What’s on Tap For Thursday, August 21

The Mets (60-68) are off on Thursday.

They open a three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Friday night at 10:10 p.m. ET.

Jon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) will get the the start for the Mets, opposed by Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59 ERA) for the Dodgers. Haren is replacing Clayton Kershaw, who was moved up in the rotation and will not face the Mets this coming weekend.


In case you missed it…

Zack Wheeler turned in another solid start and the Mets’ offense exploded as they topped the A’s, 8-5, on Wednesday afternoon in Oakland >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday New York Post and Daily News

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Jenrry Mejia was unavailable on Wednesday due to a back issue (separate from his hernia). In Mejia’s stead, Jeurys Familia notched a five-out save.


Bartolo Colon, whose mother recently passed away, will come off the bereavement list and make the start against the Dodgers on Sunday.


Dana Eveland received a cortisone shot in his left (pitching) elbow, and will be unavailable until at least Friday.




17 comments
exileinla
exileinla

Starting deGrom on Saturday & Colon on Sunday is bad roster management.  We have a prized young pitcher, on an innings limit, coming off a DL stint with tendinitis.  We have a veteran who can't get his act together lately (Gee), and we have another rookie who, after struggling, just threw one of his 2 best starts (Montero). 

We have an off day today, and an off day Monday.  Then we play 9 straight days -- but by the end of that, the AAA season is over, and rosters expand.  Colon can stay on the berevement list for up to 7 days. 

So, why not let deGrom have a short (80 pitch) rehab outing for Vegas this weekend and let Montero get another start on Saturday, and then before Sunday's game send down Montero, activating Colon & keeping Germen in the pen.  Then; pitch Colon on Sunday, and when the Mets fly back to NYC after the game, send Germen to LV and bring up a bat.  Start Gee on Tuesday, Wheeler on Wednesday, Niese on Thursday (giving all 3 of them an extra day's rest) and Colon again at home on Friday -- and THEN activate deGrom for Saturday at home.  That also lets deGrom be the guy who gets the first "extra" day of rest after the Sept 4 day off...That gives deGrom 6 more starts (plus the rehab outing), which means he stays around 145 IP for the season -- positioning him for 30 starts and 180 IP in 2015.

BadContract
BadContract

Put Mejia on the shelf. Take care of the hernia, and get healthy. He is to good of a tool to waste. He can hurt himself worse by compensating  and can lose the confidence he has gained in the closer role.

Any one else hear the Daniel Murphy "favorite player" shout out from the philly kid last night during the LLWS?

Eric Slater
Eric Slater

How about those Nationals... 9 straight wins, who knows how many walk-offs. Ugh.

Flocaveli
Flocaveli

Call the Angels and give them Tolo! Richards big injury and Tolo has pitched well in the AL West. Angels farm sucks though

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

Same ol' Mets.  While they r talking about trading their stud pitching talent the Yankees r bidding on the next great Cuban hitter. Another wait til next year.  That crap may fly in Kansas City or Pittsburgh but it's beyond old here in NYC!  Losers perpetuate losing.  The only constant in all of this is The Wilpons.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

Really wish they would stop putting the division standings up. Season is over already. There are no miracles. Just another 74/75 win season...no improvement in 4 years

Paul LeBarron
Paul LeBarron

OK So when I say if Murphy and Duda were on good teams they wouldn't hit the way they do, now maybe people will get it. You dont see the best pitching when you are a sub 500 team. 

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

To split the two games against Oakland, in Oakland and going against their two best pitchers, is a win for the Mets. Now, not having to face Kershaw, if we could possibly take 2-of-3 in Los Angeles, this would make for a very successful road trip. It's all about building on our experience for next year. I know Wheeler was upset about being taken out yesterday. Keith and Kevin attributed it to the pitch count. But I attributed it to a four-pitch walk where it looked like either Wheeler had no gas left or was just being lackadaisical. If you want to stay in the game, pitch like you mean it. Collins certainly didn't want this game to get away from the Mets and I credit him with making the move.

nykjw2
nykjw2

34 games to go. Let's go 30-4!!!

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@Steve Finelli I think you might be slightly exaggerating with the "great Cuban hitter" comment, but you're right about the state of the two franchises. Unfortunately this looks to be the "new normal" so to speak in that this is what we can expect going forward. 

Sandy came out and said as much with the comments about spending would go up IF attendance went up. Not sure how much more blatant that can be, they don't have the money to spend. 

elcondor
elcondor

Rediculous comment, just not valid

theglider
theglider

Aren't the Padres a sub .500 team? Kershaw was moved up a day to face them.

joe21
joe21

@Tarheel11 @Steve Finelli  The Yankees also passed on Abreu last year in favor or Ellsbury, McCann and Beltran, so it is not always about the money. I think the Mets have a little to spend, but once Colon clears, Niese, Gee and Murphy get traded, it will free up over $30M to spend, so not sure that this is a permanent state of affairs where they will never spend. And as dire as the current financial state is, it is not like the Wilpons never spent money. As recently as 5-6 years ago, they were in the $140M range, but didn't get a great return on it.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@joe21 @Tarheel11 @Steve Finelli They r not spending because they don't have it.  Ever since Madoff the spending has been curtailed.  The Tampa Bay Rays have a higher payroll and they have the worst attendance in baseball

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@joe21 @Tarheel11 @Steve Finelli They Yanks passed on Abreu b/c they already had $100 million tied up at first base. If Mark Teixeira was a free agent last year, Abreu would probably be a Yankee...

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@joe21 @Tarheel11 @Steve Finelli Agreed. Except that they didn't have the 50M annual Citifield bond debt payments that they do now. 

As well as the 1B in debt and the associated debt carrying costs. That's what's crippling them financially. I think the days of a 140M payroll are long gone