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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Rosario, Harvey, Adding a Closer, Trading Murphy, Davis

Mets News and Notes:

Sixteen-year-old Dominican shortstop Germán Ahmed Rosario is due to sign with the Mets for $1.7 million on Monday, when the new group of international teenagers is eligible to be signed, according to ESPNDeportes.com's Enrique Rojas.

Matt Harvey retired the first 14 batters he faced and tossed seven scoreless innings in Triple-A Buffalo's 8-0 win against Louisville.

A baseball official familiar with the Mets' plans told ESPN NY he did not foresee the Mets acquiring a large-salaried closer from another team at the trading deadline (Brett Myers type) since the Mets already have Frank Francisco.

Preview: Game 79 - Mets at Dodgers - Santana's Turn in L.A.

New York Mets (42-36) at Los Angeles Dodgers (43-35) 7:15 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Santana (L) 15 5-4 3.006.11-35.806/25@CHCL6.0522-117.03.18
N. Eovaldi (R) 6 0-4 4.045.10-12.086/25@SFL5.01080-217.06.35

After a dreadful 1-8 performance on a recent road trip, the Los Angeles Dodgers probably thought a return home would soften the blow.

Not quite.

The Dodgers are mired in a six-game losing streak -- the longest since Sept 4-9, 2010 -- and will resume a four-game series versus the New York Mets tonight at Chavez Ravine. Los Angeles lost Thursday's opener to the Mets by a 3-2 score, then was slapped with a 9-0 setback last night.

Aaron Harang got the start for LA and was reached for five runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings for the loss. Shawn Tolleson gave up four more runs, three of which were earned, in relief.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was a bit poetic following the loss.

"You go through rocky points in the year and I think my job as a manager and our job as a staff is to make sure we see the light," he said. "There's a lighthouse out there somewhere that we're heading for. No matter what kind of water we are in at this point, we have to keep steering."

Mattingly's club managed just four hits on the night, including one by Harang, and has scored five runs during the current slide.

Happy Recap: Game 78 - Mets at Dodgers - Dickey Wins his 12th game

Final Score: New York 9, Los Angeles 0

R.A. Dickey bounced back from a rough start to finish an otherwise flawless June with eight strong innings as the New York Mets dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 9-0, in the second of a four-game set.

Dickey (12-1) capped a fantastic June with a three-hit effort on Friday that saw him walk one and strike out 10. He began the month with a seven-hit blanking of St. Louis on June 2 and also shutout Baltimore on June 18. His last start on Sunday saw him get tagged for five runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Yankees.

"The ball came out of my hand easy tonight," Dickey said. "I hit the strike zone, I've been able to be consistent. I thought mechanically things went well."

He went 5-0 in June, helping him become the first 12-game winner in the majors. During the month, he allowed just five earned runs in 48 1/3 innings, striking out 55 while walking eight and giving up 21 hits.

Daniel Murphy hit a three-run home run and drove in five while Ruben Tejada went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Mets, who have won three straight.

Aaron Harang (5-5) gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits with four walks over 5 2/3 innings to stay winless over his past four starts. He also had one of the three hits for the Dodgers, who have dropped six straight and have been blanked in four of those games.

"We didn't do a whole lot with R.A. We had trouble getting anything going. We have to stay the course, you go through rocky points during the season," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

The Mets wasted a bases loaded chance in the first inning, but got on the board in the third.

Andres Torres reached base on Jerry Hairston's error and Tejada followed with a single. David Wright singled home the first run and Ike Davis hit into a double play to drive in Tejada for a 2-0 lead.

In the fifth, the Mets plated three more runs. With one out, Tejada doubled and Wright followed with an intentional walk. Two batters later, Duda singled home one runner and Murphy drove home the next two with a double for a 5-0 lead.

Murphy's three-run home run in the seventh was followed later in the inning by a Tejada single to center for a 9-0 lead.

Dickey retired the first eight batters he faced before Harang slipped a single to center.

After that he set down the next nine batters before plunking Dee Gordon with two outs in the sixth.

That prompted a warning to both benches by home plate umpire Todd Tichenor as Harang had hit Tejada with a pitch in the Mets' prior at-bat.

The Dodgers got two on with one out in the seventh, but James Loney hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Dickey stranded a runner on third in the eighth before stepping aside for Jeremy Hefner, who blanked the Dodgers in the ninth to cap the shutout.

