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Friday, May 06, 2016

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 28 - Mets at Padres - Syndergaard vs Pomeranz - 10:40 PM

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 28 - Mets at Padres - Syndergaard vs Pomeranz - 10:40 PM

Game 28 - New York Mets (17-10, 8-4 Road) at  San Diego Padres (12-17, 7-9 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 2.51 ERA) vs Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 10:40 PM EST

Noah Syndergaard looks to get back on track as his New York Mets face Pomeranz and the host San Diego Padres on Friday night.

After posting a 0.90 ERA through his first three outings, Syndergaard (2-1, 2.51 ERA) has allowed seven runs in 12 1/3 innings over his last two after falling 6-1 to San Francisco on Sunday. His six strikeouts were his fewest of the season.

"It was just kind of a disappointing start," Syndergaard said. "My last two starts, I haven't felt very comfortable on the mound."

The right-hander felt just fine the last time he faced the Padres, striking out nine and giving up three hits in eight innings of a 4-0 win July 28. His only outing at Petco Park didn't go as well, though, with seven runs allowed in four innings of a 7-2 loss June 2.

Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48) hasn't faced the Mets (17-10) since 2012, the last year he started exclusively with Colorado. He worked mostly as a reliever and made only nine starts last season with Oakland before coming over in a December trade and earning a spot in the Padres' rotation.

The left-hander was a tough-luck loser Sunday, allowing the game's only run and three hits in seven innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It marked the fourth time in his five starts that he's allowed fewer than three runs and third time he's received fewer than two of support.

"Getting deep into games, as long as I'm efficient, I feel like I do pretty well," Pomeranz told MLB's official website. "Usually when I'm in the game longer, I'm feeling pretty good with all my pitches."

Part of the reason Pomeranz hasn't received much run support is because he's been up against some of the game's best pitchers. He opposed Madison Bumgarner on April 25, went against Kershaw in his last outing and gets Syndergaard in this one.

"In my mind, I'm facing the ace, no matter what," Pomeranz said. "I'm trying to give up the least amount of runs possible. It doesn't really change my mindset out there. It is kind of fun, though, getting to face some of these No. 1s."

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/5: St. Lucie's Becerra extends hitting streak to 10 games

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/5: St. Lucie's  Becerra extends hitting streak to 10 games

Mets AAA - EL PASO 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innings): Chasen Bradford's wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th scored Casey McElroy for the walk-off win. The 51s failed to hold a 6-0 lead. Brandon Nimmo had opened the scoring with his first 2016 homer. Las Vegas starter Seth Lugo took a scoreless effort into the sixth inning, when he was charged with four runs (three earned). El Paso pulled even at 6 with a two-run seventh against Jeff Walters. Box

Mets AA - PORTLAND 2, BINGHAMTON 1: A half-inning after the B-Mets took the lead, the Sea Dogs plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh against Rainy Lara to snap the B-Mets’ 14-game winning streak at Portland's Hadlock Field. Tim Roberson doubled against Lara to open the inning. Rainel Rosario then tied the score with a double. Lara walked Ryan Court before handing off to Akeel Morris. Tzu-Wei Lin greeted the righty by delivering a go-ahead RBI single. Binghamton threatened a half-inning later, but failed to break through against reliever Simon Mercedes. Maikis De La Cruz singled, but was thrown out trying to steal second. The two following B-Mets reached, but Niuman Romero grounded out and Dominic Smith flied out. Portland starter Aaron Wilkerson retired the first 11 batters he faced. Binghamton pushed its only run across without hitting a ball out of the infield in the seventh. Victor Cruzado dragged a bunt single to start the rally against Mercedes. He took second on a groundout, grabbed third on L.J. Mazzilli’s broken-bat infield single, and scampered home on a two-out wild pitch. Lara’s rocky seventh spoiled a strong first six innings, when he scattered five singles. Box

Recap: 2016 Season - Game 27 - Mets (3) at Padres (5) - Rea's no-hit bid into the 7th, Mets fall short

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  W: C. Rea (3-1)   L: J. deGrom (3-1)   S: F. Rodney (7)

Colin ReaRecap: 2016 Season - Game 27 - Mets (3) at Padres (5) - Rea's no-hit bid into the 7th, Mets fall short

The shift helped keep Colin Rea's no-hit bid going into the seventh inning, and then a shift cost the right-hander a chance at the San Diego Padres' ever-elusive gem.

Rea lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the seventh inning when Yoenis Cespedes singled the other way against a shift, and finished with eight-plus innings of three-hit ball as the Padres beat the New York Mets 5-3 Thursday night.

The Padres remain the only team in the major leagues without a no-hitter, failing to achieve the milestone in 7,519 games since 1969.

