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Lucas Duda hit a 450-foot HR, looks in command

Lucas Duda crushed a 450-foot, second-decker, solo home run in the eighth inning Tuesday that gave the Mets a two-run lead >> Watch here.

“It was a pitch up, and I was lucky enough to get the barrel on it,” Duda said. “I hit it pretty good.”

Duda, 28, leads the team with 15 home runs. He’s batting just .261, but with 22 doubles, 50 RBI and a .357 OBP.

He’s batting .313 with a .409 OBP since June 22, during which he has reached base in 23 of 25 games.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

He was too patient at the start of the season. Now, he looks to be in total control of his at bats. He’s no longer falling behind. He’s being aggressive, but selective. Last night, he crushed a 3-1 fastball looking like a calm, in-command, veteran hitter. He’s 28. It’s time for him to turn a corner, if he’s going to do it, and he’s very much looking like the hitter Sandy Alderson and his staff expected Duda to be.

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Last night’s Highlights: Terry and Duda talk deGrom, Duda HR, TdA triples

Following last night’s win against the Mariners, Terry Collins and Lucas Duda talked about Jacob deGrom’s composure on the mound >> Watch here.

Earlier in the game, Travis d’Arnaud tripled to center field in the top of the second, scoring Bobby Abreu and giving the Mets a 1-0 lead >> Watch here.

Duda launched a solo home run to right field in the eighth inning >> Watch here.

Earlier in the day, Kevin Burkhardt talked with former Mets and current Mariners hitting coach Howard Johnson about Robinson Cano and David Wright >> Watch here.

Jacob deGrom for NL Rookie of the Year

Mets 25-year-old rookie RHP Jacob deGrom held the Mariners to one run in seven innings to move to 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA this season.

He has a 1.59 ERA in his last six starts.

“He’s always flown under the radar. He still is,” Terry Collins said after the game. “This guy has got numbers to match up with any rookie in the league, and you never hear his name mentioned.”


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Lucas Duda told SNY after the game that deGrom was outstanding all night.

“He always has a certain presence on the mound and he keeps his composure so well,” Duda said. “He’s beyond his years.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

His last three starts (Braves, Marlins, M’s) have been sensational. Last night in particular, he had a terrific fastball, but his slider, curve ball and change up have been so great of late too, especially against Seattle’s left-handed hitters. He’s getting swings-and-misses with his change up, but – at worst – the opposition is making weak contact. He’s been in total control…

He struggled early in the year with letting too many runners reach base, especially by walks. Thankfully, he was benefitting from nice fielding and a bit of luck and managed to get by. Now, he’s just dominating hitters, challenging them and not walking people. He may fall behind, or give up a hit, but he doesn’t get rattled. He stays in character, focused and within himself, he’s locked in, and I like this. He’s very mature, and makes it feel like we’re watching a veteran pitcher.

It often feels like he’s just playing catch with Travis d’Arnaud.

 

What’s on tap for Wed., July 23

The Mets and Mariners will play the rubber game of their three-game series in Seattle on Wednesday at 3:40 pm ET.

Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) will face M’s RHP prospect Taijuan Walker, who is being called up from Triple-A Tacoma.


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In case you missed it…


Jacob deGrom allowed one run and struck out seven over seven innings as the Mets defeated the Mariners, 3-1, on Tuesday >> Read more.


Ruben Tejada was hit with a pitch on the hand. It didn’t require an immediate X-ray, Terry Collins said, though he expects Tejada will be re-examined prior to Wednesday’s game.


Curtis Granderson (sick) and Chris Young (sore calf) were both unavailable for Tuesday’s game.


Mets Triple-A C prospect Kevin Plawecki will miss time recovering from a minor case of vertigo, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Tuesday.


Jeremy Hefner made his third rehab start coming back from Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. He allowed one run on two hits in three innings in the Gulf Coast League.


The Mets have the fourth-best farm system in baseball, according to a revised, mid-season list by ESPN’s Keith Law (ESPN.com, July 22).


Mets Triple-A reliever Scott Rice will have season-ending elbow surgery on Wednesday, according to beat reporter Marc Carig (Newsday, July 22).

Tuesday’s minor league recaps…

Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard had one of his best starts of the season, throwing 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball in the first game of the 51s doubleheader in Tacoma.

The right-hander gave up just four singles, struck out five and walked three in the 109 pitch outing.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

MLB: New York Mets at Seattle Mariners

Game Recap: Mets 3 – Mariners 1

Result: The Mets ended their three-game skid, defeating the Mariners, 3-1, in the second of a three-game series in Seattle.


Need to Know: Looking to make his fifth quality start in six outings, Jacob deGrom was stellar on the mound for the Mets. The rookie right-hander allowed one run and struck out seven over seven innings to pick up his fourth win of the season. Travis d’Arnaud and Ruben Tejada put the Mets on the board in the second inning with a pair of RBIs. Dustin Ackley tallied an RBI double in the fifth, the only blemish on deGrom’s stat line Tuesday night, but Lucas Duda’s solo home run in the eighth gave the Mets an insurance run. Jenrry Mejia came on in the ninth and converted his 12th save this campaign. Duda’s two-hit night led the way offensively for New York.


Game Ball: deGrom, who was outstanding to help end the Mets’ three-game losing streak.


Links: RecapBox score


What’s Next: The Mets and Mariners meet again Wednesday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) gets the call for New York opposite Seattle’s Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60 ERA).

Tonight’s Game: Mets at Mariners

The Mets are in Seattle for the second game of their three-game series against the Mariners.

Mets Pre Game begins at 9 p.m. on SNY. Tonight’s first pitch is scheduled for 10 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18 ERA) pitches for the Mets, while Erasmo Ramirez (1-4, 4.58 ERA) starts for Seattle.

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1. Eric Young Jr. – LF 1. Endy Chavez – RF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. James Jones – CF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Robinson Cano – 2B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Kyle Seager – 3B
5. Bobby Abreu – DH 5. Corey Hart – DH
6. Travis d’Arnaud – C 6. Logan Morrison - 1B
7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – RF 7. Willie Bloomquist – SS
8. Juan Lagares – CF 8. Dustin Ackley – LF
9. Ruben Tejada – SS 9. Mike Zunino – C

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Granderson sick and Young out, both will not play on Tuesday

Curtis Granderson is sick and will not be available to play on Tuesday night, the Mets announced before the game.

Granderson’s illness sprung up after Monday’s game.

Chris Young is also unavailable. He is still nursing a sore calf, injured during Monday’s game.

Kevin Plawecki has mild vertigo

Mets Triple-A C prospect Kevin Plawecki has a minor case of vertigo, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Tuesday.

Plawecki will get some time off from Triple-A Las Vegas as he recovers.

He recently represented the Mets during MLB’s Futures Game, during which he drove in the game’s first run with an RBI force out in the third inning…


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In late June, he was promoted to Triple-A, where he’s hitting .234 with a .321 OBP in 15 games.

“Obviously it’s in the back of my mind,” Plawecki told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender, in regards to being a step from the big leagues. That said, he added, “I’ve still got some adjustments to make and still have a lot to learn.”

According to Plawecki, if he continues to work hard and stays focused and positive the results will take care of themselves.


In this edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, SNY.TV’s Robert Brender talked in depth with Plawecki about adjusting to Triple-A, playing in the Vegas heat, and working with pitcher Noah Syndergaard…