Showing posts with label Ian Kennedy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ian Kennedy. Show all posts

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:

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Preview: Game 69 - Padres at Mets - Kennedy vs Dice-K


Preview: Game 69
San Diego Padres (29-39) at New York Mets (30-38)

Pitching Probables:
Ian Kennedy (5-7) 3.63 ERA vs Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0) 2.95 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:10 PM

Preview:

Ian Kennedy looks to bounce back and lead the Padres to a rare series win Sunday, while his counterpart, Daisuke Matsuzaka, tries to build on a strong outing to solidify his spot in the Mets' rotation.

San Diego (29-39) had dropped nine of its first 11 games in June before a 5-0 win Saturday at Citi Field snapped a season-high five-game losing streak. The Padres, batting .157 this month, were never threatened after scoring two runs in the opening inning.

The Mets (30-38) had only a pair of singles in their ninth loss in 11 games after registering 11 hits in a 6-2 win in Friday's opener. New York is batting .209 in its last 11 and hasn't homered in its last four games, one shy of matching its longest drought of the season from April 18-22.

The Mets are also batting .157 with runners in scoring position in their last 11 games after an 0-for-6 performance Saturday.

Kennedy (5-7, 3.63 ERA) will try to add to the Mets' struggles while rebounding from his first loss in four outings. The right-hander gave up five runs over seven innings in Tuesday's 5-2 loss in Philadelphia after putting up a 2.00 ERA in winning his previous three starts.

Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.95) gave up one run and three hits in six innings of a 6-2 win against Milwaukee that same day. He might have pitched one more inning if he hadn't been hit in the right thigh by Carlos Gomez's line drive in the sixth.

The right-hander joined New York's rotation June 4 after highly touted prospect Rafael Montero struggled in his attempt to replace an injured Dillon Gee (strained right lat) and was sent back to the minors.

Matsuzaka earned a 2-1 victory in his only start against San Diego on June 22, 2007, while with Boston.

Kennedy gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings in his most recent matchup with the Mets, a 5-2 loss in San Diego on Aug. 16. He was 4-0 with a 3.45 ERA in his first five meetings.

David Wright, who is in the middle of New York's offensive woes going 2 for 36 (.056) in his last 11 games, has one hit in his last seven at-bats against Kennedy after previously going 4 for 6 with two homers and a double.

Seth Smith is 5 for 5 with a home run and a double in his career against Matsuzaka, including the postseason, but is batting .176 (9 for 51) with no RBIs in his last 15 games, dropping his average 43 points to .290.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:
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