Sparked by a three-run first inning and a combined three-hit shutout by their pitching staff, the Mets (7-7) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-13) on Tuesday by a score of 9-0>> Read the full recap and box score at SNY.tv.
Need to Know: Jenrry Mejia gave up two hits while striking out three and walking two over five scoreless innings on the mound. He left the game after 77 pitches when he tore a blister on his middle finger.
The Mets scored three runs in the first after they loaded the bases with no outs to start off the game. Lucas Duda, Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis came out of the inning with an RBI a piece.
Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-5 with a home run and 3 RBIs during Tuesday’s game — his first with the Mets this season.
New York put up six runs in the fourth, knocking out Arizona’s starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo.
The Mets nine runs are the most the team has scored in a single game this season.
Reaction from Meredith Perri: If the Mets hadn’t scored in the first inning, we’d be having a conversation about Eric Young Jr.’s decisions on the base paths. Lucky for Young, though, his blunder in the first that landed him on third instead of crossing the plate didn’t matter. The Mets were aggressive as four consecutive batters went after the first pitch they saw, and the team had four singles and three runs on a mere 14 pitches in the first inning alone.
The Mets may have gotten two runs on the board before Nieuwenhuis stepped up to the plate, but a large portion of Tuesday’s win falls on his shoulders. After a 2013 stint with the Mets where he hit just .189 in 47 appearances, Nieuwenhuis played a roll in three of the team’s nine runs. You really can’t ask for much more than that out of someone’s first appearance of the season.
What’s Next: The Mets will look to complete the sweep on Wednesday when they send Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.03 ERA) up against Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78 ERA) at 3:40 p.m. at Chase Field.
Jenrry Mejia left Tuesday night’s game with a torn blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand (Vorkunov, April 15).
Mejia got the blister after the game against the Braves, and did not think it would impact his outing today (Rivera, April 15).
The 24-year-old righty had given up two hits over five scoreless innings on the mound while striking out three and walking two.
The Mets and Diamondbacks play on Tuesday night in Arizona, a 9:40 p.m. ET start.
The game will air on SNY, and you can follow along with SNY GameDay.
Jenrry Mejia will pitch for the Mets, facing off against Bronson Arroyo for the Diamondbacks.
|1. Eric Young Jr. – LF
||1. Gerrado Parra – RF
|2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
||2. Martin Prado – 3B
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Paul Goldschmidt – 1B
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Miguel Montero – C
|5. Andrew Brown – RF
||5. Aaron Hill – 2B
|6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
||6. Mark Trumbo – LF
|7. Travis d’Arnaud -C
||7. Chris Owings – SS
|8. Omar Quintanilla – SS
||8. A.J. Pollock – CF
|9. Jenrry Mejia – RHP
||9. Bronson Arroyo – RHP
Update 8:42: Juan Lagares was officially sent to the 15-day disabled list and Kirk Nieuwenhuis was recalled from AAA Las Vegas.
8:42 pm: Mets officially place Juan Lagares on 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring and recall Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets, April 15).
Nieuwenhuis, who hit .189 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 47 games with the Mets last season, will wear number 9 during Tuesday’s game. The 26-year-old was hitting .310 with 10 runs scored, two doubles and eight RBIs in 10 games with the Las Vegas 51s.
7:40 pm: Sandy Alderson told reporters that Lagares will have an MRI and that there will not be a decision about the DL until Lagares returns from the test (Carig, April 15).
7:21 pm: Nieuwenhuis will get the start in center (Ackert, April 15).
2:58 pm: Lagares will be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night’s game against the D-backs, according to a team source (Newsday, Apr. 15).
12:30 pm: Triple-A OF Nieuwenhuis is on his way to Arizona to be available to the Mets if needed for Tuesday’s game, according to a source (Ehalt, Apr. 15).
6:00 am: Lagares left Monday’s game with a pulled right hamstring, which he injured running to first base on ground ball in the seventh inning.
Lagares later told reporters he felt a pull in his hamstring. However, he’s never injured a hamstring before, so he is not sure how severe it is. The team plans to wait until Tuesday before determining whether Lagares will be put on the disabled list.
Chris Young, who is on a rehab assignment in Vegas, is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Friday, April 18.
This week on the Mostly Mets podcast, presented by Caesars AC, MetsBlog’s Toby Hyde and Robert Brender discuss the spate of outfield injuries, Bobby Abreu, and the ills of the starting rotation…
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Mets OF Curtis Granderson will not be put on the disabled list, at least not today (NY Post, Apr. 15).
Update – 7:15 p.m.: Granderson was checked out by team doctors, and although sore, will not go on the DL. He will not play on Tuesday night, but will take light batting practice, he told reporters.
Granderson left Monday’s game with bruises to his left forearm, rib cage and knee after he crashed into the outfield wall in the first inning.
X-rays were negative, although multiple beat reporters said on Twitter that Granderson appeared in lots of pain after the game, struggling to dress and walk.
“I hit the wall with my forearm, which then lodged my elbow into my chest area,” he said. “I hit the pole that had a little bit of padding on it. Luckily, there was a little bit or else it could have been worse. But the worst part I could have hit, I ended up hitting.”
