|NY METS ( LUGO )|
MIAMI ( DESPAIGNE )
|905||NY METS||+140||Ov 9.5,+105||+125||Ov 9.5,+100|
|906||MIAMI||-150||Un 9.5,-125||-135||Un 9.5,-120|
|vs Right-handed Starters||52-62||-18.2||63-41||4.8||0.253||0.320||0.425||0.745||5.2||0.276||0.342||0.433||0.774|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||5-2||4.1||0.261||0.342||0.397||0.740||8.4||0.335||0.412||0.535||0.946|
|vs Right-handed Starters||58-62||-3||60-49||4.8||0.263||0.322||0.412||0.734||4.9||0.258||0.333||0.406||0.739|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.8||6-0||4.9||0.264||0.309||0.385||0.693||7.4||0.324||0.405||0.526||0.930|
|9/12/2017||GSELLMAN(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||3-8||L||245||8.5 un||O||7||9||0||11||8||0|
|9/13/2017||HARVEY(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||5-17||L||235||8.5 ov||O||10||9||1||16||10||0|
|9/14/2017||LUGO(R)||@ CHICAGO CUBS||TSENG(R)||6-14||L||190||9.5 un||O||11||6||3||14||3||1|
|9/15/2017||MONTERO(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)||2-3||L||130||9.5 un||U||7||7||0||10||7||0|
|9/16/2017||DEGROM(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||7-3||W||-120||8.5 ev||O||11||4||0||8||7||0|
|9/17/2017||GSELLMAN(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||5-1||W||160||9 un||U||7||7||2||4||7||1|
|9/18/2017||HARVEY(R)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)||1-13||L||145||9 un||O||8||11||1||19||11||1|
|9/19/2017||LUGO(R)||@ MIAMI||DESPAIGNE(R)|| |
|9/20/2017||MONTERO(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|9/25/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||ATLANTA|| || |
|9/7/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)||5-6||L||-125||9.5 un||O||10||9||1||12||9||1|
|9/8/2017||URENA(R)||@ ATLANTA||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||7-1||W||110||9 ov||U||11||8||0||5||11||0|
|9/9/2017||CONLEY(L)||@ ATLANTA||FRIED(L)||5-6||L||-115||9.5 ov||O||9||8||0||13||14||1|
|9/10/2017||DESPAIGNE(R)||@ ATLANTA||DICKEY(R)||8-10||L||140||9 ov||O||13||10||0||13||10||0|
|9/12/2017||PETERS(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)||8-9||L||-115||9 ov||O||13||9||2||17||15||0|
|9/13/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||1-8||L||110||9 un||P||4||6||0||13||6||0|
|9/14/2017||WORLEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||THOMPSON(R)||0-10||L||110||9 ov||O||8||10||0||14||5||0|
|9/18/2017||STRAILY(R)||NY METS||HARVEY(R)||13-1||W||-155||9 un||O||19||11||1||8||11||1|
|9/19/2017||DESPAIGNE(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)|| |
|9/20/2017||URENA(R)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)|| |
|9/22/2017||CONLEY(L)||@ ARIZONA||GREINKE(R)|| |
|9/23/2017||PETERS(L)||@ ARIZONA||WALKER(R)|| |
|9/24/2017||STRAILY(R)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|9/25/2017|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|9/26/2017|| ||@ COLORADO|| || |
|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.
