|WASHINGTON ( ROARK )|
NY METS ( HARVEY )
|953||WASHINGTON||+125||Ov 7,-115||+130||Ov 6.5,-135|
|954||NY METS||-135||Un 7,-105||-140||Un 6.5,+115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||10-5||+2.4||7-8||5.3||0.285||0.353||0.454||0.807||4.6||0.245||0.299||0.380||0.679|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+1.7||2-5||4.6||0.258||0.314||0.385||0.700||3.3||0.208||0.271||0.303||0.574|
|vs Right-handed Starters||6-5||-2.3||5-5||4.5||0.222||0.316||0.354||0.670||3.5||0.242||0.288||0.348||0.636|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.3||5-2||4.0||0.209||0.291||0.324||0.615||5.1||0.257||0.314||0.392||0.706|
|4/7/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)||7-6||W||-165||7 ev||O||11||7||0||9||6||0|
|4/8/2017||GUTHRIE(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||3-17||L||105||8.5 ev||O||10||6||2||15||4||0|
|4/9/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HELLICKSON(R)||3-4||L||-165||8.5 un||U||6||7||0||7||7||0|
|4/10/2017||ROARK(R)||ST LOUIS||WAINWRIGHT(R)||14-6||W||-120||8.5 ov||O||19||11||4||10||6||1|
|4/11/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||8-3||W||-135||8.5 ov||O||11||9||1||7||5||2|
|4/12/2017||SCHERZER(R)||ST LOUIS||LEAKE(R)||1-6||L||-180||7.5 ov||U||8||6||2||8||8||0|
|4/18/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||3-1||W||-185||8 ev||U||7||6||0||5||8||1|
|4/19/2017||ROSS(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||14-4||W||-120||8 ov||O||20||11||0||8||4||1|
|4/20/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||3-2||W||-170||8 ov||U||4||4||0||7||8||0|
|4/21/2017||ROARK(R)||@ NY METS||DEGROM(R)|| |
|4/22/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)|| |
|4/23/2017||SCHERZER(R)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|4/24/2017||ROSS(R)||@ COLORADO||ANDERSON(L)|| |
|4/25/2017||STRASBURG(R)||@ COLORADO||RUSIN(L)|| |
|4/26/2017||ROARK(R)||@ COLORADO||CHATWOOD(R)|| |
|4/27/2017||GONZALEZ(L)||@ COLORADO||SENZATELA(R)|| |
|4/28/2017|| ||NY METS|| || |
|4/10/2017||DEGROM(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EICKHOFF(R)||4-3||W||-140||8 ev||U||4||4||0||10||8||2|
|4/11/2017||HARVEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||BUCHHOLZ(R)||14-4||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||20||11||0||8||6||0|
|4/12/2017||WHEELER(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)||5-4||W||105||8 un||O||6||5||0||6||3||0|
|4/13/2017||GSELLMAN(R)||@ MIAMI||CHEN(L)||9-8||W||125||8 ev||O||16||9||0||13||13||0|
|4/14/2017||SYNDERGAARD(R)||@ MIAMI||VOLQUEZ(R)||2-3||L||-155||7.5 ov||U||7||11||1||10||9||0|
|4/15/2017||DEGROM(R)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)||4-5||L||-125||7.5 ev||O||5||3||0||6||3||0|
|4/16/2017||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)||2-4||L||-110||8.5 un||U||5||8||1||11||6||1|
|4/28/2017|| ||@ WASHINGTON|| || |
Manager: Dusty Baker (second season)
Who's new? CF Adam Eaton, C Matt Wieters, 1B Adam Lind, LHP Enny Romero, RHP Joe Blanton
Who's gone? CF Ben Revere, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Mat Latos, LHP Sean Burnett, RHP Mark Melancon, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Projected lineup: CF Adam Eaton (.284, 14 HR, 59 RBI, 14 SB with White Sox), SS Trea Turner (.342, 13, 40, 33), 2B Daniel Murphy (.347, 25, 104), RF Bryce Harper (.243, 24, 86, 21 SB), 3B Anthony Rendon (.270, 20, 85), LF Jayson Werth (.244, 21, 69), 1B Ryan Zimmerman (.218, 15, 46) or Adam Lind (.239, 20, 58 with Mariners), C Matt Wieters (.243, 17, 66 with Orioles)
Rotation: RH Max Scherzer (20-7, 2.96 ERA), RH Tanner Roark (16-10, 2.83), LH Gio Gonzalez (11-11, 4.57), RH Stephen Strasburg (15-4, 3.60), RH Joe Ross (7-5, 3.43)
Key relievers: RH Shawn Kelley (3-2, 2.64), RH Joe Blanton (7-2, 2.48), RH Blake Treinen (4-1, 2.28), LH Sammy Solis (2-4, 2.41), RH Trevor Gott (0-0, 1.50), LH Oliver Perez (2-3, 4.95), LH Enny Romero (2-0, 5.91 with Rays)
Hot spots: First base and closer. Zimmerman posted a career-low .642 OPS last season and was often spelled by left-handed hitter Clint Robinson. Now 32, Zimmerman must prove he's worthy of regular playing time. Robinson and free-agent pickup Lind are next in line. The ninth inning could be a committee job too, though it's never been the Nationals' preferred method. After Kenley Jansen spurned D.C. for less money in L.A., their choices were limited. Kelley and Blanton have never closed in a combined 20 seasons in the majors, but both were stalwart set-up men last season. Joe Nathan and his 377 career saves are also in camp on a minor-league deal.
