Showing posts with label Mets at Pirates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets at Pirates. Show all posts

Monday, June 30, 2014

Recap: Game 82 - Mets (2) at Pirates (5) - Pirates get to Colon early, never look back


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W: E. Volquez (6-6) L: B. Colon (8-6) S: M. Melancon (15)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - P. Alvarez (13)

Recap:

Pedro Alvarez belted a two-run homer and Edinson Volquez struck out seven, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 win over the New York Mets on Sunday in the finale of a four-game series.

Alvarez finished with three RBI for the Pirates, who won three of four in the series to improve to 7-2 in their last nine games.

Volquez (6-6) gave up eight hits and a walk in six scoreless innings.

Bartolo Colon (8-6) had an eight-start unbeaten streak snapped after allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings.

The Mets, losers in four of their last five, out-hit the Pirates 13-8 but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position over the first eight innings.

That was, until the Mets scored twice and brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth after being shut out by Justin Wilson and Tony Watson in the seventh and eighth.

Juan Lagares hit a leadoff single off Jared Hughes, went to third on Travis d'Arnaud's double and scored on Chris Young's groundout.

Ruben Tejada added a two-out RBI bloop single to chase Hughes from the game. Mark Melancon came in and gave up a single to Daniel Murphy, his third hit of the game, but retired Curtis Granderson on a fly ball to end the game and earn his 15th save.

The Pirates sent seven players to the plate against Colon in the first inning and took a 3-0 lead on Ike Davis' sliced two-run single to left field and Alvarez's RBI double into the right-field corner.

Josh Harrison led off the fourth inning with a double and Alvarez followed by teeing off on an 88 mph fastball, knocking it into the right-field seats for his 13th homer of the season and a 5-0 Pittsburgh lead.

Game Notes

Colon had been 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his previous seven starts. His last loss before Sunday came May 6 at Miami ... The Pirates went 4-3 against the Mets this season ... The Mets start a three-game series in Atlanta on Monday ... The Pirates will host Arizona in a three-game series beginning Tuesday.

Box Score:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday's #Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 82


Sunday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 82

1. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF
2. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
4. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
5. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
6. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
8. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

Preview: Game 82 - Mets at Pirates - Colon vs Volquez


Preview: Game 82
New York Mets (37-44) at Pittsburgh Pirates (41-40)

Probable Pitchers:
Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.67 ERA) vs Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:35 PM

Preview:

Bartolo Colon has to like his chances of extending his winning streak to seven games since he owns a lower ERA against the Pittsburgh Pirates than any other opponent.

None of the previous Pittsburgh teams the New York Mets starter has faced had Gregory Polanco.

How the 41-year-old Colon fares against the 22-year-old Polanco figures to be one of Sunday's most intriguing matchups in the finale of a four-game set at PNC Park.

Colon (8-5, 3.67 ERA) improved to 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his last seven starts Tuesday by limiting Oakland to one run over eight innings in a 10-1 home rout. This streak is his longest since he won seven straight starts May 20-June 28, 2013, with the Athletics.

The eight-inning stint was his second straight and the third time this year the veteran right-hander has lasted that long.

Colon is 4-1 in six starts against Pittsburgh (41-40) with a 1.22 ERA. That includes a 5-0 victory May 28 in which he struck out a season-high nine over 7 1/3 innings.

That contest came before the Pirates called up Polanco on June 10, so Colon will get his first look at his Dominican countryman Sunday.

Polanco is 0 for 9 over the last two games after striking out twice among five hitless at-bats in Saturday's 5-3 defeat.

New York (37-44) played its second straight game without star third baseman David Wright, who has a bruised left rotator cuff. The Mets will reevaluate Wright on Monday and think he can avoid a trip to the disabled list.

Rookie Eric Campbell filled in Saturday at third and had three hits as New York held on after building a five-run lead two innings into the game to end a three-game slide.

Pittsburgh fell for the second time in eight games and will try to capture the series behind Edinson Volquez (5-6, 4.35), who is 1-5 with a 6.63 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets. Curtis Granderson is 0 for 6 against the right-hander, and 0 for 21 with seven strikeouts against Pittsburgh this year.

Andrew McCutchen is 10 for 31 during a modest eight-game hitting streak and is batting .379 during an eight-game run against the Mets. He leads the NL with 54 walks.

Starling Marte hasn't started any of Pittsburgh's last four games due to a swollen finger on his right hand, though he struck out as a pinch-hitter Saturday. He is 0 for 7 against Colon.

