Result: The Mets rebounded from a six-error performance Monday to win their second straight high-scoring affair with the Marlins, 8-6.
Need to Know: Juan Lagares had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases. David Wright broke a 20-game streak without an extra-base hit with a second-inning double, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Travis d’Arnaud added three hits of his own, while Matt den Dekker and Wilmer Flores had two each. Jon Niese allowed six runs over six innings, but picked up his eighth win thanks to the Mets offense.
Game Ball: A few good options, but Lagares reaching base five times and playing stellar defense earns him the honors.
What’s Next: Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.94 ERA) will look to follow up a gem in his second start back from the DL and lead the Mets to a series victory. Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.79 ERA) will toe the opposing rubber for the Marlins.
The Mets and Marlins continue their three-game series on Tuesday night in Miami.
Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.
Jon Niese (7-10, 3.48) pitches for the Mets, while Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) starts for the Marlins.
|1. Juan Lagares – CF||1. Christian Yelich – LF|
|2. Curtis Granderson – RF||2. Donovan Solano – 2B|
|3. David Wright – 3B||3. Giancarlo Stanton – RF|
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B||4. Casey McGehee – 3B|
|5. Travis d’Arnaud – C||5. Marcell Ozuna – CF|
|6. Matt den Dekker – LF||6. Jeff Baker – 1B|
|7. Dilson Herrera – 2B||7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia – C|
|8. Wilmer Flores- SS||8. Adeiny Hechavarria- SS|
|9. Jon Niese – LHP||9. Brad Penny – RHP|
The High Five counts down the top five defensive plays from Juan Lagares in the month of August…
Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka both received cortisone shots in their respective elbows, the Mets said.
They are both expected to rejoin the team in Cincinnati, where the Mets open a series on Friday night, but they might not be able to pitch with them by then.
Edgin and Dice-K both visited doctors in New York regarding elbow pain and inflammation.
Edgin was diagnosed with bone spurs and Terry Collins said the team was “uncertain” about if he’ll be able to pitch again this season (Vorkunov, Sept. 1).
Mets prospects move before MiLB playoffs
With the minor league regular season over, the Mets made organizational moves before the minor league playoffs started. With Triple-A Las Vegas, Double-A Binghamton and Single-A Savannah all headed to postseason play in their respective leagues, the Mets were able to promote some players to extend their seasons and beef up those teams’ chances.
Among those receiving calls were 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto, who will head to Single-A Savannah from short-season Single-A Brooklyn. These moves set off chain reactions, which begin with the promotions to the big league club — like that of Dilson Herrera last week. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini was promoted from advanced Single-A to fill Herrera’s infield void. >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…
Wally Backman is not likely to get a job managing a big-league team unless it’s the Mets, several baseball people told columnist Bill Madden (Daily News, Aug. 31).
Backman was recently named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, the league office announced Friday.
In 2004, the D-Backs named Backman as its next manager, they had a press conference to introduce him and then fired him a few days later after learning of a drunk driving charge and domestic violence arrest from earlier in his life.
It wasn’t until 2010 that he returned to MLB, as a minor-league manager for the Mets.
The off-the-field issues that once plagued him seem to be a thing of the past, people in the Mets organization told Madden.
Nevertheless, according to Madden, the buzz in baseball indicates Sandy Alderson is unlikely to ever hire Backman as manager, and he may be skeptical of adding Backman to the big-league coaching staff as well.
“The speculation being that Backman is a bit too much of an I’ll-do-it-my-way personality,” explains Madden.
Matthew Cerrone: This will only further embolden Mets fans and media who feel Backman’s time has come and that he should replace Collins as soon as next season. I don’t think it matters, though. The way I understand it from team insiders, it’s very unlikely that Wally is ever managing the Mets under Alderson. I do think it could work under Paul DePodesta, John Ricco or JP Ricciardi, but not Sandy. In terms of what I think… >> Read more…
This past weekend, SNY debuted The Good Doctor, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Dwight Gooden’s debut with the Mets.
Matthew Cerrone: In case you missed it, the dates of the re-runs are listed below, and I highly suggest checking it out. It’s really awesome, and the folks at SNY who produced this should be really proud of their work. It’s easy to forget how awesome Doc was on the field, since it’s so easy to get distracted and bogged down in talk of what happened to him off the field. This documentary, which is admittedly told through his point of view, features tons of footage and discussion by Gooden and his teammates about the good in Doc’s life.
In this clip, Doc explores his childhood from the Tampa Bay Little League fields he once played on, while talking emotionally about his father…
|Monday||Sept. 1||9:30 PM||10:30 PM|
|Wednesday||Sept. 3||1:00 PM||2:00 PM|
|Sunday||Sept. 7||5:30 PM||6:30 PM|
|Sunday||Sept. 14||4:30 PM||5:30 PM|
|Thursday||Sept. 18||6:00 PM||7:00 PM|
|Monday||Sept. 29||1:00 PM||2:00 PM|
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