What’s on Tap for Thursday, Sept. 18

The Mets (73-80) are off on Thursday.

They open a three-game series against the Braves on Friday in Atlanta at 7:35 p.m. ET.

Wally Backman will temporarily join the team as an extra bench coach before Friday’s game.

Zack Wheeler (10-10, 3.61 ERA) will get the start for the Mets, opposed by Julio Teheran (13-12, 2.89 ERA) for the Braves.

Remaining schedule

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In case you missed it

The Mets couldn’t climb out of an early 3-0 deficit, eventually falling to the Marlins, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Citi Field >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday and Daily News...

Juan Lagares, who left Tuesday’s game early, didn’t play on Wednesday and will miss the next few games due to a right elbow sprain.

With his recent offensive surge, Wilmer Flores is beginning to sway some Mets decision makers regarding his role in 2015 >> Read more at MetsBlog

Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang, who hit 38 home runs this year, will soon be posted and eligible to be signed by a Major League team >> Read more at MetsBlog


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Game Recap: Marlins 4, Mets 3

Recap: The Mets dropped their series finale with the Marlins, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Need to Know: Mets starter Dillon Gee got off to a rocky start that was too much to overcome. The right-hander allowed three of his four surrendered runs in the first two innings as the Marlins built a 3-0 advantage.

The Mets cut that lead to one in the fifth inning thanks to Lucas Duda’s two-out, two-run single that scored both Gee and Matt den Dekker. Duda later scored on Curtis Granderson’s eighth-inning RBI groundout, but that was all the offense the Mets generated against Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins pitching.

Steve Cishek locked down his 37th save with a scoreless ninth.

Links: AP recapBox

What’s next: The Mets are off Thursday and will open a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday night.

Tonight’s Game: Marlins at Mets

The Mets and Marlins finish up a three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday night.

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

Dillon Gee (7-7, 3.80) starts for the Mets, while Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81) pitches for Miami.

Mets Marlins
1. Matt den Dekker – LF 1. Christian Yelich – LF
2. Daniel Murphy – 3B 2. Donovan Solano – 2B
3. Travis d’Arnaud – C 3. Casey McGehee – 3B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Marcell Ozuna – CF
5. Wilmer Flores – 2B 5. Garrett Jones – 1B
6. Curtis Granderson – RF 6. Reed Johnson – RF
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF 7. Adeiny Hechavarria – SS
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. Jeff Mathis – C
9. Dillon Gee – RHP 9. Henderson Alvarez – RHP


Wally Backman 3 (Baron)

Wally Backman to join Mets coaching staff on Sept. 19

Wally Backman will join the Mets coaching staff on September 19, the team announced.

Backman will be with the Mets for the final nine games of the year.

Terry Collins said he is looking forward to Backman joining the staff.

“He and I are very good friends,” Collins said.

The manager was named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in late August.

Juan Lagares 7 (Baron)

Lagares has elbow strain

Juan Lagares has an elbow sprain and is unsure if he’ll play the rest of the season.

He will be reevaluated on Sunday, but could sit the rest of the season just to be on the safe side.

Lagares left Tuesday’s game with a hyperextended right elbow.

Lagares said after the game he felt a “stinger” making a throw from center field to second base. He said experienced the same issue in Cincinnati.


Korean SS Jung-ho Kang and his 38 HR will get posted for MLB

A 27-year-old Korean SS, Jung-ho Kang, will be posted for MLB bidding this winter, reports Nick Cafardo (Boston Globe, Sept. 6).

“The right-handed power hitter will stay at shortstop or convert to second or third base,” says Cafardo.

The Cardinals have reportedly shown early interest in Kang, who has 38 HR and 107 RBI in 107 games this season in Korea.

According to Cafardo, “Kang has major power and with the absence of it in the majors, he should get some serious money.”

To see Kang in action, watch this local news report about his pending move to America >> Watch Here