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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


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:

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


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:

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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

Mets Rumors:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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:

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


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:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Preview: Game 78 - A's at Mets - Mills vs Wheeler

Preview: Game 78
Oakland A's (47-30) at New York Mets (36-41)

Probable Pitchers:
Brad Mills (0-0, 4.50 ERA) vs Zack Wheeler (3-7, 3.93 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM


Zack Attack
The hot-hitting Mets now try for a season-best fourth straight win and two-game home sweep Wednesday night behind a pitcher that's coming off the best start of his career.

Bartolo Colon beat his former team 10-1 on Tuesday as the Mets (36-41) won for the fifth time in six games. They've scored at least 10 runs in two straight for the first time since June 28 and 29, 2011. They've never done it in three straight.

Chris Young homered twice, newly recalled catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit a three-run shot and David Wright tied a career high with an RBI in his seventh straight game after managing one in 13 games prior to the streak. Young hadn't homered in his previous 21 contests while rumors of his time with the club ending swirled.

D'Arnaud had gone 4 for 38 in 12 games prior to his June 7 demotion.

Curtis Granderson also homered for the Mets' fifth four-homer game at Citi Field since it opened in 2009. Only San Diego and San Francisco have hit fewer home runs in their own parks since the start of that season.

Zack Wheeler (3-7, 3.98 ERA) takes the mound after throwing his first career complete game in Thursday's 1-0 win in Miami. Wheeler struck out eight and walked one in the three-hitter to snap a two-start skid in which he had allowed eight runs in 8 2/3 innings.

He had one victory in his previous 11 starts.

Wheeler has never faced the A's and is 0-2 with a 6.86 ERA in four interleague starts.

Oakland (47-30), which next travels to Miami, is second in the majors with a 16-8 record in interleague games since the start of last season.

Wheeler will be opposed by Brad Mills, who has never faced an NL opponent.

Mills (0-0, 4.50) lasted only four innings in his A's debut, allowing three runs -- two earned -- while walking four and throwing 94 pitches in Friday's 4-3 home win over Boston.

He'll be trying to pick up an Oakland team that has allowed 17 runs and 25 hits in back-to-back losses. After Tuesday's four-hit effort, the A's -- who average more than five runs per game -- have scored 3.5 a contest over their last six.

Oakland activated outfielder Josh Reddick from the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game and placed first baseman Kyle Blanks on the DL with a left calf strain. Reddick went 0 for 2 and has gone 4 for 35 over his last 11 contests, though he went 7 for 16 in a minor league rehab stint.

Oakland catcher Derek Norris remained sidelined after leaving Sunday's game when he was hit in the head with a backswing.

New York has won seven of eight against the A's.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Friday, June 20, 2014

Happy Recap: Game 73 - Mets (1) at Marlins (0) - Wheeler tosses his first shutout


New York


W: Z. Wheeler (3-7) L: A. Heaney (0-1)
HR: NYM - D. Wright (6)   MIA - None


Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets got the best of Andrew Heaney during the Marlins prospect's major-league debut.

Wheeler tossed his first shutout and made David Wright's first-inning home run hold up in the Mets' 1-0 victory over Miami on Thursday night.

Wheeler (3-7) outdueled Heaney in the longest outing of the Mets starter's career.

New York, which won at St. Louis on Wednesday, has consecutive victories for the first time since a three-game streak from May 31-June 2. The Mets had dropped eight straight on the road before Wednesday.

Wheeler, the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft, struck out eight. He allowed three hits and one walk, and 70 of his 111 pitches were strikes.

He pitched to only one batter over the minimum and was helped by three double plays.

The 24-year old right-hander lowered his ERA to 0.96 in four starts against the Marlins.

Heaney (0-1) gave up four hits in six innings, allowing only Wright's home run. The 23-year old lefty, the ninth pick in the 2012 draft, struck out three and walked one.

It was a battle between two young starters that could see a lot of each other in coming years in the NL East.

Heaney allowed an infield hit to Eric Young, Jr. to begin the game, but got Daniel Murphy to bounce into a double play. Wright then hit his sixth homer of the season off the sculpture in deep left-center field.

No one else got into scoring position against Heaney.

Bryan Morris relieved Heaney in the seventh and faced a bases loaded situation, but he got Wheeler to ground out and end the threat.

Wheeler, who made his much-anticipated debut a year and a day before Heaney, complimented his mound opponent.

Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth in his season debut with Miami. He earned 61 saves for the Marlins in 2007-08.

