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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Preview: Game 108 - Phillies at Mets - Kendrick vs Wheeler


Preview: Game 108
Philadelphia Phillies (47-60) at New York Mets (51-56)

Probable Pitchers:
Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87 ERA) vs Zack Wheeler ( 5-8, 3.64 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 12:10 PM

The Mets attempt to bounce back from another rough performance at the plate and provide some support for Wheeler on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.64 ERA) was tagged for six runs in two innings of an 8-5 loss to Oakland on June 25, but he's rebounded with a 1.41 ERA and a 2-0 record in five starts since.

The right-hander seemed to do that Friday, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and three hits with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings before Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the ninth of a 3-2 win at Milwaukee.

Wheeler, though, didn't get any supporting runs for his second straight game, and he's been backed by three or fewer in 16 of his 21 starts, going 1-8 despite a 3.86 ERA. That includes a 1.42 ERA without a decision over the last three such games, with New York losing two of them.

He got enough help at Philadelphia (47-60) on May 29, striking out nine while allowing one run in 6 1/3 innings of a 4-1 win.

The Mets (51-56) were blanked 6-0 on Tuesday with Chase Utley providing the big blow with his first grand slam since 2010. New York was shut out for the ninth time to surpass its total from all last year and has scored three runs or fewer in 10 of 11 games, batting .193 in that stretch.

Tuesday's win was the fourth in six games for the Phillies, who have batted .291 during that span, 50 points higher than their season mark.

Grady Sizemore's .314 average in 14 games since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley has been a pleasant surprise. His home run Tuesday was his first in a Phillies uniform and his first since April 11 with Boston.

Philadelphia sends Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87) to the mound hoping he can win back-to-back starts for the second time this year. The right-hander earned a 9-5 win over Arizona on Friday, allowing three runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings.

However, Kendrick failed to complete six innings for the fourth straight start, and he's 2-2 with an 8.59 ERA over that stretch.

That was the case in his most recent visit to Citi Field on May 10, yielding four runs in 5 1/3 innings before the offense bailed him out by rallying for a 5-4 win.

He's 0-1 with a 4.67 ERA over his last three starts against the Mets after going 4-0 with a 3.18 ERA in the previous four meetings.

Mets third baseman David Wright is 13 for 34 (.382) with three homers the past four seasons against Kendrick.

Batter vs Pitcher:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Preview: Game 107 - Phillies at Mets - Hamels vs Gee


Preview: Game 107
Philadelphia Phillies (46-60) at New York Mets (51-55)

Probable Pitchers:
Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72 ERA) vs Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - 710 WOR AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM


The New York Mets have been swinging hot bats during a positive stretch at Citi Field, though they might have a difficult time continuing that trend against one of the NL's top pitchers.

As the Mets go for their longest home winning streak in four years Tuesday night, Philadelphia's Cole Hamels hopes to keep showing the Phillies why they might be better off holding on to him through the trade deadline.

New York (51-55) has averaged 5.9 runs while winning eight of nine at home, scoring four in the first inning and three in the fifth off A.J. Burnett in Monday's 7-1 win to open this three-game set.

Travis d'Arnaud had a three-run homer and two doubles to lead the onslaught. Lucas Duda added an RBI single and is hitting .354 with 13 RBIs in his last 15 home games.

New York, however, could have a tougher time with Hamels as it looks to win five straight home games for the first time since a nine-game run from May 22-June 8, 2010.

Hamels (5-5, 2.72 ERA) ranks ninth in the NL in ERA, including a 1.74 mark over his last 11 starts as he's limited opponents to three runs or less in each. He won a second straight outing for the first time this season Thursday, allowing one run and striking out 10 over eight innings in a 2-1 victory over San Francisco.

Hamels is 7-14 with a 4.38 ERA in 29 career starts against the Mets as he meets them for the fourth time in 2014. He allowed a season high six runs over 4 2/3 innings in a 6-1 loss April 29, then did not factor in the decision in May and June starts when he gave up one earned run over seven innings in each with a combined 18 strikeouts as Philadelphia lost both.

Daniel Murphy is hitting .386 lifetime off Hamels, going 5 for 10 with two doubles this season.

New York's Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49) hopes to regroup after giving up a season-high six runs over five innings in Thursday's 9-1 loss at Milwaukee. He's 1-2 with a 5.82 ERA in three starts after missing two months with a strained right lat.

The right-hander is 3-3 with a 6.71 ERA in 10 career starts against the Phillies. In his only meeting this season, he surrendered three runs over six innings before the bullpen blew a one-run lead in a 5-4 home loss May 10.

Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 3 with a home run off Gee in that contest and is 11 for 22 lifetime in the matchup.

Ryan Howard is 9 for 18 off Gee with six home runs -- twice as many as any other player against him -- but went 0 for 5 with an error Monday. He was 7 for 19 with a home run in his previous four games.

Former Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd is batting .362 in his last 10 games after Monday's four-hit effort. Carlos Ruiz also had four hits, leaving him 8 for 16 since missing nearly a month with a concussion.

Batter vs Pitcher:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Preview: Game 106 - Phillies at Mets - Burnett vs Colon


Preview: Game 106
Philadelphia Phillies (46-59) at New York Mets (50-55)

Probable Pitchers:
A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM


Former teammates with the New York Yankees in 2011, Bartolo Colon and A.J. Burnett could both be pitching elsewhere soon since the Mets (50-55) and Phillies (46-59) are the NL East's worst teams leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.

Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA), who agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal in the offseason, gave up two runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday to win for the first time in five outings in a 3-2 victory at Seattle.

Burnett (6-9, 3.86) signed a deal with Philadelphia in the offseason that guarantees him $22.5 million over two seasons. He was brilliant in his last outing with eight scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-1 home loss to San Francisco.

Both pitchers have proved their durability by leading their respective teams in innings. The 41-year-old Colon has logged 134, while the 37-year-old Burnett has worked 144 2/3 to rank him among the NL's best.

Colon won his lone 2014 start against the Phillies on June 2, surrendering two runs in seven innings in an 11-2 rout at Citizens Bank Park. He has pitched at least seven innings in his last seven outings at home.

Burnett's teams have won his last five starts against New York. He's 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA over that stretch after giving up five runs in seven innings May 30 in a 6-5, 14-inning victory at home.

New York, which last played at home July 13, capped a 5-5 trip with Sunday's 2-0 victory at Milwaukee to split a four-game set. The Mets took two of three in Seattle in their previous series.

Lucas Duda's two-run homer was all the offense the Mets needed. Duda has homered four times in his last six games.

Duda has a double in two at-bats versus Burnett, who has limited Mets star David Wright to three hits in 24 at-bats with 11 strikeouts.

Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in Sunday's 4-2 win over Arizona. He is 3 for 8 since returning to the lineup after being benched for three games by manager Ryne Sandberg.

Howard is 0 for 2 against Colon this year after homering twice in two at-bats in the only previous meeting between the two in 2008.

The Mets have won six of nine against the Phillies.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

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:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Preview: Game 104 - Mets at Brewers - Niese vs Peralta


Preview: Game 104
New York Mets (49-54) at Milwaukee Brewers (58-46)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (5-5, 3.13 ERA) vs Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58)
TV- SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM


Preview:

Lucas Duda has homered on three of his last four hits, and his latest got the New York Mets a dramatic victory.

They may need more late heroics to beat the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers again considering how they've fared against Wily Peralta.

Duda attempts to continue his success at Miller Park as the Mets attempt to solve Peralta for the first time Saturday night.

Duda is 4 for 13 (.308) over the past four games, and three of those hits have left the yard. He homered just twice in his previous 20 games.

The first baseman leads the Mets (49-54) with a career-high 17 homers and hit one in each of the first two matchups of this four-game set, but his latest came in clutch fashion Friday. He capped a three-run ninth by connecting for a two-run shot off former Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez in a 3-2 win.

Duda seems rather comfortable in Milwaukee (58-46), where he has three homers, two doubles and six RBIs in five career games. However, he's 0 for 4 with two strikeouts against Peralta (11-6, 3.58 ERA), who is aiming to set a career high in wins by helping Milwaukee bounce back from its first loss in five games.

Peralta has won his last two starts in impressive fashion, allowing two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in 14 innings.

The right-hander could be in for another strong showing since he's been dominant in winning both of his career starts against the Mets.

Peralta held them to a run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 3-1 road victory June 11, and he yielded two hits in eight innings of a 3-0 victory at Miller Park on Sept. 16, 2012.

David Wright is 0 for 6 against Peralta but coming off his third multihit effort in five days.

The Mets will counter with Jonathon Niese (5-5, 3.13), who is looking to show some improvement after struggling in his return from the disabled list. The left-hander, who was out with a strained shoulder, allowed four runs and a season-high 11 hits in six innings of Monday's 5-2 loss at Seattle.

Perhaps facing the Brewers could help. Niese is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA over his last four starts against them, and both victories came at Miller Park. In his only start versus Milwaukee this year, he yielded one run with eight strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of a 5-1 loss in 13 on June 12.

