Monday, April 30, 2012

It's Official, Mets Mike Pelfrey will undergo Tommy John Surgery - Will Miss Rest of the Year


After visiting with orthopedic surgeon James Andrews on Monday, Mets starter Mike Pelfrey will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Tuesday. He will miss the rest of the 2012 season, and likely be non-tendered by the team at the end of the season.

None of this is unexpected. Andrews, who will perform the surgery in Florida, confirmed the initial diagnosis released last week.

With Pelfrey out, attention turns to right-hander Chris Young, who is building arm strength at the club’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Young missed the majority of 2011 with anterior capsule surgery, but has progressed far enough in his rehab to face hitters. He pitched in a simulated game today – as did Jenrry Mejia, who is rehabbing from Tommy John. Young may appear in a Class-A Florida State League game this weekend, assistant general manager John Ricco said.

Young will not be ready until late May, Ricco added.

Recap: Game 23 - Mets at Astros - Mets Fall Short in Houston, Lose 4-3


Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX)

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Houston (9-14) «00000301x450

W: F. Rodriguez (1-3) L: M. Acosta (0-2)
S: B. Myers (5)
HR: NYM - None   HOU - M. Downs (2)

Recap:
Final Score: Houston 4, New York 3

Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning and the Astros downed the Mets, 4-3, on Monday in the opener of a three-game series.

New York starter R.A. Dickey carried a no-hitter through five innings, but Houston took a 3-0 lead in the sixth on Travis Buck's RBI groundout and Matt Downs' two-run homer.

The Mets tied the game in the seventh against Astros' starter Bud Norris, but Jordan Schafer led off the eighth with a single, stole second and scored on Lowrie's base hit off of Manny Acosta (0-2).

Brett Myers threw a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.

Box Score:

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Astros - Game 23 - Mets Activate Torres, Option Lutz


Captian Kirk at the Top of Lineup
Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Astros - Game 23:
  1. Nieuwenhuis-LF
  2. Tejada-SS
  3. Murphy-2B
  4. Wright-3B
  5. Davis-1B
  6. Baxter-RF
  7. Torres-CF
  8. Thole-C
  9. Dickey-RHP
The Mets officially activate outfielder Andres Torres from the 15-Day Disabled List. Zach Lutz was optioned to Buffalo after Sunday's game.

Mets News and Notes: Probables, Mets History, Game Stat, David Wright


Mets News and Notes:

Pitching Probables:
The Mets are in Houston for a three-game set. Mets Starting Probable Pitchers:  4/30-Dickey vs. Norris; 5/1-Niese vs. Happ; 5/2-Schwinden vs. Rodriguez

THIS DATE IN METS HISTORY: Dave Kingman cracks his 300th career home run at San Francisco

Game Day Statistic: Including yesterday's win, the Mets are 9-1 this year in games decided by two or fewer runs.

David Wright reached base safely 5 times Sunday (2 hits, 3 walks). It was the 9th time in his career, he’s done that.

Preview: Game 23 - Mets at Astros - Mets Look to Pony Up Against Stros


New York Mets (13-9) at Houston Astros (8-14) 8:05 PM ET

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R. Dickey (R) 4 3-1 4.446.01-17.154/25MIAW7.0312-118.14.91
B. Norris (R) 4 1-1 5.845.20-02.574/24@MILL5.2971-117.27.13


Preview:

The New York Mets and Houston Astros were expected to be among the worst teams in the NL this season.

So far, David Wright and the Mets are among the best.

Wright and the Mets will try to conclude an impressive month on a positive note Monday night in the opener of a three-game road set against the Astros.

New York (13-9) and Houston (8-14) both finished well out of playoff contention last season and that's expected to be the case again in 2012.

The Mets, however, have surpassed expectations in the first month, owning one of the league's best records after winning for the fifth time in six games Sunday. They're batting .312 and averaging 5.3 runs during that stretch.

Their strong play continued Sunday with a 6-5 win in 11 innings at Colorado. Ike Davis singled in the go-ahead run and the Mets overcame two tying homers allowed by their bullpen.

"There were some very positive things on a day when we should have won this game a lot easier than we did," manager Terry Collins said.

Wright is hitting .397 with three homers and 14 RBIs after enduring his worst offensive season in 2011. He struggled through injuries and had a .254 average, 14 home runs and 61 RBIs.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Injury Update: OF Andres Torres Expected Back Monday


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Andres Torres (calf) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Monday.

Rubin said he will rejoin the Mets in Houston if he doesn't have a setback. He's been out since aggravating a calf ailment on Opening Day.

Now that Torres will be back this means that outfielders Nieuwenhuis and Hairston will platoon in left field.

Happy Recap: Game 22 - Mets at Rockies - Ike Davis pushes Mets past Rockies in Extra Innings


Coors Field (Denver, Colo.)