Reed Johnson singled in the ninth off Wheeler with two outs, but Rafael Furcal lined out to center to end the game. Wheeler threw a 95 mph fastball on his final pitch.


Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, and OF Matt den Dekker was optioned to Las Vegas. ... Marlins slugger RF Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts after coming out of Wednesday's game because of a bruised left wrist. ... New York will send RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) to the mound on Friday against Miami RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56).

Box Score:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Preview: Game 73 - Mets at Marlins - Wheeler vs Heaney (MLB Debut)

Preview: Game 73
New York Mets (32-40) at Miami Marlins (36-35)

Probable Pitchers:
Zack Wheeler (2-7) 4.38 ERA vs Andrew Heaney (Major League Debut)
TV - SNY - Radio - 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:10 PM


Miami is turning to another of its top prospects to hopefully give a boost to a struggling rotation.

Andrew Heaney makes his major league debut Thursday night as the Marlins open a four-game series with the visiting New York Mets.

Fernandez went 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts through May 9 before needing Tommy John surgery as Miami's starting pitchers ranked seventh in the majors with a 3.22 ERA.

Marlins starters have posted a 4.93 ERA since Fernandez's injury, though, and have allowed at least four runs in seven of the last eight games to bring the rotation's ERA up to 4.04 -- the first time it's been above 4.00 since mid-April.

Miami (36-35) has dropped seven of nine overall after falling 6-1 to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, and it will see if Heaney can help the team snap out of its funk.

The left-hander is considered Miami's top prospect after being selected ninth in the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State. He went 3-0 with a 2.74 ERA in four starts with Triple-A New Orleans this season after being promoted from Double-A.

Giancarlo Stanton has been the main catalyst for Miami's success to date, leading the NL with 20 homers and 57 RBIs. He bruised his left wrist chasing a ball against the fence in the first Wednesday, then homered in the bottom of the inning.

Stanton, who hasn't missed a game this season, had to leave in the sixth but he expects to be in the lineup for this contest.

Stanton scored on Marcell Ozuna's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth May 7 to give the Marlins a 1-0 victory and three-game home sweep of the Mets (32-40).

New York had dropped 11 of 14 before holding on for a 3-2 win over St. Louis on Wednesday. Eric Young had a pair of RBI doubles to help the Mets end an eight-game road losing streak.

Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38 ERA) will take the mound Thursday looking to snap out of a funk.

Wheeler has dropped his last two starts, giving up four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 6-4 loss at San Francisco on June 8 before having the same line through five innings of Saturday's 5-0 defeat to San Diego.

The right-hander went 1-1 with a 1.37 ERA over his previous three outings.

He's walked eight in two starts against the Marlins this season but has pitched well overall. Wheeler gave up one run and struck out 10 in six innings of New York's 4-3 walkoff win April 25 before allowing two hits and striking out seven in six scoreless innings of the Mets' loss May 7.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Preview: Game 68 - Padres at Mets - Hahn vs Wheeler

Preview: Game 68
San Diego Padres (28-39) at New York Mets (30-37)

Pitching Probables:
Jesse Hahn (0-1) 9.82 ERA vs Zack Wheeler (2-6) 4.19 ERA

TV - WPIX 11 - Radio WOR 710 am - First Pitch 4:10 PM

***Of course, Saturday’s game also features some entertainment. 50 Cent and G-Unit perform at Citi Field postgame.


Bobby Abreu is giving the New York Mets some signs of life at the plate.

Still, their pitchers have been the key behind their home success against the San Diego Padres.

Abreu may get a chance to build on his best performance in a Mets uniform, while Zack Wheeler tries to win at home for the first time in 10 months Saturday.

New York (30-37) is among the worst offensive teams in the majors, batting .233 with 47 homers, a .348 slugging percentage and 4.0 runs per game. The Mets have been even worse while losing eight of 10, mustering a .221 average and .328 slugging percentage.

Abreu, however, is 6 for 10 with three RBIs in three games, matching his total of hits from his previous 11 games with five coming as a pinch-hitter.

The 40-year-old right fielder replaced Curtis Granderson (calf) in Friday's series opener, and went 4 for 4 with two RBIs in a 6-2 win over San Diego (28-39).

The Mets have won six of the past seven home meetings with the Padres, thanks in large part to a 1.29 ERA -- 1.07 from the starting rotation.

Wheeler's only appearance against them included a career-high 12 strikeouts, yielding one run in six innings of a 4-1 road win Aug. 15.

