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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Recap: Game 51 - Phillies at Mets - 6 Run Rally by Phillies in Ninth Dooms Mets

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Philadelphia (27-25) «01000021610140
N.Y. Mets (28-23)1000020036121

W: A. Bastardo (2-1) L: J. Rauch (3-4)
HR: PHI - T. Wigginton (5),C. Ruiz (8),J. Rollins (2)   NYM - L. Duda (6),L. Duda (7)

The Phillies rallied for a win, though not for snakebitten starter Cliff Lee.

The left-hander will enter June winless despite his team's 10-6 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night in the rubber match of a three-game set.

Carlos Ruiz pinch-hit for Lee in the seventh inning and hit a two-run homer to tie the game, and Philadelphia went ahead on Shane Victorino's sacrifice fly an inning later before running away with it.

Lee remained 0-2 after eight starts despite an earned run average that reached 3.00 only after he gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks to the Mets. He struck out seven.

The Phillies bookended the series with wins, moving to 6-2 in their last eight games.

Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer to highlight a six-run ninth inning and Ty Wigginton had a solo homer and two RBI, finishing 6-for-11 in the series with two home runs and eight RBI.

Mets starter Dillon Gee yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings and Lucas Duda hit two homers for three RBI.

Lee got double plays in the second and third -- facing the minimum in both innings -- and pitched around two singles in the fourth before going 1-2-3 again in the fifth.

The Mets took a 3-1 lead in the sixth after Scott Hairston doubled and Duda knocked his first homer of the game deep over the right-center field fence.

But Brian Schneider doubled with two outs in the seventh, knocking Gee out of the game, and Ruiz hit his eighth homer of the season off Bobby Parnell to tie the game at 3-3.

Antonio Bastardo (2-1) pitched the seventh for Philadelphia, working around a single by Andres Torres, and Juan Pierre led off the eighth with a base hit against Jon Rauch (3-4). Pierre went to third on Hunter Pence's single and slid ahead of the tag on Victorino's sac fly to center to make it 4-3.

The Phillies scored six runs in the ninth inning against three Mets pitchers. Rollins stroked a three-run shot into the upper deck above right field while Wigginton had an RBI double and Victorino added a two-run single.

Duda hit his second homer of the game, and seventh of the season, leading off the ninth against Raul Valdes. Andres Torres added an RBI double before the Phils brought in closer Jonathan Papelbon, who gave up an RBI single to Daniel Murphy before getting the last out.

Earlier, Murphy walked in the first inning and scored after running through a stop sign from Mets third base coach Tim Teufel on David Wright's double off the center field wall, sliding to beat the tag at home for a 1-0 lead.

Wigginton led off the second inning with a long homer to left field, his fifth of the season, to tie the game.

Game Notes

The Phillies hadn't scored more than two runs in Lee's previous three starts before Wednesday. Lee has never gone this long without a win in a season...The Mets are 6-3 against the Phillies this season...New York placed infielder Ronny Cedeno on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained calf and recalled Jordany Valdespin from Triple-A Buffalo. Valdespin pinch-hit in the seventh and struck out...The Phillies went 5-2 on a seven-game road trip and head home for seven in a row...The Mets fell to 4-3 on an 11-game homestand that continues with a four-game series against the Cardinals starting Friday.

Box Score:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup/Game Notes vs Phillies - Game 51

Tonight Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies (LHP Cliff Lee) - Game 51:
  1. Torres-CF
  2. Murphy-2B
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Hairston-LF
  5. Rottino-1B
  6. Duda-RF
  7. Johnson-C
  8. Quintanilla-SS
  9. Gee-RHP
Game Notes:

The Mets have won four of their last five games and are 7-3 in their last 10 contests...New York is 4-2 so far on its season-long 11-game homestand...New York is 3-3 in rubber games this season, including 1-1 at home.

The Mets were 13-10 in April and at 15-12 in May, the club plays its final game of the month tonight and is guaranteed a winning record...The last time the Mets had a winning record in both April and May was 2007 (15-9 in April and 19-9 in May)...New York was 11-16 in April last year and was 14-13 in May.

The Mets are 16-10 at home this year...New York has won 11 of its last 16 home games...The Mets are 3-0-2 in their last five home series and 4-2-2 overall...New York was 12-15 at home through April and May last year.

The Mets have already won the first two series this season vs. Philadelphia...The last time the Mets won three straight series vs. the Phillies was in 2007 (April 8-10 going 2-1, April 18-20 going 2-1 and July 4-7 compiling a 3-1 mark).

