|ATLANTA ( SIMS )|
NY METS ( FLEXEN )
|*** Doubleheader Game #1|
|901||ATLANTA||+105||Ov 9,-105||-130||Ov 9,-110|
|902||NY METS||-115||Un 9,-115||+120||Un 9,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-70||-7||62-59||4.4||0.258||0.315||0.390||0.706||5.0||0.262||0.330||0.418||0.748|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.5||1-6||2.9||0.215||0.262||0.323||0.584||3.4||0.223||0.291||0.354||0.645|
|vs Right-handed Starters||53-66||-21.2||65-44||4.7||0.253||0.320||0.423||0.742||5.2||0.275||0.341||0.436||0.777|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.4||3-4||3.4||0.254||0.316||0.369||0.685||5.9||0.263||0.335||0.502||0.837|
|9/12/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)||8-0||W||150||8.5 un||U||14||7||0||9||8||1|
|9/13/2017||GOHARA(L)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)||8-2||W||245||8 ev||O||10||9||1||7||3||0|
|9/14/2017||FOLTYNEWICZ(R)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)||2-5||L||130||8.5 ev||U||6||5||1||8||4||0|
|9/15/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||NY METS||MONTERO(R)||3-2||W||-140||9.5 un||U||10||7||0||7||7||0|
|9/16/2017||DICKEY(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||3-7||L||+110||8.5 ev||O||8||7||0||11||4||0|
|9/17/2017||TEHERAN(R)||NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)||1-5||L||-170||9 un||U||4||7||1||7||7||2|
|9/25/2017||SIMS(R)||@ NY METS||FLEXEN(R)|| |
|9/25/2017||FRIED(L)||@ NY METS||LUGO(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||DICKEY(R)||@ NY METS||FLEXEN(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||NEWCOMB(L)||@ NY METS||GSELLMAN(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||TEHERAN(R)||@ MIAMI||PETERS(L)|| |
|9/29/2017|| ||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|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)||4-5||L||115||9.5 un||U||11||9||0||10||8||0|
|9/20/2017||MONTERO(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||2-9||L||160||9 un||O||8||6||0||12||8||1|
|9/29/2017||HARVEY(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LIVELY(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|ATLANTA: 2016: 68-93, fifth place
Manager: Brian Snitker (second season)
Who's new? 2B Brandon Phillips, 2B Micah Johnson, C Kurt Suzuki, IF/OF Sean Rodriguez, SP Bartolo Colon, SP R.A. Dickey, SP Jaime Garcia
Who's gone? OF Mallex Smith, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Chris Withrow, RHP Ryan Weber
Projected lineup: CF Ender Inciarte (.291, 3 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB), SS Dansby Swanson (.302, 3, 17), 1B Freddie Freeman (.302, 34, 91), LF Matt Kemp (.280, 12, 39 with Padres and Braves), RF Nick Markakis (.269, 13, 89), 2B Brandon Phillips (.291, 11, 64, 14 SB), 3B Adonis Garcia (.273, 14, 65), C Tyler Flowers (.270, 8, 41)
Rotation: RH Julio Teheran (7-10, 3.21), RH Bartolo Colon (15-8, 3.43 with Mets), LH Jaime Garcia (10-13, 4.67 with Cardinals), RH R.A. Dickey (10-15, 4.46 with Blue Jays), RH Mike Foltynewicz (9-5, 4.31)
Key relievers: RH Jim Johnson (2-6, 3.06 ERA, 20/23 SV), RH Arodys Vizcaino (1-4, 4.42, 10/14 SV), RH Mauricio Cabrera (5-1, 2.82), LH Ian Krol (2-0, 3.18), RH Jose Ramirez (2-2, 3.58), RH Josh Collmenter (1-0, 4.84 with Diamondbacks)
Hot spots: Second base and rotation. Phillips, acquired from the Reds in February, is a placeholder for prospect Ozzie Albies at second base. Albies, 20, won the Double-A Southern League batting title in 2016 and is a potential September call-up at least. The rotation is in a similar state of transition, but it's more complicated. Veterans Teheran, Colon, Dickey and Garcia have jobs for now. Youngsters Foltynewicz, Aaron Blair, Matt Wisler, Lucas Sims and Sean Newcomb are pushing to seize long-term spots.
Outlook: In the inaugural season at SunTrust Park, the Braves will try to crack .500 for the first time since 2013. Their rebuilding work isn't finished, but the front office added about $30 million in salary over the winter. That ought to be enough to make the Braves watchable again. Now, the veterans trying to extend their careers in Atlanta (Colon, Dickey, Phillips, Kemp) are almost as intriguing as the prospects. The sight of 23-year-old shortstop Swanson backing up 40-something pitchers Colon and Dickey could be something special.
|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, Braves begin final week with doubleheader|
NEW YORK -- Two teams being led by managers who may be in their final week on the job will square off in a doubleheader Monday when the New York Mets host the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.
The doubleheader, necessitated by a rainout in New York on April 25, will be a single-gate affair starting at 4:10 p.m. EDT. The second game will begin 30 minutes after the opener concludes.
In the first game, Mets right-hander Chris Flexen (3-4, 7.13 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Braves right-hander Lucas Sims (2-5, 5.14 ERA) in a battle of rookies. New York right-hander Seth Lugo (6-5, 5.03 ERA) is slated to duel Atlanta rookie left-hander Max Fried (1-0, 4.41 ERA) in the nightcap.
Both teams lost Sunday, when the Mets fell to the Washington Nationals 3-2 at Citi Field and the host Braves completed their first season at SunTrust Park with a 2-0 blanking at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies.
With the Braves (70-84) and Mets (66-89) long out of contention, talk has shifted in recent weeks to the fates of Atlanta manager Brian Snitker and New York skipper Terry Collins.
Snitker, who is in his first full season at the helm, has an option for 2018 that has not yet been picked up. He met with Braves executives Saturday to discuss his future, but no decision was reached.
"It was a good meeting and we had a chance to talk about the year going forward," Snitker said. "It was a lot of positive things."
The future appears far cloudier for Collins, who is about to complete his seventh season at the helm. While Collins steered the Mets to the World Series in 2015 and has managed the most games in team history, he is unsigned beyond 2017, and general manager Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said any discussions will be held once the season concludes.
Collins said Friday afternoon that he hasn't pondered the possibility he could be in the midst of his final homestand. The Mets end the season by visiting the Philadelphia Phillies for three games beginning Friday.
"I've got enough on my plate trying to figure out this pitching, trying to figure out guys' playing time," Collins said. "That's where the focus is going to be, and it'll be there for the next, certainly, 10 days."
The start Monday will be the first since Sept. 3 for Flexen, who made his past four appearances out of the bullpen. Flexen hasn't pitched since Wednesday, when he tossed two scoreless innings in the Mets' 9-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.
Sims didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, when he gave up one run in five innings in the Braves' 7-3 loss to the Nationals.
Lugo didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, when he allowed one run in five innings as the Mets fell to the Marlins 5-4 in 10 innings.
Fried will also start Monday for the first time since Sept. 3. He last pitched Sept. 16, when he faced the Mets for the first time in his career and tossed a scoreless inning in the Braves' 7-3 loss.
Flexen has never faced the Braves. Lugo is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two career starts against the Braves. Sims allowed two runs in two innings of relief in his lone appearance against the Mets on Sept. 16.
|Last Updated: 10/20/2017 2:56:44 PM EST|