The right-hander (2-6, 4.19 ERA), though, is 0-4 with a 3.32 ERA in seven home starts dating to a win over Atlanta on Aug. 20.

He was also roughed up at San Francisco on Sunday, giving up four runs and six hits with six strikeouts and two walks while hitting a batter in 3 2/3 innings of a 6-4 loss.

The Padres, though, are last in the majors with a .215 batting average, and are hitting .159 with seven runs during a season-high five-game slide.

Jesse Hahn (0-1, 9.82) will try to snap the skid, and gain some inspiration from family and friends in attendance as he takes the mound roughly two hours from his hometown of Norwich, Connecticut.

Hahn, is a high-school teammate of injured Mets ace Matt Harvey.

The right-hander struggled in his major league debut June 3, giving up four runs and two homers with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh.

He went 2-1 with a 2.11 ERA in 11 games -- eight starts -- for Double-A San Antonio. Pitching for the Missions on Monday, he allowed one earned run in season-high 5 2/3 innings.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Preview: Game 63 - Mets at Giants - Wheeler (2-5) vs Lincecum (4-4)

Preview: Game 63
New York Mets (28-34) at San Francisco Giants (41-21)

Pitching Probables:
Zack Wheeler (2-5) 3.89 ERA vs Tim Lincecum (4-4) 5.01 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 4:05 PM


After rallying to win the first two games of this series, the Giants may be looking to make things easier on themselves in order to complete a sweep of the struggling New York Mets on Sunday.

San Francisco (41-21) owns the best home record in baseball at 21-9 behind a 2.72 ERA from the pitching staff. The pitchers have continued to deliver during an 8-1 run, compiling a 2.11 ERA, and the rotation has posted a 1.94 mark.

Despite the recent dominance on the mound, it's the bats that have come through against New York (28-34).

Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to complete the Giants' rally in Friday's 4-2 victory. They pushed across two in the ninth Saturday, with Michael Morse connecting for a walkoff single in a 5-4 win.

The offense hasn't needed to do much when Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01 ERA) takes the mound against the Mets, but he's also looking to bounce back from one of the worst performances of his career.

The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.32 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 41 innings over his last six starts against New York. Four of those outings came at home, where he's gone 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA.

Lincecum has been much better at home than on the road this season, going 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA in seven starts as host compared to a 6.84 ERA with the same record away from AT&T Park.

Those road woes continued Tuesday, when he was hammered for a career high-tying eight runs and six hits, while issuing three walks in 4 1/3 innings of an 8-3 loss at Cincinnati.

The Mets are the brink of a six-game losing streak for the first time since May 10-15, 2013.

The relievers have been a major problem, surrendering 10 runs in 12 1/3 innings over the past five games, and Jenrry Mejia's efforts aren't helping.

The right-hander has giving up six runs in 2 1/3 innings over his last four appearances. He blew his first save of the season by allowing two runs in the ninth Saturday, putting the leadoff hitter on base with a wild pitch after striking him out.

Zack Wheeler (2-5, 3.89) was let down by the bullpen Tuesday, when he struck out seven batters in 6 2/3 scoreless innings only for the relievers to allow both runs in a 2-1 defeat to the Chicago Cubs.

The right-hander is certainly doing his part with a 1.37 ERA over his last three starts, but he has just a 1-1 record to show for it since he's been backed by three total runs in the two outings he didn't win.

Wheeler got plenty of help in his only start at San Francisco on July 10, yielding one run and three hits in seven innings of a 7-2 victory.

David Wright is mired in a 1-for-18 slump during the losing streak, and he's 3 for 23 with 13 strikeouts versus Lincecum.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Preview: Game 58 - Mets at Cubs - Wheeler (2-5) vs Arrieta (1-1)

Preview: Game 58
New York Mets (28-29) at Chicago Cubs (20-34)

Mets (15-12) Away / Cubs (10-13) Home

Probable Pitchers:
Zack Wheeler (2-5) 4.31 ERA vs Jake Arrieta (1-1) 3.20 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:05 PM


The Owners of the worst record in the majors and coming off another blowout loss, the Chicago Cubs are starting to show their frustration.

Things likely won't get any easier Tuesday night when they welcome the surging New York Mets to Wrigley Field.

Chicago (20-34) concluded a 4-6 trip by recording three hits during a 9-0 defeat to Milwaukee on Sunday. It was the third time in five games the Cubs were shut out and fifth of the trip they lost by at least four runs.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo was ejected Sunday for arguing a called third strike, a sign that the potential for another dismal season is already wearing on the Cubs.

