Result: The Mets benefited from a late error in Friday’s 4-1 win over the Phillies at Citi Field and avoided a three-game losing streak.
Need to Know: Jacob deGrom was stellar over seven innings, not allowing a hit until the fifth and holding the Phillies to just an unearned run to push his record over .500 (7-6). Phillies outfielder Grazy Sizemore’s seventh-inning error on a dropped fly ball to left with two outs and the bases loaded allowed two Mets runners to score, while Eric Campbell stole home as the Mets pulled off a double steal later in the inning to extend their lead to 4-1. New York had just four hits on the night, and Travis d’Arnaud hit an RBI single in the fourth inning for their only earned run of the night. Jenrry Mejia picked up his 20th save of the season by shutting the door on Philadelphia in the top of the ninth.
Game Ball: deGrom, who got back to his winning ways after struggling in his return from the disabled list Aug. 23.
What’s Next: With Saturday’s first pitch set for 7:10 p.m., the Mets will turn to Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA), who returns after attending his mother’s funeral this week. Jerome Williams (2-0, 1.77 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Phillies.
The Mets and Phillies begin a three-game series at Citi Field on Friday night.
Mets First Pitch starts at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.
Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13) starts for the Mets, while David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21) pitches for Philadelphia.
|1. Juan Lagares – CF||1. Ben Revere – CF|
|2. Curtis Granderson – RF||2. Jimmy Rollins – SS|
|3. David Wright – 3B||3. Chase Utley – 2B|
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B||4. Ryan Howard – 1B|
|5. Travis d’Arnaud – C||5. Marlon Byrd – RF|
|6. Matt den Dekker – LF||6. Grady Sizemore – LF|
|7. Dilson Herrera – 2B||7. Carlos Ruiz – C|
|8. Wilmer Flores – SS||8. Cody Asche – 3B|
|9. Jacob deGrom – RHP||9. David Buchanan – 3B|
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Daniel Murphy likely won’t make his return to the team with much remaining left in the season, Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson said on Friday.
Murphy went for an MRI, which showed a “significant issue,” Alderson said.
The second baseman was removed from the game on Sunday with calf tightness. The Mets put him on the disabled list and called up 20-year-old Dilson Herrera from Double-A on Thursday.
If and when Murphy does his make his return to the team, Collins said his name will be on the lineup card.
20-year-old Double-A 2B Dilson Herrera will be youngest player to debut for Mets since Ruben Tejada and Jenrry Mejia.
Hererra, who will wear No. 2 with the Mets, is being promoted Friday after Daniel Murphy was put on the disabled list with a calf strain.
According to Terry Collins, Herrera is expected to be the team’s every-day second baseman until Murphy returns from the DL.
Herrera talked to reporters after arriving to the ballpark and said he is not a power hitter, but a consistent, line-drive hitter; he knows most of his Latin teammates; he has no idea what he was given No. 2; and he’s proud to be the first player from Columbia to be on the Mets.
Herrera hits to all fields using a line-drive stroke and a solid two-strike approach, a scout watching him recently told reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, Aug. 29)…
Sandy Alderson and his staff have not discussed moving Travis d’Arnaud off catcher, a team official said (Rubin, Aug. 29).
Instead, the source told Rubin, it was merely was an internal conversation between Terry Collins and his staff.
Collins recently admitted that, in an effort to keep d’Arnaud’s bat in the lineup and to avoid further concussions, the team had informal discussions about one day moving d’Arnaud to left field (Martino, Aug. 28).
“As of right now, we haven’t even approached it as an option, because it would have to go to the instructional league,” Collins added.
20-year-old infielder Dilson Herrera will only play second base during his time with the Mets this season, a team insider said (Rubin, Aug. 29).
Hererra played 27 games at shortstop in the minor leagues, compared to 257 games at second base.
Matthew Cerrone: Herrera is not a shortstop, two professionals who have watched him told me today. They say, while he’s speedy, he doesn’t have the range of a shortstop, where his arm is also in need of significant work. He’s perfect at second base, they said. This is in line with what Rubin’s source is saying above.
It’s too bad, given how much of a need this team has at short. Speaking of short, I don’t think we’ll see Triple-A SS Matt Reynolds this September, a) since he doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster, and b) because he’s slated for the Arizona Fall League. However, next spring, I have a feeling we’ll be talking a lot about Hererra and Reynolds on the middle infield one day…
Mets Triple-A manager Wally Backman has been named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, the league office announced Friday.
Backman, 54, has guided the Las Vegas 51s (80-61) to their second-straight Pacific Southern Division title, spending the entire season in first place. It is the first time in the franchise’s history that the club has recorded back-to-back 80-win seasons.
Backman rejoined the Mets in 2010 to manager Single-A Brooklyn. He was among the four finalists interviewed by Sandy Alderson and his staff when looking to replace Jerry Manuel. However, the newly hired Alderson hired Terry Collins and reassigned Backman to Double-A Binghamton. The next season Backman moved to Triple-A, where he is 228-200 since taking over.
Matthew Cerrone: This will only further embolden Mets fans and media who feel Backman’s time has come and that he should replace Collins as soon as next season. I don’t think it matters, though. The way I understand it from team insiders, it’s very unlikely that Wally is ever managing the Mets under Alderson. I do think it could work under Paul DePodesta, John Ricco or JP Ricciardi, but not Sandy.
In terms of what I think, I’m not 100 percent sold on this idea. Look, I love Wally’s attitude and his intensity, and nearly every player to ever appear on his roster thinks he’s great. He’s also smarter than people give him credit for. He has binders of notes and does tons of research. He knows his game, there is no question about that, and I’ve heard he left a strong impression on Alderson’s front office, including Collins, who advocated for moving him to Triple-A to work with guys on the cusp of the big leagues.
And that’s the thing, he’s so good at what he does in the minors. He seems to be great at whipping these kids in to shape, getting them focused on the final leg of their career. Or, in the case of Ike Davis and Travis d’Arnaud, taking guys back with open arms, re-focusing them and returning them to Queens. This isn’t easy. It’s a skill and he has it. This also suggests he knows these players and would transition well with them to the big-leagues. However, I’m reluctant to change this dynamic, especially since it’s quite clear Alderson is going to be running a constant shuttle from Vegas to Queens during the next few years… That’s not my big concern with Wally, though.
The above is no reason to pass him over in the event Alderson wants to replace Collins. Frankly, I think he’d be great between the lines when the game is going on. In fact, I’m not sure anyone will be better. Instead, I worry how he’ll do in the time before and after the game, specifically in regards to the media. The reality is, like it or not, New York managers have to talk to reporters twice a day – and a lot more if you consider all the sidebar, off-record discussions that occur anywhere they can. My fear is that he’ll divide the clubhouse more than he’ll motivate and unite it. This might also be an issue if he’s bench coach, by the way.
I think his message will work at first, but could so easily turn south if the team doesn’t do well, and depending on the talent that could be beyond his control. I love our local reporters and media, they’re great at what they do; but that’s the problem, they’re great at what they do. I can totally see him saying things, on record, off record, building walls, isolating people, taking shots at people above and below and – even if those comments are justified and accurate – it will spin out on control in way that, unless he’s really, really good at damage control, will create a bigger circus than already exists at Citi Field.
That said, it would be fun to watch. Again, I’m not totally against the idea of Wally as manager, but I’m not 100 percent on board either. I have plenty of concerns.