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Colorado (10-11)00000004010561

W: F. Francisco (1-1) L: M. Belisle (1-2)
S: R. Ramirez (1)
HR: NYM - J. Thole (1)   COL - T. Helton (4),C. Gonzalez (4)

Recap:

Final Score: New York 6, Colorado 5 (11 innings)

Ike Davis singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and the New York Mets edged the Colorado Rockies, 6-5, in the finale of a three-game series on Sunday.

David Wright laced a leadoff base hit up the middle off Matt Belisle (1-2) in the 11th and Lucas Duda followed with single, which allowed Wright to alertly get to third base.

After Scott Hairston grounded into a fielder's choice, Davis slapped one just under the glove of Troy Tulowitzki and into left field to bring home Wright.

Frank Francisco (1-1) earned the win despite giving up a game-tying solo homer to Carlos Gonzalez in the 10th, and Ramon Ramirez survived a couple of loud outs in the 11th to earn his first save of the season.

Wright added two hits and a pair of RBI, Kirk Nieuwenhuis finished 3-for-6 with an RBI double, Josh Thole added a solo homer and Hairston contributed an RBI single for the Mets, who have won five of their last six games.

Johan Santana pitched six shutout innings, giving up just two hits and three walks while fanning five, and Miguel Batista worked a scoreless seventh before the Mets got in trouble in the eighth.

Leading, 4-0, Jon Rauch began the frame for the Mets and got off to a good start by getting Marco Scutaro to fly out, but Dexter Fowler ripped a single and Gonzalez walked. After Tulowitzki grounded out, Michael Cuddyer drew a walk to load the bases with two down.

Todd Helton was then called up to the plate as a pinch-hitter against Mets reliever Tim Byrdak. After battling Byrdak to a 2-2 count, Helton crushed a middle-in slider deep down the right field line and it landed about four rows into the seats to tie the game at four for the Rockies.

The Mets grabbed the lead in the 10th when Nieuwenhuis doubled home pinch- hitter Mike Baxter to make it 5-4, but the Rockies came right back in the home half of the frame to tie it when Gonzalez launched one to right that just got over the wall.

Earlier, the Mets struck first with three runs in their first at-bat. Nieuwenhuis got things started with a single and Ruben Tejada followed with a base hit to put two men on. After Daniel Murphy struck out, Wright brought both runners home with a double down the left field line. Duda walked and Wright swiped third to put Mets on the corners. Hairston then knocked in Wright with a single into left field to give New York a 3-0 advantage.

New York extended its lead to 4-0 in the fifth when Thole clubbed a changeup deep to right and into the Rockies bullpen off Colorado starter Jamie Moyer.

"You're going to have some comeback wins and some tough losses," Moyer said. "But I think with a game like this, it showed some good resilience for our ball club."

Game Notes

Moyer gave up four runs on 11 hits and two walks while fanning seven in five innings...It was Helton's 6th career grand slam...Wright has reached base in 18 of his 19 games this season...Scutaro had his seven-game hitting streak snapped...The Mets went 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14, while the Rockies were 1-for-11 with men in scoring position and left eight on base.

Box Score:

Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rockies - Game 22


Collins Pushing all the right buttons so far!
Today's Mets Starting Lineup vs Rockies - Game 22 :
  1. Nieuwenhuis-L-CF
  2. Tejada-R-SS
  3. Murphy-L-2B
  4. Wright-R-3B
  5. Duda-L-RF
  6. Hairston-R-LF
  7. Davis-L-1B
  8. Thole-L-C
  9. Santana-L-P
Note: If you notice , Collins is using the  Lefty/Righty Approach against the Lefty Moyer. This makes it harder to match-up later in the game.

Preview: Game 22 - Mets at Rockies - Santana vs The Ageless Moyer


New York Mets (12-9) at Colorado Rockies (10-10) 3:10 PM ET

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J. Santana (L) 4 0-2 3.006.10-127.004/24MIAND6.2310-213.04.15
J. Moyer (L) 4 1-2 2.286.01-11.424/24@PITND6.0611-118.21.45

Preview:

New York Mets (12-9) at Colorado Rockies (10-10), 3:10 p.m.

Lefty Jamie Moyer makes the 633rd start of his major-league career - and 25th against the New York Mets - when the Colorado Rockies host them in the finale of a three-game series at Coors Field.

The 49-year-old Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a game on April 17 against San Diego, when he won for the 268th time with a 5-3 decision after allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.

He's made one appearance since and got a no-decision after pitching six innings of six-hit ball with three strikeouts in the Rockies' 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh.

Moyer is 9-6 with a 3.97 earned run average in 24 appearances against the Mets over 149 2/3 innings.