|MIAMI: 2016: 79-82, third place
Manager: Don Mattingly (second season)
Who's new? C A.J. Ellis, RHP Edinson Volquez, RHP Dan Straily, RHP Brad Ziegler, RHP Junichi Tazawa, LHP Jeff Locke
Who's gone? C Jeff Mathis, INF Chris Johnson, RHP Andrew Cashner, LHP Mike Dunn, RHP Fernando Rodney
Projected lineup: SS Dee Gordon (.268, 1 HR, 14 RBI, 30 SB in 79 games), 3B Martin Prado (.305, 8, 75), CF Christian Yelich (.298, 21, 98), RF Giancarlo Stanton (.240, 27, 74 in 119 games), LF Marcell Ozuna (.266, 23, 76), 1B Justin Bour (.264, 15, 51), C J.T. Realmuto (.303, 11, 48, 12 SB), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (.236, 3, 38)
Rotation: LH Wei-Yin Chen (5-5, 4.96), RH Edinson Volquez (10-11, 5.37 with Royals), LH Adam Conley (8-6, 3.85), RH Dan Straily (14-8, 3.76 with Reds), RH Tom Koehler (9-13, 4.33)
Key relievers: RH A.J. Ramos (1-4, 2.81 40/43 SV), RH Brad Ziegler (2-3, 2.28, 18/20 SV with Diamondbacks), RH Junichi Tazawa (3-2, 4.17 with Red Sox), RH Kyle Barraclough (6-3, 2.85), RH David Phelps (7-6, 2.28), RH Dustin McGowan (1-3, 2.82)
Hot spots: Middle infield. Gordon and Hechavarria were a throwback double-play combo in 2016: strong defense up the middle, light with the bats. That would be OK in some lineups, but only three MLB teams scored fewer runs per game last season than Miami. Derek Dietrich was a more than capable fill-in during Gordon's PED suspension, posting a .374 on-base percentage. How long can Mattingly keep Dietrich on the bench if Gordon and Hechavarria struggle to hit?
Outlook: There are many recent examples of teams taking the 'stars and scrubs' approach to roster construction. It never ends well. The Marlins lost their brightest star when ace right-hander Jose Fernandez died far too young; replacing his production and presence was impossible. The remaining stars come with major question marks. Can Stanton stay healthy? If not, can Yelich and Bour be the pillars of the lineup? Who's the star of this pitching staff? No team managed by Mattingly has lost more than 82 games in a season. That will change in 2017.
|Marlins, Stanton glad to be home to face Mets|
MIAMI -- Start up the Giancarlo Stanton MVP talk once again.
After hitting 12 homers in July and 18 in August, the Miami Marlins star cooled off in his first 15 September games, batting just .170 with three long balls and a .660 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
Things got so bad that the slugger asked for Sunday off, a step he rarely takes.
On Monday, however, Stanton hit his major-league-leading 55th homer of the season, and he also drove in four runs in Miami's 13-1 win over the New York Mets.
On Tuesday night, when the teams meet for the second game of a three-game series, Stanton will try to continue to put up numbers that could make him the first Most Valuable Player in Marlins history.
Stanton, though, is just happy that the club is back at home for the first time since Sept. 6.
"It feels good," Stanton said. "It feels like we've been on the road for three weeks. It's good to get a comfortable feel."
Stanton is part of a Marlins offense that has slugged 177 homers this year, fourth most in franchise history. Their third-place number was 182, which happened in 2006.
Another key cog for the Miami offense is Marcell Ozuna, who went 4-for-5 with two RBIs on Monday, hitting his 34th homer of the season.
Miami's Dee Gordon also had four hits and two RBIs on Monday. Gordon hit his eighth triple, stole his 55th base and is hitting .400 the past 23 games.
Stanton's fourth-inning homer traveled 455 feet and was clocked at 114 mph.
After not going deep since Sept. 9, Stanton has now launched the most homers by a National League player since Ryan Howard hit 58 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2006.
Stanton also has 117 RBIs, four short of tying Preston Wilson, who set the franchise record in 2000.
On Tuesday, the Marlins will start right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3, 4.35 ERA) against Mets right-hander Seth Lugo (6-5, 5.21).
Looking for his first major league win since 2015, Despaigne has made 15 appearances this year, including five starts. His WHIP is high at 1.500, mostly due to a poor walk rate (5.0 per nine innings). Against the Mets, he is 0-1 with a 6.43 ERA in four career appearances, including two starts.
Lugo has cut his walks down from 3.0 per nine innings as a rookie last year to 2.5 this season. However, after allowing just 6.9 hits per nine last year, his rate is up to 10.6 this year.
Lugo is 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four career games against the Marlins, including three starts. In his only appearance against Miami this year, Lugo earned a 6-3 win on June 29, allowing three runs (two earned) in six innings.
Mets manager Terry Collins, who has seen his club endure multiple injuries this season, especially to the pitching staff, hopes Lugo can provide some stability.
"This is the big leagues," Collins said. "You have to grind it out."
Stanton, now rested, certainly feels the same way.
|Last Updated: 12/14/2017 10:42:56 PM EST|