David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker all went deep in support of Bartolo Colon who pitched seven strong innings to lead the Mets to their fourth straight win, 7-1, against the Nationals on Monday at Nationals Park. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
In case you missed it…
- The Mets turned a 1-0 deficit in the third inning into a 5-1 lead in the span of seven batters. After Gio Gonzalez plunked Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares singled for the second straight at-bat to put runners at the corners with one out. Wright - who had struck out in the first with two on and nobody out - deposited a first-pitch changeup over the left-field wall for his fifth home run. Cespedes, Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with consecutive singles to make it 4-1. Eric Campbell's sacrifice fly capped the five-run outburst.
- Cespedes and Walker hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth off Gonzalez, the seventh time New York has hit consecutive homers this year. It was Cespedes' Major League-leading 15th long ball of the season.
- Walker entered 2016 with six career home runs against southpaws in more than 700 plate appearances. He has four in 34 plate appearances this season and 11 homers overall.
- Colon allowed one run on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in seven innings to snap a personal two-game losing streak. Three of the hits he allowed came during the first inning when the Nationals scored their only run.
- Granderson, Lagares, Cespedes, Walker and Cabrera all had two hits for the Mets.
- Terry Collins on the offense: "It is nice to see, it really is. Gio's been pitching great, and we just went up there and I thought we put some very good at-bats on him. I thought David's home run really kick-started us again like he does."
- Wright on the team's production on Monday: "That's something that was different here against Gio than back at home, that he made some mistakes. Instead of missing them or fouling them back, we hit them, we hit them hard. I thought our at-bats were much more quality at-bats here as opposed to last week at our place."
- Colon on his stiff back: "Yes, I decided that because I just thought it wasn't worth it to swing. I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, not worth making my back worse, so I told their catcher from the beginning, 'Just throw it right down the middle, I'm not swinging.' "
- Cespedes on the offense missing Duda: "It's a very difficult task to replace Duda, we all know that, he's a very high quality player. We're all aware for the rest of us that are here, we really have to step up and try to make good of that effort."
News and notes…
- New York has won four straight at Nationals Park dating back to last September's three-game sweep. They went 6-3 in Washington last season and are 57-44 all-time on the road against the Nats.
- The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak on the road and scored five or more runs for just the third time in the last 19 games. It was the fourth straight game they came from behind to win.
- New York improved to 11-13 against teams with winning records. They are 15-5 against sub-.500 clubs.
- The Mets have hit 63 home runs through their first 44 games, tied for second in baseball with Baltimore behind Tampa Bay (65).
- Gonzalez had been 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA in his last six starts against the Mets. The five runs he allowed in the third inning were more than he had allowed in his past six outings combined against New York.
- With two scoreless frames, the Mets' bullpen has not allowed a run in their last 16 1/3 innings.
- Lucas Duda was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back and is expected to miss a minimum of four to six weeks. Ty Kelly, who was leading all minor leaguers in hitting with a .391 average for Las Vegas, was promoted to take Duda's spot on the roster.
The Mets (26-18) look to move back into first place when they face the Nationals (27-18) at Nationals Park on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77 ERA) will try and bounce back from the worst start of his career. He will face Washington's Stephen Strasburg (7-0, 2.80 ERA) in a rematch of their meeting last week in New York.
Tags: Bartolo Colon , David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes
New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey, who is frustrated at his pitching struggles this season, told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin he believes he can solve his issues on the mound rather than taking time off by skipping a start.
"They gave me an option to be skipped or whatnot and really try to figure things out," said Harvey, who has last three of his last four starts and has a 5.77 ERA in nine games this year. "For me, taking time off isn't going to do anything. It's finding it on the mound."
Harvey, who is scheduled to pitch against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in Washington D.C., allowed a career-high nine runs in just 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals last Thursday at Citi Field. >> Read more on ESPN New York
Tags: Matt Harvey
The New York Mets could look to trade for Lucas Duda's replacement at first base as he nurses a back injury, assistant GM John Ricco said before Monday's game against the Washington Nationals.
"We're not going to be able to replace Lucas Duda internally," Ricco said.
Duda is expected to miss around 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back.
The Mets recalled infielder Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his spot on the active roster, and manager Terry Collins suggested several other players, including Michael Conforto, Alejandro De Aza, Neil Walker, Kevin Plawecki and Eric Campbell could play first base in the interim.
Collins also said Wilmer Flores, who begins a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, could also fill in at first base.
Duda, 30, was hitting .231 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 39 games this season. He is eligible to become a free agent in 2018.
Tags: Eric Campbell , Kevin Plawecki , Lucas Duda , Michael Conforto , Wilmer Flores
New York Mets RHP Zack Wheeler threw off the slope of the pitching mound on Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year and could soon throw a bullpen session.
Wheeler, who underwent Tommy John surgery last March, is targeting a return to the Mets' roster in early July. In early April, he underwent a minor procedure to remove a suture knot from his right forearm.
Wheeler, who turns 26 later this month, went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 32 starts with the Mets in 2014. He is 18-16 with a 3.50 ERA in 49 career starts.
Tags: Zack Wheeler
The Mets travel to Washington to begin a three game series with the Nationals on Monday at 7:05 p.m.
Follow the game live here...
|Curtis Granderson, RF||Ben Revere, CF|
|Juan Lagares, CF||Jayson Werth, LF|
|David Wright, 3B||Bryce Harper, RF|
|Yoenis Cespedes, LF||Daniel Murphy, 2B|
|Neil Walker, 2B||Ryan Zimmerman, 1B|
|Asdrubal Cabrera, SS||Anthony Rendon, 3B|
|Eric Campbell, 1B||Wilson Ramos, C|
|Kevin Plawecki, C||Danny Espinosa, SS|
|Bartolo Colon, RHP||Gio Gonzalez, LHP|
When and Where: 7:05 p.m. from Nationals Park on SNY.
Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75 ERA) struggled with control in his last start, walking five batters in four and two thirds innings while allowing three runs on five hits against the Nationals. Prior to that start, Colon had walked only four batters on the season.
Who's Pitching for the Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.86 ERA) looked strong in his last outing, limiting the Mets to one run on five hits in six and one third innings. On the season, Gonzalez's ERA has never gone above 2.19.
Tags: Bartolo Colon
The Mets are running an education program that helps newly-signed Latino players earn their high school diploma, writes Mike Vorkunov in USA Today.
The classes take place at the Mets' Dominican Republic academey in Boca Chica, where players earn their degrees each November.
"For players, the benefits of the program are obvious. Reaching the majors is a statistical unlikelihood and gaining a measure of education can prove important. But what is the value of this program to the Mets? And why is baseball getting more involved in education altogether?" >> Read more in USA Today
Mets 1B Lucas Duda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his back.
INF/OF Ty Kelly has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Duda's spot on the roster. In order to make room for Kelly on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated LHP Dario Alvarez.
Duda was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Sunday and his MRI was to be reviewed by Dr. David Altchek on Monday.
Duda last appeared in a game on Friday. He was originally in Satuday's lineup but was scratched because his back continued to bother him.
He's hitting .231 with a .297 OBP and .431 SLG with seven HR and 19 RBIs in 39 games this season.
Kelly was leading all of minor league baseball with a batting average of .391 and a .478 on-base percentage, to go with two HRs and 15 RBIs, while splitting time between the outfield, third base, first base, and shortstop.
When speaking to reporters, Terry Collins mentioned Michael Conforto, Alejandro De Aza, Neil Walker, and Kevin Plawecki as possible solutions at 1B, in addition to Eric Campbell, who's been starting in place of Duda at first base with Wilmer Flores on the disabled list, and Flores.
In talking with people close to the team, I expect this to be at least a four- to six-week recovery, and then he'll have to get back in to baseball shape, find his swing, etc., so it'll be a while before Duda is back rocking.