New York has hit at least one home run in six of its last seven home games (10 total)...The Mets rank 28th in the majors with 34 home runs...The Mets have 17 home runs at home, tied for 25th in the majors...The Mets have hit eight “new” Citi Field home runs this year with the adjusted dimensions and closer fences while the opposition has seven.

Let's Go Mets !

Injury Updates: Thole, Tejada, Young, Batista, Bay

Here are some Mets injury updates from across the web:

Josh Thole, nearing a return to the Mets from a concussion, is slated to DH for Triple-A Buffalo tonight and catch Chris Young on Thursday morning with the Bisons.

Thole then is expected to be activated Friday. The Mets could ever-so-briefly carry three bona fide catchers, but eventually they likely will have to make a choice of whom to retain at the major league level between Rob Johnson and Mike Nickeas. Either can be demoted without being exposed to waivers.

The news is not as positive for Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) as is the case with Thole. Alderson said the shortstop, who was examined by team doctors Tuesday in Manhattan, will remain in New York getting treatment at least through Friday.

Preview: Game 51 - Phillies at Mets - Mets try to win another series against Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies (26-25) at New York Mets (28-22) 7:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
C. Lee (L) 7 0-2 2.826.10-01.575/25@STLND7.0830-122.03.68
D. Gee (R) 9 4-3 4.926.01-35.935/25SDW7.0412-119.05.21

The last time Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee was on the mound he got into a verbal spat with center fielder Shane Victorino.

Lee will try to get through his eighth start of the season without any conflict when Philadelphia closes out a three-game series with the New York Mets tonight at Citi Field. In Friday's 5-3 win at St. Louis, a pair of fly balls landed in play in what could have been a distraction by the lights at Busch Stadium.

As Victorino was preparing to bat in the top of the fifth inning, he was seen exchanging words with Lee in the dugout before manager Charlie Manuel intervened. No physicality ensued and the two seem to have buried the hatchet.

"They had some heated words. Baseball's baseball," Manuel said. "That's good sometimes. There's nothing wrong with that. They didn't see eye to eye on something and that stays in here."

Lee tossed seven innings against the Cardinals, allowing three runs and eight hits with seven strikeouts and a season-high three walks for the no-decision. Lee came into the contest having allowed just five walks total through his first six starts. He is still winless on the season as evidenced by his 0-2 mark in seven starts and has pitched to a respectable 2.82 ERA over 51 innings. This is the longest winless drought to start a season for Lee.

"It's just one of those things," Lee said of his winless record. "My job is to get deep into the game, give my team a chance to win and put up as many zeroes as I can. That's what I'm going to try and do every time. If I get a win ... great. If the team gets a win ... even better."

The Phillies did not grab a series victory after dropping a 6-3 decision last night, as Joe Blanton put forth a third straight poor performance and allowed six runs on nine hits over five innings. Catcher Brian Schneider homered and started again in place of Carlos Ruiz, who is nursing a sore right hamstring.

Placido Polanco and Jimmy Rollins had two hits apiece in the loss. The Phillies left five men on base, going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Happy Recap: Game 50 - Phillies at Mets - Hefner Picks up his first win

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Philadelphia (26-25)110001000380
N.Y. Mets (28-22) «21010200x6101

W: J. Hefner (1-2) L: J. Blanton (4-5)
S: F. Francisco (14)
HR: PHI - B. Schneider (2)   NYM - J. Hefner (1),S. Hairston (6)

Jeremy Hefner contributed in every way he could to the Mets' 6-3 win over the Phillies on Tuesday, which evened up a three-game series.

Hefner (1-2) had a night of firsts. He picked up his first major league win with six strong innings in which he allowed three runs on six hits and struck out four. More surprisingly, Hefner collected his first major league hit -- a towering fly ball over the left field fence for a solo homer in the fourth.

Omar Quintanilla also provided an unexpected spark in the lineup. Quintanilla, who was called up earlier in the day, went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Joe Blanton (4-5) struggled for the third straight start for the Phillies, getting tagged for six runs in five-plus innings.

Scott Hairston delivered the big blow for the Mets. After the Phillies cut the Mets' lead to 4-3 in the sixth, Hairston hit a two-run homer to give New York some insurance.

The loss wrapped up a rough day for the Phillies, who placed starting pitcher Roy Halladay on the 15-day disabled list with a right latissimus dorsi strain. He is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks.

The Phillies got on the board first after Jimmy Rollins started the game with a leadoff double, went to third on Juan Pierre's bunt and scored on a wild pitch.

