|TORONTO ( HAPP )|
NY METS ( WHEELER )
|923||TORONTO||-110||Ov 8,-105||-140||Ov 7,-110|
|924||NY METS||+100||Un 8,-115||+130||Un 7,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||13-12||+0.3||12-10||5.0||0.231||0.306||0.413||0.719||5.2||0.279||0.348||0.447||0.795|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-2.9||2-5||2.9||0.219||0.281||0.343||0.624||5.9||0.291||0.360||0.444||0.804|
|vs Left-handed Starters||6-4||+0.8||4-6||4.3||0.234||0.306||0.346||0.652||4.2||0.236||0.298||0.378||0.676|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-1.6||2-5||4.1||0.267||0.323||0.425||0.748||3.6||0.241||0.320||0.415||0.735|
|5/2/2018||STROMAN(R)||@ MINNESOTA||ROMERO(R)||0-4||L||-110||9 ev||U||6||7||1||9||8||0|
|5/3/2018||GARCIA(L)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)||13-11||W||165||8.5 ov||O||17||13||1||15||8||1|
|5/3/2018||BIAGINI(R)||@ CLEVELAND||PLUTKO(R)||4-13||L||140||10 ev||O||8||6||0||16||11||0|
|5/4/2018||HAPP(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||KITTREDGE(R)||2-6||L||-150||8 un||P||4||4||1||10||7||1|
|5/5/2018||SANCHEZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||FARIA(R)||3-5||L||-105||8 ov||P||7||3||3||6||10||0|
|5/6/2018||ESTRADA(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||2-1||W||120||8 un||U||7||6||0||8||8||0|
|5/15/2018||GARCIA(L)||@ NY METS||SYNDERGAARD(R)||2-12||L||140||7.5 un||O||6||6||1||16||7||0|
|5/16/2018||HAPP(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)|| |
|5/19/2018|| ||OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)|| |
|5/22/2018||HAPP(L)||LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/23/2018|| ||LA ANGELS|| || |
|5/7/2018||CONLON(L)||@ CINCINNATI||BAILEY(R)||7-6||W||-105||9.5 ev||O||13||7||0||8||4||0|
|5/8/2018||VARGAS(L)||@ CINCINNATI||CASTILLO(R)||2-7||L||120||9.5 un||U||6||7||1||12||8||0|
|5/9/2018||WHEELER(R)||@ CINCINNATI||ROMANO(R)||1-2||L||-105||10 un||U||4||5||0||5||6||0|
|5/11/2018||MATZ(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||ARRIETA(R)||3-1||W||140||8 ov||U||9||6||0||7||9||0|
|5/13/2018||DEGROM(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||2-4||L||115||6.5 ov||U||11||9||0||8||9||0|
|5/23/2018|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|TORONTO: 2017: 76-86, fourth place.
MANAGER: John Gibbons (sixth season of second stint, 11th overall with Blue Jays).
ADDITIONS: LHP Jaime Garcia, OF Randal Grichuk, OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Seung-hwan Oh, INF Yangervis Solarte, INF Aledmys Diaz, RHP John Axford, RHP Tyler Clippard, INF Danny Espinosa, RHP Taylor Guerrieri, INF Gift Ngoepe, LHP Sam Moll, RHP Sam Gaviglio.
SUBTRACTIONS: OF Jose Bautista, OF Ezequiel Carrera, RHP Dominic Leone, LHP Brett Anderson, INF Darwin Barney, RHP Leonel Campos, OF Darrell Ceciliani, RHP Taylor Cole, INF Ryan Goins, C Raffy Lopez, RHP Tom Koehler, RHP Dominic Leone, C Miguel Montero, INF Rob Refsnyder, OF Michael Saunders, RHP Bo Schultz, RHP Cesar Valdez.