This is not the end of the world for the Mets lineup, but it's a meaningful hit, specifically during those three or four weeks a season when Lucas goes on an all-world tear. Also, losing him throws off the bench. And so, suddenly, what was once a strength -- power and versatility -- is now in less supply.
I'm intrigued by Kelly, but neither he nor Campbell are long-tern answers at first base. And, frankly, neither is Flores, who will likely get the gig most of the time when he returns from the disabled list. Instead, acquiring a proven, stable first baseman, who knows the position, will have to become Sandy Alderson's top priority when teams start talking trades this summer.... In the meantime, good luck, Lucas.
Tags: Lucas Duda
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard has been named the National League Player of the Week.
Syndergaard won both of his starts last week, allowing one run (none earned) and 11 hits while walking none and striking out 21 in 14 innings.
He has posted a 1.94 ERA and 0.98 WHIP while striking out 76 batters in 60 1/3 innings (nine starts) this season.
Tags: Noah Syndergaard
The Mets will get another shot at the Nationals after losing two of three to Washington last week at Citi Field. The two rivals meet up tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday in DC...
I've had some time to think since these two teams separated last Thursday. So, here are some random notes and thoughts about the state of this rivalry, and this week's series...
1) Steven Matz can handle Tanner Roark. However, Gio Gonzalez is 10-4 with a 2.59 ERA in 18 career starts against the Mets. Similarly, Bartolo Colon has looked terrible lately and the Nationals clearly have his number. Worse, Matt Harvey is a mental mess and has to try and correct that against a team that just beat him up five days ago. Oh, and Stephen Strasberg is on the mound. I'd love to take the series, but avoiding a sweep may be the most realistic goal right now...
2) Daniel Murphy leads MLB in hitting. He was 4-for-11 with a double, home run and four RBIs last week at Citi Field. He's hitting cleanup and essentially acting as protection for Bryce Harper. He has been watching Mets pitching, from behind them, as opposed to at the plate, for years. He probably knows their thinking and repertoire better than Kevin Plawecki. The point is, the Mets might want to reconsider how they pitch him and certainly shake up their plan, because he knows it already...
3) I'm still not scared of Harper, and Harvey and Matz shouldn't be, either. Go get him, boys...
4) If the Mets are going to win, they'll need to score early. Washington's bullpen has a 0.56 ERA since May 9, after which they have yet to let an inherited runner to score. Similarly, the Nationals will want to avoid Jeurys Familia, who is 15-for-15 in save chances this season. He's been great...
5) Lastly, I'm trying to relax and not be frantic about the state of the season. The fact is, based on lots and lots of data and past precedent, by playing .581 baseball on May 23, the Mets are more than likely going to make the postseason and are more or less guaranteed of at least being in the thick of a pennant race at the end of the season. Nevertheless, I'm conditioned to expect the worst. And, this matchup with Washington isn't helping...
Mets minor league INF T.J. Rivera, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, has been named the PCL Player of the Week.
Rivera, 27, had 17 hits and 12 RBIs last week -- which led all of professional baseball -- as he hit .607 with a .645 OBP and 1.538 OPS.
He is hitting .378 with a .413 OBP and .568 OBP to go along with five home runs, 11 doubles, and 40 RBIs this season.
Rivera, who signed with the Mets as an undrafted free agent in 2011, is not on their 40-man roster.
Lucas Duda, who had his stiff back examined by doctors on Sunday, could soon be replaced on the roster by Triple-A utiltyman Ty Kelly.
Updates from May 23
The Mets could look to promote Ty Kelly if Lucas Duda has to miss time, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.
Kelly arrived in Washington, D.C. on Monday in advance of the Mets' series with the Nationals, the NY Post reported.
I'd like to see Kelly get a shot. He's a journeymen, 27-year-old utility guy. But, that's kind of what this roster needs right now, not just for Duda, but for other spots, including third base and shortstop, where he has played this season. The Mets signed him early last winter. He's now hitting .391 with two HR and 15 RBI in 115 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas, which is the best batting average right in all of professional baseball. The downside is that, to add Kelly, the Mets would have to remove someone from the 40-man roster.
Previous Reports & Reaction
Duda was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Sunday for what the team said could be a disc issue, not a muscular issue.
Later, when asked if Duda will be out for a extended period of time, Terry Collins said he is 'real concerned.'
Duda was supposed to be in Satuday's lineup, but was scratched because his back continued to bother him.
With Wilmer Flores on the disabled list, Eric Campbell has been starting in place of Duda at first base.
Tags: Eric Campbell , Lucas Duda
The Mets head to Washington on Monday night to start a three-game series against the Nationals.
- Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m.: Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75) vs. Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.86) on SNY
- Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m.: Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77) vs. Stephen Strasburg (7-0, 2.80) on SNY
- Wednesday, May 25 at 1 p.m.: Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81) vs. Tanner Roark (3-3, 2.89)
Weather on Monday night may get interesting, with thunderstorms in the forecast and temperatures in the 50s. Tuesday night should see clear skies and temperatures approaching 70 degrees, while Wednesday will feel like summer with 85 degrees and sun forecasted.
The two teams met last week at Citi Field, with the Nationals winning the series with two high-scoring games to finish out the series.
The teams will meet for three games this week and then another 13 times this season.
This post was originally published May 20...
"We're better than that," Mets manager Terry Collins said about how the Mets played this past week against the Nationals. "We're a lot better than that."
He's right. It was 50-60 games ago that the Mets were snatching the division from Washington, and yet here we are. However, it's this cat-and-mouse, they're in first, Mets are in first, Nationals win, Mets win, over and over again, now happening for a year, that has let a real rivalry be born...
The Mets do not have a Red Sox, like the Yankees. And, that's OK. I kind of like the rotating rivalries, because it keeps the dynamic fresh. I hated the Cardinals in the 80s. I loathed the Braves in the late 90s. 10 years later, I despised the Phillies. And now, 10 years after the Phillies, I'm angry at Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals.
Obviously, Washington was a problem last season. They've acted entitled and brash for at least a year, two qualities that are annoying. But, I didn't feel physically agitated by them until Wednesday, when -- standing 10 feet from them on the field taking batting practice -- I recognized the same anger I once had for the Phillies.
Now, I simply shrug when I see Ryan Howard lumbering around the field, looking confused and displaced, wondering where his old teammates went. Harper, though! Ugh. Harper, who I once enjoyed watching as a player, now infuriates me, almost in the same way I used to get irrationally bothered by Chase Utley and Chipper Jones.
Harper helped himself yesterday by expressing sorrow for Matt Harvey. But, he's one ignorant remark about New York away from being as equally reviled as Jones, who, by the way, I loved to hate. And, that's the thing about good rivals and guys like Chipper -- they get that rivalry can be fun.
Chipper seemed to genuinely enjoy the discontent that rained on him at Shea Stadium, which he slapped back in our faces in the form of clutch home runs and arrogant remarks, which only elevated the rivalry that much more. Harper can be that guy, but he'll first have to stop taking pity on our players.
The point is, I'm pissed about the Mets losing two of three to the Nationals, during their first really big series of the year. And, while it stinks, it may not be the worst thing, because rivalries can be fun, so long as the Mets eventually come out on top.
Mets 23-year-old OF Michael Conforto hit a first-inning home run Sunday as the Mets defeated the Brewers, 3-1, at Citi Field.
Conforto is hitting just .194 during the last month. However, in the past seven days, he's batting .300 with three HR, five RBIs and five runs scored...
"I think during my rough stretch, my swings were okay, but my decisions weren't good," Conforto explained after the game. "I took a look at it, and I was getting in my own way by swinging at pitches out of the zone."
In addition to his home run Sunday, Conforto also started the team's two-run fourth inning with a walk, after which Asdrubal Cabrera later drove him home with a two-run single.
