The Mets traveled to Cincinnati after yesterday's game and are off today. The three-game series opens Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park, with Chris Young (3-6, 4.87 ERA) opposing right-hander Mat Latos (10-3, 3.81). The Mets also make a stop in Washington during the two-city trip.
"A six-game road trip against the best team in the Central and the best team in the East," Terry Collins said. "Certainly a tough task."
Collins reiterated Johan Santana will be fine to start Friday's game in Washington. “He's had one start after being out a month -- or three weeks. Any conversations we have about the future, they're down the road,” Collins said pregame Sunday. “They’re not going to be right now. Again, I think Johan’s shoulder is fine. We’ll take a look after a few more starts and decide how he’s feeling… -- is there any more fatigue setting in? But, right now, according to me -- I haven't talked to Sandy [Alderson] about it, I haven't talked to Dan [Warthen] about it -- but I certainly have no plans at the immediate time of shutting Johan Santana down.”
Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post suggests the Mets trade Scott Hairston this month, once they place him on waivers. Writes Davidoff:
The Mets have yet to place Scott Hairston on waivers this month, according to an industry source, which makes sense. It figures that the Mets want to reap the benefits of Hairston for a while longer before putting him through the waivers process, at which time they’ll have a decision to make. That time will come by Aug. 31, and really, the Mets’ decision should be simple. If they want to send the correct message to their fans, they’ll trade the righty-hitting outfielder. The Mets must cease worrying about small goals such as finishing at .500 or better, or keeping their fans mildly interested through the regular season. Given where they are in their development -- in need of myriad key pieces -- they need to think about a bigger picture. And Hairston is the one player whose value could be maximized at this juncture of the season.
2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, who suffered a fracture to the tip of his middle finger, made his first appearance in 11 days with Kingsport as the DH in a 6-5, 13-inning loss.
Jenrry Mejia went five innings for Buffalo and earned the win after surrendering two runs, neither earned.