Showing posts with label Jacob deGrom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jacob deGrom. Show all posts

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Preview: Game 105 - Mets at Brewers - deGrom vs Nelson


Preview: Game 105
New York Mets (49-55) at Milwaukee Brewers (59-46)

Probable Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) vs Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 2:10 PM

The Brewers seek a sixth win in seven tries Sunday in the finale of this four-game set against the Mets at Miller Park.

Milwaukee (59-46) has a three-game lead over St. Louis in the Central and is exploring options ahead of Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline in the hopes of improving its postseason chances.

Pitching is a concern with the Brewers ranking ninth in the league with a 3.72 ERA, the highest mark of any NL team currently in a playoff spot.

However, there has been improvement in that area recently, with Milwaukee's pitchers compiling a 2.00 ERA during a 5-1 stretch. The Brewers have won two of three in this series, holding the Mets (49-55) to six runs and a .186 batting average.

Wily Peralta and four relievers combined to allow eight hits in Saturday's 5-2 win, a day after closer Francisco Rodriguez gave up three runs in the ninth in a 3-2 loss.

The Mets, though, could have the advantage on the mound in the finale, with deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) set to oppose fellow rookie Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06).

Jacob DeGrom is 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA over his last six starts, and he's won three straight behind a 0.86 ERA, striking out 26 with three walks in 21 innings. He leads all NL rookies with 79 strikeouts.

Manager Terry Collins feels deGrom isn't getting the appropriate credit, claiming he should be a frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year.

DeGrom certainly was for Seattle on Tuesday, allowing one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 3-1 win. It was the fifth time in six games that the right-hander pitched into the seventh.

He didn't do that against Milwaukee on June 11, getting pulled with two outs in the sixth after allowing three runs and nine hits in a 3-1 loss.

DeGrom is also 7 for 25 at the plate, and Collins has been impressed enough to bat him eighth in three games.

While deGrom tries to continue his dominance, Nelson is getting a third start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

The right-hander tied a franchise record by hitting three batters Tuesday and allowed three runs in six innings without a decision in a 4-3 win over Cincinnati.

That was a much better showing for Nelson, who surrendered eight runs -- six earned -- over 4 1/3 innings in a 10-2 loss to St. Louis in his previous outing July 12 -- his first since joining the rotation after being recalled from the minors.

Nelson was sharp in his only start against the Mets, yielding one run and only a single to Daniel Murphy in five innings of a 4-2, 10-inning win at New York on Sept. 28.

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Preview: Game 100 - Mets at Mariners - deGrom vs Ramirez


Preview: Game 100
New York Mets (46-53) at Seattle Mariners (53-46)

Probable Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18 ERA) vs Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 10:10 PM

Preview:

The Seattle Mariners are giving top arms Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez an extra day of rest while hoping Erasmo Ramirez can help them to a series win.

The 24-year-old will try to properly spell the club's taxed starters Tuesday night against the visiting New York Mets as the home team tries to secure the first two contests in the three-game set.

Seattle (53-46) opened the series with Monday's 5-2 victory behind three-hit efforts from Willie Bloomquist and Dustin Ackley. Ackley is 8 for 18 over four games, and the left fielder also pulled back a sure home run off the bat of Travis d'Arnaud in the sixth inning to keep the score at 4-1.

The converted infielder hasn't made an error in his first full season away from second base.

Ramirez (1-4, 4.58 ERA), who was demoted on June 25, hasn't won since his first start of the season on April 1. He went 0-4 with a 4.89 ERA in 10 starts after, though he allowed a total of just two earned runs over his last four major league starts.

The right-hander is 0-2 with a 7.77 ERA and .337 opponent batting average in five career starts against the NL.

Bettering Jacob deGrom will be no easy task. In addition to the Mariners' .243 average against right-handers ranking better than only Houston in the AL, the rookie has been very good lately.

In two victories leading into the All-Star break, the New York right-hander surrendered a run and 12 hits while striking out 19 in 14 innings. On July 13, deGrom (3-5, 3.18) limited Miami to a run and five hits in seven innings of a 9-1 win. His manager is seeing success even when he's not at his sharpest.

The Mets (46-53) might need him at his best after totaling three runs and two extra-base hits in three straight losses. They've matched a season high with five straight games without a home run.

Collins has been looking forward to the inclusion of a designated hitter while in Seattle to spice things up. His club is batting .260 with nine homers in six games at AL parks this season compared to a .239 average with 65 homers in 93 games without the DH.

Seattle's Robinson Cano is batting .472 in his last eight games and .359 in 10 games against the NL this season.

