|NY METS ( COLON )|
SEATTLE ( WALKER )
|927||NY METS||+110||Ov 7.5,+100||+115||Ov 7.5,+110|
|928||SEATTLE||-120||Un 7.5,-120||-125||Un 7.5,-130|
|vs Right-handed Starters||36-42||-2.2||32-39||3.7||0.232||0.306||3.6||0.244||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1||3-4||3.6||0.223||0.305||3.3||0.242||0.292|
|vs Right-handed Starters||31-34||-5.6||27-37||4.0||0.246||0.303||3.4||0.229||0.291|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||2-5||3.3||0.268||0.309||3.1||0.223||0.267|
|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)||0-6||L||125||6.5 un||U||5||7||1||8||2||1|
|7/20/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||DESPAIGNE(R)||1-2||L||-115||6.5 ov||U||3||7||1||11||11||0|
|7/21/2014||NIESE(L)||@ SEATTLE||ELIAS(L)||2-5||L||110||7.5 un||U||9||10||0||14||8||1|
|7/22/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(L)||3-1||W||105||7.5 un||U||6||6||1||5||5||0|
|7/23/2014||COLON(R)||@ SEATTLE||WALKER(R)|| |
|7/24/2014||GEE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)|| |
|7/25/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|7/26/2014||NIESE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)|| |
|7/27/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)|| |
|7/30/2014|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|7/18/2014||IWAKUMA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)||2-3||L||120||7.5 un||U||15||14||1||12||9||1|
|7/19/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)||3-2||W||-105||6.5 ov||U||9||8||1||5||7||0|
|7/20/2014||YOUNG(R)||@ LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||5-6||L||160||8 ov||O||10||5||0||16||12||0|
|7/21/2014||ELIAS(L)||NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-2||W||-120||7.5 un||U||14||8||1||9||10||0|
|7/22/2014||RAMIREZ(L)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||1-3||L||-115||7.5 un||U||5||5||0||6||6||1|
|7/23/2014||WALKER(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)|| |
|7/29/2014|| ||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)|| |
|7/30/2014|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|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.''
|SEATTLE: SEATTLE (AP) - Robinson Cano was just the start. The Seattle Mariners didn't stop with one major splash in trying to catch up with the best in the AL West.|
Even so, there remain many questions about whether Seattle's additions as a whole can improve a team coming off a 71-win season.
The moves made by Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik were in hopes of improving the Mariners and solidifying his own future after a shaky offseason that started with Eric Wedge's decision not to return as manager.
Lloyd McClendon is getting his second shot as a major league manager nine years after he was last leading a club in Pittsburgh. Along with Cano, Seattle signed outfielder Corey Hart, closer Fernando Rodney and traded for designated hitter Logan Morrison.
Despite those moves, there remain concerns about the depth of Seattle's rotation beyond ace Felix Hernandez and whether players the Mariners have been waiting for to finally pop can establish themselves as reliable, everyday starters.
Yet the Mariners believe they will be competitive in one of baseball's toughest divisions.
''We're ready to win. That's what it's all about,'' Hernandez said. ''We're ready to win ballgames in Seattle. We're ready to be in the playoffs, we're ready to do that.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-SEATTLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Mariners Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
New York (47-53) at Seattle (53-47), 3:40 p.m. EDT
The last time Bartolo Colon lost in Seattle, Taijuan Walker had just turned nine years old.
While the New York Mets look for Colon to continue his dominance at Safeco Field, Walker tries to prove he's ready to be a consistent part of the Mariners rotation in the finale of this three-game set Wednesday.
Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) is 11-0 with a 1.76 ERA in his last 12 starts in Seattle, a stretch that started with Cleveland in Game 1 of the 2001 AL division series. His only career loss there came about six weeks earlier.
The right-hander's mastery of the Mariners (53-47) hasn't been limited to Safeco recently, as he's 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last five overall matchups.
Maybe a return to Seattle can get Colon back on track. He's 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in four starts after going 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA over his previous seven.
A stomach ailment led to one of his shortest outings of the season Friday. Colon squandered a 4-0 lead by giving up four runs in the fifth inning before being pulled in a 5-4 win at San Diego to open this 10-game road trip. It was the first time in 13 games that he's failed to reach the sixth inning.
"He didn't feel very good," manager Terry Collins said. "The fifth inning wore him down a little bit. Usually as the game goes on he gets better."
While Colon's future with the Mets (47-53) may be in doubt ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the 21-year-old Walker is trying to solidify his in Seattle.
The right-hander (1-1, 3.60) is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, but he's spent much of the year in the minors after starting it on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
He won both of his starts at Triple-A Tacoma following his most recent demotion from the majors, allowing three runs in 10 innings while showing improved control. He lasted just four innings in his last start for Seattle on July 6, yielding one run and two hits with a career-high five walks in a 1-0 defeat to the Chicago White Sox.
"Obviously I need to be better," Walker told MLB's official website. "I put a lot of pressure on myself to be better, too.
"I definitely just want to get on a routine and just roll with it. It kind of sucks being out for a couple weeks, getting back and then shut down again, back up and down. It'd be nice to pitch well and start getting on a roll."
Facing the slumping New York offense could be just what Walker needs.
The Mets are hitting .180 with six runs over their last four games, though they snapped a three-game losing streak with Tuesday's 3-1 win.
Despite New York's recent struggles at the plate, Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud continue to give the lineup some punch.
Duda homered Tuesday and is batting .348 in his last six games. D'Arnaud is hitting .391 over his last six after getting his first career triple to drive in a run.
The Mariners are getting even better production from Dustin Ackley, who is hitting .476 with four doubles in his last five games. The left fielder has five hits and two RBIs in this series, and he's 4 for 13 (.308) versus Colon.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 6:42:21 AM EST|