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Aug 5

Morning Recap: Hefner Pitches Well, Mets Beat Padres 6-2

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Final Score: Mets 6, Padres 2

Player Of The Game: Daniel Murphy- 4-for-4, 2 R

Goat Of The Game: Andres Torres- 0-for-4, 3 K

Notes:

  • The Mets knocked out Padres starter Edinson Volquez very early. Volquez had awful command, walking four batters in just 1.2 innings.
  • Walks were a theme on the night for the Mets. They walked a total of ten times. Mike Baxter along walked 5 times.
  • Jeremy Hefner pitched very well, allowing just one run over six innings. He may not have been the most high-profile pickup this winter, but he has done a great job filling in while Johan Santana has been on the DL.
  • Frank Francisco entered the game with one out in the ninth and recorded his 19th save of the season.
  • The Mets play the Padres in the series finals today at 4:05. Matt Harvey (1-1, 1.59 ERA) will go up against Jason Marquis (4-6, 4.08 ERA).
Aug 3

Series Preview: Mets Play Three Against Struggling Padres

The Mets begin a three-game series with the Padres tonight at PETCO Park in San Diego. The first pitch is at 10:05 eastern time.

The Padres have really struggled lately. After opening up the second half 7-3, including winning two of three against the Dodgers on the road, San Diego has gone just 3-7. In their last series, a four-game set against the Reds, they lost three of four.

Pitching, which has been a big constant for the Padres over the last few years, has not been at the same level as years past in 2012. Last year, the Padres were third in baseball in ERA, but have fallen this year to 15th. That, combined with a less-than-stellar offense, make the Padres a very mediocre team.

Speaking of the offense, are one of the worst in baseball. The Padres rank third to last in baseball in runs scored, and only have two players with ten or more home runs. Chase Headley, who has been the only threat in the Padres lineup over the past few seasons, is having a career year. He has a career-high 13 home runs. Besides Headley, the only other real power threat is Carlos Quentin. Quentin has ten homers in 50 games this season. Past those two, however, and you’ll find mostly players similar to Will Venable- guys who are able to steal a few bases, but not much else. If the Mets can score four runs in each game in this series, they should at least take two of three from the Padres.

If there is one real bright spot on the Padres roster, it has to be their bullpen. Led by Huston Street, the Padres have one of the better bullpens in baseball. Street has a 0.88 ERA in 30.2 innings this season. Luke Gregerson, who currently has the team lead in appearances, has a 2.81 ERA in 48 innings pitched. It should be difficult for the Mets to score runs in the late innings this weekend. They’ll have to score early.

Pitching Matchups:

Game 1- Tonight 10:05

R.A. Dickey (14-2, 2.83 ERA) vs. Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.14 ERA)

Game 2- Saturday 8:35

Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.52 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (7-7, 3.51 ERA)

Game 3- Sunday 4:05

Matt Harvey (1-1, 1.59 ERA) vs. Jason Marquis (4-6, 4.08 ERA)

Notes:

  • Frank Francisco will be back and available tonight for the Mets. Francisco has been out since June 22 with an oblique injury and was rehabbing with Binghamton this week.
  •  The Mets will be wearing their 1989 road throwback uniforms tonight. Click here for a picture.
  • After Johan Santana's no-hitter on June 1, the Padres became the last team without a no-hitter.
  • Over his last ten games, Chase Headley is hitting .324 with two home runs and seven RBI.
  • Let”s go Mets!

Sorry for the short notes section this time…

Capuano struggles, Mets lose 5-3

Pre-game: Mets (58-60) at D-Backs (66-53)

Here is this afternoon’s Met lineup:

  1. Angel Pagan CF
  2. Justin Turner 2B
  3. David Wright 3B
  4. Lucas Duda 1B
  5. Jason Bay LF
  6. Josh Thole C
  7. Jason Pridie RF
  8. Ruben Tejada SS
  9. Chris Capuano LHP (9-10, 4.51)

vs. Jason Marquis (8-6, 4.48)…

Jason Marquis would join the Mets next season