He's held slugger Ryan Braun to 1 for 10 over the past four years, including 0 for 4 with two strikeouts last month.

Braun went 0 for 4 on Friday, snapping a 12-game hitting streak overall and 15-game run at home. He's still batting .370 with three homers and seven RBIs over his last seven home meetings with the Mets.

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Preview: Game 103 - Mets at Brewers - Wheeler vs Gallardo


Preview: Game 103
New York Mets (48-54) at Milwaukee Brewers (58-45)

Probable Pitchers:
Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) vs Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - 710 AM - First Pitch: 8:10 PM

Preview:

With Jonathan Lucroy helping both the offense and pitching staff perform at a high level, the Milwaukee Brewers are on the verge of their longest winning streak since April.

The All-Star catcher will try to continue his strong play and Yovani Gallardo looks to turn things around on the mound as the Brewers go for a fifth straight win Friday night against the visiting New York Mets.

After hitting his 12th home run in Thursday's 9-1 victory in the opener, Lucroy is 6 for 12 with three homers over three straight multi-hit games and is 9 for 22 with two long balls in his past five versus New York.

Ryan Braun and Khris Davis also went deep for NL Central-leading Milwaukee (58-45), which has totaled 34 runs and hit .329 with 10 homers while winning a season-best five straight at Miller Park.

Lucroy also has been behind the plate while the Brewers have posted a 1.75 ERA in their last four games. They haven't won five in a row since a season-high nine-game run from April 4-13.

Matt Garza bounced back from his previous rough outing Thursday when he gave up one run and two hits over eight innings. Now the Brewers are hoping to get a similar performance from Gallardo (5-5, 3.79 ERA), who hasn't won since June 19.

Following four starts in which he went 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA, Gallardo is 0-1 with a 6.17 mark in his last four. The right-hander hopes to get back on track by winning his third straight start against the slumping Mets (48-54).

Slugger David Wright is 3 for 19 with eight strikeouts when facing Gallardo, but Lucas Duda is 5 for 10 with two home runs and Daniel Murphy is 6 for 15 with three doubles. Duda provided one of the few highlights Thursday with his career-high 16th homer as the Mets lost for the fourth time in six games.

New York's Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78) is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last four starts after allowing one run over six innings at San Diego on Sunday. The right-hander, however, did not factor in the decision while receiving no run support in the 2-1 loss.

Wheeler has pitched well on the road, going 2-1 with a 1.66 ERA in his last six outings. In his only career start at Miller Park, he gave up three runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a 12-5 win July 5, 2013.

Carlos Gomez went 3 for 3 with a double off him in that contest. The former New York outfielder is 9 for 19 in his last five at home and 12 for 26 in his last five against the Mets after Thursday's two-hit effort.

Braun is batting .383 with 11 RBIs over a 12-game hit streak for Brewers, who have followed a 1-11 stretch by winning six of eight to open a three-game lead over St. Louis and Pittsburgh.

Milwaukee's Scooter Gennett could miss his third straight game due to tightness in his quad, but New York's Ruben Tejada is expected back after missing the opener as a precaution because he was hit in the helmet by a pitch Wednesday.


Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Preview: Game 102 - Mets at Brewers - Gee vs Garza


Preview: Game 102
New York Mets (48-53) at Milwaukee Brewers (57-45)

Probable Pitchers:
Dillon Gee (4-2, 2.92 ERA) vs Matt Garza (6-7, 4.04 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 8:10 PM

Preview:

Matt Garza should be pretty well-rested when he takes the mound Thursday night.

That's because the Milwaukee Brewers right-hander followed some time off for the All-Star break with the shortest start of his career, leaving him with fewer than 50 pitches thrown in the last two weeks as he gets ready to face the visiting New York Mets in the opener of a four-game series.

Garza (6-7, 4.04 ERA) allowed two runs and three hits over 7 2/3 innings in his final outing before the break, a 9-1 home loss to Philadelphia on July 10. He had eight days off before starting in Washington on Saturday, and the rest didn't help.

Garza gave up five runs and five hits while walking two and recording just one out while throwing 42 pitches.

Garza, who went 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA in his previous six starts, also said he wasn't concerned.

The Brewers (57-45) considered bringing Garza back earlier, but he said he didn't want to mess up anyone else's routine.

The decision has paid off for NL Central-leading Milwaukee, which is coming off a three-game sweep of Cincinnati highlighted by a 2.29 ERA from its starters. Kyle Lohse pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and Mark Reynolds homered twice in Wednesday's 5-1 victory.

