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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 96 - Mets at Marlins - deGrom vs Fernandez - 7:10 PM

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 96 - Mets at Marlins - deGrom vs Fernandez - 7:10 PM

Game 96 - New York Mets (51-44, 25-24 Road) at Miami Marlins (52-44, 24-20 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.38 ERA) vs MIA - Jose Fernandez (11-4, 2.53 ERA)

TV/Radio: WPIX/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:10 PM - Batters vs Pitchers Stats at Bottom of Page

The New York Mets have tightened up the playoff battle after beating the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Friday night.

The Mets trail the Marlins by a half-game in the race for the second and final National League wild-card spot.

Miami, however, has an ace in the hole Saturday night -- ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, who has been nearly unstoppable at Marlins Park with a 25-1 career record and a 1.43 ERA.

Against the Mets, Fernandez is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in six career starts.

Fernandez will face 2015 All-Star Jacob deGrom, who is 6-4 with a 2.38 ERA this season.

Lately, deGrom has been even better -- 3-0 with a 0.93 ERA in his past four starts.

"If you are going to have a guy on our staff to match up with Fernandez, it would be Jacob deGrom," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "(deGrom) has pitched in his past few starts as good as anybody.

"Again, if you are a baseball fan -- if you love the game -- (Saturday night) is the game you want to come to see."

Besides the great pitching matchup and the wild-card playoff race, the other bit of intrigue regarding Saturday's game revolves around Marlins backup outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, who is four hits shy of 3,000.

Suzuki, who struck out as a pinch-hitter Saturday, could get a start on Saturday against deGrom, a right-hander, as opposed to waiting until Sunday, when Miami faces lefty Steven Matz.

Certainly, the Fernandez-deGrom matchup will captivate baseball, and a Suzuki start would only add to the marquee value of the game.

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/22: Church Improves to 4-0 for Fireflies

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/22: Church Improves to 4-0 for Fireflies

Mets AAA - RENO 8, LAS VEGAS 4: Duane Below surrendered 13 hits, 8 runs in 5.1 innings. Box

Mets AA - PORTLAND 9, BINGHAMTON 3: Portland opened a 5-0 lead with a four-run third against Mickey Jannis. Jayce Boyd helped the B-Mets claw back by belting a two-run homer in the fifth. It was the outfielder’s first long ball since May 2015. Amed Rosario cut the deficit to 5-3 with an RBI single in the sixth, but that was as close as the B-Mets would get. In his first appearance since returning from Las Vegas, Rainy Lara inherited the bases loaded from Jannis in the fourth and neutralized the rally. The righty returned for two additional scoreless innings before pitching into hard luck in the seventh. Portland put the first two aboard on infield singles. Nate Freiman ended Lara’s night with an RBI groundout. Ryan Court greeted reliever Luis Mateo with an RBI single and Cole Sturgeon capped the four-run frame by producing a two-run double. Jannis (3-9) allowed five runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings. It marked his shortest outing of the season. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 2: Lakeland’s Zac Shepherd produced a two-run homer in the fifth to briefly put the Flying Tigers up, 2-1. John Mora answered for the Mets with a two-run homer a half-inning later to put the Mets back in front. Kevin Taylor added two-out RBI singles in the seventh and ninth innings to help the Mets pull away. St. Lucie starter Chris Flexen allowed two runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Alex Palsha, Kelly Secrest and Robby Coles held Lakeland scoreless for the final 3 1/3 innings. Kevin Kaczmarski went 3 for 4, drew a walk and scored two runs. Taylor collected three RBIs. Mora added a double to go with his homer. Tomas Nido went 2 for 4. Patrick Biondi made a diving catch in center to end the fifth. Had he missed, the Flying Tigers would have scored two runs and taken a three-run lead. Box

Happy Recap: 2016 Season - Game 95 - Mets (5) at Marlins (3) - Reyes' three hits Leads Mets past Marlins

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Happy Recap: 2016 Season - Game 95 - Mets (5) at Marlins (3) - Reyes' three hits Leads Mets past Marlins

Jose ReyesJose Reyes kept getting on base Friday night, and the New York Mets started looking like a different team.

Reyes had his first three-hit game since joining the run-starved Mets early this month and scored twice to help them beat the Miami Marlins 5-3.

"He's like a can of Red Bull balled up into a human being," teammate Logan Verrett said, "and that's something we were lacking."

Reyes drove in a run, stole a base and scored on two sacrifice flies by Yoenis Cespedes. The Mets' new leadoff hitter had two hits from the right side and one from the left, and even reached on a strikeout thanks to a passed ball.