Batter/Pitcher Splits: N/A

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Preview: Game 95 - Marlins at Mets - Hand vs deGrom


Preview: Game 95
Miami Marlins (44-49) at New York Mets (44-50)

Probable Pitchers:
Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09 ERA vs Jacob deGrom (2-5, 3.38 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:10 PM

Preview:

Jacob deGrom's last outing may have brought back memories of the first time he faced the Miami Marlins.

The rookie starter earned his first home win his last time on the mound and will try to help the New York Mets complete a three-game sweep of Miami on Sunday at Citi Field.

DeGrom (2-5, 3.38 ERA) matched a season high with 11 strikeouts and had no walks over seven scoreless innings Tuesday in an 8-3 win over Atlanta. He had been 0-3 with a 2.49 ERA over his first four home starts.

The right-hander's fastball averages 93.4 mph, and he uses it 60.2 percent of the time with a strike percentage of 62.8. His strike percentages are higher for his changeup (68.2) and curveball (69.5).

DeGrom earned his first big-league victory June 21 by limiting the Marlins (44-49) to five hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts in a 4-0 victory. That game began the current four-start stretch in which he's 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA.

He could be the right person to give New York (44-50) further momentum going into the All-Star break. The Mets will try to cap this homestand with an 8-2 mark after rallying for a 5-4 win Saturday.

Collins pushed the right buttons, as Chris Young and Eric Campbell delivered as pinch hitters. Young hit a tying two-run homer in the seventh inning and Campbell singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth.

The Mets have won four straight over the Marlins to take a 7-5 lead in the season series.

Miami dropped its third straight, giving up a lead in the seventh inning or later for the second time in that span.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is mired in a 1-for-18 slump and has not homered in a season-worst 14 straight games.

This series features two of the NL leaders in hits. Casey McGehee has a league-best 114 for Miami and Daniel Murphy has 113 for New York.

McGehee may be able to pad his lead over the Mets second baseman Sunday since Collins indicated he may rest Murphy before he heads to the All-Star game. Campbell would likely start at second in his place.

Miami will give Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09) his fifth start of the season and third in a row since being activated off the disabled list July 3.

The left-hander allowed one unearned run over 6 1/3 innings in Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Arizona.
Hand is 1-11 with a 5.01 ERA in 19 career starts, including 0-2 with a 3.78 ERA in three against the Mets.

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Mets Rumors: Cubs Starlin Castro might be a fit for Mets, but might cost Wheeler or Syndergaard in return


Mets Rumors:


According to a report by John Harper of the Daily News, the Mets are an ideal candidate for a SS Starlin Castro Trade with the Cubs.

The Problem is who would the Mets give up to get him? The Cubs are looking to upgrade their farm system with pitching. The Mets have plenty of minor league pitchers, but it is up to the Mets to depart with some in order to get a deal done.

Harper suggest that Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom could get the deal in action, problem is the Mets are with injuries to Jon Niese and others like Matt Harvey.

If the Mets can get Harvey back to 100% and have Noah Syndergaard ready for 2015 the Mets will have some depth to deal with. Guys like Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom could become available...

So would an offer of Wheeler convince Epstein to deal now? One baseball executive friendly with Epstein said it would take more.

Preview: Game 90 - Braves at Mets - Teheran vs deGrom


Preview: Game 90
Atlanta Braves (49-40) at New York Mets (40-49)

Probable Pitchers:
Julio Teheran (8-2, 2.29 ERA) vs Jacob deGrom (1-5, 3.77 ERA)
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:10PM

Preview:
Can the Mets Beat him?

Julio Teheran looks to continue his dominance of the Mets and beat them for the second time in less than a week while preventing the Atlanta Braves from losing their third straight.

Teheran (8-5, 2.29 ERA) owns an ERA and a 0.95 WHIP that rank among the lowest in the National League, and he's tied with Aaron Harang for the team lead in wins. That's reason enough for him to get the call as one of three Braves (49-40) named to the NL roster for next Tuesday's All-Star game in Minneapolis.

Tipping his cap during introductions will be the extent of his involvement, though, since he's scheduled to start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs.

The 23-year-old right-hander has looked every bit like an All-Star lately, compiling a 1.86 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 29 innings while going 2-1 in four starts. He's won his last two while allowing two earned runs and fanning 14 batters in 14 innings.

That includes a 3-1 win over New York on Wednesday, when Teheran yielded one run and four hits in seven innings to complete a three-game series sweep in Atlanta.

He's 2-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, including three visits to Queens.

Atlanta may need another strong outing from Teheran after following a season-high nine-game winning streak with back-to-back defeats, including Monday's 4-3, 11-inning loss in the opener of this four-game set.