Game Notes

Dickey has won his last 10 decisions, a span of 12 starts, after his only loss of the season on April 18 in Atlanta...Murphy tied a career-high in RBI...The Dodgers have lost 10 of their last 11 and have scored just 15 runs during that stretch...The Mets have won seven of their last nine against the Dodgers.

Box Score:

Friday, June 29, 2012

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News and Notes: Wright, Bay, Baxter, Pelfrey, Davis, Wheeler, Dykstra

Some Mets News and Notes:

David Wright, who is already the franchise's RBI, runs and doubles leader, passed Darryl Strawberry for the franchise record for walks in his final plate appearance Thursday.

Earlier, Wright had launched a solo shot against Capuano to pull even with Howard Johnson for third on the Mets' all-time homer list.

On the injury front:

Jason Bay rode a stationary bicycle Wednesday and did not have any post-concussion symptoms arise, Terry Collins said.  

Mike Baxter (displaced collarbone) has not done any significant physical activity, the manager added.

Preview: Game 78 - Mets at Dodgers - Dickey will try for his 12th win

New York Mets (41-36) at Los Angeles Dodgers (43-34) 10:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
R. Dickey (R) 15 11-1 2.316.05-12.896/24NYYND6.0552-024.01.88
A. Harang (R) 15 5-4 3.816.01-12.516/24@LAAND6.0830-116.23.24

R.A. Dickey's lengthy run of dominance might have come to an end, but he certainly poses a difficult challenge for the reeling Los Angeles Dodgers.

The knuckleballer looks to bounce back from his worst start in more than a month and help the visiting New York Mets hand the Dodgers a season-high sixth straight loss Friday night.

Dickey (11-1, 2.31 ERA) was coming off consecutive one-hitters and had not allowed an earned run over 44 2-3 innings before he gave up four in the third of Sunday's 6-5 home loss to the New York Yankees. The right-hander did not factor in the decision, but allowed five runs and five hits in six innings to end his six-start winning streak.

"As controllable as the knuckleball has been for me, it's still a very fickle pitch from time to time," Dickey told the Mets' official website.

Dickey, 9-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 12 starts since losing at Atlanta on April 18, hopes to get back on track and earn a major league-leading 12th win Friday.

The 37-year-old veteran is 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in two career starts against the Dodgers. He allowed two hits in 5 2-3 scoreless innings of a 1-0 loss July 25, 2010, his only previous appearance at Dodger Stadium.

Dickey might be the last pitcher Los Angeles (43-34) wants to see in its current state. Though the Dodgers ended their stretch of 33 straight scoreless innings Thursday, they still suffered their ninth loss in 10 games, falling 3-2 to open this four-game series.

Happy Recap: Game 77 - Mets at Dodgers - Torres Helps Mets sneak by Dodgers 3-2

Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles, CA)

N.Y. Mets (41-36) «100110000360
L.A. Dodgers (43-34)000200000271

W: C. Young (2-1) L: C. Capuano (9-3)
S: B. Parnell (1)

HR: NYM - D. Wright (9)   LAD - None

Andres Torres drove in the winner in the fifth as the New York Mets edged the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in the opener of a four-game set.

David Wright went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBI while Ruben Tejada and Mike Nickeas each scored a run for the Mets, who have won two straight following a four-game losing streak. Chris Young (2-1) gave up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in the win.

"It was fun with the pitching matchup, but I wanted to win the game," said Young. "My slider is getting sharper, but it's still a work in progress. I want to be better and I'll keep working hard to give my team a chance to win."

Elian Herrera and Juan Rivera each had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers, who came into the contest having been blanked in all three games of a set against the Giants and have now lost five straight and nine of 10. Chris Capuano (9-3) lost for the first time in five starts as he gave up three runs on five hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.

"I felt good and that I had better stuff tonight," said Capuano. "I hung a few pitches up there, but other than that I thought I made some pretty good pitches."

The Dodgers dropped a game back of the Giants for first place in the NL West. It's the first time since April 10 that they've been out of first place.

The Mets struck in their first at-bat as Tejada hit a one-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch and came home thanks to Wright's double.

New York made it a 2-0 game in the fourth as Wright led off the frame with a shot over the left-center wall on a 1-1 pitch, his ninth of the year.

Los Angeles finally broke its scoreless streak in the fourth inning. Dee Gordon led off the frame with a double and Herrera quickly brought him home with a triple over the head of center fielder Torres. Rivera followed with a single to tie the game.

The runs broke a scoreless streak of 33 innings, the longest string for the team since 1962.

The game didn't stay tied for long, though, as the Mets took the lead back in the fifth. With one out, Nickeas singled and Young sacrificed him over to second. Torres followed with a double to right for a 3-2 lead.

