAN )|
NY METS ( DEGROM )
|953||ATLANTA||-135||Ov 7,+100||-145||Ov 7,+100|
|954||NY METS||+125||Un 7,-120||+135||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-32||+4.7||27-43||3.7||0.241||0.303||3.5||0.247||0.304|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.1||3-3||4.6||0.285||0.355||3.0||0.218||0.271|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-39||-4.4||28-35||3.7||0.231||0.305||3.7||0.243||0.311|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||5-2||4.1||0.227||0.300||4.3||0.274||0.343|
|6/24/2014||HARANG(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)||3-2||W||-115||8.5 ov||U||6||4||1||8||10||0|
|6/25/2014||WOOD(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||4-0||W||-120||8 un||U||5||3||0||3||4||0|
|6/26/2014||MINOR(L)||@ HOUSTON||COSART(R)||1-6||L||-110||8 ov||U||6||5||0||8||5||1|
|6/27/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||4-2||W||-140||7.5 un||U||9||8||1||7||6||1|
|6/28/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HERNANDEZ(R)||10-3||W||-130||8 un||O||7||6||0||9||7||2|
|6/28/2014||HALE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||O'SULLIVAN(R)||5-1||W||-125||8.5 un||U||13||8||1||6||8||0|
|6/29/2014||HARANG(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)||3-2||W||-125||8.5 un||U||7||8||0||13||10||2|
|6/30/2014||WOOD(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||5-3||W||-170||7 un||O||8||11||0||8||5||3|
|7/1/2014||MINOR(L)||NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||5-4||W||-180||7.5 un||O||7||6||0||10||7||1|
|7/2/2014||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-1||W||-195||7 ov||U||8||8||0||5||6||0|
|7/7/2014||MINOR(L)||@ NY METS||MATSUZAKA(R)||3-4||L||-120||7.5 ov||U||12||11||1||7||8||0|
|7/8/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|7/9/2014||SANTANA(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/10/2014||HARANG(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)|| |
|7/11/2014||WOOD(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|7/12/2014||MINOR(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/13/2014||TEHERAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|6/26/2014||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||WORLEY(R)||2-5||L||155||8 ov||U||9||7||0||8||6||0|
|6/27/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||CUMPTON(R)||2-3||L||135||8 un||U||9||7||0||8||10||0|
|6/28/2014||NIESE(L)||@ PITTSBURGH||COLE(R)||5-3||W||145||7.5 un||O||9||8||1||7||7||0|
|6/29/2014||COLON(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-5||L||105||7.5 un||U||13||11||0||8||4||2|
|6/30/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||3-5||L||160||7 un||O||8||5||3||8||11||0|
|7/1/2014||MATSUZAKA(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-5||L||170||7.5 un||O||10||7||1||7||6||0|
|7/2/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||1-3||L||182||7 ov||U||5||6||0||8||8||0|
|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.''
|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 (ATLANTA-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Braves-Mets Preview* =====================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Atlanta (49-39) at New York (39-49), 7:10 p.m. EDT
Julio Teheran is not expected to throw a pitch next week when he heads to his first All-Star game. The New York Mets wouldn't mind if that was the case Tuesday night.
Teheran looks to continue his dominance of the Mets and beat them for the second time in less than a week while preventing the Atlanta Braves from losing their third straight
Teheran (8-5, 2.29 ERA) owns an ERA and a 0.95 WHIP that rank among the lowest in the National League, and he's tied with Aaron Harang for the team lead in wins. That's reason enough for him to get the call as one of three Braves (49-40) named to the NL roster for next Tuesday's All-Star game in Minneapolis.
Tipping his cap during introductions will be the extent of his involvement, though, since he's scheduled to start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.
"I'm OK with it," he told MLB's official website. "I'm just happy to be selected. I'd prefer to pitch Sunday, win that game and then go to (Minneapolis) and just watch that game."
The 23-year-old right-hander has looked every bit like an All-Star lately, compiling a 1.86 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 29 innings while going 2-1 in four starts. He's won his last two while allowing two earned runs and fanning 14 batters in 14 innings.
That includes a 3-1 win over New York on Wednesday, when Teheran yielded one run and four hits in seven innings to complete a three-game series sweep in Atlanta.
He's 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, including three visits to Queens.
"He knows what he's doing," Mets manager Terry Collins told MLB's official website. "That's why he's been so successful. He pitches to both parts of the plate and keeps you off balance. He's tough to hit and you can't let him get a lead."
Atlanta may need another strong outing from Teheran after following a season-high nine-game winning streak with back-to-back defeats, including Monday's 4-3, 11-inning loss in the opener of this four-game set.
The Braves are 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position over the last two games, going 1 for 11 while stranding 11 runners against the Mets (40-49).
Freddie Freeman, who will join Teheran and closer Craig Kimbrel in Minneapolis, is looking to continue hitting the ball hard. The first baseman has a .391 average with 11 RBIs and 17 runs over the past 18 games after doubling on one of his three hits Monday.
He routinely pounds Mets pitching to the tune of a .325 career average. Freeman is hitting .429 with 18 RBIs over the past 16 meetings, including 16 for 30 in the past seven at Citi Field.
The Mets will again counter Teheran with rookie Jacob deGrom (1-5, 3.77), who allowed three runs in the first inning before tossing four scoreless and leaving with eight strikeouts in his first meeting with the Braves on Wednesday.
"That first inning got me," deGrom said. "I think I was a little amped up, just trying to maybe overthrow it a little bit in the first. To recover from that was good. I wanted to at least get to five (innings)."
He's done that in each of his four starts at home, compiling a 2.49 ERA. However, deGrom is 0-3 over that stretch since he's been backed by five total runs.
The 2.56 run support average he's received on the season is the lowest for any Mets starter with at least five starts.
|Last Updated: 9/1/2014 4:47:15 AM EST|