Game Preview: Lagares Back In Center As Mets Try To Put Last Night Behind Them

An article by posted on July 23, 2013

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Atlanta Braves vs New York Mets

Kris Medlen (6-9, 3.64) vs. Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.79)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  3. David Wright – 3B
  4. Marlon Byrd – RF
  5. Ike Davis – 1B
  6. John Buck – C
  7. Juan Lagares – CF
  8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
  9. Carlos Torres – RHP

Game Notes

  • RHP Dillon Gee flirted with history on Monday night, when he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Braves but ended up with a no-decision in the Mets’ 2-1 loss to the Braves. Gee opened with six no-hit innings before surrendering a single to Freddie Freeman leading off the seventh. The Braves loaded the bases in the seventh against Gee, who got out of the jam by retiring Chris Johnson on a fielder’s choice grounder to third and by striking out pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich. Gee allowed two hits and three walks while striking out three over the seven scoreless innings and was in line for the win until Bobby Parnell allowed two runs in the ninth. The outing continued perhaps the best run Gee has ever enjoyed as a major leaguer: He’s posted a 2.00 ERA over his last 10 starts, a stretch in which he’s lowered his overall ERA From 6.34 to 4.07.
  • RHP Carlos Torres will make his second start for the Mets when he takes the mound Tuesday night in the second game of a four-game series against the Braves at Citi Field. Torres has been a surprisingly solid pitcher for the Mets since he was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 15. Torres is 0-1 with a 0.79 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 20/2 in 22 2/3 innings over 11 appearances. He moved into the rotation following Shaun Marcum‘s season-ending injury and received a no-decision in his first start July 13, when he allowed just one run on five hits and no walks while striking out five over five innings in the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Pirates. Torres will be making his first career start against the Braves and his fifth appearance overall. He is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 7 1/3 innings against the Braves. On June 19, he threw 2 1/3 no-hit innings and walked one while striking out four in the Mets’ 5-3 loss to the Braves at Turner Field.
  • INF Justin Turner was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to Monday’s game and made the final out as a pinch-hitter in the Mets’ 2-1 loss to the Braves. Turner’s shot into the left-center field was caught by a diving Jason Heyward, whose grab saved at least one and possibly two runs from scoring. Turner went on the disabled list June 18 (retroactive to June 17) with a left intercostal strain. He will return to his utility role and Mets manager Terry Collins said before the game that Turner is the player he’d most likely use to spell starting shortstop Omar Quintanilla. Turner is hitting .263 with six RBIs in 95 at-bats this season for the Mets.
  • RHP Greg Burke was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Monday’s game in order to make room for infielder Justin Turner, who was activated from the disabled list. It is the third time this season Burke has been sent to Las Vegas. He is 0-2 with a 5.28 ERA in 28 appearances for the Mets and last pitched on Friday, when he gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief in the Mets’ 13-8 loss to the Phillies. Burke is 1-1 with three saves and a 4.93 ERA for Las Vegas.
  • OF Eric Young continued to run wild on the base paths Monday night for the Mets as he stole two bases in a 2-1 loss to the Braves. It was the first multi-steal game of the season for Young but his 10th and 11th swipes of the month. Young now has 20 steals this season between the Rockies and Mets, which ranks him seventh in the National League. He is seven stolen bases shy of his career-high, set with the Rockies in 2011.

Game Preview

The Mets dropped a heart breaker last night. Dillon Gee took a no hitter into the 7-inning and then handed the delicate 1-0 lead to the bullpen. Bobby Parnell essentially burped in the pouring rain and allowed 2 runs. The Mets offense, not taking advantage of situations, put the stress on everybody to be perfect. Well, hopefully things will go differently tonight as Carlos Torres makes his second start as he pairs up with Kris Medlen.

Carlos Torres is 0-1 this year pitching 22.2 innings with a 0.79 ERA. He made a start for Matt Harvey right before the All-Star Break where he pitched 5.0 innings allowing 1 ER and striking out 5 batters. He pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief against the Braves earlier this year where he walked one batter and struck out 4. The Braves have the following numbers against Torres:

Heyward 1-3
J Upton 0-2
Freeman 0-2
Johnson 0-2
Uggla 0-2

The Mets get another look at Kris Medlen who is 6-9 over 113.2 innings of work with a 3.64 ERA. He has pitched 22.1 innings over his last four starts where he has allowed 17 runs, 16 earned which is a 6.47 ERA. He has faced the Mets twice this year first allowing 3 ER over 6 innings while striking out 9 and then allowed 3 runs, 1 earned over the same amount of innings. The Mets have the following numbers against Medlen:

Wright 5-22, 2B
Davis 4-18, HR
Murphy 4-19, 2 2B
Buck 1-8, HR
Byrd 2-7
Young 1-3

Lets 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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