Terry Collins said Sunday it’s “up in the air” if Mets fans will get one more chance to see Rookie of the Year candidate Jacob deGrom this season (Rubin, Sept. 21).
DeGrom improved to 9-6 with a solid six-inning outing in the Mets’ 10-2 win over the Braves Sunday. He struck out 10 and only allowed one earned run, lowering his ERA to 2.63.
Collins told reporter Adam Rubin that deGrom’s innings cap is 180-185, and he’s at 178.2. A decision if deGrom — who wants one more start — will get the call in the season-ending home series against Houston will be made in a couple of days.
If Dilson Herrera misses what’s left of the Mets season, Terry Collins hopes the next time he takes the field will be in the Dominican Republic this winter (MLB.com, Sept. 21).
Herrera, 20, strained his right quad running to first Saturday and sat out Sunday’s game in Atlanta. It’s unclear if he will be able to play this week in Washington or at home against Houston.
Collins believes the winter ball experience will be good for Herrera, who is scheduled to play with the Santo Domingo-based Tigres de Licey.
“I believe in winter Ball because in winter Ball it’s not about developing. It’s about winning,” Collins told MLB.com. “You go down there you better be ready to perform and perform at a big level. I think it’s good for a young player like Dilson to go down there because it’s a great league, especially if you play long enough down there to where the stars start to come out in December. You can face some pretty good competition. The better competition that you play, the better you’re going to become.”
As far as the quad, “It’s not so severe that we’d send him home,” Collins said. “We’re going to certainly have him make sure he goes through the process of getting back and, hopefully, by this time next week he’s running and maybe back in the lineup. I don’t know.”
Result: The Mets topped the Braves 10-2 for the series sweep in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.
Need to know: The Mets had a strong offensive outing, tallying 14 hits on Sunday afternoon. Ruben Tejada went 2-4 with a home run, double and two RBI. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Anthony Recker, Lucas Duda and Matt den Dekker all recorded doubles for New York. Jacob deGrom had a strong performance on the mound. The right-hander allowed three hits and two runs with 10 strikeouts over six innings. Andrelton Simmons and Emilio Bonifacio had RBI for the Braves.
Game ball: Rookie pitcher deGrom earned his ninth win of the season and also drove in an RBI in the Mets’ victory.
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What’s next: The Mets travel to the nation’s capital on Tuesday to begin a three-game series against the Nationals. Dillon Gee (7-8) will start on the mound for New York. Tanner Roark (14-10) will start for Washington.
The Mets and Braves play the wrap up their three-game series in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon
The game is on SNY and is scheduled to start at 1:35 p.m.
Jacob deGrom (8-6, 2.68) starts for the Mets, while Ervin Santana (14-9, 3.74) pitches for Atlanta.
|1. Matt den Dekker. – LF
||1. Emilio Bonifacio – RF
|2. Wilmer Flores – 2B
||2. Phil Gosselin- 2B
|3. Daniel Murphy – 3B
||3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Justin Upton – LF
|5. Curtis Granderson – RF
||5. Chris Johnson- 3B
|6. Kirk Nieuwehnhuis – CF
||6. Andrelton Simmons – SS
|7. Anthony Recker – C
||7. Christian Betancourt – C
|8. Ruben Tejada – SS
||8. B.J. Upton – CF
|9. Jacon deGrom – RHP
||9. Ervin Santana – RHP
The Mets will add infielder Wilfredo Tovar to the roster when they head down to Washington for a series with the Nationals beginning on Tuesday (Puma, Sept. 21).
Tovar can play both shortstop and second base and played most of the season at Double A Binghamton where he hit .282 with two home runs and 29 RBIs. Tovar is light hitting, with only 11 extra base hits in 255 at bats, but he does get on base with a .345 OBP.
Tovar, 23, just completed his sixth year in the Mets organization after being signed as a 16-year old out of Venezuela.
In the event Dilson Herrera misses the rest of the season with a quad injury, Daniel Murphy will continue to start at third base, while Wilmer Flores will shift to second base, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday.
Herrera left Saturday’s game with a strained right quadriceps muscle, which he suffered running out an infield single in the sixth inning.
“I’m probably going to leave well enough the way they are,” Collins said. “You’re asking now Wilmer to go to third base, and he hasn’t played third base in who knows how long, and Dan has been going out there and he’s the one who raised his hand and said, ‘I’ll go to third base.’ Now all of a sudden, you’re jerking him around and putting him back at second. So I’m not going to do that.”
Rafael Montero could get another start during the team’s final series of the season against the Astros at Citi Field (ESPN, Sept. 21).
Montero has not started a game for the Mets since Sept. 10, when he tossed 5.1 scoreless innings against the Rockies.
Montero, 23, entered this season often ranked as the organization’s second-best pitching prospect, ahead of Jacob deGrom.
He checked in at No. 85 on MLB.com’s off-season list of top prospects in baseball.
He is 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in seven starts, during which he has a 1.79 strikeout-to-walk rate. In two relief appearances he has faced seven batters, while giving up two hits, two walks and one run.
Dilson Herrera left Saturday’s game in the sixth inning with a right quadriceps strain (Mets, Sept. 20).
Terry Collins later said he was not yet sure if Herrera would play again this season (NJ.com, Sept. 20)
Herrera appeared to be in pain as he reached first base after hitting a grounder to the third base side for a single. He hit a two-run home run earlier in the game.
“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but I felt something, so that’s what I told the trainers,” Herrera said through an interpreter (ESPN, Sept. 21).