Rafael Montero is a spot starter, Gee not in jeopardy of losing job

Dillon Gee is not in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation, despite Rafael Montero starting Tuesday against the Marlins, Terry Collins told reporters in Miami on Monday.

Instead, Collins indicated Montero could return to Triple-A Las Vegas later this week.

“I hope he pitches good,” Collins said about Gee. “I hope he pitches a no hitter.”

Gee struggled his first two starts of the season, but pitched well in his last start against the Braves on Thursday.

Collins did not say who would be demoted to make room for Montero on the roster, but speculation among beat reporters is that the team will send down a position player and be short on the bench until David Wright is activated from the disabled list.


David Wright will not be activated from DL on Thursday

David Wright will not be activated from the disabled list when he’s eligible to return Thursday, Terry Collins told reporters in Miami on Monday.

“He’s not that close,” Collins said.

Wright, who went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring April 15, began hitting off a tee and throwing Saturday. Collins said this past weekend that Wright will soon add fielding and running to his rehab regimen.

Collins said he hopes Wright can return from the disabled list on Saturday. However, Sandy Alderson later said he would prefer to see Wright play in a rehab game before making any projections about his return to the Mets.

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Tonight’s Game: Mets at Marlins, 7 p.m. ET on SNY

The Mets and Marlins begin a three-game series at Marlins Park on Monday.

The third-place Marlins have won five in a row after sweeping the Nationals this past weekend, while the first-place Mets have won 12 of their last 14 games.

The Mets completed their first four-game sweep of the Marlins in team history when the two teams met last week at Citi Field.

Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.60 ERA) will start for the Mets against Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 3.63 ERA).

Gee held the Braves to two runs through seven innings in his last start after struggling in his first two appearances. According to multiple reports, Gee could lose his spot in the rotation to Rafael Montero if he doesn’t pitch well Tuesday. Gee has made 49 straight start of five innings or more, the longest active streak in the majors and tied for the second-longest streak in team history. The last time he pitched fewer than five innings in a start was on May 14, 2013. Marcell Ozuna is 5-12 against Gee, while Giancarlo Stanton is just 2-11, but with two home runs.

Cosart has combined nine strikeouts with only one walk during his last two starts. In his career, he is is 13-4 when issuing no more than two free passes, as opposed to 2-9 when he walks three or more. Wilmer Flores is 3 for 5 with a home run and five RBI against Cosart.

After starting the season 3-11, the Marlins have committed just one error during their last 10 games and won five games in a row.

Marlins 2B Dee Gordon has at least one hit in 16 of his last 19 games.

Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria is hitting .460 with 15 RBI and 13 runs in his last 13 games. However, he’s just 1 for 8 lifetime against Gee.

Mets OF Juan Lagares is 6-for-his-last-8 and has at least one hit in 16 of his 19 games this year.

Mets LH reliever Alex Torres had thrown six scoreless innings after allowing a run in his first outing.
The Mets have won five of their last seven games in Miami.

The Mets bullpen has tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings dating to April 19.

Wilmer Flores had iffy start, now middle of the pack among NL shortstops

Wilmer Flores started the season batting .160 through his first eight games.

In the nine games since, he’s hit .364 with three home runs, which is tied for second most among NL shortstops.

1 Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins 76 2 15 16 1 3.9 % 15.8 % .333 .355 .500 1.0
2 Freddy Galvis Phillies 66 1 6 8 0 6.1 % 7.6 % .361 .409 .459 0.9
3 Jhonny Peralta Cardinals 73 2 7 9 0 6.8 % 19.2 % .343 .384 .522 0.8
4 Zack Cozart Reds 71 4 9 9 1 2.8 % 16.9 % .303 .329 .545 0.7
5 Andrelton Simmons Braves 72 1 6 11 0 5.6 % 5.6 % .279 .319 .426 0.7
6 Wilmer Flores Mets 63 3 9 8 0 3.2 % 15.9 % .276 .323 .448 0.5
7 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 68 2 10 9 0 1.5 % 22.1 % .303 .309 .530 0.5
8 Brandon Crawford Giants 71 3 7 9 1 9.9 % 22.5 % .210 .310 .403 0.4
9 Starlin Castro Cubs 73 2 7 11 1 4.1 % 13.7 % .329 .356 .429 0.4
10 Jean Segura Brewers 76 1 8 5 3 2.6 % 9.2 % .306 .333 .403 0.2
11 Ian Desmond Nationals 81 1 11 5 0 3.7 % 24.7 % .263 .309 .395 0.0
12 Jimmy Rollins Dodgers 80 1 8 7 3 11.3 % 21.3 % .186 .275 .314 0.0

“If I start everyday, I know I’m going to hit,” Flores said this past weekend (April 26). “I’ve just gotta keep pushing, keep pushing. I have the opportunity to play everyday, so that’s why I wasn’t worried about it.”

