Recap: The Mets dropped their series opener to the Marlins, 6-5, on Monday night at Citi Field.
Need to Know: Mets starter Jacob deGrom dominated early, striking out the first batter he faced en route to 13 for the game. deGrom tossed six scoreless innings and was cruising into the seventh. Wilmer Flores lined a first-inning, two-run double that stuck for the first six frames.
Yet, the Marlins rallied for three runs off deGrom in the seventh, building a 3-2 lead. The Mets responded and thanks to Travis d’Arnaud’s two-out, two-RBI double and a bases-loaded walk to Curtis Granderson, the Mets led 5-3 after seven. But the Marlins answered with three more runs in the eighth off Jeurys Familia, and closer Steve Cishek notched a perfect ninth to seal the deal.
Game ball: deGrom walked only one, extending his scoreless streak to 28 innings before allowing those three runs in the seventh. His 13 strikeouts were a career high.
What’s next: The Mets will continue their three-game set with the Marlins on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. Bartolo Colon (13-12, 4.14) will take the ball for the Mets against Miami’s Nathan Eovaldi (6-11, 4.29).
Jacob deGrom ties MLB record for strikeouts to begin a game
Jacob deGrom opened Monday’s start against the Marlins by striking out the first eight batters he faced, tying a modern Major League record. The other pitcher to achieve the feat was Jim Deshaies of the Astros in 1986.
The Marlins and Mets begin a three-game series at Citi Field on Monday night.
Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.
Jacob deGrom (8-6, 2.62) starts for the Mets, while Jarred Cosart (4-2, 1.93) pitches for Miami.
|1. Juan Lagares – CF||1. Christian Yelich – LF|
|2. Daniel Murphy – 2B||2. Donovan Solano – 2B|
|3. Travis d’Arnaud – C||3. Casey McGeehee – 3B|
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B||4. Marcell Ozuna – CF|
|5. Wilmer Flores – SS||5. Justin Bour – 1B|
|6. Curtis Granderson – RF||6. Adeiny Hechavarria – SS|
|7. Dilson Herrera – 2B||7. Jordany Valdespin – RF|
|8. Matt den Dekker – LF||8. Jeff Mathis – C|
|9. Jacob deGrom – RHP||9. Jarred Cosart – RHP|
Mr. Met is rocking Jacob deGrom’s hair
Matt Harvey threw an up-and-down session off the mound at Citi Field on Monday. He pitched, rested — as if waiting for his team to bat — and then pitched again.
Harvey was watched by Terry Collins and Dan Warthen, in what was his last big effort until spring training, Sandy Alderson said.
He threw all his pitches, except a slider, on Monday and hit 95 mph on the radar gun.
Harvey said he is 100 percent confident he’ll be ready to pitch Opening Day next season, he told WFAN in early September.
“Everything is healthy, everything is normal,” he said.
Vic Black will be shut down for five to six days due to a shoulder strain, Terry Collins said.
Black, who has been dealing with a herniated disk, returned from the disabled list last week.
On Saturday, Black hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and gave up an RBI double to Ian Desmond in the eighth. His velocity was about 92-93 mph, a stat which prompted the team’s concern earlier this season (MLB.com, Sept. 13).
After the game, Black said his shoulder feels “weak,” and felt as if he was stepping on the gas pedal and it wasn’t responding (Rubin, Sept. 13).
The Mets will make an announcement at the end of the season about the job status of Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson, “with the expectation that the manager and GM will return,” sources familiar with the situation told reporter Andy Martino (Daily News, Sept. 15).
It was reported last month that the Mets and Alderson appeared weeks away from announcing a contract extension beyond his 2015 option, according to columnist David Lennon (Newsday, Aug. 7). Similarly, according to Martino’s sources, it’s possible the Mets and Alderson may announce a extension to his current deal at the end of this year.
“We still have some things to accomplish, and I would like to be here when we do,” Alderson told Martino.
There has been a recent debate and uncertainty among Mets executives regarding whether Collins will remain manager, Martino reported late last week (Daily News, September 4). Meanwhile, Jon Heyman has reported twice – and as recently as this past weekend – that Collins would return barring a catastrophic collapse in September (CBS Sports, Aug. 2014).
The Mets are on pace to win 77 games, which will be three more than they won in 2013.
Collins, 65, was hired prior to the 2011 season. He is under contract for 2015. The Mets hold a team option for 2016.
Matthew Cerrone: I’ve heard from people who know Alderson, who is 66-years-old, that he does not intend to work in an active role beyond 70. At the same time, they say it’s very important to him that he leave the entire franchise in significantly better condition than when he arrived.
I don’t support every choice he’s made, but for the most part I agree with his direction and philosophy. It’s taking longer than I’d like, but I’m reasonable and I’ve seen enough baseball to know the task at hand when he took over can take five or six years to complete.
So, here we are… He’s done what he was challenged to do by ownership, which is essentially reboot the franchise – from the majors on down to the minor leagues. Thanks to Alderson’s staff and their collective discipline, they now seem to be in a position to begin winning more than they lose, with a team built on affordable, cost-controlled and home-grown players.
However, I’ve heard from MLB insiders that, while ownership was accepting of the ‘rebuilding phase,’ there is a growing sense of urgency to get this franchise back to being a playoff contender >> Read more from Aug. 7
Mets LHP prospect Steve Matz will be honored as the organization’s pitcher of the year before Monday’s game at Citi Field.
Matz, who is a native of Stony Brook, Long Island, took a no-hitter into the eighth inning Friday during the Double-A Eastern League championship >> Read more at MiLB.com
Matz, 23, went 10-9 with a 2.24 ERA, 131 strikeouts and 35 walks between Single- and Double-A this season.
He was recently ranked by MLB.com as the organization’s third-best pitching prospect, checking in behind Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero.
The Mets drafted him with their first pick in 2009. However, he immediately had his career thrown off track when he needed Tommy John surgery in 2010.
“His command has improved as he has gotten more innings under his belt and further away from his injuries,” minor league reporter Jonathan Mayo said in June (MLB.com, June 2014). “Matz has proven he still has the stuff to be a solid starter. With health finally on his side, he is looking like the kind of pitcher the Mets expected him to be when they drafted him.”
Tim Reilly, MetsBlog Contributor: It appears the Mets may have yet another ace up their sleeve. Matz, the 23-year-old Ward Melville product, has quickly caught the attention of the Mets fan base, Frank Viola and – more importantly – Sandy Alderson.
Alderson made the trip north this past Friday night to attend the Binghamton Mets Double-A Championship game to watch Matz in person. Matz didn’t disappoint, as he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished striking out 11 batters and giving up just one run in 7 2/3 innings, while earning the championship-clinching win. This comes just a year after being on the mound for a Single-A championship.
Even Alderson, who has been known not to rush his top pitching prospects to the big leagues, hinted that Matz could very well be an exception to the rule…
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