Showing posts with label Bartolo Colon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bartolo Colon. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mets Rumors: Tulowitzki, Syndergaard, Matsuzaka, Colon


Mets Rumors: Tulowitzki, Syndergaard, Matsuzaka, Colon


Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports: The Cardinals and Mets are staying in touch with the Rockies about Troy Tulowitzki‘s availability, and the Mets are willing to include top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard as part of a trade package. Colorado isn’t budging, however, unless Tulowitzki actually demands a trade, which could be part of the “let him be the bad guy” strategy that Passan considers “a ludicrous way to run a franchise.”

In a chat with reporters, Mets GM Sandy Alderson acknowledged that the club has an opportunity to do a “thing or two,” but wouldn’t bet on something happening between now and the deadline, writes Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Alderson said that at some point he might be willing to use his top prospects in a blockbuster trade, but said that it would have to be “the right time for the right player under the right circumstances.”

Jeff Passan reported that the Mets would move Noah Syndergaard in a deal for Troy Tulowitzki, but David Lennon of Newsday (on Twitter) hears that the Mets will not include him in any type of trade. Lennon cautions that things can change, but that’s the thinking at this moment.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who landed on the disabled list on Friday with right elbow inflammation, should resume tossing a baseball in three or four days, manager Terry Collins said, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com. The right-hander could possibly be among the starters on the trade block this week.

There’s “absolutely nothing” brewing on trade talks for Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon at the moment, a source tells Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (on Twitter).

Monday, July 28, 2014

Preview: Game 106 - Phillies at Mets - Burnett vs Colon


Preview: Game 106
Philadelphia Phillies (46-59) at New York Mets (50-55)

Probable Pitchers:
A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM


Former teammates with the New York Yankees in 2011, Bartolo Colon and A.J. Burnett could both be pitching elsewhere soon since the Mets (50-55) and Phillies (46-59) are the NL East's worst teams leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.

Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA), who agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal in the offseason, gave up two runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday to win for the first time in five outings in a 3-2 victory at Seattle.

Burnett (6-9, 3.86) signed a deal with Philadelphia in the offseason that guarantees him $22.5 million over two seasons. He was brilliant in his last outing with eight scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-1 home loss to San Francisco.

Both pitchers have proved their durability by leading their respective teams in innings. The 41-year-old Colon has logged 134, while the 37-year-old Burnett has worked 144 2/3 to rank him among the NL's best.

Colon won his lone 2014 start against the Phillies on June 2, surrendering two runs in seven innings in an 11-2 rout at Citizens Bank Park. He has pitched at least seven innings in his last seven outings at home.

Burnett's teams have won his last five starts against New York. He's 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA over that stretch after giving up five runs in seven innings May 30 in a 6-5, 14-inning victory at home.

New York, which last played at home July 13, capped a 5-5 trip with Sunday's 2-0 victory at Milwaukee to split a four-game set. The Mets took two of three in Seattle in their previous series.

Lucas Duda's two-run homer was all the offense the Mets needed. Duda has homered four times in his last six games.

Duda has a double in two at-bats versus Burnett, who has limited Mets star David Wright to three hits in 24 at-bats with 11 strikeouts.

Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in Sunday's 4-2 win over Arizona. He is 3 for 8 since returning to the lineup after being benched for three games by manager Ryne Sandberg.

Howard is 0 for 2 against Colon this year after homering twice in two at-bats in the only previous meeting between the two in 2008.

The Mets have won six of nine against the Phillies.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets would eat some of Bartolo Colon's Contact in Trade


Mets Rumors:


According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, The Mets are getting an early gauge at who could enter The Bartolo Colon Sweepstakes.

The Mets would (according to Martino) eat some portion of the rest of this years contract, which is roughly $2  Million. He is owed $11 Million in 2015.

According to Martino,  the Phones have not heated up for his services yet because there are other bigger names available like David Price (Rays), Cliff Lee (Phillies), Ian Kennedy (Padres) are still out there.

The market for high-end starting pitching is stalled for several reasons. Tampa Bay is playing better and trying to decide if it will trade Price. San Diego is sending strong signals that it is unlikely to move Kennedy, according to teams in contact with the Padres. And Lee just returned from two months off with an elbow injury, and is owed oodles of money.

