|NY METS ( NIESE )|
PHILADELPHIA ( BUCHANAN )
|951||NY METS||-115||Ov 8,+100||-120||Ov 8,-110|
|952||PHILADELPHIA||+105||Un 8,-120||+110||Un 8,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-49||-2.1||39-45||3.7||0.232||0.303||3.6||0.244||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.1||4-1||3.7||0.268||0.313||4.1||0.249||0.317|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-13||+3.3||11-13||3.6||0.232||0.289||3.5||0.232||0.296|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.3||4-3||4.3||0.224||0.276||3.7||0.245||0.300|
|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)||6-1||W||145||7 ov||P||11||7||0||8||7||0|
|8/6/2014||NIESE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)||1-7||L||140||7 ov||O||8||6||0||9||3||1|
|8/7/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||3-5||L||150||7 un||O||9||8||0||14||10||0|
|8/8/2014||COLON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BURNETT(R)||5-4||W||-110||7.5 ov||O||12||7||0||9||5||0|
|8/9/2014||GEE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)||2-1||W||165||7 ov||U||8||8||0||5||8||0|
|8/10/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)||6-7||L||-115||8 un||O||13||9||1||9||7||1|
|8/11/2014||NIESE(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHANAN(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||WHEELER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)|| |
|8/16/2014||NIESE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)|| |
|8/17/2014|| ||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)|| |
|8/18/2014|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|7/28/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||1-7||L||125||7 ov||O||13||12||1||9||5||0|
|7/29/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||6-0||W||-125||7 un||U||7||5||0||7||6||1|
|7/30/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||2-11||L||155||7.5 un||O||8||11||1||15||9||0|
|7/31/2014||LEE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||10-4||W||160||7 un||O||17||9||0||8||5||2|
|8/1/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||FISTER(R)||2-1||W||195||7.5 ov||U||6||5||1||7||6||0|
|8/2/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ZIMMERMANN(R)||0-11||L||170||7.5 un||O||7||7||1||14||8||0|
|8/3/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||STRASBURG(R)||0-4||L||140||6.5 un||U||3||4||1||6||6||0|
|8/8/2014||BURNETT(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)||4-5||L||+100||7.5 ov||O||9||5||0||12||7||0|
|8/9/2014||HAMELS(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||1-2||L||-175||7 ov||U||5||8||0||8||8||0|
|8/10/2014||KENDRICK(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)||7-6||W||+105||8 un||O||9||7||1||13||9||1|
|8/11/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|8/12/2014||O'SULLIVAN(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|8/13/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|8/15/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/16/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)|| |
|8/17/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|8/18/2014|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|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.''
|PHILADELPHIA: PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard and his teammates have heard critics say the window has closed for the Philadelphia Phillies.|
They just don't believe it.
After a dominant run that included five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series championship, the Phillies have missed the postseason two consecutive years. They have an aging core of players who've been declining.
Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Ruiz are the remaining regulars from the group that led Philadelphia to its best era of baseball from 2007-11 under former manager Charlie Manuel.
They're determined to make another run.
''We've had a bad couple years and had injuries and all that stuff, but I don't think it's over,'' Howard said. ''People are entitled to their opinions and that's fine, but it's up to us to go out there and show them otherwise and go out and play our game and do what we do.''
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. refused to start the rebuilding process after the Phillies' first losing season since 2002. Instead, he re-signed Utley and Ruiz and added veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and right-hander A.J. Burnett in free agency.
If the older players live up to their hefty contracts and younger guys like 2013 All-Star Domonic Brown, Cody Asche and Ben Revere continue to develop, the Phillies should be in contention.
''I think we're positive. We're expecting to win and plan on doing everything we can to ensure that,'' ace lefty Cliff Lee said.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Phillies Preview* =======================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
New York (56-61) at Philadelphia (52-65), 1:05 p.m. EDT
Jonathon Niese has been one of the New York Mets' steadiest starters over the past three seasons when healthy, but now there is some cause for concern given his current struggles.
The left-hander will try to avoid the longest losing streak of his career Monday while helping the visiting Mets bounce back from a difficult defeat to take three of four from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Niese (5-8, 3.51 ERA) didn't give New York (56-62) much to worry about when he posted a 3.54 ERA in 54 starts from 2012-13 before compiling a 2.88 mark through his first 16 in 2014.
That changed when the 27-year-old went on the disabled list in early July after experiencing shoulder discomfort that had led to unsound mechanics and a dip in velocity in late June.
Niese hasn't been the same since his return, posting a 5.76 ERA while dropping four consecutive outings for the first time in his career. He's coming off one of his worst performances Wednesday when he allowed a season-high six runs over six innings in a 7-1 loss at Washington.
"It's easy to talk about the shoulda-woulda-couldas when you're struggling," Niese told MLB's official website. "I'm at the point now where my stuff's back. My arm feels great. But I'm not very consistent hitting my spots."
Niese looks to avoid a career-worst fifth straight loss as he tries to help the Mets recover after blowing a five-run lead in Sunday's 7-6 loss that snapped a five-game win streak in Philadelphia.
Ryan Howard hit a walk-off single off Jenrry Mejia as the Phillies rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth. The slugging first baseman had been 7 for 51 (.137) since July 28 and was 5 for his last 49 (.102) versus New York before his game-winner.
"Listen, Ryan's been driving in runs for a long time," second baseman Chase Utley said. "He had a knack for driving in runs and big runs. I want him up anytime there are runners on base."
Utley contributed with a home run, triple and three RBIs Sunday, but he's just 3 for 28 lifetime versus Niese. Howard, however, is 3 for 9 with a home run off him in 2014.
Niese has a 2.20 ERA in his last five starts in Philadelphia and is 4-2 with a 2.27 mark in his last 10 meetings overall. He'll face the last-place Phillies for the fourth time in 2014, going 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in the prior three - all Mets victories.
Philadelphia (53-65) counters with David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39), who has taken injured Cliff Lee's place in the rotation.
The rookie right-hander hasn't allowed more than three earned runs over his last seven starts, going 5-2 with a 3.43 ERA. He continued that trend Wednesday when he gave up three runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 10-3 home win over Houston.
"It's an opportunity to show what he can do, to learn from it to get better and gain experience and continue to impress," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Buchanan gave up three earned runs over 6 2-3 innings in a 4-1 home loss in his only career start against the Mets on May 29.
New York's Juan Lagares went 2 for 3 with a triple Sunday, leaving him 13 for 28 in his last seven meetings. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud is 4 for 12 with two home runs in this series after hitting a solo shot Sunday.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 6:44:11 PM EST|