Tonight’s Game: Mets at Marlins

The Mets and Marlins continue their three-game series on Tuesday night in Miami.

Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m.

Jon Niese (7-10, 3.48) pitches for the Mets, while Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) starts for the Marlins.

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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. Marcell Ozuna – CF
6. Matt den Dekker – LF 6. Jeff Baker – 1B
7. Dilson Herrera – 2B 7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia – C
8. Wilmer Flores- SS 8. Adeiny Hechavarria- SS
9. Jon Niese – LHP 9. Brad Penny – RHP

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Edgin and Dice-K get cortisone shots

Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka both received cortisone shots in their respective elbows, the Mets said.

They are both expected to rejoin the team in Cincinnati, where the Mets open a series on Friday night, but they might not be able to pitch with them by then.

Edgin and Dice-K both visited doctors in New York regarding elbow pain and inflammation.

Edgin was diagnosed with bone spurs and Terry Collins said the team was “uncertain” about if he’ll be able to pitch again this season (Vorkunov, Sept. 1).

Mets prospects move before MiLB playoffs

With the minor league regular season over, the Mets made organizational moves before the minor league playoffs started. With Triple-A Las Vegas, Double-A Binghamton and Single-A Savannah all headed to postseason play in their respective leagues, the Mets were able to promote some players to extend their seasons and beef up those teams’ chances.

Among those receiving calls were 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto, who will head to Single-A Savannah from short-season Single-A Brooklyn. These moves set off chain reactions, which begin with the promotions to the big league club — like that of Dilson Herrera last week. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini was promoted from advanced Single-A to fill Herrera’s infield void. >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

Backman not likely to get hired outside of the Mets

Wally Backman is not likely to get a job managing a big-league team unless it’s the Mets, several baseball people told columnist Bill Madden (Daily News, Aug. 31).

Backman was recently named the 2014 Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year, the league office announced Friday.


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In 2004, the D-Backs named Backman as its next manager, they had a press conference to introduce him and then fired him a few days later after learning of a drunk driving charge and domestic violence arrest from earlier in his life.

It wasn’t until 2010 that he returned to MLB, as a minor-league manager for the Mets.

The off-the-field issues that once plagued him seem to be a thing of the past, people in the Mets organization told Madden.

Nevertheless, according to Madden, the buzz in baseball indicates Sandy Alderson is unlikely to ever hire Backman as manager, and he may be skeptical of adding Backman to the big-league coaching staff as well.

“The speculation being that Backman is a bit too much of an I’ll-do-it-my-way personality,” explains Madden.


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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… >> Read more

SNY’s The Good Doctor, about Doc Gooden, will re-air this Wed.

This past weekend, SNY debuted The Good Doctor, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Dwight Gooden’s debut with the Mets.


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: In case you missed it, the dates of the re-runs are listed below, and I highly suggest checking it out. It’s really awesome, and the folks at SNY who produced this should be really proud of their work. It’s easy to forget how awesome Doc was on the field, since it’s so easy to get distracted and bogged down in talk of what happened to him off the field. This documentary, which is admittedly told through his point of view, features tons of footage and discussion by Gooden and his teammates about the good in Doc’s life.


In this clip, Doc explores his childhood from the Tampa Bay Little League fields he once played on, while talking emotionally about his father…


Day Date Start End
Monday Sept. 1 9:30 PM 10:30 PM
Wednesday Sept. 3 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
Sunday Sept. 7 5:30 PM 6:30 PM
Sunday Sept. 14 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
Thursday Sept. 18 6:00 PM 7:00 PM
Monday Sept. 29 1:00 PM 2:00 PM

 

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Bobby Parnell will stay in PSL, aiming to throw off mound in Dec.

Bobby Parnell played catch Saturday with his teammates in Miami for the first time since having Tommy John in April.

Parnell told reporters he will spend the off-season rehabbing in Port St. Lucie. He plans to pitch off a mound around Christmas.

“I had my time off,” Parnell said (Rubin, Sept. 2).


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Think about it: Jenrry Mejia, Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin... and Parnell. I know he’s not likely to be ready to pitch in a game until later in the year, but the bullpen is shaping up to be a huge strength for this team, following several seasons when it was an obvious weakness. It’s also worth noting the organization has a variety of other young pitchers, and an already crowded rotation, so I assume other pitchers will pass through the bullpen as well…