|NY METS ( GEE )|
SAN DIEGO ( ROSS )
|913||NY METS||+115||Ov 6.5,-110||+120||Ov 6.5,+110|
|914||SAN DIEGO||-125||Un 6.5,-110||-130||Un 6.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-40||-0.1||32-37||3.8||0.235||0.308||3.6||0.243||0.308|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.4||5-2||5.6||0.296||0.364||2.4||0.232||0.275|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-44||-15.4||29-44||3.1||0.219||0.275||3.8||0.244||0.302|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.5||2-5||2.1||0.200||0.246||2.9||0.230||0.299|
|7/18/2014||COLON(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||5-4||W||115||6.5 un||O||8||10||1||7||4||0|
|7/19/2014||GEE(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)|| |
|7/20/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|7/21/2014||NIESE(L)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)|| |
|7/22/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ SEATTLE||WALKER(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||IWAKUMA(R)|| |
|7/24/2014||GEE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|7/26/2014|| ||@ MILWAUKEE|| || |
|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)||4-5||L||-125||6.5 un||O||7||4||0||8||10||1|
|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||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|7/23/2014||KENNEDY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)|| |
|7/24/2014||ROSS(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|7/25/2014||DESPAIGNE(R)||@ ATLANTA|| || |
|7/26/2014|| ||@ 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), 8:40 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets have matched their longest winning streak of the season, and they have to like their chances of keeping that run going.
Dillon Gee will try to continue his success against the San Diego Padres' historically inept offense on Saturday night as the Mets go for their first five-game winning streak in 14 months.
New York (46-50) has won nine of 11 games, a stretch that includes a pair of four-game runs that has it at least thinking of crawling back into contention in the NL East. The Mets are third in the division, six games back of second-place Washington, which trails Atlanta by one.
Continuing that recent success could have New York seeking help ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
"I think we have flexibility," general manager Sandy Alderson told MLB's official website. "It depends on where we are and how we're performing.
"Sometimes you've got to believe, right? This is a time."
For now, they'll settle for winning five straight games for the first time since May 26-30, 2013.
Travis d'Arnaud got them closer to that mark in the opener of this 10-game trip Friday, when his third hit went for a go-ahead single in the ninth of a 5-4 win at San Diego (41-55).
While d'Arnaud is batting .333 with eight RBIs in his last nine games, New York's pitchers have led the way. The starters have a 2.25 ERA in that span, while the bullpen has tossed 14 1-3 scoreless innings in the last six after throwing four Friday.
Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) owns a 1.35 ERA while winning two of three career starts against the Padres.
He could be in for another strong performance against a San Diego team hitting .214, an average that, were it to remain there at the end of the season, would match the 1968 New York Yankees for the worst in the last 100 years.
Gee missed two months with a strained right lat, but came back strong July 9. The right-hander allowed one run in seven innings of a 4-1 win over Atlanta.
The Padres have dropped eight of 10, including three in a row while hitting .168 with 25 strikeouts. However, they may have found some solace in Friday's four-run fifth off Bartolo Colon that ended a 25-inning scoreless streak.
Despite San Diego's impotent offense, Alexi Amarista is giving it some hope. He's hitting .357 in his last 13 games after collecting three singles with an RBI in the series opener.
Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) is well aware of the Padres' shortcomings at the plate, as he's been backed by five total runs over his last eight starts. He's 1-6 despite a 2.83 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 54 innings over that stretch, and that may have been reason enough for him to be selected for his first All-Star game Tuesday.
The right-hander, however, was inactive for the Midsummer Classic since he last took the mound in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The offense let him down again, mustering four hits while he yielded one run with nine strikeouts in seven innings.
Ross allowed one run in seven innings but didn't factor in the decision of a 4-1 loss to the Mets at Petco Park on Aug. 15.
While New York is contemplating acquiring help at the deadline, San Diego has already started an exodus after sending closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott to the Los Angeles Angels for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris on Friday.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 6:59:20 PM EST|