Mets vs D’Backs: Wheeler Looks To Even Series, Davis Back At First

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Mets at D’Backs • Chase Field • 8:10 PM

Zack Wheeler (4-2, 3.91) vs. Brandon McCarthy (2-5, 4.94)

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Starting Lineup

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

Game Notes

  • New York suffered its 10th walk-off loss last night. The 10 walk-off losses are the second-most in the majors this
    year., Miami has 12. Paul Goldschmidt hit the fourth walk-off home run against the Mets this year.
  • Wheeler (4-2, 3.91 ERA) has shown flashes of brilliance since making his big league debut on June 18 against Atlanta. He’s lasted at least six innings while allowing two runs or fewer three times. But he followed each one of those quality starts with a dud. That’s exactly what happened his last time out. Coming off a start in which he took a no-hitter into the seventh against Miami, Wheeler allowed four runs in five innings to the Royals on Sunday.
  • Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that star third baseman David Wright might not return this season from his strained right hamstring. “There’s nothing etched in stone,” Collins said. “We’re hoping certainly that it’s four weeks. If it’s five, it’s five. If it’s six, it’s six. If he gets back, tremendous.”
  • Frank Francisco, who has spent the entire season on the disabled list with a sore right elbow, is throwing from 120 feet on flat ground in extended spring in St. Lucie, Fla. Francisco, who, had surgery in December to remove a bone spur in his right elbow, has not thrown off a mound since receiving a pair of cortisone shots in the joint.
  • Over the past two months, the Mets’ outfield has developed from one of the least productive groups in the game to a genuine weapon thanks in large part to its defensive improvement. Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr. have laid claim to the starting jobs in center and left field, respectively, joining Marlon Byrd in right. That leaves no room for Lucas Duda. Duda, who spent more than six weeks on the disabled list with a strained left intercostal muscle, was a key contributor prior to his injury, batting .235 with 11 home runs.
  • Marlon Byrd was credited with a triple last night as he tried to score on an inside-the-park home run. The Mets have collected 26 triples this season, tied with the Red Sox for the second-most in the majors. Milwaukee is first with 34. New York has six triples over its last 10 games dating back to July 30.
  • Jeruys Familia, who has been on the disabled list since May 12 (retroactive to May 9) and had bone chips surgically removed from his elbow in June, has been playing long toss from 150 feet and may start throwing off the mound in the near future. Familiar appeared in eight games, recording a save in his only opportunity and striking out seven in 10 1-3 innings.
  • Marlon Byrd missed his 100th career home run by inches twice on the same play. Byrd powered a Patrick Corbin fastball off the railing on the circular terrace overhanging right-center field, two feet away from a home run. The ball deflected into left-center field and Byrd sprinted around the bases as LF Martin Prado chased the ball down. Prado threw to 2B Aaron Hill whose relay home beat Byrd by three feet. Wil Nieves barely got the tag down on Byrd as he slid head first into home plate. Byrd has been sitting on 99 home runs since July 21. “The one thing we’ve talked about all year is to try and be aggressive on the bases and try to make the opponent make big plays and make throws,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. “And they did.”
  • Jeremy Hefner was nearly unhittable for four innings Friday night, facing only three batters over the minimum. But he faded quickly, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk while recording only three more outs before giving way to the bullpen with two runs in and a runner on second with nobody out in the sixth. “If you look back he had two strikes on a lot of hitters but he couldn’t put anyone away,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. “In this game, especially with Jeremy, it’s all about location.” In his last five starts, Hefner has allowed 23 runs on 36 hits over 22 2/3 innings while watching his ERA rise to 4.34 from 3.33.
  • Justin Turner boosted his RBI numbers Friday night, driving in runs in three consecutive at-bats en route to a 2-for-4 evening, his first multi-hit game since April 20 against Washington. Turner entered the game with seven RBIs in 56 games, including only one in his 12 games (four starts) since returning from the disabled list July 21. Turner missed just over a month with a left intercostal muscle strain. “I feel bad for JT,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “JT’s a good baseball player. On this team, he’s been a valuable ball player. You always feel good when he’s up at the plate because you know you’re going to get a good at-bat out of him.”

Game Preview 

The Mets look to bounce back from last night’s loss as they take on the Diamondbacks for game two tonight in Arizona. Yesterday the Mets did not get a good performance from Hefner which put Atchison in a position to give up the walk off homer. The Mets bats didn’t help going 3-13 with runners in scoring position. Tonight Zack Wheeler takes the mound for the Mets as he takes on Brandon McCarthy.

Zack Wheeler is 4-2 over 9 games with a 3.91 ERA over 50.2 innings with 41 K’s. His last start against Kansas City was rocky. He allowed 4 ER over 5 innings. This will be Wheeler’s first start against the Diamondbacks in his career and he hasn’t faced anyone on their roster in a major league game.

The Mets bats draw Brandon McCarthy tonight who is 2-5 over 12 games with a 4.94 ERA. His last start (4.1 IP, 2 ER) was a good bounce back, sorta, from his start before that lasted 2.2 innings with 6 ER. Even though McCarthy has been pitching since 2005, almost all of his seasons have been in the American League and he never faced the Mets as a team. But since he has been teaching since 2005 there are a few Mets who have seen him on other teams:

Buck 1-7, HR
Byrd 0-2
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!