The Cubs hope to do the same as they return to Wrigley, where they took three of five from the Brewers and New York Yankees from May 16-21 for their first winning record on a homestand.

Rizzo is 0 for 9 with five strikeouts and six walks in the last three home games, and batting .179 (5 for 28) in his last eight at Wrigley. He's batted .300 (6 for 20) with a home run and three doubles in five home games versus New York (28-29).

Chicago's Jake Arrieta (1-1, 3.20 ERA) yielded two runs and eight hits over 10 innings while going 1-0 in two starts before giving up four and seven hits in six innings of a 4-0 loss at San Francisco last Tuesday.

In the right-hander's lone appearance versus New York, he gave up a grand slam to ex-Met Ike Davis in seven innings of a 5-0 loss while with Baltimore in 2012.

New York took four of five in Philadelphia with Monday's 11-2 victory, its third win in a row and sixth in seven games. Shortstop Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam and drove in six runs.

With two hits and two RBIs, David Wright is batting .329 with eight RBIs over his last 16 road games. He's 0 for 3 with a strikeout versus Arrieta. Curtis Granderson who has seen Arrieta in the past (Baltimore), is batting .350 (7 for 20) with 3 HR's off him.

New York's Zack Wheeler (2-5, 4.31) allowed a home run and three other hits in 6 1/3 innings of a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday for his first win in eight starts since beating Arizona on April 14. He's allowed three earned runs in 13 innings of his last two starts after giving up 10 over 10 1/3 innings of the previous two.

Wheeler is making his first appearance against the Cubs.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Preview: Game 53 - Mets at Phillies - Wheeler (1-5) vs Buchanan (1-0)

Preview: Game 53
New York Mets (24-28) at Philadelphia  Phillies (23-27)

Pitching Probables:
Zack Wheeler (1-5) 4.63 ERA vs David Buchanan (1-0) 3.60 ERA

TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 7:05 PM


After finishing a losing homestand on a positive note, the New York Mets shift their attention to continuing their road success against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mets can match a season high with a third straight victory Thursday night and sixth consecutive win in Philadelphia.

New York (24-28) dropped nine of 12 before winning two straight over Pittsburgh to conclude a 4-5 home stretch. Bartolo Colon struck out nine over 7 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 5-0 victory, while David Wright and Lucas Duda each homered and had two RBIs.

With an 11-11 road record, New York embarks on an 11-game trek and will play 25 of its next 33 away from Citi Field.

The Mets have outscored the Phillies 29-12 during their five-game winning streak at Philadelphia. New York won 6-1 there April 29, but the following day's meeting was postponed by rain and will be played Monday to conclude this five-game set.

Wright is batting .383 with five doubles and five RBIs during an 11-game road hitting streak. He went 0 for 5 at Philadelphia (23-27) last month after going 8 for 13 with three homers and five RBIs in his previous three at Citizens Bank Park.

New York's Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63 ERA) had a 3.18 ERA in two starts against the Phillies last season -- both at home -- but went 0-1.

Hoping to avoid losing his third straight start, the right-hander allowed five runs and seven hits in each of his last two road starts during which he went 0-1 and lasted 10 1/3 innings. He was better at home Saturday, giving up two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings of a 3-2 defeat to Arizona.

Wheeler has never faced Ryan Howard, whose three-run game-winning homer highlighted the four-run ninth that sent Philadelphia to a 6-3 victory over Colorado on Wednesday.

He went 5 for 9 with two home runs and nine RBIs while the Phillies took of three from the Rockies. Howard was 2 for 30 with 13 strikeouts in nine games prior to that series.

Howard is batting .417 (20 for 48) with four homers, five doubles and 13 RBIs during a 12-game hitting streak against the Mets.

With Cliff Lee on the disabled list, right-hander David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60) gets the chance to follow up his solid major league debut from Saturday when he allowed two runs and did not walk a batter in five innings of a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins, who snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a single Wednesday, is 2 for 6 with a home run versus Wheeler.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Preview: Game 47 - D'Backs (18-31) at Mets (21-25) - Collmenter (2-2) vs Wheeler (1-4)

Preview: Game 47
Arizona Diamondbacks (18-31) at New York Mets (21-25)
Probable Pitchers - Josh Collmenter (2-2) 4.02 ERA vs Zack Wheeler (1-4) 4.53 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 4:10 PM


Friday's opener was called because of rain in the fourth inning and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday.

Before that, New York (21-25) will look to put together a strong overall stretch after winning for just the second time in eight games Thursday, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3.