Los Angeles threatened in the seventh as the team put men on first and second with two outs, but Tim Byrdak struck out Gordon to end the frame.

In the eighth, Herrera singled to start the frame, but Rivera grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and James Loney grounded out to end the inning.

Bobby Parnell worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save of the season.

Game Notes

The Mets took five of seven from the Dodgers in 2011...Young improved to 3-5 in 15 starts against the Dodgers...Capuano fell to 0-5 in six career starts against the Mets...The Dodgers' longest scoreless streak was 41 innings, set from Aug. 21-24, 1908.

Box Score:

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Murphy, Davis, Niese, Rottino

Mets News and Notes:

Daniel Murphy's drought without a homer ended in a big way with two long balls and Ike Davis crossed .200 for the first time this season as the Mets routed the Cubs, 17-1, Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field to salvage the series finale.

Murphy downplayed homering in consecutive plate appearances after going 352 at-bats without a long ball. But, he allowed about the two shots beyond the ivy-covered outfield wall: “It was funny, I guess, if you go that long. I don’t know the at-bats, but apparently it was a long time.” It was the first two-homer game of Murphy's major league career.

Not only did Davis cross .200, he also made amends with umpire Manny Gonzalez, whom Davis touched with his glove arguing a call Tuesday. Davis has yet to hear the amount of his fine and whether he will steer clear of a modest suspension.

Preview: Game 77 - Mets at Dodgers - Young vs (Ex-Met) Capuano

New York Mets (40-36) at Los Angeles Dodgers (43-33) 10:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
C. Young (R) 4 1-1 3.425.11-03.386/23NYYND6.0431-118.23.38
C. Capuano (L) 15 9-2 2.605.25-01.576/23@LAAW7.0711-020.01.80

Already playing without injured MVP candidate Matt Kemp, the offensively challenged Los Angeles Dodgers could be in for an even rockier road ahead with Andre Ethier sidelined.

They may not need a whole lot of support with Chris Capuano on the hill against his former team.

Capuano looks to stay unbeaten at home and the Dodgers try to avoid being shut out for a fourth straight game Thursday night in the opener of a four-game set with the New York Mets.

Los Angeles (43-33) averaged 4.4 runs over its first 50 games but has plated just 3.2 per contest in going 11-15 since Kemp began his second DL stint May 31. The Dodgers, who were limited to 13 runs during their 1-8 road trip, didn't score once in San Francisco, and the Giants pulled even atop the division with Wednesday's 3-0 win.

Los Angeles has never been blanked in four straight.

Snapping a 30-inning scoreless drought could prove all the more difficult with Ethier out. The right fielder was removed from Wednesday's loss after straining his left oblique, and could land on the disabled list after an MRI Thursday.

"Getting shut out three days in a row hurts a lot more than this," Ethier said.

With its offense doing next to nothing, Los Angeles could surely use another gem from Capuano (9-2, 2.60 ERA). After going 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA last year with the Mets, Capuano has taken things to another level in his first season with the Dodgers.

"Cappy's been amazing, the way he's been throwing the ball - and it started in spring training," batterymate A.J. Ellis said. "He has a lot more velocity on his fastball. And when he has that, it makes all his off-speed stuff better."

Happy Recap: Game 76 - Mets at Cubs - Mets Blow Out Cubs 17-1, Mets hit 4 HR's

Wrigley Field (Chicago, Ill.)

N.Y. Mets (40-36) «10036601017160
Chi. Cubs (26-49)010000000190

W: J. Niese (6-3) L: J. Samardzija (5-7)

HR: NYM - D. Murphy (1),I. Davis (10),D. Murphy (2),S. Hairston (10)   CHC - None

Murphy Hits 2 HR's
The wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field and the Mets took full advantage, clubbing the Cubs 17-1 and avoiding a three-game sweep.

Daniel Murphy hit his first two home runs since July 16, 2011 and Scott Hairston crushed his second career grand slam for the Mets, who snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.

"I thought in the last four games he's taken much better swings," Mets manager Terry Collins said regarding Murphy. "His balance has been better at the plate. You haven't seen that one-handed swing that he's been caught doing. You know he's going to break out. Murphy's way too good of a hitter."

Ike Davis picked up three extra-base hits and knocked in four runs and David Wright drove in five more.

Jonathan Niese (6-3) held the Cubs to one run on eight hits and a walk in seven innings. The left-hander also struck out six.

"I knew that he was going to pitch well," Collins said. "In the second inning, he was furious that he gave up the run. I thought the way he approached the game today was great."

