Saturday, September 05, 2015

Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Cuddyer, Murphy, Flores

Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Cuddyer, Murphy, Flores

Over protests from agent Scott Boras, the Mets intend to stick with their innings plan regarding Matt Harvey. Unless the Mets open a comfortable lead down the stretch, Harvey is expected to only be skipped once more the remainder of the regular season and still be available for postseason "reasonable” pitching. Citing doctors, Boras said the Mets ought to cap Harvey at 180 innings in total this year. Harvey already is at 166 1/3 innings. Harvey is due to address the issue before Saturday's game.

David Schoenfield at notes that although Harvey's innings count is creeping upward, he actually has been efficient. Schoenfield writes: "As one comparison, Harvey has thrown 110 fewer pitches than Lance Lynn, but has 19 more innings pitched.”

Michael Cuddyer will wear a splint on his ailing right wrist for a day or two. He was unavailable to play Friday.

Daniel Murphy received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in his mildly strained left quadriceps on Thursday and remains day-to-day.

Wilmer Flores rejoined the Mets on Friday after traveling to Venezuela to be with his ailing grandfather, who had suffered a serious heart attack.

Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 135 - Mets at Marlins - Colon vs Hand - 7:10 PM

Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 135 - Mets at Marlins - Colon vs Hand - 7:10 PM

Game 135 - New York Mets (74-60, 29-36 Road) at Miami Marlins (56-79, 31-36 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Bartolo Colon (12-11, 4.42 ERA) vs MIA - Brad Hand (4-4, 4.54 ERA)

TV - PIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - Game Time: 7:10 PM

As the New York Mets continue their push toward the postseason, Bartolo Colon seems to be hitting his stride.

Riding a 16-inning scoreless stretch, Colon tries to win a third consecutive start against the streaking Miami Marlins on Saturday night.

Colon (12-11, 4.42 ERA) went 1-4 with a 6.08 ERA in his first seven starts following the All-Star break, but he's struck out 17 and walked three over 15 innings in the last two. In between those outings, the 42-year-old fanned two during a scoreless inning of relief in a 3-1 loss to Boston last Saturday.

"He's incredible," teammate Michael Conforto said after Colon struck out nine in eight innings of Monday's 3-1 victory over Philadelphia. "He's masterful with the way he pitches, so it's very fun to watch."

It hasn't been much fun for Colon's recent opponents.

"When he's on like (Monday), his ball is moving everywhere," Phillies veteran Jeff Francoeur said. "People are like, he throws 85 percent fastballs and that's true to an extent -- but his fastball can range from 85 to 93 (mph). ... He knows how to pitch."

Colon has looked strong while going 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA and not walking a batter against the Marlins (56-79) this season. In his last visit to Miami on Aug. 3, the right-hander gave up a run in eight innings of a 12-1 victory.

It appears Colon won't have to face Giancarlo Stanton, who is not expected to be activated from the disabled list for this series. The All-Star slugger has been on the DL since June 27 with a hand injury.

"It's day to day," manager Dan Jennings told MLB's official website. "It's just a matter of when the wrist and the soreness goes out of the hand."

Miami hasn't missed Stanton while totaling 24 runs during a four-game winning streak. Martin Prado's two-out RBI double in the 11th inning Friday was his fifth hit of the night and gave the Marlins a 6-5 victory.

"It would be easy to cash it in right now, because this season on the front end hasn't turned out the way we all thought," Jennings said. "But you have a group of guys who come out every night ready to do battle."

The loss snapped a season-high seven-game road winning streak for New York (74-60), which owns a five-game lead over Washington in the NL East.

Prado is batting .415 with nine RBI in his last 10 games, and .382 in 14 against the Mets this season. He's 4 for 13 when facing Colon in 2015.

Brad Hand (4-4, 4.54) is 3-2 with a 3.79 ERA in six starts since joining the Marlins' rotation last month. However, he gave up five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of a 7-4 loss at Washington on Sunday. The left-hander allowed five hits in four scoreless innings of a 5-1 loss to New York on Aug. 4.

Yoenis Cespedes, who went 1 for 2 against Hand earlier this season, has homered in each of the last three games while going 7 for 15 with five RBI. He's hit 11 of his career-high 29 home runs in 31 games since joining the Mets, but has never homered in four consecutive contests.

Batter vs Pitcher Matchups:

Mets Minor League Roundup 9/4: Nimmo Big Night For Vegas, Gee Goes Seven For Win

Mets Minor League Roundup 9/4: Nimmo Big Night For Vegas, Gee Goes Seven For Win

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 9, TACOMA 4: Brandon Nimmo went 4-for-5 with a double, homer, two RBIs and three runs scored before reportedly leaving the game with a knee injury. The 51s took over first place by a half-game over El Paso with three games remaining. Dilson Herrera also went deep. Josh Rodriguez drove in three runs. Dillon Gee allowed one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings. Chase Huchingson was charged with three ninth-inning runs. Box

Mets AA - ALTOONA 8, BINGHAMTON 0: Altoona starter Steven Brault tossed eight scoreless innings and produced three hits as the B-Mets rested five everyday players with the Eastern Division wild card already clinched. Three straight batters reached against Robert Gsellman (7-7) with one out in the first. Jacob Stallings then delivered a two-run single. The Curve added three runs in the second against Gsellman, who ultimately was charged with six runs on 10 hits and three walks in four innings. It was the righty’s shortest outing since he went four innings in his Double-A debut against Altoona on May 30. Brault surrendered three hits, struck out five and issued no walks. B-Mets reliever Adam Kolarek allowed a solo homer to Stetson Allie in the fifth. Beck Wheeler contributed two scoreless innings. Jeff Walters completed Binghamton’s pitching tab, allowing a run in the ninth. Box

Recap: 2015 Season - Game 134 - Mets (5) at Marlins (6) - Mets Come Back Twice, But Fall in 11 innings

Recap: 2015 Season - Game 134 - Mets (5) at Marlins (6) - Mets Come Back Twice, But Fall in 11 innings

The New York Mets came from behind twice, and that wasn't enough.

Martin Prado's fifth hit of the game was a two-out double in the 11th inning that scored Christian Yelich from first base Friday night and gave the Miami Marlins a 6-5 victory.

New York overcame an early 3-0 deficit to take the lead, and tied the seesaw game by scoring with a two-out rally in the ninth. But the Mets stranded 13 runners, including three in the eighth and three more in the ninth.

They have scored 22 runs in the past three games but lost two of them.

"We're swinging the bats OK," manager Terry Collins said. "We just got to get our pitching straightened out."

Mets starter Jacob deGrom went six innings, He allowed nine hits and three runs, all in the fourth, when he gave up four consecutive hits.

"I feel like I threw the ball a little better than it showed," he said. "I kept the ball down pretty good. I got a lot of groundballs. Some of them just went through the infield."

The right-hander's ERA has climbed to 2.40 from 1.98 on Aug. 24, but he was in line for his 13th win before an uncharacteristically shaky showing by the bullpen in the seventh.

Rookie Michael Conforto, batting cleanup for the first time because injuries left the Mets short-handed, went 0 for 6 with an RBI. David Wright went 0 for 5.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Marlins - Game 134

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Michael Conforto (L) LF
5. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
6. Juan Uribe (R) 2B
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 1B
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P

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