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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.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Preview: Game 96 - Mets at Padres - Colon vs Kennedy


Preview: Game 96
New York Mets (45-50) at San Diego Padres (41-54)

Probable Pitcher:
Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) vs Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 10:10 PM (EST)

Preview:

Bartolo Colon will try to shake off his early-inning issues Friday night against the San Diego Padres in his first appearance at pitcher-friendly Petco Park.

New York (45-50) had dropped seven of eight before an 8-2 stretch leading into the All-Star break rekindled its outside postseason hopes. The Mets are in third place in the NL East, seven games back of Washington and Atlanta.

This three-game set in San Diego opens a 10-game trip that may determine whether the Mets remain in the hunt or unload players by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

A strong outing from Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) could keep the Mets rolling or at least improve his trade value, but he needs to overcome his struggles in the opening inning.

The right-hander's 18 runs allowed in the first rank behind only Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick (26) for most in the majors. They also tie him with Dwight Gooden (1993) and Paul Wilson ('96) for the most by a Mets pitcher at the All-Star break since 1974.

Colon's troubles have been highlighted over his last four starts, a stretch in which he's given up 11 runs in the opening inning while going 2/3 with a 3.65 ERA.

Colon has a 1.78 ERA while splitting four career starts against San Diego after allowing two runs in 7 1/3 innings of a 6-2 win June 13.

This outing, though, will be his first at Petco, which leaves Minnesota's Target Field as the only current stadium where he's yet to pitch.

The Padres (41-54) own the lowest batting average in the majors (.214) and have been shut out 14 times -- the most in baseball. They've shown few signs of improvement while losing seven of nine and failed to score in a pair of defeats to the Los Angeles Dodgers just before the break.

San Diego has been blanked in three straight three times, most recently July 5-7, 1976.

The offense may not need to provide much for Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47), who has allowed two runs with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings over his last three starts.

The right-hander was victimized by a punchless lineup Saturday, failing to earn a decision despite tossing eight scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.

Kennedy, though, has lost his last two starts against the Mets, surrendering eight runs and four homers with 14 strikeouts over 10 innings.

New York slugger David Wright has gone 1 for 9 against Kennedy since 2011. Wright is also 4 for 27 with 11 strikeouts in his past seven visits to San Diego (41-54), but he was 10 for 20 with six RBIs in six games prior to the break.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, 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.

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

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.

Batter/Pitcher Matchups:

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).

Pitcher/Batter Matchups:

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.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Preview: Game 88 - Rangers at Mets - Tepesch vs Wheeler


Preview Game 88
Texas Rangers (38-49) at New York Mets (38-49)

Probable Pitchers:
Nick Tepesch (3-3, 3.65 ERA) vs Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.25 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:10PM


Preview:

Nick Tepesch takes the mound after an eight-day layoff as Texas looks to win two of three from the host New York Mets on Sunday.

The Rangers (38-49) won at least 90 games for the fourth straight year in 2013, but they've been languishing with one of the worst records in the AL as this season continues to slip away.

Washington used a different lineup for the 20th consecutive game as Texas ended a 10-game road skid with Saturday's 5-3 victory, and injuries have forced him to use 45 players -- the most in the majors and one short of how many participated all of last season.

The Rangers had lost six straight overall, but Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run homer in a four-run first inning and Adrian Beltre hit a solo shot in the third to help end the slide.

Washington has juggled his rotation as well recently as the starters posted a 7.26 ERA during the losing streak. Tepesch (3-3, 3.65 ERA) has been pushed back twice in the last week and originally was scheduled to pitch Friday's series opener.

The right-hander's last appearance came June 27, when he gave up three hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings of a 5-4 win over Minnesota in his best start since being called up in mid-May.

Tepesch will face a Mets team that has dropped eight of 10 after Saturday's loss that came despite the return of David Wright, who had missed the previous seven games with a sore left shoulder.

Wright went 1 for 4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 11, while Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo homer in the fourth. The 25-year-old catcher has hit safely in nine of 10 games since being recalled from the minors.

The Mets (38-49) will look to take the series as they hand the ball to Zack Wheeler, who has been inconsistent over his last three starts.

After striking out eight in a three-hitter for his first career shutout in a 1-0 win at Miami on June 19, Wheeler (3-8, 4.25) gave up a career-worst six runs in just two innings of an 8-5 loss to Oakland on June 25.

The right-hander walked five but gave up one run over 6 1/3 innings of New York's 5-3 loss to Atlanta on Monday. He left with a 3-1 lead.

New York's starters have a 6.44 ERA over the last 10 games.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Preview: Game 87 - Rangers at Mets - Lewis vs Colon


Preview: Game 87
Texas Rangers (37 49) at New York Mets (38-48)

Pitching Probables:
Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA)
TV - FOX (5) - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:15 PM


Preview:

The Rangers attempt to snap their 10-game away slide Saturday night when they face Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets in the middle game of this series.