The Mets quickly took the lead. Blanton hit Mike Baxter to start the bottom of the first, then gave up back-to-back singles to Kirk Nieuwenhuis and David Wright to tie the game. Three batters later, Ike Davis delivered a two-out single to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

Brian Schneider tied the game for the Phillies in second with a long home run to right field.

The Mets quickly regained the lead, though. Quintanilla hit his first of two doubles to start off the second inning, then scored two batters later when Baxter hustled out an RBI double.

After Hefner's homer gave the Mets a 4-2 lead, the Phillies were able to put together a rally. Pierre led off the sixth with a single, then Hunter Pence hit a hard ground ball down the third-base line that Baxter could not corral along the left field fence. Because of the defensive struggles, Pierre scored and Pence advanced to third. However, the Phillies were unable to tie the game when Ty Wigginton grounded out to first, Shane Victorino struck out and Placido Polanco flew out to left.

Just as quickly as the Phillies seemed to be back in the game, Hairston came up with his crippling shot to take them out of it.

Bobby Parnell and Jon Rauch kept the Phillies bats quiet before Frank Francisco came in to pick up his 14th save of the season.

Game Notes

The Mets have won seven of their last 10 games...The Mets have won a major league-best 18 games against teams over .500...The Mets hit homers in six of their last seven games (10 total)...With two more two-out runs, the Mets remain tied for most two-out runs in the majors with 108...Wright snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a first-inning single...Francisco has saved his last six opportunities...Blanton has allowed 19 earned runs in his last three starts (13 2/3 innings), raising his earned run average from 2.96 to 5.05. He has allowed nine home runs in May (36 1/3 innings) after only allowing one in April (26 innings)...Blanton has allowed 11 earned runs in 12 1/3 innings in his two starts at Citi Field.

Box Score:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Roster Moves: Quintanilla, Schwinden, Turner, Acosta

The Mets will promote Omar Quintanilla and Chris Schwinden for Tuesday's game, with Quintanilla -- a former Rockie and Ranger -- expected to start at shortstop.

To clear roster room, the Mets are expected to designate Acosta (11.86 ERA) for assignment and place Turner on the disabled list.

Quintanilla fouled a ball off a foot Sunday, but played Monday for Triple-A Buffalo without issue. He was hitting .282 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 156 at-bats with the Bisons.

Schwinden tossed 99 pitches for Buffalo on Sunday, but presumably would be asked to step in if Hefner has a short outing today in his second major league start.

Preview: Game 50 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Look to Rebound with Hefner on the Mound

Philadelphia Phillies (26-24) at New York Mets (27-22) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Blanton (R) 9 4-4 4.556.01-35.405/24@STLND4.11071-115.28.04
J. Hefner (R) 1 0-2 6.173.20-18.105/24SDL3.2960-211.26.17

Though Ryan Howard and Chase Utley remain sidelined, the Philadelphia Phillies are starting to pick up the pace offensively.

Visiting Philadelphia tries to climb three games above .500 for the first time this season Tuesday night in the second of three road games against the New York Mets.

The Phillies (26-24) have won five of six while averaging 5.7 runs - 1.5 more than their season mark. Philadelphia continued its recent offensive prowess Monday in an 8-4 series-opening victory at Citi Field.

Ty Wigginton went 3 for 3 with his fourth homer and a career-high six RBIs while John Mayberry added a two-run shot. Cole Hamels also came up big, throwing eight innings to help save the bullpen and earn his eighth win a day after Roy Halladay lasted just two innings in an 8-3 loss at St. Louis.

Halladay will have his sore right shoulder examined Tuesday.

"You know when you miss someone like Halladay, you're missing him, but there's nothing you can do about it," manager Charlie Manuel said. "It might get hard, but we're definitely not going to fold tent. We're going to try to outplay everybody."

The Mets (27-22) had won five of six before dropping to 1-16 when giving up at least six runs.

Hitting a major league-best .405 as recently as Thursday, David Wright's average has dropped to .373 due to an 0-for-14 drought. He had gone 10 for 22 (.455) in his first five games against the Phillies this season prior to Monday's 0-for-4 effort.

"David showed he's human, he can fall into a little funk just like everyone else," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's been so good for so long that you come to expect that he's always going to get a hit and we know that's not going to be the case."

