|NY METS ( NIESE )|
LA DODGERS ( HAREN )
|913||NY METS||+125||Ov 7,-125||+120||Ov 7.5,+100|
|914||LA DODGERS||-135||Un 7,+105||-130||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||46-54||-3.4||42-49||3.7||0.229||0.299||3.7||0.243||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.4||3-4||3.3||0.170||0.261||3.7||0.211||0.305|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-11||+6.4||9-18||3.8||0.241||0.323||2.8||0.214||0.272|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.8||4-3||3.4||0.243||0.294||4.4||0.252||0.318|
|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)||8-5||W||175||7 ov||O||10||7||3||6||8||1|
|8/22/2014||NIESE(L)||@ LA DODGERS||HAREN(R)|| |
|8/23/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||COLON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CORREIA(R)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|8/8/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||LOHSE(R)||3-9||L||135||8.5 un||O||9||8||2||7||2||0|
|8/9/2014||GREINKE(R)||@ MILWAUKEE||FIERS(R)||1-4||L||-130||7.5 un||U||4||3||0||9||4||0|
|8/10/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ MILWAUKEE||NELSON(R)||5-1||W||-145||6.5 ov||U||14||12||0||6||4||2|
|8/11/2014||CORREIA(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||6-2||W||170||7.5 ev||O||11||7||0||6||5||1|
|8/12/2014||HAREN(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)||4-2||W||120||8 un||U||10||7||1||6||6||1|
|8/13/2014||RYU(L)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)||2-3||L||120||6.5 un||U||11||11||0||8||8||1|
|8/14/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ ATLANTA||HARANG(R)||6-4||W||120||7.5 un||O||12||8||0||11||9||1|
|8/19/2014||CORREIA(R)||SAN DIEGO||KENNEDY(R)||8-6||W||+100||7 ev||O||9||4||1||14||7||2|
|8/20/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||1-4||L||-135||7.5 un||U||6||7||3||11||8||1|
|8/21/2014||KERSHAW(L)||SAN DIEGO||ROSS(R)||2-1||W||-235||5.5 un||U||4||2||0||3||4||0|
|8/22/2014||HAREN(R)||NY METS||NIESE(L)|| |
|8/23/2014||GREINKE(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|8/24/2014||CORREIA(R)||NY METS||COLON(R)|| |
|8/26/2014||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|8/27/2014||KERSHAW(L)||@ ARIZONA||MILEY(L)|| |
|8/29/2014|| ||@ SAN DIEGO|| || |
|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.''
|LA DODGERS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers have spent big bucks on their roster, ramping up World Series expectations right along with the payroll. Now they want to produce results.|
They'll get the chance starting Saturday in Australia, where they open the season against NL West rival Arizona.
With a payroll in the range of $225 million-plus, the Dodgers have laid the groundwork to get to their first World Series title since 1988, when they won the title. They came up short last year, losing to St. Louis in six games in the NL championship series.
''The expectations going in this time are realistic. We're a talented club and we're capable,'' said manager Don Mattingly, who signed a three-year extension in January.
The Dodgers want to avoid the poor start they had last season, when key players were injured and the team had to rally to get back into the division race. They eventually won the title by 11 games over the Diamondbacks.
''We need to be more consistent,'' Mattingly said. ''I see it as winning every series and you'll be in pretty good shape. The next thing you know, you're 20 games over .500.''
First baseman Adrian Gonzalez is looking to follow up his strong season last year, while shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who was injured in the NL championship series, will be playing to set himself up for impending free agency.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (NY METS-LA DODGERS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Mets-Dodgers Preview* ======================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
New York (60-68) at Los Angeles (72-57), 10:10 p.m. EDT
The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to get by with another feeble offensive performance with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.
They might not be as lucky when Dan Haren takes his turn in the rotation.
Los Angeles looks to get its lineup going Friday night when it hosts the New York Mets.
The Dodgers (72-57) own a 3 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West but Thursday's 2-1 victory against San Diego marked just their second win in six games. Kershaw limited the Padres to three hits over eight innings and Justin Turner put the team ahead with a two-run homer in the eighth. They had been 0-46 when trailing after seven innings.
Los Angeles has still scored three runs or fewer in five of six with just 12 extra-base hits in that span. Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez are a combined 7 for 38 with eight strikeouts.
Gonzalez, however, is batting .370 with 12 RBIs in his last 13 games against the Mets and homered twice against them in May. Kemp owns a .443 on-base percentage over his last 26 meetings with New York.
Haren (10-10, 4.59 ERA) might require lots of run support. He comes off his shortest outing of the season, going three innings while allowing six runs - three earned - along with five hits and three walks in a 7-2 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.
"I was out of gas," said Haren, who is 2-6 with a 7.26 ERA over his last eight games. "I was working hard from the get-go, right out of the gate I was in trouble and never gathered myself."
Haren has also struggled against the Mets, going 3-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts. However, the right-hander held them to one hit in six innings of a 3-0 road victory with Washington in his most recent matchup on Sept. 11.
The Mets (60-68) have also been slumping, scoring three or fewer in seven of eight before breaking out for an 8-5 win at Oakland on Wednesday.
Lucas Duda was 2 for 3 with his team-high 23rd homer and second in three games.
"I hope it lifts us. I hope it gets us going," manager Terry Collins said. "...I just hope this is the start of a final six weeks with some good offensive nights."
David Wright was 0 for 4 to fall to 2 for 21 over his last six games, but his .374 career batting average against the Dodgers is his highest versus an NL foe. He's also 7 for 21 off Haren with two home runs.
New York's Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.50) won his second straight start Saturday when he yielded three runs over six innings in a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
The left-hander has had trouble limiting home runs in his last three outings, though, surrendering five over 19 innings. Niese had given up as many homers over his previous 11 starts spanning 65 2-3 innings.
Los Angeles took two of three in New York from May 20-22 with Niese earning the Mets' lone victory in their 5-3 win in the finale - just their second in the last 13 meetings. Niese is 2-0 with a 4.03 ERA in five starts against the Dodgers.
New York has dropped four straight in Los Angeles and is looking to avoid its first five-game skid there since a six-game slide from Sept. 1, 1980-May 17, 1981.
|Last Updated: 9/21/2014 11:09:46 AM EST|