Conforto's home run was huge, because it followed Milwaukee taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. We didn't yet know that Noah Syndergaard would rebound and dominate the rest of the game. So, to have Conforto immediately respond in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game up, it was big. The 0-1 pitch was up and turned back toward the plate. He was patient, turned and muscled it over the right center-field wall. These inside pitches are what had been giving him trouble the last month, so it's nice to see him adjusting to what is being thrown and now getting results.
Lastly, hat's off to Cabrera, who has been a pleasant surprise this season. He's not winning an MVP or Gold Glove, but he's been a workhorse. He's doing well and whatever is being asked of him. Hit seventh? Sure. Hit second? Sure. Play every game? Sure. Whatever, whenever... It's nice.
He's middle of the pack, in terms of production at shortstop in the National League. But, he's been in there every day, he's stable and sound and exactly what the pitching staff, infield and lineup is needing right now. So, good for him. At 30 years old, and having played around 140 games each of the last two years, he's clearly going to need a day off sooner than later. But, for now, he doesn't really have a choice...
Tags: Michael Conforto
In seven innings Sunday, Noah Syndergaard threw 109 pitches, struck out 11 of the 27 batters he faced, gave up six hits and did not allow an earned run as the New York Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-1, at Citi Field.
He joined Clayton Kershaw, Jose Fernandez and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers since 1913 to strike out at least 10 batters in back-to-back starts and not allow an earned run or walk.
Asked if Syndergaard is the team's ace, David Wright said, "He's on his way. Pure stuff-wise, I'd put Noah up there against anybody."
Half of Syndergaard's pitches on Sunday were 97 mph or faster. He has thrown more pitches 98 mph or faster this season than 19 teams combined, according to MLB.com's Daren Williams.
"There's only a few aces around baseball," Neil Walker said. "You could probably pick them all off the top of your head. And, we've got a couple guys in here who are potential aces."
"The growth that I've had in the span of one year has been night and day," Syndergaard said. "I have the ability to go out there and have the confidence to throw any pitch at any given time."
I could write about his fastball, his wicked slider, his ability to throw any pitch in any count, etc., but this is not what impressed me most on Sunday. Instead, I'm impressed by a young man, just 23 years old with only 33 starts under his belt, dealing with expectations and pressure from fans and media in New York City -- and doesn't bat an eye. Not only is he unfazed and successful, but also nothing intimidates him. He seems totally comfortable being confident and speaking publicly about his awesomeness.
And, if that's not enough, he does it with ease on an afternoon when his bullpen is exhausted and his team is fighting to right the ship a day before traveling to D.C. to face the Nationals. Basically, despite all of the context that could weigh him down, it's just another day at the office for Syndergaard.
And that's what makes him an ace.
Tags: Noah Syndergaard
The Mets swept a three-game series from the Brewers over the weekend at Citi Field, including a 3-1 win on Sunday when Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 batters in seven innings >> Read more
Terry Collins is concerned about Lucas Duda, whose back MRI will be reviewed by team doctor David Altchek on Monday >> Read more
Matt Harvey pitched a simulated game on Saturday and is set to make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Nationals >> Read more
Wilmer Flores, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday >> Read more
What's on tap for Monday, May 23
Bartolo Colon (3.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets open a three-game series against Gio Gonzalez (1.86 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) and the Nationals in Washington, D.C. at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY.
For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to No Kid Hungry with a $2,000 donation to help fight childhood hunger. Every dollar donated provides 10 healthy meals.
Thanks to Michael Conforto's home run in yesterday's home game against the Brewers, Citi is donating another $2,000 to kids in need. Visit mets.com/citi to see this season's grand total to date.
Tags: Lucas Duda , Matt Harvey , Michael Conforto , Noah Syndergaard , Wilmer Flores
Triple-A Las Vegas 51s: Brandon Nimmo went 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs as Las Vegas beat Colorado Springs, 6-4, in the final game of a four-game series on Sunday. >> Read more
Double-A Binghamton Mets: Casey Delgado (1-2) allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings and Binghamton didn't record an extra-base hit in a 7-1 loss to Akron. >> Read more
High-A Port St. Lucie Mets: Corey Oswalt (3-1) threw six scoreless innings while Luis Guillorme went 1 for 4 with a two-run single as St. Lucie beat Daytona, 2-0. >> Read more
Low-A Columbia Fireflies: Chase Ingram (3-3) gave up four runs in five innings and Patrick Mazeika went 2 for 3 with two RBIs as Columbia lost to Charleston, 4-3. >> Read more
New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 batters while throwing a season-high 109 pitches in New York's 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Citi Field.
Syndergaard (5-2) won his third straight start and became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to throw at least seven innings, throw at least 10 strikeouts and not allow an earned run or a walk in consecutive starts.
"It's huge anytime we have Noah on the mound, we know we have a pretty good shot to win," David Wright said, "and he didn't disappoint."
Manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen determined Syndergaard's pitch limit would be around 115 pitches by the end of the game, and they sent the 23-year-old righthander out to the mound for the seventh inning after his pitch count reached 96 after six innings.
Syndergaard pitched into and out of trouble in the seventh, allowing back-to-back singles and a wild pitchto put runners on the corners with nobody out. Then, Rene Rivera threw out Alex Presley trying to advance to second base on a ball in the dirt for the first out. Syndergaard struck out Ramon Flores then got Aaron Hill to ground out to short to end the frame.
"He was going to go over 115 if we had to because we had to get deep in the game," Collins said. "You could tell in the last inning, the velocity was good but the late life wasn't there. But he made pitches when he had to."
Syndergaard threw 40 pitches in the first two innings, including 23 in the first inning after Wright's error eventually led to the Brewers' only run of the game.
"I had a mishap in the first inning and it cost us a run, but he bears down," Wright said of Syndergaard. "He threw 20 [sic] pitches in the first, and to make it through seven innings after that start shows you why he's one of the best in the game right now."
Rivera said he and Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy had a conversation in the middle of the game.
"One at-bat, I went up to hit and Lucroy said, 'You got lucky. You're catching him. He's not easy to hit.'" Rivera said. "I said, 'Yeah, I know.'
"When you've got a hard thrower, as a hitter, you think fastballs," Rivera added. "With Noah, you see the curveball out of his hand breaking down, and you're kind of like frozen. And he throws the slider 92. It's not easy. It's unreal."
Tags: David Wright , Milwaukee Brewers , Noah Syndergaard
Noah Syndergaard recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second consecutive start to lead the Mets to a three-game sweep of the Brewers, 3-1, on Sunday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
In case you missed it…
- Syndergaard allowed an unearned run on six hits and didn't walk a batter, striking out 11 in seven innings. It was his third double-digit strikeout game of the season and his second straight. In his last two starts, Syndergaard has not allowed an earned run or a walk while fanning 21 in 14 innings. He lowered his ERA to 1.94 and has struck out 76 batters with only nine free passes in 60 1/3 innings.
- Michael Conforto tied the game in the bottom of the first with his eighth home run of the season and third of the homestand. Of his eight homers this season, five have either tied the game or given the Mets the lead.
- Asdrubal Cabrera snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth off Brewers starter Chase Anderson. Conforto led off the frame with a walk and moved to third on Yoenis Cespedes' double. Neil Walker struck out but Cabrera drove in both for his 14th and 15th RBIs of the year.
- Syndergaard maneuvered around trouble in the seventh after allowing consecutive singles to start the inning. With runners at the corners and nobody out, catcher Rene Rivera threw out Milwaukee's Alex Presley who attempted to take second on a pitch in the dirt. Syndergaard struck out Ramon Flores and got Aaron Hill to bounce to short for the third out.
- Jeurys Familia saved his 15th consecutive game to start the season, the third-best mark in club history behind Armando Benitez (24 in 2001) and Francisco Rodriguez (16 in 2009).
