|PHILADELPHIA ( BURNETT )|
NY METS ( GEE )
|951||PHILADELPHIA||+125||Ov 7,-120||+105||Ov 7,-115|
|952||NY METS||-135||Un 7,+100||-115||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||44-58||-8.2||56-41||4.0||0.247||0.303||4.7||0.257||0.322|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.3||3-3||5.0||0.269||0.310||3.1||0.214||0.284|
|vs Right-handed Starters||48-58||-6||46-51||3.7||0.230||0.298||3.7||0.244||0.307|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.2||3-3||3.9||0.220||0.266||4.1||0.260||0.305|
|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)||1-4||L||135||7 un||U||5||7||1||4||4||2|
|8/30/2014||WILLIAMS(R)||@ NY METS||COLON(R)||7-2||W||150||7 un||O||12||7||0||5||6||0|
|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|| || |
|9/6/2014|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|9/7/2014|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
|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|| || |
|9/6/2014|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|9/7/2014|| ||@ 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 (62-72), 7:10 p.m. EDT
The New York Mets' success against the Philadelphia Phillies is making the difference in the race for last place in the NL East.
Handing the ball to Bartolo Colon gives the Mets an excellent chance to create further separation.
While reports swirl that he could be headed out of New York soon, Colon attempts to become the first Met in 13 years to beat the Phillies four times in a season Saturday night.
New York (63-72) is ahead of Philadelphia (61-73) for fourth place in the division, thanks in large part to a 12-5 edge in the season series.
The Mets won for the 11th time in 14 meetings by taking Friday's opener of this three-game set 4-1, capitalizing on Grady Sizemore's three-run error in the seventh inning.
"Yeah, we were pretty pumped up in the dugout. There was no question, because we haven't been scoring. You take every gift you can get right now," manager Terry Collins said.
Pitching has been vital to New York's success, as it's managed a 2.69 ERA over the past 14 matchups.
Colon (12-10, 3.82) has done his part, compiling a 1.59 ERA while winning all three of his starts against the Phillies this year.
The right-hander can join Tom Seaver (1970), Bobby Ojeda (1989) and Steve Trachsel (2001) as the only Mets to beat the division rivals four times in a season.
Colon yielded one run in eight innings of a 5-4 win in Philadelphia on Aug. 8. That was the first of three straight impressive outings in which he's given up four earned runs in 21 innings while going 2-1.
This could be Colon's last appearance for the Mets, who placed him on waivers ahead of Sunday's waiver trade deadline.
"Whatever the team and ownership decide to do, that's their part," Colon told MLB's official website. "My part is to pitch."
Juan Lagares is doing his part at the plate, hitting .412 (14 for 34) over his past nine matchups with Philadelphia. The second-year center fielder has a .376 career average against the Phillies and will get his first look at Jerome Williams, who is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts since being acquired off waivers from Texas earlier this month.
The journeyman right-hander, who is on his third team this year, has won his last two outings while yielding two runs in 15 innings. He allowed one run in a season-high eight innings of Sunday's 7-1 victory over St. Louis.
"My stuff was (always) there. It's just I wasn't using it right. I think I'm using it right now," Williams said. "Using every pitch and every part of the zone, just mixing speeds instead of being a one-dimensional pitcher, and using every pitch in every count."
Despite his recent success, Williams isn't treating his tenure with the Phillies as an audition for potential suitors this winter.
"No. I'm just trying to pitch to do well. And whatever happens, happens," he said. "I'm not thinking about the offseason. I'm thinking about this team right now. Finishing strong as a team."
Williams is 0-1 with a 3.77 ERA in three starts against the Mets. He last faced them with Washington in 2007 and hasn't visited Queens since 2004 with San Francisco.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 7:25:36 PM EST|