Terry Collins didn’t mince words Monday after the Mets committed six errors, including three in a brutal eighth inning as the Marlins rallied for a 9-6 victory.
“Well, it’s not a big-league baseball game,” the Mets manager told reporter Adam Rubin when asked if the team’s display was an embarrassment (ESPN, Sept. 1).
The six errors were one short of the franchise record. Second baseman Dilson Herrera, who hit his first major league homer, made two. Reliever Jeurys Familia, who took the loss, made two throwing errors leading to three runs in the eighth. He lasted 1/3 of the inning.
Collins said the errors didn’t come from a lack of effort. He was willing to give Herrera the benefit of the doubt.
“He’s going to be fine,” Collins said of Herrera, who was called up from Double-A Binghamton Thursday. “He’s a good-looking little player. He’s got to get used to the speed of the fields here. They’re shaved down pretty good. The infields are pretty fast — everywhere, in every ballpark. He’s got to get used to the speed of the game up here. I think when he does we’ll see some different results.”
Result: The Mets dropped their series opener, 9-6, to the Marlins in Miami on Monday afternoon.
Need to know: Zack Wheeler got the nod for the Mets but labored through his start. The young right-hander, who had allowed two or fewer runs in 10 of his past 11 starts, allowed five runs — three earned — over 4 2/3 innings. Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez exited in the third inning after suffering a strained left oblique. Giancarlo Stanton homered in the first off Wheeler, his 34th of the season. David Wright tallied two RBIs for New York, but Dilson Herrera impressed in front of the Miami crowd. The rookie blasted his first career home run, a solo shot, and collected three RBIs on the evening. The Marlins scored three runs in the eighth off Jeurys Familia to seal the 9-6 victory over the Mets.
Game ball: Herrera’s first career home run and two-run triple kept the Mets in the contest.
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What’s next: The Mets continue their three-game set with the Marlins, sending Jon Niese (7-10, 3.48 ERA) to the hill on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. The left-hander will be opposed by Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40 ERA).
Mets prospect Rafael Montero will get a late season start manager Terry Collins told reporters on Monday (Rubin, Sept. 1).
The start is expected to come later this month. The Mets won’t got to a six-man rotation, something the organization considered doing. The Mets will use Montero when there is a six-day stretch without an off-day. The Mets want to keep their five starters on regular rest throughout September.
Montero came up early in the season is was 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in six starts, seven appearances.
The Mets and Marlins play a Labor Day game on Monday in Miami.
The game is scheduled to begin at 1:10 p.m. and is on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44) starts for the Mets, while Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75) pitches 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. Garrett Jones- 1B
|6. Matt den Dekker – LF
||6. Marcell Ozuna – CF
|7. Dilson Herrera – 2B
||7. Jarrod Saltalamachhia – C
|8. Wilmer Flores- SS
||8. Adeiny Hechavarria- SS
|9. Zach Wheeler- RHP
||9. Henderson Alvarez – RHP
Dilson Herrera gets the first RBI of his career with a run scoring single in Sunday’s 6-5 win against the Phillies. >>> Watch Here.
Anthony Recker hits a deep three-run homer to left field to give the Mets the lead over the Phillies on Sunday. >>> Watch Here
Wilmer Flores makes a diving catch to get the force play to end the top of the 8th inning against the Phillies. >>> Watch here.
The Mets did not trade Bartolo Colon before Sunday’s deadline to move a player and have him eligible for a postseason roster.
He signed a two-year deal that will pay him $11 million next season, after which he can be a free agent.
The Mets had been willing to pay up to $2 million of Colon’s 2015 salary in order to help facilitate a deal (Daily News, Aug. 25). However, they were also comfortable keeping Colon and exploring trades again after the season, since they feel he could have more value this winter when compared to other pitchers on the free agent market (Newsday, Aug. 24).
According to Martino, the Mets had hope to acquire a decent return in prospects, as well as salary relief, in any deal for Colon(Daily News, August 26). In July, prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A and only if they’d pay a larger chunk of his 2015 salary, according to market insiders (MetsBlog, Aug. 26).
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The Mets (64-73) open a three-game series against the Marlins (66-69) on Monday in Miami at 1:10 p.m. ET.
Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44 ERA) will get the start for the Mets, opposed by Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75 ERA) for the Marlins.
Later, Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to make the start for Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets took two of three from the Phillies over the weekend, including a 6-5 victory on Sunday >> Read more at MetsBlog
Daniel Murphy, who was placed on the disabled list before Friday’s game, may miss the majority of the rest of the season >> Read more at MetsBlog
The August 31 trade deadline passed without Bartolo Colon getting dealt to a new team.
Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka will be examined by team doctors and likely to miss more time.
The Mets called up IF Josh Satin, RHP Erik Goeddel, C Juan Centeno, and LHP Dario Alvarez as rosters expanded Sept. 1.
Sunday’s minor league recaps…
Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello had a tremendous game Sunday night in Triple-A, going 4-for-6, including his seventh homer and 20th double of the campaign.
The homer was his second in as many games and third in the last nine days.
Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…