|ATLANTA ( MORTON )|
NY METS ( EICKHOFF )
|955||ATLANTA||+115||Ov 8.5,-110||-145||Ov 9,-115|
|956||NY METS||-125||Un 8.5,-110||+135||Un 9,-105|
|vs Left-handed Starters||12-11||-1.5||14-8||5.8||0.265||0.327||0.470||0.797||4.4||0.226||0.294||0.391||0.686|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.5||2-5||4.0||0.251||0.307||0.408||0.715||2.3||0.236||0.315||0.367||0.682|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-26||+12||30-36||4.3||0.241||0.315||0.404||0.720||3.4||0.217||0.285||0.333||0.618|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+0.7||1-6||3.1||0.269||0.333||0.412||0.745||2.9||0.245||0.297||0.409||0.706|
|7/16/2021||MORTON(R)||TAMPA BAY||WACHA(R)||6-7||L||-125||8.5 ov||O||10||8||0||12||14||0|
|7/17/2021||FRIED(L)||TAMPA BAY||FLEMING(L)||9-0||W||-110||8.5 ev||O||11||5||0||4||6||1|
|7/18/2021||SMYLY(L)||TAMPA BAY||HILL(L)||5-7||L||-110||9 un||O||12||10||0||8||3||1|
|7/20/2021||TOUSSAINT(R)||SAN DIEGO||DARVISH(R)||2-1||W||+150||9.5 un||U||5||6||0||5||7||0|
|7/21/2021||MULLER(L)||SAN DIEGO||PADDACK(R)||2-3||L||+105||7.5 un||U||5||4||0||7||7||1|
|7/22/2021||MORTON(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||MOORE(L)||7-2||W||-140||8.5 ov||O||7||7||0||7||8||0|
|7/23/2021||FRIED(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||WHEELER(R)||1-5||L||140||7.5 ev||U||9||10||1||8||7||0|
|7/24/2021||SMYLY(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||VELASQUEZ(R)||15-3||W||115||10.5 ev||O||17||8||1||8||11||2|
|7/25/2021||TOUSSAINT(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||NOLA(R)||1-2||L||150||9.5 un||U||4||4||0||6||3||1|
|7/26/2021||MULLER(L)||@ NY METS||STROMAN(R)||2-0||W||135||6.5 un||U||10||9||0||5||5||0|
|7/26/2021||WILSON(R)||@ NY METS||LOUP(L)||0-1||L||130||7.5 un||U||4||4||0||6||7||0|
|7/27/2021||MORTON(R)||@ NY METS||BANDA(L)|| |
|7/28/2021||FRIED(L)||@ NY METS||MEGILL(R)|| |
|7/29/2021||SMYLY(L)||@ NY METS||WALKER(R)|| |
|8/3/2021||()||@ ST LOUIS||()|| |
|7/16/2021||STROMAN(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||KUHL(R)||1-4||L||-155||8.5 ev||U||3||9||1||11||8||1|
|7/17/2021||MEGILL(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||CROWE(R)||7-9||L||-160||9 ev||O||11||6||1||12||8||1|
|7/18/2021||WALKER(R)||@ PITTSBURGH||BRUBAKER(R)||7-6||W||-135||8 ov||O||11||11||2||11||10||1|
|7/19/2021||EICKHOFF(R)||@ CINCINNATI||GUTIERREZ(R)||15-11||W||105||11 ev||O||18||6||4||16||15||0|
|7/20/2021||STOCK(R)||@ CINCINNATI||MILEY(L)||3-4||L||140||10.5 ov||U||9||9||0||10||8||1|
|7/21/2021||STROMAN(R)||@ CINCINNATI||HOFFMAN(R)||7-0||W||-135||10.5 ev||U||9||10||0||1||2||1|
|8/2/2021||()||@ MIAMI||()|| |
|8/3/2021|| ||@ MIAMI|| || |
|ATLANTA: He's Here: RHP Charlie Morton, LHP Drew Smyly, RHP Carl Edwards Jr., SS Ehire Adrianza, 3B Jake Lamb, 2B Jason Kipnis, OF Guillermo Heredia, OF Phillip Ervin.
He's Outta Here: OF Nick Markakis, OF Adam Duvall, INF Charlie Culberson, RHP Mike Foltynewicz, RHP Mark Melancon, C Tyler Flowers, RHP Shane Greene, RHP Darren O'Day, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, INF Adeiny Hechavarria, LHP Cole Hamels.
