What’s on Tap for Tuesday, August 12

The Mets (57-62) open a three-game series against the first-place Nationals (63-53) on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Rafael Montero (0-2, 5.40 ERA) will get the the start for the Mets in his return from Triple-A Las Vegas, opposed by Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49 ERA) for Washington.


In case you missed it…


The Mets overcame a 2-1 seventh inning deficit and topped the Phillies, 5-3, on Monday afternoon in Philadelphia >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News

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Jacob deGrom was diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. DeGrom has been prescribed rest and anti-inflammatory medication >> Read more at MetsBlog


Rafael Montero will be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to take deGrom’s spot in the starting rotation.


Jeremy Hefner, who was making his way back from last August’s Tommy John surgery, re-injured his surgically repaired UCL and is likely headed for a second Tommy John surgery >> Read more at MetsBlog


Jon Niese and Curtis Granderson both cleared revocable trade waivers, and can now be traded to any team between now and the end of the season >> Read more at MetsBlog


Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was placed on the disabled list on July 26 with elbow inflammation, tossed three scoreless innings during a rehab start Monday night for St. Lucie.




27 comments
kph16
kph16

Glad to see it's nothing too serious in regards to deGrom. If I were them, I'd shut him down now. As good as he's doing you see the guy's arm is fatigued. We're not going anywhere this season so the best move is to shut him down. I think it's good we pushed him, and stretched him out a little bit, but the smart thing to do is shut him down.

gotbeliev
gotbeliev

im confused do many of you watch baseball... because if you did you would know 90 is plenty on the gun for a left hander and neise is a stud... last night 7 innings 2 runs in a huge series clenching win wasn't enough?

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

Niese is an injury waiting to happen. Velocity continues to go down and salary continues to go up. Trade him ASAP.

BadContract
BadContract

I was at the game on Monday and it was sad to see the depleted arm strength of Niese. Even his arm slot looks different. That being said, he might be a good enough pitcher to overcome and effectively adjust to still win games, just like yesterday.

It was also nice to see all the young bats in the line up. Win or lose, I get excited seeing the young guys play.

BadContract
BadContract

I hope Harvey heeds the warning signs of pushing to get back too quickly.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Looks more like Detroit will need pitching help since they just dropped out of first and have Anibal sanchez on the DL and Verlander maybe next on the DL. with this season at its end id let deGrom rest for the remainder of the year.

dannym28
dannym28

if they sweep the nats or aleast take two of three they have my attention 

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

I'm looking forward to seeing Montero. Feel bad about DeGrom and look forward to a September return but this is exciting. I've given up on steady offense from this team and would be happy to see two of three from the Nats (they really don't impress me). I think a steady surge toward .500 would indicate that the Mets, with their level of talent, are living up to their current potential.

Kid Met
Kid Met

Dad, will the Mets make the playoffs?

Paul LeBarron
Paul LeBarron

come on lets smack the Nats around. One last surge here.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

really nice bounceback but cant help but think of what could have been, a sweep would have put us within 3 of .500 which could have made this upcoming homestand very interesting

2ndhalffun
2ndhalffun

@gotbeliev  Injury prone. Velocity going down and salary going up. Now is the time to trade him. Branch Rickey said it best: Trade a guy one year too early than too late. 

anymos
anymos

@gotbeliev Too many nights where he sits 85-88 and his mistakes get hit hard.

nncyel
nncyel

@2ndhalffun What are you saying - trade him quick before other teams realize that he's not pitching as well as he has in the past? These types of posts are such sheer naivete. Do you honestly think that a team that is considering trading for Niese would be unaware of his downturn in performance the last handful of games? That only you see his problems and want to be the first to post this "idea". Unless you'd be satisfied with not getting much in return this is not the time to trade him. You trade him when he's pitching well and your trade partner desires him and will be willing to give you a good player back in return.


So please people, stop with the "Let's trade this guy" posts right after a player performs poorly. As if another team would want players who aren't playing well.

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@BadContract  I think we all need to accept that Neise is nothing more than an average #4-type starter.  They mentioned on the radio yesterday that going into yesterday's game, Niese was 48-48, and his career ERA was EXACTLY what the NL average is.  He's the definition of average, and has the numbers to back it up.


He'll get shelled some nights, twirl a gem some other nights, but for the most part, you're gonna get 6 innings and 3-4 runs out of him most nights.

mets74
mets74

@Albert E Lewis Great. That means there'll be more cutesy Justin & Kate photos and stories as he goes thru rehab. 

mrgee
mrgee

@dannym28 They keep winning series, they'll definitely have everyone's attention.  

Lets Go Mets!
Lets Go Mets!

@Kid Met Let's see what my Crystal Ball says...

Creestal Ball say Mets go 31-12 the rest of the way to capture a wildcard berth, surprising everyone in the playoffs and advancing all the way to the World Series!

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

@Jayson Love  Things could still get interesting with a sweep of Washington. I obviously wouldn't expect it for many reasons, but it would be fun if it happened.

Jayson Love
Jayson Love

@2ndhalffun @gotbeliev Niese has lost something this season.  He still has enough to get hitters out most the time, but another 2-3 MPH drop and he becomes a 5th starter.  Hes another example of how fast pitching can fade

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

@nncyel @2ndhalffun  Oh, you didn't know?  Teams don't scout other team's potential trade bait anymore.  They just go by the team's word on if the player is good or not.

mrgee
mrgee

@alphaq Well, sounds like a perfect time for an unexpected savior.  Paging den Dekker, Mr. den Dekker, phone call for you.