Friday’s minor league recaps…
Brooklyn OF Michael Conforto has started his professional career with a seven game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 Friday. One of the two knocks was his fourth double and he also picked up his third run batted in.
The 21-year-old is batting .407/.429/.556.
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Result: The Mets rallied from behind to beat the Brewers, 3-2, Friday night in Milwaukee.
Need to Know: The Mets were rendered scoreless by the Brewers before exploding for three runs in the ninth. Daniel Murphy had a three-hit night, including a double to lead off the final frame. David Wright‘s single drove in Murphy and Lucas Duda cranked a two-run shot to put the Mets in front. Zack Wheeler had a terrific start, allowing just one hit prior to the seventh. Wheeler struck out nine and gave up only three hits over 6 2/3 innings. One of the two runs scored off Wheeler was unearned. Jenrry Mejia struck out the side to record his 14th save of the year.
Game Ball: Wheeler pitched well but Duda’s go-ahead home run makes the first baseman Friday’s hero.
Links: Recap | Box score
What’s Next: Jonathon Niese (5-5, 3.13 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets on Saturday night. He’ll go up against the Brewers’ Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
The Mets aren’t actively shopping All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, but that doesn’t mean he’s not available. If you want Murphy though, you are going to pay a heavy price.
The Mets don’t want to trade their lone All-Star, but if they received enough in return they would consider doing it according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark via MLBTraderumors.com:
Stark hears that they’d “definitely” move him if they received enough quality in return. I’d imagine the asking price on Murphy to be very high, given Alderson’s reluctance to sell off assets that are under control beyond the current season.
Murphy is hitting .284 for the Mets with seven home runs and 38 RBIs. Murphy is on a 1-year deal that pays him $5.7 million deal. That deal was completed in January and avoided arbitration. He has one more year of arbitration eligibility before he’s eligible for free agency in 2016.
The Mets and Brewers play the second game of their four-game series in Milwaukee on Friday night.
The game is scheduled to start at 8:10 p.m. on WPIX.
Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.78) will start for the Mets, while Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79) pitches for the 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. Aramis Ramirez – 3B
|5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
||5. Khris Davis – LF
|6. Bobby Abreu – LF
||6. Lyle Overbay – 1B
|7. Juan Lagares – CF
||7. Jean Segura – SS
|8. Ruben Tejada – SS
||8. Martin Maldonado – C
|9. Zack Wheeler – RHP
||9. Yovani Gallardo – RHP
Daisuke Matsuzaka is back in New York having tests on his elbow, Terry Collins said on Friday.
Dice-K felt pain in his elbow. He will have an MRI.
Matsuzaka allowed three earned runs — on two home runs — in two innings on Thursday. This season, he has a 3.87 ERA in 74 1/3 innings.
Mets’ team surgeon Dr. David Altchek is considered by injury expert Will Carroll as one of the top “Super Surgeons” tasked with putting MLB’s broken arms back together (Bleacher Report, July 16).
Altchek went to medical school at Cornell and worked initially for the ATP and NBA, specializing in shoulder issues, before becoming the Mets’ team doctor at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. His specialization includes elbow and knee injuries as well, meaning he’s dealt with some of the Tommy John surgeries the Mets have had in recent years.
In April, he performed the operation on Bobby Parnell. Last August, he operated on Jeremy Hefner.
He’s also performed anterior capsule surgery, on Tim Byrdak last year and Johan Santana in 2010.
Dr. Altchek has been the Mets’ director of medical services since November of 1991 (NY Times, 4/12/92).
Will Carroll was recently a guest on SNY’s Mostly Mets podcast >> Click here to listen
The Mets will be among 11 teams flocking to Miami to watch 26-year-old Cuban OF Rusney Castillo hold a workout this weekend (CBS Sports, July 25). Castillo will also work out as a shortstop.
Castillo became a free agent last month and quickly joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports.
He is 5’9″, 185 pounds, a right-handed hitter with a line-drive stroke and plus-plus speed, according to Ben Badler (Baseball America, July 20).