After a stellar May in which he posted a 2.48 earned run average, Jeff Samardzija (5-7) has struggled mightily in June. Samardzija gave up nine runs in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed six hits and walked four. In his last four starts, the Notre Dame product has given up 25 runs in 18 1/3 innings.

"I'd be lying if I said I weren't concerned with the numbers and execution of pitches," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "It hasn't been too good for four or five starts now."

The Mets also touched up Casey Coleman for seven runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief.

"We weren't able to get a couple up in the wind and they were," Cubs outfielder Joe Mather said. "They took advantage of pitches that were over the plate and they didn't swing at the balls that weren't in the zone."

After the Cubs tied the game at one in the second inning, the Mets poured on three runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Davis doubled down the right-field line to score Lucas Duda and give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Two batters later, Murphy ended his long home run drought with a fly ball to right.

Davis and Murphy took center stage in the Mets' six-run fifth inning. Wright smoked a two-run double and Davis lofted a three-run bomb to left-center field to make it 9-1. Murphy added a 10th run with his second homer of the day.

Wright's seeing-eye single up the middle drove in a pair in the sixth. After Duda walked to load the bases, Hairston delivered a grand slam to give the Mets a 16-1 lead.

Murphy knocked in his fourth run of the day on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning.

Ramon Ramirez pitched two scoreless frames in relief to close out the win.

Game Notes

The Cubs are 4-17 against left-handed starters this season...Coming into the game, Samardjiza was 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA at home...The Mets are 19-10 in day games this season...Niese is 4-0 with a 1.90 ERA during the day this year. In his last seven starts, Niese is 4-1 with a 2.35 ERA and five quality starts. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 11 of his 14 starts this year...Andres Torres who swiped his seventh base in the first inning, has a stolen a base in his last four games (five total).

Box Score:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 76

Murphy batting 7th
Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 76:

  1. Andres Torres-CF
  2. Ruben Tejada-SS
  3. David Wright-3B
  4. Lucas Duda-RF
  5. Ike Davis-1B
  6. Scott Hairston-LF
  7. Daniel Murphy-2B
  8. Josh Thole-C
  9. Jon Niese-LHP

Preview: Game 76 - Mets at Cubs - Mets trying to prevent sweep in Wrigley

New York Mets (39-36) at Chicago Cubs (26-48) 2:20 PM ET

SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Niese (L) 14 5-3 3.755.22-23.766/22NYYW6.1821-120.12.66
J. Samardzija (R) 14 5-6 4.345.13-22.366/22@ARIL5.0750-314.010.29

It didn't take long for Anthony Rizzo's bat to have an impact for the Cubs.

The highly-regarded prospect will next try to led Chicago to its first sweep of the New York Mets in over eight years this afternoon in the finale of a three-game series.

The 22-year-old Rizzo was a sixth-round pick by Boston in 2007 and was dealt to the Padres in December of 2010 in a deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox. Rizzo hit just .141 with a homer, nine RBI and 46 strikeouts in 49 games with San Diego in 2011 before being traded to the Cubs in January.

Rizzo, regarded as the club's top prospect, was terrorizing the minors this year, batting .342 with a Pacific Coast League-leading 23 homers in 70 games with Iowa. He was recalled from the minors prior to last night's game, starting at first base while hitting third.

Rizzo went 2-for-4 and his RBI double in the fourth inning proved to be the difference in a 5-3 win, the Cubs' second straight following a four-game slide.

"It was awesome to have that," said Rizzo. "Being able to come into the clubhouse and contribute right away, it's a great feeling."

Chicago next tries to win three straight for the first time since May 28-30 and in doing so would record its first three-game sweep of New York since April 23-25, 2004 at Wrigley Field.

Recap: Game 75 - Mets at Cubs - Cubs beat Mets 5-3

Wrigley Field (Chicago, Ill.)

N.Y. Mets (39-36)020100000381
Chi. Cubs (26-48) «00310001x5122

W: S. Maine (1-1) L: D. Gee (5-6)
S: C. Marmol (5)

HR: NYM - None   CHC - None

Anthony Rizzo's RBI double in the fourth proved to be the difference as the Chicago Cubs took a 5-3 win over the New York Mets in the second of three games from Wrigley Field.

Alfonso Soriano, Luis Valbuena and Darwin Barney all drove in a run for the Cubs, who have taken the first two of this set after dropping four straight.

Randy Wells lasted just three-plus innings and was charged with three runs on six hits with four walks. Scott Maine (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings to get the first win of his career.

