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Game Recap: Mets 4, Reds 3

Need to Know: Lucas Duda hit two two-run home runs as the Mets beat the Reds, 4-3, on a cold and rainy Friday night at Citi Field

Jenrry Mejia got his first win of the season. He allowed one run and four hits and struck out a career-high eight in six innings. He was hit with a line drive while pitching for the second-consecutive game.

Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run off John Lannan in the seventh inning to pull the Reds to within a run.

Jose Valverde struck out Bruce with two runners on base to end the game.

Anthony Recker threw out Billy Hamilton trying to steal second base.


Game Ball: Duda, who responded by hitting two home runs after being informed he will get the bulk of playing time at first base against right-handed starting pitchers.


Instant Reaction: “Mejia is really, really good… when he’s healthy and on the mound. He gets overlooked, because of his age, lack of experience, and injuries, and because there are so many other good, young pitchers in the system, but he has the potential to be as good as anyone on the team, so long as he keeps himself on the mound. He has swagger, too, which is fun to watch.” ~ MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone



What’s Next: Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.40 ERA) and Johnny Cueto (0-1, 1.29) match up when the Mets and Reds continue their three-game series at 1:10 p.m. Saturday at Citi Field.




180 comments
Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

That was a pleasant win, albeit not without some drama. Have we all seen enough of John Lannan at this point?  Come back, Vic, all is forgiven!

lindro88
lindro88

The closer looks good. Valverde is only a year removed from a perfect regular season. He's not good enough to close in the post season, but I'll worry about that some other time. I've never been a fan of his, but at least I can see that he is not at all afraid. He likes the action.

upstatemet
upstatemet

Am I the only one who thinks it's bizarre when Cerrone quotes himself?

stemog
stemog

You so-called fans who whine incessantly each and every day about who screwed up what should just go watch a tennis match or a golf game. That way you'll know exactly who to blame every time out.

Olerud42
Olerud42

D'Arnaud is a top prospect. You gotta give top prospects a year or two to figure it out before giving up on them. I mean, if you wanna trade him for a different top prospect that's fine, but demoting him and not giving him a chance would be foolish. 

Mike Baudistel
Mike Baudistel

It's only been one game but I have to tip my hat to Duda...he made me look stupid.  Hopefully it continues.

William Bonilla
William Bonilla

Im not a duda supporter I dont think he deserves the starting job but he sure showed me tonight and I hope he continues to prove me wrong

Superbestfriends
Superbestfriends

Wheres Evander Smart? Biggest Mejia hater on the site has been eerily silent...

ponzies86
ponzies86

is it me or does Keith look like the Willy Wonka guy tonight 

DIY Degree
DIY Degree

I may be alone here, but I'm not concerned about d'Arnaud at all. He has what, a combined 150 at-bats against big league pitching? And was hurt most of last year?


Let him get his reps. I will be happy if he just stays healthy and gets a full year under his belt. He's been too good at every level for his ability to NEVER translate here. 

steve333
steve333

Is anyone else concerned that D'Arnaud is 0 for the season?

ponzies86
ponzies86

Wouldnt be surprise Mets AAA team finishes 15-20 games above 500 this year

Terry Jacoby
Terry Jacoby

I am listening to Las Vegas game on the radio. The play by play guy is outstanding. This organization is great at picking broadcasters. 

bigdirty
bigdirty

Today was the first time in more than 2 years that I have actually sat down and watched a game in its entirity. I really like what I saw from Mejia last year and liked what i saw from him today. His secondary pitches are very sharp. His fastball isnt overpowering but its movement and his slider make him tough. He reminds me of Pedro on the mound. 


I hate the bullpen, the offense is tragic but waht bothers me the most is the fact that ground balls to anyone other than wright, are adventures!!! Murphy can swing a bat a little bit but he isnt even average at 2nd. Tejada has NO baseball INSTINCTS!!!! Duda handled ground balls competantly..today...  The infield defens can not be so tragic!! That worse than a bad bullpen. A starter can have 2 tailor made dp's not turned!!


Murphys bat isnt good enough to give away that much on defense. Tejada should be better but the management has played with his confidence so much that he doesnt play with any flare. If Duda hits, i can live with it barely but he has to be 25hr's 90 rbi, .380obp  to live with his defense.


I am amazed with how this team has been constructed...Its baseball De-Evolution....  

LoDuque Pedazo
LoDuque Pedazo

Hey Matt, long time blog reader (2005) first time poster via Facebook. Can't believe how far you've come when the blog was just yours and not a whole network of the NY sports.

1.  Jennry Mejia is younger than Matt Harvey.  It just seems like he's older because he got to the big leagues the same year Harvey was drafted.  I contend that if he was developed the way Harvey, Wheeler were and Noah and Montero are now, he'd be the ace or a 2 starter.  Those 2 years fast track set him back along with the injuries, but tonight was very very encouraging.

