Tuesday, June 03, 2014
1. Matt den Dekker (L) CF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Chris Young (R) LF
6. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
7. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
8. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
9. Zack Wheeler (L) P
Preview: Game 58
Mets (15-12) Away / Cubs (10-13) Home
New York Mets (28-29) at Chicago Cubs (20-34)
Zack Wheeler (2-5) 4.31 ERA vs Jake Arrieta (1-1) 3.20 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:05 PM
Preview:The Owners of the worst record in the majors and coming off another blowout loss, the Chicago Cubs are starting to show their frustration.
Things likely won't get any easier Tuesday night when they welcome the surging New York Mets to Wrigley Field.
Chicago (20-34) concluded a 4-6 trip by recording three hits during a 9-0 defeat to Milwaukee on Sunday. It was the third time in five games the Cubs were shut out and fifth of the trip they lost by at least four runs.
First baseman Anthony Rizzo was ejected Sunday for arguing a called third strike, a sign that the potential for another dismal season is already wearing on the Cubs.
The Cubs hope to do the same as they return to Wrigley, where they took three of five from the Brewers and New York Yankees from May 16-21 for their first winning record on a homestand.
Rizzo is 0 for 9 with five strikeouts and six walks in the last three home games, and batting .179 (5 for 28) in his last eight at Wrigley. He's batted .300 (6 for 20) with a home run and three doubles in five home games versus New York (28-29).
Chicago's Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20 ERA) yielded two runs and eight hits over 10 innings while going 1-0 in two starts before giving up four and seven hits in six innings of a 4-0 loss at San Francisco last Tuesday.
In the right-hander's lone appearance versus New York, he gave up a grand slam to ex-Met Ike Davis in seven innings of a 5-0 loss while with Baltimore in 2012.
New York took four of five in Philadelphia with Monday's 11-2 victory, its third win in a row and sixth in seven games. Shortstop Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam and drove in six runs.
With two hits and two RBIs, David Wright is batting .329 with eight RBIs over his last 16 road games. He's 0 for 3 with a strikeout versus Arrieta. Curtis Granderson who has seen Arrieta in the past (Baltimore), is batting .350 (7 for 20) with 3 HR's off him.
New York's Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) allowed a home run and three other hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday for his first win in eight starts since beating Arizona on April 14. He's allowed three earned runs in 13 innings of his last two starts after giving up 10 over 10 1/3 innings of the previous two.
Wheeler is making his first appearance against the Cubs.
Monday, June 10, 2013
|N.Y. Mets (23-35)||0||1||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||6||2|
|W: C. Qualls (1-0) L: B. Parnell (4-3)|
HR: MIA - D. Dietrich (5),M. Olivo (4) NYM - D. Murphy (5)
Recap:For the second consecutive day, Adeiny Hechavarria pushed the go-ahead run across in extras and the Miami Marlins went on to take an 8-4 victory in 10 innings against the New York Mets Sunday at Citi Field.
Hechavarria's RBI single in the 20th inning Saturday helped lift the Marlins to a 2-1 victory and end the longest game of the season. His heroics came a bit earlier Sunday in the finale of this rain-shortened two-game set, and got a little help on the play.
Bobby Parnell (4-3) allowed a pair of singles to start his second inning of work. Hechavarria came to the plate and ripped a grounder toward second, but Daniel Murphy took his eye off the ball while trying to turn a double play and the ball scooted into right field to allow the go-ahead run to score.
Greg Dobbs added a sacrifice fly and Miguel Olivo smashed a two-run homer to break open the contest. Derek Dietrich had two hits -- including a game-tying solo homer in the eighth -- and also scored twice.
Chad Qualls (1-0) picked up the win in Miami's fifth straight victory against New York and eighth in 11 contests this season. The Marlins have just 18 victories on the campaign.
Since sweeping a four-game set from the New York Yankees, the Mets have dropped six of seven -- including five to the league-worst Marlins.
"It's certainly pretty close," Mets manager Terry Collins said on whether this was the team's lowest point. "This is when you reach down and find out who belongs here and who doesn't."
David Wright had a two-run double and Murphy had a solo homer with two RBI to help build a 4-1 lead for New York, but the offense went 1-for-22 with seven strikeouts after the third inning.
Logan Morrison, who was activated off the 60-day disabled list prior to the contest, had two hits in his season-debut for Miami and scored the go-ahead run. It was his first game since July 28 of last season.
"He was a little shot of energy in the dugout, when after playing 20 innings, let's face it, you need it," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We needed somebody to energize you and get you fired up. He did that. It was a big hit. It was good to see him out there."
Jonathon Niese went 6 2/3 frames for New York after having his previous start skipped over due to shoulder tendinitis. He was in control early but the Marlins got to the lefty by the sixth.
Ed Lucas and Deitrich each laced one-out singles and Marcell Ozuna followed with a double off the wall in right to bring both runners home and cut the Marlins' deficit to 4-3.