The Braves are 2 for 18 with runners in scoring position over the last two games, going 1 for 11 while stranding 11 runners against the Mets (40-49).

Freddie Freeman, who will join Teheran and closer Craig Kimbrel in Minneapolis, is looking to continue hitting the ball hard. The first baseman has a .391 average with 11 RBIs and 17 runs over the past 18 games after doubling on one of his three hits Monday.

He routinely pounds Mets pitching to the tune of a .325 career average. Freeman is hitting .429 with 18 RBIs over the past 16 meetings, including 16 for 30 in the past seven at Citi Field.

The Mets will again counter Teheran with rookie Jacob deGrom (1-5, 3.77), who allowed three runs in the first inning before tossing four scoreless and leaving with eight strikeouts in his first meeting with the Braves on Wednesday.

He's done that in each of his four starts at home, compiling a 2.49 ERA. However, deGrom is 0-3 over that stretch since he's been backed by five total runs.

The 2.56 run support average he's received on the season is the lowest for any Mets starter with at least five starts.

The Mets as a team are batting .176 vs Teheran. Both Lucas Duda and David Wright have a HR vs him. Eric Young Jr. is leading the Mets in AVG vs Teheran batting .444 (4 for 9).

Pitcher/Batter Matchups:

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Preview: Game 85 - Mets at Braves - deGrom vs Teheran


Preview: Game 85
New York Mets (37-47) at Atlanta Braves (46-38)

Probable Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.62 ERA) vs Julio Teheran (7-5, 2.34 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM

Preview:

The Atlanta Braves (46-38) longest winning streak of the season began last week when Julio Teheran delivered his latest solid outing.

With Teheran facing the slumping New York Mets on Wednesday night, the Braves seem primed to extend their run to seven consecutive victories while dealing their NL East rivals a fourth straight defeat.

Teheran (7-5, 2.34 ERA) was terrific for the third straight start in Friday's 4-2 win over Philadelphia, giving up two runs -- one earned -- and striking out nine in seven innings to help Atlanta (46-38) begin its streak.

The right-hander has struck out 25 while walking two over 25 innings during a hot stretch in which he's gone 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA. He ranks among the NL's best in ERA and is making a case to be selected for this month's All-Star Game.

Teheran is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three career starts against the Mets (37-47), who have lost six of seven after falling 5-4 Tuesday. Atlanta will be going for the sweep after tying its season high with three stolen bases that led to a pair of runs.

Catcher Christian Bethancourt registered his first career RBI with a second-inning single. Bethancourt started his second straight game and is expected to share time with Laird after Evan Gattis, hitting .290 and tied for the team lead with 16 homers, was placed on the disabled list earlier Tuesday with a bulging disc in his back.

Freddie Freeman, who is hitting .411 in his last 14 against the Mets, tied the game with an RBI double in the third. The Braves went 3 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

The Mets are 1-5 on a trip that ends with this contest before they begin a 10-game homestand Friday that includes a four-game set with the Braves starting Monday.

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy each hit a two-run homer in Tuesday's loss. Ruben Tejada is batting .351 during a 10-game hitting streak, improving his average 29 points to .247 in that stretch.

New York will look to end its skid with help from Jacob deGrom, who has been inconsistent since his call-up from Triple-A on May 15.

DeGrom (1-4, 3.62) had a 1.83 ERA through his first three starts, then posted a 6.75 mark in his next four. The rookie has been better over the last two, giving up five hits in seven innings of a 4-0 win over Miami for his first major league victory June 21 before allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2, 11-inning loss to Pittsburgh on Friday.

The right-hander will make his first career start against Atlanta, which has won four of the last five meetings.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

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

Preview:

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:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Preview: Game 75 - Mets at Marlins - deGrom vs Koehler


Preview: Game 75
New York Mets (33-41) at Miami Marlins (37-36)

Probable Starting Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (0-4) 4.39 ERA vs Tom Koehler (5-5) 3.84 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 4:10 PM

Preview:

deGrom
Strong pitching has spurred the Miami Marlins' home success against the New York Mets, and Tom Koehler has been an unexpected contributor.

Koehler looks to extend the Marlins' longest stretch of home dominance on the mound against the Mets on Saturday.

Miami (37-36) has won 13 of the past 18 home meetings with New York behind a 2.37 ERA, and it's at 1.14 in taking six of the last seven. The Marlins won 3-2 Friday after falling 1-0 in the opener of the four-game set a day earlier.

Turning to Koehler (5-5, 3.84 ERA) may only keep that dominance going, while shaking him out of his recent funk.

