|ARIZONA ( GODLEY )|
NY METS ( FLEXEN )
|957||ARIZONA||-150||Ov 9,-120||-160||Ov 9,-115|
|958||NY METS||+140||Un 9,+100||+150||Un 9,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-43||+8.6||45-46||4.9||0.253||0.325||0.427||0.752||4.0||0.242||0.306||0.390||0.695|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||4-3||3.9||0.217||0.278||0.409||0.687||6.0||0.310||0.367||0.527||0.894|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-52||-18.8||49-35||4.8||0.248||0.315||0.424||0.739||5.1||0.274||0.338||0.431||0.769|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.8||3-4||3.9||0.229||0.294||0.385||0.679||4.6||0.225||0.302||0.343||0.645|
|8/9/2017||GREINKE(R)||LA DODGERS||WOOD(L)||2-3||L||+100||8.5 ov||U||7||6||0||5||6||0|
|8/10/2017||BANDA(L)||LA DODGERS||DARVISH(R)||6-8||L||+155||9 ov||O||10||7||2||9||6||0|
|8/11/2017||WALKER(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||LACKEY(R)||3-8||L||-120||10.5 un||O||5||5||1||11||7||0|
|8/12/2017||CORBIN(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||LESTER(L)||6-2||W||-115||9.5 un||U||12||9||2||9||11||1|
|8/13/2017||GODLEY(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||2-7||L||-105||9 ov||P||4||6||1||9||9||0|
|8/16/2017||WALKER(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||5-9||L||135||9 ov||O||9||6||1||16||8||0|
|8/17/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ HOUSTON||FIERS(R)||4-0||W||110||9.5 ov||U||10||4||3||4||5||2|
|8/18/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ MINNESOTA||SANTANA(R)||3-10||L||-110||9.5 ev||O||7||6||0||17||7||1|
|8/19/2017||GREINKE(R)||@ MINNESOTA||BERRIOS(R)||0-5||L||-140||9 ev||U||2||3||1||9||9||0|
|8/20/2017||MCFARLAND(L)||@ MINNESOTA||COLON(R)||5-12||L||-105||10.5 ev||O||9||6||2||12||6||1|
|8/21/2017||WALKER(R)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||3-2||W||-130||9 ov||U||6||7||0||11||10||1|
|8/22/2017||CORBIN(L)||@ NY METS||MILONE(L)||7-4||W||-155||9 ev||O||8||6||0||7||4||1|
|8/23/2017||GODLEY(R)||@ NY METS||FLEXEN(R)|| |
|8/24/2017||RAY(L)||@ NY METS||MONTERO(R)|| |
|8/25/2017||GREINKE(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)|| |
|8/26/2017||WALKER(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)|| |
|8/27/2017||CORBIN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|8/29/2017|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|8/10/2017||DEGROM(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)||10-0||W||-150||8.5 ev||O||13||6||1||4||3||0|
|8/11/2017||LUGO(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||PIVETTA(R)||7-6||W||100||9.5 un||O||13||6||0||13||11||1|
|8/12/2017||MATZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||1-3||L||135||8.5 un||U||3||6||0||5||7||0|
|8/13/2017||FLEXEN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||EFLIN(R)||6-2||W||-110||10 ev||U||12||7||0||7||9||1|
|8/14/2017||MONTERO(R)||@ NY YANKEES||CESSA(R)||2-4||L||160||10 ev||U||6||5||0||8||5||0|
|8/15/2017||DEGROM(R)||@ NY YANKEES||GRAY(R)||4-5||L||125||8 ev||O||7||5||0||10||6||0|
|8/16/2017||GSELLMAN(R)||NY YANKEES||GARCIA(L)||3-5||L||+130||9 un||U||6||5||0||8||8||0|
|8/17/2017||MATZ(L)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||5-7||L||+175||7 ov||O||7||8||1||9||5||1|
|8/25/2017||DEGROM(R)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)|| |
|8/26/2017||GSELLMAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|8/27/2017||PILL(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|8/29/2017|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|ARIZONA: 2016: 69-93, fourth place
Manager: Torey Lovullo (first season)
Who's new? C Chris Iannetta, C Jeff Mathis, IF/OF Daniel Descalso, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Fernando Rodney, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, RHP Kevin Jepsen, RHP Tyler Jones
Who's gone? Manager Chip Hale, SS Jean Segura, IF/OF Phil Gosselin, OF Peter O'Brien, C Welington Castillo, C Tuffy Gosewich, OF Rickie Weeks Jr., RHP Daniel Hudson, LHP Edwin Escobar
Projected lineup: CF A.J. Pollock (.244, 2 HR, 4 RBI in 12 games), 3B Jake Lamb (.249, 9, 29), 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.297, 24, 95, 32 SB), RF David Peralta (.251, .4, 15), LF Yasmany Tomas (.272, 31, 83), 2B Brandon Drury (.282, 16, 53), SS Chris Owings (.277, 5, 49, 21 SB), C Chris Iannetta (.210, 7, 24 with Mariners) or Jeff Mathis (.238, 2, 15 with Marlins)
Rotation: RH Zack Greinke (13-7, 4.37 ERA), RH Taijuan Walker (8-11, 4.22), LH Robbie Ray (8-15, 4.90), LH Patrick Corbin (5-13, 5.15), RH Shelby Miller (3-12, 6.15)
Key relievers: RH Fernando Rodney (2-4, 3.44, 25/28 SV with Padres and Marlins), RH Jake Barrett (1-2, 3.49), RH Randall Delgado (5-2, 4.44), LH Andrew Chafin (0-1, 6.75), RH Kevin Jepsen (2-6, 5.98, 7/11 SV with Twins and Rays), RH Tom Wilhelmsen (2-4, 6.80 with Rangers and Mariners)