The Mets' starting rotation has been rather impressive in winning the last five meetings with the Diamondbacks (18-31), compiling a 2.05 ERA.

The starters allowed two runs in 18 1/3 innings while sweeping a three-game set at Arizona from April 14-16.

Zach Wheeler (1-4, 4.53 ERA) opened that series by allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings of a 7-3 win. The right-hander was also solid in his only other start against the Diamondbacks on Aug. 10. He yielded one run while leaving with one out in the seventh of a 4-1 victory -- the first of the Mets' five straight in the series. Wheeler is now 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA vs the D'Backs in his brief career.

Wheeler, though, is 0-2 with a 4.45 ERA over six starts since last facing Arizona. In Sunday's 6-3 loss at Washington, he allowed five runs -- three earned -- in six innings.

The Diamondbacks batted .154 and totaled four runs while being swept in a three-game set with St. Louis, capped by Thursday's 4-2 defeat -- its fifth in seven games.

Aaron Hill is hitless in 11 at-bats over the past three games, and he had a two-run homer wiped out by the rainout Friday.

Josh Collmenter (2-2, 4.02) is expected to get the ball, and he's 2-0 with a 3.72 ERA over his last five starts.

The right-hander was credited with a 5-3 home win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, yielding three runs and two homers while exiting with one out in the sixth inning.

He's 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA in seven meetings with the Mets, but he's surrendered eight runs and 12 hits -- two homers -- in 10 innings while splitting two starts.

He'll now try to slow down Curtis Granderson and David Wright.

Granderson is 7 for 16 (.438) with four extra-base hits in the last four games, while Wright is 10 for 25 in the past six.

Wright owns a .343 average with six RBIs and as many runs over his past eight meetings with the Diamondbacks, collecting five hits while plating three runs and sparking last month's sweep at Arizona.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Preview: Game 43 - Mets (20-22) at Nationals (22-20) - Wheeler (1-3) vs Zimmermann (2-1)

Preview: Game 43
New York Mets (20-22) at Washington Nationals (22-20)
Pitching Probables - Zack Wheeler (1-3) 4.53 ERA vs Jordan Zimmermann (2-1) 3.59 ERA
TV - SNY - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:35 PM


After the New York Mets ended their long losing streak against the Washington Nationals, starter Zack Wheeler will look to put an end to a personal winless stretch that has lasted more than a month.

Wheeler takes the hill Sunday as the Mets and Nationals complete their three-game series in the nation's capital.

New York (20-22) dropped Friday's opener 5-2, marking its ninth consecutive defeat against Washington and extending its overall losing streak to three. It got on the board early Saturday, though, scoring three in the first inning before Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer in the third for a 5-2 victory.

Lagares, who also had an RBI single in the first before robbing Jayson Werth of a homer in the sixth in center field, entered in a 5-for-27 (.185) slump and had been benched for the last two games.

Wheeler (1-3, 4.53 ERA), winless in his last five starts since beating Arizona on April 14, is looking to get back on track after another rough outing.

The right-hander has pitched fewer than five innings in two of his last three starts, including giving up five runs and walking six over 4 1/3 innings of the Mets' 12-7 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Wheeler went 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA in nine road starts as a rookie last season, but he's just 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA in five outings away from home in 2014.

Wheeler (1-3, 4.53 ERA), winless in his last five starts since beating Arizona on April 14, is looking to get back on track after another rough outing.

The right-hander has pitched fewer than five innings in two of his last three starts, including giving up five runs and walking six over 4 1/3 innings of the Mets' 12-7 loss to the New York Yankees on Tuesday.

Wheeler went 5-1 with a 2.32 ERA in nine road starts as a rookie last season, but he's just 1-2 with a 5.26 ERA in five outings away from home in 2014.

The Nationals (22-20) had a 3.03 ERA that ranked third in the majors May 7, but they've posted a 4.52 mark over their last eight. Jordan Zimmermann takes the mound in this contest looking to improve on that mark after a rough outing of his own.

Zimmermann (2-1, 3.59) pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings over his previous two starts -- one interrupted by a rain delay -- before giving up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings as Washington rallied for a 6-5 win over Arizona on Monday.

The right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA over his previous five starts and believed he had solid stuff against the Diamondbacks.