The Brewers have won five of seven following a 1-11 stretch.

The Brewers will next face Dillon Gee, who also lost his first start after the break. Gee (4-2, 2.92) allowed four runs and five hits -- two homers -- in five innings of a 6-0 defeat at San Diego on Saturday.

The Mets (48-53) enter this series after Bartolo Colon was perfect through 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 win over Seattle on Wednesday. They took two of three against the Mariners and have split the first six contests of a 10-game trip.

Gee has lost all three starts against Milwaukee behind a 6.75 ERA, while Garza hasn't received a decision in two outings versus the Mets despite posting a 1.93 ERA.

Neither pitched when the Brewers took two of three in New York from June 10-12.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Preview: Game 101 - Mets at Mariners - Colon vs Walker


Preview: Game 101
New York Mets (47-53) at Seattle Mariners (53-47)

Probable Pitchers:
Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.42) vs Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch : 3:40 PM

Preview:

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) is 11-0 with a 1.76 ERA in his last 12 starts in Seattle, a stretch that started with Cleveland in Game 1 of the 2001 AL division series. His only career loss there came about six weeks earlier.

The right-hander's mastery of the Mariners (53-47) hasn't been limited to Safeco recently, as he's 4-0 with a 1.96 ERA in his last five overall matchups.

Maybe a return to Seattle can get Colon back on track. He's 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in four starts after going 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA over his previous seven.

A stomach ailment led to one of his shortest outings of the season Friday. Colon squandered a 4-0 lead by giving up four runs in the fifth inning before being pulled in a 5-4 win at San Diego to open this 10-game road trip. It was the first time in 13 games that he's failed to reach the sixth inning.

While Colon's future with the Mets (47-53) may be in doubt ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the 21-year-old Walker is trying to solidify his in Seattle.

The right-hander (1-1, 3.60) is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, but he's spent much of the year in the minors after starting it on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

He won both of his starts at Triple-A Tacoma following his most recent demotion from the majors, allowing three runs in 10 innings while showing improved control. He lasted just four innings in his last start for Seattle on July 6, yielding one run and two hits with a career-high five walks in a 1-0 defeat to the Chicago White Sox.

Facing the slumping New York offense could be just what Walker needs.

The Mets are hitting .180 with six runs over their last four games, though they snapped a three-game losing streak with Tuesday's 3-1 win.

Despite New York's recent struggles at the plate, Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud continue to give the lineup some punch.

Duda homered Tuesday and is batting .348 in his last six games. D'Arnaud is hitting .391 over his last six after getting his first career triple to drive in a run.

The Mariners are getting even better production from Dustin Ackley, who is hitting .476 with four doubles in his last five games. The left fielder has five hits and two RBIs in this series, and he's 4 for 13 (.308) versus Colon.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Preview: Game 99 - Mets at Mariners - Niese vs Elias


Preview: Game 99 -  New York Mets (46-52 - 21-29 away) at Seattle Mariners (52-46 - 24-26 home)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) vs Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 10:10 PM

Preview:

Rookie starter Roenis Elias is going through a rough patch at the moment, but that could be coming to an end as he faces the sputtering New York Mets' offense at home Monday night.

The signing of Robinson Cano immediately increased expectations for the Mariners (52-46), who are in third place behind major league-best Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels.

Seattle dropped two of three to the Angels over the weekend, though both defeats came on walk-off hits. Fernando Rodney blew a one-run lead in the ninth Sunday as the Mariners fell 5-4.

Robinson Cano is hitting .335, sat out the series finale with soreness in his hamstring and is considered day to day.

It's also been a rough go for Elias (7-8, 4.54 ERA), who has lost his last three starts while posting a 10.05 ERA. He gave up seven runs in 3 1/3 innings of an 8-1 loss to Minnesota in his last outing July 9.

The 25-year-old left-hander has given up at least four runs in five of his last seven starts.

Facing the Mets' lineup could be exactly what Elias needs.

New York (46-52) scored once over the final 18 innings while dropping the last two of a three-game set with San Diego, and it was no-hit through 7 2/3 innings of Sunday's 2-1 loss.

Daniel Murphy's double marked the Mets' first hit, and Seth Smith had an RBI single in the ninth

The Mariners are averaging only 2.2 runs over their last 13, and Mets starter Jon Niese will look to keep their lineup in check again as he comes off the disabled list.

Niese (5-4, 2.96) hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 17 starts, but his last outing was cut short due to a strained left elbow. He allowed one run and left after facing just three batters in New York's 6-5 win over Texas on July 4.