The Pirates are a major league-worst 10-20 in day games.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Happy Recap: Game 81 - Mets (5) at Pirates (3) - Mets beat up Cole early, Niese Finally Gets Win



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W: J. Niese (5-4) L: G. Cole (6-4) S: J. Mejia (8)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - None

Recap:

Daniel Murphy's second-inning single knocked in two of five early runs for the New York Mets, who came away with a 5-3 decision over the Pittsburgh Pirates to halt a three-game losing streak.

The Mets scored three times in the first inning off Gerrit Cole in the young Pittsburgh hurler's first start since June 3, then struck twice more in the second to stake Jon Niese to a comfortable lead.

Niese (5-4) got through six innings to allow three runs and strike out five, with Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia combining to hold the Pirates scoreless the rest of the way.

Cole (6-4) lasted just four innings, permitting seven hits and three walks while laboring through 93 pitches.

Josh Harrison went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss, just the second in the Pirates' last eight games.

Cole, returning from a 3 1/2-week absence due to shoulder fatigue, had retired two of the first three batters before the Mets strung together three straight two-out hits to move in front.

Lucas Duda singled to keep the opening inning alive for Eric Campbell, who ripped a double down the third-base line to bring home Ruben Tejada for a 1-0 edge. After a wild pitch from Cole enabled Duda to cross the plate, Kirk Nieuwenhuis came through with a base hit to increase the lead to 3-0.

Cole then got himself in further trouble by issuing a pair of walks an inning afterward, setting up Murphy's two-run hit that followed stolen bases from Eric Young and Curtis Granderson.

Niese, in contrast to Cole, breezed through the initial three innings prior to temporarily losing command of the strike zone in the fourth. He walked three straight Pittsburgh hitters during the frame, with Pedro Alvarez and Chris Stewart drawing the last two with the bases loaded to pull the Bucs within 5-2.

Andrew McCutchen had began Pittsburgh's half of the fourth with a double and reached third on Harrison's infield single.

The Pirates inched closer in the fifth, when Gaby Sanchez's two-out double preceded singles by Harrison and Neil Walker that accounted for another run. Niese bounced back with a 1-2-3 sixth, however, and Familia retired all six men he faced before Mejia notched his eighth save with a clean ninth.

Campbell, filling in for an injured David Wright (shoulder) at third base, ended 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

Game Notes

Both teams donned Negro League uniforms as part of the Pirates' Heritage Weekend celebration, with the Bucs honoring the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Mets the Brooklyn Royal Giants ... Ernesto Frieri, acquired by the Pirates from the Angels Friday in exchange for deposed closer Jason Grilli, threw a perfect top of the ninth in his Pittsburgh debut ... McCutchen's double gave him 20 extra-base hits in June, making him the first Pirate to have that many in a month since Brian Giles in June of 2001 ... The Mets improved to 17-11 in day games.

Box Score:

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 81


Saturday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 81

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
7. Anthony Recker (R) C
8. Jon Niese (L) P
9. Eric Young Jr. (S) LF

Preview: Game 81 - Mets at Pirates - Niese vs Cole


Preview: Game 81
New York Mets (36-44) at Pittsburgh Pirates (41-39)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (4-4, 2.78 ERA) vs Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.63 ERA)
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 4:05 PM

Preview:

Pittsburgh (41-39) has won six of seven games behind a 2.16 ERA from the starters, almost two runs below its season mark that ranks near the bottom of the NL.

That recent success includes a pair of impressive performances from Vance Worley and Brandon Cumpton, who combined to allow three runs in 14 innings to lead the Pirates to wins in the first two games of this four-game series.

Cumpton went seven innings Friday and allowing two runs before Josh Harrison's walkoff double gave the Pirates a 3-2, 11-inning win.

Cole (6-3, 3.64 ERA) will pitch for the first time since allowing one run with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-1 victory at San Diego on June 3.

The right-hander was 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA over his last four starts before going on the disabled list. He's 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA in his past seven home games dating to 2013.

Cole, though, was charged with a 4-2 loss in his only meeting with the Mets on July 14, giving up three runs with five strikeouts in five innings.

He won't have to contend with David Wright, who was scratched Friday due to a sore left shoulder and is headed back to New York for an MRI. The All-Star third baseman has batted .385 with eight RBIs over his past 10 games.

That stretch included two hits and an RBI the last time Jonathon Niese (4-4, 2.78) took the mound.

The left-hander finally got some help while winning for the first time in six starts Sunday, allowing three runs in six innings and getting plenty of run support in an 11-5 win at Miami. He'd received three or fewer runs in 11 of his first 14 starts this season.