He is 2-3 with a 2.64 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Mets, allowing three runs or fewer nine times but receiving a total of 16 runs of support in that span.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Preview: Game 38 - Mets (18-19) at Yankees (19-18) - Wheeler (1-3) vs Nuno (1-0)

Preview: Game 38
New York Mets (18-19) at New York Yankees (19-18)

Pitching Probables - Zack Wheeler (1-3) 4.35 ERA vs Vidal Nuno (1-0) 5.47 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:05 PM


The New York Mets broke out in a big way and surprisingly slugged their way to their longest winning streak over the New York Yankees.

The Mets have won five straight against the Yankees (19-18), scoring 21 runs during three consecutive wins in the Bronx.

The Yankees, meanwhile, have matched their longest skid of the season and continue to be hit hard by injuries to key contributors.

Zach Wheeler will try to pitch the visiting Mets to a sixth straight win over the Yankees, who may be without Carlos Beltran on Tuesday night.

The Mets (18-19) are among the worst offensive teams in baseball with a .233 average, 26 homers and 4.1 runs per game. However in the opener of this four-game crosstown series Monday, they collected 14 hits with a season-high four home runs to overcome a pair of three-run deficits to win 9-7.

That came a day after the Mets had 16 hits, including five doubles and a homer, to snap a five-game slide in a 5-4, 11-inning win over Philadelphia.

Eric Young and Chris Young have combined for 10 hits -- four doubles -- over the past two games, while joining fellow outfielder Curtis Granderson with a two-run homer each Monday.

Granderson finished with two hits in his first game in the Bronx since moving to Queens via free agency. Still, it was only his fourth homer with the Mets, and he's batting .194 with 16 RBIs.

Monday's defeat was the third in a row for the Yankees, who have allowed 21 runs and 36 hits in those games. Already missing starting pitchers CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova, their offense could take a hit with Beltran's injury.

The veteran outfielder is expected to undergo an MRI after a hyperextended right elbow forced him out in the seventh inning Monday. Beltran is mired in a 5-for-43 skid, but ranks fourth on the team with 15 RBIs.

First baseman Mark Teixeira didn't start because of a tight left groin and right fielder Ichiro Suzuki and reliever Shawn Kelley were also missing due to their aching backs.

Wheeler (1-3, 4.35 ERA) looks to earn his first win in nearly a month as he makes his Subway Series debut. The right-hander rebounded from a poor performance with a strong showing Wednesday at Miami, allowing two hits over six scoreless innings before leaving without a decision in a 1-0 loss.

He a 3.27 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 22 innings over his last four starts, but owns an 0-1 record thanks in part to being backed by six total runs.

Wheeler is 0-2 with a 5.87 ERA in three interleague starts.

The Yankees have dropped five of the past six at home behind a 6.40 ERA from the rotation, and giving the ball to Vidal Nuno (1-0, 5.47) may not help.

The left-hander has a 10.22 ERA in three home games -- two starts -- and has completed six innings only once in four starts overall this season.

Nuno was effective against the Mets last season, yielding two runs over six innings in a 3-1 loss May 30.

Derek Jeter had a season-high three hits Monday, raising his career average to .432 at home in the Subway Series.

Wheeler has to get some run support and he will take care of the rest... LGM!

Predicted Lineup vs Yankees:

  1. Eric Young Jr. - LF
  2. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  3. David Wright -3B
  4. Chris Young - DH
  5. Curtis Granderson - RF
  6. Juan Lagares - CF
  7. Travis d'Arnaud - C
  8. Eric Campbell -1B
  9. Wilmer Flores - SS

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Preview: Game 33 - Mets (16-16) at Marlins (18-15) - Wheeler (1-3) vs Koehler (3-2)

Preview: Game 33
New York Mets (16-16) at  Miami Marlins (18-15)

Probable Pitchers - Zack Wheeler (1-3) 5.13 ERA vs Tom Koehler (3-2) 2.41 ERA

TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 12:40 PM


Tom Koehler, the Bronx native will try to extend his dominant run at Marlins Park while avenging a recent defeat to the New York Mets on Wednesday when surprising Miami goes for its 11th win in 12 home games.

After scuffling along with the worst offense in baseball last season, the Marlins (18-15) have made quite a turnaround at the plate in 2014. They rank among the NL leaders with a .271 average, 156 runs and a .338 on-base percentage after finishing last in the majors in all three categories last season.

That offensive improvement has played a role in their recent success at Marlins Park, where they've averaged 6.0 runs and batted .317 while going 7-1 on a homestand that began with matchups against a pair of pitching-rich clubs in Atlanta and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Miami, a major league-best 16-5 at home, didn't need many runs Tuesday to win its second in as many nights to open this three-game set with the Mets (16-16). Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee went a combined 4 for 6 with three RBIs, while Henderson Alvarez tossed a six-hitter in a 3-0 victory.

