Tonight’s Game: Mets at Mariners

The Mets are in Seattle for the secpmd ga,e of their three-game series against the Mariners.

Mets Pre Game begins at 9 p.m. on SNY. Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 10 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18 ERA) pitches for the Mets, while Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58 ERA) starts for Seattle.

Mets Mariners
1. Eric Young Jr. – LF 1. Endy Chavez – RF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. James Jones – CF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Robinson Cano – 2B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Kyle Seager – 3B
5. Bobby Abreu – DH 5. Corey Hart – DH
6. Travis d’Arnaud – C 6. Logan Morrison - 1B
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – RF 7. Willie Bloomquist – SS
8. Juan Lagares – CF 8. Dustin Ackley – LF
9. Ruben Tejada – SS 9. Mike Zunino – C

Curtis Granderson stretches in the dugout

Granderson sick and Young out, both will not play on Tuesday

Curtis Granderson is sick and will not be available to play on Tuesday night, the Mets announced before the game.

Granderson’s illness sprung up after Monday’s game.

Chris Young is also unavailable. He is still nursing a sore calf, injured during Monday’s game.

Kevin Plawecki has mild vertigo

Mets Triple-A C prospect Kevin Plawecki has a minor case of vertigo, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Tuesday.

Plawecki will get some time off from Triple-A Las Vegas as he recovers.

He recently represented the Mets during MLB’s Futures Game, during which he drove in the game’s first run with an RBI force out in the third inning…

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In late June, he was promoted to Triple-A, where he’s hitting .234 with a .321 OBP in 15 games.

“Obviously it’s in the back of my mind,” Plawecki told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender, in regards to being a step from the big leagues. That said, he added, “I’ve still got some adjustments to make and still have a lot to learn.”

According to Plawecki, if he continues to work hard and stays focused and positive the results will take care of themselves.

In this edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, SNY.TV’s Robert Brender talked in depth with Plawecki about adjusting to Triple-A, playing in the Vegas heat, and working with pitcher Noah Syndergaard…

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Hefner tosses three innings in rehab

Jeremy Hefner made his third rehab start coming back from Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

Hefner allowed one run on two hits in three innings in the Gulf Coast League. He did not walk a batter and struck out one.

Hefner said recently that he may be able to pitch in the major league game in 2014 (ESPN, June 22).

“If there’s a need here, and they want me here, I can foresee that,” Hefner said.

Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on August 28, 2013, six weeks before Matt Harvey had the same surgery.


Mets have top 5 farm system

The Mets have the fourth-best farm system in baseball, according to a revised, mis-season list by ESPN’s Keith Law (, July 22).

“The Mets have graduated a few prospects to the majors (Travis d’Arnaud and Jacob deGrom), but nearly all of the guys still in the system have taken steps forward,” says Law, who is a senior baseball writer for former executive for the Blue Jays. “They still have a ton of arms but are heavier on bats at the corners than in the middle infield or center.”

The Cubs, Twins, Astros and Pirates round out Law’s Top 5.

Scott Rice fires

Scott Rice to have season-ending elbow surgery

Reliever Scott Rice will have season-ending elbow surgery on Wednesday, according to beat reporter Marc Carig (Newsday, July 22).

Rice will have bone spur removed and a nerve relocated. The rehab time is expected to be four months, Carig said.

The 32 year-old Rice had a 5.93 ERA in 32 appearances in the majors to go along with a 1.32 WHIP. He was demoted in mid-June. In 5 1/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas, he posted a 3.38 ERA.

“I’m obviously not happy, but I understand their decision,” Rice said at the time. “I wasn’t getting the job done so they had to make a move.”

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Dillon Gee talks trade rumors, return from DL

There’s speculation that Dillon Gee could be a fit for the Angels, who likely don’t have what it takes to acquire Rays LHP David Price (Rosenthal, June 19).

“There is A LOT of interest in Gee, ” MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone recently wrote (MetsBlog, July 17), based on conversations with people in scouting departments. “That said, I don’t see him being the guy dealt.”

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Gee says he and his teammates see the trade rumors, they know the talk, but they do their best to ignore it and focus on what they can control, which is the game at hand, he recently told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender.

“Yeah, we see it, but you just take it as part of the job, if it happens it happens,” he said. “I’d be lying if I said we didn’t see the speculation.”

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Gee talks with Brender about his return to the mound, the team’s improved play, and trade rumors surrounding the club…

Dominic Smith is becoming a complete hitter

Mets 2013 first-round pick 1B Dominic Smith is batting .299 with 21 extra base hits in 93 games this season with Low-A Savannah, despite starting the year hitting .167 after his first 19 games.

“If you stay positive and stay confident, things could turn around quickly,” said Smith, who credits his relationships with his family, friends, hitting coach Val Pascucci and older teammates, including L.J. Mazzilli, for getting him going >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minor League Blog.

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Murphy wins Mets’ Heart & Hustle Award

Daniel Murphy is the Mets’ recipient of the MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award, the league announced Tuesday (, July 22).

The players’ association, including former and active players, vote on an honoree for each club who “demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game,” according to

A final winner is chosen from each of the 30 honorees as the overall recipient of the award.

Murphy was the Mets’ winner last year as well.

The overall award went to Dustin Pedroia in 2013.

Mets back to struggling at the plate

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Last night in Seattle, the Mets struck out 12 times, with four coming from Curtis Granderson.

The Padres and Mariners both have very good pitching staffs, especially their bullpens. That said, the Mets offense is back to looking like it did prior to going 8-2 at home and easing panic about their overall weakness, despite what the stats may have said


The good-hitting, run-scoring, go-go Mets of the previous few weeks had been a team putting the ball in play regardless of count or situation, while not striking out much and drawing walks when all else failed. The last three days they were back to doing the opposite.

Naturally, the one ball hit really, really well on Monday, by Travis d’Arnaud, a bomb to left field, was beautifully robbed by Dustin Ackley. And so it went…

Jon Niese had a rough night, first start back from DL

Jon Niese returned from the DL on Monday, but allowed four earned runs on 11 hits and two walks in six innings.

The poor outing snapped Niese’s streak of 21 straight starts allowing fewer than four earned runs.


Thanks to the All-Star break, he missed just one start while on the disabled list with a stiff shoulder.

“My arm felt good,” Niese said after Monday’s loss. “I could tell I hadn’t pitched in a while. I left a lot of balls over the plate. I wasn’t very consistent with my delivery. Every mistake I made they got a hit. All in all, the outcome wasn’t what I wanted, but my arm feels good.”

Monday’s poor outing snapped Niese’s streak of 21 straight starts allowing fewer than four earned runs.

Last year, Niese was diagnosed with a partially torn rotator cuff. He underwent two MRI exams in spring training, but both returned negative.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Man, he looked SO rusty, which I guess is understandable since he hasn’t made a start in three weeks. It’s a shame, though, because he was in such an incredible groove prior to having rest forced on him by way of the DL.

Last night, he looked nothing like the pitcher he had been since early May, as he struggled to command his cutter. What’s worse, he clearly had no feel for his curve ball, because he barely threw it. Granted, the M’s are really good hitting team, they grind out at bats very well, but Niese just wasn’t Niese. Hopefully, he shook off dust and will feel more comfortable the next time he takes the mound…