"I love baseball, I love moments that haven't happened before and I loved watching Colin chase it for as long as he got the opportunity to chase it tonight," manager Andy Green said. "It would have been great to go a little bit longer. Somebody should have just told me not to shift on Cespedes that time and we would have been better off."

Rea (3-1) had retired 19 straight batters until Cespedes grounded a single through the right side where the second baseman normally would have been. The no-hit bid was extended by the shift several times.

"It was definitely in my head," said Rea, who was making his 12th career start after making his big league debut last season. "You know the situation that's going on. It's fun out there. It was good to get a win, too."

Rea said he was so effective with his fastball because he was on the same page with catcher Derek Norris.

"When it ended you just had to move on and get the next batter," he said. "The shift came into play multiple times before that. It saved more hits than we gave up."

The Mets' only baserunner to that point was David Wright, who walked with one out in the first.

Rea's no-hit bid also was preserved when Jon Jay made a nice sliding catch of Curtis Granderson's fly ball on the warning track in center for the final out of the third.

Asked if he saw the shift and tried to push it the other way, Cespedes said: "No, in the two at-bats prior to me getting the hit to right field, my front shoulder was flying open so I adjusted to let the ball get deeper.

"None of us were actually trying so much," Cespedes said. "We were aware of what was going on and the job was just try to go to home plate as a team and get the job done to get a hit."

The Padres have had a handful of close calls but remain without a no-hitter.

"I'm not sure what the odds are of all the years it hasn't happened," Green said. "You'd love to see it. I'm well aware of that and was willing to ride him as long as it took if he gave us the opportunity."

Manager Terry Collins said the Mets "hit some balls good again tonight. You know that's part of the game. Jon made a tremendous play in center field on Grandy's ball."

Asked if that was about as much shifting as he's seen a team do, Collins said: "No. It's part of the game today, I've seen it worse. I've seen teams do more."

Green let Rea go out for the ninth in an attempt to get his first complete game in 12 career starts, but pulled him after he allowed Granderson's leadoff homer to center, his fifth. Brad Hand came on and walked David Wright before allowing Cespedes' two-run homer with one out, his ninth.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs for seventh save.

The 25-year-old Rea struck out five and walked one.

Derek Norris finished a triple short of the cycle for the Padres.

Rea got enough support from the Padres' sometimes anemic offense, which jumped on Jacob deGrom (3-1).

Wil Myers homered to straightaway center with one out in the first, his sixth. Rea hit an RBI single in the second and Alexei Ramirez had an RBI double in the third.

DeGrom said he struggled locating his offspeed pitches.

"I don't even know how many hits I gave up when I had guys with two strikes and just couldn't put them away," he said. "Leaving the offspeed in the middle, give them a chance and then at times throwing it not even close to the zone so then it goes to 3-2, and there's a pretty good chance there's a fastball coming there so they end up getting a hit off that."

Logan Verrett came on to start the sixth for the Mets and surrendered Norris' home run to left, his second. The Padres added another run on an error.

DeGrom allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out two and walked one.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 2.51) is scheduled to start for the Mets in the second game of the four-game series on Friday.

Padres: LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48) will be looking to snap a two-start losing streak.

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 27 - Mets at Padres - deGrom vs Rea - 10:10 PM

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 27 - Mets at Padres - deGrom vs Rea - 10:10 PM

Game 27 - New York Mets (17-9, 8-3 Road) at San Diego Padres (11-17, 6-9 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.02 ERA) vs Colin Rea (2-1, 4.61 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 10:10 PM EST - Batter vs Pitcher Stats at bottom of page

Jacob deGromA surplus of young arms was a big reason why the New York Mets were considered the favorites to repeat as NL East champions.

After some up-and-down performances over the first two weeks of the season, the rotation has helped lead the way during a dominant stretch for New York.

Next in line is Jacob deGrom, who figures to keep the ball rolling Thursday night when he takes on the punchless San Diego Padres in the opener of a season-high 11-game trip for the Mets.

New York opened with six losses in 10 games behind a 3.74 ERA from its starters, but they've posted a 2.17 mark since while the team has won 13 of 16. The Mets (17-9) got another solid outing Wednesday from Steven Matz, who allowed two hits with no walks while striking out eight in 7 2/3 innings of an 8-0 win over Atlanta.

The lineup has also been productive during the 13-3 stretch, scoring 89 runs and hitting 31 homers to rank near the top of the majors over that span in both categories.

Lucas Duda homered twice Wednesday and Asdrubal Cabrera and Rene Rivera also went deep. Duda also homered in Monday's 4-1 win over the Braves.

"I just hope he stays hot, because he can carry you," manager Terry Collins said.

DeGrom has won all three of his starts behind a 1.02 ERA, and all three runs off him in Saturday's 6-5 victory over San Francisco were unearned. The right-hander allowed two hits but walked four over six innings after not issuing one in his first two outings.

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