Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Preview: Game 127 - Mets at A's - Gee vs Kazmir


Preview: Game 127
New York Mets (59-67) at Oakland A's (73-51)

Probable Pitchers:
Dillon Gee (4-5, 3.69) vs Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio 710 AM - First Pitch: 10:05 PM (EST)


Preview:

After the Oakland Athletics bolstered their rotation with two high-profile trades prior to the non-waiver deadline, many figured they would cruise to the AL West crown.

Despite a season-worst losing streak that caused them to fall out of first place for the first time since April, the A's are confident they can regroup.

Oakland looks to avoid a sixth straight defeat as Scott Kazmir seeks a career-best 14th victory in Tuesday night's series opener with the visiting New York Mets.

The A's (73-51) acquired starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs on July 4 and made another big splash July 31 when they dealt slugger Yoenis Cespedes to Boston for Jon Lester.

They were alone in first place from April 28 through Saturday, when the Los Angeles Angels slipped ahead of them. Lester then suffered his first defeat since the trade, giving up four runs in six innings of a 4-3 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.

Oakland has dropped seven of eight, but the attitude has remained positive.

After a 1-6 road trip, the A's head home for two against the Mets and a crucial three-game set with the Angels beginning Friday. Oakland is a major league-best 21-7 at home since June 17.

Kazmir (13-5, 2.78 ERA) has gone 7-2 with a 2.34 ERA at O.co Coliseum but hasn't been very effective in two starts there this month, yielding nine runs and 15 hits in 12 2/3 innings. He was better on the road Wednesday, allowing three runs in seven innings of a 3-0 loss to Kansas City.

He'll try again to surpass his career high for victories, first set in 2007 with Tampa Bay, against the club which made the left-hander a first-round pick in 2002 and handed him his worst start this year. Kazmir gave up seven runs and eight hits -- including three homers -- in three innings of a 10-1 loss to New York on June 24.

The Mets (59-67) didn't have that type of offense during a four-game split with the Cubs, being held to four hits in each contest. They fell 4-1 on Monday as they matched a franchise record with fewer than five hits for the fifth straight game.

New York has provided Dillon Gee only five runs of support over his last six starts.

Gee (4-5, 3.69) is 0-4 with a 5.60 ERA during that span. He gave up four runs and walked a season worst-tying four in six innings of Thursday's 4-1 loss to Washington.

The right-hander had a career-high six walks in his only start against the A's, giving up four runs in four innings of a 7-3 loss in 2011.

Batters vs Pitchers:

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/18: Taijeron has five RBI day for Binghamton


Mets Minor League Roundup 8/18:


Mets AAA - OMAHA 9, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter John Lannan allowed eight runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks and surrendered homers to Paul Janish and Carlos Peguero in four innings. Bobby Abreu went 1-for-4 with a walk and RBI in his return to Triple-A after being re-signed. The 51s scored three ninth-inning runs. Matt Reynolds contributed a two-run single as part of a 2-for-5, three-RBI night. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 11, ERIE 4: Travis Taijeron had four hits and matched a career-high with five RBIs to lead Binghamton’s 15-hit attack. The victory trimmed the B-Mets’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot to three. Facing Jeff Ferrell for the sixth time this season, the B-Mets jumped on the SeaWolves starter in the second as Jayce Boyd hammered his seventh homer this season. Binghamton stretched its advantage with a five-run third. Brandon Nimmo and Dilson Herrera had back-to-back one-out singles. Brian Burgamy followed with a two-run double. After a strikeout, T.J. Rivera, Taijeron and Xorge Carrillo produced consecutive RBI singles, chasing Ferrell. Erie cut its deficit to 6-2 in the fourth against B-Mets starter Greg Peavey as Steven Moya produced a two-run homer -- his league-leading 31st long ball. A half-inning later, though, Taijeron ripped an RBI double against reliever Joe Mantiply. Two batters later, third baseman Corey Jones fired an errant throw to second on a potential inning-ending force out, allowing another run to score. Peavey’s night ended after 5 1/3 innings. Peavey (10-3) allowed three runs on eight hits. Chase Huchingson took over and stranded a pair of inherited runners. Taijeron capped his monster night with a three-run homer in the ninth. Huchingson ultimately tossed 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits. Dario Alvarez tossed a scoreless ninth. Box