Daisuke Matsuzaka will head back to the bullpen with Niese returning, but manager Terry Collins said Matsuzaka could step in if the left-hander needs to exit early.

Niese has never faced Seattle, which has won seven of the nine all-time meetings. These teams haven't played since 2008.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Preview: Game 98 - Mets at Padres - Wheeler vs Despaigne


Preview: Game 98
New York Mets (46-51) at San Diego Padres (42-55)

Pitching Probables:
Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.90 ERA) vs Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.35 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 4:10 PM

Preview:

Zack Wheeler will try to halt the rare scoring surge while extending his strong stretch for the New York Mets.

As the Padres aim to push across four runs or more in three straight contests for the first time since May, Wheeler and the Mets will try to bounce back with their ninth win in 11 games in Sunday's series finale.

San Diego (42-55) ranks last in the majors with a .214 average and 3.0 runs per game, but its lineup has shown signs of life in splitting the first two of this three-game set.

The Padres have totaled 10 runs while going 4 for 11 with runners in scoring position, marking the first time they've scored at least four in back-to-back contests since June 23-24. They haven't done it in three straight since a six-game span from May 25-31.

Seth Smith, Yasmani Grandal and Will Venable each homered Saturday to give San Diego its first three-homer game since May 18.

The Padres haven't won a series since a three-game home sweep of Cincinnati from June 30-July 2 and could have a tough time against Wheeler (5-8, 3.90 ERA).

Since allowing a season-high six earned runs over two innings in an 8-5 home loss to Oakland on June 25, Wheeler has gone 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA over his last three starts for the Mets (46-51). The right-hander gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings in a 7-1 home win over Miami on July 11.

Wheeler did not factor in the decision in his only outing in San Diego on Aug. 15 when he surrendered one run with a career-high 12 strikeouts over six innings in a 4-1 victory. He wasn't nearly as effective in his only start against the Padres this season, allowing four runs over five innings in a 5-0 home loss June 14.

San Diego counters with Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.35), who looks to continue an outstanding start to his career. The rookie right-hander has limited opponents to two runs or less while working into the seventh inning in three of his four starts.

In his most recent outing July 10, Despaigne allowed season highs of two runs and seven hits with a season-best seven strikeouts over seven innings in a 2-1 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He'll face a New York team that averaged 6.5 runs and batted .296 during a four-game win streak before All-Star Tyson Ross and three relievers held them to five hits Saturday.

New York catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 1 for 4 Saturday and is hitting .325 with eight RBIs in his last 10 games, while outfielder Juan Lagares is batting .333 with five RBIs in his last five.

David Wright, however, has gone 0 for 8 in this series and is hitless in 19 at-bats in his last six meetings with the Padres.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Preview: Game 97 - Mets at Padres - Gee vs Ross


Preview: Game 97
New York Mets (46-50) at San Diego Padres (41-55)

Probable Pitchers:
Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) vs Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85 ERA)
TV - WPIX - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch : 8:40PM

Preview:

The New York Mets have matched their longest winning streak of the season, and they have to like their chances of keeping that run going.

Dillon Gee will try to continue his success against the San Diego Padres' historically inept offense on Saturday night as the Mets go for their first five-game winning streak in 14 months.

New York (46-50) has won nine of 11 games, a stretch that includes a pair of four-game runs that has it at least thinking of crawling back into contention in the NL East. The Mets are third in the division, six games back of second-place Washington, which trails Atlanta by one.

Continuing that recent success could have New York seeking help ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For now, they'll settle for winning five straight games for the first time since May 26-30, 2013.

Travis d'Arnaud got them closer to that mark in the opener of this 10-game trip Friday, when his third hit went for a go-ahead single in the ninth of a 5-4 win at San Diego (41-55).

While d'Arnaud is batting .333 with eight RBIs in his last nine games, New York's pitchers have led the way. The starters have a 2.25 ERA in that span, while the bullpen has tossed 14 1/3 scoreless innings in the last six after throwing four Friday.

Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) owns a 1.35 ERA while winning two of three career starts against the Padres.

He could be in for another strong performance against a San Diego team hitting .214, an average that, were it to remain there at the end of the season, would match the 1968 New York Yankees for the worst in the last 100 years.

Gee missed two months with a strained right lat, but came back strong July 9. The right-hander allowed one run in seven innings of a 4-1 win over Atlanta.

The Padres have dropped eight of 10, including three in a row while hitting .168 with 25 strikeouts. However, they may have found some solace in Friday's four-run fifth off Bartolo Colon that ended a 25-inning scoreless streak.