Another lefty, Johan Santana, goes after his first victory since 2010 in his fifth start of the season for New York.

The Venezuelan won 13 games in 2009 and 11 more in 2010, then underwent shoulder surgery and missed the entire 2011 season.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 21 - Mets at Rockies - Golly Gee, Mets Win in Colorado 7-5


Coors Field (Denver, Colo.)

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W: D. Gee (2-2) L: G. Moscoso (0-1)
S: F. Francisco (5)
HR: NYM - L. Duda (4)   COL - D. Fowler (4)

Recap:

Lucas Duda smacked a two-run homer and drove in four runs, while David Wright registered three hits to go with two runs batted in and a pair of runs scored as the New York Mets downed the Colorado Rockies, 7-5, in the second test of a three-game set on Saturday.

Ruben Tejada tallied three hits and scored twice for the Mets, who have won four of their past five games.

Dillon Gee (2-2) picked up the win after allowing four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and two walks over seven innings and Frank Francisco worked around a Dexter Fowler solo shot in the ninth to pick up his fifth save of the season.

Guillermo Moscoso (0-1) was touched for six runs on nine hits and one walk in a five-inning start for Colorado.

Box Score:

Preview: Game 21 - Mets at Rockies - Gee Looks to Cool Down the Rockies


New York Mets (11-9) at Colorado Rockies (10-9) 8:10 PM ET
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J. Guthrie (R) 4 2-1 5.926.00-110.454/22@MILW7.0311-117.16.75


Gonzalez Going Deep!
An offensive barrage led by Carlos Gonzalez has given the Colorado Rockies some desired momentum.

Gonzalez looks for another strong performance at the plate as the Rockies attempt to overcome an injury to scheduled starter Jeremy Guthrie against the New York Mets on Saturday night.

Colorado (10-9) collected 19 hits with four homers and two triples in an 18-9 win over New York (11-9) in the opener of this three-game series Friday. The Rockies' offensive romp included an 11-run fifth, during which Gonzalez drove in five runs with a three-run homer and two-run single.

The All-star left fielder finished with three hits and a career high-tying six RBIs, raising his batting average 23 points to .269.

"Hitting's kind of contagious and we ran off a few in a row, and got some momentum," said shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who had two hits, including a solo homer Friday.

Tulowitzki is hitting .439 with six homers and 10 RBIs in his last 10 meetings with the Mets, while Gonzalez has a career .217 average with four homers and 15 RBIs in 16 matchups.

The Rockies were scheduled to give the ball to Guthrie, but he's instead headed for the 15-day disabled list after injuring his right shoulder in a fall from his bicycle on the way to the stadium Friday.

He underwent an MRI and there was no sign of structural damage but he is dealing with pain in his AC joint.

''At this point, it's pretty much pain. That's what I have. There's no (other) issue,'' he said. ''I have some pain but when that goes away, I can throw, and everything is a go.''

Recap: Game 20 - Mets at Rockies - Eleven Run Fifth Dooms Mets in Colorado


Coors Field (Denver, Colo.)

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Colorado (10-9) «200011050x18191

W: M. Reynolds (3-0) L: M. Acosta (0-1)
HR: NYM - S. Hairston (2)   COL - T. Tulowitzki (3),C. Gonzalez (3),D. Fowler (3),R. Hernandez (4)

Offense was alive and well on Friday at Coors Field as the Colorado Rockies exploded for 11 runs in the fifth inning and pounded the New York Mets, 18-9, in the opener of a three-game set.

The Rockies, who pounded out 19 hits in the game, were led by Carlos Gonzalez, who finished 3-for-6 with six RBI and a run scored. Ramon Hernandez crushed a grand slam, Troy Tulowitzki added a solo shot and Dexter Fowler clubbed a three-run homer.

Every player in the Rockies' starting lineup, including starter Drew Pomeranz had at least one hit, while Todd Helton and Jonathan Herrera each added an RBI for Colorado, which bounced back from a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday in a big way.

Matt Reynolds (3-0) gave up two hits and no runs in one inning of work to earn the win, while Manny Acosta (0-1) was tagged for seven runs -- four earned -- on five hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning to suffer the loss.

Scott Hairston hit for the cycle in just four at-bats, scored three times and knocked in four runs, Ruben Tejada had four hits and two runs scored, while Lucas Duda had two RBI for the Mets, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Hairston's cycle was the 10th in Mets franchise history and he became the first Met to hit for the cycle since Jose Reyes on June 21, 2006. Other Mets to accomplish the feat include: John Olerud in 1997, Keith Hernandez in 1985, Tommie Agee in 1970 and Jim Hickman, who hit the franchise's first cycle in 1963.

Hairston had just five hits in 29 at-bats this season entering Friday's game.

Box Score:

Friday, April 27, 2012

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is coming home to Denver


New York Mets Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is coming home to Denver.