Monday, May 28, 2012

Recap: Game 49 - Phillies at Mets - Mets Get Outblasted by Phillies, Lose 8-4

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Philadelphia (26-24) «002002103890
N.Y. Mets (27-22)000022000472

W: C. Hamels (8-1) L: B. Parnell (1-1)
HR: PHI - J. Mayberry (2),T. Wigginton (4)   NYM - V. Rottino (2),S. Hairston (5)

Ty Wigginton set a career-high with six RBI as he helped the Phillies take an 8-4 win in the opener of a three-game set against the Mets.

Wigginton hit a two-run double in the third, RBI single in the seventh then sealed the win with a three-run homer in the ninth for the Phillies, who have won five of their last six games. John Mayberry hit a two-run homer in the sixth to account for the rest of Philadelphia's offense.

"I really started to feel good again lately and knew it was just a matter of time," Wigginton said.

Cole Hamels (8-1) won his fifth straight start and remained unbeaten since losing his first game of the season as he gave up four runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts over eight innings. He went 5-0 over six starts in May and is the first eight-game winner in the majors.

Scott Hairston and Vinny Rottino each hit a two-run homer for the Mets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Jon Niese started on the mound for New York but didn't factor into the decision as he gave up four runs on two hits with five walks and seven strikeouts over five innings. Bobby Parnell (1-1) was tagged with the loss for giving up a run in the seventh inning.

"I didn't have my good stuff, I didn't have good command," said Niese.

Philly went on top by a run in the seventh. Jimmy Rollins started the frame with a single and moved to second on Placido Polanco's groundout back to the mound. After a Hunter Pence walk, Shane Victorino flied out, but Wigginton followed with a single to center for a 5-4 lead.

Hamels then set the Mets down in order in the seventh before getting out of a jam in the eighth.

Andres Torres greeted Hamels with a pinch-hit double to start the inning and moved to third on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis groundout. Daniel Murphy then grounded out to second as Torres was held at third, and David Wright grounded out to third to end the inning.

Wigginton blasted his fourth homer of the year in the ninth and Papelbon set the Mets down in order in the ninth to close the game.

The Phils plated a couple of runs in the third. With two outs, Pence kept the inning alive with a walk and Victorino followed suit with a free pass. Wigginton then punched an opposite field double to the gap in right-center to plate both runners for a 2-0 lead.

Hamels retired the first seven batters he faced until Rob Johnson hit a one- out single in the third. Following a sac bunt from Niese, Justin Turner punched a single to right.

Pence fielded the ball and came up firing and Johnson was held at third. Turner, though, was caught in a run down and eventually tagged out by Rollins. He planted his right foot awkwardly on the bag and had to leave the game after being helped off the field.

New York tied the game in the fifth as Lucas Duda led off with a walk and Rottino followed with a line-drive shot over the wall in left for his second home run of the season.

The Phils took the lead back in the sixth when Wigginton walked to start the frame and Mayberry followed with a big blast over the wall in left, but the Mets got the runs back in the bottom of the inning on a two-out, two-run homer from Hairston.

Game Notes

The Mets announced that Turner has a right ankle sprain and that x-rays came back negative...Philadelphia pitcher Roy Halladay, who left Sunday's start against St. Louis after two innings with a sore right shoulder, will have an examination on Tuesday...New York had not given up a run since the first inning of a game against San Diego on Friday, a streak of 28 scoreless innings...New York has still won five of seven games against Philadelphia this season.

Box Score:

Mets News and Notes: Memorial Day, Scoring Early, Scoreless Streak, Teams Over .500, Day Games

Here are Today's Mets News and Notes :

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have won three games in a row and six of their last eight games...New York is 14-11 this month, including 7-4 at home...The Mets are 15-9 at home this year...New York has won 10 of its last 14 home games.

MEMORIAL DAY: New York has won four of its last five Memorial Day games and are 3-2 vs. Philadelphia on Memorial Day...All-time the Mets are 22-27 on Memorial Day.

SCORING EARLY: New York has scored in the first or second inning in nine of its last 10 games (18 runs total).

SCORELESS STREAK: New York’s pitching staff has hurled 26.0 straight scoreless innings, the longest since a 35.0 inning scoreless streak from May 25-28, 2010...The last time the Mets allowed a run was in the first inning on Friday night.

Mets Memorial Day Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 49

Mets Memorial Day Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 49:
  1. Turner-ss
  2. Murphy-2b
  3. Wright-3b
  4. Hairston-cf
  5. Duda-rf
  6. Rottino-lf
  7. Davis-1b
  8. Johnson-c
  9. Niese-lhp

Injury Updates: Tejada, Cedeno, Thole, Young, Batista

Ruben Tejada has been out since straining the quad running to first base on May 6.

