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April 11, 2014: Mets @ Angels (Gee-Skaggs) - 10:05 PM

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Posted: 4/11/2014 8:20 AM

April 11, 2014: Mets @ Angels (Gee-Skaggs) - 10:05 PM 




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By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO (STATS Writer)  AP - Sports


Tyler Skaggs' debut with the Los Angeles Angels was practically perfect.


Now, he'll look for another dominant performance in his first appearance at Angel Stadium.


Skaggs is slated to take the mound and help the Angels avoid losing their first four home games for the second straight season Friday night against the New York Mets.


The Angels (4-5) re-acquired Skaggs from Arizona in a three-team, four-player trade in December, hoping he could add depth to a rotation that ranked 22nd in the majors with a 4.30 ERA.


The 22-year-old left-hander, a first-round draft pick by Los Angeles in 2009, looked capable of doing more than that Saturday. He dominated Houston, yielding an unearned run and four hits in eight innings of a 5-1 victory.


"I have pitched in the big leagues before," said Skaggs, who was 3-6 with a 5.43 ERA in 13 starts over the past two years with the Diamondbacks. "I took that mindset that I have been here before. The team needs to get in the win column again. A lot of different things to stay relaxed out there."


Skaggs credited his victory to his debut of a two-seam fastball.


"I threw it 90 percent of the time," he said. "That's why you saw all those 90-91 instead of 93-94. They kept swinging at it, so why not continue to throw it and get outs early in the count?"


Another strong outing to begin this three-game set and six-game homestand could prevent Los Angeles from opening 0-4 at home for a second straight season.


The Angels, though, are back home after winning four of six on the road. They capped the jaunt with a combined one-hitter from Garrett Richards and two relievers in Wednesday's 2-0 win at Seattle.


Albert Pujols
is 2 for 12 at home, but he hit safely in each game of the road trip, connecting for two-run homers in each of the last two contests.


The star first baseman is 8 for 18 (.444) with two homers, four RBIs and six runs over his last four meetings with the Mets, but those came in 2011 with St. Louis.


New York is trying to build on Thursday's 6-4 win at Atlanta to take two of three from its NL East rival.


Eric Young Jr. was key to the success in that series, going 5 for 12 (.417) with five stolen bases and as many runs. The left fielder was 2 for 19 with nine strikeouts over the first five games.

"He's such a great kid, you root for him all the time, and he showed you he can win games for you," manager Terry Collins said.


Dillon Gee (0-0, 4.50) is taking the mound on the road for the first time this year. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA on the road in interleague play.


He also closed out 2013 by winning four straight outings as the visitor with a 2.22 ERA.Gee gave up two homers over that stretch, and matched that in Saturday's 6-3 win over Cincinnati. He surrendered the second - a two-run shot - before being pulled with one out in the eighth, but was off the hook for the loss after Ike Davis' walkoff grand slam.

Gee has held Pujols hitless in three at-bats.


The Mets and Angels have split 12 all-time meetings, but New York has won four of six in Anaheim.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/m...38278--mlb.html

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Posted: 4/11/2014 10:42 AM

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Curious to see what the lineup looks like tonight, not only from a "Who's on 1st?" standpoint - but in the case of who Terry Collins decides to DH.

Skaggs is LH, so it'll be interesting to see if Collins stacks the lineup w/righties (like Josh Satin at 1B, and Andrew Brown DH-ing) - or if he continues on, in attempting to sort out the Ike-Duda shenanigans.

Face-value: I'd say I'd expect Brown to at least be DH-ing, but as always - we know, stranger things have happened in terms of decision making.

Did anyone happen to catch any post-game quotes from TC, as to who he might DH tonight?

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Posted: 4/11/2014 11:01 AM

Re: April 11, 2014: Mets @ Angels (Gee-Skaggs) - 10:05 PM 


That's a good question. I think there's a decent chance we'll see Ike at 1B and Brown at DH. I'd go with two righties against the lefty, though. I have confidence that Ike can be an effective platoon player, but I've given up on him against lefties.
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Posted: 4/11/2014 12:58 PM

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It's great that they got an off day after a *day* game to travel ~900 miles from NYC to Atlanta... but no off day after a *night* game for a ~2200 mile trip to LA, and having to adjust to a three hour time difference as well...?
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Posted: 4/11/2014 1:01 PM

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I'm guessing Satin at 1B and Brown as DH.
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Posted: 4/11/2014 1:07 PM

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I know these guys travel first class, but if the game ended near 10pm, maybe that plane takes off by midnight. By 5am they land, another hour to the hotel. Good thing it's early in the season because that's a grueling 7-8 hours and then have to play tonight.
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Posted: 4/11/2014 1:12 PM

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Anybody know what time it is? Clearly my body has no clue. Redeye to the west coast is weird.