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: His fielding is still a concern. However, it might help if a better defender could start on days Jon Niese pitches, because (of everyone in the starting rotation) Niese seems to give up a ton of ground balls to the left side of the infield. Otherwise, especially when Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey are on the mound, it’s either strike outs and pop ups and Wilmer’s deficiencies are more easily controlled. Otherwise, his bat has been more than fine and is likely to only get better…

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Dilson Herrera off to a great start with Triple-A Las Vegas

Mets Triple-A 2B Dilson Herrera has two hits in nine of his last 10 games, raising his batting average to .371 through the first 16 games of the season.

“I can tell you, having talked with people on other teams, they think Herrera is a legitimate, big-time player,” ESPN’s Buster Olney said January. “Daniel Murphy is just holding down his spot.”

Herrera, 20, is considered the fourth-best second base prospect in baseball (, Jan. 26).

Dilson Herrera AAA, 2015 16 70 16 26 6 0 1 9 4 8 3 .371 .408 .908
Minors Career Minors 385 1477 279 444 97 18 35 196 142 307 68 .301 .367 .829
MLB Career MLB 18 59 6 13 0 1 3 11 7 17 0 .220 .303 .710

“He has always shown a knack for hitting, with a balanced swing and an ability to make consistent hard contact to all fields,”’s Jonathan Mayo recently wrote. “He has played both shortstop and second in the past, but his defensive tools, from his arm to his actions, will work much better on the right side of the infield.”

Hererra was acquired in 2013 with Vic Black from the Pirates for John Buck and Marlon Byrd.


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Murphy’s bat started slow, rebounded Sunday, but Terry isn’t worried

Daniel Murphy entered play Sunday batting .145 and with two hits four RBI in his previous 19 at-bats.

However, Sunday against the Yankees, he had two doubles and two RBI.

“He’s got a track record,” Terry Collins said Sunday. “I’m not worried.”

Murphy has hit at least .286 during each of the last four seasons.

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: I’m really encouraged by what I saw from Murphy’s bat on Sunday. First off, keep in mind that he really had no spring training to get in to form, because he was out for so long with that hamstring injury. He probably should have started this season on DL and in extended spring training, just to be safe. But, he forged on and demonstrated some bad habits at the plate. This past weekend, for the first time all season, he looked like his old self at the plate. Kevin Long moved him closer to the plate, his legs were more planted in his swings, and he covered the plate much better. I bet he’s about to get hot at the plate, which hopefully will focus him more in the field as well.


Niese reverted to old arm slot, Terry says shoulder is non-issue

Jon Niese had allowed three earned runs in three starts before Sunday’s start against the Yankees.

However, the Yankees tagged him for five runs in his first two innings, including Alex Rodriguez’s 659th career home run.

In the second inning, he surrendered four doubles and a single, though he didn’t allow a run the next two innings.

“You can’t look into it too deeply,” Niese said. “I felt good after that, I just wish I could have a couple pitches back. … I’ve just got to move on.”

In four starts this season, Niese is 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 1.61 WHIP.

“He’s had arm issues, shoulder issues the last couple of springs, but he doesn’t have it now,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He’s looking for a big year, I know one thing he’s trying to maintain is that health. On days he’s not pitching, he’s in there, keeping his shoulder strong because he knows how important it is to get through the year.”

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone, MetsBlog: He’s looked good all season, and then he got to Sunday’s second inning. He was a total mess. He was using the old arm slot, which killed his curveball and had him essentially throwing batting practice, grooving fastballs right through the strike zone. I give him credit for fighting on, especially given all the errors behind him.

He and Terry say he felt fine, but color me concerned. Hopefully it was a temporary issue, and he can get back to doing what he was doing (and feeling how he was feeling) his first three starts of the season.

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Mets sign infielder Brooks Conrad for Triple-A depth

The Mets have signed free-agent infielder Brooks Conrad and assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas, according to beat reporter Adam Rubin (April 26).

Conrad, 35, has a career .200 hitter, with a .271 OBP, 19 HR and 73 RBI in 460 major league at-bats.

He is a switch hitter and has mostly played second and third base during his professional career.

“We like what he brings to the table and thinks he’s a good addition to the organization,” a  team official told Rubin.


Harvey should get at least 30 starts, but no more than 32 in regular season

Matt Harvey will make at least 30 starts in 2015, but no more than 32, during the regular season, a team source told Newsday’s David Lennon (April 26).

Harvey, Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson have all said the goal is to get him around 180 innings so he’s still be able to pitch in the post season.

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: Harvey has made four starts already this season and is on pace to throw 210 innings and make 32 starts by the end of the season. However, the Mets have said they plan to sporadically switch to a six-man rotation to space out Harvey’s starts, such as this Tuesday when Rafael Montero will start against the Marlins in Miami. I imagine they’ll do this each month, either using Montero, Steven Matz or Noah Syndergaard, depending on timing and if anyone ends up injured in the big-league starting rotation. It looks like by simply delaying one start every few weeks, plus budgeting for off days and the All-Star break, it will effectively and strategically eliminate two to three of Harvey’s starts through the course of the full season.