Sunday, May 24, 2015

Today's Updated Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 45

Today's Updated Mets Starting Lineup vs Pirates - Game 45

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
3. Michael Cuddyer (R) 1B
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. John Mayberry Jr. (R) LF
6. Anthony Recker (R) C
7. Darrell Ceciliani (L) CF
8. Ruben Tejada (R) 3B
9. Jon Niese (L) P

Juan Lagares Listed Day to Day with Sore Right Pectoral and Right Elbow.

Lucas Duda Listed Day to Day with tight right hamstring.....

Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 45 - Mets at Pirates - Niese vs Liriano - 1:35 PM

Preview/Matchups: 2015 Season - Game 45 - Mets at Pirates - Niese vs Liriano - 1:35 PM

Game 45 - New York Mets (24-20) (7-14 Away) at Pittsburgh Pirates (20-22) (11-9 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Jon Niese (3-4) 3.72 ERA vs PIT - Francisco Liriano (1-4) 4.15 ERA

TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - Game Time: 1:35 PM

The New York Mets' starting pitching had been a strength all season, but the rotation has hit a slight bump against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Trying to avoid a three-game sweep, the Mets will somewhat modify that staff Sunday when they look for their first road win in seven tries.

Noah Syndergaard was outmatched by Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-1 loss and Matt Harvey followed consecutive scoreless outings by getting tagged for a career-high seven runs in a career-low four innings in Saturday's 8-2 defeat. Andrew McCutchen hit his sixth home run of the season, Pedro Alvarez hit his eighth and Josh Harrison extended his hitting streak to 10.

The Mets' starters entered Saturday ranked third in the majors with a 3.43 ERA.

"It's just a pretty terrible outing," Harvey said.

Now they'll turn to Jon Niese (3-4, 3.72 ERA), coming off a dreadful start of his own, allowing a career high-tying eight runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings in Tuesday's 10-2 loss to St. Louis. He is 3-1 despite a 4.41 ERA in six starts against the Pirates (20-22) with the Mets winning five times.

Dillon Gee will also be in the mix, and his reintroduction to the roster Sunday likely marks the start of a six-man rotation. After suffering a groin strain on May 9 that landed him on the disabled list, Gee was replaced by Syndergaard, who earned his stay with three strong starts and a 3.63 ERA to begin his career.

The six-man rotation will allow the Mets (24-20) to more strategically manage the innings of Syndergaard, second-year pitcher Jacob deGrom and Harvey, coming off elbow surgery in 2014.

Mets Rumors: Mets shopping Nieuwenhuis

Mets Rumors: Mets shopping Nieuwenhuis

According to ESPN, Assistant general manager John Ricco said the New York Mets are doing their due diligence to see if a trade option exists before trying to pass outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis through waivers.

Nieuwenhuis, 3 for 38 on the season, was designated for assignment on Tuesday. The Mets are permitted to take up to a week to shop Nieuwenhuis before initiating the waivers process.

Because Nieuwenhuis is out of options, he must pass through waivers before the Mets can send him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

"Whenever you designate a guy, you kind of look around," Ricco said.

Mets News: Wright to be shut down for another 10 days

Mets News: Wright to be shut down for another 10 days

New York Mets captain David Wright's lower-back discomfort has resurfaced, indefinitely delaying his return from the disabled list.

Wright, 32, originally landed on the DL on April 15 with a right hamstring strain.

As the muscle healed and he was nearing a minor league rehab assignment, lower-back pain arose and Wright was shut down. He resumed baseball activity this week at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Now, he is having a recurrence of that back issue and will be shut down from baseball activity for a week.
"He's still experiencing some lower-back tightness," assistant GM John Ricco said. "It's at the point where we're going to stop the on-field stuff for a week, continue with a program of core strengthening and basically back-stabilization exercises. They hope that will alleviate what he's feeling.

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/23: St.Lucie blows out Dunedin 14-2, Conforto 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/23: St.Lucie blows out Dunedin 14-2, Conforto 3 for 4 with 3 RBI's

OKLAHOMA CITY 6, LAS VEGAS 4: P.J. Walters started the game, giving up 4 runs, 4 walks... T.J. Rivera was 3 for 4 in a losing effort. Brandon Allen had a 2-Run HR as well. Matt Reynolds started at second base for the first time in 10 days. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 4: The B-Mets rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win. With Binghamton trailing 4-3, Jairo Perez produced a one-out infield single and was replaced by pinch runner Dustin Lawley. Gilbert Gomez then walked. Gavin Cecchini followed with a game-tying RBI double that advanced Gomez to third base. Gomez eventually scored the winning run on a two-out wild pitch. Vic Black tossed a scoreless seventh inning as his rehab assignment shifted to Binghamton. He allowed a one-out single and stolen base and struck out two batters. His fastball reportedly topped out at 94 mph on the stadium radar gun. Bobby Parnell is due to make his first Eastern League appearance of his rehab assignment on Sunday. Beck Wheeler earned the win with two no-hit relief innings. Cecchini finished 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs. Box

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