Tonight’s Friday Night Baseball Lineups, presented by Jeep

mets marlins 041715The Mets (7-3) play the Marlins (3-7) on Friday night, the second game of their four-game series.

Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Bartolo Colon (2-0, 2.77) starts for the Mets, while David Phelps (0-0, 36.00) pitches for Miami.


Colon has won his last three starts, dating to New York’s 2014-season finale on September 28, 2014.

In two starts against the Marlins last season, Colon finished 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA. He struck out 12 and walked one. Miami hitters batted .328 (19-58) with no home runs.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Colon is the first starting pitcher age 40 or older to record two wins in his team’s first week of a season since Roger Clemens (age 40) did that for the Yankees in 2003.

Mets pitchers have compiled a 2.79 ERA through the first 10 games, ranking seventh in the majors. The staff has issued 20 walks, tied for the seventh-fewest in the majors.


The last time New York had sole possession of first place in the NL East at least 10 games into the season was after the game on May 1, 2010 (14-10).

The Mets have won five straight games for the first time since May 26-30, 2013. New York’s last six-game winning streak was April 21-27, 2011.

Lucas Duda has three straight games with multiple extrabase hits, tied for the longest streak in team history with Carlos Beltran (2006), Rico Brogna (1994), Lenny Dykstra (1987) and Frank Thomas (1962).

Curtis Granderson has reached base safely in nine of his 10 games this year. He leads the majors with 11 walks.

Three of Wilmer Flores‘ eight home runs have come with two or more runners on base.

Michael Cuddyer has a five-game hitting streak, going 7-for-17 (.412) with five RBI over that span.


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Mets will use six-man rotation at least once

The Mets will institute a six-man rotation, at least for one turn of the rotation, Terry Collins said on Friday.

The team sent Rafael Montero down to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he will be stretched back into a starter.

When he’s eligible to return, in 10 days, the Mets will call him up and use him as a starter on April 28 in Miami.

Collins would neither confirm nor deny that Montero could end up taking Dillon Gee‘s spot in the rotation after his first start against the Marlins.


Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

This is likely one of the many shrewd moves the Mets will use to give Matt Harvey some extra time off and limit his innings in his first year back from Tommy John surgery.

Also, from what Collins said (or didn’t say), it still seems like Gee’s days are numbered.

Montero optioned to Las Vegas to make room for Muno

USATSI_8508596_110579513_lowresThe Mets have optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for INF Danny Muno on the roster.

Muno, 26, hit .259 with a .372 OBP and .418 SLG last season for Las Vegas.

So far this season, Muno was hitting .235 with a .364 OBP in 22 plate appearances.

Montero, 24, had appeared in four games out of the bullpen for the Mets and posted a 4.15 ERA over 4 1/3 innings.

The team now has a seven-man bullpen and five-man bench.


Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

Montero is talented. We’ve seen glimpses of it at the major league level.

Sending him to Triple-A will let him get a little more seasoning and build up his innings to come back to the team as a bona-fide starter.

Mets showed fight in fifth-straight win

USATSI_8523444_110579513_lowresAndrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

“A year ago, we don’t win tonight,” Terry Collins said after Thursday night’s win, the team’s fifth straight.

He’s 100 percent right. Past years, Mets teams had a tough time winning everyday games and an even tougher time winning games in which they were trailing.

On Thursday night, after clawing back to tie the game on Wilmer Flores‘ three-run shot, the team fell behind again the next inning. In the bottom half of that inning, they took the lead for the first time, 5-4, on a Michael Cuddyer RBI and Eric Campbell sac-fly. They let that lead slip away again, allowing Miami to tie it up (on a controversial call) heading into the bottom of the seventh.

John Mayberry sparked the scoring chance in the seventh by walking on four straight pitches in his pinch-hitting opportunity. He promptly stole second base on the second pitch to Curtis Granderson, Mayberry’s first stolen base since 2013. After Granderson’s walk and Travis d’Arnaud‘s out, Lucas Duda dumped a ball into left field to plate Mayberry and put the Mets up for good.

Cuddyer drove in an insurance run with an RBI single before Carlos Torres and Jeurys Familia closed out the game and the win.

It was a game that could have easily gotten away from the Mets, but they hung tough and came out with the win.

“It’s real early,” Collins said of his 2015 team, “but I like it a lot.”

Mets fans should like it a lot too.

They’ll look for their sixth-straight win on Friday night.

Duda off to torrid start at the plate and in the field

USATSI_8520979_110579513_lowresLucas Duda‘s first ten games — nine starts — have been nothing short of amazing.

