What’s on Tap for Friday, May 30

The Mets continue their five-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Friday at 7:05 p.m.

Rafael Montero (0-2, 4.96 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51 ERA) for Philadelphia.


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In case you missed it…

Last night at Citizens Bank Park, Zack Wheeler tossed 6 .1 brilliant innings as the Mets beat the Phillies to win their third game in a row >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News


Travis d’Arnaud was activated from the disabled list prior to Thursday’s game and started behind the plate.


Frank Viola, who had open-heart surgery on April 2, will return to his position as pitching coach for Triple-A Las Vegas next Friday >> Read more




21 comments
hawkeye
hawkeye

The past week has been really good for Mejia.  1 WHIP, 0 ERA, 10.5 K/9, 4 saves, and the 1 loss as the only blemish.  In fact, he hasn't allowed an earned run since moving to the bullpen.  I know it's way too early to be thinking like this, but if he is the real deal as a closer he could be ending games for the next decade and a half.

upstaphan
upstaphan

Only 3 games out of first after a terrible May. If Sandy would trade some pitching and excess parts for a big bat or two there could be hope, but we need more offense badly. We need a big thumper that scares pitchers in the middle of the line up. Grandy is not that guy but he can be be a good number 5 guy. Duda is not even close. 


upstaphan
upstaphan

I think Wheeler is starting to feel the heat that if he doesn't  step it up he could be the odd man out with new pitching already preforming well in the rotation and more waiting in the wings.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Nice effort by Wheeler. 


The Mets are now 4-3 in a stretch of 14 games against teams with a combined record 23 games below .500. D-Backs, Phillies and Cubs are awful.  


Time to clean up.  

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

Travis d’Arnaud was activated from the disabled list prior to Thursday’s game and started behind the plate. Maybe Jake Taylor is available.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

"Startin to come together Pepper. Startin to come together." Lou Brown-Major League

nolrog
nolrog

>>> Travis d’Arnaud was activated from the disabled list prior to Thursday’s game and started behind the plate.


And went 0-4 with a strike out, dropping his average down to .189. 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@hawkeye Eassssy.  He's looked fantastic, his stuff clearly plays better as an rp (although trying him as an SP was absolutely the right move).  This is also a guy that can't stay healthy.  We just have to hope that TC doesn't jerk him around.  Who cares about the save stat - if you get Mejia up, he's coming into the game unless it's out of hand.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@hawkeye 15 year closers and 15 years of Harvey Wheeler Degrom Montero and Thor. A fantasy dream it doesnt work that way. A 5 year run would be great.

Kavalor
Kavalor

@hawkeye 

don't make him a Mariano Rivera yet. Bullpen is really tricky and even the good one like Kenley Jansen struggling from time to time 

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@upstaphan Yeah...it really is crazy.  All the negativity and drama for a team that's 3 under and 3 out.  Not saying I know how it's going to end up, but it's not like we're all tuned out in June.

mrgee
mrgee

Keith says the kid's swing looks good; I'm willing to be patient based on that alone.

hankypanky
hankypanky

The new batting coach has one of his biggest challenges with this kid.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@nolrog  I think we all get that the kid is struggling. Some guys take a while to figure it out. Some never do. I'm not sure we have much to lose right now to try and figure out what he is. If he's still this bad at the end of the year, Plawecki is waiting in the wings.

hawkeye
hawkeye

@72tilltc @hawkeye

We can all dream that we've somehow stumbled into our own Maddux/Smoltz/Glavine and a Mariano all at the same time.

Isn't the point of being a Mets fan being widely optimistic about young talent so that when it all falls apart you go crashing into despair only to find a new crop of young talent and do it all over again?  Doc and Strawberry will lead us to a decade of greatness.  Generation K will be our return to glory.  With Wright and Reyes playing next to each other we have the solid foundation we need to be a perennial contender.  Now look at all these great young arms we have, a full rotation worth of guys with sky high potential and a few more to spare.

hawkeye
hawkeye

@Kavalor @hawkeye

Like I said, way too early.  A good week does not a career make.  I just like Mejia and have been hoping he could find his niche the last couple years so I'm excited to see him succeeding.

mets2014
mets2014

@Pete Brilvitch  agreed, but they should definitely consider adding a veteran backstop to not only mentor d'arnaud, but compete with...on the surface, john buck seemed like a good fit last year

russ1975
russ1975

@Pete Brilvitch Agree 100%, let him play, I still think that he's going to be  a very good player.

72tilltc
72tilltc

@hawkeye @72tilltc I used to feel that way when John Milner hit 23 in his 2nd year I tried to figure out how many HR's he would need to average to get to 714.