Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mets News: Bartolo Colon Activated Off Bereavement, Germen sent down

Mets News:

Gonzalez Germen has been demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for the activation of Bartolo Colon from bereavement leave.

Colon is due to start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. He then plans to return to the Dominican Republic for his mother's funeral. She passed away Monday at age 63 after a battle with breast cancer.

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/22: Dilson Herrera Drives in four for Binghamton

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/22:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 8, NEW ORLEANS 7 (11 innings): Noah Syndergaard allowed five first-inning runs, then settled down. He followed with four scoreless frames. In the sixth, Syndergaard allowed consecutive singles to open the inning, then shortstop Matt Reynolds committed an error that loaded the bases with none out. Syndergaard ultimately allowed an unearned run on a one-out groundout to first base by Zack Cox that evened the score at 6. Syndergaard's final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP. Daniel Muno had a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Reynolds finished 4-for-4 with a walk. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 12, AKRON 3: A day after clinching a postseason berth, the B-Mets routed the RubberDucks. After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs in the top of the first, Jayce Boyd slammed a three-run homer in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani had a two-run homer in the fifth. Dilson Herrera finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. Ceciliani and Wilfredo Tovar also had three hits apiece. Pill followed the two-run first by blanking Akron for four innings. Box

Recap: Game 129 - Mets (2) at Dodgers (6) - Mets outplayed in Dodger Town


New York

Los Angeles

W: D. Haren (11-10) L: J. Niese (7-9)
HR: NYM - C. Granderson (16)   LAD - None


Dan Haren tossed seven strong innings and drove in a run as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets, 6-2, in the opener of a three-game set on Friday.

Haren (11-10) surrendered just one run on three hits with six strikeouts for the win. Dee Gordon tripled among his three hits and drove in a run and Matt Kemp hit a two-run double for the Dodgers, who have won three of their last four games.

Curtis Granderson homered and Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly for the Mets, who have lost 12 of their last 14 games against the Dodgers. Jonathan Niese (7-9) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs -- two earned -- on eight hits and three walks across 6 2/3 frames.

Granderson led off the game by smacking a 2-0 splitter over the wall in right for an early 1-0 Mets lead.

The Dodgers tied the game in the third. A.J. Ellis worked a leadoff walk and Erisbel Arruebarrena singled to left. Haren bunted into a double play, but Gordon brought in Arruebarrena from second with a base hit to left.

Justin Turner led off the home fifth with a double to the wall in center field and moved to third on Ellis' groundout. Arruebarrena worked a walk and moved to third when Turner was caught in a rundown trying to come home on a squeeze attempt. Haren's RBI hit to center gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

Gordon tripled to the right-field corner with two outs in the seventh and Yasiel Puig walked to place runners at the corners. Adrian Gonzalez grounded to shortstop Wilmer Flores, whose throw to first was off the mark, allowing Gordon to score.

Carlos Torres took the mound for Niese and Kemp drove in two runs with a liner to left for a 5-1 score.

The Mets had runners at second and third with two outs in the eighth, but J.P. Howell struck out Granderson to escape the jam.

Ellis hit an RBI double off Rafael Montero in the eighth, making it a 6-1 game.

Jamey Wright came on to pitch the ninth and gave up singles to Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Duda's sac fly to left brought in Murphy to account for the final score.

Game Notes

Granderson's homer was his seventh first-inning blast of the season .. Gordon leads the majors with 11 triples this season ... Turner extended his hitting streak to six games ... The Dodgers are 56-12 when scoring four or more runs.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Preview: Game 129 - Mets at Dodgers - Niese vs Haren

Preview: Game 129
New York Mets (60-68) at Los Angeles Dodgers (72-57)

Probable Pitchers:
Jon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) vs Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 10:10 PM (EST)


The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to get by with another feeble offensive performance with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

They might not be as lucky when Dan Haren takes his turn in the rotation.

Los Angeles looks to get its lineup going Friday night when it hosts the New York Mets.

The Dodgers (72-57) own a 3 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West but Thursday's 2-1 victory against San Diego marked just their second win in six games. Kershaw limited the Padres to three hits over eight innings and Justin Turner put the team ahead with a two-run homer in the eighth. They had been 0-46 when trailing after seven innings.

Los Angeles has still scored three runs or fewer in five of six with just 12 extra-base hits in that span. Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez are a combined 7 for 38 with eight strikeouts.

Gonzalez, however, is batting .370 with 12 RBIs in his last 13 games against the Mets and homered twice against them in May. Kemp owns a .443 on-base percentage over his last 26 meetings with New York.

Haren (10-10, 4.59 ERA) might require lots of run support. He comes off his shortest outing of the season, going three innings while allowing six runs -- three earned -- along with five hits and three walks in a 7-2 loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.

Haren has also struggled against the Mets, going 3-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts. However, the right-hander held them to one hit in six innings of a 3-0 road victory with Washington in his most recent matchup on Sept. 11.

The Mets (60-68) have also been slumping, scoring three or fewer in seven of eight before breaking out for an 8-5 win at Oakland on Wednesday.

Lucas Duda was 2 for 3 with his team-high 23rd homer and second in three games.

David Wright was 0 for 4 to fall to 2 for 21 over his last six games, but his .374 career batting average against the Dodgers is his highest versus an NL foe. He's also 7 for 21 off Haren with two home runs.

New York's Jon Niese (7-8, 3.50) won his second straight start Saturday when he yielded three runs over six innings in a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The left-hander has had trouble limiting home runs in his last three outings, though, surrendering five over 19 innings. Niese had given up as many homers over his previous 11 starts spanning 65 2/3 innings.

Los Angeles took two of three in New York from May 20-22 with Niese earning the Mets' lone victory in their 5-3 win in the finale -- just their second in the last 13 meetings. Niese is 2-0 with a 4.03 ERA in five starts against the Dodgers.

New York has dropped four straight in Los Angeles and is looking to avoid its first five-game skid there since a six-game slide from Sept. 1, 1980-May 17, 1981.

Batters vs Pitchers:

Mets Rumors: Mets to take a look at Cuban defector shortstop Roberto Carlos

Mets Rumors:

According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, the Mets will take a look at Roberto Carlos, a 28-year-old shortstop who left the Cuban national team in Mexico in November 2012.

Carlos, a switch hitter, departed the U.S. last year after a stint playing independent baseball and settled in the Dominican Republic, hoping to gain more exposure.

For the Cuban national team in 2012 — he previously used the name Roberto Carlos Ramirez — he batted .339 with four homers and 49 RBIs, but there are concerns he has not played at a high competition level over the last two years.

A source familiar with the player said Carlos may have “slipped through the baseball cracks” because he didn’t have representation after defecting from Cuba.

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