Despite San Diego's impotent offense, Alexi Amarista is giving it some hope. He's hitting .357 in his last 13 games after collecting three singles with an RBI in the series opener.

Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) is well aware of the Padres' shortcomings at the plate, as he's been backed by five total runs over his last eight starts. He's 1-6 despite a 2.83 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 54 innings over that stretch, and that may have been reason enough for him to be selected for his first All-Star game Tuesday.

The right-hander, however, was inactive for the Midsummer Classic since he last took the mound in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The offense let him down again, mustering four hits while he yielded one run with nine strikeouts in seven innings.

Ross allowed one run in seven innings but didn't factor in the decision of a 4-1 loss to the Mets at Petco Park on Aug. 15.

While New York is contemplating acquiring help at the deadline, San Diego has already started an exodus after sending closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott to the Los Angeles Angels for minor leaguers Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris on Friday.

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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.

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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:

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Preview: Game 94 - Marlins at Mets - Koehler vs Matsuzaka


Preview: Game 94
Miami Marlins (44-48) at New York Mets (43-50)

Probable Pitchers:Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98 ERA)vs Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32 ERA)
TV - WPIX - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 4:10 PM

Preview:

David Wright has been on quite a tear despite his recent injury and had his best performance of the season in the opener of this three-game home series against Miami.

Considering how he's pounded Marlins pitching this season, that effort shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

Wright looks to help the New York Mets win for the sixth time in seven games as the teams meet again Saturday.

The Mets' captain has batted .385 over his last 17, increasing his average 23 points to .285 after an inconsistent start to the first half.

Wright went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer in Friday's 7-1 victory and has posted a .452 average with two homers, six doubles and nine RBIs while recording at least one hit in 10 of 11 games against the Marlins. He hasn't seemed to feel the effects of a bruised rotator cuff that kept him out seven contests from June 27-July 4.

Lucas Duda added a two-run homer Friday for the Mets (43-50), who have outscored opponents 32-15 over the last six.

They've won three straight meetings with the Marlins and Wright is 4 for 9 with two doubles this season off Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98 ERA), who will look to bounce back with another successful start against New York.

Koehler went 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in his previous three outings before having his worst outing of the year Monday, allowing seven runs in three innings of a 9-1 loss to Arizona.

It was the shortest start of the right-hander's career.

Koehler should be looking forward to another matchup with the Mets, as he's gone 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA in his last five against them. He's faced New York three times this season, giving up two runs and striking out 13 in 15 innings over the last two.

The Bronx native will look to help the Marlins (44-48) avoid a fourth loss in five games after they struggled offensively again. Miami has scored seven runs in its last four, with All-Star Giancarlo Stanton going 1 for 14.

Christian Yelich's RBI single in the fifth accounted for the Marlins' only run Friday. Miami will look to start producing against Daisuke Matsuzaka as he seeks a second straight solid start.

After posting a 6.06 ERA while losing his prior three outings, Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32) gave up six hits in seven scoreless innings of New York's 4-3, 11-inning win over Atlanta on Monday.

The right-hander is 2/3 with a 3.98 ERA in eight starts this season. He's 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins, the most recent a 3-2 loss in which he allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings June 20.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Preview: Game 93 - Marlins at Mets - Alvarez vs Wheeler


Preview: Game 93
Miami Marlins (44-47) at New York Mets (42-50)

Probable Pitchers:
Henderson Alvarez (6-3, 2.27 ERA) vs Zack Wheeler (4-8, 4.08 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM

Preview:

The Marlins are looking for an 11th straight win with Henderson Alvarez on the mound as he attempts to continue his dominance of the New York Mets in the opener of a three-game set at Citi Field on Friday night.

Alvarez (6-3, 2.27 ERA) is fourth in the NL in ERA, including a 1.04 mark over his last nine outings while going 4-0. His last 10 starts have ended in Marlins victories, the longest active streak in the majors and a team record.

Alvarez was dazzling again as he won Sunday, yielding one run in seven innings of an 8-4 victory at St. Louis, and he would seem to be in line for a similar outing against the Mets (42-50).

He's 4-0 with a 1.01 ERA over his last five starts against them and has held them scoreless in 18 1/3 consecutive innings dating to April 25. That's the second-longest streak by a Marlin in the all-time series to Tom Koehler's 19, set earlier this season.

Alvarez has won his last two starts against New York behind 15 1/3 shutout innings, including a 3-2 victory June 20. That was the Marlins' only win in a four-game home set, during which they batted .205 while scoring eight runs -- none in two games.

