Thursday, April 24, 2014

Preview: Game 22 - St. Louis Cardinals - (12-10) at New York Mets (11-10) - Lynn (4-0) vs Colon (1-3)

Preview: Game 22
St. Louis Cardinals - (12-10) at  New York Mets (11-10)
Pitching Probables - RHP - Lance Lynn (4-0) 3.42 ERA vs RHP - Bartolo Colon (1-3) 5.40 ERA
TV -  SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:10 PM


The New York Mets (11-10) look to take the four game series  as they grinned out a 3-2 win with Michael Wacha on the mound, who struck out 10 Mets.. They will also have a hard time going against St. Louis Cardinals (12-10) starter Lance Lynn, who is 4-0.  Lynn is 1-1 with 3.86 ERA vs the Mets lifetime. The current group of Mets are batting a mer .194 (6 for 31) vs Lynn.

Only Positives: Daniel Murphy is batting .444 (4 for 9) and David Wright .286 (2 for 7) against Lynn.

The Mets will counter with veteran Bartolo Colon (1-3) who has been taken a beaten lately.  His last three starts he is 1-2 with a 5.86 ERA. The current group of Cardinals are batting .228 lifetime vs Colon. Matt Holliday is batting .600 (3 for 5 ) off Colon. Matt Carpenter is batting .500 (2 for 4).  Bartolo Colon is 2-0 with 3.75 vs the Cardinals in his career.

Bobby Abreu projected to get start in right field as it is a day game after a night game and Curtis Granderson has been struggling...

The Mets bats will have to come to life in this one for the Mets to be successful and Bartolo has too be more effective, which has not been the case of late... LGM!

Mets Predicted Lineup:
  1. Eric Young Jr. - LF
  2. Bobby Abreu - RF
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  5. Chris Young - CF
  6. Lucas Duda - 1B
  7. Travis d'Arnaud - C
  8. Ruben Tejada - SS
Batting/Pitching Splits:

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/23: Ynoa pitches well, Despite loss for St.Lucie

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/23:

Mets AA - PORTLAND at BINGHAMTON (ppd.): The game was postponed due to unplayable conditions. It will be made up May 3 at 12:05 p.m.

Mets High A - PALM BEACH 3, ST. LUCIE 1: Gabriel Ynoa pitched well (six innings, three runs, no walks, four strikeouts) but lost for the first time this season because the Mets were held to five hits. Gilbert Gomez, who doubled, had the only extra-base hit for the Mets. Box 

Mets A - SAVANNAH 3, DELMARVA 2: Victor Cruzado tripled and scored on a Dominic Smith sacrifice fly to break a seventh inning tie. Akeel Morris pitched three scoreless innings to get the win out of the bullpen, with Robert Coles recording his third save. Matt Oberste had two of the four Sand Gnat hits, both doubles. Box 

Happy Recap: Game 21 - Cardinals (2) at Mets (3) - Mets Survive Threat, Niese gets first Win


St. Louis

New York

W: J. Niese (1-2) L: M. Wacha (2-2) S: K. Farnsworth (2)
HR: STL - None   NYM - L. Duda (4)


St. Louis pitcher Michael Wacha recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts over four innings, but he also issued five walks -- two of them with the bases loaded -- in the Cardinals' 3-2 loss to the New York Mets.

It was a wacky Wednesday night for Wacha (2-2), whose first nine outs of the game came via strikeout. The right-hander walked home two runs in the fourth, however, to put the Cardinals behind. Wacha exited after 93 pitches and set a career low for innings pitched in a start.

Lucas Duda hit a solo homer for the Mets, who saw starter Jon Niese (1-2) give up one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Trailing 3-1, the Cardinals almost made a comeback in the ninth. Jon Jay and Matt Carpenter hit consecutive one-out singles off Kyle Farnsworth before pinch- hitter Daniel Descalso followed with a double to left-center field which easily scored Jay. Carpenter also tried to score but was tagged out at the plate. The call was confirmed via video replay.

Matt Holliday then flied out to end the game, giving Farnsworth his second save of the season.

Earlier, Yadier Molina's RBI double in the first inning gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead.

The Mets figured out Wacha in the fourth. Chris Young reached on a fielder's choice, Duda walked and Travis d'Arnaud singled to load the bases with one out. Ruben Tejada then drew a walk to force in a run and after Niese struck out looking, Wacha walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis to plate another run.

Duda led off the sixth with a homer off Seth Maness, making it 3-1 New York.

St. Louis put men on second and third with one out in the eighth, but Jhonny Peralta popped out and pinch-hitter Matt Adams flied out to end the threat.

Game Notes

Niese improved to 4-1 lifetime against the Cardinals ... St. Louis fell to 5-5 on an 11-game road trip ... New York improved to 3-3 on a 10-game homestand ... Molina, who went 3-for-3, extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Box Score:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cardinals - Game 21

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cardinals - Game 21

  1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis - CF
  2. Curtis Granderson - RF
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  5. Chris Young - LF
  6. Lucas Duda - 1B
  7. Travis d'Arnaud - C
  8. Ruben Tejada - SS
  9. Jon Niese - LHP

Mets Minor League Leaders Thru 4/22:

Mets Minor League Leaders Thru 4/22:

Allan Dykstra, Vegas, .419; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .400; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .380; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .364; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .354; Eric Campbell, Vegas, .346; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .338; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .333; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, .327; Zach Lutz, Vegas, .299.

Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 4; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 4.

T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 21; Eric Campbell, Vegas, 18; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 18; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 15.

Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 5; Jared King, Savannah, 4; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 4; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 4.

Hansel Robles, Binghamton, 1.23; Rainy Lara, Binghamton, 1.47; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 1.56; Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 1.57; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.00; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 2.30; John Gant, Savannah, 3.50; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 3.80; Luis Cessa, St. Lucie, 4.24; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 4.86.

Josh Edgin, Vegas, 3.

Jeff Walters, Vegas, 5; Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 3; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 3; Robert Coles, Savannah, 2; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 2.

Rafael Montero, Vegas, 24; Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 21; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 20; Hansel Robles, Binghamton, 19; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 18.
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