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There were no Mets voted to be starters for this year’s All-Star Game. However, Terry Collins said Sunday that he believes pitchers Jeurys Familia and Jacob deGrom could be named to the roster Monday night.
“Pick up the program and look at what they’ve done,” he said after Sunday’s win. “Jacob has put up a tremendous run and Jeurys — if we had a lead a few more times — he’d be leading the league in saves. He’s been absolutely brilliant.”
DeGrom is 8-6 with a 2.30 ERA in 16 starts this season, a year after winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
“It would be an honor,” deGrom said of possibly being on the National League’s roster (July 5, 2015). “It would be really cool to make it. I haven’t thought too much about it, but I would really like to be in it.”
Familia took over at closer after Jenrry Mejia was suspended in April. He has 22 saves in 24 opportunities with a 1.16 ERA in 38 2/3 innings.
The All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates will be announced Monday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz improved to 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA on Sunday, holding the Dodgers to two hits and no runs, while striking out eight batters in six innings pitched.
“Johnny Monell was calling a great game, we just got into sync and just flowed,” Matz said after the game. “It’s been a lot of fun. .. I don’t really look at the whole lineup. It’s more hitter, hitter, how I’m gonna attack each hitter, sit down with Dan and go over that.”
In his two starts this year, spanning 13 2/3 innings, he’s allowed just seven hits, walked five and struck out 14 batters.
“When you have the stuff these young guys do, it’s about locating that stuff, and when you do you are going to get outs, you are going to get easy outs,” Terry Collins added. “We’re seeing Noah Syndergaard do it right now. His location has been outstanding and I think Steve is in the same boat.”
Matthew Cerrone: Yes, he has ‘great stuff,’ but he’s also a terrific athlete, who looks free, easy and comfortable on the mound. His delivery is exactly the same whether it’s his first or last pitch, which makes his curveball all the more effective and is leading to so many swings and misses for strikes. Frankly, right now, fellow lefty, Jon Niese, could probably learn a thing or two from watching the young Matz.
He had LA hitters all sorts of confused and jittery in the box, while mixing his pitches and locations like a veteran. Most important, this was an huge game, given the current state of the season. He had to know what’s up, yet looked totally unfazed. He pitched like a pro, and led his team to a much-needed win. Oh, and he’s technically the team’s fourth or fifth starter. It’s a playoff pitching staff, top to bottom and Matz is a perfect addition…
Mets 2B Wilmer Flores hit fourth in the batting order Sunday, had four hits — with two doubles — three RBI and scored a run.
“It was just pitch selection, that was it,” Flores said. “We always kept our head up, no matter what. We had to keep swinging. We’re professionals.”
Flores was 10 for 13 during the three-game series in Los Angeles, prior to which he had just one hit in his previous 16 at bats.
“Wilmer’s really swinging the bat good right now,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He’s hitting the ball to right field, he’s not trying to pull things, they’re pitching him away and he’s taking hits the other way. Certainly, that’s what good hitters have to do.”
Flores is batting .258 with a .289 OBP, .412 slugging, 38 RBI and 10 home runs this season.
According to Collins, Flores is happy to again be playing second base, where he’s been playing since Daniel Murphy was activated from the disabled list. Murphy is playing third in place of David Wright, with Ruben Tejada manning shortstop.
“He loves second base,” Collins concluded. “He’s happy to be there.”
The Mets took two of three from the Dodgers over the weekend in Los Angeles, including an 8-0 win on Sunday as Steven Matz tossed six scoreless innings.
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David Wright may be cleared for baseball activity this week as he continues his return from lumbar spinal stenosis. He told reporters in LA that he is optimistic he’ll be able to return soon.
Terry Collins is not in danger of losing his job, Sandy Alderson said late Friday.
The Mets have discussed whether to promote OF Michael Conforto from Double-A Binghamton to the Mets, but it’s not likely to happen, according to Alderson.
Jenrry Mejia, who is eligible to return from his suspension on July 7, is set to join the Mets Tuesday in San Francisco.
Matt Harvey believes the extra rest between starts is to blame for him allowing three runs and seven hits during Saturday’s loss to the Dodgers. Terry Collins said Harvey needs to “get over it.”
What’s on tap for Monday, July 6
The Mets open a three-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Monday at 10:15 p.m. on SNY.
Jon Niese gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Chris Heston for the Giants.
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Sunday’s minor league recaps…
Mets 20-year-old catching prospect Brandon Brosher had one of the best days of his young professional career, contributing a grand slam, a double and seven rbi in the Cyclones Sunday win over Williamsport. The homer was his first in the NY-Penn League.
Former UConn standout Vincent Siena had two more singles, raising his batting average to .400 and giving him an eight game hitting streak >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
Steven Matz pitched six shutout innings in his second major league start as the Mets beat the Dodgers, 8-0, Sunday to take two of three games this weekend from the NL West leaders.
Matz (2-0, 1.32) struck out eight while holding the Dodgers to two hits. He has 14 strikeouts through two starts, second-best in team history behind Matt Harvey. Matz (101 pitches) also had an RBI for the second consecutive game.
Wilmer Flores went 4-for-5 with three RBI to lead the team’s 15-hit attack, their most since June 14. Flores, who batted cleanup for the second consecutive game, was 10-for-13 in the series >> Watch here and here.
The Mets, who scored two more runs than in their previous five games combined, improved to 30-5 when scoring four or more runs. They also won a road series for the first time in two months.
The Mets tacked on three runs in the seventh, two when Yasiel Puig misplayed a line-drive by Juan Lagares that turned into a triple >> Watch here.
Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer were a combined 0-for-10 with five strikeouts.
The Mets were 8-for-22 with runners in scoring position.
Logan Verrett pitched the final three innings to earn his first major-league save.
The Mets begin a three-game series Monday at San Francisco (10:15 p.m., SNY). Jon Niese (3-8, 3.90) faces Chris Heston (8-5, 3.78).