- Collins on Syndergaard: "At his age and with his experience, to have to ride him like that is a compliment to what he's done and what he's accomplished so far in his maturity … [Pitching coach] Dan (Warthen) and I had talked before the game. Noah was going to go, at least if we needed him to, over 115 [pitches]. He did a great job, got us through the seven. I saluted him."
- Syndergaard on his start and maturity: "I feel like the first inning I almost felt a little too strong out there, a little bit erratic. But I was able to relax a little bit, calm down. I didn't have a great feel with my slider…But I feel like I can throw any pitch in any given count and get the result that I want … The growth that I've had in the span of one year has been night and day. I have the ability to go out there and have the confidence to throw any pitch at any given time."
- David Wright on Syndergaard: "When I think of the elite, elite in the game not just are they dominant, but they've done it consistently for a little while now. And I think we've got guys that can be those types of pitchers … Pure stuff-wise, I'd put Noah up there against anybody. Now he just needs to pitch games, and show just how dominant he is."
News and notes…
- The Mets finished 4-2 on their homestand and have won 11 of their last 15 games at Citi Field.
- The sweep was New York's third of the season and first against Milwaukee at home since 2002. They came back to win all three games after only doing so twice coming into the weekend.
- Despite the win, the Mets' offensive struggles continued on Sunday. The club has scored just 23 runs in their last 10 games, scoring three runs or less nine times in that span.
- Jim Henderson and Familia each pitched a scoreless frame, extending the bullpen's shutout streak to 14 1/3 innings.
Brian Mangan: A visit from the lowly Milwaukee Brewers proved to be exactly what the doctor ordered as Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and the Mets completed a three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon.
Syndergaard provided a typical excellent start, striking out 11 and allowing only one unearned run over seven strong innings. He lowered his season ERA to 1.94, good for 6th in MLB, and his FIP to a miniscule 1.69. He also improved his K/9 rate to a whopping 11.34 per nine innings, which would be the second highest in Mets history (only after Gooden's 1984 season).
The Mets finally got a clutch hit with runners in scoring position when "professional hitter" Asdrubal Cabrera knocked a two-run single in the fourth inning to plate Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes. Conforto also continued his hot hitting (.294/.368/.706 over the last seven days entering today) by clobbering a very long home run in the first inning.
The Mets (25-18) look to exact some revenge against the Nationals (27-17) when they travel to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75 ERA) and Washington southpaw Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.86 ERA) reprise their meeting from last Wednesday in New York.
Tags: Noah Syndergaard
The Mets play host to the Brewers in the final game of their three-game series at Citi Field.
Follow the game live here...
|Jonathan Villar, SS||Curtis Granderson, RF|
|Scooter Gennett, 2B||David Wright, 3B|
|Ryan Braun, LF||Michael Conforto, LF|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||Yoenis Cespedes, CF|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF||Neil Walker, 2B|
|Hernan Perez, 3B||Asdrubal Cabrera, SS|
|Alex Presley, RF||Eric Campbell, 1B|
|Ramon Flores, 1B||Rene Rivera, C|
|Chase Anderson, RHP||Noah Syndergaard, RHP|
When and Where: 1:10 p.m. on WPIX from Citi Field.
Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19 era) will try to win his third straight start after allowing five hits and striking out 10 over seven innings in Tuesday's 2-0 home victory over Washington. He ranks among the major league leaders in strikeouts (65) and ERA.
Who's Pitching for the Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32) hopes to build on his last outing Tuesday when he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander went on to snap a personal five-start losing streak, allowing two runs and three hits over 8 2/3 innings in a 4-2 home win. He went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against the Mets last season while with Arizona.
Tags: Jacob deGrom , Milwaukee Brewers
David Wright lined an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Mets over the Brewers, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
In case you missed it…
- With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Wright lined a 3-0 pitch from Brewers reliever Michael Blazek into right-center to score Eric Campbell with the winning run. Campbell led off the inning with a single and Kevin Plawecki walked before both were sacrificed by Matt Reynolds. Curtis Granderson was walked intentionally to bring up Wright, who delivered his first walk-off hit since 2012.
- Jacob deGrom needed 100 pitches to navigate his way through five innings. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks with a season-high seven strikeouts. The right-hander is winless in his last four starts, going 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA since his last win on April 30.
- Granderson hit his fourth leadoff home run of the year - and third in the last 11 games - to give New York an early lead. It was the 15th time he has led off the game with a homer since joining the Mets, one behind Jose Reyes for the franchise record.
- Yoenis Cespedes tied the game in the sixth with a two-run home run off Zach Davies. His 14th homer of the season tied him with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the most in baseball.
- The Mets' bullpen pitched four scoreless innings and are unscored upon in their last 12 1/3 frames. Their 2.36 ERA is the best in baseball.
Maggie Wiggin: After a shaky start from deGrom and an anemic-looking offense started the day, the Mets turned it around and won in walk-off fashion.
Cespedes continued his spectacular year by thumping his league-leading 14th homer to tie the game in the 6th, after deGrom had given up four in five long innings.
But the biggest hit came in the bottom of the ninth, when David Wright came up to bat with the bases loaded, hitless in the game thus far. On a 3-0 count, Wright smacked a single to center, bringing home Campbell to secure their first walk-off win since Flores's home run against the Nationals last July.
And it wouldn't have been possible without yet another fantastic showing from the Mets bullpen, which is currently riding a 14 2/3 scoreless inning streak. It was a hit desperately needed by a struggling Captain and a win desperately needed by a Mets team that hasn't yet found a rhythm to the season. Fresh off a discouraging series against the Nats, they've now won two straight with their ace taking the mound tomorrow. >> To follow Maggie on Twitter, click here.
News and notes…
- New York won consecutive games for the first time since winning three straight from May 7-9. The win secured their first series victory since May 2-4 against Atlanta.
- The Mets have won back-to-back games in which they allowed the opposition to score first. Prior to Friday night's win, they were 2-13 in such instances. They also improved to 9-6 in one-run contests and are 20-7 when they hit a home run.
- Saturday marked the first time in nine games that the Mets scored at least four runs. They had amassed just 16 runs in their previous eight contests, going 2-6 in that span.
- Cespedes is hitting .321 with 13 home runs and 32 RBIs in his last 30 games. His 35 RBIs are second in baseball behind Seattle's Robinson Cano.
- The Brewers' starting staff entered the game with the worst ERA in the majors at 5.42.
- Terry Collins on Wright: "I'm thrilled for him. He's a great player. He's off to a slow start trying to deal with what he's had to deal with … I kind of felt he was going to do something to come through because he hasn't had many of those opportunities and that's where he needs to be … He's such a smart player…he had an idea of what he was going to get…he's had to make a lot of adjustments … Will David Wright be the David Wright of five or six years ago? Probably not, but he's still a great player."
- Wright on his hit: "I reasoned in the short amount of time that that would be the best pitch to hit…fortunately I got one where I could extend a little bit and hit it hard … I don't think it's relief, it's excitement…to see the way the guys reacted, the coaches reacted, obviously it made me feel good … These guys have picked me up so much this year, it's nice to return the favor a little bit."
- Collins on deGrom: "His fastball was better…but his command wasn't real good … Obviously he was a little out of whack."
- deGrom on Wright: "It's awesome…everybody's rooting for him. He's a great guy to be around. I've learned a lot from him."
- deGrom on his start: "Early on I felt good…just had a hard time locating…but when you're 3-2 to every guy and you end up walking three guys, that's going to hurt you. But I feel we made some steps in the right direction."
The Mets (24-18) will aim for the series sweep of the Brewers (18-25) in the third and final game of the series at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Coming off his fantastic start against Washington, Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19 ERA) toes the rubber for New York against Milwaukee's Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32 ERA).
