Showing posts with label 2012 Debut. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Debut. Show all posts

Friday, August 24, 2012

Collin McHugh Solid In MLB Debut

Mets' starting pitcher Collin McHugh made his MLB debut yesterday against the Colorado Rockies. He was very impressive, striking out nine batters over seven scoreless innings only allowing two hits and one walk.

The Mets' bats have been very sluggish since the All-Star Break, and it showed yesterday. McHugh got absolutely no run support at all. The Mets lost the game 1-0, Bobby Parnell took the loss while McHugh got a no decision. Even though the second half of the season has gone poorly for the Mets, there have been a couple of bright spots.

Matt Harvey has proved to be dominant at times, and is a lock for next years starting rotation. Now Collin McHugh is another arm to add into the mix of young pitchers for the Mets.

McHugh is only the third pitcher since 1900 to post those kinds of numbers in his big league debut. Nobody expected Collin McHugh to pitch this well in his first career start, but he came out firing. After allowing a leadoff double to Charlie Blackmon in the top of the first, McHugh worked his way out of a first inning jam.

After the first inning he only allowed a hit and a walk until he came out of the game after the 7th. Overall, I was very impressed with McHugh and if he continues to pitch the way he did yesterday, he will have a lot of success.

Recap: Game 125 - Rockies at Mets - McHugh gives them a chance, But Mets Still Lose

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Colorado (50-73) «000000010160
N.Y. Mets (57-68)000000000070
W: R. Brothers (8-2) L: B. Parnell (2-3)
S: M. Belisle (1)
HR: COL - None   NYM - None

Chris Nelson's RBI single in the eighth inning was the difference as the Colorado Rockies completed a four-game sweep of the New York Mets with a 1-0 victory on Thursday.

Rex Brothers (8-2) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief, while Matt Belisle left the tying run on second in the ninth to secure his first save of the season for Colorado, which has won five straight overall.

Collin McHugh made his major league debut for New York and gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out nine over seven innings in a no-decision.

"I was really impressed," Mets manager Terry Collins said about McHugh. "He did exactly what we wanted him to do."

Bobby Parnell (2-3) surrendered the game's lone run to take the loss for the Mets, who have dropped five straight.

The Rockies, who did not advance a runner past first base after stranding a man on third in the first inning, broke the scoreless tie in the eighth when Nelson followed Tyler Colvin's leadoff triple with a base hit up the middle.

Colvin said he was happy to see his triple get over the head of Mets center fielder Jordany Valdespin to set up the lone run.

"I knew I hit it well and it had good backspin on it," Colvin said. "I saw him take a couple of steps in there and I knew I had him."

New York, meanwhile, squandered McHugh's impressive outing by leaving a runner on second base in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings. The Mets hit 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base over that span.

The trend continued into the final two frames as Will Harris worked around a two-out double by Ruben Tejada in the eighth inning before Belisle stranded Justin Turner on second in the ninth by inducing a pair of fly outs by Daniel Murphy and David Wright.

Game Notes

McHugh got the start in place of Johan Santana, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with back problems that have been plaguing him all season ... Tyler Chatwood allowed three hits and walked three in a three- inning start for Colorado ... New York finished the game hitting 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base ... The Mets have been held to two runs or less in their last six games ... Colorado has won eight straight games at Citi Field dating back to April 11, 2011.

Box Score:

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Preview: Game 125 - Rockies at Mets - Collin McHugh's First MLB Start

Colorado Rockies (49-73) at New York Mets (57-67) 1:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
T. Chatwood (R) 4 3-3 5.465.11-14.918/18MIAL4.0962-115.04.20
C. Mchugh (-) 0 0-0 0.000.00-00.00---ND0.0000-00.00.00

Rookie right-hander Collin McHugh makes his major-league debut with the New York Mets Thursday when they host the Colorado Rockies in the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field.

The 25-year-old Georgia native gets the call in place of former ace lefty Johan Santana, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with back problems that have been plaguing him all season.

An 18th-round pick of the Mets in the 2008 draft, McHugh spent his initial three pro seasons at Single-A before climbing the ladder to Double-A in 2011.

He's made 12 starts apiece this season at Double-A and Triple-A, combining to post a 2.88 earned run average with 132 strikeouts in 143 2/3 innings.

In five seasons in the minors, he's struck out 520 batters in 521 innings.

McHugh is opposed by fellow youngster Tyler Chatwood, who makes his fifth start of the season and 30th in his career.