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Posted: 4/11/2014 1:17 PM

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He needs to use psychology. He "gained" 3 hours, so in "reality"  the flight was only 2 hours.wink

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Posted: 4/11/2014 1:25 PM

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LOVE me some west coast games


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Posted: 4/11/2014 3:20 PM

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nyjets2047 wrote: LOVE me some west coast games

Yup, can't "+1" this enough.

Love keeping score of the 10:10PM-1AM games for some reason. Hot pot of Joe to go along...can't get enough.


BTW last time we went out to play the LAAofA, our manager was fired at around 3AM EST. This was after he made the trip. Fun little fact.

Interested to see Skaggs up close.
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Posted: 4/11/2014 3:42 PM

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A West Coast game on a Friday when the weather is beautiful?  Perfect excuse to go to a bar.
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Posted: 4/11/2014 4:07 PM

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dgLuvsTheMets wrote:
nyjets2047 wrote: LOVE me some west coast games

Yup, can't "+1" this enough.

Love keeping score of the 10:10PM-1AM games for some reason. Hot pot of Joe to go along...can't get enough.


BTW last time we went out to play the LAAofA, our manager was fired at around 3AM EST. This was after he made the trip. Fun little fact.

Interested to see Skaggs up close.

As long as we don't carry a lead late in the ball game and give it away in the 9th.  NOTHING worse than a wee hours of the morning bullpen implosion, as we were in a position to win the game.  Those are tough to sleep off.

Last edited 4/11/2014 4:07 PM by FIFAstar79

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Posted: 4/11/2014 4:29 PM

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dgLuvsTheMets wrote:
nyjets2047 wrote: LOVE me some west coast games

Yup, can't "+1" this enough.

Love keeping score of the 10:10PM-1AM games for some reason. Hot pot of Joe to go along...can't get enough.


BTW last time we went out to play the LAAofA, our manager was fired at around 3AM EST. This was after he made the trip. Fun little fact.

Interested to see Skaggs up close.
haha I saw that tidbit earlier. Good memories. I live out in Hawaii, so this is the best time for me to catch an entire game where work doesn't interfere.


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Posted: 4/11/2014 4:39 PM

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dgLuvsTheMets wrote:
nyjets2047 wrote: LOVE me some west coast games

Yup, can't "+1" this enough.

Love keeping score of the 10:10PM-1AM games for some reason. Hot pot of Joe to go along...can't get enough.


BTW last time we went out to play the LAAofA, our manager was fired at around 3AM EST. This was after he made the trip. Fun little fact.

Interested to see Skaggs up close.
Maybe the hitting coach gets the ax at 3 a.m. this time around.  One can hope.
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Posted: 4/11/2014 6:49 PM

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Adam Rubin ✔ @AdamRubinESPN
Josh Satin at 1B, Andrew Brown DH vs. LHP Tyler Skaggs.

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Posted: 4/11/2014 6:53 PM

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1. E. Young, LF
2. Murphy, 2B
3. Wright, 3B
4. Brown, DH
5. Granderson, RF
6. Satin, 1B
7. Lagares, CF
8. d'Arnaud, C
9. Tejada, SS

Dillon Gee, P

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Posted: 4/11/2014 7:47 PM

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Ahh the joys of a DH...Andrew Brown batting cleanup for his first plate appearance since opening week.

The dreaded sig of doom has chosen future hall of famer Jason Heyward as its target.

May the baseball gods have mercy on your soul!

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Posted: 4/11/2014 8:02 PM

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I actually hate west coast games living out here, esp. on the weekends. I get so bored at work and usually end up missing the game.

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Posted: 4/11/2014 8:17 PM

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Granderson off to the worst start of any new Mets position player....ever.

And now hes gonna face 2 lefties?

Tryin to have faith he's going to be a productive middle of the order bat....and not a .210....200K disaster.

Right now....still keeping the faith....despite so many noncompetitive atbats in the early going.
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Posted: 4/11/2014 8:28 PM

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Mets win 3-1. The O stays somewhat flat but G dominates
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