Sunday’s minor league recaps…

Las Vegas right-hander Noah Syndergaard followed up his outstanding performance from July 22 with five more terrific innings Sunday. The 21-year-old limited the Bees to two runs (one earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks (one intentional).

He’s allowed one earned run in his last 11 1/3 innings of work.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

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DeGrom coasts into August

Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom finished July in style with his fourth straight winning decision in a 2-0 win over the Brewers on Sunday.

DeGrom held the Brewers to four hits, no runs over 6 1/3 innings pitched and lowered his ERA to 2.79 with a 5-5 record. DeGrom is 4-1 in July and has given up five runs in runs in 32.1 innings this month, a 1.77 ERA. Over his last four starts, he’s give up two runs in 27.1 innings  (ESPN, July 27th). His ERA has dropped from nearly a full run over the last four starts from 3.78 to 2.79 ERA.

“He’s been very good,” manager Terry Collins told reporters after the win. “We keep talking about it. I guess he has to go out each time and prove it. He’s been very good. He was very good today.”

DeGrom threw 109 pitches, a season-high, as Collins tried to stretch out the rookie right-hander. Collins consulted with pitching coach Dan Warthen before they decoded to send deGrom out there over 100 pitches. There’s an off day coming and deGrom will get an extra day of rest with his next turn due Saturday.

The Mets are starting to get something out of the youth movement with their pitchers. Zack Wheeler is coming off a 108 pitch performance giving up only one run in 6.2 innings of work.  Wheeler is on a a streak where he has allowed only one earned run per start. Wheeler is now 5-8 with a 3.64 ERA as the young pitching starts to mature for the Mets (Metsblog, July 26th).


Game Recap: Mets 2 – Brewers 0

Result: The Mets blanked the Brewers, 2-0, on Sunday in Milwaukee on the back of another strong pitching performance by Jacob deGrom.

MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers

Need to Know: deGrom impressed again for the Mets as he shut out the Brewers over 6 1/3 innings Sunday afternoon. The right-hander struck out four and allowed four hits to pick up the fifth win of his career. Offense was hard to come by at Miller Park, with Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson matching deGrom pitch for pitch until Lucas Duda broke up the scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. The blast, Duda’s 18th on the season, scored Daniel Murphy, who led off the inning with a double. Chris Young chipped in two doubles as well, and Jenrry Mejia came on in the ninth inning to slam the door, recording his 15th save of 2014.

Game Ball: deGrom, who has now allowed just two earned runs over his last four starts for the Mets.

Links: AP Recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Mets travel back to New York to begin a seven-game home stand as they host the Phillies at Citi Field on Monday night. Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03) will get the start against Philadelphia’s A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86).

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Jayson Stark talks Mets, “Plan,” and trade deadline

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone talks with’s Jayson Stark about the best-run franchises in MLB, as how baseball looks at Sandy Alderson’s “Plan.”

Stark also has a new book out, Wild Pitches: Rumblings, Grumblings, and the Game I Love, which you can learn more about at

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Today’s game: Mets at Brewers, 2:10 p.m., SNY

The Mets will play the finale of their series against the Brewers today in Milwaukee at 2:05 p.m. the game is televised on SNY and can be heard on 710 WOR.

 Jacob deGrom goes for the Mets (4-5, 3.01 ERA) while Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06 ERA) pitches for the Brewers.


Mets Brewers
1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Carlos Gomez – CF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. Rickie Weeks - 2B
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Ryan Braun – RF
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Lucroy - C
5. Chris Young- LF 5. Khris Davis - LF
6. Jun Lagares CF 6. Mark Reynolds - 1B
7. Anthony Recker – C 7. Jean Segura - SS
8. Ruben Tejada- SS 8. Elian Herrera- 3B
9. Jacob deGrom – RHP 9. Jimmy Nelson- RHP



It was a rough and eventful night for Jon Niese

Jon Niese tossed four shutout innings, then – with two outs in the fifth – surrendered three runs and the Brewers beat the Mets, 5-2, late Saturday night in Milwaukee.

In the top of the sixth inning, with two outs and the tying run at third, Terry Collins pinch hit Bobby Abreu for Niese, which resulted in the Brewers bringing in a left-handed reliever. Collins called Abreu back and went with right-handed hitter Eric Campbell, who struck out to end the inning.


“He certainly deserved to go back out, but we’ve been having a tough time scoring,” said Collins, who had Niese batting eighth in the lineup. “So I thought he had to hit for him in the sixth.”

Niese is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings and two starts since the All Star break and returning from the disabled list.

In Niese’s final frame, with two outs and the Brewers having yet to score a run, Chris Young let a ball drop in to center field, which he may or may not have been able to dive and catch. Naturally, a run scored…

“Them getting those runs with two outs is frustrating, they hit them where we weren’t,” Niese said.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Look, had Juan Lagares been in center field – and not Young – that ball is likely caught and Niese may have escaped having let up no runs through five innings… In Young’s defense, if he dives – and the ball goes by him – who knows how things play out. Niese also didn’t have to lose 5 mph on his fastball and leave balls up in the zone. It was just a messy inning, including a pass ball. Niese looked annoyed on the mound after the run scored, and even seemed to throw a stink eye toward Young. His quote in this post could read as a snarky comment as well, but he may also be being genuine and obvious, it’s hard to tell…

Anyway, I’m confused by Niese’s arm. I really am? Is he hurt? If not, why the dramatic and sudden dip in velocity during the fifth inning? Why does that happen so quickly, after looking so good the first four frames? Did he lose focus after that first run? Maybe his arm strength is weak after missing a few starts while on the DL through the All Star bream? Or, maybe it’s some larger, chronic issue, which is why he was on the DL in the first place? I don’t know. I’m hoping Saturday was just…

By the way, had Niese been batting ninth and not eighth, he may not have had to be pinch hit for and maybe he gets a chance to go back and do well in the sixth inning, and the fifth is just a bad inning instead of a bad ending. For what it’s worth, this is why I don’t like hitting the pitcher eighth, because of situations like this. Because of it, Terry ended up burning three players in one spot where he may not have had to, not to mention it pulls Niese and fires up the bullpen earlier than it may have had to be used.

What’s on tap for Sunday, July 27

The Mets (49-55) conclude their four-game series with the Brewers (59-46) on Sunday in Milwaukee at 2:10 pm ET.

Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) will start for the Mets against Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06).

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In case you missed it…

The Brewers rallied to score three runs in the fifth inning and beat the Mets, 5-2, on Saturday at Miller Park.

The Mets are 4-5 on their current road trip through San Diego, Seattle and Milwaukee.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was put on disabled list Saturday with inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Buddy Carlyle was promoted to take Matsuzaka’s spot on the roster.

Saturday’s minor league recaps…

Mets IF prospect Dilson Herrera had another outstanding night with the bat, connecting on three more hits, including his fifth Double-A home run and drove in four runs.

The 20-year-old is now batting .353/.412/.556 in 33 Eastern League games.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…