Niese also helped himself with a successful suicide squeeze, while giving up fewer than four runs for the 19th straight start.

He's certainly done that in his two games at Pittsburgh, winning both while allowing two runs in 12 2/3 innings. His most recent matchup with the Pirates came at home May 27, when he gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 4-2 victory, though he didn't get a decision.

Andrew McCutchen is 4 for 10 with two doubles against Niese. The star center fielder has one hit in each of the first two games of this series and is batting .347 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 25 games this month.

He's gone 10 for 25 over his past seven meetings with the Mets (36-44).

Pittsburgh acquired Ernesto Frieri in a trade Friday, sending Jason Grilli to the Los Angeles Angels in a deal involving a pair of struggling former closers.

Frieri had a career-high 37 saves with a 3.80 ERA last year, but has blown three of 14 save opportunities while posting a 6.39 ERA in 2014.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Recap: Game 80 - Mets (2) at Pirates (3) - Mets Lose in 11th



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W: J. Hughes (4-2) L: V. Black (1-2)
HR: NYM - None   PIT - None

Recap:

Josh Harrison's walk-off double in the 11th inning lifted the Pittsburgh Pirates over the New York Mets, 3-2, on Friday in the second game of a four-game series.

Clint Barmes drew a one-out walk off Vic Black (1-2) in the ninth and Harrison smacked a two-out, first-pitch fastball to the right-center field wall which allowed Barmes to come around from first to score without a throw.

Jared Hughes (4-2) allowed just one hit in the two extra frames to earn the win.

Jordy Mercer drove in two runs for the Pirates, who have won six of their last seven contests.

Lucas Duda collected two RBI and Travis d'Arnaud had three hits for the Mets, losers of three straight.

The Pirates had a golden opportunity to end the came in the 10th inning but failed to do so. The frame started with runners on second and third. After a strikeout, Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked to loaded the bases, and Mets closer Jenrry Mejia escaped with a strikeout and a flyout.

Each team scored two runs in the fourth.

Ruben Tejada singled and Murphy doubled to right to put runners in scoring position to begin the frame. Duda followed with a two-run single off the glove of first baseman Ike Davis to put the Mets up 2-0.

The Pirates tied it on a Mercer two-out base hit up the middle with the bases loaded to score McCutchen and Davis.

Bobby Abreu had a chance to break the tie in the ninth with runners on first and third but grounded out to end the inning.

Game Notes

Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings ... Pirates starter Brandon Cumpton tossed seven innings, yielding two runs on six hits ... The Mets' David Wright was a late scratch and will travel back to New York to undergo an MRI on his left shoulder ... The Pirates acquired reliever Ernesto Frieri from the Angels on Friday, in exchange for reliever Jason Grilli ... Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson snapped a 34-game streak of reaching base safely.

Box Score:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday's #Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 80


Friday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 80

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Chris Young (R) LF
6. Juan Lagares (R) CF
7. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
8. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

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:

Recap: Game 79 - Mets (2) at Pirates (5) - Polanco Drives in Four to Doom Mets


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W: V. Worley (2-0) L: D. Matsuzaka (3-2) S: M. Melancon (14)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (12)   PIT - G. Polanco (2)

Recap:

Gregory Polanco drove in a career-high four runs and Vance Worley tossed seven effective innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets at PNC Park.

Polanco belted his second major league homer as part of a 2-for-3 night to lead Pittsburgh offensively, while Worley (2-0) scattered seven hits and a pair of walks to hold the Mets to one run and help the surging Pirates to their fifth win in six games.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-2) served up Polanco's three-run blast and was tagged for five runs overall while issuing four walks over six innings of work.

Lucas Duda had a solo homer for New York and David Wright added an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Though they were able to manufacture a run in the third inning, the Pirates didn't record their first hit off Matsuzaka until Andrew McCutchen doubled to open the bottom of the fourth with the game tied at 1-1. The reigning NL MVP later took third on a groundout and scored as Ike Davis, caught in a rundown after being picked off first, was able to hold off being tagged out long enough to enable McCutchen to cross the plate.

Pittsburgh put up three hits, though, during a game-breaking fifth inning which was highlighted by Polanco's towering shot deep into the right-field seats with a pair of runners aboard that increased Pittsburgh's lead to 5-1.

That was more than enough for Worley, who was reached for three hits during a shaky second inning but was bailed out when Josh Harrison made a perfect one- hop throw from left field to nab Bobby Abreu at the plate on a Ruben Tejada single.

