Monday, July 28, 2014

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 106

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 106

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
5. Chris Young (R) LF
6. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
7. Juan Lagares (R) CF
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

Preview: Game 106 - Phillies at Mets - Burnett vs Colon

Preview: Game 106
Philadelphia Phillies (46-59) at New York Mets (50-55)

Probable Pitchers:
A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 7:10 PM

Former teammates with the New York Yankees in 2011, Bartolo Colon and A.J. Burnett could both be pitching elsewhere soon since the Mets (50-55) and Phillies (46-59) are the NL East's worst teams leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.

Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA), who agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal in the offseason, gave up two runs over 7 1/3 innings Wednesday to win for the first time in five outings in a 3-2 victory at Seattle.

Burnett (6-9, 3.86) signed a deal with Philadelphia in the offseason that guarantees him $22.5 million over two seasons. He was brilliant in his last outing with eight scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-1 home loss to San Francisco.

Both pitchers have proved their durability by leading their respective teams in innings. The 41-year-old Colon has logged 134, while the 37-year-old Burnett has worked 144 2/3 to rank him among the NL's best.

Colon won his lone 2014 start against the Phillies on June 2, surrendering two runs in seven innings in an 11-2 rout at Citizens Bank Park. He has pitched at least seven innings in his last seven outings at home.

Burnett's teams have won his last five starts against New York. He's 3-0 with a 2.73 ERA over that stretch after giving up five runs in seven innings May 30 in a 6-5, 14-inning victory at home.

New York, which last played at home July 13, capped a 5-5 trip with Sunday's 2-0 victory at Milwaukee to split a four-game set. The Mets took two of three in Seattle in their previous series.

Lucas Duda's two-run homer was all the offense the Mets needed. Duda has homered four times in his last six games.

Duda has a double in two at-bats versus Burnett, who has limited Mets star David Wright to three hits in 24 at-bats with 11 strikeouts.

Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer in Sunday's 4-2 win over Arizona. He is 3 for 8 since returning to the lineup after being benched for three games by manager Ryne Sandberg.

Howard is 0 for 2 against Colon this year after homering twice in two at-bats in the only previous meeting between the two in 2008.

The Mets have won six of nine against the Phillies.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/27: Matt Reynolds Homer Helps Vegas to Victory

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/27:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 5: Matt Reynolds launched a three-run homer against Michael Kohn with one out in the seventh as the 51s overcame a 5-3 deficit. It marked only Reynolds' third homer in 337 at-bats this season between Triple-A and Double-A. The Bees had scored three runs in the top half of the inning. The damage included a two-run double by ex-Met John Buck against Gonzalez Germen. Germen had inherited those runners from Miguel Socolovich. Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out eight in five innings. He threw 103 pitches (68 strikes). In his past two starts, Syndergaard has allowed one earned run in 11 1/3 innings. Chasen Bradford tossed a scoreless ninth for his second save despite allowing a leadoff single to Buck. After a sac bunt advanced pinch runner Zach Zaneski to second, Bradford struck out Roberto Lopez and John Hester. Pitching coach Frank Viola was ejected in the fifth inning by plate umpire Scott Mahoney. Box

Mets AA - TRENTON 7, BINGHAMTON 3: B-Mets starter Rainy Lara was tagged for seven runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. The damage included a four-run sixth, capped by Jake Cave's two-run triple that staked the Thunder to a 7-2 lead. Jayce Boyd went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored in the loss. Binghamton had opened the scoring in the third inning against Manny Banuelos. Travis Taijeron walked and moved to second when Kai Gronauer reached on Banuelos' throwing error. Both runners then advanced on a wild pitch. Rylan Sandoval followed with an RBI groundout. Trenton answered in the bottom half against Lara on Cave's solo homer. The Thunder took a 3-1 lead in the fifth. Casey Stevenson produced a solo homer. Back-to-back singles by Ali Castillo and Cave then put runners on the corners with none out. Ben Gamel produced a sacrifice fly. Binghamton got a run back in the sixth against Danny Burawa. T.J. Rivera smacked a one-out single and moved to second on a passed ball. Boyd also singled to plate Rivera and cut the deficit to 3-2. Chase Huchingson and Adam Kolarek blanked Trenton over the final 2 1/3 innings. Banuelos went four innings and surrendered one unearned run. Box

Happy Recap: Game 105 - Mets (2) at Brewers (0) - deGrom and Duda put finishing touches on Brewers


New York


W: J. deGrom (5-5) L: J. Nelson (1-2) S: J. Mejia (15)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (18)   MIL - None


Closer Jenrry Mejia extended his arms in front of him and kneeled quickly as he let out a yell with the final out secured in first baseman Lucas Duda's glove.

A 2-0 victory Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers allowed the New York Mets to head home after the All-Star break, happy with a 5-5 record on its grueling 10-game road trip.

Duda hit a two-run homer and rookie Jacob deGrom pitched well into the seventh to allow the Mets to split a four-game series with the NL Central-leading Brewers.