The 22-year-old was 6-11 in 27 appearances - 25 starts - with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last season before he was sent to the Rockies in a November deal that sent Chris Ianetta to the Angels.

He began this season with seven straight relief appearances and was 1-2 with a save and a 7.62 ERA, but has since gone 2-2 in four starts.

He's defeated San Francisco and Milwaukee while allowing just two runs on seven hits in 11 innings, but lost decisions to the Giants and Miami while giving up 11 hits and nine runs in 7 1/3 innings.

Chatwood won his lone career meeting with the Mets after allowing four hits in seven scoreless innings with four walks and four strikeouts.

On Wednesday, Wilin Rosario belted the tie-breaking solo home run in the seventh inning, as the Rockies continued their domination of the Mets with a 5-2 victory.

Tyler Colvin had two hits and scored twice for the Rockies, who will aim for a four-game sweep Thursday afternoon. Colorado, which has won four in a row and eight of its last 10 contests, has won seven road games against the Mets.

Scott Hairston and Ike Davis each knocked in a run for the Mets, who have been held to two runs or less in five consecutive contests, their longest stretch since Sept. 15-19, 2003.

"Each one of us is going out and taking our jobs seriously. We don't take it lightly," Hairston said. "We play our hearts out. Our best wasn't good enough today."

Colorado lost center fielder Dexter Fowler with a sprained right ankle. He was hurt in the fourth inning.

The Mets won two of three games from the Rockies in April in Denver, while the Rockies won five of seven between the teams in 2011.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Wheeler Makes First Start For The Bisons

The much anticipated debut for top prospect Zack Wheeler finally took place. Over 4 2/3 innings for Triple-A Buffalo, Wheeler gave up 3 hits, four walks, a hit batsman, and two earned runs. He also fanned seven, while throwing 101 pitches. The Mets' top prospect was having some command issues, but that is to be expected.

Maybe nerves got the best of him, but clearly Wheeler didn't have his best stuff. Although he struggled, Zack still showed he has the potential to be an overpowering pitcher. When he eventually pitches in the big leagues, there is no doubt that Wheeler will have many strikeout victims. I expect Wheeler will improve in his next start, and look for him to do a better job of mixing up his pitches.

Regardless of his performance tonight, Zack Wheeler is still one of the best prospects in the game. It will just take time.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Preview: Game 99 - Mets at D-Backs - Harvey's Debut

New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks 9:40 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
M. Harvey (R) 0 0-0 0.000.00-00.003/25--ND0.0000-00.00.00
W. Miley (L) 16 11-5 3.026.07-22.557/21HOUW7.0412-013.02.77

The New York Mets were initially reluctant to promote their first-round draft pick from two years ago, but desperation is setting in.

The free-falling Mets are calling up highly touted Matt Harvey, hoping that in his major league debut the right-hander can help the team to its first victory in seven contests Thursday night in the opener of a four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

New York (47-51) arrives in Arizona to open a season-high 11-game road trip after losing 5-2 to Washington on Wednesday to cap an 0-6 homestand. The Mets, who last dropped seven in a row overall in April 2011, have lost 12 of 13 to fall seven games out in the NL wild-card race.

"Losing is one thing," third baseman David Wright said. "The way that we're going about it right now is unacceptable."

Wright finished the homestand 4 for 24 with eight strikeouts, and New York was outscored 13-5 from the seventh inning on in its last four.

"We're going to get through it," manager Terry Collins said. "You will see a different team in the next 10 days, the next two weeks."

They're likely going to have a different battery on Thursday with Harvey and catcher Rob Johnson being called up from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Mets have high expectations for Harvey, the seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft, and hope one day he'll become their staff ace. The 23-year-old Harvey, who went 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 starts for the Bisons, says he will try to keep calm and not attempt to be a savior for New York.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

David Wright could make his Grape Fruit League Debut Tuesday

According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin , Mets third baseman David Wright is currently on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday in Port St. Lucie against the Braves.

Wright has been taking batting practice off a pitching machine since Thursday and will face a live pitcher Sunday for the first time this spring. If that goes well, he should have no restrictions going forward.

Wright has been taking it slowly in Mets camp since tearing his rectus abdominis (an abdominal muscle) in early March. But he should be fine for the start of the regular season if he can avoid further setbacks.

David Wright's STATS

2011 Regular Season102389609923114615297132.254.345.427.771
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