The right-hander's 18 consecutive scoreless innings at home against the Mets (33-41) is the longest by any Marlins pitcher in the all-time series. That's a big reason why he owns a 1.59 ERA in five home games - three starts - against the NL East rival, splitting a pair of decisions.

Koehler dominated New York at Marlins Park again May 7, yielding two hits in eight innings of a 1-0 victory.

Another meeting may be welcome since he's 1-2 with a 6.99 ERA in five starts after compiling a 1.40 ERA and 2-1 record over the previous four outings.

His struggles came in one inning Monday, blowing a three-run lead by surrendering four in the sixth of a 5-4 loss in 13 to the Chicago Cubs. Koehler gave up four of five runs in the sixth inning against Texas six days earlier.

Adeiny Hechavarria also seems to be rather comfortable at home, hitting .322 compared to .213 on the road. He had a double and two RBIs on Friday, giving him a .389 average in the last nine games in Miami.

The shortstop, though, is 4 for 38 in 12 career home matchups with New York.

The Mets have dropped nine of 11 on the road, failing to score more than four runs in any of those games while batting .165 with runners in scoring position.

Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) takes the ball for New York as he again seeks his first career win.

The rookie right-hander is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA over his last four starts after going 0-2 with a 1.83 mark in his first three, while being backed by four total runs.

DeGrom's latest outing was his worst of the season, giving up six runs and 12 hits while being pulled with one out in the fifth inning of Monday's 6-2 loss at St. Louis.

It may be important for deGrom to show some improvement, as the Mets expect to make a change to the rotation with Dillon Gee (strained right lat) expected to come off the disabled list soon.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, June 16, 2014

Preview: Game 70 - Mets at Cards - drGrom vs Martinez


Preview: Game 70
New York Mets (31-38) at St. Louis Cardinals (37-32)

Pitching Probables:
Jacob deGrom (0-3) 3.44 ERA vs Carlos Martinez (0-3) 4.67 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:10 PM

Preview:


Matt Adams has homered in each game since coming off the disabled list, keeping the St. Louis Cardinals surging.

The New York Mets are just trying to win back-to-back games.

Adams has a chance to become the first Cardinal in three years to homer in four straight games Monday night, when St. Louis attempts to capitalize on a three-game series with the scuffling Mets.

After missing 13 games with tightness in his left calf, Adams has returned in impressive fashion, going 4 for 11 (.364) with four RBIs while helping the Cardinals (37-32) to a three-game sweep of Washington.

The first baseman homered in each of those games, doubling his season total. He's bidding to become the first Cardinal to homer in four straight games since Albert Pujols did it from June 3-7, 2011.

Adams is also batting .412 with 10 RBIs over his last 15 games, with St. Louis winning 11 of them.

The Cardinals are collectively enjoying a power surge, hitting eight homers during a 6-1 stretch to come one short of their total over the previous 26 games. Their 40 homers are the fewest in the NL, and Adams and Holliday got one each to spur Sunday's 5-2 win over the Nationals.

Adams, though, is 5 for 26 in 12 career meetings with the Mets (31-38), but St. Louis has won 12 of the past 16 home matchups thanks partly to a .299 batting average.

New York has managed to score five or more runs twice while losing nine of 12. Though the offense batted .228 over the weekend, the staff's 2.67 ERA helped the Mets take two of three from San Diego after Sunday's 3-1 victory.

The Mets went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, and are hitting .155 in that scenario over the past 12 games.

One of those people may be rookie Jacob deGrom (0-3, 3.44 ERA), who is getting his seventh attempt at his first career win. He's been backed by 11 total runs, getting two or fewer in five of his outings.

That happened again Wednesday, when the right-hander yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-1 loss to Milwaukee.

The Mets are catching a break since they won't be facing Cardinals ace and nine-game winner Adam Wainwright, who is sidelined with tendinitis in his right elbow. He's won his last two starts against them while tossing 14 consecutive scoreless innings.

Carlos Martinez (0-3, 4.67) gets the nod in his place and will make his second major league start. He surrendered four runs in 4 2/3 innings of a 5-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 8.

The right-hander has pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief over two meetings with New York, striking out three.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Preview: Game 65 - Brewers at Mets - Peralta vs deGrom


Preview: Game 65
Milwaukee Brewers (38-27) at New York Mets (29-35)

Probable Pitchers:
Wily Peralta (5-5) 3.03 ERA vs Jacob deGrom (0-2) 3.19 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM

Preview:

New York (29-35) is among the worst offensive teams in the majors with a .234 average, .351 slugging percentage and 47 homers. The Mets are batting .228 over the past seven games but homered on two of their five hits while ending a six-game slide with Tuesday's 6-2 win over Milwaukee.