Tags: David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes
Wilmer Flores will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday, manager Terry Collins said Satuday, May 21.
Flores was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 12 after dealing with a strained left hamstring. The earliest he can be activated from the DL is on Friday.
Flores was hitting .180 with a .280 slugging percentage and one home run before landing on the DL.
Tags: Wilmer Flores
The Mets play host to the Brewers in the second game of their three-game series at Citi Field.
Follow the game live here...
|Jonathan Villar, SS||Curtis Granderson, RF|
|Scooter Gennett, 2B||David Wright, 3B|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||Michael Conforto, LF|
|Chris Carter, 1B||Yoenis Cespedes, CF|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF||Neil Walker, 2B|
|Aaron Hill, 3B||Asdrubal Cabrera, SS|
|Alex Presley, LF||Eric Campbell, 1B|
|Ramon Flores, RF||Kevin Plawecki, C|
|Zach Davies, RHP||Jacob deGrom, RHP|
When and Where: 4:10 p.m. on WPIX from Citi Field.
Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.50 ERA) gave up three runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings during his last start against the Rockies. He's pitched at least six innings in four of his six starts this season. Is 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers.
Who's Pitching for the Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (1-3, 5.58 ERA) had one of his better outings of the year in his last start, going 6 1/3 innings while allowing just two runs in a no-decision against the Padres. After allowing at least four runs during each of his first three starts of the season, Davies has been charged with a combined six earned runs over his last three starts.
Tags: Jacob deGrom , Milwaukee Brewers
Update, 8:38 p.m.: Matt Harvey will start Tuesday on regular rest in Washington against the Nationals, Terry Collins said after Saturday's win over the Brewers.
"He looked very good," Collins said of Harvey's simulated game earlier in the day. "Even without the adrenaline, just working on some stuff, his velocity was better. The arm angle, which Dan has been trying to get, was better. The movement was better. He's confident. He feels good about what happened [Saturday]. So we'll give him [Sunday] and Monday off and run him out there." Harvey declined to speak to reporters.
Matt Harvey pitched a few innings of a simulated game off the mound at Citi Field on Saturday.
Harvey threw pitches to infielder Matt Reynolds and first base coach Tom Goodwin while pitching coach Dan Warthen observed.
Although Harvey is scheduled to start next series against the Nationals, manager Terry Collins said Harvey's performance in the simulated game could determine whether he pitches Tuesday on his regularly scheduled start or Monday on short rest, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
Harvey is coming off a start where he allowed nine runs (six earned) in a career-low 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals. He has a 3-6 record and a 5.77 ERA so far this season.
Tags: Matt Harvey
Which Mets starter will have the most wins in 2016?
Tags: Bartolo Colon
The Mets (23-18) and Brewers (18-24) meet again at 4:10 pm at Citi Field, which will air on PIX 11.
Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.50 ERA) starts for the Mets today against RHP Zach Davies (1-3, 5.58 ERA).
David Wright is expected back in the starting lineup after getting a scheduled day off Friday.
DeGrom's story this season has been about a pitcher getting results, but flirting with disaster as he is still searching for his fastball and dominant out pitch. He says it's mechanical. His shoulder is flying open, he's leading with his front arm and pulling off the mound, exposing the baseball and losing zip. He's made adjustments and gotten tighter each start. Hopefully that continues today. But, it would be nice to see him lock it all in and return to the type of pitcher he was the last two seasons....
Similarly, I really want to see an offensive outburst today. I'm growing tired of watching them grind and grind for nothing. Where are the hitters we watched in April? Instead, they have scored three runs or less in seven of their last eight games. Worse, they're just 3-13 when the other team scores first and they've won just four times when trailing at any point during a game. In other words, they're not scoring enough runs. Period. So, I'd love to see them come out of the box hard today and tomorrow in advance of traveling to DC to again face the Nationals...
Steven Matz fired seven impressive innings and Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead home run as the Mets defeated Brewers, 3-2, at Citi Field last night >> Read more at SNY.TV.
Matt Harvey will not be skipped in the rotation next week, though they could have his next start pushed back or even bumped up a day >> Read more.
David Wright was not in the starting lineup Friday, which was a scheduled a day off for him. He's expected back Saturday and Sunday, Terry Collins explained >> Read more.
Matt Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, said he's not surprised that his client is struggling to start 2016, he told Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
The Mets discussed making a roster move in the bullpen, but ultimately decided against it >> Read more.
Steven Matz fired seven impressive innings and Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead home run for the Mets, who rallied to a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Friday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
In case you missed it…
- Matz made an authoritative return to the rotation, allowing two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. The southpaw surrendered a leadoff single to Jonathan Villar and a two-run homer to Chris Carter in the first but then shut down the Brewers. He retired 15 straight before allowing a two-out, sixth-inning single to Hernan Perez, who was caught stealing to end the inning.
- Conforto's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth off Wily Peralta erased a 2-1 deficit. Nine of his 16 career home runs have either tied the game or given the Mets the lead, including four of his seven in 2016.
- Jeurys Familia collected his 14th save of the season, retiring Milwaukee in order in the ninth. He has pitched a perfect inning in eight of his last 11 appearances.
What a difference a day makes. Matz was so good tonight and looked like he could pitch all weekend. He used all his pitches and was in complete control. Despite the low pitch count, Terry Collins made a good call taking him out after seven, allowing Addison Reed and Familia to put it in the books.
Aside from the Chris Carter home run Matz owned this game. Weirdly, the Mets didn't get a lot going against Peralta or Mets alumnus Chris Capuano, who shut them down with five strikeouts.
The long ball once again saved the Mets when Conforto hit a clutch opposite-field homer. That said, it would be nice if they could score more without hitting it over the fence. This would have been a heartbreaking game to lose.
The story was obviously Matz, and I can breathe again for now. Also sending huge congratulations to MetsBlog friend Anthony DeRosa, who welcomed twins into his family yesterday. >> To follow Regis on Twitter, click here.
- Terry Collins on Matz: "We needed it bad. We were really short in the pen … We needed someone to go six innings. He gave us seven … He has a chance to be as good as anybody, because of his stuff and his command and his confidence. If his health stays good, he's going to win a lot of games."
- Matz on his start: "This was all the peace of mind I needed."
- Conforto on his homer: "When those things happen, you have to embrace the emotion that comes with it. It's a little bit of a sigh of relief and kind of relaxes everything … That's how you want to play the game."
News and notes…
- The Mets were 3-3 against the Brewers last season and have gone just 9-14 against them at Citi Field.
- New York has scored three runs or less in seven of its last eight games and improved to 5-15 in such instances. They are only 3-13 when allowing the opposing team to score first and have won just four times when trailing at any point during a game.
- Since allowing seven runs in 1 2/3 innings in his first start of the year, Matz is 6-0 with a 1.35 ERA, six walks and 42 strikeouts in 40 innings. He is the first Met since R.A. Dickey in 2012 to win six consecutive decisions.
- Peralta entered the game with a 7.30 ERA, the worst mark among qualifying pitchers in baseball.
The Mets (23-18) will try for the series win against the Brewers (18-24) at Citi Field on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.50 ERA) gets the call for New York. He will be opposed by Milwaukee right-hander Zach Davies (1-3, 5.58 ERA).
Tags: Michael Conforto , Steven Matz
The Mets play host to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, as they kick off a three-game series at Citi Field.
Follow the game here...
|Jonathan Villar, SS||Curtis Granderson, RF|
|Hernan Perez, 3B||Asdrubal Cabrera, SS|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||Michael Conforto, LF|
|Chris Carter, 1B||Yoenis Cespedes, CF|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||Neil Walker, 2B|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF||Lucas Duda, 1B|
|Keon Broxton, CF||Eric Campbell, 3B|
|Alex Presley, LF||Rene Rivera, C|
|Wily Peralta, RHP||Steven Matz, LHP|
When and Where: 7:10 p.m. on SNY from Citi Field.