Recap: Game 126 - Cubs (4) at Mets (1) - Baez shows what he can do at Citi Field


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W: K. Hendricks (5-1) L: B. Carlyle (1-1) S: H. Rondon (18)
HR: CHC - A. Rizzo (28),J. Baez (5)   NYM - L. Duda (22)

Recap:

Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat the punchless New York Mets 4-1 on Monday to wrap up their four-game series.

The Cubs, who won the last two games of the four-game series, got a two-run homer from rookie slugger Javier Baez on Monday and seven strong innings from Kyle Hendricks in his fourth straight win.

The Mets had just four hits -- the fifth straight game they were held under five. After Lucas Duda's solo homer in the fourth inning, they didn't have another hit until Daniel Murphy led off the ninth with a double.

Hendricks (5-1) walked two and struck out three. He has allowed just four earned runs in 29 1/3 innings during his winning streak.

The Mets, who have lost five of their last seven, tied a franchise record for most games in a row with four hits or fewer. They had five-game streaks in 2004 and 1963.

Carlos Torres made a spot start for the Mets, his first of the season, after scheduled starter Bartolo Colon flew home to the Dominican Republic to be with his critically ill mother.

Torres threw 86 pitches in five shutout innings, striking out six while giving up just three hits and two walks.

He struck out the side on 14 pitches in the first inning and got his sixth strikeout with the bases loaded in the fourth, fanning Welington Castillo to escape the jam.

Duda hit his 22nd homer of the season to right in the bottom of the fourth to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

Dana Eveland replaced Torres to start the sixth and gave up a leadoff double to Rizzo, who scored on Luis Valbuena'a single to right field to tie the game.

After Buddy Carlyle (1-1) gave up Rizzo's 28th homer of the season with one out in the eighth, he walked Starlin Castro and surrendered a single to Valbuena. Vic Black loaded the bases with two outs when he walked Castillo but pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan grounded out to end the threat.

Baez homered to left off Jenrry Mejia with one out in the ninth to give the Cubs their 4-1 lead. Baez has five homers in his first 60 major-league at- bats.

Hector Rondon got three outs after giving up Murphy's double to earn his 18th save of the season.

Game Notes

Torres made his 16th career start. His previous season-high in pitches was 81 in 4 2/3 innings against Texas on July 4 after starter Jon Niese was hit in the back by a grounder in the first inning ... The Cubs return to Chicago for six games starting Tuesday against San Francisco.

Box Score:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 126


Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 126


1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
6. Matt den Dekker (L) LF
7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
9. Carlos Torres (R) P

Mets News and Notes: Wright, Abreu, Dice-K, deGrom


Mets News and Notes: Wright, Abreu, Dice-K, deGrom


Mets manager Terry Collins offered no indication David Wright would return to the lineup for Monday's matinee series finale against the Cubs.

Wright departed Saturday's game after six innings, after being struck in his already injured left shoulder with an 88 mph fastball from Dan Straily.

He did not appear in Sunday's game, nor did he speak with the media pregame or postgame. A team spokesman said Wright was getting treatment. The spokesman added that Wright did not require any MRIs or other tests.
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Bobby Abreu, who re-signed with the Mets on a minor-league deal Friday, four days after officially getting released, is likely to return to the major league club in September, according to a team official. It is unclear whether that will occur at the beginning of the month, when rosters first expand, or after Triple-A Las Vegas' postseason has ended.

Why did the Mets re-sign the 40-year-old Abreu?

"Whenever we sign a veteran player to a minor-league deal, we think about the impact he may or may not have on younger players," team vice president Paul DePodesta said. "For instance, that was a big reason for us bringing Buddy Carlyle into minor-league camp. Likewise, we certainly believed Bobby could have a positive influence in addition to his on-field performance."
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