Monday’s minor league recaps…

Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard was phenomenal Monday night in the 51s win in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Albuquerque.

The right-hander tossed a seven-inning complete game shutout, allowing two singles, while striking out nine and did not walk a batter. It’s the first complete game of his career. He retired 17 batters in a row at one point and was hitting 97 mph on the Cashman Field gun in the 7th inning. He threw 82 pitches, 62 strikes >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Video Highlights from Monday’s win

Juan Lagares’ doubles on a fly ball to center field to lead off the top of the ninth inning, giving the Mets a crucial runner on base >> Watch here

Daniel Murphy blasts a clutch, three-run home run off Steve Cishek to give the Mets a 3-1 leading the top of the ninth inning >> Watch here

Murphy robs Michael Morse of a base hit in the ninth inning for the second out >> Watch here


To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.

Muno sent to Triple-A to make room for Montero

The Mets have demoted infielder Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Rafael Montero, Adam Rubin reported (April 27).

Montero joined the team on Monday in advance of his spot start on Tuesday.

Muno, who was called up on April, hit .167 in six plate appearances.

With Montero activated and Muno sent down, the Mets again have a four-man bench.

Gee dominant until eighth, Mets rally in ninth to beat Marlins

The Mets (15-5) scored three runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Marlins (8-12) by the score of 3-1 on Monday night in Miami.


Dillon Gee was dominant and efficient until the eighth inning, having thrown just 59 pitches entering the frame. Overall, Gee allowed one run on six hits while walking none and striking out three in 7 2/3 innings.

While Gee was shutting down the Marlins, Jarred Cosart did the same to the Mets for eight innings as the game headed into the bottom of the eighth scoreless.

After retiring the first two batters in the eighth, Gee allowed three consecutive two-out hits as the Mets fell behind, 1-0.

Juan Lagares doubled to open the ninth on a ball Marcell Ozuna misjudged in center field, and Lucas Duda walked to put runners on first and second with no one out. After Michael Cuddyer flew out, Daniel Murphy blasted a three-run homer to right to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save.


The Mets continue their three-game series with the Marlins in Miami on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m.

Rafael Montero gets the start for the Mets, opposed by David Phelps for the Marlins.


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After a stellar stary by Gee, it all fell apart quickly there in the eighth inning. Thankfully for the Mets, Murphy delievered his three-run blast and there was joy in Mudville.

Gee — and Cosart — were both brilliant on Monday night. They both had everything going for them and it looked like they both could have went 10, 11 or 12 innings if needed. The Marlins played some nice small ball in the bottom of the eighth to scratch out their run, but Torres limited the damage when he got one of the best hitters in baseball to pop up on the first pitch.

Murphy’s home run was all the Mets needed on Monday night. The second baseman has been struggling this season (despite his recent 4 RBI game) and this could be the shot in the arm he needs to get going. If the team is going to win without David Wright or Travis d’Arnaud in the lineup, they’re going to need production out of Murphy. This huge homer is hopefully the sign of better things to come for Murphy.

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Rafael Montero is a spot starter, Gee not in jeopardy of losing job

Dillon Gee is not in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation, despite Rafael Montero starting Tuesday against the Marlins, Terry Collins told reporters in Miami on Monday.

Instead, Collins indicated Montero could return to Triple-A Las Vegas later this week.

“I hope he pitches good,” Collins said about Gee. “I hope he pitches a no hitter.”

Gee struggled his first two starts of the season, but pitched well in his last start against the Braves on Thursday.

Collins did not say who would be demoted to make room for Montero on the roster, but speculation among beat reporters is that the team will send down a position player and be short on the bench until David Wright is activated from the disabled list.

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David Wright will not be activated from DL on Thursday

David Wright will not be activated from the disabled list when he’s eligible to return Thursday, Terry Collins told reporters in Miami on Monday.

“He’s not that close,” Collins said.

Wright, who went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring April 15, began hitting off a tee and throwing Saturday. Collins said this past weekend that Wright will soon add fielding and running to his rehab regimen.

Collins said he hopes Wright can return from the disabled list on Saturday. However, Sandy Alderson later said he would prefer to see Wright play in a rehab game before making any projections about his return to the Mets.

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

The Mets and Marlins begin a three-game series at Marlins Park on Monday.

The third-place Marlins have won five in a row after sweeping the Nationals this past weekend, while the first-place Mets have won 12 of their last 14 games.

The Mets completed their first four-game sweep of the Marlins in team history when the two teams met last week at Citi Field.


Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.60 ERA) will start for the Mets against Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 3.63 ERA).