He attempted some baserunning Friday that went “so-so,” Terry Collins said, then adding “it’s not a setback.”

“He still has some point tenderness in the thigh so it has not changed,” the manager said. “When he runs the bases he said he was still uncomfortable, so they slowed him down.”

Collins said Friday that when Tejada is able to come off the DL, he will return as the starting shortstop because the club needs his hitting (he was batting .305).

But when asked about the level of concern, he said, “It didn’t heal as fast as I had hoped but that’s what every manager wants – a guy to get well fast. Anytime you have a strained muscle it may take three weeks. We were hoping we’d get him back faster but it looks like it’s going to have to run the course.”

Though the Mets don’t want him running, Tejada has been taking infield and will play DH in an extended spring training game on Monday.

Ronny Cedeno came out of Saturday’s game after drawing a walk in the eighth inning, feeling a cramp in the calf. He got treatment Sunday. Of the severity of the pain he said, “I don’t feel anything (serious). After the cramp, my calf feels sore.”

Right hander Chris Young makes his fourth minor league start on Thursday for Triple-A Buffalo as he works back from last May’s shoulder surgery . . .

Catcher Josh Thole, on the 7-day DL with a concussion since May 8, will be behind the plate in an extended spring training game on Monday. . . .

Righthander Miguel Batista, on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain, will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday.

Preview: Game 49 - Phillies at Mets - Mets will host Phillies on Memorial Day

Philadelphia Phillies (25-24) at New York Mets (27-21) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
C. Hamels (L) 9 7-1 2.176.13-01.935/23WSHW8.0403-022.01.64
J. Niese (L) 9 3-2 4.295.21-03.795/23@PITW7.2511-116.24.86

Cole Hamels has been unbeatable over the last six weeks. That run began with a victory against the New York Mets.

The left-hander looks to become the majors' first eight-game winner Monday when he tries to help the visiting Phillies end their struggles against the Mets this season.

Since giving up four runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 6-2 loss to Miami in his 2012 debut April 9, Hamels (7-1, 2.17 ERA) is 7-0 with a 1.89 ERA in eight starts.

"I feel the same as I've felt the last couple years," Hamels told the Phillies' official website. "Fortunately, things are just falling my way. I'm just trying to make sure it goes as long as it possibly can."

In his last start Wednesday, Hamels allowed four hits and struck out eight in eight scoreless innings of a 4-1 win over Washington.

His current run began April 15 at home versus New York. He allowed a two-run homer to Ike Davis and fanned a season-high 10 in seven innings of an 8-2 win to improve to 4-10 with a 4.33 ERA in 18 starts against the Mets.

That victory is Philadelphia's only one in six games this season versus New York (27-21) - all at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets swept the teams' last series May 7-9.

Philadelphia (25-24) looks to bounce back after its four-game winning streak ended with an 8-3 loss at St. Louis on Sunday. Two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay left after two innings with shoulder soreness.

New York, meanwhile, has won three in a row and five of six after beating San Diego 2-0 on Sunday. One day after Johan Santana tossed a four-hitter in a 9-0 win over the Padres, R.A. Dickey struck out 10 over 7 1-3 innings.

The Mets, who posted 26 straight scoreless innings in winning the final three of the four-game set against the lowly Padres, last shut out three straight opponents May 25-27, 2010 - against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 48 - Padres at Mets - Dickey has a Banner Day Fanning 10

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

San Diego (17-32)000000000030
N.Y. Mets (27-21) «10001000x250

W: R. Dickey (7-1) L: E. Volquez (2-5)
S: F. Francisco (13)
HR: SD - None   NYM - None

R.A. Dickey spun 7 1/3 scoreless innings on Banner Day Sunday as the New York Mets took a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres in the finale of a four-game set at Citi Field.

Dickey (7-1) surrendered just three hits and a walk while striking out 10 to earn his fifth straight victory. After fanning 11 in his last outing, Dickey posted back-to-back double-digit strikeouts for the first time in his career and became the first Met to accomplish the feat since Pedro Martinez in 2006.

"The game is about ebbs and flows and right now, I'm fortunate to be in the middle of a flow," remarked Dickey. "The key is just don't get out of the water, regardless of where you are."

Daniel Murphy stroked an RBI single while David Wright and Mike Baxter each scored a run for the Mets, who took the final three games of the series and have now won five of their last six.

Edinson Volquez (2-5) labored through 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while fanning five. Yonder Alonso extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the first, but the Padres failed to score for the second straight game and lost for the sixth time in seven tries.

