What’s on tap for Wed., July 23

The Mets and Mariners will play the rubber game of their three-game series in Seattle on Wednesday at 3:40 pm ET.

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) will face M’s RHP prospect Taijuan Walker, who is being called up from Triple-A Tacoma.


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In case you missed it…


Jacob deGrom allowed one run and struck out seven over seven innings as the Mets defeated the Mariners, 3-1, on Tuesday >> Read more.


Ruben Tejada was hit with a pitch on the hand. It didn’t require an immediate X-ray, Terry Collins said, though he expects Tejada will be re-examined prior to Wednesday’s game.


Curtis Granderson (sick) and Chris Young (sore calf) were both unavailable for Tuesday’s game.


Mets Triple-A C prospect Kevin Plawecki will miss time recovering from a minor case of vertigo, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Tuesday.


Jeremy Hefner made his third rehab start coming back from Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. He allowed one run on two hits in three innings in the Gulf Coast League.


The Mets have the fourth-best farm system in baseball, according to a revised, mid-season list by ESPN’s Keith Law (ESPN.com, July 22).


Mets Triple-A reliever Scott Rice will have season-ending elbow surgery on Wednesday, according to beat reporter Marc Carig (Newsday, July 22).

Tuesday’s minor league recaps…

Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard had one of his best starts of the season, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in the first game of the 51s doubleheader in Tacoma.

The right-hander gave up just four singles, struck out five and walked three in the 109 pitch outing.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

MLB: New York Mets at Seattle Mariners

Game Recap: Mets 3 – Mariners 1

Result: The Mets ended their three-game skid, defeating the Mariners, 3-1, in the second of a three-game series in Seattle.


Need to Know: Looking to make his fifth quality start in six outings, Jacob deGrom was stellar on the mound for the Mets. The rookie right-hander allowed one run and struck out seven over seven innings to pick up his fourth win of the season. Travis d’Arnaud and Ruben Tejada put the Mets on the board in the second inning with a pair of RBIs. Dustin Ackley tallied an RBI double in the fifth, the only blemish on deGrom’s stat line Tuesday night, but Lucas Duda’s solo home run in the eighth gave the Mets an insurance run. Jenrry Mejia came on in the ninth and converted his 12th save this campaign. Duda’s two-hit night led the way offensively for New York.


Game Ball: deGrom, who was outstanding to help end the Mets’ three-game losing streak.


Links: RecapBox score


What’s Next: The Mets and Mariners meet again Wednesday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) gets the call for New York opposite Seattle’s Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60 ERA).

Tonight’s Game: Mets at Mariners

The Mets are in Seattle for the secpmd ga,e of their three-game series against the Mariners.

Mets Pre Game begins at 9 p.m. on SNY. Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 10 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18 ERA) pitches for the Mets, while Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58 ERA) starts for Seattle.

Mets Mariners
1. Eric Young Jr. – LF 1. Endy Chavez – RF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. James Jones – CF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Robinson Cano – 2B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Kyle Seager – 3B
5. Bobby Abreu – DH 5. Corey Hart – DH
6. Travis d’Arnaud – C 6. Logan Morrison - 1B
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – RF 7. Willie Bloomquist – SS
8. Juan Lagares – CF 8. Dustin Ackley – LF
9. Ruben Tejada – SS 9. Mike Zunino – C

Curtis Granderson stretches in the dugout

Granderson sick and Young out, both will not play on Tuesday

Curtis Granderson is sick and will not be available to play on Tuesday night, the Mets announced before the game.

Granderson’s illness sprung up after Monday’s game.

Chris Young is also unavailable. He is still nursing a sore calf, injured during Monday’s game.

Kevin Plawecki has mild vertigo

Mets Triple-A C prospect Kevin Plawecki has a minor case of vertigo, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Tuesday.

Plawecki will get some time off from Triple-A Las Vegas as he recovers.

He recently represented the Mets during MLB’s Futures Game, during which he drove in the game’s first run with an RBI force out in the third inning…


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In late June, he was promoted to Triple-A, where he’s hitting .234 with a .321 OBP in 15 games.

“Obviously it’s in the back of my mind,” Plawecki told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender, in regards to being a step from the big leagues. That said, he added, “I’ve still got some adjustments to make and still have a lot to learn.”

According to Plawecki, if he continues to work hard and stays focused and positive the results will take care of themselves.


In this edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, SNY.TV’s Robert Brender talked in depth with Plawecki about adjusting to Triple-A, playing in the Vegas heat, and working with pitcher Noah Syndergaard…

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Hefner tosses three innings in rehab

Jeremy Hefner made his third rehab start coming back from Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

Hefner allowed one run on two hits in three innings in the Gulf Coast League. He did not walk a batter and struck out one.

Hefner said recently that he may be able to pitch in the major league game in 2014 (ESPN, June 22).

“If there’s a need here, and they want me here, I can foresee that,” Hefner said.

Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on August 28, 2013, six weeks before Matt Harvey had the same surgery.

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Mets have top 5 farm system

The Mets have the fourth-best farm system in baseball, according to a revised, mis-season list by ESPN’s Keith Law (ESPN.com, July 22).

“The Mets have graduated a few prospects to the majors (Travis d’Arnaud and Jacob deGrom), but nearly all of the guys still in the system have taken steps forward,” says Law, who is a senior baseball writer for ESPN.com former executive for the Blue Jays. “They still have a ton of arms but are heavier on bats at the corners than in the middle infield or center.”

The Cubs, Twins, Astros and Pirates round out Law’s Top 5.

Scott Rice fires

Scott Rice to have season-ending elbow surgery

Reliever Scott Rice will have season-ending elbow surgery on Wednesday, according to beat reporter Marc Carig (Newsday, July 22).

Rice will have bone spur removed and a nerve relocated. The rehab time is expected to be four months, Carig said.

The 32 year-old Rice had a 5.93 ERA in 32 appearances in the majors to go along with a 1.32 WHIP. He was demoted in mid-June. In 5 1/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas, he posted a 3.38 ERA.

“I’m obviously not happy, but I understand their decision,” Rice said at the time. “I wasn’t getting the job done so they had to make a move.”

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Dillon Gee talks trade rumors, return from DL

There’s speculation that Dillon Gee could be a fit for the Angels, who likely don’t have what it takes to acquire Rays LHP David Price (Rosenthal, June 19).

“There is A LOT of interest in Gee, ” MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone recently wrote (MetsBlog, July 17), based on conversations with people in scouting departments. “That said, I don’t see him being the guy dealt.”


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Gee says he and his teammates see the trade rumors, they know the talk, but they do their best to ignore it and focus on what they can control, which is the game at hand, he recently told SNY.TV’s Rob Brender.

“Yeah, we see it, but you just take it as part of the job, if it happens it happens,” he said. “I’d be lying if I said we didn’t see the speculation.”

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, Gee talks with Brender about his return to the mound, the team’s improved play, and trade rumors surrounding the club…


Dominic Smith is becoming a complete hitter

Mets 2013 first-round pick 1B Dominic Smith is batting .299 with 21 extra base hits in 93 games this season with Low-A Savannah, despite starting the year hitting .167 after his first 19 games.

“If you stay positive and stay confident, things could turn around quickly,” said Smith, who credits his relationships with his family, friends, hitting coach Val Pascucci and older teammates, including L.J. Mazzilli, for getting him going >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minor League Blog.