The victory in the opener of this three-game series came after general manager Sandy Alderson refuted reports that Collins' job was in danger.

The Mets are aiming for their first four-game home winning streak since Aug. 6-20, but they're batting .202 over their last three at Citi Field.

Taylor Teagarden may have done enough to earn another start behind the plate after hitting a grand slam in his Mets debut, hours after being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace demoted catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

Despite Teagarden's unexpected slam, the Mets will likely continue to rely on a staff that has compiled a 1.33 ERA over the past three home games.

Jacob deGrom owns a 1.83 ERA in three home starts, but he's still seeking his first win anywhere in the majors.

The rookie right-hander has allowed seven runs in 11 1/3 innings while not getting a decision over his last two starts -- both on the road. Each of his three previous outings came at Citi Field, and he'll be looking to rebound from his worst performance of the season.

DeGrom (0-2, 3.19 ERA) was tagged for four runs in five innings of Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs. He served up a two-run homer to opposing starter Travis Wood.

The Brewers (38-27) will counter with Wily Peralta (5-5, 3.03), who has struggled with his command while splitting his past two starts. The right-hander allowed 10 runs and three homers with five walks in 10 2/3 innings over those outings after he had a 2.12 ERA in his first 10 games.

Peralta's recent issues were on display during Thursday's 8-5 win at Minnesota. He yielded four runs with three walks while throwing 101 pitches in five innings, but was backed by six runs and got his first win in six starts.

Peralta had little trouble in his only meeting with the Mets on Sept. 16, 2012, allowing two hits in eight innings of a 3-0 victory.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Preview: Game 60 - Mets at Cubs - deGrom (0-2) vs Wood (5-5)


Preview: Game 60
New York Mets (28-31) at Chicago Cubs (22-34)

Probable Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (0-2) 2.42 ERA vs Travis Wood (5-5) 5.15 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:05 PM

Preview:



The Cubs may have the worst record in the National League, but they have not played that way in their first two games in Wrigley against the Mets.

Travis Wood looks to continue his home success as the Cubs go for their first three-game sweep at Wrigley in almost two years Thursday night against the sputtering New York Mets.

Chicago (22-34) has won five of six games at home after dropping 12 of its first 19 there. The success has been spurred by a 1.24 ERA while its pitchers have limited opponents to .201 batting.

The Cubs have held New York (28-31) to two earned runs in the series' first two games.

Chicago is seeking its first three-game sweep at Wrigley since July 13-15, 2012, against Arizona, and hasn't done that against the Mets since April 23-25, 2004.

Wood (5-5, 5.15 ERA) is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA over his last four starts on the North Side -- a stark difference from his 8.04 ERA while dropping four of six road outings.

The left-hander was pounded in Milwaukee on Friday, giving up five runs in the first inning before yielding two more and getting pulled with two outs in the third of an 11-5 loss.

Wood may have better luck against the Mets, against whom he's 2-0 with a 2.92 ERA in three starts since 2012.

Starlin Castro, meanwhile, is trying to build on his three hits and three RBIs from Wednesday's 5-4 win, atoning for a three-run error in the first inning.

The Mets entered this series one game under .500, and squandered first-inning leads in both games. They've gone 2 for 17 with runners in scoring position, and have left the bases loaded three times -- twice Wednesday.

Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.42) is getting a fifth chance at his first career win, and he could use some help from his teammates.

The rookie right-hander has been backed by eight total runs of support, and the bullpen has surrendered seven in 15 innings while blowing two saves in his four outings.

DeGrom got enough help from the offense and was in position to win Saturday in Philadelphia, but Jeurys Familia blew the save in the ninth before the Mets went on to win 5-4 in 14.

The only runs deGrom allowed came on a seventh inning homer before leaving with one out. He's reached or completed the seventh three times.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Mets Scolded for Leaving Field Early?, Familia not balking, No DL for Lagares, DeGrom impressive, despite no wins yet, Eveland on the way...


Mets News and Notes:

Mets Scolded for Leaving Field Early?
The Mets knew they would prevail in a challenge, but they still were not supposed to leave the field. And they got a tongue-lashing as a result.

In Saturday's 14-inning win over the Phillies, second-base umpire Doug Eddings ruled Domonic Brown safe on a two-out steal attempt in the bottom of the fifth.

Mets manager Terry Collins challenged the ruling. And once the Mets saw the replay on the scoreboard and concluded they were in the right, they left the field, even though the umpiring crew had yet to formally reverse the safe call.