The former football star at Denver Christian returns to the Mile High City for the
first time since running wild in the 2005 Class 2A state title game with another breathtaking memory.

Nieuwenhuis delivered a walk-off single Thursday in the Mets' ninth-inning rally off Marlins closer Heath Bell, who recorded only two outs on 46 pitches.

Nieuwenhuis is batting .333 after going 3-for-5. Even when center fielder Andres Torres (strained calf) returns, Nieuwenhuis will stick with the Mets given his strong play and Jason Bay's injury. Nieuwenhuis, who will likely to switch to a corner outfield spot.

Nieuwenhuis is expected to start Saturday against Rockies right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

IF/OF Brandon Inge Released from Tigers


Slumping third baseman Brandon Inge was released by the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.


The 34-year-old Inge is in his 12th season in the majors, all with Detroit. He played mostly third base for the Tigers, but has also caught, played the outfield and second base.

Inge is a .234 career hitter with 140 homers and 589 RBIs.


I would love to see the Mets pick up Inge with the lack of outfielders the Mets have in depth. Inge is also versatile and could also serve as a emergency catcher and a backup David Wright at 3rd , Murphy at 2nd..

Preview: Game 20 - Mets at Rockies - Mets Face Cold Rockies Team


New York Mets (11-8) at Colorado Rockies (9-9) 8:40 PM ET

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D. Pomeranz (L) 2 0-1 6.754.10-110.384/21@MILND5.0220-19.16.75


Rockies Field




The New York Mets may be coming off a sweep of one of the most hyped teams in baseball, but they're also dealing with a major blow to their rotation.


The Mets will try to begin filling that void and match their longest winning streak of the young season Friday night when they open a three-game road set against the Colorado Rockies.

New York (11-8) continues to be one of the more surprising teams, and the club pulled off another impressive feat by sweeping a three-game series from Florida after scoring twice in the ninth for a 3-2 win Thursday. Justin Turner drew a bases-loaded walk off closer Heath Bell before Kirk Nieuwenhuis delivered a walkoff RBI single.

The Mets outscored the Marlins 10-4 in the series.

"Obviously, it starts on the hill," manager Terry Collins told the team's official website. "We got great pitching - tremendous pitching - this series."

While the staff compiled a 1.33 ERA over the last three games, it was also dealt a major blow as New York learned Thursday that Mike Pelfrey has a partial tear in his right elbow. He's "99 percent" certain he will have reconstructive Tommy John surgery.

Pelfrey has been a big part of the rotation over the past four years, leading the team with 45 wins in that span.

Mets Mike Pelfrey will be shutdown for the rest of year due to partial tear in right elbow


Mets starter Mike Pelfrey has a partial tear in his right elbow and is “99 percent” certain he will have re-constructive Tommy John surgery that will sideline him until next year.

The team made the announcement about its up-until-now durable pitcher shortly after New York beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Thursday.

“Obviously, it’s frustrating,” Pelfrey said. “I’ve never been hurt in my life.”

Pelfrey is 0-0 with a 2.29 ERA after three starts. He was a big part of the Mets’ rotation the past four years, especially after ace Johan Santana needed shoulder surgery and missed the entire 2011 season.

“Everything was working,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “To have this happen is a true shame.”

Added fellow starter Jonathon Niese: “It’s a sad day.”

The injury could end Pelfrey’s career with the Mets, who selected him ninth overall in the 2005 amateur draft. The 28-year-old right-hander is making $5,687,500 this year and the team may decide not to tender him a contract for 2013, especially since he is likely to miss a significant chunk of the season while rehabbing.

The recovery time for Tommy John surgery is typically 12-18 months.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 19 - Marlins at Mets - Mets Sweep, Reyes Weeps


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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W: R. Ramirez (2-1) L: H. Bell (0-3)
HR: MIA - G. Sanchez (1)   NYM - None

Kirk Nieuwenhuis smoked a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the New York Mets over the Miami Marlins, 3-2, to sweep the series.

Two batters prior to Nieuwenhuis' single, Justin Turner tied the game at 2-2 following a 13-pitch walk in which he fouled off eight pitches.

Ramon Ramirez (2-1) picked up the win after working a scoreless eighth and ninth for the Mets, who swept the three-game set.

Heath Bell (0-3) threw 46 pitches and walked four batters in the ninth frame en route to his third blown save in five opportunities.

Jon Niese (no decision) who started the game went seven innings, giving up four hits and striking out six...

Former Mets Shortstop Jose Reyes went 0-4 in his third game back to Citi Field

Gaby Sanchez smacked a solo home run for Miami, which went 0-5 on its road trip.