Stanton has gone 11 for 29 with three homers and nine RBIs while hitting safely in all eight games on the homestand. McGehee is batting .363 with 21 RBIs at Marlins Park, going 13 for 30 over the past seven games there.

Jim Redmond's club goes for the sweep in the finale behind Koehler (3-2, 2.41 ERA), who has shown tremendous improvement since going 5-10 with a 4.51 ERA in 23 starts last season.

Koehler has limited opponents to two runs or less while working through six innings in five of six starts overall and is 3-0 with a 0.90 ERA in three home outings. He gave up three hits over seven scoreless innings in Friday's 6-3 win over the Dodgers.

The right-hander gets a rematch with the Mets after he surrendered a season-high four runs with four walks over five innings in a 4-0 loss at Citi Field on April 27. He's 1-2 with a 3.19 ERA in five career starts versus New York. The Mets are batting .209 (18 for 86)

Chris Young hit a two-run homer in that contest, but had a six-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday. Daniel Murphy, who is 4 for 9 with a homer versus Koehler the past two seasons, has gone 9 for 18 with a home run in his last four.

The Mets were shut out for the third time Tuesday, losing for the fifth time in their last six on a rain-shortened eight-game trip. They rank near the bottom of the majors with a .228 average.

Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13) hopes to regroup from the shortest outing of his career in Friday's 10-3 loss at Colorado. He allowed a career-worst seven runs and seven hits with two walks over four innings. This Group of Marlins are hitting .186 vs him (8 for 43).

Although he hasn't factored in a decision versus Miami, Wheeler has pitched well by allowing three runs with 15 strikeouts over 13 innings in his two career starts -- both New York victories.

The Mets have to battle in the heat of Miami.....LGM!

Predicted Lineup:

  1. Juan Lagares - CF (.333)
  2. Daniel Murphy - 2B (.385) HR
  3. David Wright - 3B (.273)
  4. Curtis Granderson - RF (0 for 2)
  5. Chris Young - LF (1 for 2) HR
  6. Lucas Duda - 1B (.111)
  7. Anthony Recker - C (.000)
  8. Ruben Tejada - SS (.273)
  9. Zack Wheeler - RHP 

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Friday, May 02, 2014

Preview: Game 28 - New York Mets (15-12) at Colorado Rockies (17-13) - Wheeler (1-2) vs De La Rosa (2-3)

Preview: Game 28
New York Mets (15-12) at Colorado Rockies (17-13)
Pitching Probables - Zack Wheeler (1-2) 3.99 ERA vs Jorge De La Rosa (2-3) 5.23 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 8:40PM


The Mets hope to bounce back and even the series with its eighth victory in 11 games, while Colorado will try for its fifth win in six contests Friday night. The Mets are 7-4 on the Road...

The Mets (15-12) had posted a 2.07 ERA while limiting opponents to a .212 average during a 7-2 stretch heading into this four-game set at Coors Field. Bartolo Colon, however, couldn't extend that effort Thursday when he allowed seven runs and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss.

Corey Dickerson had three hits and Nolan Arenado extended the majors' longest hitting streak to 21 games for the Rockies (17-13), who hope to move closer to their fifth straight home series win.

Gonzalez hit his sixth home run in the first inning, but he's day to day after being lifted in the fourth because of what the team said was a bruised left index finger.

Colorado ranks at or near the top of the majors at home in batting average (.346), home runs (23) and on-base percentage (.395). Troy Tulowitzki is 20 for 36 (.556) with four homers and 14 RBIs at hitter-friendly Coors, while Charlie Blackmon has gone 23 for 50 (.460) with five homers and 15 RBIs.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 3.99 ERA) will try to cool off those bats as he makes his first career start in Colorado. He's given up just six runs with 19 strikeouts over 18 1/3 innings in his last three starts -- all New York victories.

On Friday, the right-hander limited Miami to one run and four hits with a season-high 10 strikeouts over six innings. He did not factor in the decision as New York rallied in the ninth for a 4-3 home win.

The Rockies, 9-4 at home, counter with Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 5.23). The left-hander has allowed two runs over 12 innings while winning his last two starts after going 0-3 with a 7.58 ERA in his first four outings.

He'll try to build on his best effort Sunday when he surrendered one run and four hits over seven innings in a 6-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.