It is plausible to imagine a scenario where July 31 hits, and Price, Lee and Kennedy all remain with their current clubs. At that point, rival executives predict, Colon would be the most desirable option -- or alternately, after Price is dealt, the Mets would be positioned to have a solid plan B for teams.

That would leave the Mets in the driver's seat. If the demand becomes high and the Mets like what they will get, they will pull the trigger..

But Alderson could also keep Colon through the deadline and pull a deal similar to which he did with Marlon Byrd last season. Teams sometimes are in a more dire need and sometimes they have to sweeten the deal to get it done.

The Mets according to Martino are comfortable moving Colon next month, or even in the winter.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Preview: Game 101 - Mets at Mariners - Colon vs Walker


Preview: Game 101
New York Mets (47-53) at Seattle Mariners (53-47)

Probable Pitchers:
Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.42) vs Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch : 3:40 PM

Preview:

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) is 11-0 with a 1.76 ERA in his last 12 starts in Seattle, a stretch that started with Cleveland in Game 1 of the 2001 AL division series. His only career loss there came about six weeks earlier.

The right-hander's mastery of the Mariners (53-47) hasn't been limited to Safeco recently, as he's 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last five overall matchups.

Maybe a return to Seattle can get Colon back on track. He's 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in four starts after going 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA over his previous seven.

A stomach ailment led to one of his shortest outings of the season Friday. Colon squandered a 4-0 lead by giving up four runs in the fifth inning before being pulled in a 5-4 win at San Diego to open this 10-game road trip. It was the first time in 13 games that he's failed to reach the sixth inning.

While Colon's future with the Mets (47-53) may be in doubt ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the 21-year-old Walker is trying to solidify his in Seattle.

The right-hander (1-1, 3.60) is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, but he's spent much of the year in the minors after starting it on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

He won both of his starts at Triple-A Tacoma following his most recent demotion from the majors, allowing three runs in 10 innings while showing improved control. He lasted just four innings in his last start for Seattle on July 6, yielding one run and two hits with a career-high five walks in a 1-0 defeat to the Chicago White Sox.

Facing the slumping New York offense could be just what Walker needs.

The Mets are hitting .180 with six runs over their last four games, though they snapped a three-game losing streak with Tuesday's 3-1 win.

Despite New York's recent struggles at the plate, Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud continue to give the lineup some punch.

Duda homered Tuesday and is batting .348 in his last six games. D'Arnaud is hitting .391 over his last six after getting his first career triple to drive in a run.

The Mariners are getting even better production from Dustin Ackley, who is hitting .476 with four doubles in his last five games. The left fielder has five hits and two RBIs in this series, and he's 4 for 13 (.308) versus Colon.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Mets Rumors: Teams have interest in Bartolo Colon, Matt Kemp on the block too


Mets Rumors:


The Mets may have a suitor for pitcher Bartolo Colon. According to a report by ESPNDeportes.com, the San Francisco Giants have shown an interest in the right-hander.

Colon, 41, has a 4.12 ERA in 19 starts this season and is in the first of a two-year, $20 million deal.

But a report by the New York Post said that deal would only happen if the Mets took on a good portion of the $11 million Colon is owed next season.





Matt Kemp is an intriguing name that could help the Mets. The Mets do need an outfielder that has pop and probably fits best as a corner outfielder since  Juan Lagares is not going anywhere. Considering the $117 million left on Kemp’s deal, the Dodgers will have to eat an awful lot of money to make any trade happen.

Kemp 29, Batting .267 with 8 HR's and 37 RBI's

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mets Rumors: The Phone Has Not Been Ringing off the hook for Bartolo Colon as of yet


In a Tweet from Mets beat writer of the Ny Post Mike Puma, he says that the phone has not been ringing off the hook for Mets Pitcher Bartolo Colon as of yet.



