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Granderson will keep playing, because it’s still April

Terry Collins has no intention of benching Curtis Granderson, who is hitless in a career-high 22 straight at bats.

“He hasn’t changed his demeanor at all, and that’s why I know he’s not letting it get to him,” Collins said after Tuesday’s loss to the Cardinals. “He’s going to battle his way through it. There’s a certain time, and you see it with a lot of guys, where after a while something is going to get slammed down. But he’s handled it great. … It’s April still. We’ve got to get him some at-bats and get him ready.”

Granderson is batting .116 through 80 plate appearances this season, during which he has struck out 30 percent of the time and hit just one home run.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Apr. 22: He’s been brutal, there is no way around it. He has shown zero power and is costing the team on all sides of the ball, including their wallet. … So far, he has a .163 batting average on balls in play, all while swinging at more pitches than he usually does, but making significantly less contact. Pitchers are barely throwing him strikes, yet he just keeps swinging >> Read more.

What’s on Tap: Niese takes on Cardinals at 7:10 pm

The Mets (10-10) lost to the Cardinals (12-9) by the score of 3-0 on Tuesday night >> Read more at MetsBlog.com, MLB.com, ESPN, Newsday, and Daily News.


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The Mets play the third game of their four-game set against the Cardinals on Wednesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Jon Niese (0-2, 2.84 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Michael Wacha (2-1, 1.73 ERA) for the Cardinals.

The game will air on SNY, and can be heard on WOR 710 AM radio.

News: In case you missed it…

Juan Lagares, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring, has started running in Port St. Lucie. Lagares is eligible to return from the disabled list on April 30.


To recognize the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Matt Harvey tweeted a picture of himself making an obscene gesture before surgery. The Mets soon asked him to take the picture down, and Harvey decided to delete his twitter account >> Read more at MLB.com


Terry Collins may wait up to a month before putting Lucas Duda in the clean-up spot >> Read more at ESPN.

Game Recap: Cardinals 3 – Mets 0

The Mets (10-10) offense went silent Tuesday night as they were shutout for the second time this season during a 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals (12-9) at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap and box score at SNY.tv.



Need to Know: Dillon Gee gave up two earned runs on six hits, two walks and four strikeouts over six innings for his first loss of the season.

Curtis Granderson is now hitless in a career-high 22 consecutive at-bats after he went 0-for-3 with one strikeout and one walk on Tuesday.

Matt Holliday robbed Chris Young of a two-run homer during the fifth as Holliday snagged the ball just before it could go over the fence in left field.

Adam Wainwright limited New York to four hits over seven scoreless innings.

Jose Valverde gave up one run in the ninth to make it a 3-0 game.


What’s Next: The Mets will once again take on the Cardinals Wednesday night when they send Jon Niese (0-2, 2.84) to the mound against Michael Wacha (2-1, 1.73) at 7:10 pm ET.

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

The Mets and Cardinals play the second game of their four-game series on Tuesday night, at 7 p.m.

The game will air on SNY. You can follow along online with SNY GameDay.

Dillon Gee will start for the Mets, while Adam Wainwright starts for St. Louis.

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1. Eric Young Jr. – LF 1. Matt Carpenter – 3B
2. Curtis Granderson – RF 2. Allen Craig – RF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Matt Holliday – LF
4. Daniel Murphy – 2B 4. Matt Adams – 1B
5. Chris Young – CF 5. Yadier Molina – C
6. Lucas Duda – 1B 6. Jon Jay – CF
7. Travis d’Arnaud – C 7. Jhonny Peralta – SS
8. Omar Quintanilla – SS 8. Kolten Wong – 2B
9. Dillon Gee – RHP 9. Adam Wainwright – RHP

 

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Matt Harvey celebrates TJ surgery, deletes Twitter account

Matt Harvey celebrated the today’s six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery by tweeting a photo of himself giving the middle finger and smiling in the hospital bed the day of his surgery.

The photo was later deleted, as was his Twitter account >> Read more at CBS Sports.


5:15 pm: Harvey told reporters the team asked him to remove the picture. He later decided to delete the account because if he can’t show his personality on Twitter he doesn’t see the point in having a Twitter account.