Who's Pitching for the Mets: Steven Matz (5-1, 2.86 ERA), who's won a career-best five straight starts. The left-hander gave up two runs and six hits in six innings of a 4-2 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 9, then missed a start because of elbow tightness.
Who's Pitching for the Brewers: Wily Peralta (2-4, 7.30 ERA), a former 17-game winner, has won seven of 28 starts since the beginning of last season. The right-hander gave up six runs and eight hits with two home runs and three walks in 4 2/3 innings of Saturday's 8-7 home loss to San Diego in 12 innings, and his 1.99 WHIP is the worst in baseball.
Tags: Milwaukee Brewers , Steven Matz
Matt Harvey will not be skipped in the rotation next week, though they could have his next start pushed back or even bumped up a day.
Updates from May 20
4:07 p.m.: Matt Harvey will not be skipped in the rotation next week, though they could move his next start pushed back or even bumped up a day, Terry Collins said Friday.
Harvey will throw this weekend and then make a start in the series in Washington against the Nationals, the manager said.
Previous Reports and Reaction
It's possible Matt Harvey could be skipped in the rotation next week, when he's scheduled to once again face the Nationals on Tuesday in D.C., Terry Collins told reporters following Thursday nights game.
Harvey allowed a career-high nine runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a 9-1 loss to the Nationals.
"We're going to take a look -- is that best for him, is that best for us? We're not going to commit to anything at this time," Collins said after the game. "But, I will tell you, as I sit here today, I'd certainly trust him, I certainly believe in him. I just hadn't seen him struggle like this before."
According to Collins, Harvey has been a different pitcher since dealing with a blood clot and urinary-tract infection late in Spring Training, which may eventually necessitate a trip to the disabled list for further investigation.
"It's my job to go out there and keep working and try to figure this thing out," Harvey said, when asked if he could use time off to regroup. "That's all I'm going to do is start over tomorrow and keep working hard and do everything I can to fix this. ... There's as many answers that I'd like to find as you guys are looking for. Right now, everybody saw the game. I'm not happy about it. I know nobody else is. I've got to pick up tomorrow and, like I've said all along, start over and keep looking for answers."
Last season, Harvey tossed 216 innings, which is the most ever for a pitcher in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
"This kid went above and beyond last year, and I'm not sure he's recuperated from it," Collins added. "I'm going to stand by it. It's not an excuse. We don't make excuses here, but I think it might be a reason. I think there's a difference between a reason and an excuse. That's where I stand on it. I've told Matt, I still trust him. I still believe in him. I've seen him do it, but we'll take a hard look at what the next move is going to be."
Nationals OF Bryce Harper agreed with Collins, and said he felt bad hearing Harvey get booed by Mets fans when walking off the field during the third inning last night.
"He comes off the mound, and he gets booed," Harper said, shaking his head. "I work out with him in the offseason. Being around him a little bit when working out, he works his tail off. You never want to see a guy do that. ... I think he's got a great arm. He's fun to watch, and I've always said that. He's one of the best in baseball. He'll come back. He always will. It's just part of the game."
Lastly, Collins also believes Harvey's confidence is shaken and must be rebuilt...
"I truly believe this is a game where you've got to trust yourself, you've got to believe in yourself," he concluded. "When you don't have that, it's tough to compete at this level. ... There are two types of people in this game: ones who have been humbled and ones who will be. And, if you've never been humbled, you don't know how to get through it."
He's not right physically, and he's clearly not right mentally. Is it his arm slot? Is he fatigued? Did he develop bad habits when spooked by the blood clot? Is he freaking out and down on himself? Yes, yes, yes, and certainly yes. I think it's probably all of these things rolled up in a stress ball, landing on the shoulders of a kid that has high expectations for himself and may not be cut out for dealing with failure. But, he has to learn to fight back...
He's been a dominant, electric star for his entire baseball life, going back to his time in Connecticut. He labeled himself as Batman, the savior, and he was for a little while. Now, he's a supporting character, with Noah Syndergaard playing the superhero roll. This is not Matt's team. He's not acting like, nor performing like, the pitcher or person he once was. And, maybe that's a good thing. My hope for him is that, after getting knocked down a bit, he can emerge to be a better, more versatile, wiser pitcher, ready for the next phase of his career as not just an ace, but a leader. The thing is, he has to get right. He has to stop the train, get off, slow things down, take a breath, and return with the persona he once had.
I don't yet think the Mets should put him on the disabled list, but I do think they should skip him next Tuesday. It might give him extra time to assess what's up, plus let him slow life down a bit to catch his breath and gain perspective on what is going on around him. In time, if that doesn't work, if he's still struggling, the Mets may need to find a reason to get him on the disabled list. I don't typically advocate running and hiding. In most cases, I believe more can be gained by fighting through the pain. However, I know Harvey to be a bit of loner, he's an old soul, and has benefited before from going off the radar and emerging from the shadows. And, it may be that this is one of those times...
Tags: Matt Harvey
David Wright is not in the starting lineup Friday.
Terry Collins said he's not injured, and tonight was always a planned off day for Wright.
Instead, they discussed resting Friday and playing Saturday and Sunday afternoon, when the weather will warmer.
Earlier this week, Wright told reporters he was not satisfied with how he's contributing to the team this season.
"This kid, he is extremely proud," Collins said Wednesday. "When you sit and talk to him, you'll sense the frustration."
Wright was scratched from the lineup Tuesday after getting Sunday off in advance of Monday's off day. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to the lineup Wednesday as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 7-1, at Citi Field.
"I feel like I can play at a much higher level than I'm playing at right now," he said after the game. "I go take the field I expect to play much better than I am right now."
Tags: David Wright
Matt Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, said he's not surpised his client is struggling to start 2016, he told Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
"I've been through this many times with Tommy John pitchers," he explained."I'm just telling you on May 29 of last year, Stephen Strasburg came off a month of May when he had 1-3 record and (10.13) ERA. ... This Tommy John dynamic carries with it unknowns. It's amazing that Harv and Stras pitched against one another (Thursday night). You go back a year ago and who's who."
Terry Collins said Thursday that he was unsure whether Harvey would make his next start.
"We had a pitcher from zero to (216) innings after a 17-month rehab," he added. "And, by the way, I want to be clear, Matt Harvey wanted to pitch. The organization is not at fault."
The way Boras sees it, the issue with Harvey is less about velocity and more about command, despite every pitch in his arsenal being down roughly two miles per hour, according to FanGraphs.
In nine starts this season, Harvey has a 5.77 ERA (3.66 FIP) and 1.66 WHIP, while allowing 65 hits and striking out 43 batters in 48 1/3 innings.
Tags: Matt Harvey
The Mets discussed making a roster move in the bullpen, but ultimately decided against it, Terry Collins said before Friday's game.
Kristie Ackert of the Daily News said earlier in the day that Triple-A relievers Sean Gilmartin and Erik Goeddel were on their way to potentially join the team in New York. However, only one of them would have been activated, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Gilmartin was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas just three days ago, so the Mets would need to place another player on the disabled list in order to activate him.
Goeddel has spent the season wtih Las Vegas, where he's posted a 5.65 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 14 1/3 innings.
Tags: Erik Goeddel , Sean Gilmartin
Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz (5-1, 2.86 ERA) will start tonight against the Brewers for the first time since facing the Dodgers in Los Angeles on May 9.
He missed his next start because of an elbow issue, which the team eventually said was stiffness in his forearm.
Matz, who had Tommy John surgery in 2010, received a cortisone injection, threw a successful bullpen session and had a clean MRI earlier this week.
"It was definitely a big relief," Matz recently told reporters.
The Mets are 2-7 since Matz's last start, during which the team is batting .203 and averaging just 2.1 runs per game.