Miami (44-47) went 1 for 21 with runners in scoring position while dropping two of three at Arizona, falling 4-3 in 10 innings in Wednesday's finale. The offense came through with two runs in the 10th, but closer Steve Cishek gave up three in the bottom half.

The Mets had a season-high four-game winning streak snapped with Thursday's 3-1 loss to Atlanta, as they were held to five hits -- four singles.

David Wright drove in the lone New York run, and he owns a .373 average over his last 16 games against Miami. He's 6 for 16 with two doubles off Alvarez, getting four of those hits -- one double -- in 10 at-bats this year.

Like Alvarez, Zack Wheeler (4-8, 4.07) is looking to continue his dominance in this all-time series. The right-hander owns a 0.96 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins, but has just a 1-0 record since he's been backed by five total runs.

Wheeler didn't need much from the offense June 19, when he tossed a three-hitter in a 1-0 victory at Miami for his first complete game. His scoreless streak against the Marlins of 16 innings is one out shy of Dillon Gee's mark for the longest active streak by a Met.

Wheeler has allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings in each of his last two starts, and he got just his second win in seven outings Sunday in an 8-4 home win over Texas.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Preview: Game 92 - Braves at Mets - Harang vs Colon, #Mets Look for the Sweep!


Preview: Game 92
Atlanta Braves (49-42) at New York Mets (42-49)

Probable Pitchers:
Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon 8-7, 4.04 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM

Preview:

The New York Mets (42-49) are 5-1 on a 10-game homestand following a 1-7 road trip that included a 4.96 ERA from the rotation while losing three games at Turner Field from June 30-July 2.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jacob deGrom and Dillon Gee have been solid in the first three games of this series, allowing one run over 21 innings for the Mets, who haven't swept the Braves in four games since July 20-23, 1989.

Gee returned from nearly two months on the disabled list to toss the latest gem Wednesday, allowing one run in seven innings of a 4-1 victory.

Bartolo Colon (8-7, 4.04 ERA) looks to complete the sweep and help New York win five straight at Citi Field for the first time since a nine-game run from May 22-June 8, 2010.

The right-hander, however, needs to solve his first-inning struggles. His 16 runs allowed in the opening inning are among the most in the majors this season, and he's surrendered nine over his last four starts.

Those issues cost Colon in his last two outings. He lost both while surrendering 10 runs in 13 innings with seven coming in the first. Colon gave up four runs in the opening inning Saturday before allowing one over the next six in an 8-7 loss to Texas.

Colon hasn't had any such issues while splitting two season meetings with the Braves, allowing three runs in 14 innings.

Daniel Murphy, the Mets' lone representative at Tuesday's All-Star game in Minneapolis, has five hits in this series with three going for doubles along with two RBIs. The second baseman is hitting .364 in 16 home meetings with Atlanta.

The Braves have followed a nine-game winning streak with a four-game slide in which they've gone 5 for 38 with runners in scoring position, including 0 for 7 Wednesday.

If those problems persist, Atlanta will need another strong performance from Aaron Harang (8-6, 3.67), who is trying to win a fourth straight start for the first time since April 5-20, 2011, with San Diego.

The veteran right-hander has a 3.00 ERA while winning each of his last three games. He was shaky early at home Saturday, giving up three runs -- two earned -- in the opening inning before allowing one more over the next seven to earn a 10-4 win over Arizona.

Harang, who made four starts with the Mets last year, has allowed one run and two hits with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings while splitting two starts against his former team in 2014. He was outstanding in Queens on April 18, tossing seven no-hit innings before the Braves went on to hold the Mets to one hit in a 6-0 win.

Mets as a team are hitting .314 vs Harang. Wright is batting .423, Tejada is batting .429 vs Harang...

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Preview: Game 91 - Braves at Mets - Santana vs Gee


Preview: Game 91
Atlanta Braves (49-41) at New York Mets (41-49)

Probable Pitchers:
Ervin Santana (7-5, 3.93 ERA) vs Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.73 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10PM

Preview:

The Braves will try to get untracked and regain first place in the NL East on Wednesday night against the New York Mets.

Atlanta (49-41) began a stretch of 20 games in 20 days by winning 11 of the first 12, capitalizing on a schedule pitting it against some of the worst teams in baseball: Houston, Philadelphia, the Mets and Arizona.

The Braves also visit the last-place Chicago Cubs this weekend before the break.

They're looking to turn things around by the time they get to Chicago after losing three in a row, including the first two of this four-game set in New York.

The slide also dropped Atlanta percentage points behind Washington atop the division.

