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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 76 - Mets at Marlins - Gsellman vs Straily - 7:10 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 76 - Mets at Marlins - Gsellman vs Straily - 7:10 PM


Game 76 - New York Mets (34-41, 17-18 Road) at Miami Marlins (34-40, 20-19 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Robert Gsellman (5-5, 6.04 ERA) vs MIA - Dan Straily (5-4, 3.43 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:10 PM

Batters vs Pitchers Stats at bottom of page!

Image result for miami marlinsThe Miami Marlins and New York Mets have played 200 games in South Florida, and each team has won 100.

That tie will be broken this week when the Marlins (34-40) host the Mets (34-41) for three games between National League East rivals starting Tuesday.

The Marlins on Monday made a player move, trading shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Tampa Bay Devils for two lower-level projects: center fielder Braxton Lee and right-hander Ethan Clark.

Miami, which is coming off a four-game split against the Chicago Cubs, is going with rookie J.T. Riddle at shortstop.

Hechavarria, who makes $4.5 million annually, is a two-time Gold Glove finalist. And while he is a far less accomplished hitter, he is more proven offensively than Riddle.

Meanwhile, the Mets, who have already set a franchise record for most homers in a month with 46 in June, are coming off a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants.

The Marlins-Mets series starts with a battle of right-handers: Miami's Dan Straily (5-4, 3.43 ERA) and New York's Robert Gsellman (5-5, 6.04).

Straily has two career appearances against the Mets and is 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA. Earlier this season, he got a no-decision against New York, tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Overall, though, Straily has been Miami's most consistent starter this year. But he will face a Mets lineup that has hit 46 homers in June, a franchise record for any month.

Offensively, Miami has averaged just 2.5 runs in the past six games.

Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, though, is confident his team's offense can support Straily and all their pitchers.

"Baseball is a roller-coaster ride," Realmuto said of the ups and downs. "We'll get the bats going again."

Gsellman was brilliant as a rookie last season, posting a 4-2 record and a 2.42 ERA in eight games, including seven as a starter.

This year, in 16 games, including 13 starts, Gsellman's WHIP is up from 1.28 to 1.62.

With Gsellman on the mound, there's a good chance baseballs will be sailing. He gave up just one homer last year but has allowed 13 this year. And in his past two starts, Gsellman has allowed a whopping 15 runs in 9 1/3 innings.

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/26: Columbia Shuts Out Lexington

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/26: Columbia Shuts Out Lexington

Mets AAA - Tacoma 9, Las Vegas 8: Tuffy Gosewisch hit a two-run double in the eighth inning, leading the Tacoma Rainiers to a 9-8 win over the Las Vegas 51s on Monday. The double by Gosewisch came in the midst of a four-run inning and tied the game 8-8. Later in the inning, Tacoma took the lead when Tyler O'Neill hit an RBI single. Nick Hagadone (3-3) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Alberto Baldonado (0-2) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game. Emilio Pagan struck out the side for his fourth save of the season. Several 51s chipped in at the plate, as five players collected at least two hits. Victor Cruzado homered and doubled, scoring two runs. With the win, Tacoma improved to 6-2 against Las Vegas this season. BOX

Mets AA - Hartford 7, Binghamton 6: Ashley Graeter hit a grand slam in the third inning, leading the Hartford Yard Goats to a 7-6 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Monday. Binghamton had runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, but a runner was thrown out to end the game as Shane Broyles earned his eighth save of the season. The grand slam by Graeter scored Omar Carrizales, Brendan Rodgers, and Brian Mundell to give the Yard Goats a 5-1 lead. Following the big inning, the Rumble Ponies went up with five runs in the top of the next frame, including a two-run home run by Patrick Biondi. The Yard Goats later tacked on two runs in the fourth when Mundell and Dom Nunez hit sacrifice flies to secure the victory. Troy Neiman (3-1) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while Binghamton starter P.J. Conlon (5-6) took the loss in the Eastern League game. Gustavo Nunez tripled and singled twice for the Rumble Ponies. BOX

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/25: Vegas Falls Short of Comeback

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/25: Vegas Falls Short of Comeback

Mets AAA - Salt Lake 4, Las Vegas 3: Daniel Wright allowed just four hits over seven innings, leading the Salt Lake Bees over the Las Vegas 51s in a 4-3 win on Sunday. Mike Morin allowed two runs but got Gavin Cecchini to fly out with a runner on first to end the game for his first save of the season. Wright (3-3) allowed one run while striking out three to get the win. Salt Lake took the lead in the first when it put up three runs, including a single by Ramon Flores that scored Cesar Puello. Las Vegas answered in the bottom of the frame when Victor Cruzado hit a solo home run to get within two. The Bees tacked on another run in the fifth when Puello hit an RBI double, scoring Rey Navarro. Las Vegas saw its comeback attempt come up short after Travis Taijeron hit an RBI single and Xorge Carrillo hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to cut the Salt Lake lead to 4-3. Mitch Atkins (0-1) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits while walking two in the Pacific Coast League game. With the win, Salt Lake improved to 6-2 against Las Vegas this season. BOX

