Wright to begin fielding, running Monday

NY_Mets_Training_33A.JPGDavid Wright will add fielding grounders and some running to his rehab regimen Monday, Terry Collins said Sunday.

Wright, who went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring April 15, began hitting off a tee and throwing Saturday.

Collins said he hopes Wright can return from the disabled list on Saturday. Sandy Alderson said he wants to see him play. “I wouldn’t make any predictions,” Alderson told reporters Sunday.

Wright is eligible to come off the DL Thursday.

Tonight’s Game: Mets at Yankees, 8:05 p.m.

metlineup0426The Mets (14-4) meet the Yankees (10-8) Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

The game is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. on ESPN.

Jon Niese (2-0, 1.50) will start for the Mets, while Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12) pitches for the Yankees.

Niese has allowed no more than two earned runs in his last seven starts, the longest such streak of his career.

Niese has allowed three earned runs or less in 33 of his last 36 starts dating to Sept. 13, 2013.

In four games against the Yankees, Niese is 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA (six earned runs/26.1 innings) with 22 strikeouts and five walks.

The Mets’ 14-4 start is the team’s best since 1986. The 1986 World Championship team started 15-4.

The teams split the first two games of the series. . The Mets have won three of the previous four series against the Yankees.

Eric Campbell has reached base safely in all 10 games since being called up to replace the injured David Wright (.400 OBP).

Kevin Plawecki’s first three career RBI Saturday gave Mets catchers 13 RBI this season. That’s second in the majors to Oakland’s catchers (15).

Danny Muno gets his first major league start tonight at DH.

The Yankees visit the Mets for three games Sept. 18-20.

Follow the game online at SNY Gameday.


ICYMI: Significant injuries open spots for Alderson’s draft picks to make impact

This post originally published April 22, 2015

Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY

Sandy Alderson is thankful for the depth of his farm system, especially given recent injuries to David Wright, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin and Vic Black.

“The primary basis for sustained success is a solid farm system,” Alderson said this past weekend, during a Q&A with author Steve Kettman. “You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have a solid farm system, you’re not going to be able to sustain success.”

Danny Muno was promoted last week and Kevin Plawecki who made his debut Tuesday. They represent Alderson’s first draft picks to make an impact on the Mets’ big-league roster. However, as Joel Sherman recently wrote in the New York Post, most of the current roster is a reflection of Omar Minaya, not Alderson (April 18).

Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada, Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese were all brought in by Minaya, while Wright was drafted when Minaya was the assistant GM.

“I give Omar, and the people who were involved at the time, a lot of credit,” Alderson said during the Q&A. To read more of this story, click here


ICYMI: It may be cliche, but it’s fun to watch these Mets

This post originally published April 23, 2015

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com

It’s not just the winning, it’s how the Mets are winning that has me most encouraged by the potential of the rest of this season. I mean, if it was all power, or just a great streak by one aspect of the team, I’d chalk up 12-3 as lucky. Instead, they’re getting small, routine contributions from every aspect of the roster, giving me faith the good play will continue. I don’t expect them to get every bounce, every lucky roll, every team’s fourth and fifth starter. But, if they do or or don’t, I see plenty of evidence that – at the very least – the roster will continue to grind out games and hustle to get themselves in to position to win every night.

In Wednesday night’s win, they worked counts, drew key walks, they hit and ran, they went to the opposite field to move runners around, they took extra bases on balls in the gap, and pitchers (including their closer) were throwing to contact, knowing the men behind them would make smart (and, in Juan Lagares‘ case, amazing) plays in the field.

Terry Collins told me Thursday morning that is the first time in 30 years of big-league baseball that he’s ever seen this many different players on one roster work together to win this many games in a row.

Similarly, Michael Cuddyer said it started before games even began in Spring Training, during which he, Kevin Long, Curtis Granderson, David Wright and other veterans worked to push a strong, selfless team concept.

By design or not, it’s working, it’s a total “team effort,” as they say. And, while it may be a cliche, it’s also accurate and a lot of fun to watch. Here’s to 11…

Harvey says Kevin Plawecki was “star of the game”

Overshadowed by Matt Harvey’s performance last night was Kevin Plawecki. The rookie catcher went 2-4 with three RBI in the Mets 8-2 win over the Yankees. Two of those three runs driven in came from his first career home run in the fourth inning off of CC Sabathia.

“It’s special, definitely,” Plawecki said. “Getting your first major league home run, it’s a big deal.”

Plawecki, 24, is batting .286 with an OBP of .333 in his first four games since being promoted. Manager Terry Collins has stated Plawecki will receive the majority of the playing time in the absence of the injured Travis d’Arnaud.

“If you had told me last week I’d be here catching Matt Harvey at Yankee Stadium, I would have said you were lying.” Plawecki said.

Harvey, who dominated the Yankees for 8 2/3 innings, declared Plawecki as the star of the game.

“I think he’s obviously the star of the game with the home run and the RBIs that he had. As far as catching, he did an absolutely tremendous job.” said Harvey.



In this week’s Mostly Mets podcast, Frank Viola talks Matz, Thor, Plawecki and the next wave of bullpen arms

Here are five things that hosts Toby Hyde and Robert Brender learned from Viola during their discussion…

1) The Mets will not miss a beat with Kevin Plawecki behind the plate, and veteran pitchers will help him in his transition.

2) Hansel Robles raised his fastball velocity to 95-97 mph this year as a relief pitcher, which is up from 89-92 as starting pitcher last year.

3) Triple-A pitchers Zach Thornton, Chase Bradford and Jack Leathersich are all ready if called on to help the big-league team’s bullpen.

4) Noah Syndergaard needs to cut down on his pitch counts, so he can go deeper in games.

5) Steven Matz has been overthrowing and trying too hard during his first few starts in Triple A, but once he adjusts he’ll be fine, because his ceiling is limitless.

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Collins gave Harvey long leash before hook

Terry Collins let Matt Harvey pitch into the ninth, where he came close to a complete-game win. But after a two-out single to Mark Teixeira and a four-pitch walk to Brian McCann, Collins finally gave an unwilling Harvey the hook.

“With the lead in the eighth inning, I thought, ‘You know what? To protect him, maybe we should take him out right now with this lead,'” Collins said after Saturday’s 8-2 win at Yankee Stadium. “And then, when he walked off, he walked into the dugout and said, ‘I want this one.'”

“I told him after we took him out: The idea is to protect him and win the game. And we did both.”

Harvey (4-0, 3.04) threw 107 pitches, giving up two runs and five hits before yielding to Carlos Torres, who got the last out.

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