Over his last four starts, Colon is 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA. That comes after a strong June in which Colon helped carry the Mets rotation by going 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

Colon, who is due $11 million next season, blamed a stomach ailment for his lackluster performance Friday, when he allowed four earned runs over five innings.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Preview: Game 96 - Mets at Padres - Colon vs Kennedy


Preview: Game 96
New York Mets (45-50) at San Diego Padres (41-54)

Probable Pitcher:
Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) vs Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 10:10 PM (EST)

Preview:

Bartolo Colon will try to shake off his early-inning issues Friday night against the San Diego Padres in his first appearance at pitcher-friendly Petco Park.

New York (45-50) had dropped seven of eight before an 8-2 stretch leading into the All-Star break rekindled its outside postseason hopes. The Mets are in third place in the NL East, seven games back of Washington and Atlanta.

This three-game set in San Diego opens a 10-game trip that may determine whether the Mets remain in the hunt or unload players by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

A strong outing from Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) could keep the Mets rolling or at least improve his trade value, but he needs to overcome his struggles in the opening inning.

The right-hander's 18 runs allowed in the first rank behind only Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick (26) for most in the majors. They also tie him with Dwight Gooden (1993) and Paul Wilson ('96) for the most by a Mets pitcher at the All-Star break since 1974.

Colon's troubles have been highlighted over his last four starts, a stretch in which he's given up 11 runs in the opening inning while going 2/3 with a 3.65 ERA.

Colon has a 1.78 ERA while splitting four career starts against San Diego after allowing two runs in 7 1/3 innings of a 6-2 win June 13.

This outing, though, will be his first at Petco, which leaves Minnesota's Target Field as the only current stadium where he's yet to pitch.

The Padres (41-54) own the lowest batting average in the majors (.214) and have been shut out 14 times -- the most in baseball. They've shown few signs of improvement while losing seven of nine and failed to score in a pair of defeats to the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the break.

San Diego has been blanked in three straight three times, most recently July 5-7, 1976.

The offense may not need to provide much for Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47), who has allowed two runs with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings over his last three starts.

The right-hander was victimized by a punchless lineup Saturday, failing to earn a decision despite tossing eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.

Kennedy, though, has lost his last two starts against the Mets, surrendering eight runs and four homers with 14 strikeouts over 10 innings.

New York slugger David Wright has gone 1 for 9 against Kennedy since 2011. Wright is also 4 for 27 with 11 strikeouts in his past seven visits to San Diego (41-54), but he was 10 for 20 with six RBIs in six games prior to the break.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets to shop Deadweight at the deadline...Colon, Young(s) could be shopped


Mets Rumors:


With 17 days till the MLB Trading Deadline, the New York Mets have come to the assumption that they will shop RHP Bartolo Colon for either a upgrade at Shortstop or a Power Hitting Left fielder to play alongside Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson.

This does not come as a shock because Colon is owed $3.75MM remaining this season and $11MM in 2015 and with the Surplus of Pitchers the Mets have on the rise, they could easily have enough to fill the rotation the rest of the year and beyond.

The Mets will have Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and  Daisuke Matsuzaka to Fill the 2014 Rotation and in 2015 they will hopefully have a healthy Matt Harvey and prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero to at least compete for a spot.

The Mets are also believed to be shopping Outfielders Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. and possibly Bobby Abreu to clear outfield roster space as well. Neither Young is enjoying a particularly strong season, though Young Jr. will be more attractive to other teams due to his speed (25-for-28 in steals) and two remaining years of team control, whereas Chris Young is owed over $3MM for the rest of the year.

The Mets have logical targets in the Cubs, D'Backs who might be in the sellar state of mind. The Cubs have a overabundance at shortstops in their organization with the addition of Addison Russell from the A's. They have Starlin Castro in the Majors and Javier Baez ready in Triple-A. According to reports, Baez might be more attainable in trade than Castro. The cost cutting Mets might not like what is owed to Castro on his contract $44 Million.

Javier Baez is a shortstop with some pop. He currently has a .240 with 14 HRs and 55 RBI's in the Minors.
He also is a base stealing threat with 15 stolen bases in 21 attempts. In 2013,  Baez hit 37 HRs between Single-A and Double-A.