With the non-waiver trade deadline looming Thursday, the Mets are five games under .500 overall at 50-55 and 6 1/2 games back in the wild card race.

Duda sent an 0-2 slider in the sixth from rookie Jimmy Nelson (1-2) into the second deck above right field to break a scoreless pitcher's duel. It was Duda's third homer in four days in Milwaukee.

Overall, Duda finished with four homers and seven RBIs on the road.

The Brewers mounted a ninth-inning rally against Mejia with two outs after Jean Segura's single put runners on first and second. Mejia got Lyle Overbay to ground out for his 15th save.

DeGrom (5-5) held the Brewers to four hits and two walks, exiting with one out in the seventh after allowing two singles. Reliever Vic Black got out of that jam.

DeGrom had location and life on a fastball that peaked in the mid-90s, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.

The closest thing to a rally came in the ninth after Khris Davis reached first on an infield single with one out. The play stood following a replay review.

Mejia got Mark Reynolds to strike out before Segura singled to put the tying run on base. After Overbay grounded out, Mejia savored the save with his animated celebration.

The rookie starters matched scoreless innings early. Nelson allowed four doubles and got into a little trouble in missing high with his sinker, but finished with six strikeouts in seven innings. He was also helped by three double plays.

But that one slider he left up to Duda proved to be the difference. At least Nelson got to smile after singling up the middle in the third for his first career hit in 66 at-bats as a professional, dating back to the minor leagues.

DeGrom won his fourth straight start, each time getting into the seventh. The most worrisome pitch for the righty came when Reynolds hit a towering fly ball to left that appeared to hit the heavy wires that support Miller Park's retractable roof.

The ball caromed back into fair territory, and Davis, at first, was racing around third when he was held up after the umpires ruled the play foul. DeGrom then struck out Reynolds looking.

The right-hander with curly brown hair flowing out from under his blue cap had hitters swinging through fastballs that peaked in the mid-90s. He finished with four strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.81.

NOTES: The Mets improved to 22-13 in day games. ... 3B Aramis Ramirez, who was 2 for 24 on the seven-game homestand, had a day off before popping out in the seventh as a pinch hitter. ... Manager Ron Roenicke indicated 2B Scooter Gennett could return to action full time when the Brewers open a three-game series Monday in Tampa ... Bartolo Colon (9-8) starts when the Mets return to the Citi Field for the first time since the All-Star break to play the Phillies on Monday. ... Kyle Lohse (11-4) opens the three-game series against the Rays for Milwaukee.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Preview: Game 105 - Mets at Brewers - deGrom vs Nelson

Preview: Game 105
New York Mets (49-55) at Milwaukee Brewers (59-46)

Probable Pitchers:
Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) vs Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06 ERA)
TV - SNY - Radio WOR 710 AM - First Pitch: 2:10 PM

The Brewers seek a sixth win in seven tries Sunday in the finale of this four-game set against the Mets at Miller Park.

Milwaukee (59-46) has a three-game lead over St. Louis in the Central and is exploring options ahead of Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline in the hopes of improving its postseason chances.

Pitching is a concern with the Brewers ranking ninth in the league with a 3.72 ERA, the highest mark of any NL team currently in a playoff spot.

However, there has been improvement in that area recently, with Milwaukee's pitchers compiling a 2.00 ERA during a 5-1 stretch. The Brewers have won two of three in this series, holding the Mets (49-55) to six runs and a .186 batting average.

Wily Peralta and four relievers combined to allow eight hits in Saturday's 5-2 win, a day after closer Francisco Rodriguez gave up three runs in the ninth in a 3-2 loss.

The Mets, though, could have the advantage on the mound in the finale, with deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) set to oppose fellow rookie Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06).

Jacob DeGrom is 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA over his last six starts, and he's won three straight behind a 0.86 ERA, striking out 26 with three walks in 21 innings. He leads all NL rookies with 79 strikeouts.

Manager Terry Collins feels deGrom isn't getting the appropriate credit, claiming he should be a frontrunner for NL Rookie of the Year.

DeGrom certainly was for Seattle on Tuesday, allowing one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings of a 3-1 win. It was the fifth time in six games that the right-hander pitched into the seventh.

He didn't do that against Milwaukee on June 11, getting pulled with two outs in the sixth after allowing three runs and nine hits in a 3-1 loss.

DeGrom is also 7 for 25 at the plate, and Collins has been impressed enough to bat him eighth in three games.

While deGrom tries to continue his dominance, Nelson is getting a third start since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

The right-hander tied a franchise record by hitting three batters Tuesday and allowed three runs in six innings without a decision in a 4-3 win over Cincinnati.

That was a much better showing for Nelson, who surrendered eight runs -- six earned -- over 4 1/3 innings in a 10-2 loss to St. Louis in his previous outing July 12 -- his first since joining the rotation after being recalled from the minors.

Nelson was sharp in his only start against the Mets, yielding one run and only a single to Daniel Murphy in five innings of a 4-2, 10-inning win at New York on Sept. 28.

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