|PHILADELPHIA ( BUCHANAN )|
NY METS ( DEGROM )
|953||PHILADELPHIA||+135||Ov 7.5,-105||+135||Ov 7,+100|
|954||NY METS||-145||Un 7.5,-115||-145||Un 7,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-57||-8.7||55-40||4.0||0.247||0.303||4.7||0.259||0.323|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+6.2||3-2||5.1||0.277||0.320||3.3||0.249||0.302|
|vs Right-handed Starters||47-57||-5.4||45-50||3.7||0.231||0.299||3.7||0.243||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+0.1||4-2||4.4||0.243||0.282||4.6||0.260||0.319|
|8/15/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||5-3||W||135||6 un||O||7||6||0||11||7||0|
|8/16/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||HUDSON(R)||5-6||L||182||7.5 un||O||13||11||1||11||9||0|
|8/17/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||2-5||L||140||7.5 un||U||9||10||1||11||8||0|
|8/22/2014||KENDRICK(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||5-4||W||+145||7.5 ov||O||8||5||0||8||4||1|
|8/23/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||5-6||L||+105||8 ev||O||9||8||2||13||15||1|
|8/24/2014||WILLIAMS(R)||ST LOUIS||MASTERSON(R)||7-1||W||+115||8.5 un||U||8||3||1||6||8||1|
|8/29/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|8/30/2014||WILLIAMS(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)|| |
|8/31/2014||BURNETT(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)|| |
|9/1/2014||HAMELS(L)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)|| |
|9/2/2014||KENDRICK(R)||@ ATLANTA||MINOR(L)|| |
|9/3/2014||BUCHANAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||SANTANA(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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)||2-6||L||120||7.5 un||O||6||3||3||11||8||1|
|8/23/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ LA DODGERS||GREINKE(R)||4-7||L||150||6.5 un||O||12||8||1||8||3||1|
|8/24/2014||COLON(R)||@ LA DODGERS||CORREIA(R)||11-3||W||100||7.5 ov||O||14||4||0||9||6||1|
|9/1/2014||WHEELER(R)||@ MIAMI||ALVAREZ(R)|| |
|9/2/2014||NIESE(L)||@ MIAMI||HAND(L)|| |
|9/3/2014||DEGROM(R)||@ MIAMI||KOEHLER(R)|| |
|9/5/2014|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|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.
|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.''
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-NY METS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Mets Preview* =======================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Philadelphia (61-72) at New York (62-71), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies have a chance to get out of the NL East cellar for the first time in over two months, and it would again be at the expense of the New York Mets.
Coming off an impressive series sweep of the division leader, the Phillies look to continue their recent surge in the opener of this three-game set with the Mets at Citi Field on Friday night.
Philadelphia (61-72) is all but mathematically assured of missing the postseason for a third straight season, but avoiding its first last-place finish since 2000 may be providing some motivation.
The Phillies are last in the East, one-half game behind New York (62-72). A Philadelphia win on Friday would have the teams switch spots in the standings for the first time since June 27.
The Phillies are surely looking capable of making that happen, winning four in a row and six of seven after beating Washington 8-4 on Wednesday to complete a sweep of that three-game set.
They've hit .302 with eight homers and 22 runs while compiling a 2.50 ERA - 1.13 from the bullpen - during the four-game winning streak, one shy of their season high.
"We're scoring runs, starting pitching has been good and the bullpen is putting up zeros," said right-hander Kyle Kendrick, Wednesday's winning pitcher. "Everyone is doing their jobs."
That's certainly true for Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins. Howard is 7 for 17 (.412) with one homer and four RBIs over his last five games, while Rollins has a .368 average (7 for 19) with a pair of homers and three RBIs in his past five.
The duo, however, has combined to hit .211 against the Mets this year, while Chase Utley owns a .343 average in his past 16 games in Queens. The second baseman is 7 for 19 with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs in five games there this year.
The Phillies are giving the ball to David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21 ERA), who has allowed seven runs in 12 2-3 innings while losing two starts - both at home - against the Mets.
The latest came Aug. 11, when he gave up three runs in six innings of a 5-3 defeat. That's part of his 0-2 record over his past three games, but he's not entirely to blame since he was backed with two runs in each contest.
Buchanan yielded two runs in five innings of Saturday's 6-5 loss in 12 to St. Louis.
New York has dropped 10 of 15 games after losing 6-1 to Atlanta on Thursday, concluding a three-game series with back-to-back defeats.
Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13) will get a chance to prevent that from becoming a three-game slide, and he has a 1.27 ERA while winning three straight starts at Citi Field.
The right-hander, a contender for the NL Rookie of the Year, wasn't close to being that sharp Saturday after returning from rotator cuff tendinitis. He allowed five runs in six innings of a 7-4 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers, hours after being activated from the 15-day disabled list.
"I felt good. But a lot of outings come down to a few pitches, and I didn't make the big pitches when I needed to," deGrom said.
The only runs deGrom surrendered to Philadelphia on May 31 came on a three-run homer in the seventh by Howard, and he was pulled with one out of the 5-4, 14-inning loss.
|Last Updated: 10/1/2014 11:37:01 AM EST|