Monday, April 15, 2013
Mets News and Notes: Mets in Snowy Situation, Marcum to start Sunday, Gardenhire on Harvey, Fire at Citi Field, Shawn Teufel goes to AA
After Sunday’s postponement, the Mets have relocated from Minneapolis to Denver, but the forecast is not exactly better at this stop.
Tonight’s forecast, via weather.com: “Periods of snow. Low near 30F. NNE winds at 20 to 30 mph, diminishing to 10 to 15 mph. 2 to 4 inches of snow expected.”
Weather-permitting, Dillon Gee opposes right-hander Juan Nicasio in the series opener.
If the four-game series materializes uninterrupted, Aaron Laffey will proceed with Tuesday’s start, followed by Jeremy Hefner on Wednesday and Jonathon Niese on Thursday.
Matt Harvey is lined up to face Stephen Strasburg in Friday’s opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Shaun Marcum may be activated from the disabled list to start Sunday instead of Laffey, assuming Marcum gets through a tune-up on Tuesday.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told Mike Puma in the Post that Matt Harvey reminded him of Zack Greinke.
“We were trying to figure out guys he reminds you of,” Gardenhire told Puma. “It would kind of be hard to place him because he is so poised. But his stuff is comparable to Greinke because he can add and subtract with his fastball and his command of the strike zone and changeup and everything are all solid. Well above-average pitches, so he’s kind of like Greinke. ... I would be excited about him. That’s a nice looking young man and a good looking pitcher.”
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Sandy Alderson told ESPN NY, he cannot fathom the upcoming series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver being preemptively moved to another location or rescheduled.
"Getting to another venue is remote, certainly within the immediate time frame of this series," the GM said.
Snow is forecast early in the series, and the low on Wednesday is predicted at 9 degrees.
Alderson said there is no set criteria for canceling a game because of cold, but there certainly is a threshold below which teams cannot play.
"Twenty-eight, 26, I don't know where you draw the line," Alderson said. "Nine would seem to qualify."
Alderson said the ultimate call should belong to the Rockies, with MLB and the Mets "interested parties" who likely would have input.
Friday, April 12, 2013
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The forecast for tonight calls for a low of 28 degrees and 30 percent chance of snow in Minneapolis.
Approximately five inches of snow fell Thursday.
Roof-less Target Field, which opened in 2010, has never had a snow cancellation. The field is heated, aiding snow melting.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, four games were snowed out while the Twins played for 21 years at outdoor Metropolitan Stadium, before relocating to the Metrodome for the 1982 season.
The last time the Mets played a game in sub-40 temperatures was April 6, 2009 -- a season-opening 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on a 37-degree afternoon. Daniel Murphy and David Wright were both in the Mets lineup that day, with Murphy accounting for the go-ahead hit, a fifth-inning home run against Reds pitcher Aaron Harang.
The last time the Mets played in a game in which the temperature matched or was below what the forecast was in Minnesota was April 5, 2003 -- a 3-1 win over the then-Montreal Expos on a rainy-36 degree afternoon. That was actually the third game in a season-opening homestand in which the temperature was sub-40 degrees. The night before, David Cone beat the Expos on a 37-degree night for his 194th (and last) major-league win.