|NY METS ( WHEELER )|
OAKLAND ( SAMARDZIJA )
|927||NY METS||+180||Ov 7,-110||+180||Ov 7,-115|
|928||OAKLAND||-190||Un 7,-110||-190||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||45-54||-5.2||41-49||3.7||0.229||0.298||3.6||0.244||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.1||2-5||2.4||0.166||0.241||3.4||0.221||0.304|
|vs Right-handed Starters||51-36||+4||41-39||4.9||0.252||0.326||3.5||0.234||0.290|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.6||4-1||4.0||0.257||0.305||4.3||0.256||0.300|
|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)||5-3||W||-125||8 un||P||7||5||0||7||7||0|
|8/15/2014||WHEELER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||3-2||W||-150||7.5 un||U||4||6||0||4||7||0|
|8/16/2014||NIESE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||STRAILY(R)||7-3||W||-140||7.5 un||O||4||4||2||7||6||1|
|8/17/2014||MONTERO(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||1-2||L||+105||7 un||U||4||4||0||7||6||1|
|8/18/2014||TORRES(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||1-4||L||-110||7 un||U||4||4||0||9||9||0|
|8/19/2014||GEE(R)||@ OAKLAND||KAZMIR(L)||2-6||L||210||7 ov||O||7||7||0||10||7||0|
|8/20/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ OAKLAND||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/22/2014||NIESE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)|| |
|8/23/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||COLON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CORREIA(R)|| |
|8/27/2014|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|8/6/2014||GRAY(R)||TAMPA BAY||HELLICKSON(R)||3-7||L||-190||7 ev||O||4||3||1||13||11||0|
|8/11/2014||GRAY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VENTURA(R)||2-3||L||100||7 ev||U||3||4||1||6||4||0|
|8/12/2014||LESTER(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||GUTHRIE(R)||11-3||W||-140||7.5 un||O||20||7||1||7||5||1|
|8/13/2014||KAZMIR(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||0-3||L||-105||7 ev||U||3||2||2||7||4||0|
|8/14/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||3-7||L||-105||7 un||O||11||10||1||12||5||0|
|8/15/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ ATLANTA||WOOD(L)||2-7||L||125||7 ov||O||4||3||1||8||6||0|
|8/16/2014||GRAY(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||3-4||L||-105||7 un||P||5||6||0||9||6||0|
|8/17/2014||LESTER(L)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||3-4||L||-140||7 un||P||6||4||1||6||2||2|
|8/19/2014||KAZMIR(L)||NY METS||GEE(R)||6-2||W||-230||7 ov||O||10||7||0||7||7||0|
|8/20/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|8/22/2014||GRAY(R)||LA ANGELS||SANTIAGO(L)|| |
|8/23/2014||LESTER(L)||LA ANGELS||WILSON(L)|| |
|8/24/2014||KAZMIR(L)||LA ANGELS||WEAVER(R)|| |
|8/25/2014||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ HOUSTON||FELDMAN(R)|| |
|8/26/2014||HAMMEL(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)|| |
|8/27/2014|| ||@ HOUSTON|| || |
|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.''
|OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Before the season has even begun, the Oakland Athletics are dealing with a devastating injury that could affect their chances of chasing a third straight AL West title.|
Right-hander Jarrod Parker, who had been the projected opening day starter, was lost to a season-ending elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery - his second such procedure.
Like every year with this low-budget club, somebody always seems to step in and fill the void. Whether that will be enough for Bob Melvin's bunch in a much-improved division is to be determined.
Even before Parker went down, Oakland considered its club an underdog despite winning the last two AL West crowns.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-OAKLAND) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Athletics Preview* ========================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
New York (59-67) at Oakland (73-51), 3:35 p.m. EDT
The Oakland Athletics ended their longest stretch of futility this season in their return home, but a matchup with red-hot Zack Wheeler may hinder their attempt to build on the conclusion to that lengthy skid.
Oakland, though, dealt the New York Mets right-hander his most recent loss and will attempt to end his win streak at five on Wednesday.
The A's (74-51) had dropped five in a row heading into Tuesday's opener of a two-game set with New York (59-68) but hung on for a 6-2 victory, their 35th in the last 47 home games. They scored four runs in the fourth inning, with Coco Crisp tripling home three to match a season high for RBIs.
Josh Reddick added a two-run homer in the eighth and the A's stayed within one-half game of Los Angeles in the AL West.
"When we lose a game, we come out and still expect to win," said Crisp, who had two hits Tuesday after going 2 for 23 during Oakland's 1-6 road trip. "We came out today with the same mentality we always have.
"We're coming out here, fighting, trying to win and trying to still come in first."
Oakland will try to keep heading in the right direction versus Wheeler (8-8, 3.49), who is 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA in his last nine starts. That streak began after his only other start against Oakland on June resulted in an 8-5 loss.
He was charged with six runs in a career-low two innings but has pitched at least six in each start since. Wheeler allowed two runs and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings Friday in a 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Wheeler also overcame four walks and has issued 11 in 19 1-13 innings in his three starts this month.
"He's pitching awfully well," manager Terry Collins said. "He didn't have his best command (versus the Cubs), but his stuff still gets people out."
The Mets, losers in six of eight, will face Jeff Samardzija (3-2, 3.21) and will try to hand him consecutive losses for the first time since being acquired from the Cubs on July 4. The right-hander gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings in a 7-3 loss in Kansas City on Thursday, but was charged with two runs after leaving in the seventh.
He had given up a combined four runs in 13 innings in his prior two outings.
Samardzija is 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his five home starts for the A's, and Oakland has won in each game. He's making his third start against the Mets and first since July 7, 2012.
Samardzija was 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA in those two previous matchups.
Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer off Wheeler in June but hasn't added to his 23 in a season-high 20 games.
Daniel Murphy is 3 for 6 with a home run lifetime against Samardzija and Ruben Tejada is 4 for 9.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 6:43:51 AM EST|