In this week’s MetsBlog Q&Acast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone chats with Colorado Rockies blogger Bryan Kilpatrick about life rooting for Troy Tulowitzki and what Colorado may want in return for him in trade…
Matt Harvey struck out 11 hitters over eight innings of four-run ball but the Mets fell short late in the team’s 4-3 loss to the Marlins.
Lucas Duda hits a home run into the second deck in right field to put the Mets on the board against the Marlins on Friday. >> Watch here
Curtis Granderson homers to right-center field to give the Mets their second run of the game against the Marlins. >> Watch here
Daniel Murphy doubles on a soft fly ball to left field, scoring Ruben Tejada to put the Mets within one run Friday. >> Watch here
Friday’s minor league recaps…
Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith extended his hitting streak to 11 games with 13th double of the season Friday night in St. Lucie. 11 of the 13 doubles have come in his last 19 games. He has the longest current hitting streak in the Mets system.
Jeff McNeil had two more hits, lifting his league-best batting average to .355 >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
Matt Harvey struck out 11 in eight innings in his first start since his dead arm diagnosis, but the New York Mets lost to the Miami Marlins, 4-3, Friday at Citi Field.
Harvey (5-3) allowed four runs and six hits, including a three-run home run to Justin Bour.
Dan Haren (5-2) induced 11 groundball outs and gave up four hits in seven innings of work for the Marlins (19-30), who snapped a three-game losing streak.
A.J. Ramos earned his third save of the season by getting Wilmer Flores to ground out with the game-tying run on second.
Harvey rebounded from his worst-career start last Saturday, a four-inning, seven-run outing vs. the Pirates that prompted a dead arm diagnosis.
He threw 105 pitches and hit 98 mph on the radar gun. He retired the first nine batters in order, but ran into trouble in the fourth.
Dee Gordon bunted for a single and Martin Prado walked. Two batters later, Bour hit a home run to right that gave the Marlins a 3-0 lead.
New York’s 4 through 9 hitters combined to go 2 for 20.
Daniel Murphy brought the game to 4-3 in the ninth with an RBI double, but was left stranded on second.
Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson both hit solo home runs for the Mets (27-22).
Duda hit his third home run in two games for the Mets in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Marlins’ lead to 3-1.
Prado hit an RBI single in the fifth that drove in Adeiny Hechavarria to make it 4-1.
Harvey settled down afterward, retiring 10 of the last 11 hitters he faced.
Granderson’s solo shot in the sixth made it 4-2.
The Mets and Marlins play the second game of their three-game series at Citi Field on Saturday at 4:10 p.m.
LHP Jon Niese (3-5, 4.08 ERA) starts for the Mets against Tom Koehler (3-3, 3.44 ERA).
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud suffered a minor setback on rehab assignment on Thursday night. (May 29, 5:53 p.m.)
d’Arnaud, on the disabled list since April 19 with a fractured right pinkie, suffered a bone bruise in his right wrist in Thursday’s game for High-A St. Lucie.
He was examined by a hand specialist in Florida. GM Sandy Alderson said the bruise is unrelated to his broken finger. (May 29, 6:14 p.m.)
d’Arnaud was expected to rejoin the Mets during their next road trip, which begins Monday vs. San Diego. (May 27, 8:35 p.m.)
“My guess is that’s going to delay him slightly, but he can play to tolerance,” Alderson said.
d’Arnaud went 0 for 3 with a walk and an RBI as a DH on Thursday, and caught seven innings and went 0 for 3 Wednesday for St. Lucie.
Bobby Parnell was hitting 94-95 miles per hour on the radar gun during his last rehab outing, Terry Collins said on Friday.
Parnell is expected to pitch for Double-A Binghamton on Friday night.
Collins said that Parnell is “close” to returning.
Parnell pitched one inning in a rehab appearance Sunday with Double-A Binghamton. (May 24, 8:32 p.m.) Parnell, recovering from Tommy John surgery, gave up one hit and struck out one batter.
“Every step has been a good step in the right direction,” Parnell told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. “I feel like every time has been an improvement.” (May 24, 10:45 p.m.)
|1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B||1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF|
|2. Martin Prado (R) 3B||2. Ruben Tejada (R) 3B|
|3. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF||3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B|
|4. Justin Bour (L) 1B||4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B|
|5. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF||5. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF|
|6. Christian Yelich (L) LF||6. Wilmer Flores (R) SS|
|7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C||7. Juan Lagares (R) CF|
|8. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS||8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C|
|9. Dan Haren (R) P||9. Matt Harvey (R) P|
Game 49: Marlins at Mets on SNY at 7 pm ET
The second-place Mets (27-21) and last-place Marlins (18-30) play the first game of a three-game series on Friday night at Citi Field.