Projected Lineup: CF Ronald Acu'a Jr. (.250, 14 HRs, 29 RBIs, 8 SBs), 2B Ozzie Albies (.271, 6, 19), 1B Freddie Freeman (.341, 13, 53, .462 OBP, NL MVP), LF Marcell Ozuna (.338, 18, 56, .431 OBP), C Travis d'Arnaud (.321, 9, 34), 3B Austin Riley (.239, 8, 27), SS Dansby Swanson (.274, 10, 35), CF Cristian Pache (.278, 11, 53 with Double-A Mississippi in 2019).
Rotation: LH Max Fried (7-0, 2.25 ERA), RH Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.74 with Rays; 3-1, 2.70 in postseason), RH Ian Anderson (3-2, 1.95), LH Drew Smyly (0-1, 3.42 with Giants), RH Kyle Wright (2-4, 5.21), RH Mike Soroka (0-1, 3.95, likely to begin season on injured list completing recovery from torn Achilles).
Key Relievers: LH Will Smith (2-2, 4.50, 7 HRs in 16 IP), RH Chris Martin (1-1, 1.00, 1 save), LH Tyler Matzek (4-3, 2.79, 43 Ks in 29 IP), LH A.J. Minter (1-1, 0.83), RH Luke Jackson (2-0, 6.84), RH Jacob Webb (0 ERs in 10 IP), RH Bryse Wilson (1-0, 4.02, 1 save).
Outlook: Even though the rest of the NL East bulked up, the Braves show no signs of slipping after winning three straight division titles. They finally won a postseason series ' two of them, in fact ' to break a drought going back to 2001. Then, the Braves came within one win of the World Series, taking a 3-1 lead in the NL Championship Series before the Dodgers rallied to win the last three games. That bitter disappointment only strengthened the Braves' resolve; this season, it's World Series or bust. Atlanta moved aggressively to bolster its thin rotation by signing veterans Morton and Smyly to one-year contracts. When Soroka (a 13-game winner and All-Star in 2019) is fully recovered, the rotation could be one of baseball's best. Fried was fifth in NL Cy Young Award balloting, while Anderson also has the makings of a future ace after a stellar rookie campaign. The hitters are a dynamic group, as well, with MVP Freeman and Ozuna providing a powerful 1-2 punch in the middle of the lineup. If Acu'a recaptures the form he showed in 2019, when he had 41 homers and 37 stolen bases, the Braves will have three of the game's most feared offensive players. The only major question mark is the bullpen, where the Braves must find a replacement for Melancon's 11 saves. No one in the current bullpen had more than one save in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, though Smith is a former closer for the Giants.
|NY METS: He's Here: SS Francisco Lindor, RHP Carlos Carrasco, C James McCann, RHP Marcus Stroman, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Trevor May, LHP Aaron Loup, LHP Joey Lucchesi, OF Kevin Pillar, INF Jonathan Villar, OF Albert Almora Jr., RHP Jordan Yamamoto, OF/1B Jos' Mart'nez, RHP Jacob Barnes, LHP Stephen Tarpley, LHP Mike Montgomery, RHP Tommy Hunter, RHP Sean Reid-Foley, RHP Yennsy D'az, RHP Sam McWilliams, OF Khalil Lee, RHP Arodys Vizca'no, LHP Jerry Blevins, INF/OF Jos' Peraza, OF Mallex Smith, RHP Jerad Eickhoff, INF/OF Brandon Drury, SS Wilfredo Tovar, owner Steve Cohen, president Sandy Alderson, acting GM Zack Scott.
He's Outta Here: GM Brodie Van Wagenen, 2B Robinson Can', C Wilson Ramos, SS Amed Rosario, INF Andr's Gim'nez, RHP Rick Porcello, RHP Michael Wacha, LHP Justin Wilson, LHP Steven Matz, LHP Chasen Shreve, OF Jake Marisnick, RHP Brad Brach, 3B Todd Frazier, OF Yoenis C'spedes, C Robinson Chirinos, OF Guillermo Heredia, RHP Jared Hughes, INF Eduardo N''ez, C Ren' Rivera, RHP Erasmo Ram'rez, RHP Paul Sewald, RHP Hunter Strickland, RHP Ariel Jurado, C Ali S'nchez, OF Ryan Cordell, INF Jed Lowrie.
