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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/25: Columbia has four-run fifth to overcome 3-1 deficit, Win 7-4 Over Augusta

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/25: Columbia has four-run fifth to overcome 3-1 deficit, Win 7-4 Over Augusta

Mets AAA - NASHVILLE 5, LAS VEGAS 3 (12 innings): First baseman Marc Krauss allowed the leadoff batter to reach in the 12th on a fielding error. Max Muncy then stole second and scored the tiebreaking run on Ryon Healy's one-out double against Zack Thornton. Box

Mets AA - RICHMOND 11, BINGHAMTON 2: B-Mets starter Rainy Lara (2-5) lasted only four innings. He allowed three runs on five hits a walk. Reliever Tim Peterson allowed six runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings in his first appearance after a promotion from St. Lucie. Phillip Evans recorded his first Double-A three-hit game. Trailing 3-0, Binghamton got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Evans' single plated Jared King. Binghamton produced its second run in the ninth when Victor Cruzado singled to drive in Evans. Cruzado finished 3-for-4 with a double. Wilmer Flores went 0-for-5 and played a full nine innings at third base in his second rehab game. Box

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Commentary: Mets To Take The Lone Way Home?

Commentary: Mets To Take The Lone Way Home?

Mets are coming home with a day off after Steven Matz and the Mets shut down the Nationals to take the series and they move closer to first place. They could look for ways to solidify the offense with a proven hitter to replace Lucas Duda at first base.

There has been broad speculation that the Mets are talking with the agents of  Padres minor-league first basemen  James Loney. To me,  he is the best option out there to fill Duda's shoes for the time being. He can field and hit for average and could be known to go on a Homer barrage at times, even though not known as a power hitter.

There have been misleading reports saying the Mets would have to shell out $8 Million pro-rated salary, but that's really what the Rays are still liable for.

He is on a minor league contract with an option to bail if a Major League team offers him something better. The Mets basically can give him a pro-rated minimal contract, but of course, he would want more.

Part two of the Loney saga is:  What do you do with him if/when Duda comes back?

Mets News: Braves Claim Dario Alvarez Off Waivers From Mets

Mets News: Braves Claim Dario Alvarez Off Waivers From Mets

The Braves have claimed southpaw Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Mets, Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports on Twitter. Alvarez had recently been designated for assignment.

The 27-year-old has been roughed up in limited MLB action over the last two years.

He’s scuffled this year at Triple-A, too, though Alvarez has recorded 27 strikeouts against ten walks in his 15 1/3 innings and has posted better results in the past.

Happy Recap: 2016 Season - Game 46 - Mets (2) at Nationals (0) - Matz Great Thru Eight, Mets Survive The Threat

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  W: S. Matz (7-1)   L: T. Roark (3-4)   S: J. Familia (16)

Happy Recap: 2016 Season - Game 46 - Mets (2) at Nationals (0) - Matz Great Thru Eight, Mets Survive The Threat 
Steven Matz
Steven Matz pitched eight innings for the first time in his big league career, and the most satisfying pitch was his final one, a sinker to Bryce Harper.

With Harper walking to the plate as the potential tying run for the Nationals, Mets manager Terry Collins stayed with Matz.

The rookie got Harper to ground out, and New York held on for a 2-0 victory over Washington on Wednesday to take two of three in the series.

"You don't want to come out in that situation," said Matz, who won his seventh straight start. "And for your manager to have faith in you and leave you out and face the greatest hitter in the game right now is pretty awesome."

Matz (7-1 with a 2.36 ERA) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out seven. He only faced Harper once, after the slumping slugger began the day on the bench in what Nationals manager Dusty Baker called a "mental day off."

After allowing seven runs in the first start this season, the hard-throwing left-hander has allowed only six since while compiling a 1.13 ERA during his winning streak.

Matz retired 16 batters in a row before Clint Robinson's two-out single in the eighth on his 100th pitch. Against Harper, he got behind 2-0 for just the second time in the game before throwing a pair of sinkers. Harper chopped the second one to shortstop Matt Reynolds just to the right of second base.

"I think when you have a young player, there certain situations that you have to challenge them, and that was one of them," Collins said. "If he's going to be a big winner for us and he's going to pitch in big games, he has to learn how to get those guys out in tight situations, and he did."

Matz's dominance is welcome given the recent struggles of Matt Harvey. New York remained a half-game game behind Washington in the NL East.

"I think he thinks he belongs here," Collins said of Matz. "I think he knows he's part of a very, very good pitching staff. We count on him when he goes out there and I think he picks his game up."

David Wright hit his sixth homer of the season in the first inning. and Rene Rivera singled in a run in the seventh. Jeurys Familia allowed singles to Jayson Werth and Murphy starting the ninth, then got three straight outs to remain perfect in 16 save chances.

Tanner Roark (3-4) allowed two runs - one earned - over seven innings for Washington. He gave up his second run after Daniel Murphy's error let Matt Reynolds advance to third ahead of Rivera's single.

"I misplayed another ground ball, which just needs to stop happening," Murphy said of his fifth error of the season. "He throws a double-play ball that should've gotten him out of the inning."


Bryce Harper is 0 for 10 over his last four games and batting a season-low .245. He's batting .200 since April 18 (20 for 100) and hasn't homered since May 13.

"This is probably the worst period Bryce has gone through," Baker said. "Every time you go through a bad period or a bad stretch, it's the worst time in your whole life, until the next time."


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