Matt Harvey (5-2, 2.91 ERA) starts for the Mets against RHP Dan Haren (4-2, 3.09 ERA) at 7:10 pm ET.
Matt Harvey: Harvey allowed a career-high seven runs in his last outing, during which he has his 16 scoreless inning streak snapped and was pulled from the game before the sixth inning for the first time in his career. In his last seven starts at Citi Field, Harvey is 5-1 with a 1.63 ERA with 47 strikeouts and two walks. Marlins OF Marcell Ozuna is 4 for 9 against Harvey during his career.
Dan Haren: Haren has received a total of just three runs of support over his last three appearances, during which he’s 0-1. He allowed just one run and six hits in six innings in his last start.
Mets Notes: The Mets are 20-6 at home, which is their best start in team history after 26 games. The .769 home winning percentage is the second-best in the majors, behind St. Louis. … The Mets swept the Marlins in a four-game series earlier this year at Citi Field. They have won nine of their last 11 home games against Miami. … The Mets are 6-1-1 in home series this year. … The Mets have 14 home runs during their last nine home games. … Wilmer Flores has six RBI in his last four games. … Michael Cuddyer has six hits in his last 14 at bats. He is batting .381 at Citi Field this season. … Daniel Murphy is batting .520 in his last seven games. … The Mets bullpen has a 2.21 ERA in May, the third-lowest in the majors.
Marlins Notes: The Marlins have lost 14 of their 17 games. … They’re 2-9 under manager Dan Jennings. … The Marlins are on pace to commit just 57 errors in 2015, which would be their lowest mark in team history. … Dee Gordon’s 73 hits are the most by any NL player through his team’s first 48 games of a season.
Matthew Cerrone: On Thursday night, at BB Kings in New York City, I was a featured panelist at Pitch Talks: Mets, moderated by Mike Puma (NY Post), alongside Anthony DiComo (MLB.com), Marc Carig (Newsday), Jeffrey Paternostro (Amazin’ Avenue) and Darren Meenan (The 7 Line).
The stark difference between this event and the one this company held in late January, which I was also on alongside Buster Olney and Adam Rubin (ESPN), was the lack of critical questions from fans about Mets ownership. In January, during what was a quiet time after the team hadn’t made many off-season acquisitions, fans were far more angry. There was a hopeful vibe, a sense the team would be good, but a lot of the focus was on spending, finances and ability to compete in a big market. Last night, however, while it was discussed a little, the Wilpons were hardly mentioned, with the focus settling on how the team can improve by trade and continue to contend for the post season.
In January, I spoke 11 times in 40 minutes about spending (I counted), whether directed by the moderator or a fan. Last night, I was asked only once, to which I said what I always say, which is that – while a team can win with a $100 million – they are more likely to win (and win for a longer period of time) if they spend more than that. That was the only question I was asked on the subject…
In the opinion of reporter Howard Megdal, who was in attendance and wrote a review of the event for Capital New York (May 29, 10:52 am), the once-lively debate about ownership and spending is now essentially priced into any analysis of the team, “The way a pitcher might be given credit for a mediocre start if it happens at hitter-friendly Coors Field.”
Fueled by exhaustion of the topic and early-season success, I think this is probably accurate. The Mets have always said, in the end, it’s about winning, and all the off-field silliness that seems to surround them would go away once they had more wins than losses. Based on last night’s Pitch Talks, I’d say they’re right. The question is, how much winning — and for how long — do they need to do it before the criticism comes roaring back…?
Matthew Cerrone: Yes, the Mets need to improve the bullpen, because they’re skating these guys out on thin ice. But, I don’t think they need to trade prospects to be better. They have enough talent to do it internally…
In the next month or so, the bullpen should again include Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Rafael Montero and Jenrry Mejia, with Jerry Blevins expected back during August. In the minors, Zack Thornton, Logan Verrett and Duane Below all can be called upon, if needed. And, in more selective, less high leverage situations, I think Hansel Robles and Erik Goeddel can be very, very good.
The point is, I just listed nine guys that other teams would have interest in, let alone four guys with successful track records, all of which will be or are available to the Mets right now without trading anyone.
Again, I think the bullpen can be solved in house, it’s the bench that is a whole other story…