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David Wright says Tulowitzki would be perfect for NY

Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki would be perfect for New York, David Wright recently told team reporter Mike Puma (NY Post, July 26).

“I do think in the very near future that we’re going to be to the point where we are a piece or two away,” Wright said. “He’s a competitor and he wants to win, and when you’re talking about a player of that caliber, I don’t think that type of guy gets nervous or intimidated by being on the big stage.”



Earlier this week, the Rockies misspelled Tulowitzki’s name on a t-shirt used for a give-away night at their ballpark. The next day, after traveling to Philadelphia for a doctor’s appointment, Tulowitzki was spotted on camera watching the Yankees face the Blue Jays in the seats at Yankee Stadium.

The Mets have contacted the Rockies to say they’re interested in Tulowitzki and OF Carlos Gonzalez, according to columnist Joel Sherman (NY Post, July 25). However, while Gonzalez can be had now, the Rockies are not likely to trade Tulowitzki this summer, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone said this week (Twitter, July 28).

Nevertheless, Puma adds, “The Mets are viewed within the industry as a good trade partner for the Rockies,” since they are seeking young pitching.

Lucas Duda is relaxed, confident and has 18 HR

Lucas Duda hit his 18th home run of the season, crushing a slider to right field in the sixth inning for a two-run home run against Jimmy Nelson during Sunday’s win against the Brewers.

Duda has 18 HR and 56 RBI this season. He’s hitting .305 with a .395 OBP since June 15.


MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers


“Lucas looks unbelievable at the plate,” Daniel Murphy told SNY after the game. “He’s taking the discipline we always knew he had at the plate and when he swings, man, he’s making some loud noises. He’s just been fun to watch.”

According to Murphy, Duda’s recent success appears to be giving him confidence that he can be in the big leagues, which is helping him relax and be even more productive at the plate.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Brewers adjusted and started throwing him a bunch of sliders and he eventually timed it right. Duda has always been a good hitter, but in the last month or so, he has proven he’s capable of being an every-day bat in the heart of big-league order. He looks incredibly confident and comfortable in the batter’s box. His timing at the plate is near perfect and he’s no longer reacting, but looking for a specific pitch and doing damage with it. It’s great to see.

DeGrom coasts into August

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom held the Brewers to four hits, no runs over 6 1/3 innings and lowered his ERA to 2.79 with a 5-5 record.

DeGrom is 4-1 in July and has given up five runs in 32 1/3 innings in July with a 1.77 ERA. In his last four starts, he’s given up two runs in 27 1/3 innings.


MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers


“He’s been very good,” manager Terry Collins told reporters after the win. “We keep talking about it. I guess he has to go out each time and prove it. He’s been very good. He was very good today.”

DeGrom threw 109 pitches, a season-high, as Collins tried to stretch out the rookie right-hander.

Collins said he consulted with pitching coach Dan Warthen before deGrom was sent back out to pitch with over 100 pitches. Collins and Warthen chose to keep him in the game knowing deGrom will get extra day of rest – due to a team off day.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

He didn’t get as many swings-and-misses as he had been getting in previous starts, but he still looked great. His slider is so strong. I think what I like most is that he is really mature, ‘wise beyond his years,’ so to speak. He has a deep repertoire and runs effective sequences throughout the game, even Sunday when the Brewers were making him work.

The opposition is never comfortable in the box against him. They were fouling balls off, going deep in counts, but he never gave in. He kept working to find the out. The Mets have brought up so many young pitchers over the years, guys they kept trying and trying and trying, who could never figure out how to battle and deGrom already does it so well.

It’s also worth noting he is a pretty good fielder, as well. He may be tall and lanky, with funky hair, but he’s very athletic as well…

What’s on Tap for Monday, July 28

The Mets (50-55) open a three-game series with the Phillies (46-59) on Monday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA) for Philadelphia.

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Weekend Review…


The Mets finished their 10-game road trip with a 5-5 record after defeating the Brewers, 2-0, on Sunday >> Read more at MetsBlog


Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right elbow. Buddy Carlyle was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Matsuzaka’s spot on the roster.


The Mets continue to shop Bartolo Colon, and are willing to absorb some of his salary in order to facilitate a deal >> Read more at MetsBlog


The Mets were among the teams who attended a showcase for Cuban OF Rusney Castillo on Saturday.

Game Recap: Mets 2 – Brewers 0

Result: The Mets blanked the Brewers, 2-0, on Sunday in Milwaukee on the back of another strong pitching performance by Jacob deGrom.

MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers

Need to Know: deGrom impressed again for the Mets as he shut out the Brewers over 6 1/3 innings Sunday afternoon. The right-hander struck out four and allowed four hits to pick up the fifth win of his career. Offense was hard to come by at Miller Park, with Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson matching deGrom pitch for pitch until Lucas Duda broke up the scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. The blast, Duda’s 18th on the season, scored Daniel Murphy, who led off the inning with a double. Chris Young chipped in two doubles as well, and Jenrry Mejia came on in the ninth inning to slam the door, recording his 15th save of 2014.

Game Ball: deGrom, who has now allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts for the Mets.

Links: AP Recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Mets travel back to New York to begin a seven-game home stand as they host the Phillies at Citi Field on Monday night. Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03) will get the start against Philadelphia’s A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86).

Sunday’s minor league recaps…

Las Vegas right-hander Noah Syndergaard followed up his outstanding performance from July 22 with five more terrific innings Sunday. The 21-year-old limited the Bees to two runs (one earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks (one intentional).

He’s allowed one earned run in his last 11 1/3 innings of work.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Jayson Stark talks Mets, “Plan,” and trade deadline

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone talks with ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark about the best-run franchises in MLB, as how baseball looks at Sandy Alderson’s “Plan.”


Stark also has a new book out, Wild Pitches: Rumblings, Grumblings, and the Game I Love, which you can learn more about at ESPN.com.



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Today’s game: Mets at Brewers, 2:10 p.m., SNY

The Mets will play the finale of their series against the Brewers today in Milwaukee at 2:05 p.m. the game is televised on SNY and can be heard on 710 WOR.


 Jacob deGrom goes for the Mets (4-5, 3.01 ERA) while Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06 ERA) pitches for the Brewers.

 

Mets Brewers
1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Carlos Gomez – CF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. Rickie Weeks - 2B
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Ryan Braun – RF
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Jonathan Lucroy - C
5. Chris Young- LF 5. Khris Davis - LF
6. Juan Lagares CF 6. Mark Reynolds - 1B
7. Anthony Recker – C 7. Jean Segura - SS
8. Ruben Tejada- SS 8. Elian Herrera- 3B
9. Jacob deGrom – RHP 9. Jimmy Nelson- RHP

 


 

It was a rough and eventful night for Jon Niese

Jon Niese tossed four shutout innings, then – with two outs in the fifth – surrendered three runs and the Brewers beat the Mets, 5-2, late Saturday night in Milwaukee.

In the top of the sixth inning, with two outs and the tying run at third, Terry Collins pinch hit Bobby Abreu for Niese, which resulted in the Brewers bringing in a left-handed reliever. Collins called Abreu back and went with right-handed hitter Eric Campbell, who struck out to end the inning.


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“He certainly deserved to go back out, but we’ve been having a tough time scoring,” said Collins, who had Niese batting eighth in the lineup. “So I thought he had to hit for him in the sixth.”

Niese is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings and two starts since the All Star break and returning from the disabled list.

In Niese’s final frame, with two outs and the Brewers having yet to score a run, Chris Young let a ball drop in to center field, which he may or may not have been able to dive and catch. Naturally, a run scored…

“Them getting those runs with two outs is frustrating, they hit them where we weren’t,” Niese said.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Look, had Juan Lagares been in center field – and not Young – that ball is likely caught and Niese may have escaped having let up no runs through five innings… In Young’s defense, if he dives – and the ball goes by him – who knows how things play out. Niese also didn’t have to lose 5 mph on his fastball and leave balls up in the zone. It was just a messy inning, including a pass ball. Niese looked annoyed on the mound after the run scored, and even seemed to throw a stink eye toward Young. His quote in this post could read as a snarky comment as well, but he may also be being genuine and obvious, it’s hard to tell…

Anyway, I’m confused by Niese’s arm. I really am? Is he hurt? If not, why the dramatic and sudden dip in velocity during the fifth inning? Why does that happen so quickly, after looking so good the first four frames? Did he lose focus after that first run? Maybe his arm strength is weak after missing a few starts while on the DL through the All Star bream? Or, maybe it’s some larger, chronic issue, which is why he was on the DL in the first place? I don’t know. I’m hoping Saturday was just…

By the way, had Niese been batting ninth and not eighth, he may not have had to be pinch hit for and maybe he gets a chance to go back and do well in the sixth inning, and the fifth is just a bad inning instead of a bad ending. For what it’s worth, this is why I don’t like hitting the pitcher eighth, because of situations like this. Because of it, Terry ended up burning three players in one spot where he may not have had to, not to mention it pulls Niese and fires up the bullpen earlier than it may have had to be used.