Baez's Minor League Stats:
Year Age Lev Aff AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2011 18 Rk-A- CHC 18 2 5 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 4 .278 .278 .389
2011 18 Rk CHC 12 2 4 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 .333 .333 .500
2011 18 A- CHC 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 .167 .167 .167
2012 19 A-A+ CHC 293 50 86 13 6 16 46 24 5 14 69 .294 .346 .543
2012 19 A CHC 213 41 71 10 5 12 33 20 3 9 48 .333 .383 .596
2012 19 A+ CHC 80 9 15 3 1 4 13 4 2 5 21 .188 .244 .400
2013 20 A+-AA CHC 517 98 146 34 4 37 111 20 4 40 147 .282 .341 .578
2013 20 A+ CHC 299 59 82 19 4 17 57 12 2 21 78 .274 .338 .535
2013 20 AA CHC 218 39 64 15 0 20 54 8 2 19 69 .294 .346 .638
2014 21 AAA CHC 312 47 75 19 2 14 55 15 6 28 110 .240 .305 .449
4 Seasons 1140 197 312 68 12 67 213 61 15 82 330 .274 .331 .531
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/14/2014.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Preview: Game 92 - Braves at Mets - Harang vs Colon, #Mets Look for the Sweep!


Preview: Game 92
Atlanta Braves (49-42) at New York Mets (42-49)

Probable Pitchers:
Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon 8-7, 4.04 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM

Preview:

The New York Mets (42-49) are 5-1 on a 10-game homestand following a 1-7 road trip that included a 4.96 ERA from the rotation while losing three games at Turner Field from June 30-July 2.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jacob deGrom and Dillon Gee have been solid in the first three games of this series, allowing one run over 21 innings for the Mets, who haven't swept the Braves in four games since July 20-23, 1989.

Gee returned from nearly two months on the disabled list to toss the latest gem Wednesday, allowing one run in seven innings of a 4-1 victory.

Bartolo Colon (8-7, 4.04 ERA) looks to complete the sweep and help New York win five straight at Citi Field for the first time since a nine-game run from May 22-June 8, 2010.

The right-hander, however, needs to solve his first-inning struggles. His 16 runs allowed in the opening inning are among the most in the majors this season, and he's surrendered nine over his last four starts.

Those issues cost Colon in his last two outings. He lost both while surrendering 10 runs in 13 innings with seven coming in the first. Colon gave up four runs in the opening inning Saturday before allowing one over the next six in an 8-7 loss to Texas.

Colon hasn't had any such issues while splitting two season meetings with the Braves, allowing three runs in 14 innings.

Daniel Murphy, the Mets' lone representative at Tuesday's All-Star game in Minneapolis, has five hits in this series with three going for doubles along with two RBIs. The second baseman is hitting .364 in 16 home meetings with Atlanta.

The Braves have followed a nine-game winning streak with a four-game slide in which they've gone 5 for 38 with runners in scoring position, including 0 for 7 Wednesday.

If those problems persist, Atlanta will need another strong performance from Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67), who is trying to win a fourth straight start for the first time since April 5-20, 2011, with San Diego.

The veteran right-hander has a 3.00 ERA while winning each of his last three games. He was shaky early at home Saturday, giving up three runs -- two earned -- in the opening inning before allowing one more over the next seven to earn a 10-4 win over Arizona.

Harang, who made four starts with the Mets last year, has allowed one run and two hits with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings while splitting two starts against his former team in 2014. He was outstanding in Queens on April 18, tossing seven no-hit innings before the Braves went on to hold the Mets to one hit in a 6-0 win.

Mets as a team are hitting .314 vs Harang. Wright is batting .423, Tejada is batting .429 vs Harang...

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Preview: Game 87 - Rangers at Mets - Lewis vs Colon


Preview: Game 87
Texas Rangers (37 49) at New York Mets (38-48)

Pitching Probables:
Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA)
TV - FOX (5) - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:15 PM


Preview:

The Rangers attempt to snap their 10-game away slide Saturday night when they face Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets in the middle game of this series.

Texas (37-49) reached the postseason for three straight years before falling short despite 91 wins in 2013. The Rangers don't look anything like a playoff team this year, as their record is only better than Houston in the AL.

