|NY METS ( WHEELER )|
WASHINGTON ( GONZALEZ )
|953||NY METS||+150||Ov 7,-115||+140||Ov 7,-115|
|954||WASHINGTON||-160||Un 7,-105||-150||Un 7,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-13||-0.1||13-7||4.2||0.255||0.314||4.9||0.256||0.326|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-3||3.7||0.216||0.256||4.1||0.259||0.313|
|vs Right-handed Starters||41-38||-7.9||37-38||4.0||0.239||0.304||3.3||0.237||0.287|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.6||3-4||3.9||0.238||0.302||3.6||0.254||0.287|
|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)||3-2||W||115||7.5 un||U||4||8||0||5||4||0|
|7/24/2014||GEE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GARZA(R)||1-9||L||145||7.5 ov||O||2||3||0||10||3||0|
|7/25/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||GALLARDO(R)||3-2||W||110||7.5 ov||U||8||5||2||4||9||0|
|7/26/2014||NIESE(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||PERALTA(R)||2-5||L||150||8 ov||U||8||9||0||8||5||0|
|7/27/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||2-0||W||120||8.5 un||U||7||7||1||6||8||2|
|8/1/2014||NIESE(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||VOGELSONG(R)||1-5||L||-115||7 un||U||2||0||1||9||6||0|
|8/2/2014||DEGROM(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||PEAVY(R)||4-2||W||-125||6.5 ev||U||4||1||0||6||5||0|
|8/3/2014||COLON(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||0-9||L||+115||6.5 un||O||2||3||0||11||4||1|
|8/4/2014||GEE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||3-4||L||+120||7 un||P||9||8||0||9||10||1|
|8/5/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|8/6/2014||NIESE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)|| |
|8/7/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)|| |
|8/8/2014||COLON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)|| |
|8/9/2014||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|8/10/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|8/11/2014||NIESE(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)|| |
|8/12/2014|| ||WASHINGTON|| || |
|7/22/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ COLORADO||FLANDE(L)||7-4||W||-180||10.5 ov||O||11||7||0||13||8||0|
|7/23/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)||4-6||L||-150||10 un||P||12||10||1||11||8||3|
|7/25/2014||ROARK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||SIMON(R)||4-1||W||-125||7.5 un||U||12||12||0||4||6||1|
|7/26/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CUETO(R)||0-1||L||-110||7 un||U||4||7||0||4||2||0|
|7/27/2014||FISTER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||LATOS(R)||4-2||W||-130||7.5 ov||U||5||8||0||7||6||2|
|7/28/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||@ MIAMI||EOVALDI(R)||6-7||L||-140||7.5 un||O||9||7||0||10||5||1|
|7/29/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)||0-3||L||-130||7 un||U||5||11||0||7||5||0|
|7/30/2014||ROARK(R)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)||4-3||W||-145||7.5 un||U||7||7||2||6||6||0|
|8/5/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|8/6/2014||FISTER(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|8/7/2014||ZIMMERMANN(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|8/8/2014||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)|| |
|8/9/2014||ROARK(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)|| |
|8/10/2014||GONZALEZ(L)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/12/2014|| ||@ NY METS|| || |
|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.''
|WASHINGTON: WASHINGTON (AP) - Thanks in part to No. 1 overall draft picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the 2012 Washington Nationals were considered an up-and-coming team, perhaps a year or two away from contending.|
So what did they do? Went out and led the majors with 98 wins.
Thanks to that quick rise, the 2013 Nationals became a popular pick to go to the World Series. So what did they do? Stumbled at the start and missed out on the playoffs.
Now here come the 2014 Nationals, featuring largely the same roster - including Strasburg on the mound, and Harper in left field, both feeling good after offseason surgery - and with rookie manager Matt Williams replacing Davey Johnson, he of the ''World Series or bust'' proclamation.
One key difference: The club knows what it's like to experience a truly disappointing, worse-than-they-were-supposed-to-be season for the first time since moving from Montreal in 2005.
''We got ahead of ourselves a little bit. My take on it was always: Last year in spring training, we had expectations on ourselves, really, for the first time, and we thought we were better, maybe, than we were,'' reliever Tyler Clippard said. ''We came into the season expecting to win, which is a good thing. But at the same time, we might not have went out there and earned it, like we should have.''
Yes, the team that got Strasburg and Harper thanks to consecutive 100-loss seasons is trying to deal with lofty goals.
''To see the organization from basically, literally, the ground up, improve is something I kind of take pride in, because when I signed, people would be like, `Oh, you play for the Expos and the Nationals,' and they'd be like, `Uh, OK, I don't know them,''' said shortstop Ian Desmond, drafted by Montreal in 2004. ''And now, it's like there's some pride behind playing for the Washington Nationals.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-WASHINGTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Nationals Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
New York (53-58) at Washington (60-49), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Washington Nationals have dominated the New York Mets of late, and maintaining that success could go a long way toward claiming another NL East title.
The Nationals attempt to solve Zack Wheeler again in order to open this three-game set by beating the visiting Mets for the 11th time in 12 meetings Tuesday night.
Washington (60-50) leads the division by three games over the second-place Braves, and it should feel good about its chances at widening that gap before opening a three-game set at Atlanta on Friday.
The Nationals have won 10 of 11 games against New York (53-59), batting .296 with 20 homers and averaging 6.0 runs while compiling a 2.70 ERA.
They have four series remaining against the Mets totaling 13 games - the most between any two teams in the majors the rest of the way. Washington visits New York for three games next week following its stay in Atlanta.
The Nationals, though, are 2-3 on this eight-game homestand after falling 7-3 to Baltimore in a makeup game on Monday.
Now, they'll have to contend with Wheeler (6-8, 3.60 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his last six starts.
The right-hander labored through 112 pitches over 6 2-3 innings Wednesday, allowing two runs and scattering seven hits with two walks to earn an 11-2 win over Philadelphia.
"You saw a guy battle without his best command," manager Terry Collins said.
Continuing his recent dominance may be a challenge for Wheeler since he's 1-4 with a 4.75 ERA in five career starts against the Nationals.
He'll almost certainly need to be better than that if New York's offense struggles like it did in a wraparound series with San Francisco. The Mets hit .144 with eight runs while dropping three of four to the Giants, capped by Monday's 4-3 defeat.
Daniel Murphy and Juan Lagares, however, haven't been slumping. Murphy has hit .405 in his last nine games after connecting for a two-run shot for one of his two hits Monday, while Lagares went 3 for 4 with a double to give him a .440 average in his past seven.
The center fielder is batting .405 in 11 games at Washington, while Murphy is hitting .364 in his last 19 overall meetings.
They've combined to go 8 for 23 against Gio Gonzalez (6-7, 3.88).
Gonzalez is 6-1 with a 2.45 ERA over his last eight starts against New York. That blemish came in the most recent, as he gave up five runs and seven hits, including a two-run homer by Lagares, in three innings of a 5-2 defeat in the nation's capital May 17.
The left-hander hasn't been much better recently, going 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in his last four starts. He was roughed up for five runs and eight hits while being pulled with two outs in the fourth of Thursday's 10-4 defeat to the Phillies.
"A lot of pitches right in the middle of the zone," catcher Wilson Ramos said. "That was a problem. A lot of pitches up in the zone, too."
Denard Span is on a tear with a .437 average in his last 18 games, but only two of his 31 hits have gone for extra bases. That hasn't been too much of an issue against the Mets, as he's hit .407 with six doubles, one triple and three homers with 15 runs in his last 15 meetings.
He's also 7 for 15 with a pair of doubles off Wheeler.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 2:39:02 PM EST|