9/13/15 Game Preview: Niese vs. Weber, Cespedes, Wright, d’Arnaud out

The Mets (81-61) take on the Atlanta Braves (56-87) at 1:35 at Turner Field in Atlanta. Jon Niese (4.36 ERA, 4.55 FIP, 1.40 WHIP, 161 IP over 27 starts) takes on rookie right hander Ryan Weber (2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 4 H in 6 IP in his first and only major league start). The Mets go for the four game sweep and their fourth 7+ game winning streak of the season.

[Bleacher Report]



  1. Curtis Granderson, RF (L)
  2. Daniel Murphy, 2B (L)
  3. Lucas Duda, 1B (L)
  4. Juan Uribe, 3B (R)
  5. Michael Conforto, LF (L)
  6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF (L)
  7. Ruben Tejada, SS (R)
  8. Kevin Plawecki, C (R)
  9. Jon Niese, P (L)


  1. Nick Markakis, RF (L)
  2. Daniel Castro, 2B (R)
  3. Freddie Freeman, 1B (L)
  4. Adonis Garcia, LF (R)
  5. Hector Olivera, 3B (R)
  6. Andrelton Simmons, SS (R)
  7. Christian Bethancourt, C (R)
  8. Michael Bourn, CF (L)
  9. Ryan Weber, P (R)

David Wright, Travis d’Arnaud, and Yoenis Cespedes all get the day off, day game after night game against a right handed pitcher.

Jon Niese takes the mound for the Mets, looking to regain his form after a string of bad starts. In a stretch of 12/13 quality starts from June 5th to August 15th, Niese had a 2.88 ERA, 3.94 FIP, and 1.11 WHIP in 84 1/3 IP. Since, Niese has given up at least 5 runs in 4 straight starts. That gives him a 10.53 ERA, 6.65 FIP, and 2.14 WHIP over his last 19 2/3 IP. He will look to regain his form against a weak hitting Braves lineup, but it is worth noting that out of Niese’s 4 bad starts, two were against the Phillies. (The other two were in the home ballparks of the the well-hitting Rockies and Nationals).

Weber makes just his 2nd major league start. Between AA and AAA this season, Weber has a 2.35 ERA over 99 2/3 IP with 10 walks and 59 strikeouts (good for a 0.93 WHIP). In his first start against the Phillies, he allowed 2 runs in 6 innings on 4 hits, striking out 2 and walking 1.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has had quite a bizarre season. Designated for Assignment by the Mets after an atrocious batting line to start the season, Nieuwenhuis was claimed by the Angels, and the Mets traded him for cash considerations. Soon after, the Angels designated him for assignment and he was claimed by the Mets off waivers. The Mets then designated him for assignment in order to outright him to AAA Las Vegas. Between all those roster moves and a back injury, Nieuwenhuis had two defining moments this year. Earlier in the season, he became the first player in Mets history to hit 3 home runs in a game at home. Recently, on Tuesday, he hit a pinch-hit home run against Jonathan Papelbon to give the Mets an 8-7 lead against the Nationals.

Nieuwenhuis’s batting line is steadily improving this year, and removing his 0/9 against lefties this season, Nieuwenhuis is hitting .212/.278/.414 against righties, good for a .301 wOBA. That’s getting closer to his career numbers against righties, 247/.315/.425 and a .321 wOBA. Since being reacquired and promoted by the Mets, Nieuwenhuis is hitting .313/.389/.646 across 54 plate appearances, good for a .438 wOBA and a 186 wRC+.

Adonis Garcia is in the lineup for the Braves against the lefty, coming off his pinch-hit game-tying 3-run home run last night against Tyler Clippard. In limited time against lefties during his rookie season (38 plate appearances), Garcia has a .441 wOBA against lefties with 4 of his 8 home runs. So far (small sample size, again), that’s good for a home run every 9 AB against a lefty.

As always, LET’S GO METS!


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