Sunday, May 18, 2014

Preview: Game 43 - Mets (20-22) at Nationals (22-20) - Wheeler (1-3) vs Zimmermann (2-1)


Preview: Game 43
New York Mets (20-22) at Washington Nationals (22-20)
Pitching Probables - Zack Wheeler (1-3) 4.53 ERA vs Jordan Zimmermann (2-1) 3.59 ERA
TV - SNY - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:35 PM

Preview:

After the New York Mets ended their long losing streak against the Washington Nationals, starter Zack Wheeler will look to put an end to a personal winless stretch that has lasted more than a month.

Wheeler takes the hill Sunday as the Mets and Nationals complete their three-game series in the nation's capital.

New York (20-22) dropped Friday's opener 5-2, marking its ninth consecutive defeat against Washington and extending its overall losing streak to three. It got on the board early Saturday, though, scoring three in the first inning before Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer in the third for a 5-2 victory.

Lagares, who also had an RBI single in the first before robbing Jayson Werth of a homer in the sixth in center field, entered in a 5-for-27 (.185) slump and had been benched for the last two games.

Wheeler (1-3, 4.53 ERA), winless in his last five starts since beating Arizona on April 14, is looking to get back on track after another rough outing.

The right-hander has pitched fewer than five innings in two of his last three starts, including giving up five runs and walking six over 4 1/3 innings of the Mets' 12-7 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Wheeler went 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA in nine road starts as a rookie last season, but he's just 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA in five outings away from home in 2014.

Wheeler (1-3, 4.53 ERA), winless in his last five starts since beating Arizona on April 14, is looking to get back on track after another rough outing.

The right-hander has pitched fewer than five innings in two of his last three starts, including giving up five runs and walking six over 4 1/3 innings of the Mets' 12-7 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Wheeler went 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA in nine road starts as a rookie last season, but he's just 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA in five outings away from home in 2014.

The Nationals (22-20) had a 3.03 ERA that ranked third in the majors May 7, but they've posted a 4.52 mark over their last eight. Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound in this contest looking to improve on that mark after a rough outing of his own.

Zimmermann (2-1, 3.59) pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings over his previous two starts -- one interrupted by a rain delay -- before giving up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings as Washington rallied for a 6-5 win over Arizona on Monday.

The right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA over his previous five starts and believed he had solid stuff against the Diamondbacks.

He is 2-3 with a 2.64 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Mets, allowing three runs or fewer nine times but receiving a total of 16 runs of support in that span.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

WASHINGTON NATIONALS CAREER STATISTICS VS. ZACK WHEELER (1-3) 4.53 ERA
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Ian Desmond113100203.273.273.364.636
Danny Espinosa32200000.667.6671.3332.000
Bryce Harper81000014.125.222.125.347
Adam LaRoche101001124.100.250.400.650
Sandy Leon20000010.000.333.000.333
Wilson Ramos60000000.000.000.000.000
Anthony Rendon72000002.286.375.286.661
Denard Span126100212.500.538.5831.122
Jayson Werth103101311.300.333.7001.033
Ryan Zimmerman135002202.385.385.8461.231
Totals822350410618.280.333.488.821

NEW YORK METS CAREER STATISTICS VS. JORDAN ZIMMERMANN  (4-5) 3.22 ERA
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Bobby Abreu21000010.500.667.5001.167
Andrew Brown71000102.143.143.143.286
Matt den Dekker21000211.500.667.5001.167
Lucas Duda183100125.167.250.222.472
Wilmer Flores30000002.000.000.000.000
Curtis Granderson20000010.000.333.000.333
Juan Lagares93100113.333.400.444.844
Daniel Murphy3812403711.316.333.658.991
Kirk Nieuwenhuis50000001.000.000.000.000
Anthony Recker31100001.333.333.6671.000
Ruben Tejada155000001.333.333.333.667
David Wright3492024210.265.316.500.816
Chris Young50000011.000.167.000.167
Eric Young Jr.93100021.333.455.444.899
Totals152391005161229.257.313.421.734
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