Both with the bat and in the field, Duda has been shining in 2015. Through the first ten games, he’s hitting .395 with a .439 on-base percentage and .632 slugging percentage. He’s hit a home run, with six doubles and eight RBI. Over just his last six games, he has 12 hits –six doubles and the home run — in 27 plate appearances (.462 average, .481 OBP, .808 SLG).

Duda has gotten a pair of extra-base hits in three straight games. The last Mets player to do that was Carlos Beltran in 2006, according to the AP.

In the field, Duda has already made a handful of great plays. His diving grab for the first out in the ninth inning on Tuesday night probably saved the game, as the next batter hit a solo home run to bring the game within one. That’s just one of many solid, but not necessarily spectacular, plays he’s been making day in and day out.

Duda had three hits on Thursday, including a two-out liner fell just beyond the dive of left fielder Christian Yelich in the seventh inning, to put the Mets up for good.

“Overall, great job, team win,” the ever-humble Duda said of Thursday’s win.


Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

After his breakout season in 2014, Duda has done nothing but impress me so far. There’s no way he keeps up this insane start, but he seems to be on the right track to have another great year. Ten games is still an insanely small sample size to judge a player, but the Mets have seemingly made the right choice between Duda and Ike Davis since the trade back in April 2014.

Hopefully the Mets will be able to lock Duda up longterm soon. Both sides have said they will not have contract negotiations during the season, but at this rate, the sooner the Mets get him to sign, the better deal it will be for them. The better he does, the more he’ll cost. Still, that’s a great problem to have.

Mostly Mets: Mike Ferrin calls in

Toby Hyde and Rob Brender take a walk around all of MLB with Mike Ferrin, co-host of Power Alley on Siruis XM / MLB Network Radio. The conversation covers the Mets, Nationals, contenders, pretenders, and more as the season gets going…

Collins wins first replay challenge

Terry Collins made his first replay challenge this season and won, with Marlins catcher J.R. Realmuto losing an infield hit in the fifth.

On Ichiro’s slide, d’Arnaud’s ‘tag’ and instant replay in baseball

IMG_1465Iciro Suzuki made a pair of headfirst dives home on the same play, eluding catcher Travis d’Arnaud to make it 5-all in the seventh. On third after a pinch-hit triple, he took off on an infield grounder.

D’Arnaud caught a wide throw from Daniel Murphy, and both he and Suzuki made a dive for the plate. Suzuki missed the plate by an inch and d’Arnaud missed him. Still spry at 41, Suzuki lunged with his hand and beat the tag by a split-second.

Originally called out, Suzuki was ruled safe after a replay review that took 5 minutes, 44 seconds.

“I’d say they got the play right,” d’Arnaud said.


Andrew Vazzano, @AVSNYAndrew Vazzano, SNY:

I’m all for instant replay in baseball — it’s more important to get the call right than anything else.

But.

(Of course there’s a but.)

Waiting nearly six minutes is just nuts. I don’t think there needs to be a hard cap on time taken to review a play, but if, after too long, there’s not enough evidence, you need to uphold the call made on the field. I never saw evidence one way or another that he was safe or out.

Frankly, I think the call could have gone either way. He was originally called out on the initial tag, but video showed that d’Arnaud never got him. After that, on Ichiro and d’Arnaud’s second attempts to tag, there was no conclusive shot that either 1) Ichio tagged home or 2) d’Arnaud tagged him before he possibly touched the plate. So, in looking just at the second part of the play, if I had to make a call, I would say it was a tie — and the tie goes to the runner. To read more of this story, click here

In case you missed it, presented by Citi

USATSI_8523233_110579513_lowresDillon Gee allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched, but the Mets fought out of an early 3-0 hole and used timely hitting to break a late 5-5 tie as they beat the Marlins, 7-5, on Thursday night at Citi Field. It was the Mets’ fifth straight win, the first time they have won five straight since May of 2013.

Infielder Danny Muno has been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets announced. A corresponding move will be made before Friday’s game, and Adam Rubin of ESPN is reporting that the Mets will demote a reliever.

Vic Black and Bobby Parnell each made their second rehab appearance for High-A St. Lucie on Thursday. Black pitched a perfect inning, while Parnell gave up two runs in his inning of work.

What’s on tap for Friday, April 17

The Mets continue their four-game series at Citi Field against the Marlins at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Bartolo Colon gets the start for the Mets, opposed by David Phelps for Miami.


For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Thanks to Wilmer Flores’ home run in yesterday’s home game against the Marlins, Citi is donating another $2,000 to an NYC community partner.

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Visit mets.com/citi to see this season’s grand total to date.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra for Thursday’s win

SNY’s Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets’ 7-5 win over the Marlins on Thursday night, the team’s fifth straight victory.