They've lost 12 of 14 overall and 10 straight on the road for the first time since a 12-game skid in 2003.

Texas is struggling in every facet during its road slide, hitting .227 and averaging 3.0 runs per game while its starting pitchers have compiled a 7.01 ERA.

The issues on the mound were evident Friday. Ace Yu Darvish gave up three runs in the first inning en route to a 6-5 loss to the Mets (38-48), who lost starter Jonathon Niese after 12 pitches to a bruised lower back sustained when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios.

Now, the Rangers will have to contend with Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA), who has won four straight starts at home behind a 1.21 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.

The 41-year-old right-hander had won six straight decisions with a 1.58 ERA over seven starts before struggling in a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. He allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.

Colon is 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA in his last six starts against Texas, winning the most recent 1-0 with Oakland on Sept. 14 by scattering seven hits in eight innings.

It's unclear if New York will have David Wright back after he missed a seventh straight game with a sore left shoulder. However, rookie

Eric Campbell is 13 for 28 (.464) in place of the All-Star third baseman after going 3 for 3 with one RBI on Friday.

He's 7 for 13 with three doubles in four interleague games.

Travis d'Arnaud is hitting .303 in nine games since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Considered one of the most promising catchers in baseball, d'Arnaud was batting .180 before his demotion, but gained some confidence with the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth Friday.

The Rangers are turning to Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71), who is trying to build on his first quality start of the season. The right-hander allowed two runs and matched his season high with eight strikeouts in six innings before leaving without a decision in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Minnesota.

Lewis is 4-1 in six road starts despite a 4.64 ERA. He's been tagged for 11 runs and 19 hits over 11 innings in his last two away from Texas after compiling a 2.86 ERA in his first four road outings.

Interleague play hasn't been kind this season to Lewis, who is 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA in three starts against the NL. He'll be facing the Mets for the first time since a relief appearance with Oakland at Shea Stadium on June 24, 2007.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Preview: Game 82 - Mets at Pirates - Colon vs Volquez


Preview: Game 82
New York Mets (37-44) at Pittsburgh Pirates (41-40)

Probable Pitchers:
Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.67 ERA) vs Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:35 PM

Preview:

Bartolo Colon has to like his chances of extending his winning streak to seven games since he owns a lower ERA against the Pittsburgh Pirates than any other opponent.

None of the previous Pittsburgh teams the New York Mets starter has faced had Gregory Polanco.

How the 41-year-old Colon fares against the 22-year-old Polanco figures to be one of Sunday's most intriguing matchups in the finale of a four-game set at PNC Park.

Colon (8-5, 3.67 ERA) improved to 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last seven starts Tuesday by limiting Oakland to one run over eight innings in a 10-1 home rout. This streak is his longest since he won seven straight starts May 20-June 28, 2013, with the Athletics.

The eight-inning stint was his second straight and the third time this year the veteran right-hander has lasted that long.

Colon is 4-1 in six starts against Pittsburgh (41-40) with a 1.22 ERA. That includes a 5-0 victory May 28 in which he struck out a season-high nine over 7 1/3 innings.

That contest came before the Pirates called up Polanco on June 10, so Colon will get his first look at his Dominican countryman Sunday.

Polanco is 0 for 9 over the last two games after striking out twice among five hitless at-bats in Saturday's 5-3 defeat.

New York (37-44) played its second straight game without star third baseman David Wright, who has a bruised left rotator cuff. The Mets will reevaluate Wright on Monday and think he can avoid a trip to the disabled list.

Rookie Eric Campbell filled in Saturday at third and had three hits as New York held on after building a five-run lead two innings into the game to end a three-game slide.

Pittsburgh fell for the second time in eight games and will try to capture the series behind Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35), who is 1-5 with a 6.63 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets. Curtis Granderson is 0 for 6 against the right-hander, and 0 for 21 with seven strikeouts against Pittsburgh this year.

Andrew McCutchen is 10 for 31 during a modest eight-game hitting streak and is batting .379 during an eight-game run against the Mets. He leads the NL with 54 walks.

Starling Marte hasn't started any of Pittsburgh's last four games due to a swollen finger on his right hand, though he struck out as a pinch-hitter Saturday. He is 0 for 7 against Colon.

