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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 77 - Mets at Nationals - Verrett vs Scherzer - 7:05 PM

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 77 - Mets at Nationals - Verrett vs Scherzer - 7:05 PM

Game 77 - New York Mets (40-36, 21-20 Road) at Washington Nationals (46-32, 22-12 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Logan Verrett  (3-4, 4.14 ERA) vs WAS - Max Scherzer  (8-5, 3.52 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/ WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:05 PM - Batters vs Pitchers Stats at Bottom of Page

The starting rotation of the New York Mets was a strength going into the 2016 season.

Now it is officially a concern following updates Tuesday on left-hander Steven Matz and right-hander Noah Syndergaard, who lasted just three innings on Monday in Washington against the Nationals.

"We have a less than perfect situation right now," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted Tuesday, after announcing that Matz would not make his start as scheduled on Wednesday against the Nationals.

Logan Verrett (3-4, 4.14) will make the start Wednesday against Max Scherzer (8-5, 3.52) of the Nationals. Verrett has made 20 appearances this year, with four starts, while Scherzer threw a no-hitter at New York last October.

"Steven has a spur in the back of his elbow," Alderson said. "It is causing discomfort. There is no structural damage in his elbow. Continuing to pitch will not cause any structural damage. What we have decided to do for the moment is skip his start tomorrow and pitch him on Thursday. We will continue to monitor his situation. We will monitor the level of discomfort. We will monitor it on a start-by-star basis."

Alderson said at some point the Mets may consider going to a six-man rotation to help save wear and tear on Matz and the rest of the staff. But manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that is not going to happen in the immediate future.

Matz last pitched on Friday against the Atlanta Braves and last 4 1/3 innings and gave up six earned runs on nine hits. He did not figure in the decision as the Mets won 8-6.

Is he confident he can pitch through his elbow issues?

"I've been doing it up until this point," he told reporters Tuesday. "It's something that, as long as they feel comfortable with me being out there with the way I'm pitching, then I think I'm going to battle through it. That's the mindset- get it all behind me and just go out there and pitch."

Is it difficult to deal with mentally?

"There's not much difficulty there just because the doctor is really confident that nothing structurally is wrong. So it's just a matter of going out there and pitching now," Matz added.

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/28: Cyclones' Gonzalez K's 10 in Victory, Reyes 0 for 4 for B-Mets, Conforto 2 for 5 for Vegas

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/28: Cyclones' Gonzalez K's 10 in Victory, Reyes 0 for 4 for B-Mets, Conforto 2 for 5 for Vegas

Mets AAA - SACRAMENTO 14, LAS VEGAS 10: Gabriel Ynoa allowed nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits in five innings. Eric Campbell reached base five times (3-for-4, walk, HBP). Travis Taijeron was 3-for-6 with a double and two RBIs. Roger Bernadina was 3-for-5 with a double and RBI. Michael Conforto went 2-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored. Box

Mets AA - ALTOONA 8, BINGHAMTON 7: Jose Reyes went 0-for-4 and played six innings at third base as his tune-up moved to the Eastern League. Juan Lagares went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a run scored in the first game of his rehab assignment. Lagares played seven innings in center field. He is trying to demonstrate he can play with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb and can avoid in-season surgery. With the B-Mets clinging to a 7-6 lead entering the bottom of the ninth, Beck Wheeler allowed a leadoff single to Edwin Espinal, who took second on an error. Erich Weiss worked a one-out walk. Harold Ramirez then bounced a grounder to short. Amed Rosario got the forceout at second, but the turn from L.J. Mazzilli went wide of first, allowing Ramirez to take second. Pinch runner Chris Diaz scored on the play to even the game at 7. One batter later, Jose Osuna doubled, scoring Ramirez for the walk-off win. Wheeler (0-2) blew his first save of the season. Dominic Smith hit his third homer in the past five games and established a career high with seven long balls on the season. Box

Recap: 2016 Season - Game 76 - Mets (0) at Nationals (5) - Mets Gets Blanked, Back 5 Games

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  W: O. PĂ©rez (2-1)   L: M. Harvey (4-10)

Recap: 2016 Season - Game 76 - Mets (0) at Nationals (5) - Mets Gets Blanked, Back 5 Games

Calm and collected on the outside, Lucas Giolito was so anxious about making his major league debut that he kept going into manager Dusty Baker's office to ask when the game would start.