The Pirates then took advantage of Matsuzaka's leadoff walk to Jordy Mercer to move ahead in the third. A sacrifice by Worley and a wild pitch placed Mercer on third with one out, with Polanco knocking in his first run of the night with a grounder to second.

Worley served up Duda's opposite-field homer that landed just inside the foul pole in the fourth, but kept the Mets off the board for the remainder of his stint with the help of a pair of double plays turned by the Pirates' infield.

New York did manage a run in the eighth on back-to-back doubles from Daniel Murphy and Wright off Tony Watson, but went down in order against Mark Melancon in the ninth as the Pirates' closer picked up his 14th save.

Game Notes

Matsuzaka had gone 34 consecutive innings without allowing a home run until surrendering Polanco's shot, which gave the Pirates a homer in a season-best seven straight games ... Watson entered the game having not permitted an earned run in his last 26 appearances, a span of 26 1/3 innings ... Juan Lagares, activated from the disabled list prior to the game, went 1-for-4 for New York in his first game since June 1 ... Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte sat out a second straight day while recovering from a knee to the head Tuesday at Tampa Bay.

Box Score:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thursday's #Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 79


Thursday's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 79


1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Bobby Abreu (L) LF
6. Juan Lagares (R) CF
7. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Daisuke Matsuzaka (R) P

Preview: Game 79 - Mets at Pirates - Dice-K vs Worley


Preview: Game 79
New York Mets (36-42) at Pittsburgh Pirates (39-39)

Pitching Probables:
Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-1, 2.68 ERA) vs Vance Worley (1-0, 1.98 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:05 PM

Preview:

When Francisco Liriano and Gerrit Cole went down with injuries earlier this month, the already unreliable Pittsburgh Pirates' rotation was left with few appealing options.

Vance Worley might be the biggest surprise of the bunch, and he'll try to deliver his third straight stellar start -- and make a case for staying in the revamped rotation -- Thursday night when the Pirates kick off a four-game home set against the New York Mets.

Cole had yet to take a step forward from his impressive rookie season before hitting the disabled list June 8 and Liriano took a serious step back from his outstanding 2013 before joining Cole three days later, but their absences still seemed to leave the Pirates' rotation in turmoil.

Pittsburgh (39-39) had a major league-low nine wins from its starters through May and a 4.55 ERA that was second-worst in the NL, but the rotation has turned a corner despite its injuries. The Pirates posted just 23 quality starts through their first 60 games, but they've had 14 in their last 18 after Charlie Morton bounced back from a three-run first to hold Tampa Bay scoreless over his final six innings in Wednesday's 5-1 loss.

Two of those have come from Worley (1-0, 1.98 ERA), who threw seven scoreless innings at Miami on June 15 and held the Cubs to three runs over 6 2/3 in Saturday's 5-3 victory. Combining his two major league starts with his seven in Triple-A this season, the right-hander has struck out 52 and walked five in 58 2/3 innings.

Yet with Cole returning Saturday, Worley -- who posted a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts for Minnesota last season -- may not stick in the rotation.

Worley, who spent his first three years with Philadelphia, hasn't had a lot of luck against the Mets (36-42). He has a 6.87 ERA in eight starts, the most recent of which -- a one-plus inning, nine-run disaster April 12, 2013, with the Twins -- was the worst of his career.

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 12 for 17 (.706) with two walks against Worley. Also Lucas Duda is batting .405 (5 for 11),  David Wright is batting (.353) , Ruben Tejada (.389) vs Worley..

New York's offense put up 25 runs during its sixth three-game winning streak of the season heading into Thursday, but for a sixth time it failed to extend a streak to four. Oakland scored six times in the first two innings off Zack Wheeler and went on to win 8-5 -- a rare misstep from a rotation that had posted a 1.64 ERA over the past seven games.

The Mets will try to bounce back as Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-1, 2.68) faces the Pirates for the first time. The right-hander, who will be making his sixth start, was solid in his latest outing, limiting the Marlins to just a first-inning run and making it through 5 1/3 in Saturday's 3-2 loss.

Matsuzaka should have Juan Lagares behind him in this contest as the center fielder comes off the DL after a ribcage injury that's kept him out since June 1.

The Pirates again may be without left fielder Starling Marte, who passed a concussion test after a collision at second base Tuesday night but has a stiff right middle finger that's limiting his ability to throw.

Mets Projected Lineup:
  1. Juan Lagares - CF
  2. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson - RF
  5. Chris Young - LF
  6. Lucas Duda - 1B
  7. Travis d'Arnaud - C
  8. Ruben Tejada - SS
  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka - RHP


Batter/Pitcher Splits:
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