The Pirates are a major league-worst 10-20 in day games.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Preview: Game 72 - Mets at Cards - Colon vs Lynn


Preview: Game 72
New York Mets (31-40) at St. Louis Cardinals (39-32)

Probable Pitchers:
Bartolo Colon (6-5) 4.15 ERA vs Lance Lynn (7-4) 3.16 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1: 45 PM

Preview:

The New York Mets continue to be abysmal at the plate, but David Wright is providing some faint hope.

Bartolo Colon is doing more than that on the mound.

With Wright trying to show some offensive consistency, Colon looks to continue his sterling stretch by helping the Mets avoid a sweep in this three-game series with the surging St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

New York (31-40) has spiraled to the bottom of the NL East, dropping 11 of 14 games with the offense batting .210 -- including .149 with runners in scoring position -- and scoring 2.9 runs per contest.

They went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position while falling 5-2 to St. Louis (39-32) on Tuesday, but Wright hit a homer -- his first since May 28 -- and added a double. The All-Star third baseman is batting .106 in 14 games, fueling speculation he could be dropped from the No. 3 spot in the order.

Wright is 11 for 28 (.393) over his last seven games in St. Louis.

Unlike Wright, Colon (6-5, 4.15 ERA) has been superb of late. The 40-year-old right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA over his past five starts after going 1-4 with a 7.18 ERA in his previous six.

He was impressive again Friday, allowing two runs and four hits with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings of a 6-2 win over San Diego.

Colon has won his last two starts against the Cardinals, allowing two runs in 15 innings.

Another strong performance may be needed since New York has a .215 average while dropping 11 of 17 at St. Louis.
That success over the Mets is part of the Cardinals' 22-3 home record against NL East opponents over the past two years, including 7-1 in 2014 thanks to a 1.75 ERA.

This entire 10-game homestand comes against East teams, and they've won the first five against Washington and New York with a four-game set versus Philadelphia to follow.

Lance Lynn (7-4, 3.16) takes the ball looking to win back-to-back starts for the first time since winning his first four of the season. The right-hander is 3-4 with a 3.06 ERA in 10 games since.

He was outstanding in Friday's 1-0 win over Washington, striking out eight while yielding two hits in eight innings opposite Jordan Zimmermann's three-hitter. That was a dramatic improvement after Lynn allowed nine runs in 8 1/3 innings while losing his previous two starts.

Lynn has lost two of three starts against the Mets behind a 3.50 ERA. However, he earned a 6-3 win in his only home start on May 13, 2013, allowing three runs with seven strikeouts and five walks in seven innings.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Friday, June 13, 2014

Preview: Game 67 - Padres at Mets - Cashner vs Colon


Preview: Game 67
San Diego Padres (28-38) at New York Mets (29-38)

Pitching Probables:
Andrew Cashner (2-5) 2.15 ERA vs Bartolo Colon (5-5) 4.31 ERA
TV - PIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM

Preview:

A Barn Burner is in the works at Citi Field Friday Night......Yes, a pair of losing teams will be playing on the same field.

The Padres (28-38) have dropped four straight and are an NL-worst 2-8 this month, while the Mets (29-37) are tied with Colorado for second-worst at 3-8 after losing eight of nine.

San Diego is batting .146 in June while averaging 1.7 runs after Thursday's 7-3 defeat at Philadelphia. Everth Cabrera and Carlos Quentin have combined for two hits in their last 55 at-bats, and Yonder Alonso is in a 5-for-33 slump, including 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

The Padres' 3.0 runs per game this season are the fewest in the majors since 1972 when the Rangers and California Angels each averaged fewer than three per game.

A visit to Queens wouldn't seem to bode well for immediate improvement. San Diego has totaled nine runs and hit .151 while dropping five of its last six contests there, and the Padres have hit just three homers in their last 15 games at Citi Field.

The Mets (29-37) have lost back-to-back games and scored one run in each, but their relievers are as much to blame for the club's failures during its 1-8 stretch. The bullpen owns a 5.40 ERA in that span with two blown saves, and Carlos Torres was charged with four runs in the decisive 13th inning of Thursday's 5-1 loss to Milwaukee.