David Wright and Josh Thole both drove in a run for the Mets, who matched a season high with their fourth straight loss. Dillon Gee (5-6) gave up four runs on nine hits over five innings and also drove in a run in the loss.

"I was out there battling and trying to make some pitches, but I left some of them up there and they got a hold of them," said Gee. "They were just able to put the ball in the right spots."

The Mets grabbed the first lead of the game with a pair of runs in the second inning. With two outs, Scott Hairston singled and Daniel Murphy followed suit. Thole and Gee then scored a run each with a single for a 2-0 lead.

The Cubs, though, went up in the third. David DeJesus led off with a single and Starlin Castro walked. A groundout moved the runners up a base and DeJesus scored when Alfonso Soriano grounded out. After Bryan LaHair drew a walk, Valbuena doubled to scored Castro and Barney followed with an RBI single for a 3-2 lead.

New York tied the game in the fourth thanks to Wright's sac fly that plated Thole, but Chicago went back on top in the home portion.

Steve Clevenger singled to start the frame, but the next two batters recorded outs. After Castro singled, Rizzo punched a double to center for a 4-3 lead.

"It was awesome to have that," said Rizzo, who made his Major League debut in the game. "Being able to come into the clubhouse and contribute right away, it's a great feeling."

Chicago added an insurance run in the eighth when, with men on first and second, Reed Johnson hit a grounder to short for a single that saw Ruben Tejada throw the ball away, allowing Barney to cross the plate for a 5-3 lead.

Carlos Marmol worked around a leadoff walk to Wright in the ninth to grab his fifth save of the season.

Game Notes

The Mets went just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base. The left at least one man on base in each inning after the first...Chicago stranded nine, but did have four hits in 11 at-bats with runners in scoring position...Mets first baseman Ike Davis was ejected from the game by first base umpire Manny Gonzalez in the eighth inning for arguing a call. Davis made contact with Gonzalez on the arm with his glove.

Box Score:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Trade Market, Parnell, Bay

Brett Myers might be on Mets Radar
Some Mets News and Notes:

Assistant GM John Ricco tells columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post that the Mets will explore the trade market for relievers. "Our numbers are what they are," Ricco told Davidoff. "... It’s not too early to do the research. It’s probably too early to make a move, although each year there is several preemptive ones. For the seller more than the buyer.”

Davidoff goes on to list Houston's Brett Myers, San Diego's Huston Street, Oakland's Grant Balfour and Minnesota's Matt Capps (who just landed on the DL) as some of the best pieces potentially available.

Bobby Parnell will serve as the closer during Frank Francisco's stint on the disabled list for a strained left oblique.

Jason Bay was cleared to begin physical activity Monday. The first step was to ride a stationary bicycle. If concussion symptoms do not recur, he will run midweek and begin baseball activities during the weekend.

Preview: Game 75 - Mets at Cubs - Gee Look to find groove against Cubs

New York Mets (39-35) at Chicago Cubs (25-48) 8:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
D. Gee (R) 14 5-5 4.276.03-13.786/20BALW7.1321-220.13.54
R. Wells (R) 3 1-2 4.915.21-03.726/20@CHWL3.2530-15.26.35

The New York Mets may be in the thick of the NL East race, but being among the worst fielding teams in the league could end up costing them.

It's certainly making a difference lately.

The Mets will try to rebound from one of their worst fielding displays of the season Tuesday night when they continue a three-game road set against the Chicago Cubs, who are expected to have top prospect Anthony Rizzo in the lineup for the first time.

New York, which hasn't dropped four straight since April 30-May 4, ranks among the major league leaders with 58 errors, five coming in the last two games.

That sloppiness was a problem again in Monday night's series opener, as the Mets' three errors contributed to Chicago's four-run seventh in a 6-1 defeat. David Wright and Lucas Duda misplayed popups that became three-base errors as the wind at Wrigley posed problems.

"Weird would be one would be one way to describe it," manager Terry Collins said. "I have another description for it that I can't say here ... It's that kind of night. We don't make those mistakes. Unfortunately it came back to haunt us."

Chicago's six runs Monday were one less than it totaled during a four-game slide and the Cubs (25-48) are hoping to get a boost from Rizzo, who is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Iowa, where he hit .342 with 23 homers and 62 RBIs.

The 22-year-old Rizzo, acquired in an offseason trade with San Diego, hit .141 with one homer and nine RBIs in 49 games with the Padres last year.