De La Rosa is 3-1 with a 3.96 ERA in four career starts against the Mets, though he hasn't faced them since April 2011. He'll face a New York team that has hit .208 with only five home runs in its last 12 games.

Chris Young has seen him the most of any New York hitter, but he's 5 for 26 with two homers in the matchup dating to his time with Arizona. Young has gone 4 for 10 with three RBIs in his last three games following a 6-for-33 start. David Wright is batting .300 (3 for 10) vs De La Rosa.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Preview: Game 23 - Miami Marlins (10-12) at New York Mets (12-10) - Alvarez (1-2) vs Wheeler (1-2)

Preview: Game 23
Miami Marlins (10-12) at New York Mets (12-10)
Pitching Probables - Henderson Alvarez (1-2) 2.66 ERA vs Zack Wheeler (1-2) 4.63 ERA
TV - PIX 11 - Radio - 710 WOR AM - First Pitch - 7:10PM


The Mets (12-10), opening the final series of their season high-tying 10-game homestand, are hitting .187 with six extra-base hits during a 4-1 stretch. But they were 7 for 21 with runners in scoring position in their three wins in a four-game series with St. Louis.

The Mets will have to face Henderson Alvarez, who has seen the Mets before. He recorded his third career shutout and first victory of the season Saturday, surrendering two hits in a 7-0 win over Seattle. The right-hander didn't issue a walk after allowing seven over his previous 14 2/3 innings.

 Alvarez is 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA vs the Mets.  Alvarez gave up six runs in five innings to lose his first career start against the Mets in 2012, but held them to a combined two runs and 10 hits over 14 1/3 innings in two matchups last season and won both.

The Current group of Mets are batting just .230 off Alvarez. Curtis Granderson , who has seen Alvarez the most (12 AB's) is batting .250 vs him.

Taking the hill for New York will be Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63), who has had three quality starts in four outings. He gave up three runs over six innings in a 4-3, 14-inning win over Atlanta on Sunday.

Wheeler limited Miami to two runs and three hits in seven innings of a 4-2 road victory in his eighth career start July 30, going without a decision.

The Marlins (10-12), who are a big league-worst 1-8 away from home, have dropped 16 of their last 23 at Citi Field.

The Marlins have seven runs and 24 hits over their last four games, going homerless in three of them after hitting at least one in 10 straight contests. They struck out 41 times while dropping two of three in Atlanta this week despite outhitting the Braves 20-19 and posting a collective 2.08 ERA.

Giancarlo Stanton is 2 for 18 over his last five with nine strikeouts and just one RBI, though his 27 RBIs still lead the majors.

Stanton, though, is 4 for 36 with 14 strikeouts over his last 10 games versus the Mets. Christian Yelich is batting .179 in eight career matchups against them but enters on a 17-game hitting streak.  LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Preview: Game 18 - Atlanta Braves (12-5) at New York Mets (8-9) - Hale (0-0) vs Wheeler (1-2)

Preview: Game 18
Atlanta Braves (12-5) at New York Mets (8-9)
Pitching Probables - David Hale (0-0) 2.89 ERA vs Zack Wheeler (1-2) 4.67 ERA
TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 1:10PM


The Mets (8-9), who have dropped the last two games to the Atlanta Braves (12-5) look to rebound in the final game of the three games series. The Mets have been woeful at home this season only going 2-6.

The Mets will send Zack Wheeler (1-2) to the mound, who has pitched better of late. Last Game vs Arizona on April 14th he pitched 6.1 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 ER, 3 BB's, while striking out 3. He is 3-1 with a 3.80 ERA vs the Braves in his short career. The current Braves are collectively batting .236 with 3 HR's and 7 RBI's vs Wheeler. Freddie Freeman is batting .556 (5 for 9) with a HR and 3 RBI's vs Wheeler. Other Notables: Jason Heyward .333 (3 for 9) 1 HR, 2 RBI's, Dan Uggla .286 (2 for 7) with a HR, 2 RBI's, Andrelton Simmons .333 (3 for 9) with 3 BB's vs Wheeler.

The Mets will be getting their second look at young David Hale (0-0). The Mets faced him his last time out and he only lasted (6.23 ERA) 4.1 innings, gave up 5 hits, 3 earned runs, walking 5, while striking out 2. The Mets ended up winning the game 6-4. Eric Young went 3 for 3 , David Wright went 1 for 2, and Daniel Murphy also went 1 for 2 in their last meeting vs Hale.

The Mets bats better start to get going or else it could mean another sweep in the hands of the Atlanta Braves.

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