|ARIZONA ( RAY )|
NY METS ( MONTERO )
|901||ARIZONA||-150||Ov 8.5,-110||-145||Ov 8.5,-115|
|902||NY METS||+140||Un 8.5,-110||+135||Un 8.5,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-44||+7||45-47||4.9||0.253||0.325||0.426||0.751||4.0||0.242||0.306||0.390||0.696|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.1||3-4||3.4||0.209||0.275||0.376||0.651||5.3||0.286||0.356||0.496||0.852|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-18||-6.1||20-9||4.3||0.244||0.298||0.422||0.720||5.4||0.255||0.334||0.446||0.780|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-3.3||3-4||4.0||0.238||0.310||0.390||0.699||4.1||0.220||0.298||0.331||0.628|
|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)||2-4||L||-160||9 ev||U||7||10||1||8||8||0|
|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||GODLEY(R)||LA DODGERS||HILL(L)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||LA DODGERS|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||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||FLEXEN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||WOJCIECHOWSKI(R)|| |
|8/30/2017|| ||@ CINCINNATI|| || |
|8/31/2017|| ||@ 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.
|Diamondbacks' Ray returns to pitch against Mets|
NEW YORK -- The Arizona Diamondbacks will get a boost Thursday afternoon they would have had a hard time seeing 27 days ago.
Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray will complete his swift return from a scary head injury Thursday when he is activated from the disabled list before taking the mound in the finale of a four-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Ray (9-5, 3.11 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Mets right-hander Rafael Montero (2-8, 5.47). New York will be trying to salvage a split of the series after a 4-2 win Wednesday night.
The victory was just the second in the last 10 games for New York (55-70). Arizona (69-58) remained a half-game ahead of the Colorado Rockies in the race for the National League's first wild card.
The outing will be the first on a major league mound for Ray since July 28, when he threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings before he was hit in the head by a 108 mph line drive off the bat of St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Luke Volt. Ray never lost consciousness but was diagnosed with a concussion and needed three staples to close a cut on the side of his head.
He was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list July 29 and was able to resume throwing within a matter of days. Ray struck out 11 batters in 4 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Class A Visalia on Aug. 17.
Ray's quick comeback is likely to serve as a dual inspiration to his teammates, who are getting back a pitcher who received his first All-Star Game berth this year and entered Wednesday ranked ninth in the National League in strikeouts (151).
"It's good to have Robbie back; we are getting an All-Star pitcher that's carried us at times," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said after Wednesday's game. "We are excited because it's him and then we are excited because it means that he's healthy and he's taken the journey and come out on the other side of this thing. We are really thrilled for him."
Ray threw 80 pitches in his rehab start, which Lovullo said will put him in line to throw 90 to 95 pitches on Thursday.
Montero will be looking to win consecutive starts for the first time as a big-leaguer. He claimed the victory last Saturday after allowing one run in six innings as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 8-1.
While Montero entered Wednesday with the 14th-highest ERA in baseball (minimum 75 innings pitched), he has performed better lately. He has given up three runs in 12 innings in his last two starts and has a 4.53 ERA while striking out 59 and walking 23 in 57 2/3 innings since he was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 14.
Montero had an 8.24 ERA, 20 strikeouts and 17 walks in his first 19 2/3 innings for the Mets this season.
Montero's command was one of his strengths in the minors and manager Terry Collins said he's beginning to figure out his stuff is good enough to attack hitters in the majors.
"I think it happens a lot, until you really find out that you can trust your stuff, that you can get outs," Collins said. "Raffy's a perfect example. All of a sudden, he realizes, 'Hey, look, I can throw a ball and not have to worry, because I know I can come back and make a better pitch.'"
Ray is 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA in three career starts against the Mets. Montero is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two career appearances (one start) against the Diamondbacks.
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 6:17:11 PM EST|