Showing posts with label Brandon Cumpton. Show all posts
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Preview: Game 80 - Mets at Pirates - deGrom vs Cumpton

Preview: Game 80
New York Mets (36-43) at Pittsburgh Pirates (40-39)

Probable Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.75 ERA) vs Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.93 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:05 PM


One of baseball's worst offenses in April, the Pirates (40-39) have been anything but over the past two months. They lead the majors with a .351 on-base percentage since May 1 and have averaged 4.88 runs in June, sixth in baseball and a run more than they put up per game a month ago.

McCutchen has certainly done his part, driving in 25 runs in 24 June games and leading the NL in slugging percentage (.711) this month after doubling Thursday. But the big story in the opener was Polanco, whose three-run homer in the fifth lifted Pittsburgh to a 5-2 win.

Mets manager Terry Collins was sufficiently impressed after his first look at the 22-year-old. The Pirates are 10-6 since Polanco, who raised his average to .338, came up June 10.

The Pirates' right fielder wasn't around when Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.75 ERA) made his third major league start May 26. The right-hander held Pittsburgh scoreless for 6 2/3 innings despite five walks, but the bullpen couldn't hang onto his 2-0 lead in a 5-3 loss.

He had to wait until his eighth outing to pick up his first win, but he was quite impressive in doing so. DeGrom held the Marlins to five hits over seven innings Saturday, striking out seven, in a 4-0 victory at Miami.

Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.93) opposed deGrom in last month's meeting, holding the Mets (36-43) to two runs -- one earned -- in six innings, and he'll get the ball again Friday.

Cumpton is also coming off what was unquestionably his best start of the season. The right-hander held the Cubs to two hits over seven scoreless innings Sunday in a 2-1 win at Wrigley Field.

Cumpton, who is considered a rookie after pitching just 30 2/3 innings last season, is 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in four June starts after allowing 10 runs over 3 2/3 in his final May outing.

Harrison made his second straight start in left field Thursday as Starling Marte again sat out with a jammed right middle finger. It's unclear if he'll return Friday.

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 1 for 4 in the opener, his first game in 25 days due to a ribcage injury.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, May 26, 2014

Preview: Game 50 - Pirates (22-27) at Mets (22-27) - Cumpton (0-1) vs deGrom (0-2) - Ike Returns Home

Preview: Game 50
Pittsburgh Pirates (22-27) at New York Mets (22-27)

Probable Pitchers:
Brandon Cumpton (0-1) 4.26 ERA vs Jacob deGrom (0-2) 2.77 ERA

TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:10PM


Having found a comfortable landing spot, Ike Davis makes his first return to Citi Field since being dealt last month as the Pittsburgh Pirates open a three-game set with the New York Mets on Monday.

After bursting onto the scene with 19 homers for the Mets in his rookie season in 2010 and hitting a career-best 32 two years later, Davis fell into a tailspin last year, batting .205 while striking out 101 times in 103 games and also struggling to deal with an oblique injury. Those issues continued early this year, with Davis going 5 for 24 in 12 games with New York before Pittsburgh acquired him on April 18 in a three-player deal.

Since an 0 for 19 slump from April 22 to the first game of a May 1 doubleheader, Davis has been quite productive for the Pirates, hitting .347 (25 for 72) in his last 23 games. He is downplaying his return, though, telling the club's official website, "Truth is, it's not something big to me. Just gotta do it, go and try to beat the Mets."

A win would be a nice kick-start for Pittsburgh (22-27), which is opening a three-city, 10-game road swing. The Pirates were thwarted in their bid to sweep a four-game set from Washington on Sunday, losing the finale 5-2 as Davis had an RBI single and Francisco Liriano remained winless.

As one Pittsburgh starter struggles, manager Clint Hurdle is hoping Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 4.26 ERA) will emerge as a mainstay in the rotation. The rookie right-hander will be recalled before the game to fill Wandy Rodriguez's spot after the veteran left-hander was designated for assignment.

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