“They scolded me,” Collins said. “I took it like a man, like I always do. It’s not the first. It won’t be the last. [The players] just saw the replay on the board so they came off the field. They’re supposed to stay on the field. They’ve been out there so much they want to get off.”

Familia Not Balking
Mets manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen got into an animated discussion with the umpiring crew after Saturday's 14-inning win over the Phillies. And it's a discussion they have had before.

The Mets repeatedly have been told that an aspect of Jeurys Familia's delivery involving his right leg can be considered a balk. The Mets continue to counter that it's part of Familia's natural delivery and therefore permissible.

“It’s part of his delivery that he does that they said it almost can constitute a balk at times,” Collins said. “I told them, ‘You’re the 10th umpire that’s talked about it.’ Nobody has ever called it. So we’ll let it roll.”

No DL for Lagares
Mets manager Terry Collins does not expect Juan Lagares to be in the lineup Sunday, but also does not expect the standout center fielder to land on the disabled list.

Lagares was scratched from Saturday’s start shortly before the first pitch with a right rib-cage injury, which the Mets are calling a spasm. The injury is toward the back of the rib cage, not in the side area which can be particularly problematic when swinging.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Preview: Game 55 - Mets at Phillies - deGrom (0-2) vs Kendrick (1-5)


Preview: Game 55
New York Mets (25-29) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-28)

Probable Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (0-2) 1.83 ERA vs Kyle Kendrick (1-5) 4.05 ERA
TV - PIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 3:05 PM

Preview:


Mets Rookie Jacob deGrom has been outstanding through his first three starts, but they've all ended in losses for New York (25-29) as he's gone 0-2 with a 1.83 ERA.

The New York Mets look to finally give deGrom some support Saturday when they continue a five-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The right-hander has been backed by four runs while becoming the first Mets pitcher to have an ERA under 2.00 through his first three starts without a win since Pete Harnisch and Mike Birkbeck in 1995.

Jim McAndrew is the only Mets rookie to do that through his first four starts in 1968.

The bullpen didn't do deGrom any favors Monday, wasting his 6 2-3 scoreless innings by surrendering five runs over the last two of a 5-3 defeat to Pittsburgh.

DeGrom is also doing his part at the plate, going 4 for 5 while getting at least one hit in each of his three starts. A shortstop at Stetson, he's accounted for half of New York's hits by pitchers.

The Mets may need him to go deep into this outing after fellow rookie Rafael Montero lasted 3 2-3 innings before seven relievers were used in a 6-5, 14-inning loss to the Phillies (24-28) on Friday.

New York had won the previous six meetings in Philadelphia, including a 4-1 victory in the opener of this series Thursday.

The Phillies will turn to Kyle Kendrick (1-5, 4.04), who may sympathize with deGrom's plight for a win. Kendrick is 8-8 with a 3.58 ERA vs the Mets in his career..

Kendrick scattered six hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 9-0 victory over Colorado on Monday, his first in 17 starts since beating the Chicago Cubs 9-8 on Aug. 6. Kendrick was 0-10 with a 5.11 ERA during his drought while receiving an average of 2.51 runs of support.

The right-hander gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings of a 5-4 win at New York on May 10. He's won his last two home starts against the Mets, yielding four runs in 13 2-3 innings. David Wright sees RED when he meets Kendrick, He is batting .341 (15 for 44) with 3 big flies... Daniel Murphy is not hot vs Kendrick batting a mere .200 (6 for 30)...Lucas Duda also in the cold zone vs Kendrick (3 for 18) batting .167. Juan Lagares, who leads off is batting .600 (3 for 5) with a 2B...

Domonic Brown snapped out of his slump Friday, connecting for a three-run homer while adding another RBI. He had been 3 for 30 with one homer and two RBIs over his previous 10 games.

Mets can beat Kendrick, they just have to have the Wright kind of day...LGM!


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

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


Preview:


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.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Pic of the Day: Mets Pitcher Jacob deGrom stops by local restaurant for some italian food


Jacob deGrom Stops by Rocco's Brick Oven Pizzeria in Jackson Heights for a quick bite before his start against the Dodgers..(Seen Above with Manager Michael Pinto).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Preview: Game 45 - Dodgers (24-22) at Mets (20-24) - Ryu (3-2) vs deGrom (0-1)


Preview: Game 45
Los Angeles Dodgers (24-22) at New York Mets (20-24)

Pitching Probables - Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2) 3.00 ERA vs Jacob deGrom (0-1) 1.29 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:10 PM

Preview:

Yasiel Puig is on a tear, and that could go a long way toward maintaining the Los Angeles Dodgers' dominance of the New York Mets.