Rizzo is expected to bat either third or fourth and take over as the everyday first baseman, replacing Bryan LaHair.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Recap: Game 74 - Mets at Cubs - Mets get embarrassed in Chicago, 6-1

Wrigley Field (Chicago, Ill.)

N.Y. Mets (39-35)000000001163
Chi. Cubs (25-48) «00020040x671

W: T. Wood (2-3) L: J. Santana (5-4)
HR: NYM - I. Davis (9)   CHC - J. Mather (4)

Travis Wood pitched seven strong innings as the Chicago Cubs downed the New York Mets, 6-1, to open a three-game series.

Wood (2-3) gave up five hits and a walk with six strikeouts to win his second straight start for the Cubs, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Joe Mather hit a two-run home run in the win.

Johan Santana (5-4) gave up two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts over six innings for the Mets, who have lost three straight.

The game stayed scoreless until the fourth inning when the Cubs went on top. With two outs, Geovany Soto kept the inning alive with a walk and Mather followed with his fourth home run of the season.

The seventh inning saw the Cubs take advantage of three New York errors. Adrian Cardenas started the inning with a pop up in front of the catcher. David Wright came in to make the play, but fumbled the catch and Cardenas made it to third. After Reed Johnson struck out, Darwin Barney followed with a short fly to right field that saw three Mets converge on the ball. Lucas Duda tried to make the catch, but it hit off his leg and Barney reached third base as Cardenas scored.

Next up was Starlin Castro, who hit a chopper to second and the ball hit off the glove of Ronny Cedeno and went into the outfield, scoring Barney. After Alfonso Soriano walked, Ramon Ramirez took the mound and gave up a run-scoring single to Jeff Baker followed by Soto's RBI groundout for a 6-0 lead.

Ike Davis broke up the shutout bid in the ninth with two outs when he clubbed his ninth homer of the year off of James Russell.

Game Notes

Chicago took four of six from New York last season...The Mets went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base...Wood is 1-0 in two games against the Mets...Santana fell to 3-1 in seven games against the Cubs.

Box Score:

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Cubs - Game 74

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs. Cubs - Game 74:
  1. Torres-CF
  2. Tejada-SS
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Hairston-LF
  5. Duda-RF
  6. Cedeno-2B
  7. Davis-1B
  8. Nickeas-C
  9. Santana-P

Mets News and Notes: Winning Teams, Attendance, Francisco, Dickey's Streak, Second Lefty, Little Jerry Seinfeld, Davis, Mejia

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets completed a stretch of eight straight series against teams with winning records -- versus the Phillies, Cardinals, Nationals, Yankees, Rays, Reds, Orioles and Yankees again -- with a 12-13 record (including 1-5 against their Bronx rivals).

The Mets attendance for the Yankees three-game series drew a combined attendance of 124,677. The Mets had been averaging 28,279 per game entering the series. (It's fair to note that the season average includes midweek/bad-weather games earlier in the year, whereas the Yankees series fell during a time attendance would naturally be higher anyway -- although not as high, obviously, had the Bombers not been visiting Queens.)

Frank Francisco landed on the disabled list before Sunday's series finale with a left oblique strain. The Mets also demoted Jordany Valdespin, freeing roster spots for the returns of shortstop Ruben Tejada and reliever Ramon Ramirez from the disabled list. Terry Collins had indicated Bobby Parnell would get the first crack at closing in Francisco's absence Sunday, but the opportunity did not materialize. Valdespin's playing time would have been minimal with the number of middle infielders active -- Tejada, Ronny Cedeño, Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner and Omar Quintanilla. Quintanilla is out of options, and team officials had been concerned they would lose him off waivers if they tried to get him through in order to attempt to send him to Triple-A Buffalo.

Dickey's streak was the second longest in franchise history without allowing an earned run, narrowly shy of Dwight Gooden's franchise-record 49 innings in 1985. The knuckleballer's streak without allowing an earned run was the longest in the majors since Orel Hershiser posted his MLB-record 59-inning streak without allowing any runs in '88. (Hershiser was Dickey's pitching coach with the Rangers when Dickey went from conventional pitcher to committing full time to the knuckleball.)

Preview: Game 74 - Mets at Cubs - Santana in Wrigley Field

New York Mets (39-34) at Chicago Cubs (24-48) 8:05 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
J. Santana (L) 14 5-3 3.006.11-26.376/19BALW6.0402-116.05.63
T. Wood (L) 7 1-3 4.145.20-16.116/19@CHWW6.0411-117.23.57

It wasn't a no-hitter, but Johan Santana's scoreless outing last week calmed some fears that he might have emptied the tank during his milestone start at the beginning of the month.