Box Score:

Mets sign INF Brad Emaus and OF Fred Lewis to Minor League Deals


The Mets added a pair of potentially useful pieces signing infielder Brad Emaus and outfielder Fred Lewis to minor league deals.

Lewis plays all three outfield positions, and has a solid .780 OPS career against right-handed pitchers. Put another way: if the Mets were looking to set Scott Hairston up in a platoon in left or right field, Lewis would be a perfectly reasonable guy to join Hairston in it.

As for Emaus, the patience and power at second base should provide depth there. I think the move tells us that they aren’t sold on Bobby Scales, the second baseman at Buffalo, to step in if the Mets need someone at the position.

I thought Emaus was going to stick around last year after the great spring he had , but he fell short of greatness in the Majors..... Good to see Emaus back in a Mets uniform.

Happy Recap: Game 18 - Marlins at Mets - Wright Becomes Mets RBI Leader, Mets Win 5-1


Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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W: R. Dickey (3-1) L: M. Buehrle (1-3)
HR: MIA - O. Infante (5)   NYM - D. Wright (3)

David Wright became the Mets' all-time RBI leader with a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, as New York took down the Miami Marlins, 5-1 at Citi Field.

Lucas Duda went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, and Mike Baxter added a pinch-hit, two-run double for the Mets, who have taken the first two meetings of this three-game set on the heels a 1-5 stretch.

R.A. Dickey (3-1) held the Marlins to one run on three hits over seven innings, while Mark Buehrle (1-3) was again the hard-luck loser having allowed two runs on five hits in his seven-inning start.

Omar Infante homered for Miami, while Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 after going hitless in four-at bats in his return to New York on Tuesday.

Buehrle did not allow a runner into scoring position in his outing, but he plunked Kirk Nieuwenhuis leading off the sixth and later in the frame caught too much of the plate on an 0-2 pitch to Wright, who redirected the changeup over the center-field wall.

Wright's third home run of the season gave him 735 career RBI, surpassing Darryl Strawberry atop the Mets' all-time list.

"To have your name mentioned in the same breath with Straw, [Mike] Piazza and some of these guys is quite an honor," a humble Wright said.

As Buehrle sat on the bench in the eighth, the Mets found more breathing room with three insurance runs.

With runners on first and second and two outs, Duda hit a sharp single that ate up Giancarlo Stanton in right field. The error allowed Ruben Tejada to score -- ending Michael Dunn's relief appearance -- and Baxter greeted Ryan Webb with a slicer to left to plate Wright and Duda.

Manny Acosta recorded the final three outs in the ninth to close out the win.

"It seems that every night there's one extra hit, one extra mistake or something [else] that we can't execute and come out with a win," said Stanton, whose club has lost four straight.

Neither team had a runner reach past first base in the first four innings, but with one out in the fifth, Infante crushed a Dickey offering off the second- deck facing in left field for his fifth home run of the season.

Gaby Sanchez followed the blast with a double, but Dickey retired John Buck and Buehrle to keep it a 1-0 game.

Game Notes

Josh Thole went 1-for-3 and has reached base safely in all 16 games he's played, the longest streak to begin a season by a Mets catcher...Dickey won all three of his starts against the Marlins last year...Infante had seven home runs in 148 games last season.

Box Score:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Marlins - Game 18


Kirk will be leading off
Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Miami - Game 18 :
  1. Nieuwenhuis-CF
  2. Tejada-SS
  3. Murphy-2B
  4. Wright-3B
  5. Duda-RF
  6. Hairston-LF
  7. Davis-1B
  8. Thole-C
  9. Dickey-RHP

Preview - Games 18 - Marlins at Mets - The Reyes Watch will continue


Miami Marlins (7-9) at New York Mets (9-8), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Mark Buehrle (1-2, 2.66) New York - R.A. Dickey (2-1, 5.71)

Back in the once-friendly confines of Citi Field, Jose Reyes first got a mixed reaction from the New York crowd, nearly opened the game with a big hit and ultimately failed to reach base in the game.

While Reyes used the opener of this set to reintroduce himself to former teammates, Mark Buehrle faces the Mets for the first time as the Miami Marlins continue a three-game series in New York.

The 33-year-old Buehrle is coming of his first victory with the Marlins after losing his first two starts despite allowing just five runs over 12 1/3 innings. Buehrle seemed determined to do whatever it took to win on Wednesday versus the Cubs, with the former White Sox ace throwing eight innings of one- run ball while working around six hits and adding an RBI single.

"Everything was working for me tonight," said the left-hander. who didn't walk a batter and struck out five. "It seems like a few times I got pitches up but I was able to get away with it. I felt really good out there."

Buehrle takes the hill one day after Reyes made his return to Citi Field. The shortstop spent his first nine seasons with the Mets and hit .292 with 735 runs scored and 370 stolen bases in 1,050 games, winning the National League batting title a year ago with a .337 average.

