Mets at Rockies: Game Preview, Notes, Starting Lineup, Niese On The Hill

An article by posted on April 18, 2013

Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Jordany Valdespin – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Ike Davis – 1B
  5. John Buck – C
  6. Marlon Byrd – CF
  7. Mike Baxter – RF
  8. Ruben Tejada – SS
  9. Jonathon Niese – LHP

Game Notes

  • The team called up right-hander Jeurys Familia from Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday, optioning submariner Greg Burke to the Minors. Familia, who broke camp with the Mets in an eight-man Opening Day bullpen, has not allowed a run in five innings since his early-April demotion to Vegas.
  • With an MLB-worst six errors in 13 games at shortstop, Tejada entered Wednesday’s play with more miscues than eight Major League teams.They’ve been mostly throwing errors. Terry Collins insists that Tejada is doing nothing technically wrong and will stick by him. Good call.
  • Lucas Duda is second in the National League with 11 walks and also ranks third in the NL with a .469 on-base percentage. The Mets’ left fielder is hitting .368 (7-19) with two home runs and three RBI on this current road trip.
  • Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy continues to rake and is hitting .393 (11-28) with eight runs scored, six doubles and five RBI on this road trip…Overall, Murphy is hitting .340 and is tied for 11th in the National League with 11 RBI, is tied for third in the NL with six doubles and is tied for third with nine extra-base hits. Nice!
  • The Mets will not need the fifth starter’s spot again until a week from Saturday according to Adam Rubin’s calculations. That means Shaun Marcum, who is supposed to pitch in Port St. Lucie today, could be ready to return and make his Mets debut. We hope he’s armed and ready!

Game Preview

The Mets will try to salvage a game of this series today this afternoon in Denver. After dropping both games of the doubleheader, the Mets were postponed due to snow yesterday. The Mets are playing their regularly scheduled game today and there is no word yet on when a make-up game will be played. Jon Niese will get his normal start today, yesterday’s starter, Hefner, will get pushed to Saturday which will push Laffey out of the rotation this time around.

Jon Niese is 2-0 over 3 starts with a 3.57 ERA over 17.2 innings and 9 runs, 7 earned. Niese’s numbers were fantastic before the Minnesota game on Friday night however Niese had problems throwing/gripping the ball in the cold and snow, thus laboring through innings. It also didn’t help that the Mets bats stayed out forever in the first and second inning. Anyway, Niese looks for some normalcy today. Niese hasn’t faced the Rockies since 2011 where he allowed 10 ER over 12.1 innings. The Rockies have the following numbers against Jon:

Helton 7-16, 3 2B, HR
Tulo 5-13, 2B, HR
Gonzalez 0-7
Fowler 1-6
Herrera 3-6, HR
Garland 0-2

Garland is 1-0 this season over two starts and 12 innings of work allowing 5 ER and 10 hits in that stretch. He missed the 2012 season in its entirety and in 2011 he had a 4.33 ERA with a 1-5 record over 9 starts and 54 innings of work. In 2011 he had one start against the Mets where he allowed 3 ER over 6 innings and 7 hits. The Mets have the following numbers against Jon:

Buck 10-42, 4 2B, HR
Byrd 5-18
Wright 2-15, 2B
Murphy 2-7, 2B
Davis 2-5
Tejada 0-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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My name is Elliot and I’ve been writing the Game Preview posts at MMO since 2008. I am excited to be back sharing my thoughts with you. When I’m not watching the Mets, I’m a Physics Teacher in Newark, NJ and writing about the Mets at 213 Miles From Shea. LGM!

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