2.  Which leads me to why I think they're not pushing Noah and/or Montero up the big leagues now to be bullpen members.  The Mets FO does not want what happened to Mejia in 2010-11 to happen again.



pearljam
pearljam

The Las Vegas rotation is almost as good as ours

Terry Jacoby
Terry Jacoby

TC is just a place holder. He will be gone for 2015! They will not let TC handle that young and awesome pitching staff.

ponzies86
ponzies86

You guys really think TC is a good manager... like seriously guys wake up! 

nym68
nym68

I'm loving these Las Vegas 51's experts. Can't wait to see them at Cashman Field tis season as I eagerly await their expert analysis on why the 51's beat up on a relief pitcher on rehab assignment

Stearnsfan12
Stearnsfan12

@lindro88 The Mets have ZERO shot at playoffs, so Valverde should be fine as a Met.

Raymond Ayling
Raymond Ayling

Agreed I have my mouth shut today he made me eat my words and I am a Man of many rock on. L.D

Stearnsfan12
Stearnsfan12

@DIY Degree I am starting to worry a little.  He looks really lost on curveballs and he's not catching up to heaters.  He's clearly feeling pressure of being the man.  He needs more time for sure, but he's a Met so I have to worry.

nym68
nym68

@DIY Degree  My problem with him isn't giving him the time he needs to get adjusted to major league hitting, it's that he's always been injured therefore never really got adjusted to AAA pitching. He's been rushed...if you can rush a 25 year old long time prospect that is.. The jury is still out on him being anything more than hype

stemog
stemog

@steve333 It's 0-for-9 to be exact. Let's not make it more dramatic that it is. That's the equivalent of about two full games.

cver
cver

@steve333 Well, just gotta hope he comes around, but it does make me wonder if and when his hitting will catch on.

nym68
nym68

@Terry Jacoby  I think his name is Russ Langer.....or something like that. He came over with the Dodgers minor league team years ago and stayed when they went back to Albuquerque. I always wondered why the Dodgers hired Charley Steiner instead of promoting him.

cleonsvan
cleonsvan

@bigdirty It's funny because when Tejada first came up, everyone raved about his instincts. Now everybody is dumping on him just because. The guy has looked good at short. His arm looks stronger.

stemog
stemog

@bigdirty What else was Duda supposed to do? They were routine grounders and he made routine plays. I'm not a Duda supporter, but people look hard to find things to bitch about. What did Tejeda do wrong? Murphy made a bone-headed play muffing the double play ball, yes, but that's Murphy. He's in the lineup more for his offense. Unfortunately he has to play defense, too.

Terry Jacoby
Terry Jacoby

@bigdirty Duda cost the team TWO double plays because of his weak throws to start the turn. You need to rifle that ball to 2B. He made up with it with the bat. But this team needs to get better defensively. They aren't going to score many runs so defense is key.

Terry Jacoby
Terry Jacoby

@LoDuque Pedazo Totally agree with you. As much as we would like to see those two in the rotation, let them develop a little more. This team isn't going to contend either way. Hopefully, Colon and Gee have strong starts and we can deal them for top prospects and then move those two into the rotation in July. 

nym68
nym68

@LoDuque Pedazo  how cute...this guy thinks Matt reads the comments section. Matt mailed it in a long time ago. In fact it was right around the same time he sold out his blog to the Mets that he started criticizing the readers of his own blog for not agreeing with everything the Mets tell us that we are supposed to believe in. Read the comments? Too much work for Matt these days

nym68
nym68

@Terry Jacoby  I think you're right. I'm just curious who everyone thinks will replace him. And please don't say Wally...no matter how much we all lot Wally he's not getting the job

zoddie
zoddie

@nym68 @DIY Degree   I'm a big D'Arnaud supporter, but he hasn't been rushed.  Yes, he has had injuries, but he was CERTAINLY adjusted to AAA pitching.  In two seasons and 381 PAs, he hit  .328/.402/.588.


That looks pretty adjusted.  He's had 2150 PAs in the minors.  He's ready.  Hopefully he'll hit at this level.


David Wright had 134 PAs in AAA, FYI.

DIY Degree
DIY Degree

@nym68 @LoDuque Pedazo  He definitely reads the comments. When you start a website and it grows, it's still your baby and you keep the pulse of it always. Disagree w/him if you want (I sometimes do) but he doesn't ignore comments. 

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

@nym68 @Terry JacobyI keep wondering when Wally became persona non grata. It's obvious that Sandy was never a big fan. I find it odd that such a dysfunctional organization is so worried about a potential loose-cannon.

Terry Jacoby
Terry Jacoby

@nym68 @Terry Jacoby Yeah, I have no idea. I don't think Wally is ever going to get the big-league job. There has to be a young, promising manager somewhere. I guess we have to trust the FO in finding the right guy. Yikes. I don't like the sound of that.

nym68
nym68

@bitencurl @nym68  all I can gather by the players you mentioned before and your complete faith in Duda is that you're young. I don't mean for that to come off as a diss or as an insult, but rather my jealousy. You keep the faith, man. Those of old old guys have been thru this too many times to believe

zoddie
zoddie

@nym68 @Terry Jacoby   I think TC is controllable by the front office and may keep his job.  Everyone should remember how TERRIBLE previous managers have been -- Willie Randolph?  Art Howe? Dallas Green?  TC is no Davey Johnson, but he's better than those guys.

nym68
nym68

@Terry Jacoby @nym68  my guess is whoever the next Brad Ausmus is supposed to be will be the guy. Someone young, into sabermetrics, and is controllable by the front office