The Braves swept a three-game set with the Mets (41-49) at home last week behind a 2.67 ERA, but the pitchers have allowed 12 runs in 18 2/3 innings of this series.

All-Star Julio Teheran made his contribution by giving up five runs in 3 1/3 innings of Tuesday's 8-3 defeat.

Now the ball goes to Ervin Santana (7-5, 3.93 ERA), who owns a 0.86 ERA while winning all three of his career starts against New York. That includes two games with Atlanta this year in which he's yielded one run over 15 innings after earning a 7-5 victory at Citi Field on April 19.

Another solid outing is just what the right-hander needs to continue his recent turnaround. He's won his last two starts while allowing four runs in 14 innings after going 1-5 with a 5.96 ERA over his previous eight games.

Santana surrendered two runs in 7 1/3 innings of a 5-2 win over Arizona on Friday.

Freddie Freeman has been doing his part at the plate with five hits in this series, including a pair Tuesday to go with two RBIs.

The first baseman, batting .392 over the last 19 games, has hit .426 with 20 RBIs over his past 17 against the Mets. He's also 18 for 38 while plating eight runs in eight road matchups.

After pounding out a season-high 18 hits Tuesday, the Mets are on the verge of their first four-game winning streak since July 7-10, 2013.

Curtis Granderson has homered on two of his three hits in this series. He's 10 for 31 (.323) with four homers and seven RBIs in seven games after going 0 for 17 over the prior four. He's hitless in six at-bats versus Santana this year.

Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.73) has returned to the rotation, though it's come at the expense of losing Jonathon Niese.

Niese was placed on the disabled list Sunday with shoulder fatigue, and manager Terry Collins insists it's not connected to previous shoulder trouble, including a partially torn rotator cuff last year.

A strained right lat landed Gee on the disabled list May 14, but he allowed two runs in 10 2/3 innings over three rehab starts. The right-hander was 3-1 with a 1.36 ERA in five starts prior to his injury.

He's 1-1 with a 1.21 ERA over his last three meetings against Atlanta after allowing two hits in seven innings while not getting a decision in a 2-1 home loss July 22.

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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).

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Monday, July 07, 2014

Preview: Game 89 - Braves at Mets - Minor vs Matsuzaka


Preview: Games 89
Atlanta Braves (49-39) at New York Mets (39-49)

Pitching Probables:
Mike Minor (2-5, 4.73 ERA) vs Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.72 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:10 PM

Preview:

The Atlanta Braves (49-39) had won nine straight before a 3-1 home loss Sunday to Arizona. B.J. Upton was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts to end a career-best hitting streak at 11 games, and the Braves had no extra-base hits after seven of their 14 went for extras in Saturday's 10-4 victory.

They also totaled 12 hits in a 5-2 series-opening win Friday.

Atlanta has also won 14 of 21 away from home, 12 of 18 at Citi Field and has fared well against Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.72 ERA).

The right-hander gave up five runs for the second straight outing Tuesday, yielding seven hits over five innings in a 5-4 loss to the Braves.

He's 1/3 with a 9.00 ERA in four career starts versus Atlanta, lasting five or fewer innings in each of the last three.

He gave up three of those runs Tuesday with two outs in the fourth inning.

Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons are each 3 for 7 against him. Freeman has also hit .407 with 18 RBIs in his last 15 matchups with the Mets, while Simmons has five straight multihit games overall.

New York (39-49) beat Texas 8-4 on Sunday for just its third win in 11 games. Anthony Recker's three-run homer keyed a five-run first for the Mets, who also scored three first-inning runs in Friday's 6-5 victory.

Ruben Tejada was 2 for 3 and added some cushion to the margin with an eighth-inning RBI.

The Mets will face Mike Minor (2-5, 4.73), who is 0-3 with a 5.21 ERA in eight outings since last winning on May 19. The left-hander, whose ERA is the worst on the team, allowed four runs and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings opposite Matsuzaka and left without a decision.

He's 4-2 with a 5.14 ERA in 10 career starts against New York.

Tejada is 8 for 21 against him while Juan Lagares is 4 for 8.

Rookie Eric Campbell is 13 for 28 during a seven-game hitting streak and went 4 for 12 with six strikeouts in last week's series.

David Wright was 0 for 4, ending his hitting streak at 11 games a day after returning from a shoulder injury. He hit .407 in six games versus Atlanta earlier this year.

The Braves' bullpen has limited opponents to just four runs over the last 15 games, spanning 34 2/3 innings.

Atlanta, which swept last week's three-game set, leads the season series 6-3.

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