Alonso ripped a two-out single in the first, but was gunned down trying to stretch it into a double by right fielder Lucas Duda.

The Mets then took advantage of their opportunity in the bottom half.

Wright worked a two-out walk and swiped second to move into scoring position. Duda then walked and Wright scampered to third on Volquez's wild pitch before scoring on Murphy's single to center as the Mets grabbed a 1-0 advantage.

"I was a little bit all over in the first inning," Volquez said. "Then I fixed my mechanics and came back and pitched better."

New York tacked on a run in the fifth when Baxter doubled to start the frame, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball by Nick Hundley to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Tim Byrdak replaced Dickey in the eighth and retired the final two batters of the frame before Frank Francisco fired a perfect ninth to nail down his 13th save of the season and complete the Mets second-consecutive shutout.

Game Notes

The Padres have now gone 26 consecutive innings without scoring a run...The Mets last back-to-back shutouts came on May 18-19, 2011 when they blanked the Washington Nationals on consecutive nights...New York has scored in the first or second inning in nine of its last 10 games.

 Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 48

Todays Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 48:

  1. Baxter-LF
  2. Nieuwenhuis-CF
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Duda-RF
  5. Murphy-2B
  6. Davis-1B
  7. Turner-SS
  8. Nickeas-C
  9. Dickey-RHP

Preview: Game 48 - Padres at Mets - Dickey Goes For Win #7

San Diego Padres (17-31) at New York Mets (26-21) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
E. Volquez (R) 10 2-4 3.495.11-14.245/22@STLL6.0531-217.04.76
R. Dickey (R) 9 6-1 3.456.03-02.335/22@PITW7.0512-019.02.84

At 37 years old, New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is enjoying one of the best stretches of his career.

That doesn't bode well for the light-hitting San Diego Padres.

Dickey looks to win his fifth consecutive decision Sunday at Citi Field as the Mets try to climb six games above .500 for the first time in nearly two years.

Dickey (6-1, 3.45 ERA) has gone 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his last six starts.

The right-hander is coming off a career-best, 11-strikeout performance as he beat Pittsburgh on Tuesday in a 3-2 win. He allowed one run and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season.

"It's the best I've ever seen (his knuckleball) in a game," Mets catcher Mike Nickeas told the team's official website. "It was ridiculous."

Dickey's run-support average is 5.02 - up from 4.01 in 2011 when he finished 8-13 with a 3.28 ERA - but he's also striking out 8.01 per nine innings this season compared to 5.78 last year.

Dickey last won five straight decisions from May 25-June 23, 2010, when he posted victories in a career-best six consecutive starts. His only two career starts against San Diego both came last season, going 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA.

If he runs into any problems Sunday, the Mets' bullpen is well-rested after Johan Santana threw the team's first complete game of the season Saturday in a 9-0 victory.

Happy Recap: Game 47 - Padres at Mets - Santana pitches 4 hit shutout

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

San Diego (17-31)000000000040
N.Y. Mets (26-21) «40000005x990

W: J. Santana (2-2) L: C. Richard (2-6)
HR: SD - None   NYM - S. Hairston (4),V. Rottino (1),M. Nickeas (1)

Johan Santana tossed his ninth career shutout and first in close to two years as the New York Mets blanked the San Diego Padres, 9-0, in the third test of a four-game set at Citi Field.

Santana (2-2) last tossed a shutout on August 12, 2010 against the Colorado Rockies before undergoing left shoulder surgery in September of that year, which forced the lefty to miss the entire 2011 campaign.

The two-time Cy Young award winner allowed just four hits on Saturday and didn't issue a walk while striking out seven to extend his personal unbeaten streak to seven games.

"It's a great feeling for me just to put my uniform (on)," remarked Santana. "Being able to help and being able to go out there every five games is definitely something that I was waiting for and I'm very happy for and I'm just going to continue doing."

Scott Hairston belted a three-run blast and Mike Nickeas added a grand slam in the eighth for the Mets, who have won four of their last five.

Clayton Richard (2-6) was charged for four runs on five hits and three walks over six innings of work. Yonder Alonso extended his hit-streak to nine games with a single in the first, but the Padres fell for the fifth time in their last six tries.

New York tallied four runs in the bottom of the first inning as Andres Torres singled and David Wright followed two batters later with a four-pitch walk.

Both runners then advanced on a balk from Richard before Hairston plated everyone with a three-run blast to left field.

Vinny Rottino extended the margin to four two batters later with a solo shot over the wall in left-center field for his first major league home run.