Rain delayed it almost an hour and then cut Giolito's outing short, but when he was on the mound he was dominant as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 5-0 on Tuesday night. Baseball's top pitching prospect allowed just one hit, struck out one and walked two in four scoreless innings and made the most of his start despite the weather.

"I never saw rain in the forecast at all," Giolito said. "I thought it would be like 72 degrees, sunny, all that stuff. That's how I dreamt it. But I'll take what I can get. An MLB debut is an MLB debut and I'm glad I pitched well."

The 6-foot-6 Giolito mixed his curveball and improving changeup in with his overpowering fastball to silence the Mets after a leadoff single by Curtis Granderson. Giolito was in control of his emotions and his pitches all night.

"He pounded the strike zone very well," said outfielder Bryce Harper, who hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning. "His fastball was good, his curveball was good. I think he kept them off-balance pretty well and definitely a huge bummer that we went into that rain delay."

An 85-minute rain delay cost Giolito the chance to pick up his first major league victory, as the win went to reliever Oliver Perez (2-1) instead. But Giolito left an impression with his first Nationals start, taking to heart the advice his veteran manager gave him.

"Dusty told me: `You can be anxious. You can be nervous. Just don't be scared. You belong here.' That's just what I tried to prove," the 21-year-old said.

New York Mets v Atlanta Braves"After the first pitch, I could've been pitching Double-A, I could've been pitching in front of zero people. It wouldn't have mattered. I was just locked in."

Mets right-hander Matt Harvey (4-10) wasn't quite as locked in but was very good in allowing one run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings. An RBI triple by Danny Espinosa was the only crack Washington needed against Harvey, who was a hard-luck loser.

"It would have been great for him to go a few more innings because tonight was some of the best stuff he's had all year," manager Terry Collins said. "Tonight he had things going."

Harper's two-run shot off lefty Jerry Blevins, his team-leading 16th of the season, and Wilson Ramos' two-run double in the seventh gave the Nationals' bullpen some cushion. On the other side, New York's bullpen became even more depleted the day before Logan Verrett has to make a spot start.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 76 - Mets at Nationals - Harvey vs Giolito - 7:05 PM

Preview: 2016 Season - Game 76 - Mets at Nationals - Harvey vs Giolito - 7:05 PM

Game 76 - New York Mets (40-35, 21-19 Road) at Washington Nationals (45-32, 21-12 Home)

Probable Pitchers: NYM - Matt Harvey (4-9, 4.64 ERA) vs Lucas Giolito (N/A)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 7:05 PM - Harvey's Batter vs Pitchers stats at bottom of page

On June 8, 2010, Stephen Strasburg made his major-league debut at Nationals Park before a crowd that was buzzing by the time he finished the night with seven strikeouts in a row.

Nearly six years later another right-hander from California is slated to make his first major-league appearance on the mound for the Washington Nationals.

Washington manager Dusty Baker announced Monday that Lucas Giolito, 21, will be summoned from Double-A Harrisburg to start against the New York Mets on Tuesday in the second game of the series between the two top teams in the National League East. He is considered perhaps the best pitching prospect in all of the minor leagues.

Is Giolito ready for the big stage?

"Well, you don't know if he's ready or not until he gets here and performs, but I liked what we saw down in spring training," Baker said.

Giolito has made 14 starts this year for Harrisburg of the Eastern League and is 5-3 with an ERA of 3.17 in 71 innings, with 72 strikeouts and 34 walks and 67 hits allowed.

"He's the real deal," said an American League scout. "I saw him in spring training; he went five innings that day and he was outstanding. Guys in our organization were asking, 'Who is this guy?' I was impressed with how he commanded his pitches that day. He was outstanding."

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