Logan Verrett optioned to Las Vegas

Logan Verrett, the man who pitched a gem when Matt Harvey was skipped, has been optioned to AAA Las Vegas.

The move was made to make room for Addison Reed, who the Mets officials got from the Diamondbacks and that trade was finalized on Sunday.

Reed, 26, posted a 4.20 ERA in 38 appearances with the D-backs, including a 1.65 ERA with no homers in 16 1/3 innings since returning from a Minor League option in late July.

It’s expected that Verrett will be back in ten days when he’ll make another spot start, possibly for Noah Syndergaard.


Video highlights for Sunday’s win over the Red Sox

Juan Uribe gives the Mets a 3-2 lead with a RBI double to center field >> Watch here

Michael Cuddyer drives a single to left field, scoring Daniel Murphy, and giving the Mets a 5-4 lead >> Watch here

Reliever Jeurys Familia strikes out Mookie Betts to end the Mets’ 5-4 win over the Red Sox >> Watch here

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Mets end home skid, beat Red Sox 5-4

IMG_1815The Mets closed the coffin on the five-game home losing streak and avoided being swept by Boston in a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

The game involved four lead changes, Kevin Long being ejected over objections to Joe West’s strike zone and Michael Cuddyer losing a ball in the sun in left the seventh.

Noah Syndergaard went 6.2 innings.  He gave up six hits one walk and struck out there. His only home run came at the hands of David Ortiz who took a fastball up to the Pepsi Porch. It was Ortiz’s 28th home run of 2015.

Syndergaard has allowed a homer in six straight starts, nine in that span. Had allowed sox homers in his first 14 starts of the season.

The Mets went ahead for good when Cuddyer made good for his sins, driving in Daniel Murphy with a single, which put the Mets on top 5-4. Cuddyer was 3-for-3.

The Red Sox got  runners on first and second in the 9th for Jeurys Familia making things briefly interesting in the ninth. Familia struck out Alejandro De Aza, got Travis Shaw to ground out and Mookie Betts struck out to end the game.



Mets complete deal for RH reliever Reed

The Mets confirmed they have acquired RH reliever Addison Reed from the D-Backs for minor league RH relievers Miller Diaz and Matt Koch (Aug. 30).

Previous reports

Reed, 26, who is Arizona’s former closer, has pitched 40 2/3 innings in 38 appearances with a 4.20 ERA, including three saves, eight holds, two blown saves and a 2-2 record. However, since returning from a mid-season stint in the minor leagues, he has a 1.65 ERA in 16 1/3 innings, during which opponents have a .627 OPS against him.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported the Mets will be sending RH minor league pitchers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz to Arizona (Aug. 29).

Reed spent his first three major league seasons with the White Sox, with 29 saves in 2012 and 40 in 2013. Chicago traded him to Arizona, where he had 32 saves last season.

Left-handed hitters are hitting .242 against Reed this year, .210 and .219 in the previous two seasons.

Koch has a 3.46 ERA at Double-A, working as a reliever and starter. Diaz has a 4.71 in High-A in 124 1/3 innings.


Game 130: Red Sox at Mets, 1:10 p.m. on SNY

The Mets (71-58) will try to end a five-game home losing streak and avert a sweep by the Red Sox (60-69) Sunday at Citi Field (1:10 p.m., SNY). Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.19) faces Wade Miley (10-10, 4.51).

Red Sox Mets
1. Mookie Betts (R) CF 1. Juan Lagares (R) CF
2. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B 2. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
3. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS 3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. David Ortiz (L) 1B 4. Daniel Murphy (L) 1B
5. Brock Holt (L) 2B 5. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF
6. Rusney Castillo (R)  RF 6. Juan Uribe (R) 2B
7. Blake Swihart (S) C 7. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
8. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF 8. Anthony Recker (R) C
9. Wade Miley (R) P 9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

Syndergaard Notes: Coming off his first road win last Monday at Philadelphia, giving up two runs (both on homers) and four hits in five innings with nine strikeouts. He is 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA in nine starts at Citi Field.

Miley Notes: Leads Sox with 26 starts, 10 wins, 153.2 IP, and 115 strikeoutst…Is making his 15th road start on the road, where he is 4-6, 4.56 . . In his past seven away starts he’s 2-2, 3.56. Heis 0-1 with a 3.71 ERA in three career starts with the Mets, all with Arizona.

Mets Notes: The Mets lead the Nationals by 5 1/2 games in the NL East. Saturday was only the second day in the last 21 that the Nats gained a game on the Mets. … The Mets are trying to end a season-long five-game home winning streak. The Mets have been swept six times this season, only twice at at home.

Red Sox Notes: The Red Sox have won three in a row, one shy of tying their longest win streak this season and are seeking their first four-game road winning streak and third sweep this season.


Matz will only start when he returns from DL

Rookie lefthander Steven Matz will only be used as a starter when he returns from the disabled list, Terry Collins told reporters Sunday.

Collins said he’s “not sure it’s fair” to ask Matz to warm up in a hurry as a reliever. “You’re talking about a guy with injury issues,” Collins said.

Previous reports

Matz will make another minor-league rehab start Monday, when he’s expected to throw around 80 pitches, according to B-Mets reporter Lynn Worthy (Aug. 27, 5:10 pm).

Matz allowed one hit over six shutout innings during a rehab start for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday night, striking out six with no walks in threw 56 pitches (41 strikes) while the last 16 batters he faced. He was making his third rehab start and was on a 60-pitch limit.

Matz, 24, was 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in two big-league starts before going on the disabled list in early July due to a partial lat tear.


What’s on tap for Sunday Aug. 29

The first-place Mets try to avoid being swept at home by the last-place Red Sox Sunday afternoon 1:10 p.m. (SNY). Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.19) faces Wade Miley (10-10, 4.51 ERA)

In case you missed it on Saturday, Aug. 28

Joe Kelly tied Pedro Martinez’s Red Sox record with his sixth victory this month, allowing one run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings, as Boston beat the Mets 3-1 at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom took the loss despite striking out 10 in six innings. The first five were scoreless before deGrom allowed two in the sixth.

Bartolo Colon pitched the ninth, making his first relief appearance since 2011. Terry Collins said before the game he would use Colon in relief if needed because the bullpen was tired after back-to-back extra-inning games.

Washington beat Miami 5-1 to cut the Mets’ NL East lead to 5 1/2 games.

The Mets acquired RH reliever Addison Reed from the Diamondbacks pending a physical. The Mets will reportedly send RH relievers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz for the former closer for the White Sox and Diamondbacks.

The Mets claimed Padres LHP Marc Rzepczynski off revocable waivers and are working on a deal to acquire him, Ken Rosenthal reported.

Lucas Duda (back) hasn’t swung a bat since going on the DL last week. Last week, Sandy Alderson said the Mets had gotten “favorable reports” on the first baseman.

Collins also said the decision to pull Matt Harvey after 103 pitches and six shutout innings Friday is part of the strategy to keep him fresh for the playoffs. Collins also said the Mets do not want Harvey to skip another start, but didn’t guarantee it wouldn’t happen.