Hot spots: Rotation and catcher. The Diamondbacks' rotation was atrocious in 2016, ranking 29th in MLB in ERA. But hey, maybe it wasn't all their fault. In his first year as general manager, Mike Hazen installed a 'pitching strategist' (Dan Haren) and three new catchers (former Angels Iannetta, Mathis and Hank Conger). Meanwhile, nine of the 10 pitchers who started a game for the Diamondbacks last year remain in the organization. It's a bold experiment in how to fix a pitching staff. Iannetta and Mathis can frame all the borderline pitches they want. At some point, the onus will fall on Greinke, Ray, Miller, Corbin and newcomer Walker to perform to their potential.
Outlook: It wasn't long ago that Arizona spent $206 million to coax Greinke to defect from the Dodgers. Now the Diamondbacks feel like a team on the brink of a complete rebuild. Even without Jean Segura, who led the National League in hits, the lineup will score enough to keep Arizona competitive. But what to make of the pitching staff? The rotation beyond Greinke could be anywhere from awesome to abysmal. The ninth inning belongs to 39-year-old Rodney and, if he fails, a who's-who list of failed former closers: Wilhelmsen, Jepsen or J.J. Hoover. The farm system is in poor shape. If things get worse before they get better, Greinke could be the first player traded.
|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.
|Young pitchers match up for D-backs, Mets|
NEW YORK -- Zack Godley quickly went from fill-in member to a mainstay in the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation.
The New York Mets hope Chris Flexen can take another step toward following the path blazed by Godley on Wednesday night when the Mets host the Diamondbacks in the third game of a four-game series at Citi Field.
Godley (5-6, 3.13 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Flexen (2-2, 6.55) in a matchup of right-handers.
The Diamondbacks beat the Mets 7-4 on Tuesday, giving them wins in each of the first two games of the series.
Arizona (69-57) moved a half-game ahead of the Colorado Rockies in the race for the first National League wild card. New York (54-70) has lost eight of nine to fall 16 games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 19, 2013.
While Godley will be looking to snap a two-start losing streak -- he took the defeat last Friday after giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Diamondbacks fell to the Minnesota Twins 10-3 -- the mini-skid doesn't concern Arizona manager Torey Lovullo, who praised Godley for providing stability to the rotation.
Godley opened the season with Triple-A Reno after going 10-5 with a 5.34 ERA in 36 games (15 starts) for the Diamondbacks the previous two years. He was recalled April 26 to replace injured Shelby Miller in the rotation.
Godley has allowed two runs or fewer in 10 of 18 starts despite being sent back to Reno twice and spending most of his time pitching out of the fifth and most vulnerable spot in the rotation.
"He was not handed this role by any means -- we continued to send him up and down," Lovullo said. "So the first thing that sticks out is how much he's saved us. The second part is how tough he was mentally, knowing with each start that he could possibly get sent down if he didn't pitch well."
The injury-wracked Mets, who have five starting pitchers on the disabled list, aren't likely to send down Flexen any time soon, even if he could probably use the seasoning after being promoted straight from Double-A Binghamton on July 27.
Flexen, who walked just 10 batters in 61 1/3 innings this season between Binghamton and Class A St. Lucie, has walked 16 while striking out 14 in 22 innings with the Mets. He walked four batters in three of his five starts, though manager Terry Collins saw reason for optimism last Friday when Flexen took the loss after allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Miami Marlins 3-1.
While Flexen issued four free passes against the Marlins, each one was understandable. He walked cleanup batter Marcell Ozuna and major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton twice apiece.
"I think he's getting a lot better -- I think he's getting a lot more comfortable," Collins said after the game. "I think his stuff is getting better. His command is on the uptick. He made some great pitches. He kept the ball away from Stanton."
Godley is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three career appearances (two starts) against the Mets. Flexen has never faced the Diamondbacks.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 6:21:14 PM EST|