Reyes, though, signed a six-year, $106 million deal with the Marlins this past offseason. He got a mix of cheers and boos and ended 0-for-4 at the plate in his return in a 2-1 loss.

"Most of the fans ... showed me a lot of love and some did not. I understand that. I play for another team now," Reyes said of the reaction.

Video: Jose Reyes' Tribute at Citi Field Last Night


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 17 - Marlins at Mets - Mets Ruin Reyes Return to NYC, WIN 2-1


Duda driving the go ahead run
Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

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N.Y. Mets (9-8) «00000011x260

W: J. Rauch (3-0) L: E. Mujica (0-2)
S: F. Francisco (4)
HR: MIA - None   NYM - None

Lucas Duda's eighth-inning line drive hit off Edward Mujica's throwing hand allowed Kirk Nieuwenhuis to score the go-ahead run as the Mets downed the Marlins, 2-1, in Jose Reyes' return to New York.

Reyes, who spent nine years as the Mets' franchise shortstop before signing a lucrative free agent deal with the Marlins last offseason, went 0-for-4 amid a mix of cheers and boos and was overshadowed by a vintage pitchers' duel and New York's late rally.

The Mets scored the tying run after working four consecutive two-out walks against four different pitchers in the seventh inning, then scored in the next frame to win for just the second time in their last seven games.

Neither starter, New York's Johan Santana or his counterpart, Josh Johnson, factored in the decision despite both allowing just one run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings. Santana, coming off the shortest outing of his career, struck out 11, two more than Johnson.

Jon Rauch (3-0) was credited with win after throwing a perfect eighth, while Mujica (0-2) took the loss, Miami's third straight.

In his first at-bat as a visitor at Citi Field, Reyes ripped a line drive deep to the center field warning track that Nieuwenhuis grabbed just before crashing into the wall.

The highlight-reel catch started Santana's outing off on the right foot, and the two-time Cy Young Award winner was on cruise control until Giancarlo Stanton's two-out single in the seventh.

Gaby Sanchez followed with a double off the left-field wall, and though Ruben Tejada's relay throw beat a staggering Stanton home, the ball skipped by Josh Thole and the run scored.

The first chance the Mets had to score against Johnson came in the fourth, when Daniel Murphy tried racing home from third on a wild pitch but was tagged out on a bang-bang play at the plate.

Johnson was at 102 pitches after walking Duda with two outs in the seventh, and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen opted to pull his starter. Randy Choate and Steve Cishek each walked the only batter they faced to load the bases, and Michael Dunn threw a payoff pitch that Thole took below his knees to force in New York's first run.

Pinch-Hitter Zach Lutz struck out looking to end the inning, but Nieuwenhuis began the eighth with a single and moved to third on Murphy's base hit through the right side of the infield.

After David Wright looked a strike three, Duda stepped up and laced a comebacker that hit Mujica's throwing hand and trickled behind the mound far enough for Nieuwenhuis to score the go-ahead run.

Frank Francisco worked around a one-out walk in the ninth to post his fourth save of the season.

Game Notes

Santana, who lasted just 1 1/3 innings against the Braves last Tuesday, has not received any run support while on the mound in four starts (18 innings) this season...Thole went 1-for-2 with a walk and has reached base safely in all 15 games he's played this year, extending the longest streak to begin a season by a Mets catcher...The Mets are 0-for-15 with the bases loaded this season...Reyes is the Mets' all-time leader in runs, triples and stolen bases...Miami's Omar Infante returned from a four-game absence due to a sore left groin and went hitless in four at-bats.

Box Score:

Matchup Report: Josh Johnson vs Mets - Mets will look to Murphy to lead them



New York Mets Career statistics vs. Josh Johnson
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Jason Bay12 5 0 1 1 2 0 4 .417 .417 .833 1.250
Ronny Cedeno2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000
Ike Davis7 1 0 0 0 1 2 2 .143 .333 .143 .476
Lucas Duda1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Scott Hairston5 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 .167 .000 .167
Daniel Murphy17 5 2 0 0 0 2 2 .294 .368 .412 .780
Ruben Tejada1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .667 .000 .667
Josh Thole5 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 .200 .200 .400 .600
Andres Torres3 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 1.667 2.667
Justin Turner2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 1.000 1.500
David Wright29 6 0 1 1 3 1 8 .207 .233 .379 .613
Totals84226227821.262.333.452.786

The Mets vs Josh Johnson are batting .262 with 2 Dingers and 7 RBI's. Daniel Murphy is the only Met on the positive vs Johnson batting .294 with 2 2b's. Injured Jason Bay owned Johnson batting .417 with 1 HR, and 1 3B (Bad Timing). Hopefully the mets can get it going... LGM!