"It's tough when you put your team in the hole early on," said Richard. "Four runs is kind of a big hole and it kind of changes the momentum of things right off the get-go."

Four runs provided plenty of run support for Santana, who retired 16 straight and 23 of the final 24 batters he faced after giving up a leadoff single to Chase Headley in the second.

The Mets blew the game open in the eighth as Justin Turner singled to start the frame before scoring on a double from pinch-hitter Ike Davis.

After Lucas Duda flied out, Rottino singled and Ronny Cedeno walked to load the bases for Nickeas, who launched his first major league grand slam over the left-field wall to give New York a 9-0 lead.

Game Notes
Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin left the game in the top of the sixth inning with a sprained right wrist...The Mets went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left three on base...Santana improved to 3-3 in eight all-time starts against the Padres.

Box Score:

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 47

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 47

  1. Andres Torres, cf
  2. Justin Turner, 2b
  3. David Wright, 3b
  4. Scott Hairston, lf
  5. Lucas Duda, rf
  6. Vinny Rottino, 1b
  7. Ronny Cedeno, ss
  8. Josh Nickeas, c
  9. Johan Santana, lhp

Preview: Game 47 - Padres at Mets - Santana still trying for that elusive win

San Diego Padres (17-30) at New York Mets (25-21) 1:10 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
C. Richard (L) 9 2-5 4.635.20-36.685/21@STLND7.1721-119.24.12
J. Santana (L) 9 1-2 3.246.11-12.085/21@PITND6.1840-019.04.26

A long-shot to make any major league roster at one point in his career, Mike Baxter appears to be making up for lost time since joining the New York Mets.

He's also making the San Diego Padres regret what they once had.

Baxter tries to continue his solid play and lead the Mets to back-to-back wins as their series continues Saturday with the Padres.

Originally a fourth-round pick in the amateur draft by the Padres in 2005, Baxter steadily worked his way up the team's system until his major league debut in 2010 and appeared in nine games. The outfielder, though, tore ligaments in his thumb late in spring training last year and was placed on waivers in July, and the Mets claimed him the same day.

''He's a solid, fundamentally sound player. I think our minor league people taught him well,'' Padres manager Bud Black said of Baxter. ''He's a bright kid, our minor league guys really liked him. The cool thing is when a guy comes back and plays in his hometown.''

He appeared primarily as a defensive replacement in 22 games in 2011, getting 34 at-bats and had started this year doing the same. Recently, though, Baxter has found a groove at the plate, and with it, increased playing time.

Happy Recap: Game 46 - Padres at Mets - Gee K's Nine in Mets win

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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N.Y. Mets (25-21) «01203000x680

W: D. Gee (4-3) L: A. Bass (2-5)
HR: SD - None   NYM - L. Duda (5)

Dillon Gee tossed seven innings of one-run ball to lead the New York Mets past the San Diego Padres, 6-1, in the second installment of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Gee (4-3) scattered four hits and three walks while striking out a career-high nine batters in New York's fourth win in six games.

"Strikeouts a lot of time are just a matter of luck," Gee said. "Obviously you make some good pitches you get some strikeouts. Nine for me, that's a lot. It's just one of those nights I guess where they're missing some good pitches."

Lucas Duda had a home run and scored twice, and Ike Davis added two RBI for the Mets.

Anthony Bass (2-5) allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.

Jesus Guzman knocked in the lone run for the Padres, who dropped their fourth decision in five games.

The Padres jumped out to the early advantage when Will Venable opened the game with a walk, moved to third on Yonder Alonso's bloop single and came home on Guzman's sacrifice fly to left field.

But New York answered in the second inning with Duda's leadoff blast off the base of the upper deck in right field and then took the lead in the third on back-to-back one-out doubles by Gee and Mike Baxter.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a base hit to right to plate Baxter and give the Mets a 3-1 edge.

After San Diego failed to cut into its deficit by stranding a man on second in the top of the fifth inning, the Mets added to their lead in the bottom of the frame. Nieuwenhuis singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on David Wright's fly out to center field and came home on a Daniel Murphy double into the left-field corner.

Duda, who walked prior to Murphy's two-bagger, and Murphy both came home when the next batter on Davis singled to center field, stretching the Mets' advantage to 6-1.

"As the game went on, a couple of balls that were left over the plate, they capitalized," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Conversely, we had some guys on base and couldn't capitalize."

Gee then stranded a man on second in the seventh inning before Time Byrdak and Ramon Ramirez each faced the minimum in an inning of relief to close out the game for New York.

