Result: The Mets jumped out to an early lead and held on for an 8-5 win Wednesday afternoon.
Need to Know: Lucas Duda blasted a three-run home run to cap a five-run third inning against Jeff Samardzija. Duda’s 23 homers are tied for fourth in the National League. Zack Wheeler had his streak of nine consecutive quality starts snapped but moved over .500 (9-8) for the first time this season, allowing four runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings. Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson and Eric Campbell each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored and the Mets bullpen allowed just one run in 3 2/3 innings, with Jeurys Familia picking up his fourth save of the season.
Game Ball: Duda, who delivered the big blow that proved to be the difference in the game and continues to pad his career-high home run total.
Links: AP recap | Box
What’s Next: The Mets are off tomorrow before heading to Los Angeles for a three-game weekend series with the Dodgers. The Mets and Jonathon Niese (7-8, 3.50 ERA) caught a break when the Dodgers announced Clayton Kershaw was pushed up in the rotation because of Zach Greinke’s elbow discomfort. Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59) will face Niese Friday.
The Mets and A’s finish up their quick two-game series on Wednesday afternoon.
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Zack Wheeler (8-8, 3.49) starts for the Mets, while Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 2.96) pitches for Oakland.
|1. Curtis Granderson – RF
||1. Coco Crisp – DH
|2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
||2. John Jaso – C
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Stephen Vogt – 1B
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Brandon Moss – LF
|5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
||5. Josh Reddick – RF
|6. Matt den Dekker – CF
||6. Alberto Callaspo – 3B
|7. Eric Campbell – DH
||7. Sam Fuld – CF
|8. Wilmer Flores – SS
||8. Andy Parrino – SS
|9. Eric Young Jr. – LF
||9. Eric Sogard – 2B
Dana Eveland is unavailable out of the bullpen, likely until Friday (Witrado, August 20).
Eveland received a cortisone shot for “tennis elbow,” he said.
He will play catch on Thursday and will likely return to the bullpen on Friday.
Over 23 innings, Eveland has a 3.09 ERA and 1.071 WHIP for the Mets this season.
For the first time in three decades, the Mets have an abundance of young starting pitching. Especially with Matt Harvey set to return in 2015, the Mets will boast as many as eight legitimate rotation options for next season.
In a sea of comparatively green, twenty-somethings vying for a slot, Bartolo Colon, the 17-year veteran whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $20 million contract this past offseason, could be the odd man out.
Colon, 41, has pitched notably well for the Mets in 2014, posting a 3.85 ERA (versus a 3.40 FIP and park-adjusted 3.61 xFIP) over 161 1/3 innings. With under $13 million remaining on his contract through 2015, the right-hander would be an attractive addition to just about any team’s rotation.
But that doesn’t mean the Mets should actually trade Colon this offseason…
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Minors: Bronx-born Rivera continues to hit in Mets minors
25-year-old Mets infield prospect T.J. Rivera is batting .338 with a .379 OBP, five HR, 26 doubles and 69 RBI in 104 games between Single- and Double-A this season.
“I think, as I started playing pro ball, the mental game has really kicked in for me and I think that’s what has kept me the strongest,” Rivera recently told SNY.TV’s Robert Brender. “I really try to go up there and have a good at-bat and I think that’s helped me.”
Rivera, who was born in the Bronx, and grew up a Yankees fan, signed with the Mets as an un-drafted free agent in 2011 >> Read more of Brender’s Q&A with Rivera at SNY.TV’s Mets Minors…
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The Mets managed seven hits Tuesday night, after having been held to four or fewer hits in their each of their previous five games.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no club since 1900 has done this in six straight games.
Nevertheless, the Mets were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and lost to the A’s.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This team is capable of scoring, we know this. But, for some reason, their aggressiveness seems to ebb and flow. I don’t know if it’s a matter of travel, pre-game work, approach, the hitting coach, overall confidence, ability of the opposing pitcher or what, but I know it when I see it, because it’s frustrating and boring to watch.
They have gone through weeks when they ran the bases well, they were swinging early, making good contact and scoring; and then they’ve gone through stretches like right now, when they’re taking pitches and essentially playing Earl Weaver, station-to-station baseball, but without the power hitters capable of clearing the bases. Again, it’s very frustrating to watch…
Dillon Gee gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday night against the A’s.
“He was up in the zone,” Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. “He’s a better pitcher than he’s showing.”
Gee is 1-5 with a 5.06 ERA in eight starts since returning from the disabled list in early July, in which the Mets are 2-6. His first start back he allowed just one run over seven innings against the Braves. Then the team hit the All-Star break. Since, he’s posted a 5.71 ERA over 41 innings.
He had been 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA prior to straining his back muscle.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
He clearly has no feel for what he’s doing on the mound since the All-Star break. I’d love to know how he feels in the bullpen before the game, because he looks to have no handle on his arsenal when it’s go time.
He’s been throwing a lollipop curve ball lately and it isn’t fooling anyone, nor is it even close to the strike zone. And where is his change-up? Last night, the A’s were just sitting on his fastball, which was up in the zone, and so they were squaring up on it and knocking him all over the ballpark.
The good news is that this is not the pitcher he had been during the previous year and a half, when his results were among the top in baseball. I trust eventually he’ll find his grip and confidence and settle back in to the pitcher he knows he can be. But, man, in the meantime, it’s been ugly to watch…