After tough innings in the second and third, Marlins starter Tom Koehler settled down to retire 14 of the last 15 batters he faced, and Deitrich took him off the hook by ripping a solo shot to right off Mets reliever Scott Rice.
Hechavarria knocked in the first run with a single in the second, but Murphy countered in the bottom half of the frame with a leadoff homer.
Koehler packed the bags in the third and Wright came through with a two-run double into center and the Mets took a 4-1 lead on Murphy's groundout.
After the game, the Mets optioned first baseman Ike Davis, outfielder Mike Baxter and relief pitcher Robert Carson to Triple-A Las Vegas. Davis went 0- for-3 and is batting .163 on the season, while Baxter went 0-for-4 and Carson served up Olivo's homer in Sunday's setback ...Koehler went seven innings and was charged with all four runs on six hits ... The Mets were 2-for-27 with runners in scoring position during this two-game set, including a team-record 0-for-19 in Saturday's loss ... Rice had not allowed a home run in the his previous 33 appearances this season ... Koehler registered his first major league hit with a single in the seventh inning.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
|Murphy batting 4th|
Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Marlins - Game 58:
|Miami Marlins (17-44) at New York Mets (23-34)||1:10 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|T. Koehler (R)||5||0-4||3.70||5.2||0-2||5.01||6/3||@PHI||L||5.0||7||4||0-2||19.0||4.74|
|J. Niese (L)||11||3-5||4.40||5.2||1-3||3.23||5/27||NYY||ND||7.0||8||1||1-1||20.1||1.33|
Preview:Bullpen use will be at a premium Sunday when the Miami Marlins and New York Mets close a rain-shortened two-game series.
Each team used eight pitchers in Miami's 2-1 victory in 20 innings on Saturday in the longest game at Citi Field. Kevin Slowey had eight strikeouts over seven shutout innings to get the win. Shaun Marcum, the final pitcher used by the Mets, lasted the final eight frames and had seven strikeouts while tossing 105 pitches. That was only 11 less than Slowey.
The winning run came home when Adeiny Hechavarria singled to center to score Placido Polanco.
Because of the extensive use of pitchers, the Marlins will try to get the most of Tom Koehler today and the Mets the same with Jonathon Niese.
Koehler is coming off a 7-2 loss to the Phillies on Monday when he allowed a season-high five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits over five-plus innings. The right-hander, who turns 27 on June 29, has yet to post a win in 19 major league appearances, including six starts.
Since joining the rotation on May 12, Koehler is 0-4 with a 3.90 ERA in five starts. Monday was the first time he allowed more than three runs, as well as multiple home runs. He is 0-1 with a 3.72 ERA in four outings (1 start) against the Mets.
Niese has had plenty of rest since his last start. He was scratched in his previous turn in the rotation due to shoulder tendinitis. He has been strong over his last two starts, but doesn't have a win in that span. He didn't get a decision against the Yankees on May 27 despite allowing eight hits and a run over seven innings. The lefty suffered a 4-0 loss to Cincinnati six days earlier, even after giving up three runs -- none earned -- in six frames.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.)
|N.Y. Mets (32-26) «||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||0||0||3||10||0|
W: R. Dickey (9-1) L: C. Wang (1-2)
S: F. Francisco (15)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (10) WAS - R. Zimmerman (3)
R.A. Dickey continued his stellar season by pitching into the eighth inning, Lucas Duda hit a two-run home run and the New York Mets avoided a sweep with a 3-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday.
Dickey (9-1) allowed four hits and two walks while striking out eight through 7 1/3 innings. He has not allowed a run over his last 24 2/3 innings on the mound.
"The thing that I care most about is giving our team a chance to win," said Dickey. "I've said that from day one."
Frank Francisco allowed a leadoff home run to Ryan Zimmerman in the ninth, but retired the next three batters to earn his 15th save of the season for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Chien-Ming Wang (1-2) gave up two runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss for Washington, which had won three of its last four games.
"I liked his arm strength and everything," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of Wang. "He's having a little problem, he gets to the side of the ball. He doesn't stay on top of it. Sometimes he gets out of the slot that he needs to be in. When he stays in that slot, his stuff is outstanding. It's just a consistency thing with him."
The Mets left the bases loaded in both the second and third innings, but were finally able to break through in the fifth inning when Duda pulled a two-run homer over the right-center field wall. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a leadoff single prior to Duda's two-out blast.
David Wright then worked a leadoff walk off Tom Gorzelanny in the seventh, stole second, advanced to third on a Duda groundout and crossed the plate on Daniel Murphy's base hit to right field to give New York a 3-0 lead.
Washington threatened to cut into its deficit in the bottom of the frame by placing runners on first and second with no outs, but Michael Morse hit a fielder's choice to short before Ian Desmond grounded into an inning-ending double play to keep the Nationals off the board.