With Puig seeking another big offensive display and Ryu who is slated to return from the disabled list to try and continue his dominance on the road Wednesday night against the sputtering Mets.

Puig has a .411 average with six homers and 22 RBIs in 18 games, managing at least one hit in all but one of those contests. He had three with a double and an RBI while reaching base five times in Tuesday's 9-4 win to open this series at Citi Field.

The right fielder has gone 6 for 14 with two doubles and four runs over his last three meetings with the Mets (20-24), and that's helped the Dodgers (24-22) to a 10-1 mark in the last 11 matchups.

They're expected to turn to Ryu (3-2, 3.00 ERA) as they try for their first six-game winning streak over New York since 1996.

The left-hander, though, allowed six runs in five innings of a 6-1 loss to Colorado in his last outing April 27. Ryu has been sidelined with shoulder inflammation, but he's not anticipating any limitations during his return.

Ryu has certainly done that on the road, tossing 26 consecutive scoreless innings while going 3-0 through his first four starts. It's the longest road shutout streak to start a season by a Dodger since 1974.

He's yielded one run in seven innings in both of his career starts against the Mets, going 1-0.

New York, a season-worst four games under .500, has batted .207 while dropping five of six games. However, the Mets racked up 11 hits Tuesday, with Curtis Granderson coming within a triple of the cycle and Lucas Duda adding a two-run homer.

Granderson was 1 for 14 over the previous four games, while Duda has a .177 average at home.

A rare recent bright spot for the Mets was the major league debut of Jacob deGrom, who is getting at least one more turn in the rotation with Dillon Gee on the DL due to a strained right lat muscle.

DeGrom was a hard-luck loser in a 1-0 defeat to the New York Yankees on Thursday, yielding one run and four hits in seven innings.

The right-hander also had one of the Mets' three singles Thursday, and he remains their only pitcher to get a hit in 72 at-bats this season.


Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, May 19, 2014

What's on Deck - Dodgers at Mets (3 Game Series) - Pitching Matchups - Dodgers News and Notes


What's on Deck - Mets at Dodgers (3 Game Series)


LOS ANGELES DODGERS (23-22) at NEW YORK METS (20-23) 

Pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38) VS. RHP Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday:  LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00) VS. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29) , 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03) VS. LHP Jon Niese (2-3, 2.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Dodgers News and Notes:

The Mets will have Rafael Montero going for his first win and his second start of the season. Jacob deGrom will pitch in the second game and will hopefully have a better offensive showing than last time as he lost 1-0 in his first MLB game. And Jon Niese will pitch the finale, who imploded a little bit in his last start going only 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, 3 runs and will look to bounce back.

Josh Beckett on Tuesday earned his first win since Sept. 30, 2012. He had been 0-6 in 14 starts. Beckett did not pitch after mid-May last season and ultimately underwent surgery to remove a rib. That procedure attempted to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome -- a pinched nerve affecting his right arm. For the season, the 34-year-old Beckett leads the L.A. rotation in WHIP (1.056) and hits per nine innings (6.3). Beckett is throwing his fastball a career-low 35.5 percent of the time. He now throws a curveball a career-high 30.1 percent.

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a four-inning simulated game Friday and will reenter the rotation Wednesday, officially pushing originally listed starter Paul Maholm to the bullpen. That also could push reliever Chris Withrow to the minors despite a 2.77 ERA, because Withrow is not out of options. Ryu landed on the DL with left-shoulder inflammation.

Maholm (1-4, 5.40 ERA) enters the series off a start against the Miami Marlins in which he allowed 10 runs (five earned) on 11 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Reed Johnson homered against him on a 62 mph curveball, the slowest pitch resulting in a long ball in the majors since Jose Bautista sent a 61.7 mph offering also from Maholm over the outfield wall on May 28, 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Maholm made three relief appearances in March/April, including during the club’s season-opening trip to Australia.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Recap: Game 40 - Yankees (1) at Mets (0) - Bats go silent at Citi, Despite good deGrom Debut


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W: D. Betances (2-0) L: J. deGrom (0-1) S: D. Robertson (7)
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Recap:

Despite impressive Major League debuts from starters Chase Whitley and Jacob deGrom, it was a veteran outfielder who played the biggest role in the finale of the annual Subway Series.

Alfonso Soriano doubled in the game's only run in the seventh, while Dellin Betances struck out six of the seven hitters he faced in relief of Whitley to help the New York Yankees secure a 1-0 win over the New York Mets on Thursday at Citi Field.