Game Notes

The Mets selected the contract of pitcher Jack Egbert from Triple-A Buffalo, optioned pitcher Robert Carson to Double-A Binghamton and released pitcher D.J. Carrasco earlier Friday...Gee improved to 2-0 in two career starts against San Diego...Bass made his first career start against the Mets and has no decisions in four relief appearances against the club...New York upped its home record to 13-9 while the Padres fell to 5-14 on the road this season.

Box Score:

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 46

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Padres - Game 46:
  1. Baxter-lf
  2. Nieuwenhuis-cf
  3. Wright-3b
  4. Duda-rf
  5. Murphy-2b
  6. Davis-1b
  7. Cedeno-ss
  8. Johnson-c
  9. Gee-rhp

Mets Minor League Pitching Leaders

Zach Wheeler





Mets Minor League Batting Leaders

Den Dekker racking up the hits

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5Den DekkerBIN6

Preview: Game 46 - Padres at Mets - Dillon Gee trying to get the Met train back on the track

San Diego Padres (17-29) at New York Mets (24-21) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
A. Bass (R) 8 2-4 2.895.21-22.575/20LAAND6.0521-119.21.83
D. Gee (R) 8 3-3 5.445.20-37.335/20@TORW6.2531-117.27.13

The New York Mets are hoping Dillon Gee can last longer and perform much better than Jeremy Hefner did last night when he takes the mound Friday in the second installment of a four-game series versus the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

Hefner was pounded for six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's 11-5 loss. Hefner, who was forced to sit over an hour due to a rain delay, was making his first start in the majors and is a former Padres draft pick.

"It's not an excuse, but that rain delay took the momentum that we had and kind of turned it against us a little bit," third baseman David Wright said on the team's site. "It felt like we were playing well for the first couple innings. I felt like Hef was throwing the ball well. Then all of the sudden we sit around for an hour, and they just came out swinging."

Wright finished with three hits, two RBI and went deep for the fifth time this season. Ike Davis drove in a pair of runs for the Mets, who had won three of four games and opened a season-high 11-game homestand on a sour note. They are tied with Miami at 2 1/2 games off the NL East lead. New York will also host Philadelphia and St. Louis.

Gee, meanwhile, will make his ninth start of the season tonight for the Mets and ended a three-start drought in a 6-5 win at Toronto on Sunday. He allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 3-3 in eight starts and lowered his ERA to 5.44. Gee, who is 0-3 in four starts at home, won his only start against the Padres last Aug. 17 in a 7-3 win at Petco Park. He tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball that day.

San Diego was able to halt a three-game slide in a big way on Thursday and won for just the third time in eight tries. The Padres finished with an 18-9 advantage in hits, as Everth Cabrera ended 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and Cameron Maybin collected three hits, three runs scored and two RBI. The four hits for Cabrera were a career high.

Ike Davis will work out his slump in Majors

According to the NY Times, The Mets have reassured first baseman Ike Davis that he will remain in the major leagues while he fights through a season-long hitting slump.

Five days after Manager Terry Collins said “nothing is etched in stone” regarding Davis’s position with the team, the two sat down before the team’s flight out of Pittsburgh on Wednesday to let him know there were no plans to send him to the minor leagues.

“We thought one of the things we’d do is say we believe in him,” Collins said Thursday before the Mets hosted the San Diego Padres. “Last night was just an opportunity for us to say, ‘Relax; you’re on the club.’”

Davis, 25, was hitting .159 with a .213 on-base percentage — both figures ranked second lowest in baseball among hitters eligible for the batting title — with only 9 extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in, to go with 44 strikeouts in 145 at-bats.

He has been dropped in the order, been given days off and reconfigured his stance multiple times, and still nothing has snapped him out of his malaise.

Collins said he hoped the recent show of faith would help him clear his head.

“This game’s all about confidence,” said Collins, who played Vinny Rottino instead of Davis at first base Thursday because a left-hander, Eric Stults, was starting for the Padres. “When you’re going through a slump like Ike is, when you lose that confidence, it wears on you.”

The Mets do not have many other options at first base and in the lineup. Three regular starters are on the disabled list, and Davis is not the only hitter currently struggling.

Outfielder Andres Torres was in the midst of a 1-for-28 stretch. Rottino, recalled from Class AAA on May 21, was 1 for 7 in four games this season.

Wednesday’s meeting was an indication that the team would give Davis additional slack to work through his issues even after Jason Bay returned from the disabled list. Bay began taking batting practice Wednesday, and Collins said he could start playing in rehabilitation games as a designated hitter early next week.

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