OUTLOOK: The powerful Yankees and reigning division champion Red Sox are considered playoff favorites in the AL East, so the expectation is the Blue Jays will be left to compete for the second wild card. If Donaldson and Smoak help the offense rebound from last season's injury-induced stumble, when Toronto scored an AL-low 693 runs, and the starting pitching stays strong and healthy, the Blue Jays might be able to mount a playoff push. Health concerns remain plentiful, however. Besides Tulowitzki's troublesome heel, Travis will need scheduled downtime to rest his surgically repaired right knee. Stroman was slowed by a sore shoulder in spring training, and Sanchez will be closely monitored after making just eight starts last year because of blister issues.
|NY METS: 2017 70-92, fourth place
MANAGER Mickey Callaway (first season)
ADDITIONS: 3B Todd Frazier, RF Jay Bruce, LHP Jason Vargas, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Anthony Swarzak, LHP Matt Purke, C Jose Lobaton
SUBTRACTIONS: Manager Terry Collins, LHP Josh Smoker, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Chasen Bradford, OF Norichika Aoki, RHP Erik Goeddel, RHP Tyler Pill, LHP Tommy Milone, OF Travis Taijeron
OUTLOOK: Callaway had great success with Cleveland's arms, and the injury-plagued Mets are counting on his methods, along with new pitching coach Dave Eiland, to keep their talented but fragile rotation intact. New York also overhauled its medical department, hoping to keep star players on the field. Syndergaard and deGrom make for an imposing 1-2 punch. So if Harvey, Matz and Zack Wheeler -- even one or two of them -- can finally stay healthy and approach their initial big league form, the pitching staff could be terrific again after unraveling last year with a 5.01 ERA that ranked 28th in the majors. Vargas was signed to eat innings but will miss some time at the beginning of the season after surgery for a broken right (nonpitching) hand. All-Star outfielder Michael Conforto (27 HRs, .384 OBP, .939 OPS) is targeting a May 1 return from surgery for a dislocated left shoulder. His status is critical to a lineup that lacks speed and a natural leadoff hitter. Nimmo made strides last season and is a potential candidate for that role while platooning early with Juan Lagares to fill Conforto's spot in center field. After the Mets spent nearly $90 million to plug holes in free agency, it still might be a stretch to envision them seriously challenging star-studded Washington for NL East supremacy. But with better health in a soft division, they could certainly rejoin the wild-card hunt.
|Blue Jays hope to get rotation going vs. Mets|
NEW YORK -- The Toronto Blue Jays would like nothing more than to cap off a quick visit to the Big Apple than for starting pitcher J.A. Happ to begin imitating the performance of the New York Mets' starting pitchers.
The Mets will look to complete a sweep of the brief two-game interleague series Wednesday afternoon when they host the Blue Jays at Citi Field.
The left-hander Happ (4-3, 4.80 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for Toronto against New York right-hander Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.03 ERA).
The Mets came back from an early deficit Tuesday to cruise past the Blue Jays, 12-2 as Juan Lagares went 4-for-5 with three RBIs while Devin Mesoraco homered and scored four times.
The lopsided loss capped a rough trip through the rotation for Toronto starters, who have compiled a 9.13 ERA (23 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings) dating back to Happ's previous start last Thursday, when he took the loss after giving up seven runs over 3 1/3 innings in a 9-3 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Mariners.
Jaime Garcia took the loss Tuesday after allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings. He gave up the final five runs in the fourth inning for the Blue Jays, who fell to .500 at 21-21 and are 9-16 in their last 25 games.
"It seems like we have trouble limiting the damage, and then especially if you're facing one of the better pitchers, you give too much breathing room, it's awful tough to come back," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday night. "We need to tighten up our rotation, there's no doubt about it. I'm still confident that'll change, because we're too good down there. But it's just not happening right now."
The rotation for the Mets (20-18) has yet to fully click, but New York starters have proven adept at wriggling out of trouble. Noah Syndergaard earned the win Tuesday, when he allowed two runs and threw 103 pitches over five innings but forced the Blue Jays to strand five runners, including three in scoring position.
On Sunday, Jacob deGrom was pulled after a scoreless first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in which he threw 45 pitches but left the bases loaded. Last Friday, Steven Matz allowed nine baserunners but just one run in five innings against the Phillies.
Wheeler didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start last Wednesday, when he allowed one run over six innings against the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed that run in the sixth inning but limited the damage by escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam.
"He went out there and attacked with his good stuff right from the get-go," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters last Wednesday. "That's what you have to do. You have to make adjustments when things are going bad and he did a good job with that."
In his previous start May 4, Wheeler gave up six runs in the first two innings against the Colorado Rockies but managed to pitch into the seventh.
Wheeler has never faced the Blue Jays. Happ is 3-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 10 career games (eight starts) against the Mets.
|Last Updated: 8/15/2018 3:53:57 PM EST|