Projected Lineup: CF Brandon Nimmo (.280, 8 HRs, 18 RBIs, .404 OBP, .888 OPS), SS Francisco Lindor (.258, 8, 27, .750 OPS with Cleveland), RF Michael Conforto (.322, 9, 31, .927), 1B Pete Alonso (.231, 16, 35, .817 OPS), LF Dominic Smith (.316, 10, 42, .993 OPS), 2B Jeff McNeil (.311, 4, 23, .836 OPS), 3B J.D. Davis (.247, 6, 19, .761 OPS), C James McCann (.289, 7, 15, .896 OPS with White Sox).
Rotation: RH Jacob deGrom (4-2, 2.38 ERA, NL-high 104 Ks, 18 BBs, 68 IP), RH Marcus Stroman (did not pitch last season; 10-13, 3.22, 184 1/3 IP with Blue Jays and Mets in 2019), RH Carlos Carrasco (3-4, 2.91, 82 Ks, 68 IP for Cleveland; will miss start of season with injury), RH Taijuan Walker (4-3, 2.70 with Seattle and Toronto), LH David Peterson (6-2, 3.44 as rookie) or LH Joey Lucchesi (0-1, 7.94, 5 2/3 IP with Padres) or RH Jordan Yamamoto (0-1, 18.26, 8 HRs, 11 1/3 IP with Miami).
Key Relievers: RH Edwin D'az (2-1, 1.75, 6/10 saves, 50 Ks, 25 2/3 IP), RH Trevor May (1-0, 3.86, 2 saves, 38 Ks, 7 BBs, 5 HRs, 23 1/3 IP with Minnesota), RH Seth Lugo (3-4, 5.15, 3 saves, 47 Ks, 10 BBs, 8 HRs, 36 2/3 IP in 16 games, 7 starts), RH Jeurys Familia (2-0, 3.71, 19 BBs, 26 2/3 IP), RH Miguel Castro (2-2, 4.01, 1 save, 38 Ks, 24 2/3 IP with Orioles and Mets), RH Dellin Betances (0-1, 7.71, 12 BBs, 11 2/3 IP), LH Aaron Loup (3-2, 2.52, 22 Ks, 4 BBs, 25 IP with Rays).
Outlook: A whirlwind offseason began with Cohen buying the franchise from the Wilpon and Katz families for $2.42 billion in November. Cohen brought back Alderson, the Mets' general manager from 2010-18, as team president and he immediately fired Van Wagenen and several top aides. Can' was then suspended for 162 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug for the second time in his career. He'll sit out the entire season. Following a flurry of moves, the Mets have 18 newcomers on the 40-man roster. They focused on building depth and landed a big star in Lindor as the centerpiece of a blockbuster trade with Cleveland that netted Carrasco as well. The addition of McCann also makes a dangerous lineup even longer, but the Mets need to deliver in the clutch. They ranked second in the majors in on-base percentage last year and third in OPS, yet finished 13th in runs. The defense is shaky at several spots, and questions remain in middle relief. The rotation is led by deGrom, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and one of baseball's most dominant arms. Stroman accepted an $18.9 million qualifying offer to return for one year after missing the start of last season with a calf injury and then opting out because of coronavirus concerns. The team hopes to get starter Noah Syndergaard back from Tommy John surgery in June, but the Mets' new depth will be tested early. Carrasco will be sidelined for a while after tearing his right hamstring in spring training ' he had already been slowed in camp by elbow soreness. That could open opportunities for Lucchesi and maybe even Yamamoto. Lugo is likely out until at least May following surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow. Mart'nez, a new bench bat, is expected to miss about four months with a knee injury. New York looks talented enough to end a four-year playoff drought, but it won't be easy in a tough division ruled by three-time defending champion Atlanta. Expectations are high and there is pressure to win now. Lindor, Conforto, Syndergaard and Stroman can all become free agents after the season. Meanwhile, deGrom turns 33 in June and can opt out of his contract after 2022. The team is in talks with Lindor about a long-term deal, but he says he won't negotiate during the season. Conforto could be on deck. Citi Field will welcome back fans at 20% capacity (capped at 8,492 seats) early in the season.
|Last Updated: 12/3/2021 12:35:56 PM EST|