Monday, August 31, 2015

Happy Recap: 2015 Season - Game 131 - Phillies (1) at Mets (3) - Colon Throws 8 Shutout Innings, Familia Seals the deal


Happy Recap: 2015 Season - Game 131 - Phillies (1) at Mets (3) - Colon Throws 8 Shutout Innings, Familia Seals the deal

Bartolo Colon breezed through eight snappy innings and the New York Mets got homers from Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, extending their dominant run against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-1 victory Monday night.

After throwing seven shutout innings last Wednesday at Philadelphia during New York's four-game sweep, the 42-year-old Colon (12-11) was one better this time. He struck out nine, walked one and yielded four harmless singles, pushing his scoreless streak to 16 innings.

The beefy right-hander tossed an inning Saturday against Boston on his regular throw day to spare a tired bullpen, his first relief appearance since April 2011 with the Yankees. And he even helped himself at the plate Monday, hitting a two-out single in front of Granderson's 23rd homer.

New York improved to 13-1 against the last-place Phillies this season (7-0 at home) with its 10th consecutive win over its division rival. The NL East leaders have won 24 of 29 versus Philadelphia.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 131


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Phillies - Game 131

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 1B
4. David Wright (R) 3B
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. Travis d'Arnaud (R) C
7. Michael Conforto (L) LF
8. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mets News: Mets Announce First Group of September Call-ups


Young Expected to be called up Tuesday

Mets News: Mets Announce First Group of September Call-ups

The New York Mets announced that catcher Kevin Plawecki, infielder Eric Campbell and outfielders Eric Young Jr. and Kirk Nieuwenhuis will join the team on Tuesday from Triple-A Las Vegas when major league rosters expand.

The Mets also have Steven Matz, Bobby Parnell, Erik Goeddel and Lucas Duda on the DL. All of those players, with the exception of Duda, are expected to be activated as soon as Tuesday. Duda (back) has yet to resume swinging a bat.

Left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez also figures to rejoin the Mets soon. However, he will not be eligible to be promoted until Thursday because he has not spent the required 10 days in the minors since a demotion. Freshly demoted Logan Verrett also must wait 10 days to return.

The addition of Young and the return of Goeddel from the 60-day DL will require opening a pair of spots on the 40-man roster.

Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 131 - Phillies at Mets - Eickhoff vs Colon - 7:10 PM


Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 131 - Phillies at Mets - Eickhoff vs Colon - 7:10 PM

Game 131 - Philadelphia Phillies (52-79, 22-44 Road) at New York Mets (72-58, 43-23 Home)

Pitching Probables: PHI - Jerad Eickhoff (1-1, 2.25 ERA) vs Bartolo Colon (11-11, 4.65 ERA)

TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - Game Time: 7:10 PM

Bartolo Colon facing the Philadelphia Phillies might be exactly what the New York Mets need to continue their winning ways after a slight hiccup this weekend.

The Mets swept four games in Philadelphia before dropping two of three at home to Boston this weekend and will try to remain dominant against the Phillies in the start of a three-game set Monday night at Citi Field.

Colon (11-11, 4.65 ERA) was part of the previous Phillies sweep, allowing five hits in seven shutout innings in a 9-4 win Aug. 26. It was just his second win in 12 starts and only his second scoreless outing this year. He is 3-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three games against the Phillies in 2015 and 6-1 in seven starts against them in two years as a Met.

The 42-year-old right-hander also worked in relief for the first time in four years on Saturday against Boston, tossing an inning on his scheduled throw day to help manager Terry Collins rest a tired bullpen. The Mets addressed their thin reliever corps this weekend by acquiring right-hander Addison Reed from Arizona.

"He's good for Monday," Collins said of Colon. "He was going to throw 15 pitches. He wanted to throw a bullpen (Saturday) anyway, said he could come in late in the game."

Collins did not start Yoenis Cespedes and rested Travis d'Arnaud on Sunday. Cespedes was 0 for 7 in the first two against Boston after homering in three of four against the Phillies, while d'Arnaud also homered twice and drove in six in three games last week at Philadelphia.

D'Arnaud is batting .400 with nine RBI against the Phillies this season and Michael Cuddyer is hitting .500 with four homers and 12 RBI in 12 games. Cuddyer was 3 for 3 with a tiebreaking single against Boston in a 5-4 win Sunday and is batting .375 in 17 games since coming off the DL on Aug. 11.

"With his knee feeling better, he's swinging the bat great," said Collins. "And as we head down the last month, he's going to be important."

The Mets outscored the Phillies 40-21 and slugged 13 home runs last week, but didn't leave the park once last Wednesday against Jerad Eickhoff.

Eickhoff (1-1, 2.25 ERA) was the only Philadelphia starter last week that didn't surrender a home run and on Monday will make his third big league start since being acquired from Texas in the deal that sent Cole Hamels to the Rangers.

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/30: McIlraith Earns Win for K-Mets, Gee K's 10 in Vegas Loss


Mets Minor League Roundup 8/30: McIlraith Earns Win for K-Mets, Gee K's 10 in Vegas Loss

Mets AAA - ROUND ROCK 5, LAS VEGAS 3: Brett Nicholas delivered a tiebreaking single against Zack Thornton in the bottom of the eighth to plate a pair of runners inherited from Dario Alvarez. Las Vegas had pulled even at 3 in the seventh when Eric Young Jr.'s infield single scored Matt Reynolds. Starter Dillon Gee allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in six innings. He struck out 10 and issued no walks in a 99-pitch effort. Travis Taijeron had a two-run homer in the second. Box

Mets AA - NEW HAMPSHIRE 5, BINGHAMTON 3 (10 innings): Jack Murphy ripped a tiebreaking two-run double against Adam Kolarek (2-3) in the top of the 10th. Jonathan Galvez's RBI double in the second inning had opened the scoring. Josh Rodriguez's run-producing single in the third evened the score at 2. Vince Belnome's solo homer in the fourth staked the B-Mets to a one-run lead. Robert Gsellman allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits over six innings in a no-decision. Pitching for the first time in 11 days, Gsellman exceeded five innings for the first time since July 24. Box

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