Texas (37-49) reached the postseason for three straight years before falling short despite 91 wins in 2013. The Rangers don't look anything like a playoff team this year, as their record is only better than Houston in the AL.

They've lost 12 of 14 overall and 10 straight on the road for the first time since a 12-game skid in 2003.

Texas is struggling in every facet during its road slide, hitting .227 and averaging 3.0 runs per game while its starting pitchers have compiled a 7.01 ERA.

The issues on the mound were evident Friday. Ace Yu Darvish gave up three runs in the first inning en route to a 6-5 loss to the Mets (38-48), who lost starter Jonathon Niese after 12 pitches to a bruised lower back sustained when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios.

Now, the Rangers will have to contend with Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA), who has won four straight starts at home behind a 1.21 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.

The 41-year-old right-hander had won six straight decisions with a 1.58 ERA over seven starts before struggling in a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. He allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.

Colon is 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA in his last six starts against Texas, winning the most recent 1-0 with Oakland on Sept. 14 by scattering seven hits in eight innings.

It's unclear if New York will have David Wright back after he missed a seventh straight game with a sore left shoulder. However, rookie

Eric Campbell is 13 for 28 (.464) in place of the All-Star third baseman after going 3 for 3 with one RBI on Friday.

He's 7 for 13 with three doubles in four interleague games.

Travis d'Arnaud is hitting .303 in nine games since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Considered one of the most promising catchers in baseball, d'Arnaud was batting .180 before his demotion, but gained some confidence with the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth Friday.

The Rangers are turning to Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71), who is trying to build on his first quality start of the season. The right-hander allowed two runs and matched his season high with eight strikeouts in six innings before leaving without a decision in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Minnesota.

Lewis is 4-1 in six road starts despite a 4.64 ERA. He's been tagged for 11 runs and 19 hits over 11 innings in his last two away from Texas after compiling a 2.86 ERA in his first four road outings.

Interleague play hasn't been kind this season to Lewis, who is 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA in three starts against the NL. He'll be facing the Mets for the first time since a relief appearance with Oakland at Shea Stadium on June 24, 2007.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Friday, July 04, 2014

Preview: Game 86 - Rangers vs Mets - Darvish vs Niese


Preview: Game 86
Texas Rangers (37-48) at New York Mets (37-48)

Probable Pitchers:
Yu Darvish (8-4, 2.42 ERA) vs Jon Niese (5-4, 2.88 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7: 10 PM

Preview:

Yu Darvish will look to help the spiraling Texas Rangers avoid their longest road skid in 11 years Friday night against the New York Mets, who may have David Wright back in the lineup.

Darvish (8-4, 2.42 ERA) was slated to take the mound Friday, but a rain delay of nearly an hour combined with a forecast calling for more rain led manager Ron Washington to keep his ace in the dugout.

While Darvish rested, Texas (37-48) was beaten by the Orioles 5-2 for its first nine-game road losing streak since 2005. The Rangers haven't endured a longer slide as the visitor since dropping 12 in a row from May 30-June 19, 2003.

Darvish is looking to bounce back on the road, where he's surrendered 12 runs -- eight earned -- with 17 strikeouts and nine walks in his last two outings. He hasn't lost three straight away from home since a four-game slide as a rookie from May 6-June 7, 2012.

The right-hander, though, was outstanding at home Saturday, collecting 10 strikeouts and allowing four hits in eight innings of a 5-0 win over Minnesota. He's tossed 20 straight scoreless innings in his last three at home, winning them all behind a 1.50 ERA.

A two-time All-Star and last year's runner-up for the AL Cy Young, Darvish is 6-1 with a 1.32 ERA in eight career interleague starts. He's allowed one run with 50 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings while winning four of his last five.

He's facing the Mets (37-48) for the first time and may have to contend with Wright, who has missed six games with a sore left shoulder.

New York could certainly use its All-Star third baseman. Wright was hitting .385 with six doubles, two homers and eight RBIs in 10 games before being sidelined.

The Mets have dropped seven of eight to fall a season-worst 11 games under .500, including four in a row after managing five singles in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Atlanta.

Wright owns a .364 average while driving in 20 runs in 23 home interleague games.

While Wright's potential return could be a boost for the Mets, giving the ball to Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.88) could also help since their only victory in the past eight games came with him on the mound.

Niese has gotten plenty of run support while winning his last two starts. He's been backed by 16 runs while allowing just three, working six innings in each outing.

That's a welcome change after he compiled a 2.62 ERA in his previous five starts but went 0-1 because he was backed by two runs or fewer in all of them.