The Brewers have won four of six and are coming off a series victory against the Cubs. However, they have yet to win a road series this season.
Tags: Steven Matz
Mets OF Alejandro De Aza took ground balls at first base before Wednesday's game.
He received one-on-one instruction from infield coach Tim Teufel early Thursday.
Terry Collins said De Aza recently approached him about working out at first base to try and add depth to the bench.
"Versatility is huge," Collins said Thursday. "And, if you want to play more, if you give us more options, you're going to get a lot more playing time. It's tough when you're a fifth outfielder to get in the lineup."
De Aza, 32, signed with the Mets in late-December in hopes of being a platoon partner for Juan Lagares. However, the team later re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, making Da Aza the team's fifth outfielder.
De Aza has appeared in just 26 of the Mets' 40 games this season and is hitting .186 in 43 at bats.
De Aza is the least of this team's concerns right now. But, it's good to have options...
I watched him Wednesday and he actually looked pretty good, or at least better than I was expecting from an outfielder with no big league experience at the position. He's never going to start at first base, that's for sure. However, right now, he's mostly useless. So, at the very least, adding first base to his bag of tricks would allow Collins a chance at a unique double switch late in games. And, in case of emergency, such as when Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores are injured at the same time, like earlier this week, De Aza can act as a backup to Eric Campbell.
The last two days were terrible for the Mets. It was a total ass kicking in every way, against the team considered to be their top rival and who they're supposed to be competing against for the NL East. Instead of picking up ground and further establishing themselves, the Mets were outscored 16-2, they struck out 22 times and dropped to third place.
I understand it's only May 20. There is 75 percent of this season yet to be played. And, if we learned anything from last year, it's that A LOT can happen in only a few weeks, let alone 22. So, I'm not in panic mode... yet. But, I'm also far from comfortable and confident. And, I'm not alone. I see fear and worry in the eyes and actions of other Mets fans. And, worse, I see it in the eyes of the players on field, especially Matt Harvey, who looked totally bewildered.
It's not just Harvey, though. The entire starting staff, outside of Noah Syndergaard, has been rather disappointing the last three weeks. The team's starting pitchers and the defense behind them have let up the third fewest runs in the National League, second only to the Cubs and Nationals. However, in the last three weeks, they rank in the middle of the pack.
At the same time, the offense has scored the fourth fewest runs in the National League, despite hitting the most home runs. Think about that for a second: They lead the league in home runs, yet are among the worst in runs scored. It's actually a worse story in May, when the pitching staff has struggled, that the Mets are third in home runs and last in runs scored. Last.
Why? Curtis Granderson, who did a great job batting leadoff in 2015, has yet to get going in 2016. He's still batting .200 on the year, and just .148 over the last seven days. Meanwhile, David Wright is struggling to find his groove, and his required regular rest doesn't help that cause. Neil Walker, Michael Conforto and Asdrubal Cabrera are occasionally getting on base. But, when they do, it's station-to-station, Earl Weaver-style baseball, which is fine when they're clearing the bases with one swing. However, when they aren't, nothing happens. Frankly, just like the pitching with Syndergaard, I have no idea where they'd be without Yoenis Cespedes.
Nevertheless, these are still the same group of men that won eight in a row just a few weeks ago with a terrific, young starting rotation and a power-happy batting order. Today, after being smacked around by Washington, I feel differently. I'm hurt. But, the fact is, the Mets are 22-18. They're not 18-22. If this is as bad as it gets, the sky is still the limit for 2016. But, the Mets would be wise to start making a few adjustments and thinking ahead, be it to the roster, their approach or how they're handling their staff, because nothing in baseball is a guaranteed.
Tags: Matthew Cerrone
Matt Harvey struggled and was done in by his defense as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 9-1, at Citi Field on Thursday, dropping the Mets to third place in the NL East >> Read more
Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz are struggling with their velocity >> Read more
Travis d'Arnaud is rehabbing near his home in California >> Read more
Toby Hyde and Rob Brender were joined by WOR's Pete McCarthy on the Mostly Mets Podcast >> Listen here
What's on tap for Friday, May 20
Steven Matz returns to the rotation after dealing with a strained forearm muscle as the Mets open a three-game series against Wily Peralta and the Brewers at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.
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Tags: Jacob deGrom , Matt Harvey , Steven Matz , Travis d'Arnaud
Triple-A Las Vegas 51s: T.J. Rivera went 4 for 5 with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning and Travis Taijeron hit a three-run home run as Las Vegas beat Colorado Springs, 7-6. Rafael Montero allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. >> Read more
Double-A Binghamton Mets: Xorge Carrillo went 3 for 3 and Tyler Pill pitched six innings as Binghamton beat Altoona, 5-4. >> Read more
High-A Port St. Lucie Mets: Port St. Lucie's game against Clearwater was rained out.
Low-A Columbia Fireflies: Kevin Canelon (2-3) pitched six innings of one-run ball, but Columbia's 2 through 7 hitters combined to go 1 for 21 in a 1-0 loss to Charleston. >> Read more
Matt Harvey was hit hard once again and Stephen Strasburg shut down the Mets' bats as the Nationals took the rubber game of the series, 9-1, on Thursday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
- Harvey was tagged for a career-high nine runs (six earned) in a career-low 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander yielded eight hits - including a two-run homer to Daniel Murphy - and walked two, ballooning his ERA to 5.77. He has allowed four or more runs in four of his nine starts.
- The Mets defense did Harvey no favors in the third, misplaying several balls that helped lead to Washington posting a seven-spot in the frame. Asdrubal Cabrera bobbled a potential double play grounder for an error that could have ended the inning without a run being scored.
- New York strung three hits together in the second to cut a 2-0 deficit in half. But after Cabrera drove in Yoenis Cespedes to put runners at first and third with only one out, Kevin Plawecki flied out to shallow right and Harvey struck out.
- Neil Walker singled twice and was the only Met with more than one hit.
- Lucas Duda returned to the lineup and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
- Strasburg allowed just one run and struck out 10 in six innings to improve to 7-0.
News and notes
- After going undefeated in eight straight series (6-0-2), New York is winless in its last four (0-2-2). The Mets have lost six of seven games overall and are just 7-11 in May.
- The Mets were outscored 16-2 by the Nats in the last two games of the series. They are just 7-16 against Washington at home since 2014.
- New York has scored two runs or less in seven of its last 13 games.
- Harvey has surrendered 14 runs (11 earned) on 19 hits in just 8 1/3 innings in his last two starts.
Terry Collins on Harvey: "First thing we've got to do is try to build up some confidence, some way, somehow … When you're coming up in baseball, you need to get humbled so you can learn how to fight through it. We're trying to fight this fight with him on this one … This kid went above and beyond and I'm not sure he's recuperated from it. I'm going to stand by it, it's not an excuse … When you see confidence as banged up as much as his is right now, it needs to get fixed."
Collins on Harvey making his next start: "We're not going to commit to anything at this time but as I sit here today, I'd certainly trust him. I certainly believe in him … I told Matt I still trust him, I still believe in him."
Harvey on his outing: "Everybody saw the game, it's pretty obvious what happened. I'm not happy about it, I know nobody else is. I've got to pick up tomorrow, start over and keep looking for answers … My body feels fine. It's not that, it's not being able to execute pitches and not being able to do my job … It's my job to go out there, keep working and figure this thing out."
The Mets (22-18) welcome Brewers (18-23) to Citi Field for a three-game series that kicks off on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Steven Matz (5-1, 2.86 ERA) will make his first start since May 9 after being skipped in the rotation due to elbow soreness. Right-hander Wily Peralta (2-4, 7.30 ERA) gets the start for Milwaukee.
