The Mets (31-39) play Game 3 of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (46-26) at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

The Mets have now lost five of their last six games after a crushing, 12-0, loss Tuesday. 

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Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Tyler Pill (3.75 ERA/ 3.29 FIP, 1.58 WHIP) who was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to start in Wednesday's game. In his last start with the Mets, he took the loss as he allowed five runs, three earned on eight hits while striking out four and walking none in five innings. 

He won in his last start in Triple-A on June 15, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings. Pill is still looking for his first major league win. 

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Mets RHP Tyler Pill pitches during a spring training game in 2017 (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets RHP Tyler Pill pitches during a spring training game in 2017 (Credit: USA Today Images)

Mets RHP Tyler Pill will start Tuesday at Citi Field against the Brewers barring a rainout over the next couple of days, according to Matt Ehalt of The Record.

The soon-to-be 27-year-old was called up on Friday as the Mets sent the struggling Rafael Montero down to Triple-A Las Vegas. 

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- Friday night, Mets' RHP Domingo Tapia burned his left (non-throwing hand) while cooking and was placed on the disabled list. Tapia was off to a nice start for advanced-A St. Lucie. In seven starts, he had a 2.23 ERA. His strikeout (22.5%) and walk rates (10.4%) were unremarkable, but he was not giving up hits - just 20 in 32.1 innings. It's hard to hit a mid-upper 90s power sinker. Indeed, last week, Mets VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting Paul dePodesta told Baseball America that Tapia was touching 100 mph. I saw 99 mph from him last year and I heard rumors of triple digits. That's fun and all, but as dePodesta pointed out, it's better at 96 with more sink.

I'm not very concerned about Tapia's hand, mostly because it's his non-throwing hand. Also, in the long run, cooking for himself and his teammates is, burns aside, certainly healthier than eating out every night.

- Lynn Worthy reports that AA RHP Tyler Pill has been shut down for three weeks with a Bennett lesion in his right shoulder. Per Worthy, "Bennet lesion is a buildup or mineralization in a ligament located in the back of the shoulder capsule." Not all Bennett lesions are painful. One study found 22% of asymptomatic pitchers had Bennett Lesions, and pain is associated with a bony spur. This falls into the category of impingement in the area around the posterior rotator cuff which are not good words for pitchers. This might be nothing and some minor irritation that goes away, but I suspect that Pill will be out for a significant length of time. Even after a three-week shutdown, he'd need a few weeks in the throwing program to build his arm strength back up so he's looking at 5-6 weeks minimum.?

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- St. Lucie 3B Aderlin Rodriguez has been out of the lineup for the last week with an irritation in his right eye that was giving him "a little trouble with vision." ?He is expected back tonight. The 20-year old has hit 26 doubles and 22 homers this year between Savannah and St. Lucie and is easily the top power-hitting prospect in the system. He had just started to turn it on in August as well in St. Lucie, ripping four homerun in his seven games in the month as part of a .321/.387/.786 line in seven games.

- RHP Tyler Pill was removed from his August 9th start in St. Lucie after just two innings with what was I was originally told was forearm tightness. However, when Pill, last year's fourth round pick, was placed on the disabled list this week, the diagnosis was altered to triceps tendonitis. The Mets do not believe it is serious, but his return date is unclear at this point.

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 3, Clearwater Threshers (PHI) 2?

St. Lucie's charmed season continued when 2011 17th round pick Jonathan Clark singled into centerfield to drive home 2009's 29th round pick, ZeErika McQueen. Clark was in his first game with St. Lucie, just added to the roster because Rafael Fernandez was placed on the disabled list. McQueen, who was playing his seventh game as a St. Lucie Met, was added to the roster on May 30 when Joe Bonfe was sent to AA Binghamton and Darrell Ceciliani was placed on the disabled list. The 21-year old Clark hit a combined .186/.294/.229 in 42 games last year between Kingsport and Brooklyn.

More interesting to prospect watchers: Tyler Pill?(pictured)?last year's fourth round pick made his advanced-a debut. It was exactly what I'd expect: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Remember, he gave up over a hit an inning in Savannah. His command will get him to AA, but his ordinary fastball velocity might prevent him from making a big league impact.

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A+: St. Lucie Mets 11, @ Brevard County Manatees (MIL) 2

St. Lucie turned a good pitching matchup of 2011 draftees Taylor Jungmann and Cory Mazzoni into a blowout late with nine runs in the final two innings against the Manatees' bullpen. The bottom of the order did much of the damage.

Once again, SS Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-4 with a walk to push his line to .290/.356/.411 in 31 games. The tiny 20-year old has walked nine times and struck out just 10 times, making him the fifth-toughest player to strikeout in the Florida State League and gone 5-for-5 stealing bases.

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A+: St. Lucie Mets 3, @ Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 2?(10 innings)

RF Cory Vaughn won this for the Mets with a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning. Vaughn, who was 2-5, had gone three straight game without a knock going into Friday and is now sitting at .269/.364/.478.

3B Wilmer Flores was 1-for-5 to push his hitting streak to an even dozen. He's hitting .386 (17-for-44) over his run.

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A+:?St. Lucie Mets 6, @ Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 4

The interesting stuff begins with who is not on the St. Lucie Mets roster. Darrell Ceciliani was placed on the St. Lucie Mets' disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Meanwhile, Sunday, Cory Vaughn was placed on the temporary inactive list.

On the field, the Mets scored five times in the seventh and eighth innings to overcome a 4-1 deficit. The team's four-run seventh was keyed by a two-run double from C Francisco Pena. The 22-year old Pena has five hits this year and four have gone for extra-bases.

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The aspiring Savannah Sand Gnats, the A-ballers dropped an 11-1 decision to the Marlins in Jupiter. The Marlins ran hard-throwing 19-year old Jose Fernandez, one of their top prospects out on the hill.

RHP Logan Verrett started for the Mets, yielding two runs over five innings. Thanks to this wonderful game report from Carson Cistulli at Fangraphs, Verrett was throwing a fastball at 88-92 mpg, a slider at 82-84 mph and a changeup. Carson has some interesting observations about the way Verrett changed the look on his slider - he liked the one that had mostly vertical break. I suspect however, that what he called the slider with gloveside run was actually a changeup.

Tyler Pill, who was scheduled for 5 IP, went 4.1 and allowed seven runs before hitting his pitch count. Pill was the Mets' 4th round pick last year while Verrett was the third-rounder.

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