Saturday, May 23, 2015

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 44

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 44

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Juan Lagares (R) CF
3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
6. Eric Campbell (R) 3B
7. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P

Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 44 - Mets at Pirates - Harvey vs Burnett - 4:05PM

Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 44 - Mets at Pirates - Harvey vs Burnett - 4:05PM

Game 44 - New York Mets (24-19) (7-13 Away) at Pittsburgh Pirates (19-22) (10-9 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Matt Harvey (5-1) 1.98 ERA vs A.J. Burnett (3-1) 1.38 ERA

TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - Game Time: 4:05 PM

Matt Harvey hasn't allowed a run in 16 innings, but he has no wins to show for it. That's certainly not the case with A.J. Burnett's recent dominance.

Harvey is looking for some offensive help opposite Burnett on Saturday when the New York Mets face the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Harvey (5-1, 1.98 ERA) is 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21 innings over his last three starts, getting one run of support in each outing. The bullpen didn't help the right-hander in the last two games, blowing both saves while he tossed 15 innings with 18 strikeouts and three walks.

His overall scoreless streak is 2 1/3 innings shy of Jacob deGrom's stretch from last month, the longest by a Met since R.A. Dickey went 32 2/3 in 2012.

Harvey fanned a season high-tying nine over eight innings before John Mayberry hit a walkoff single in the 14th of Monday's 2-1 win over St. Louis.

"You've just got to hope we come up and score a run," Harvey told MLB's official website. "You've got to take the win-loss thing out of the books and concentrate on cheering your teammates on in the bottom half of the inning, so we can score and get out of here a little earlier than we all imagined."

Run support has been an issue for several Mets (24-19) pitchers lately, with the team hitting .205 and scoring eight runs while losing three of four since Harvey's last start. They were limited to six singles in Friday's 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh (19-22), which won for only the second time in eight games.

Burnett (3-1, 1.38) may empathize with Harvey since he had a 1.45 ERA over his first five starts, but failed to record a win after being backed by five total runs. The 38-year-old right-hander, though, has received an average of 6.86 runs of support and won his last three starts with a 1.29 ERA.

He last won four straight starts from July 21-Aug. 5, 2012, during his first stint with the Pirates.

Burnett, who lost a career-high 18 games with Philadelphia last year, allowed three hits with seven strikeouts and a season-high five walks in seven innings of a 3-0 road win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Mets News: Wright, d'Arnaud start taking swings in St.Lucie

Mets News: Wright, d'Arnaud start taking swings in St.Lucie

David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud took steps toward returning from the disabled list Friday when both began taking batting practice at the New York Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, manager Terry Collins said.

Collins added that Wright and d'Arnaud should be in minor league rehab games next week.

Wright has been on the DL since April 15. He initially landed there with a right hamstring strain. Lower-back pain then surfaced in recent weeks, stalling his return.

D'Arnaud suffered a fractured pinkie bone on his right hand when he was struck by a pitch from Miami Marlins right-hander A.J. Ramos on April 19. He shed a soft cast on May 11 and was cleared to resume swinging this week.

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/22: Black, Parnell heading to Binghamton, Savannah sweeps double header

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/22: Black, Parnell heading to Binghamton, Savannah sweeps double header

OKLAHOMA CITY 6, LAS VEGAS 3: Tyler Pill allowed six runs in six innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, AKRON 2: Jayce Boyd’s first homer in 59 games broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth. Matt Koch and Paul Sewald combined to retire all 10 batters they faced out of the bullpen. Both Akron runs were unearned. Binghamton opened the scoring in the second inning on David Cooper's RBI double. Akron took a 2-1 lead in the third. Third baseman Dustin Lawley's error began the frame. Bryson Myles then produced an RBI double. After retiring the next two batters, Michael Fulmer surrendered a go-ahead RBI double to Erik Gonzalez. In the fifth, Eudy Pina singled with one out and stole second. Gilbert Gomez singled to drive him in and even the score at 2. It was Gomez’s seventh hit of the year, but his fifth RBI. In the sixth, Fulmer issued a one-out walk, then had to deal with Lawley's second error. Koch entered and needed just one pitch to induce an inning-ending double play from Myles. Boyd had the tiebreaking homer a half-inning later. It was his first long ball since Aug. 22, 2014, also against Akron. Koch (2-2) earned the win for his 2 2/3 perfect innings of relief. Box

Recap: 2015 Season - Game 43 - Mets (1) at Pirates (4) - Cole stifles Mets Bats

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W:G.Cole(6-2) L:N.Syndergaard(1-2) S:M.Melancon (10)
HR: NYM- None PIT- None

Recap: 2015 Season - Game 43 - Mets (1) at Pirates (4)  - Cole stifles Mets Bats 

Gerrit Cole fired 8 1/3 dominant innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Mets 4-1 in the opener of a three-game set.

Cole (6-2) struck out 10 and allowed an unearned run on six hits and a walk for the Pirates, who had dropped six of their last seven games coming in. Mark Melancon recorded the final two outs in the ninth to notch his 10th save of the season.

"He threw 111 pitches. He had a shot to close it down. It didn't happen there. He'll do that one of these days," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Cole, whose yet to throw a shutout in his MLB career.

Chris Stewart went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Pedro Alvarez and Jung Ho Kang each had a hit, an RBI and a run scored in the triumph.

Noah Syndergaard (1-2) surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits for New York, which had won four of its last six contests heading in.

"Got to have a short memory and prepare for my next start," Syndergaard said.

The Pirates opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the second.

Alvarez hit a two-out, ground-rule double to left and Gregory Polanco followed with a base hit to the right side of the infield to bring home Alvarez. Polanco then stole second and scored on Stewart's double to left.

Juan Lagares scored on a wild pitch in the top of the third to cut the deficit in half, but Pittsburgh pushed across two more in the sixth.

Andrew McCutchen smacked a leadoff double to right, moved to third on a Starling Marte grounder and came home on Kang's high bouncer through the middle of the infield. Kang scurried to second on a failed pickoff attempt and stole third before scoring on Alvarez's sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.

Cole threw 74 of his 111 pitches for strikes ... Polanco's steal was his 12th of the year ... The Pirates were 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while New York finished 0-for-4 with RISP.

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