Tags: Matt Harvey
The Mets look to take the series against the Nationals at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.
|Ben Revere, CF||Curtis Granderson, RF|
|Jayson Werth, LF||David Wright, 3B|
|Bryce Harper, RF||Michael Conforto, LF|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||Yoenis Cespedes, CF|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 1B||Lucas Duda, 1B|
|Anthony Rendon, 3B||Neil Walker, 2B|
|Wilson Ramos, C||Asdrubal Cabrera, SS|
|Danny Espinosa, SS||Kevin Plawecki, C|
|Stephen Strasburg, RHP||Matt Harvey, RHP|
When and Where: 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. The game can be seen on SNY.
Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (3-5, 4.93 ERA) struggled in his last start, allowing five earned runs on eleven hits while striking out six in a loss to the Rockies. In his last two starts, Harvey has recorded 16 strikeouts, the most he's had in consecutive games this season.
Who's Pitching for the Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-0, 2.95 ERA) has kept a perfect record in 2016. In his last two starts, Strasburg has given up seven earned runs while striking out 18 batters. Strasburg has at least seven strikeouts in his last seven starts.
Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by WOR's Pete McCarthy for a chat about the week that is for the Mets, including the opening salvo of the 2016 Mets/Nationals rivalry, the team's lack of situational hitting, the struggles of David Wright, the bright light of Thor, and what lies ahead for the rest of the starting staff.
Tags: Washington Nationals
Tonight is a huge start for Matt Harvey (3-5, 4.93 ERA), who will face Stephen Strasburg (6-0, 2.95) and the Nationals at Citi Field.
"I'm just not feeling comfortable throwing a baseball right now, so it's frustrating," Harvey said after his last start, when he allowed five runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies in Colorado.
He looks tall and strong to start the game, and then he drifts.
In the first four innings of games this season, his ERA is 1.75. However, in innings five and six, it's 11.85.
"There's a part of his delivery that needs to get fixed, needs to be tweaked, something that he's done in the past that he's not doing now," Terry Collins said Wednesday, noting that Harvey's arm slot has changed since last season.
"It's gotten a little higher this year actually," he explained. "I still think it's the fact that his arm is still recuperating from 210 innings [last season], but I know he's working hard at it."
In talking with people at Citi Field yesterday, I heard a lot about how he's exerting himself more late in the game and with runners on base, which is making his arm dip. I don't see it, but it's as good of a theory as I've heard. In either case, it's time to fix it, because tonight is not the night to struggle...
Thankfully, Harvey has held their best hitter, Bryce Harper, hitless in 20 at-bats during their careers. He's also struck him out seven times. Unfortunately for the Mets, the Nationals have won Strasburg's last 12 starts.
"It takes time to figure things out," said catcher Kevin Plawecki. "We're all hard on ourselves, and we're all perfectionists."
The Mets don't need perfection, they don't even need the Dark Knight. Instead, they need innings and outs, just like he's able to do at the start of the game.
Tags: Matt Harvey
In their new book, "Down on the Korner," authors Mark Rosenman and Howie Karpin take readers behind the scenes of Ralph Kiner's Kiner's Korner, which was his post game interview show following Mets home games.
Rosenman and Karpin relay stories about the show from people in production to players, such as Ron Darling, Doc Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Ron Hunt, Howard Johnson, Darryl Strawberry, Bobby Valentine, and many more.
It's a fun book. I thumbed through it the other night, and loved reliving these memories. As a kid, I likely took for granted that I could watch Mets games on TV, which was something the previous generation didn't always get to do. Similarly, today's young fan likely takes for granted all the commentary, pre- and post-game coverage, etc., that goes on all day, every day. In the 80s, this was not the case.
Kiner's Korner was amazing because it let us hear direct from players after the game. It sounds commonplace, because today it is. Then, it wasn't. It was rare and fun to see guys talking about the game in detail, and Karpin and Roseman do a great job recapturing that experience.
Karpin recently spoke with the Topps Talk podcast about his book, which you can listen to below...
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Mets pitching has been the most valuable in the game, but a troubling trend has emerged with some of their best hurlers: a significant drop in velocity. Noah Syndergaard is the obvious exception, leading all starters in fastball speed and Bartolo Colon keeps on trucking as always, but the rest of the staff are sluggish across the board, despite ranking among the best in the game over the past few years...
Jacob deGrom has the dubious honor of leading the pack in this, with a drop of over two miles per hour from his fastball compared to last season and similar numbers across all of his pitches. Matt Harvey has lost one mile per hour from his fastball and slightly more from his breaking and offspeed offerings. Steven Matz is also down from last year, though his small sample makes it harder to draw any conclusions about this. On the bullpen side, while Jeurys Familia's fastball hasn't lost anything, his far more important sinker is down over a mile per hour and his slider is down nearly four. It's a small sample, but given the context of the rest of his teammates, of concern.
Both deGrom and Harvey are coming off workload increases from 2014 to 2015, particularly since the team had such a successful playoff run. DeGrom jumped 38 innings altogether (including his minors time in 2014 and his postseason time in 2015). Harvey threw well over 200 innings coming off of a season with no innings at all.
While the cut-and-dried approach of the "Verducci effect," which said young pitchers with an increase of 30 or more innings were at high risk for injury or regression, has largely been debunked, there remains a strong correlation between workload increases and decrease in production the following year. Over the past few years, Stephen Strasburg, Jose Fernandez, Gerrit Cole, and Jesse Hahn are a handful of the names who showed a decrease in effectiveness or increased injuries in the year following an innings jump, though none of those four experienced the specific velocity drop deGrom and Harvey are facing.
The underlying causes of these drops generally come down to three potential factors: injury, mechanics, and strength. Given their history, it's likely that the team is monitoring them very closely for injuries, though it's certainly possible there's something being overlooked. Both have discussed issues with mechanics as a possible cause and hopefully will continue to work on those (though that leads to the question of what caused the change in mechanics).
Strength is also a likely factor, though players and coaches will balk at publicly stating they are physically weaker than in the past. DeGrom was sidelined briefly at the start of the season with a lat strain that would have affected his workout routine (to say nothing of the effect of a new baby). Harvey's medical issue at the end of Spring Training was no joke -- a serious (and frightening) event that would have had him feeling extremely ill for several days. He came into Spring Training slimmer than in past years and started the season looking even leaner, but it can be difficult to shed weight without losing muscle, especially for people with certain body types.
So will they bounce back? Well, if nothing changes, probably not. Average velocity after three starts generally is predictive of velocity for the remainder of the season, so it's too late to hope for a natural regression towards their means. Instead, one or more of each of those potential causes will need to be corrected, or else the low velocity (and the corresponding drop in outcomes) will be here to stay.
Tags: Jacob deGrom , Matt Harvey , Steven Matz , Maggie Wiggin
Mets C Travis d'Arnaud is currently rehabbing his strained rotator cuff with a personal trainer and physical therapist at his home in California, Sandy Alderson told reporters earlier this week.
Alderson would not indicate when d'Arnaud might move his rehab to New York, Triple-A Las Vegas or St. Lucie. However, the player's agent, Joel Wolfe, told the NY Post that he anticipates it will be within the next few weeks.
"He's doing well," Wolfe told Post reporter Howie Kussoy. "It's just aggressive strengthening, range of motion because Travis really wants to get back out there and hit the ground running."
D'Arnaud received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in early May. It was reported May 10 that he was able to hit, but not throw.
According to Kussoy, Alderson and the Mets cleared d'Arnaud's request to rehab from his home outside Los Angeles.
"The Mets have a terrific training staff, but the issue is during the season their No. 1 priority is getting the active-roster guys ready to play every day, plus the team's going on the road constantly," Wolfe explained.
D'Aranud, 27, had been hitting .196 with no home runs and just one RBI in 13 games before his injury.
In his absense, 25-year-old C Kevin Plawecki is batting .236 with one HR, five RBIs and a .323 OBP.