Gee held the Braves to two runs through seven innings in his last start after struggling in his first two appearances. According to multiple reports, Gee could lose his spot in the rotation to Rafael Montero if he doesn’t pitch well Tuesday. Gee has made 49 straight start of five innings or more, the longest active streak in the majors and tied for the second-longest streak in team history. The last time he pitched fewer than five innings in a start was on May 14, 2013. Marcell Ozuna is 5-12 against Gee, while Giancarlo Stanton is just 2-11, but with two home runs.

Cosart has combined nine strikeouts with only one walk during his last two starts. In his career, he is is 13-4 when issuing no more than two free passes, as opposed to 2-9 when he walks three or more. Wilmer Flores is 3 for 5 with a home run and five RBI against Cosart.


After starting the season 3-11, the Marlins have committed just one error during their last 10 games and won five games in a row.

Marlins 2B Dee Gordon has at least one hit in 16 of his last 19 games.

Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria is hitting .460 with 15 RBI and 13 runs in his last 13 games. However, he’s just 1 for 8 lifetime against Gee.

Mets OF Juan Lagares is 6-for-his-last-8 and has at least one hit in 16 of his 19 games this year.

Mets LH reliever Alex Torres had thrown six scoreless innings after allowing a run in his first outing.
The Mets have won five of their last seven games in Miami.

The Mets bullpen has tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings dating to April 19.

Wilmer Flores had iffy start, now middle of the pack among NL shortstops

Wilmer Flores started the season batting .160 through his first eight games.

In the nine games since, he’s hit .364 with three home runs, which is tied for second most among NL shortstops.

# Name Team PA HR R RBI SB BB% K% AVG OBP SLG WAR
1 Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins 76 2 15 16 1 3.9 % 15.8 % .333 .355 .500 1.0
2 Freddy Galvis Phillies 66 1 6 8 0 6.1 % 7.6 % .361 .409 .459 0.9
3 Jhonny Peralta Cardinals 73 2 7 9 0 6.8 % 19.2 % .343 .384 .522 0.8
4 Zack Cozart Reds 71 4 9 9 1 2.8 % 16.9 % .303 .329 .545 0.7
5 Andrelton Simmons Braves 72 1 6 11 0 5.6 % 5.6 % .279 .319 .426 0.7
6 Wilmer Flores Mets 63 3 9 8 0 3.2 % 15.9 % .276 .323 .448 0.5
7 Troy Tulowitzki Rockies 68 2 10 9 0 1.5 % 22.1 % .303 .309 .530 0.5
8 Brandon Crawford Giants 71 3 7 9 1 9.9 % 22.5 % .210 .310 .403 0.4
9 Starlin Castro Cubs 73 2 7 11 1 4.1 % 13.7 % .329 .356 .429 0.4
10 Jean Segura Brewers 76 1 8 5 3 2.6 % 9.2 % .306 .333 .403 0.2
11 Ian Desmond Nationals 81 1 11 5 0 3.7 % 24.7 % .263 .309 .395 0.0
12 Jimmy Rollins Dodgers 80 1 8 7 3 11.3 % 21.3 % .186 .275 .314 0.0

“If I start everyday, I know I’m going to hit,” Flores said this past weekend (April 26). “I’ve just gotta keep pushing, keep pushing. I have the opportunity to play everyday, so that’s why I wasn’t worried about it.”


cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: His fielding is still a concern. However, it might help if a better defender could start on days Jon Niese pitches, because (of everyone in the starting rotation) Niese seems to give up a ton of ground balls to the left side of the infield. Otherwise, especially when Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey are on the mound, it’s either strike outs and pop ups and Wilmer’s deficiencies are more easily controlled. Otherwise, his bat has been more than fine and is likely to only get better…

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Dilson Herrera off to a great start with Triple-A Las Vegas

Mets Triple-A 2B Dilson Herrera has two hits in nine of his last 10 games, raising his batting average to .371 through the first 16 games of the season.

“I can tell you, having talked with people on other teams, they think Herrera is a legitimate, big-time player,” ESPN’s Buster Olney said January. “Daniel Murphy is just holding down his spot.”

Herrera, 20, is considered the fourth-best second base prospect in baseball (MLB.com, Jan. 26).

 PLAYERS LEVEL G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP OPS
Dilson Herrera AAA, 2015 16 70 16 26 6 0 1 9 4 8 3 .371 .408 .908
Minors Career Minors 385 1477 279 444 97 18 35 196 142 307 68 .301 .367 .829
MLB Career MLB 18 59 6 13 0 1 3 11 7 17 0 .220 .303 .710

“He has always shown a knack for hitting, with a balanced swing and an ability to make consistent hard contact to all fields,” MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo recently wrote. “He has played both shortstop and second in the past, but his defensive tools, from his arm to his actions, will work much better on the right side of the infield.”

Hererra was acquired in 2013 with Vic Black from the Pirates for John Buck and Marlon Byrd.