Niese's only meeting with Texas was a 14-5 road win on June 25, 2011, in which he allowed two solo homers in 5 2/3 innings.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

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:

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Preview: Game 84 - #Mets at Braves - Matsuzaka vs Minor


Preview: Game 84
New York Mets (37-46) at Atlanta Braves (45-38)

Probable Pitchers:
Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-2, 3.23 ERA) vs Mike Minor (2-5, 4.50 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM

Preview:

Evan Gattis is headed for the disabled list, but the Atlanta Braves might be on their way to their longest winning streak of the season.

The New York Mets (37-46) didn't look capable of stopping them in the opener of this three-game series.

The Braves attempt to capitalize on another meeting with the sputtering Mets as they aim for a sixth straight win Tuesday night.

In his first season as Atlanta's regular catcher, Gattis is hitting .290 while tying Justin Upton with a team-high 16 homers, but a bulging thoracic disk in his back has him slated to hit the disabled list Tuesday.

Gattis has been out of the lineup since Friday, but so far the Braves (45-38) have done just fine without him as rookie Christian Bethancourt and veteran Gerald Laird have filled in. Atlanta needed a little help to keep the streak going Monday, though, taking advantage of three New York errors in the eighth inning to score four runs and rally for a 5-3 win.

Freddie Freeman has a .423 average with 17 RBIs in his last 13 meetings with the Mets. The first baseman did plenty of damage without even getting a hit Monday, going 0 for 1 with three walks -- one with the bases loaded that scored Bethancourt -- and driving in another run on a sacrifice fly.

He's 2 for 4 with a double and a homer off Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-2, 3.23 ERA), who gets the ball for New York.

Mike Minor (2-5, 4.50) wouldn't mind seeing that type of production since he's 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in his last four starts. He allowed five runs in six innings of his latest, a 6-1 loss at Houston on Thursday, with the big blow coming on a three-run homer in the fifth -- the 11th Minor has allowed this season.

The left-hander has allowed 1.50 homers per nine innings this season -- 126th of 135 pitchers to make at least 10 starts.

Minor gave up three solo homers and one other run in six innings of a 4-3 home loss when he last faced the Mets on June 20, 2013.

New York has dropped five of six behind a 6.00 ERA from the rotation, and one of those suspect starts came from Matsuzaka.

The right-hander was hammered at Pittsburgh on Thursday, surrendering five runs, five hits and four walks while hitting a batter in six innings of a 5-2 loss.

Matsuzaka's only visit to Turner Field was even worse, as he gave up six runs in three innings of a 13-5 defeat Sept. 2. He's 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA in three career starts against the Braves.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Preview: Game 83 - Mets at Braves - Wheeler vs Wood


Preview: Game 83
New York Mets (37-45) at Atlanta Braves (44-38)

Probable Pitchers:
Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.45 ERA) vs Alex Wood (6-6, 3.07 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:10 PM

Preview:

The Atlanta Braves (44-38) moved a half-game in front of Washington in the division with its sixth win in seven games Sunday, 3-2 in Philadelphia. Powered by a four-game sweep of the Phillies, the Braves claimed sole possession of first place for the first time since June 20.

The club is on the verge of matching a season-high, five-game win streak, set April 11-16, but has lost eight of 10 at home.

The Mets have dropped four of five after winning five of six.

New York (37-45) went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base in Sunday's 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh -- the third time in four games it plated two runs.

Wright missed his third straight game because of a bruised rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He's scheduled to be re-evaluated Monday, and manager Terry Collins was optimistic that his star third baseman, who is 11 for 22 in his last five games against Atlanta, could avoid the disabled list.

Braves catcher Evan Gattis is also expected to be re-evaluated after missing three straight games with back spasms.

Teammate Alex Wood (6-6, 3.07 ERA) will try to for another stellar performance in his second start since returning from the minors. In his first major league start since May 4 and first appearance since June 8, the left-hander yielded three hits and a walk in seven innings of Wednesday's 4-0 win in Houston.

Wood went 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in three starts against the Mets in 2013.

He'll pitch opposite Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.45), who had a miserable outing his last time out following a dominating performance.

The right-hander was tagged for six runs and six hits in two innings in Wednesday's 8-5 loss to Oakland. He recorded his first shutout -- a three-hitter -- in a 1-0 win in Miami six days earlier.

Wheeler is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts against Atlanta this season, the most recent April 20, after going 3-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three matchups in 2013.

Jason Heyward has contributed to some of that trouble this year, going 5 for 6 with a home run. The outfielder, though, is 0 for 14 in his last six games and 1 for 24 in his past nine.

The Mets' Daniel Murphy, batting .341 in his last 10 games, is 4 for 8 against Wood.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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:
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