Matchup Report: Johan Santana vs Marlins - Gaby Sanchez owns Santana


Reyes comes back!
Miami Marlins Career statistics vs. Johan Santana
BATTERABH2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBPSLGOPS
Emilio Bonifacio12 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 .083 .083 .083 .167
John Buck17 4 0 1 0 4 1 5 .235 .278 .353 .631
Chris Coghlan6 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .667
Omar Infante39 8 0 0 0 3 1 9 .205 .238 .205 .443
Austin Kearns15 2 1 0 0 0 0 3 .133 .133 .200 .333
Donnie Murphy2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 .000
Hanley Ramirez21 3 0 0 0 0 2 7 .143 .217 .143 .360
Jose Reyes4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Gaby Sanchez5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .800 .800 1.000 1.800
Totals121252108430.207.236.240.476

The Marlins in the Past have not handled Johan Santana so well. They are batting .207 off Santana. Only Gaby Sanchez , who owns Santana us batting .800 off Him... and yes Jose Reyes is batting .250 off Santana Lifetime!!

Meet the Mess II - The Return of the Disabled List - Pelfrey Goes Too



A bad afternoon for the Mets has only gotten worse. Mike Pelfrey will join Jason Bay on the disabled list, after an MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery this morning revealed inflammation in his right elbow.

Pelfrey went to the hospital for a preliminary examination after experiencing a “grab” in his elbow at the start of each inning during his last start. He believed the condition came from tendinitis, which he has overcome easily before. But doctors have yet to rule out ligament damage, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said, which raises the ugly specter of Tommy John surgery.

Robert Carson will take Pelfrey’s place on the roster for the next three days. On Friday, Pelfrey’s turn in the rotation, the team will call up a starter from Triple A. Chris Schwinden appears to be the most likely candidate. Alderson ruled out calling up top prospects Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Marlins - Game 17


Mets Starting Lineup - Game 17 - Marlins at Mets

  1. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf
  2. Ruben Tejada, ss
  3. Daniel Murphy, 2b
  4. David Wright, 3b
  5. Lucas Duda, rf
  6. Ike Davis, 1b
  7. Mike Baxter, lf
  8. Josh Thole, c
  9. Johan Santana, lhp
Mets Reshape Lineup - 

Lefty-hitting Mike Baxter will man left field against right-hander Josh Johnson in the first game of Jason Bay's DL stint. Trying to lengthen the lineup (and maybe de-emphasize slumping Ike Davis), Terry Collins also is stacking Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ruben Tejada 1-2.

Meet the Mess: Jason Bay Headed to the DL with a Broken Rib



The Mets on Tuesday placed Jason Bay on the 15-day disabled list with a non-displaced fracture of a left rib, the result of a diving catch attempt in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Giants.

Bay, 33, left the game in the eighth inning after feeling soreness in his rib cage. X-rays taken during the game were negative, but an MRI the Tuesday morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan revealed the injury. The team has not announced a timetable for his return.

To replace Bay, the Mets recalled third baseman Zach Lutz from Triple-A Buffalo, where he was hitting .333 with three home runs in 19 games. Mike Baxter and Scott Hairston figure to see increased playing time in Bay's absence, while Lutz should see time as a right-handed-hitting infield reserve.

The injury is the latest in a string of them for Bay since joining the Mets. The left fielder suffered a concussion crashing into Dodger Stadium's outfield fence in July 2010, then strained his left intercostal muscle last year and began the season on the DL.

His latest injury occurred while chasing down Gregor Blanco's double in the fourth inning Monday. Launching into a backward dive in an attempt to catch the ball on the fly, Bay tipped it with his glove before landing on his chest, appearing to plant his face in the turf. He needed a moment to collect himself after the play, but stayed in the game for another four innings.

Bay was batting .240 with three home runs in 50 at-bats prior to his injury, but .290 with all three of those home runs since April 13.

Preview - Games 17 - Marlins at Mets - Reyes Comes back to Citi


Miami Marlins (7-8) at New York Mets (8-8), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.94) New York - Johan Santana (0-2, 3.97)

During Jose Reyes' nine-year career with the Mets, he made four All-Star teams, was a National League batting champion and completely dictated just how the club's offense operated when healthy.

He also seemed a perfect fit in New York, but that union came to an expensive end this offseason.

Now a member of the new-look Miami Marlins, Reyes returns to Citi Field this evening as his new club begins a three-game series with the Mets.

It didn't take long for Reyes to establish himself as an outstanding hitter and fielder with the Mets after he was signed as an amateur free agent in August of 1999. Over his nine seasons with the Mets, the shortstop hit .292 and scored 735 runs while stealing 370 bases in 1,050 games. He led the NL with a .337 average in 2011, but struggled with injury over his last few seasons with the Mets as well.