Whitley, who got the call in place of an injured CC Sabathia, held the Mets to two hits and two walks before being pulled in the fifth with two outs and runners on second and third.

Betances (2-0) entered and grounded out Eric Young, Jr. before striking out the side in the sixth, and then again in the seventh after Soriano had broken the scoreless deadlock in the top of the frame.

The 25-year-old deGrom, meanwhile, got the nod for the Mets after Dillon Gee was placed on the disabled list Wednesday due to a strained right lat muscle. The right-hander struck out six over six scoreless frames before yielding the game's only run in the seventh.

Mark Teixeira worked a one-out walk, but was quickly retired when Brian McCann followed with a grounder to second baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy fired to second to start a potential inning-ending double play, but David Wright's relay through skipped past Lucas Duda at first, allowing McCann to reach safely to extend the inning.

Two pitches later, Soriano stroked a double into the gap in left-center field and McCann hustled around from first for a 1-0 lead.

Scott Rice replaced deGrom to start the eighth and issued back-to-back one-out walks to spell the end of his outing.

Jeurys Familia took over on the mound and uncorked a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position, but the Mets right-hander got Derek Jeter to smack a chopper to shortstop Ruben Tejada, who fired home to nab Kelly Johnson at the plate. Josh Edgin then flied out Jacoby Ellsbury to end the inning.

The Mets put runners on the corners with two outs in the eighth against Adam Warren following Murphy's two-out single to left, but closer David Robertson got Wright to ground out weakly to short to maintain the Yankees' slim margin.

Robertson retired the Mets in order in the ninth to nail down his seventh save of the season and complete the three-hit shutout.

Game Notes

The Mets won the first two games of the series in the Bronx to extend their win streak to six games over the Yankees before dropping the last two games at home ... Whitley and deGrom both notched their first career hits. The hit for deGrom snapped an 0-for-64 slide for Mets pitchers this season ... The Yankees placed outfielder Carlos Beltran on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with right elbow inflammation ... Jeter, who played in his final regular-season game of the Subway Series, went 4-for-15 during the four-game set ... According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Yankees were involved in a game in which both starters were making their MLB debuts was Oct. 6, 1908 at Boston when the Highlanders' Andy O'Connor faced off against the Red Sox's Doc McMahon at the Huntingon Avenue Baseball Grounds.

Box Score:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Preview: Game 40 - Yankees (20-19) at Mets (19-20) - Whitley vs deGrom (MLB Debuts)


Preview: Game 40
New York Yankees (20-19) at New York Mets (19-20)

Probable Pitchers - Chase Whitley vs Jacob deGrom (MLB Debuts)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10PM

Preview:

Chase Whitley will get to pitch in his first in the majors and try to lead the New York Yankees to a season split with their interleague rivals.

deGrom
The Mets' Jacob deGrom will also make his major league debut Thursday night and try to spoil Jeter's Citi Field finale while helping his club bounce back from its first loss to the Yankees in nearly two years.

Jeter will have another ceremony on his farewell tour before his 93rd game against the Mets. They're probably glad to see him go -- he's batted .370 with 15 homers in those matchups, including an MVP performance in winning the 2000 World Series in five games.
That average is his best versus any opponent he's played at least 10 games against, and the 15 home runs are 10 more than against any NL team.

Whitley will try to help the future Hall of Famer exit the Subway Series a winner while filling in for CC Sabathia (right knee), one of three Yankees starters on the disabled list along with Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova.

Whitley is being called up by the Yankees (20-19) after going 3-2 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts and one relief appearance at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, striking out 32 in 26 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander is 22-16 with a 2.65 ERA in 151 career minor league games.

Whitley will have a tough act to follow after fellow rookie Masahiro Tanaka improved to 6-0 with his first shutout Wednesday, a 4-0 victory.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mets News: Dillon Gee to 15 Day DL with Lat Strain, deGrom to take his place in rotation


Mets News:


In a stunning development, the Mets announced Wednesday that right-hander Dillon Gee will go on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle.

Rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom, called up this week to join the bullpen, will instead take Gee's spot in the rotation and start Thursday night's Subway Series finale against the New York Yankees.

The Mets were already set to start rookie Rafael Montero on Wednesday against the Yankees. Now, they'll have two pitchers making their major-league debuts on back-to-back nights.

The Yankees also will have a pitcher making his big-league debut Thursday, right-hander Chase Whitley.

The last time two starting pitchers debuted opposite each other in a MLB game came on Sept. 7, 2010 -- Gee against the Washington Nationals' Yunesky Maya.
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