|NY METS ( COLON )|
SAN DIEGO ( KENNEDY )
|963||NY METS||+115||Ov 6,-115||+115||Ov 6.5,+100|
|964||SAN DIEGO||-125||Un 6,-105||-125||Un 6.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||35-40||-1.2||31-37||3.8||0.235||0.308||3.6||0.243||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.3||4-3||5.4||0.287||0.352||2.3||0.243||0.292|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-43||-14.2||28-44||3.1||0.219||0.276||3.8||0.244||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.2||1-6||2.4||0.218||0.275||2.3||0.226||0.284|
|7/18/2014||COLON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|7/19/2014||GEE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|7/21/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)|| |
|7/22/2014|| ||@ SEATTLE||WALKER(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|7/24/2014|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/25/2014|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/4/2014||STULTS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)||2-0||W||+100||7 un||U||8||6||0||4||5||0|
|7/5/2014||DESPAIGNE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||3-5||L||+125||6.5 ov||O||6||5||1||7||7||0|
|7/6/2014||HAHN(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||3-5||L||-135||6.5 ev||O||4||5||0||8||4||0|
|7/7/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ COLORADO||MATZEK(L)||6-1||W||105||10.5 un||U||11||7||0||6||5||0|
|7/8/2014||ROSS(R)||@ COLORADO||MORALES(L)||1-2||L||-115||10 un||U||8||9||0||7||6||0|
|7/9/2014||STULTS(L)||@ COLORADO||JURRJENS(R)||3-6||L||115||11.5 un||U||10||10||0||8||2||1|
|7/10/2014||DESPAIGNE(R)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-2||L||245||6 ov||U||3||3||4||9||7||0|
|7/11/2014||HAHN(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)||6-3||W||100||7 un||O||9||7||0||6||9||1|
|7/12/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ LA DODGERS||MAHOLM(L)||0-1||L||-110||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||4||7||0|
|7/13/2014||ROSS(R)||@ LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||0-1||L||130||6.5 ov||U||4||6||0||7||7||1|
|7/18/2014||KENNEDY(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)|| |
|7/19/2014||ROSS(R)||NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||DESPAIGNE(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|7/22/2014||STULTS(L)||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/23/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/24/2014|| ||@ CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/25/2014|| ||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|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.''
|SAN DIEGO: SAN DIEGO (AP) - It's almost as if last season didn't end for the San Diego Padres.|
The Padres go into 2014 trailing the Los Angeles Dodgers and with one of their starting pitchers already having arm trouble.
There had been a general air of optimism surrounding the Padres, who are coming off seasons of 91, 86 and 86 losses. Their rotation has been bolstered, as well as their player payroll.
Then came word late in spring training that newcomer Josh Johnson, penciled in as the No. 3 starter, is expected to be out four to five weeks after straining his right forearm.
That still leaves a projected rotation of Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Eric Stults, with a number of pitchers to choose from to replace Johnson.
''I think we have the talent on the mound, through our 12 guys that are going to make our team, to pitch well,'' manager Bud Black said. ''There's a health component here like all teams. We've got keep our best players on the field.''
The Padres signed Johnson to an $8 million, one-year contact less than two months after he had bone spurs removed from his pitching elbow. He was 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 appearances last season with Toronto.
When Johnson returns, the Padres hope he and Ian Kennedy can return to their old form.
Kennedy was acquired from division rival Arizona at the trading deadline. He went 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA with San Diego after going 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts with the Diamondbacks. Johnson was an All-Star with the Marlins in 2009 and 2010, and led the NL with a 2.30 ERA in 2010.
The Padres will be tested right away. They open at home Sunday night against the defending NL West champion Dodgers and their $225 million payroll, led by ace Clayton Kershaw, himself a $215 million man. The Dodgers already sit atop the division after sweeping the Diamondbacks in a two-game series in Sydney.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-SAN DIEGO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Padres Preview* =====================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
New York (45-50) at San Diego (41-54), 10:10 p.m. EDT
While the New York Mets are looking to pick up where they left off, that's certainly not the case when it comes to Bartolo Colon.
Colon will try to shake off his early-inning issues Friday night against the San Diego Padres in his first appearance at pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
New York (45-50) had dropped seven of eight before an 8-2 stretch leading into the All-Star break rekindled its outside postseason hopes. The Mets are in third place in the NL East, seven games back of Washington and Atlanta.
This three-game set in San Diego opens a 10-game trip that may determine whether the Mets remain in the hunt or unload players by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
"A lot will depend on what happens over the next couple of weeks," general manager Sandy Alderson told MLB's official website. "I think there's no question our win-loss record needs to improve pretty significantly. When I talk about being close, I talk about (not just) the second half of this season, but going forward. So I think we have to be cognizant of that as well."
A strong outing from Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) could keep the Mets rolling or at least improve his trade value, but he needs to overcome his struggles in the opening inning.
The right-hander's 18 runs allowed in the first rank behind only Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick (26) for most in the majors. They also tie him with Dwight Gooden (1993) and Paul Wilson ('96) for the most by a Mets pitcher at the All-Star break since 1974.
Colon's troubles have been highlighted over his last four starts, a stretch in which he's given up 11 runs in the opening inning while going 2-3 with a 3.65 ERA.
"Obviously, the first inning is very important," Colon said through an interpreter. "I'm just having a little trouble and I'm going to try to work to change it."
Colon has a 1.78 ERA while splitting four career starts against San Diego after allowing two runs in 7 1-3 innings of a 6-2 win June 13. This outing, though, will be his first at Petco, which leaves Minnesota's Target Field as the only current stadium where he's yet to pitch.
The Padres (41-54) own the lowest batting average in the majors (.214) and have been shut out 14 times - the most in baseball. They've shown few signs of improvement while losing seven of nine and failed to score in a pair of defeats to the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the break.
San Diego has been blanked in three straight three times, most recently July 5-7, 1976.
The offense may not need to provide much for Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47), who has allowed two runs with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings over his last three starts.
The right-hander was victimized by a punchless lineup Saturday, failing to earn a decision despite tossing eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.
"He's pitching great. He really had command of the outside corner to right-handed hitters," manager Bud Black said.
Kennedy, though, has lost his last two starts against the Mets, surrendering eight runs and four homers with 14 strikeouts over 10 innings.
New York slugger David Wright has gone 1 for 9 against Kennedy since 2011. Wright is also 4 for 27 with 11 strikeouts in his past seven visits to San Diego (41-54), but he was 10 for 20 with six RBIs in six games prior to the break.
|Last Updated: 10/22/2014 10:39:24 PM EST|