In his last start, Jenrry Mejia angrily threw his glove to the ground after giving up a home run in Atlanta.
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender that he talked to Mejia after the game about his behavior. He intended to talk with him more during Mejia’s bullpen session this past weekend.
“We talked about mound presence, demeanor, and how you cannot allow the other team see you sweat,” Warthen explained. “It’s something he’ll learn. You forgot how young he is, how competitive he is. He’ll clean it up.”
Mejia is scheduled to start Tuesday night against the D-Backs in Arizona.
Here is Brender’s full interview with Warthen, who also talks about Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese, after which he compares LHP prospect Steven Matz to Clayton Kershaw:
Minor League Recap: Syndergaard throws 5 innings, gives up 2 runs
Noah Syndergaard made his third start of the season for Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings pitched. He walked two and struck out five >> Read more about the night in minor league action at Mets Minor League Blog.
Lucas Duda is batting .306 with a .359 OBP, a team-leading three home runs and six RBI in 39 plate appearances this season.
He tied a career high with four hits in Monday’s win against the D-Backs, during which he also had two RBI.
Duda has started five of nine games since being named the team’s primary first baseman, during which he is batting .333 (9-for-27).
“He’s swinging good,” Terry Collins said Monday night. “You let him just get in that batter’s box and go get ‘em. He’s making a nice run at it right now.”
Collins put Duda in left field during Monday’s game after Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson were forced to leave the game due to injury.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I really, really hope Terry doesn’t try to solve his outfield shortage by putting Duda back in left field. I guess it’s OK for a game or two, to buy time until Granderson is feeling better and Chris Young is activated from the disabled list. But, honestly, he’s been playing so well of late, I’m not even sure it’s worth risking a disruption in whatever groove he has going on right now…
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
I’ve long been a defender of Duda and I’m not surprised he’s hitting so well to start the season. That said, putting him back in left field would be a big mistake.
For one thing, he’s not just bad defensively in the outfield — he’s unbelievably bad. He has cost the team a whopping 42 runs in the outfield over his career and even in his strong offensive seasons, his outfield play negates his value almost entirely. At first base, he’s a tick above average and his production overall is solid. In the outfield, he becomes replacement level.
There’s also the question of Duda’s defensive discomfort having an impact at the plate. For his career, he’s hit .274 with an .824 OPS as a first baseman. At left field, his average drops to .228 and his OPS to .743. There’s no question that he’s in a groove right now, which the team desperately needs to continue with the loss of their most effective player in Lagares. Moving Duda to left field to fill a hole would be short-sighted and hurt the team more than it would help.
Zack Wheeler held the D-backs to two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday night, earning his first win since last August.
Wheeler said he wanted to stay in and finish the seventh inning, but he understood the decision to take him out of the game.
He threw 97 pitches, let up six hits and walked three batters.
“This game is about feeling good about yourself every once in a while, and he should feel good about himself tonight,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He pitched a nice ballgame. I wasn’t going to let him get himself buried to where you start feeling bad.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
For whatever reason, Wheeler used a different delivery. He was lifting his hands over his hand during his windup, which he said he used to do when he was younger. Hey, if we was comfortable, so be it. The important thing in this start, for me, was seeing him fight. He let up a quick run in the first inning. He let up another run in the third. Yet, he was able to keep rolling and contain the D-Backs as his teammates took a lead they’d never let go.
The Mets will watch free-agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan throw a showcase this week for teams with interest in signing him (Puma, Apr. 11) Ackert, Apr. 15).
The Yankees, Angels, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Athletics, Red Sox and Rays, among others, are also likely to attend (Crasnick, Apr. 11).
The Mets were intrigued by Hanrahan after watching him throw a bullpen session during the offseason (Daily News, April 7).
Hanrahan, 32, underwent Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery last May. He entered last season with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings during the previous five years. He had been hitting 90-92 mph during his rehab toward the end of last summer (Rosenthal (FoxSports) Mar. 14).
Ryan Madson, Kevin Gregg and Octavio Dotel are also available on the free-agent market.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets are not the only team in need of an extra arm or two in the bullpen, so competition will be stiff, despite Hanrahan being at least a month or so away from pitching in the big leagues. The same can be said for Madson. I have no idea what’s going on with Gregg and Dotel. But, in either case, these guys are not going to help tomorrow. Similarly, it’s going to be at least a few weeks before we know from Triple-A what some of the young starting pitchers can do from the bullpen. So, adding Vic Black and Josh Edgin may end up being the best option, if for no other reason than they’re on the 40-man roster and it will let Sandy Alderson mix up the dynamic and roles without risking start dates or forcing roster moves.
Video highlights from Monday’s win in Arizona
Lucas Duda’s RBI double in the top of the third >> Watch here on SNY.TV.
Curtis Granderson’s RBI single in the top of the fifth >> Watch here on SNY.TV.
Duda’s RBI single in the top of the fifth >> Watch here on SNY.TV.