Santana hopes to keep heading in the right direction tonight with a third straight win as the New York Mets open up a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

The left-handed Santana is 4-1 over his last five starts with three scoreless outings over that period. That of course includes the first no-hitter in Mets history, which Santana threw on June 1 versus the Cardinals.

The former Cy Young winner allowed 10 runs over 10 innings over his next two starts, taking a loss to the Yankees while escaping with a win over the Rays, but returned to form on Tuesday with six scoreless frames to best the Orioles. The 33-year-old allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five to improve to 5-3 with a 3.00 earned run average in 14 starts this year.

"That no-hitter took it out of him," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Santana. "I'm not sure the adrenaline didn't wipe him out for a week but I thought he was much sharper today."

Santana has posted a 1.16 ERA in eight starts at home, but has struggled to a 1-2 mark and 6.37 ERA in six on the road. He could put those issues to rest for an outing tonight given that he is 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA in six career meetings with the Cubs. That includes three starts and a total of just five earned runs allowed over 27 1/3 innings of work.

Opposing Santana will be Travis Wood, who looks to build off his first victory in a Cubs uniform.

The 25-year-old pitched six innings at the White Sox on Tuesday and yielded a run on four hits and four walks while striking out five. That was good enough to earn a 2-1 decision and outduel the ChiSox's Jake Peavy.

Wood, who earned his first win since Aug. 19 of last year while with the Reds, is 1-3 with a 4.14 ERA in seven starts, but is pitching to a 2.66 ERA in four road appearances.

The 25-year-old will face the Mets for the first time since his second big- league start on July 5, 2010. He did not get a decision on that day, charged with five runs -- three earned -- on six hits over 4 2/3 frames.

New York will try to avoid a third straight loss this evening after dropping the final two games of its series with the Yankees. The Mets, who had won four straight before the setbacks, were handed a 6-5 setback in last night's rubber match.

Recap: Game 73 - Yanks at Mets - Dickey Becomes Human, Mets Lose 6-5

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

N.Y. Yankees (43-28) «004010010673
N.Y. Mets (39-34)0010130005122

W: B. Logan (2-0) L: M. Batista (1-2)
S: R. Soriano (15)

HR: NYY - N. Swisher (11),R. Cano (16)   NYM - None

Robinson Cano's home run in the top of the eighth inning lifted the New York Yankees over the New York Mets, 6-5, in the rubber match of the Subway Series at Citi Field.

Nick Swisher added a three-run homer while Mark Teixeira brought home a pair of runs for the Yankees, who took the last two games of this series on the heels of a three-game losing streak.

Boone Logan (2-0) earned the win with 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief of CC Sabathia, who allowed five runs -- one earned -- on nine hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings.

Rafael Soriano worked around a two-out single in the ninth to secure his 15th save of the season.

Miguel Batista (1-2) gave up Cano's game-deciding home run to take the loss for the Mets.

Mets starter R.A. Dickey had won his last six starts and was coming off consecutive one-hitters, but was touched for five runs on five hits and three walks over a five-inning start.

Andres Torres and Ruben Tejada had two RBI apiece in a losing effort.

Batista returned for his second inning of work in the eighth after the Mets rallied in the sixth to tie the game at 5-5, but Cano quickly put the Yankees back on top by hammering a changeup well over the wall in straightaway center field.

The Mets had a chance to answer in the bottom of the eighth when Torres singled off David Robertson with two outs, stole second and advanced to third on a balk, but Tejada's grounder to third ended the threat.

Soriano then entered for the ninth and opened the frame by winning a 10-pitch battle with David Wright, who swung through a low slider for the first out.

After pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy lined out to Cano, Lucas Duda pulled a base hit into right field. Soriano, though, induced a fly ball to right by Ike Davis to seal the victory for the Yankees.

The Mets stranded a pair of baserunners on third over the first two innings and the Yankees left the bases loaded in the second before the Yankees opened the scoring in the third.

After a pair of walks by Curtis Granderson and Cano around an Alex Rodriguez infield single filled the bags with one out, Teixeira lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Granderson.

The run snapped a string of 44 2/3 scoreless innings on the mound for Dickey, which is the second longest streak in Mets franchise history.

Swisher then made it a 4-0 game with a three-run home run over the right- center field wall.

The Mets answered with a run in the home third when Torres walked, advanced to third on Chris Stewart's throwing error on a steal attempt and came home on Tejada's sacrifice fly, but the Yankees got the run back in the fifth as Granderson was hit by a pitch to start the frame and later came home on a Teixeira fielder's choice to second.