I honestly didn’t think there was anything wrong with it,” Harvey said. “It wasn’t about putting attention on myself. It was a funny picture I saw this morning. I was genuinely excited that six months had passed. My mother took the picture when I was going in to surgery. I guess that was my way of saying I was gonna beat the process. If there is one thing I’m sorry for it’s not being able to play.”


1:55 pm: Harvey was asked by the team to delete his tweet, Mets’ PR man Jay Horwitz said. They did not ask him to delete his account, which was Harvey’s decision (Martino, April 22).

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

12:58 pm: Well, that’s disappointing. I like following Harvey on Twitter. This was clearly not the smartest thing to do. But, he’s also 25 years old and confident, and a professional athlete with a bold personality, so, I’m not sure why this has people surprised and up in arms… The way I understand it, Twitter accounts are the personal property of the player. The team has no control over what and when they write. That said, there has reportedly been tension between the Mets and Harvey, as it pertains to communication and dealing with media. I hope his account is just suspended and he soon finds his way back online. Harvey’s awesomeness shouldn’t be relegated to occasional, boring updates from Florida.

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Lagares running, but no timetable on return

Juan Lagares is running, but there is no timetable for his return from the disabled list, Terry Collins said on Tuesday.

Lagares is feeling ‘much better,’ he said in a post to Instagram on Monday (Lagares, Apr. 21).

Lagares was put on the 15-day disabled list with a tight hamstring last week. He later said he expects to be 100 percent within one to two weeks (Star-Ledger, Apr. 16).

Lagares is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 1.

Ruben Tejada rounds first

Ruben Tejada is turning a corner, but Quintanilla is starting at SS

In Monday’s game, Ruben Tejada robbed Yadier Molina of a hit with a diving stop in the fourth inning. He started a double play in the fifth inning, diving to his left to stop a potential single >> Watch here.

Tejada is hitting just .204, despite going 1-for-3 in the game.

“I think Ruben’s starting to get going defensively,” Terry Collins said Monday. “I thought he’s handled himself very well. I think Ruben, as we get into the summer, is going to be the guy we knew a couple years ago.”

That said, Omar Quintanilla is starting at shortstop and batting eighth in Tuesday’s lineup (Mets, Apr. 22).

Opinion: Worrying about Curtis Granderson

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Curtis Granderson struck out three times Monday night. He is hitless in his last 19 at-bats and now batting .121 for the season.

He’s been brutal, there is no way around it. He has shown zero power and is costing the team on all sides of the ball, including their wallet.

“I just need to get results,” Granderson told reporters this past weekend. “I’ve just got to go ahead and put the bat on the ball, put it in play, and hopefully some good things will happen.”

He’s right. Putting the ball in play would be a good start. So far, he has a .163 batting average on balls in play, all while swinging at more pitches than he usually does, but making significantly less contact. Pitchers are barely throwing him strikes, yet he just keeps swinging.


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He’s getting crushed with boos at Citi Field, where fans have been quick to label him “the next Jason Bay,” which is exactly what Mets ownership was afraid of. Bay’s contract made people leery of the long-term, free-agent contract for guys entering the back-nine of their career. They signed Granderson, though. I assume he isn’t helping to ease those fears.

The Mets didn’t overpay when giving him four years and $60 million. It was fair, given the market, their needs, his ability and paying around $7 million for a win. Money is one thing, production is something else. Right now, the Mets need his production. It’s that simple.

Granderson is a smart guy with a lot of confidence. He played for the Yankees. He knows how this city operates. He knows what fans and media are capable of. He’s played in a pitcher’s park before in Detroit. He is equipped with tools to deal with these early struggles.

In 2011, the best year of his career to date, he also had a stretch of 20 games when he hit just .100. It happens. It’s not his first. Hopefully, it will be his last.

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The bullpen has been good of late

The Mets bullpen let up 11 runs during the first nine innings they pitched this season.

However, they have a 3.39 ERA in the 53 innings since that Opening Series against the Nationals.

“Our bullpen has done a good job,” Collins said after Monday’s game (Star-Ledger, Apr. 22). “After that first series, where I’m not sure what happened, they’ve settled down and thrown the ball with much more command of their stuff than they did early. They’ve pitched very well lately.”

Kyle Farnsworth, 38, was named the team’s closer this past weekend and earned his first save of the season Monday.