After having six relievers throw a combined 5 1/3 innings and closer Jenrry Mejia's status in doubt, New York could be stretched thin. Mejia recorded two outs in the 10th but left prior to the 11th with back stiffness.

San Diego starter Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.13 ERA) looked strong Saturday in his first start since May 13 after being on the disabled list with a sore elbow. He gave up two hits over six shutout innings in a 4-3, 11-inning win over Washington.

Cashner, whose six-start winless streak is his longest since a seven-game stretch to start his career, is all too familiar with his club's offensive shortcomings. He owns a 1.5 run-support average in those six starts, and his 2.3 average for the season trails only Francisco Liriano's 2.2 mark among pitchers who have thrown at least 60 innings. The Padres have failed to back him with a single run in half of his 10 outings.

Cashner has never started versus the Mets but owns a 2.70 ERA over 6 2/3 innings of relief against them.

He'll be opposed by Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.31), who is 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA in his last four starts. He's 1-2 with a 1.50 ERA in three career starts against the Padres but has faced them only once since 2006.

Curtis Granderson said he hopes to start Friday after a sore left calf kept him out of New York's lineup Thursday. He drew a walk as a pinch hitter, reaching base safely in his 24th straight game. He's batting .393 over his last nine.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Preview: Game 62 - Mets at Giants - Colon (5-5) vs Hudson (6-2)


Preview: Game 62
New York Mets (28-33) at San Francisco Giants (40-21)

Probable Pitchers:
Bartolo Colon (5-5) 4.52 ERA vs Tim Hudson (6-2) 1.75 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch  - 10:05 PM

Preview:

Tim Hudson attempts to extend his scoreless streak and help the Giants to their eighth win in nine home games Saturday night against the Mets.

Hudson (6-2, 1.75 ERA) has 17 career wins against New York -- his highest total against any opponent -- but the most recent one proved costly.

The right-hander allowed two runs and four hits with nine strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of an 8-2 win July 24 pitching for Atlanta, but he suffered a fractured right ankle when Eric Young stepped on it during a play at first.

While the 38-year-old Hudson's career was potentially in jeopardy, he signed a two-year, free-agent contract with the Giants and has helped turned their staff into one of the best in baseball.

San Francisco (40-21) ranks third in the majors with a 3.04 ERA after compiling a 4.00 mark while finishing with a losing record last year.

Hudson owns the lowest ERA in the majors, and his 0.87 WHIP is second behind Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (0.79).

Hudson has been dominant while winning his last two starts, throwing 14 scoreless innings. He yielded three hits in seven innings of an 8-0 win at St. Louis, the reigning NL champion.

He'll try to do that to the Mets (28-33) again after the Giants opened this three-game series with a 4-2 victory Friday.

New York is batting .217 with an average of 2.8 runs during a four-game slide and totaled four hits against the Giants.

The offense may not need to do much in supporting Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52).

The 41-year-old right-hander has won three straight starts behind a 1.61 ERA, a tremendous improvement after posting a 5.84 ERA through his first eight.

Colon's turnaround continued Monday, when he allowed two runs in seven innings of an 11-2 win at Philadelphia.

Colon is facing the Giants for the first time since allowing two runs with seven strikeouts in five innings of a 6-2 road win with Oakland on May 20, 2012.

He'll have to contend with Buster Posey, who is 9 for 22 (.409) with four RBIs in five games after going 3 for 32 over the previous nine. The All-Star catcher had three hits Friday, including a two-run homer -- the first time he went deep since May 3 -- that put San Francisco ahead for good in the eighth inning.

Posey has a .452 average in 11 career home meetings with the Mets.

New York is still without Eric Young Jr., who is on the DL with a strained right hamstring.

Mets Hot vs Hudson - Bobby Abreu .333 (4 for 12), Lucas Duda .346 (9 for 26) HR, Ruben Tejada .381 (8 for 21)

Mets Not vs Hudson - Curtis Granderson .167 (1 for 6) HR, Daniel Murphy .227 (5 for 22), David Wright .234 (18 for 77) 3 HR's


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