Wright had an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it a 5-2 game before the Mets fought back in the sixth to knot the game at five.

Justin Turner started the rally by reaching first with one out on a Cano fielding error. Ronny Cedeno followed with a base hit to center but was immediately erased on a fielder's choice off the bat of Josh Thole.

Pinch-hitter Vinny Rottino worked a walk to load the bases and Torres slapped a single just under the glove of Teixeira on the right side of the infield to plate Turner and Thole.

Cory Wade was the summoned out of the bullpen and Tejada greeted the reliever by lining Wade's third pitch to left, scoring Rottino.

Wright followed with a walk to load the bases again, but pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis went down swinging to keep it a 5-5 game.

Game Notes

Dwight Gooden holds the Mets franchise record for scoreless innings with a stretch of 49 straight in 1985...Wright extended his hit streak to 14 games...The Yankees lead the all-time series between the teams, 119-82...The Yankees hit 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base...The Mets went 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10...Sabathia failed to pitch at least six innings for the first time this season.

Box Score:

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Yankees - Game 73

Mets Starting Lineup vs Yankees - Game 73:
  1. Torres-CF
  2. Tejada-SS
  3. Wright-3B
  4. Hairston-LF
  5. Duda-RF
  6. Turner-1B
  7. Cedeno-2B
  8. Thole-C
  9. Dickey-RHP

Game Notes:

Ruben Tejada and Ramon Ramirez will both be activiated, the Mets tweeted from their official account.  

Jordany Valdespin has been demoted to Triple-A Buffalo. The Mets have put Frank Francisco on the 15 day DL.

Tejada has been on the disabled list since early May with an injured right quadriceps. Ramirez was on the DL with a strained right hamstring. The right-hander suffered the injury celebrating Johan Santana's no-hitter.

Tejada will start at shorstop on Sunday night against the Yankees and bat second.

Ike Davis, who missed Saturday's game due to a bout with food poisoning, remains out of the lineup.

Matchup Report: Mets Hitters vs CC Sabathia - Mets have hit him in limited action

New York Mets Career statistics vs. CC Sabathia
Ronny Cedeno14 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .071 .071 .071 .143
Ike Davis6 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Scott Hairston10 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .300 .300 .300 .600
Omar Quintanilla2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .333 .000 .333
Ruben Tejada3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .667 1.000
Andres Torres11 5 2 1 0 1 1 1 .455 .500 .818 1.318
Justin Turner2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
David Wright9 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 .222 .222 .333 .556

The Mets have collectively have only had 57 AB's vs Sabathia. The Mets combined are batting .281 (16 for 57).  Some Mets that have hit Sabathia well are Ike Davis (.300), Hairston (.300), and Andres Torres (.455).

One big surprise is that Davis Wright's career numbers vs LHP Sabathia are pretty poor at (.222) because he pretty much owns left handed pitching (.343)

Matchup Report: Yanks Hitter vs RA Dickey - Dickey has to keep A-Rod in check

New York Yankees Career statistics vs. R.A. Dickey
Robinson Cano8 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 .250 .333 .375 .708
Francisco Cervelli3 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .667 .667 1.000 1.667
Eric Chavez12 4 1 0 1 3 1 1 .333 .385 .667 1.051
Brett Gardner7 2 0 1 0 2 1 3 .286 .375 .571 .946
Curtis Granderson15 3 2 0 0 1 2 4 .200 .294 .333 .627
Raul Ibanez25 8 0 0 3 6 1 2 .320 .346 .680 1.026
Derek Jeter10 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 .200 .273 .200 .473
Russell Martin6 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .167 .286 .333 .619
Jayson Nix1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ramiro Pena3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Alex Rodriguez13 6 2 0 0 1 0 2 .462 .462 .615 1.077
Nick Swisher10 1 0 0 0 2 1 4 .100 .250 .100 .350
Mark Teixeira11 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .182 .182 .455 .636
Dewayne Wise3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

Tonight has to be one of the most anticipated pitching matchups. The Red Hot RA Dickey will face the NY Yanks. The Yanks have not hit terribly against Dickey. They have modestly batted .260 against him, with 5 HR's and 17 RBI's...The Yanks Dickey has to look out for are Alex Rodriguez (.462), Eric Chavez (.333), and Raul Ibanez (.320)....The rest have pretty much batted under .200 off the knuckle-baller.

Let's Go Mets! - Dickey Continue the Roll.......
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