“Scouts also like his athleticism,” writes reporter Jesse Sanchez (MLB.com, July 19). “He’ll have to start the season in the Minor Leagues, but there’s a belief that he could be in the big leagues by the end of the season. He’s expected to compete for a starting job in Spring Training.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
People in baseball talk about him being some place between Brett Garnder and Endy Chavez, maybe Jacoby Ellsbury, but not Jose Abreu or Yoenis Cespedes, i.e., more doubles, more stolen bases, fewer home runs. He’s a little guy, with a kind of a long, level swing, as you can see in the video below. I’m not sure how this type of player fits in with the Mets, who seem to want to acquire power more than speed. But, in this era of so few impact hitters, I think you take whatever you can get, regardless of how it happens…
Dilson Herrera, who the Mets acquired as part of the John Buck and Marlon Byrd trade, has showed strong progress so far this year. He was promoted to Double-A on June 19 and is the youngest player in the league. He’s been hitting well and showing plate discipline since the promotion.
Herrera could be a candidate for a September call-up if the Mets are willing.
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The Mets would pay some of Bartolo Colon’s remaining salary this season in an effort to deal him (Martino, July 25).
Colon is due roughly $2 million for the remainder of the season.
Interested teams are asking the Mets to pay a portion of Colon’s $11 million salary for 2015, according to columnist Joel Sherman (NY Post, July 23). However, Sandy Alderson would prefer not to do that (Carig, July 22).
In other words, “I think there is zero chance they find someone to take him,” a scout told Sherman. “You have to pay him $11 million next year when he will be 42 and no one wants to do that. No one is going to trust to give up prospects and take on that risk.”
The Mets could choose to let Colon get claimed off waivers and, though they’d get nothing back in return for him, they also wouldn’t be on the hook for his salary in 2015, a front office executive told Sherman, predicting that this is exactly what the Mets will try to do.
Read More: There is no good reason for a team to acquire Colon before July 31 >> Click here
Lacking a true back-up infielder on the bench, the Mets promoted Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas and sent down OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis on Thursday after Ruben Tejada was hit in the helmet with a fastball the night before.
Flores is 24-years-old and had been hitting .323 with 13 home runs in 55 games for Las Vegas, during which he also had a 22-game hitting streak.
Nevertheless, while Mets manager Terry Collins said he expects Flores to stay with the big-league team, he intends to use him as a platoon middle infielder, splitting time with Tejada and occasionally filling in for Daniel Murphy at second base.
“We’re playing pretty good,” Collins said, who’s team has won 11 of their last 17 games. “I’m trying to keep things from being disrupted as much as I can, because I like the way things are going right now. I’m trying not to disrupt that.”
Meanwhile, Nieuwenhuis was batting .246 in 30 games, compared to Chris Young, who is batting .176 with five extra base hits in the same timespan.
“He’s been pretty good,” Collins said about Nieuwenhuis. “Unfortunately, you reach a situation where there’s only certain guys you can move. He was aware of that. I told him it’s going to allow him to go down and be an everyday player which, as we’ve seen before, is very beneficial, because when they come back they’ve gotten off to pretty good starts.”
Young signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract this past winter, while Nieuwenhuis will earn the league minimum.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In regard to Young, I actually don’t mind keeping him around and demoting Nieuwenhuis, though I realize lots of fans probably disagree. I’m frustrated with Young too, believe me. These are two mediocre players in a mostly mediocre outfield. And, while Young has been worse, he’s also experienced, he can help guide the other young players through a time of year when young players tend to lose focus and struggle. There is no statistical category for this, but it is valuable and part of helping direct and lead young players that a team expects to one day step up and be leaders themselves, I think.
So, fine, keep Young for now, let him do his thing off the field, try to get better on the field, let Nieuwenhuis go get at bats in Triple-A and then then revisit the situation in August. In a month or so, if the Mets are still under .500, if Young is still struggling and if the Mets need a roster spot, I bet Young gets released. But, for now, I understand this decision…
In regards to Wilmer’s playing time, I prefer he get regular at bats. He was hitting well, probably feeling good and I hate to see that come to a screeching halt, simply because Terry doesn’t want to distract the other eight guys in the lineup. I mean, if Tejada is going to end up getting the bulk of at bats — whether because he’s playing well or not, but because the team is doing well — then why promote Flores at all? At that point, bring up Omar Quintanilla instead and let him ride the bench, while Flores keeps hitting well in Vegas. Unlike the outfield situation, this one doesn’t make a ton of sense to me, but I’m willing to keep an open mind and see how it plays out before saying it’s a total mistake…