New York Mets: Chad Fairchild

Closer look at called third strike to Lagares

August, 13, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- ESPN Stats & Information's Mark Simon offered this graphic analysis of the controversial called third strike against Juan Lagares with the bases loaded in the seventh inning Monday, in what became a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers:

Simon added that the pitch location might be in the two-inch buffer zone umpires are given on the corners of the plate for an acceptable strike call. The data came from Pitch F/X, and determines where the baseball crossed the plate.

Simon also noted that pitches in that location are called strikes by umpires only 30 percent of the time, and 20 percent when it would be a called third strike.

Plate ump Chad Fairchild made Monday's disputed strike call.

Lagares disputes called third strike

August, 13, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- Upon further review, Juan Lagares still did not care for the called third strike by plate umpire Chad Fairchild with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh.

Lagares thought he walked on the full-count pitch from Ronald Belisario to force in the tying run, and replays appeared to show the pitch was outside. But Fairchild called it strike three. And when Daniel Murphy subsequently lined out to right field, the Mets had stranded the bases loaded in the seventh, trailing by a run. They went on to lose, 4-2, to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.

"I got a full count, bases loaded, and am looking for something I can make a good swing on," Lagares said. "No chance at that pitch. That's what I said [to Fairchild]. I just said, 'No chance.'"

What did Fairchild reply?

"I didn't hear anything," Lagares said postgame. "I just walked to the dugout. In that situation, that's the at-bat right there. I just saw the replay right now. For me, it's outside. But there's nothing you can do about that. It's something that's going to happen."

Said Terry Collins: "I don't have a view of it. I had a lot of guys tell me it was outside. ... I'm not going to sit here and get on the umpire. We had the opportunity to score runs and we didn't put the ball in play. That's what it came down to."

Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 4, Mets 2

August, 13, 2013
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LOS ANGELES -- The Mets, well Daniel Murphy, gave the Los Angeles Dodgers too many outs in the sixth inning.

With Jenrry Mejia cruising against the red-hot Dodgers, Murphy failed to execute consecutive makeable plays to open the frame. Los Angeles eventually posted three runs in the inning en route to a 4-2 win against the Mets on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.

L.A. improved to 38-8 since June 22 -- the franchise’s best 46-game stretch in baseball’s modern era.


Harry How/Getty ImagesDaniel Murphy's near-miss of Mark Ellis' soft liner in the sixth contributed to a three-run frame.


With the Mets leading 2-0, Carl Crawford opened the bottom of the sixth with a grounder to Murphy’s right. Murphy knocked down the ball but could not handle it, on what was ruled an infield single.

Mark Ellis then produced a sinking liner that glanced off a retreating Murphy’s glove and dropped into shallow right field for another hit.

Adrian Gonzalez followed with a line single over shortstop that plated Crawford. And Juan Lagares’ throw back to the infield skipped past Wilmer Flores at third base for an E-8. That allowed Ellis to also race home and even the score at 2, while Gonzalez advanced to third. That put Gonzalez in position to score an unearned run and give the Dodgers the lead on Yasiel Puig’s sacrifice fly.

Mejia stopped the damage there, in what became his final inning.

Mejia’s line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. He threw 85 pitches (62 strikes).

The Mets chased Ricky Nolasco and eventually loaded the bases with one out the following half-inning.

On a controversial call, Ronald Belisario then struck out Juan Lagares looking at a full-count offering that plate umpire Chad Fairchild ruled was on the outside corner. With two outs, lefty Paco Rodriguez entered and coaxed Murphy into a flyout to right field as the Mets stranded three.

Nick Punto homered against Carlos Torres in the bottom of the seventh to give L.A. a 4-2 lead.

Mejia had retired the first eight Dodgers he faced, until Nolasco’s single. The Cuban phenom Puig struck out twice against Mejia before the sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

The Mets had taken a 2-0 lead in the second on four straight singles, including consecutive run-scoring hits by John Buck and Omar Quintanilla against Nolasco.

Medical attention: Flores received a visit at third base from trainer Ray Ramirez and Terry Collins after advancing there on Buck’s single in the second inning.

Flores remained in the game and later made a stellar diving stop toward the line to rob Mark Ellis of an extra-base hit to open the bottom of the fourth.

Viva Ike: Ike Davis reached base two more times, on a second-inning single and third-inning walk. He has reached base at least twice in each of his last 12 starts. That matches John Olerud's 1998 franchise record.

What’s next: Matt Harvey Day in L.A. Harvey (9-3, 2.09 ERA) opposes left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-3, 2.99) at 10:10 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Series preview: Mets at Reds

August, 14, 2012
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The Mets face (l to r) Mat Latos, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey during a midweek series at Great American Ball Park.
METS (55-60, third place/NL East) vs. CINCINNATI REDS (69-46, first place/NL Central)

Tuesday: RHP Chris Young (3-6, 4.87) vs. RHP Mat Latos (10-3, 3.81), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP R.A. Dickey (15-3, 2.72) vs. RHP Mike Leake (4-7, 4.51), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (1-3, 3.63) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (10-7, 4.08), 7:10 p.m. ET

Reds short hops

Joey Votto (.342, 14 HR, 49 RBIs) underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery July 17 to repair torn meniscus cartilage. He originally suffered the injury June 29, sliding into third base against San Francisco. Votto further injured the knee sliding last Wednesday while working toward a return and had a second, brief procedure two days later to remove floating cartilage. Votto is expected to return before the end of the month. Cincinnati is 19-8 since Votto became sidelined.

