Wednesday’s minor league recaps…
Mets pitching prospect Matthew Bowman had another tremendous outing Wednesday in Las Vegas, allowing one run on four hits in seven innings, with nine strikeouts and one walk. He lowered his era to 1.74 in five Triple-A starts.
Bowman has thrown seven or more innings in four of his last five starts and surrendered one earned run or fewer in his last four.
Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…
Bartolo Colon will return to the Mets Sunday to pitch against the Dodgers in the finale of the three-game series in Los Angeles. It will be his first outing since his mother died Monday, when Colon missed his scheduled start (Rubin, Aug. 20).
Jon Niese pitches Friday and Jacob deGrom Saturday. The Mets will need to make two roster moves for deGrom and Colon to start. Colon will return to the Dominican Republic Monday for his mother’s funeral.
The Dodgers also adjusted their rotation, meaning the Mets won’t have to face Clayton Kershaw. Zach Greinke (elbow discomfort) was pushed to Saturday; Dan Haren goes Friday (Orange County Register, Aug. 20) . . . Terry Collins told reporters pitcher Jenrry Mejia was unavailable because of back issues and not the hernia that has bothered him the past few weeks.
Result: The Mets jumped out to an early lead and held on for an 8-5 win Wednesday afternoon.
Need to Know: Lucas Duda blasted a three-run home run to cap a five-run third inning against Jeff Samardzija. Duda’s 23 homers are tied for fourth in the National League. Zack Wheeler had his streak of nine consecutive quality starts snapped but moved over .500 (9-8) for the first time this season, allowing four runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson and Eric Campbell each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored and the Mets bullpen allowed just one run in 3 2/3 innings, with Jeurys Familia picking up his fourth save of the season.
Game Ball: Duda, who delivered the big blow that proved to be the difference in the game and continues to pad his career-high home run total.
Links: AP recap | Box
What’s Next: The Mets are off tomorrow before heading to Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series with the Dodgers. The Mets and Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) caught a break when the Dodgers announced Clayton Kershaw was pushed up in the rotation because of Zach Greinke’s elbow discomfort. Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59) will face Niese Friday.
Matt Cerrone takes the 7 train with Mets reliever Vic Black, where they talk about New York City, music, the Mets, and more in the latest installment of Riding Shotgun, presented by Verizon.
The Mets and A’s finish up their quick two-game series on Wednesday afternoon.
Pepsi Pre Game Live begins at 3 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 3:35 p.m.
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Zack Wheeler (8-8, 3.49) starts for the Mets, while Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 2.96) pitches for Oakland.
|1. Curtis Granderson – RF
||1. Coco Crisp – DH
|2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
||2. John Jaso – C
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Stephen Vogt – 1B
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Brandon Moss – LF
|5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
||5. Josh Reddick – RF
|6. Matt den Dekker – CF
||6. Alberto Callaspo – 3B
|7. Eric Campbell – DH
||7. Sam Fuld – CF
|8. Wilmer Flores – SS
||8. Andy Parrino – SS
|9. Eric Young Jr. – LF
||9. Eric Sogard – 2B
Dana Eveland is unavailable out of the bullpen, likely until Friday (Witrado, August 20).
Eveland received a cortisone shot for “tennis elbow,” he said.
He will play catch on Thursday and will likely return to the bullpen on Friday.
Over 23 innings, Eveland has a 3.09 ERA and 1.071 WHIP for the Mets this season.
For the first time in three decades, the Mets have an abundance of young starting pitching. Especially with Matt Harvey set to return in 2015, the Mets will boast as many as eight legitimate rotation options for next season.
In a sea of comparatively green, twenty-somethings vying for a slot, Bartolo Colon, the 17-year veteran whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $20 million contract this past offseason, could be the odd man out.
Colon, 41, has pitched notably well for the Mets in 2014, posting a 3.85 ERA (versus a 3.40 FIP and park-adjusted 3.61 xFIP) over 161 1/3 innings. With under $13 million remaining on his contract through 2015, the right-hander would be an attractive addition to just about any team’s rotation.
But that doesn’t mean the Mets should actually trade Colon this offseason…
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Minors: Bronx-born Rivera continues to hit in Mets minors
25-year-old Mets infield prospect T.J. Rivera is batting .338 with a .379 OBP, five HR, 26 doubles and 69 RBI in 104 games between Single- and Double-A this season.
“I think, as I started playing pro ball, the mental game has really kicked in for me and I think that’s what has kept me the strongest,” Rivera recently told SNY.TV’s Robert Brender. “I really try to go up there and have a good at-bat and I think that’s helped me.”
Rivera, who was born in the Bronx, and grew up a Yankees fan, signed with the Mets as an un-drafted free agent in 2011 >> Read more of Brender’s Q&A with Rivera at SNY.TV’s Mets Minors…