The Nationals threatened again when Dickey was replaced by Bobby Parnell after Jhonathan Solano's one-out single in the eighth inning. Parnell immediately walked Rick Ankiel, but back-to-back grounders by Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper ended the threat.
Zimmerman, though, ended the Mets' shutout bid when he led off the ninth with a shot over the left-field wall.
Dickey has won four straight starts and seven straight decisions. He improved to 3-4 in 11 career games -- 10 starts -- against Washington...Wang fell to 2-3 in six career starts against New York...Mets outfielder Jason Bay was scheduled to make his first start since April 23 because of a fractured rib, but was scratched prior to the game due to the flu...Washington reinstated pitcher Brad Lidge off the 15-day disabled list and placed pitcher Henry Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 6, earlier Thursday.
|New York Mets (31-26) at Washington Nationals (32-22)||1:05 PM ET|
|Season||Rd/Hm||Last Start||Last 3 App|
|R. Dickey (R)||11||8-1||2.69||6.0||3-1||4.45||6/2||STL||W||9.0||7||0||3-0||23.1||0.39|
|C. Wang (R)||1||1-1||6.43||6.0||0-0||0.00||5/30||@MIA||L||4.0||7||4||1-1||7.0||6.43|
The knuckleballer is working on an impressive run of his own.
Armed with a scoreless streak of 17 1-3 innings, Dickey can become baseball's first nine-game winner Thursday against the Washington Nationals as he tries to stop the visiting Mets' skid at three.
Dickey (8-1, 2.69 ERA) followed up Johan Santana's no-hitter against St. Louis last Friday - the left-hander's second straight complete game - with a gem of his own the next day, striking out nine and tossing a seven-hitter in a 5-0 victory.
"I simply want to take a step to meet the bar that he has already set," Dickey told the Mets' official website. "He has set the tone. I don't like being one-upped anyway, but it's fun to compete with him internally on who can have a better outing."
The right-hander is 5-0 with a major league-best 1.45 ERA in six starts since the beginning of May, and is sporting a 0.39 ERA with 30 strikeouts and one walk in winning his last three.
He has already matched his win total from last season, when he went 8-13 in 32 starts, and is tied for the most victories in baseball with Philadelphia's Cole Hamels and St. Louis' Lance Lynn, who are also both scheduled to start Thursday.
This will be Dickey's first start against the Nationals (32-22) after going 1-3 with a 3.82 ERA in five outings against them last year. He was backed by five total runs of support in the four games he didn't win.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Dillon Gee threw seven innings and Jose Reyes hit a three-run triple to help the New York Mets take a 5-0 win over the Atlanta Braves in the second of a three-game set.
Gee (6-0) gave up just four hits and two walks with two strikeouts while Justin Turner and Jason Pridie each drove in a run for the Mets, who came into the game having dropped three of four.
"I think the confidence factor is pretty high right now, just knowing that the guys keep picking me up each time I go out there," said Gee. "You have to give credit to the guys that play defense behind me."
Dan Uggla hit a double while Jair Jurrjens (7-2) got the loss as he was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on six hits with six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for the Braves, who had won their previous two coming into the game.
It was a scoreless game until the seventh inning when the Mets took control of the game. After Angel Pagan grounded out, Jason Bay hit a grounder to short that Alex Gonzalez misplayed. Josh Thole then doubled and Ruben Tejada was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jason Pridie then gave the Mets the lead with a pinch-hit single to right.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
|New York Mets Career statistics vs. Jair Jurrjens|
According to the stats, the Mets will have trouble hitting Jurrjens. They only are batting .218 (24 for 110) combined against him. The only player to have had success against him are Willie Harris (who is on the bench) and Daniel Murphy who will be playing 1B tonight...Good Luck Mets, Let's kick some ass!
|Last seven days||7.0||5||3||3||0||8||0.71||3.86|
Dillon Gee's numbers have been pretty good so far and he has not lost yet..His last performance was good, going 7 innings and striking out 8. Even though his career has been brief, the Braves have peppered him around in the past and he only lasted 5.2 innings against the Bravos last time out, so there is room to be cautious. If the Mets score early and often Gee has a chance to keep up his streak.. Let's hope the bullpen stays in tact tonight as well. LGM!
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Jair Jurrjens (7-1, 1.51) New York - Dillon Gee (5-0, 3.83)
Jair Jurrjens tries to continue his impressive start to the season this evening when the Atlanta Braves continue their three-game series against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Jurrjens, the National League's top pitcher for the month of May, became just the fourth pitcher in major league history to allow two earned runs or less and pitch at least six innings in each of his first nine starts on Sunday against Cincinnati. He held the Reds to a run and six hits in eight innings, to improve to 7-1, while lowering his major league best earned run average 1.51.
Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies set the record last year when he did it in his first 12 starts. Like Jurrjens, Randy Johnson (2000) and Lefty Gomez (1937) did so in their first nine outings to the season.