• Rutgers product Todd Frazier has manned either first or third base the past 13 games. Third baseman Scott Rolen (back) missed a fourth straight game Sunday because of back spasms. Minus Votto and Rolen, either ex-Met Miguel Cairo mans first and Frazier third, or Frazier mans first and fellow ex-Met Wilson Valdez handles the hot corner.

• Slumping right fielder Jay Bruce was hitless in 13 at-bats before producing a two-run homer Sunday. He had sat the previous two games because of a lack of production. Despite 22 homers this season, Sunday’s long ball was Bruce’s lone long ball in August. He is hitting .223 (21-for-94) since the All-Star break. Bruce, an All-Star, nonetheless has joined Frank Robinson as the only players in Reds history to reach the 20-homer plateau in each of their first five seasons in the majors.


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Aroldis Chapman has surrendered only one earned run against National League foes this season.


• Left-hander Aroldis Chapman, named to his first All-Star team this season, is a Cy Young candidate along with fellow closer Craig Kimbrel of the Braves. Chapman registered 103 mph with his fastball multiple times during the weekend and has a historic strikeout rate.

Chapman was named MLB’s Delivery Man of the Month for July after going 13-for-13 in converting save chances while striking out 31, allowing six hits and walking two in 14 1/3 scoreless innings. The 13 saves fell one shy of the franchise record for any month, set by Jeff Shaw in September 1997.

Chapman has converted 20 straight save chances, the longest streak by a Red since Rob Dibble in 1991 tied John Franco’s single-season franchise record by converting 23 straight. Ex-Red Francisco Cordero converted 29 straight spanning the 2008 and ’09 seasons. Chapman has a 0.17 ERA against NL teams this season. The Mets tallied an unearned run against him May 17, while Pittsburgh is the lone NL team to produce an earned run. The flame-throwing southpaw allowed seven earned runs in interleague play.

• The Reds acquired Jonathan Broxton from the Royals at the trading deadline for right-hander Juan Carlos Sulbaran and left-hander Donnie Joseph. Broxton had a 2.27 ERA and 23 saves in 27 chances with Kansas City, but has surrendered four runs in four innings spanning five appearances since the deal.

• Catcher Devon Mesoraco returned from a seven-day concussion DL stint Thursday. He has appealed a three-game suspension for bumping ump Chad Fairchild on July 30, the day he suffered the concussion. Dioner Navarro was demoted.

• Second baseman Brandon Phillips missed five games last week with a strained left calf, but is hitting .347 (34-for-98) since the All-Star break.

• Cincinnati has used only five starting pitchers this season -- Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos and Mike Leake. That’s a modern franchise record. The last major league team that used five starting pitchers wire-to-wire was the 2003 Seattle Mariners, also with Bryan Price as pitching coach. Cincinnati’s streak is expected to end Aug. 18 with a day-night doubleheader.

• The Reds are an MLB-best 22-8 since the All-Star break.

Last series results

Cincinnati won, 3-0, at Citi Field, June 15-17 (AP game recaps)

Reds 7, Mets 3: Jay Bruce hit an inside-the-park homer that left Jason Bay with another concussion and Bronson Arroyo notched his first victory in 5 weeks. Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot. Reds slugger Joey Votto and Mets star David Wright were both hit by pitches, but neither led to any trouble. Arroyo (3-4) was pulled in the seventh, having allowed Kirk Nieuwenhuis’ third homer in two games and a two-run drive by Scott Hairston. More

Reds 4, Mets 1: Homer Bailey pitched out of trouble for eight innings and Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer. David Wright hit two of four Mets drives that were caught within steps of the wall. One night after Joey Votto and Wright were both hit by pitches, this time it was Bruce and Lucas Duda. But again, no trouble ensued. Bailey was hit hard by the Mets twice last year in his only previous outings against them. This time he allowed six hits and one walk while striking out three to improve to 4-1 in his last six starts. Aroldis Chapman tossed a hitless ninth for his eighth save. Jon Niese (4-3) made one big mistake to Bruce during seven otherwise effective innings. He struck out seven and walked one. More

Reds 3, Mets 1: Second baseman Brandon Phillips made a between-the-legs flip to start a flashy double play and also hit a tiebreaking single, leading Johnny Cueto and the Reds to a sweep and their sixth straight win. Cueto (8-3) overcame an early bout of dizziness and struck out a season-high eight in seven innings. He also doubled for the first extra-base hit of his career. The only run against Cueto came when he issued a bases-loaded walk to Chris Young. Sean Marshall got four outs for his ninth save in 10 chances. It was 3-1 in the sixth when Lucas Duda led off with a single and Ike Davis followed with a hard grounder up the middle that Phillips backhanded. While in full stride, the All-Star tossed the ball with his bare hand between his legs to shortstop Zack Cozart, who made the relay. Phillips' single capped a three-run rally in the fifth, helped by Duda's wild throw from right. More

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187