Though New York was having financial issues this past offseason due to ownership involvement in the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme, there was always the thought that the Mets may be able to retain his services, especially after they decided against dealing him before the 2011 trade deadline.

Reyes, though, turned in his New York state of mind for the beaches of Miami in early December, signing a six-year, $106 million deal. He also added at the time of the signing that the Mets weren't really in the mix to sign him.

"It was time to move on," said Reyes. "The Mets didn't want me there. They never made a real offer."

That fact could lead to a mixed reaction for him tonight at Citi Field. Though it always stings when a franchise player leaves as a free agent, the blame may not totally be on Reyes.

"You never know, to be honest with you," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen told his team's website. "I think ... every day [he wore] the Mets uniform, he did everything he could to win games. The Met fans should be proud he played the way he played for them. I think people should go out there and support him. Hopefully that happens."

Reyes, whom the Mets will honor with a video tribute tonight, has gotten off to a slow start with his new team, hitting .230 with six runs scored, two RBI and four steals through 15 games. He did have a pair of doubles in Saturday's loss to Washington, Miami's second in a row following a four-game win streak.

Reyes and the rest of the Marlins got an extra day to clear their heads as Sunday's finale was postponed due to poor weather.

While Reyes makes his return to New York, Omar Infante could also find his way back into the Miami lineup after sitting out the past four games due to a sore left groin.

2012 Mets Stats - vs LHP / RHP / Totals


Here are the breakdowns of the Mets hitting over the first 16 games.. The first section is against LHP, second section is against RHP, Third section is the complete totals.

The Mets consistency to hit LHP has been not been there lately. This is mainly due to the Mets overload of left handed hitters in their lineup  If you look on the chart below only Josh Thole, Ruben Tejada, and David Wright have been the only Mets hitters to solve LHP with authority. Jason Bay has 2 HR's against LHP and is batting .273. Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis have not faired well in the early going against LHP.

2012 Mets Batting vs LHP
NAMEGPABRH2B3BHRRBITBBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLGOPS
Josh Thole5804100151100.500.556.6251.181
Ronny Cedeno2201000011000.500.667.5001.167
Ruben Tejada921484000121600.381.409.571.981
David Wright81124000146101.364.556.364.919
Jason Bay71133002494500.273.438.8181.256
Jonathon Niese2411000010200.250.250.250.500
Daniel Murphy112335300481500.217.240.348.588
Scott Hairston91713001160300.176.176.353.529
Lucas Duda111813100141800.167.200.222.422
Kirk Nieuwenhuis81212001151400.167.231.417.647
Justin Turner81312000120500.154.154.154.308
Ike Davis112013001361600.150.190.300.490
Mike Nickeas51101000012100.091.231.091.322
Dillon Gee2300000000000.000.000.000.000
R.A. Dickey1200000000000.000.000.000.000
Mike Pelfrey1200000000000.000.000.000.000
Mike Baxter2100000001100.000.500.000.500
Totals 1317918409051764204801.223.296.358.653
Opponents 1629340811648381292869103.276.340.440.780

The Mets have done somewhat better against RHP batting .266. The Chart below indicates that Turner, Nieuwenhuis, Murphy, Wright, Thole have seen the ball well against the RHP. Mike Baxter who has been mainly coming off the bench is hitting .273 off RHP.  Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda, Jason Bay all have not done well against RHP. They are batting a combined .200 (30 for 150), That Hurts!


2012 Mets Batting vs RHP
NAMEGPABRH2B3BHRRBITBBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLGOPS
Justin Turner6703000130200.429.429.429.857
Kirk Nieuwenhuis14366143013205910.389.463.5561.019
Daniel Murphy15392152003177201.385.478.436.914
David Wright12374141027213801.378.425.568.993
Josh Thole14314102002126500.323.432.387.820
Mike Baxter111123100242510.273.385.364.748
Lucas Duda1536691034196800.250.357.528.885
R.A. Dickey2401000010000.250.250.250.500
Mike Pelfrey2411100020000.250.250.500.750
Jason Bay14395920111421211.231.268.359.627
Ronny Cedeno41002100132300.200.385.300.685
Ruben Tejada1536373007106510.194.310.278.587
Ike Davis15393500241131400.128.190.282.473
Scott Hairston8811100120600.125.125.250.375
Jonathon Niese2400000000200.000.000.000.000
Johan Santana2300000000200.000.000.000.000
Mike Nickeas3300000000100.000.000.000.000
Miguel Batista2200000000100.000.000.000.000
Andres Torres1210000001000.000.333.000.333
Dillon Gee1100000000100.000.000.000.000
Jordany Valdespin1100000000000.000.000.000.000
Totals 163533894180936139438643.266.348.394.741
Opponents 162603570122531101285841.269.337.388.725

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