Showing posts with label Josh Beckett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Josh Beckett. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Preview: Game 44 - Dodgers (23-22) at Mets (20-23) - Beckett (1-1) vs Montero (0-1) - Granderson Likes Hitting Beckett


Preview: Game 44
Dodgers (23-22) at Mets (20-23)
Probable Pitchers - Josh Beckett (1-1) 2.38 ERA vs Rafael Montero (0-1) 4.50 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio  - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10PM


Preview:

Dodger starter Josh Beckett will look to win his second in a row and he will be opposed by Mets Prospect Rafael Montero, who is hoping for a strong outing to preserve his spot in the rotation as Dillon Gee works his way toward a return.

Montero, one of the Mets' top pitching prospects, lost 4-0 to the New York Yankees in his major league debut Wednesday. The right-hander surrendered three runs on five hits in six innings and was stung by a pair of home runs.

Prior to last Tuesday's 7-1 Dodger home win over Miami in which he allowed an unearned run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings, Beckett (1-1, 2.38 ERA) hadn't won in 14 starts since Sept. 30, 2012. He has a 1.67 ERA in his last six outings, and he's crediting that success to catcher A.J. Ellis urging him to mix in his curveball more frequently.

He hasn't faced the Mets since 2009 and is 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 matchups. David Wright is 1 for 18 against him. Curtis Granderson is the opposite batting .297 (11 for 37) with a 2B,  2 3B, 3 HR's and 5 RBi's vs Beckett. Chris Young has 3 hits in 10 AB's off Beckett...

The Dodgers (23-22) have won nine of 10 against New York (20-23), a trend that could continue if the Mets don't pick it up offensively. They've hit .188 and scored 10 runs while losing four of five, and they're 5-12 in May.

In addition to the struggling offense, the Mets made a pair of errors in Sunday's 6-3 loss in Washington, one of which resulted in a two-run third inning for the Nationals.

The Dodgers have also struggled lately, dropping six of their last eight series, including a three-game set in Arizona after Sunday's 5-3 defeat.

Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer as the Dodgers continued to produce offensively. They've averaged 5.4 runs and gotten on base at a .369 clip in their last eight games, but it's resulted in a 4-4 record partly because of a 5.58 ERA. Los Angeles' 37 errors are among the most in the majors.

Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. is 2 for 24 in his last six games, while second baseman Daniel Murphy has a 10-game hitting streak.

Mets need to start hitting and Montero has to shut down a very dangerous lineup. LGM!


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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.

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