Outlook: Trading former top prospect Lucas Giolito to the White Sox for Eaton signaled the Nationals' championship ambitions. Their five-game loss to the Dodgers last October marked the third time in five years they've fallen just short of the NLCS. Washington begins the season with some familiar weapons ' a dangerous heart of the lineup, an experienced bench and exceptional starting pitching. Eaton is a huge upgrade over Revere at the plate, but Wieters will be pressed to replace Ramos' 3.5 wins above replacement (via FanGraphs). Failing to sign a marquee closer could prove fatal if Kelley, Nathan or someone else can't hold down the ninth inning.
|NY METS: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Terry Collins (seventh season)
Who's new? No one of note
Who's gone? 1B James Loney, IF/OF Kelly Johnson, OF Alejandro De Aza, RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Jonathon Niese
Projected lineup: CF Curtis Granderson (.237, 30 HR, 59 RBI), 3B David Wright (.226, 7, 14 in 37 games), LF Yoenis Cespedes (.280, 31, 86), RF Jay Bruce (.250, 33, 99 with Reds and Mets), 2B Neil Walker (.282, 23, 55), SS Asdrubal Cabrera (.280, 23, 62), 1B Lucas Duda (.229, 7, 23 in 47 games), C Travis d'Arnaud (.247, 4, 15)
Rotation: RH Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60 ERA), RH Jacob deGrom (7-8, 3.04), RH Matt Harvey (4-10, 4.86), LH Steven Matz (9-8, 3.40), RH Zack Wheeler or RH Robert Gsellman (4-2, 2.42) or RH Seth Lugo (5-2, 2.67)
Key relievers: RH Jeurys Familia (3-4, 2.55, 51/56 SV), RH Addison Reed (4-2, 1.97), RH Hansel Robles (6-4, 3.48), LH Jerry Blevins (4-2, 2.79), RH Fernando Salas (3-7, 3.91)
Hot spots: First base and third base. Duda missed 115 games last season because of a stress fracture in his lower back. When healthy, the veteran first baseman slugged a career-low .714. Former first-round draft pick Dominic Smith, 21, could be in position to battle for the starting spot soon. He'll likely begin the season at Triple-A. Franchise third baseman Wright doesn't have a hot prospect pushing him out the door, but how much game does he have left? The perennial All-Star only began throwing a baseball in February after an eight-month recovery from neck surgery. Wright had a degenerative back and has only played 75 games the last two years. Getting a full season from him at age 34 would be a shock.
Outlook: The Mets' championship window opened with a surprise World Series run in 2015, and their front office seems convinced it's still open. The club invested four years and $110 million to keep Yoenis Cespedes in the outfield. The Mets also exercised club options on Jay Bruce and Jose Reyes, and brought Neil Walker back on a qualifying offer. The result? Almost everyone returns from a club that lost a wild-card game to the Giants last October. The franchise is oozing young pitching ' Syndergaard might be the best right-hander on the planet ' but another World Series appearance might be too much to expect from a team that ranked 25th in runs per game last season.
|Mets brace for red-hot Nationals|
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have lost five of their last six games and one-third of their starting lineup to injury, including their best player -- left fielder Yoenis Cespedes.
Now for the really bad news: The red-hot Washington Nationals are coming to town.
The Mets and Nationals square off Friday night in the opener of a pivotal early-season three-game series at Citi Field.
The National League East-leading Nationals (10-5) have won four straight and completed a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday with a 3-2 victory. They are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Mets (8-8), who fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 on Thursday.
"Obviously, when you're chasing a team, it's nice to try to make up some ground," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "They're not ultimately the most important games that we're facing, but we certainly know they're looking at (the games) saying, 'We can increase the space here.' We don't want that to happen."
The Mets' task grew taller when Cespedes suffered a left hamstring injury while running to second base in the fifth inning Thursday night. Cespedes, who said it felt like a "shock" in his hamstring, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Friday, though both he and Collins are hopeful he will miss only a couple of days.
The Mets also will likely be without first baseman Lucas Duda (left elbow) and backup first baseman Wilmer Flores (knee infection) Friday. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who was limited to pinch-hitting duties Thursday because of a right wrist contusion, could return to the lineup.
"We'll grind it out -- we always have, we always will," Collins said following the game Thursday. "We know what we're up against. We know they've got a good team. We've just got to pull it together. We have in the past. I don't know why we can't do it tomorrow."
The Nationals may also be at less than 100 percent for at least the start of the series. Shortstop Trea Turner, who is on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, is expected to rejoin the club Friday, though he may not be activated until Saturday. Left fielder Jayson Werth (groin) and second baseman Daniel Murphy (right leg) both sat out Thursday.
The incomplete lineup hasn't slowed the Nationals, who have scored 26 runs during their winning streak -- thanks largely to a resurgent performance from Ryan Zimmerman. The first baseman is 7-for-12 with two homers and seven RBIs in the last three games.
Zimmerman batted only .242 with 36 homers and 157 RBIs over the previous three seasons, a stretch in which he was limited to 271 games by a variety of injuries.
"No. 1, he's healthy," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "He's not missing balls. His concentration is high and he feels good about himself. It's been a tough last couple years."
Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom is scheduled to face Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark on Friday.
DeGrom doesn't have a decision in three starts this season despite a 1.89 ERA. In his most recent start, against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, deGrom tied a career-high by striking out 13 batters but saw the bullpen blow a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning. DeGrom is 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA in seven career starts against the Nationals.
Roark, who is 2-0 with a 3.50 ERA, didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start Saturday, when he gave up two runs over seven innings in the Nationals' 4-2 loss to the Phillies. He is 6-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 15 career games (nine starts) against the Mets.
|Last Updated: 5/25/2017 9:32:47 AM EST|