Mets AA - New Hamshire 5, Binghamton 3: Richard Urena hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, leading the New Hampshire Fisher Cats to a 5-3 win over the Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Sunday. Andrew Case got Tomas Nido to ground out with a runner on second to end the game for his second save of the season. The home run by Urena capped a three-run inning and gave the Fisher Cats a 5-3 lead after Jonathan Davis hit an RBI double earlier in the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, New Hampshire grabbed the lead on a home run by Gunnar Heidt that scored Ryan McBroom. Binghamton answered in the next half-inning when it put up three runs, including a single by Gustavo Nunez that scored L.J. Mazzilli. New Hampshire starter Conner Greene (4-5) picked up the win despite allowing three runs and seven hits over five innings. Opposing starter Mickey Jannis (5-3) took the loss in the Eastern League game after giving up five runs and five hits over five innings. The Rumble Ponies failed to capitalize on some good scoring chances, leaving 12 runners on base in the loss. BOX

Mets A (ADV) - Charlotte 13,  St.Lucie 10: Peter Maris had four hits, while Jake Cronenworth and Brett Sullivan recorded three apiece as the Charlotte Stone Crabs topped the St. Lucie Mets 13-10 on Sunday. Maris singled four times, scoring four runs. Cronenworth singled three times, scoring three runs and driving home a couple. Up 1-0 in the second, St. Lucie added to its lead when John Mora hit a two-run single and Enmanuel Zabala scored when a runner was caught stealing. Trailing 5-3, the Stone Crabs took the lead for good with five runs in the fourth inning. Sullivan hit a two-run single en route to the three-run lead. The Stone Crabs later added four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. In the fifth, Dalton Kelly hit an RBI single, bringing home Maris, while Brandon L owe hit an RBI double in the sixth. Dalton Moats (2-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while St. Lucie starter Andrew Church (5-6) took the loss in the Florida State League game. Drew Smith retired the side in order for his fifth save of the season. Mora tripled, doubled and singled twice, driving home four runs and scoring a couple for the Mets. BOX

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 75 - Mets (8) at Giants (2) - Rivera's Two Homers Leads Mets To Victory

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  W: R. Montero (1-4)   L: M. Moore (3-8)

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 75 - Mets (8) at Giants (2) - Rivera's Two Homers Leads Mets To Victory


Rene RiveraWhen Rene Rivera made a sliding catch while crashing into the backstop on the New York Mets' first defensive play of the game Sunday, the veteran catcher assured himself a spot on the club's daily highlight reel.

Little did he know the best was still to come.

Rivera hit two home runs and made a key defensive play on a steal attempt, leading the Mets to an 8-2 victory and a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants.

Right-hander Rafael Montero limited the Giants to one run in 5 2/3 innings for his second career win, helping the Mets record their second road sweep of the season and first in San Francisco since 2013.

"We got here and we wanted to do something good," said Rivera, whose club was swept in four straight by the Los Angeles Dodgers to start the week. "Coming here and sweeping San Francisco, that shows a lot about the chemistry and the demeanor of this team."

Rivera, who began the day with just three homers, smacked a two-run shot in the second inning and a solo blast in the fourth, both off Giants left-hander Matt Moore.

"It was funny because (hitting coach Kevin Long) and I, we talked a couple of weeks ago that I never had had a home run (off) the same pitcher twice,"

Rivera said of the 15th multiple-homer game by a Met this season. "Today was the day. I just wanted to help the team win and do something good."

Jay Bruce added a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Curtis Granderson a solo shot in the ninth, increasing New York's total of road home runs this season to a major-league-best 68.

The four homers gave the Mets 46 in June, a franchise record for a single month. New York still has four games remaining in the month. The Mets' previous record for home runs in a month was 45, set initially in August 2015 and tied in August 2016.

Montero (1-4), who was making his 15th career start, was supported by an error-free defense and a potential rally-killing play by Rivera while protecting a lead his teammates gave him in the top of the first inning.

He allowed five hits and two walks in his 104-pitch outing in improving his career record to 2-9. Montero struck out a season-best seven.

"I hope this is who you see from now on because his stuff's good enough," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Montero, whose previous two outings had been in relief. "Hopefully this is a huge wake-up call that he can pitch in this league."

After the Giants scored on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Buster Posey to get within 3-1 in the third, Montero caught a break when Rivera threw out Hunter

Pence trying to steal second base with San Francisco's leading home run hitter, Brandon Belt, at the plate with a full count.

The out ended the inning, stranding Joe Panik at third base.

"I didn't send him," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before coming to Pence's defense. "We can't keep laying back. We've got to force the issue a little bit."

Five New York relievers picked up Montero with 3 1/3 innings of one-run, four-hit ball.

Bruce and Rivera finished with three RBIs apiece for the Mets, who have hit 27 home runs in their past 14 games.

Bruce, Rene Rivera, Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda and T.J. Rivera had two hits apiece for New York, which outhit the Giants 14-9.

The Mets stranded 15 baserunners, the Giants eight.

Moore (3-8) was pulled after 4 1/3 innings, having allowed five runs and seven hits. He walked two and struck out five.

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