"Today I feel very good," Reyes said. "I felt like I was seeing the ball better from both sides of the plate. Hopefully I can continue to be like that. When you have a good game like that, you have to be a little bit consistent and remind yourself what you were doing to be successful."

Jeurys Familia gave up an RBI single by pinch-hitter Martin Prado in the ninth before retiring Adeiny Hechavarria with two on for his 50th consecutive save, including 34 this season to lead the majors. The Mets closed within a half-game of second-place Miami in the NL East.

Verrett took a shutout into the sixth but departed after giving up a two-run homer to Christian Yelich, his 10th. Hansel Robles (5-3) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Mets' James Loney entered the game as a defensive replacement and hit a two-run homer into the upper deck in the ninth.

Reyes led off the game with a double, stole third and scored on Cespedes' flyout. Reyes' two-out RBI single in the fourth put the Mets ahead 2-0, and he scored on another sacrifice fly by Cespedes in the seventh for a 3-2 lead.

It was the kind of performance the Mets envisioned from the 33-year-old Reyes when they signed him, manager Terry Collins said.

"This guy produces runs," Collins said. "He gets on base, he gets in scoring position. I realize that even though he is fast, he is probably a step slower than he was five years ago. But he's still a great baserunner, and he creates havoc on the bases."

Reyes raised his average to .250 and made a fine play at third base to rob Hechavarria.

"I never stopped believing in what I can do on the field when someone gives me an opportunity," he said. "I'm going to continue to get better."

The game was Reyes' first at Marlins Park since he played for Miami in 2012, when he and the team endured a rocky season. He downplayed the significance of his return.

"It doesn't mean anything," he said. "It was another game."

Adam Conley gave up two runs in six innings for Miami. David Phelps (4-5) allowed the Mets' run in the seventh.

Manager Don Mattingly found little to fault in the performance of his Marlins, who returned to town from a seven-game trip at 4:30 a.m.

"I thought we were really good," Mattingly said. "Adam battled and we got back into the game. You always want rest, but we're not going to make excuses. We had a chance to win that game."

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21: Nimmo's Three-Run Homer Leads Vegas to Victory

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/21: Nimmo's Three-Run Homer Leads Vegas to Victory

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 4, OMAHA 2: Gavin Cecchini had a solo home run Thursday and Brandon Nimmo followed with a three-run homer in a four-run fifth inning. Starter Robert Gsellman allowed two runs, both on solo homers, in seven innings. Paul Sewald struck out two in a scoreless ninth to record his 10th save. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 4, PORTLAND 0: Josh Zeid fired a career-best eight scoreless innings. He struck out seven and scattered four hits. In his first start at Hadlock Field since his Double-A debut in April 2011, Zeid’s final challenge came in the eighth. With a runner on second and one out, Zeid coaxed a groundout from Yoan Moncada and struck out Mauricio Dubon to end his night. The B-Mets supported Zeid with superb fielding. Dominic Smith cleanly picked three scorched ground balls to first base, Jayce Boyd made two smooth running catches in left field and Champ Stuart ranged to the fence in right-center to rob to Dubon of an extra-base hit. In the third, catcher Xorge Carrillo grabbed a short-hopped pitch from Zeid and nabbed Tzu-Wei Lin on the basepaths. Binghamton backed Zeid with an eight-hit attack against Portland starter Jacob Dahlstrand. After a leadoff single in the first, Stuart swiped second and came around on consecutive groundouts to open the scoring. Boyd pelted the center-field wall with an RBI double in the second. In the fourth, Matt Oberste blasted a solo homer. Oberste struck again in the fifth by zipping a two-out RBI single up the middle. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 3, LAKELAND 1: Kevin Taylor delivered a key hit and three St. Lucie pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts. The Mets loaded the bases with none out in the third inning and got a run-scoring groundout from Kevin Kaczmarski. With two out in the frame, Taylor then lined a two-run double down the third-base line to put the Mets up 3-0. That was enough run support for Andrew Barbosa, Ben Griset and Paul Paez, who combined to limit the Flying Tigers to six hits. Barbosa, who was activated from Binghamton’s disabled list, struck out eight batters in 4⅓ innings. He scattered three hits and did not walk a batter is a quasi-rehab start. Griset followed and cruised for 2⅔ innings, giving up one hit and striking out two to earn the win. Paez surrendered a leadoff homer to Drew Longley in the eighth but retired the next six batters to secure his third save. Taylor finished up 2-for-3 with a walk. Box

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