In his last start, Jenrry Mejia angrily threw his glove to the ground after giving up a home run in Atlanta.
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender that he talked to Mejia after the game about his behavior. He intended to talk with him more during Mejia’s bullpen session this past weekend.
“We talked about mound presence, demeanor, and how you cannot allow the other team see you sweat,” Warthen explained. “It’s something he’ll learn. You forgot how young he is, how competitive he is. He’ll clean it up.”
Mejia is scheduled to start Tuesday night against the D-Backs in Arizona.
Here is Brender’s full interview with Warthen, who also talks about Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese, after which he compares LHP prospect Steven Matz to Clayton Kershaw:
Minor League Recap: Syndergaard throws 5 innings, gives up 2 runs
Noah Syndergaard made his third start of the season for Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing two runs on five hits in five innings pitched. He walked two and struck out five >> Read more about the night in minor league action at Mets Minor League Blog.
Lucas Duda is batting .306 with a .359 OBP, a team-leading three home runs and six RBI in 39 plate appearances this season.
He tied a career high with four hits in Monday’s win against the D-Backs, during which he also had two RBI.
Duda has started five of nine games since being named the team’s primary first baseman, during which he is batting .333 (9-for-27).
“He’s swinging good,” Terry Collins said Monday night. “You let him just get in that batter’s box and go get ‘em. He’s making a nice run at it right now.”
Collins put Duda in left field during Monday’s game after Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson were forced to leave the game due to injury.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I really, really hope Terry doesn’t try to solve his outfield shortage by putting Duda back in left field. I guess it’s OK for a game or two, to buy time until Granderson is feeling better and Chris Young is activated from the disabled list. But, honestly, he’s been playing so well of late, I’m not even sure it’s worth risking a disruption in whatever groove he has going on right now…
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
I’ve long been a defender of Duda and I’m not surprised he’s hitting so well to start the season. That said, putting him back in left field would be a big mistake.
For one thing, he’s not just bad defensively in the outfield — he’s unbelievably bad. He has cost the team a whopping 42 runs in the outfield over his career and even in his strong offensive seasons, his outfield play negates his value almost entirely. At first base, he’s a tick above average and his production overall is solid. In the outfield, he becomes replacement level.
There’s also the question of Duda’s defensive discomfort having an impact at the plate. For his career, he’s hit .274 with an .824 OPS as a first baseman. At left field, his average drops to .228 and his OPS to .743. There’s no question that he’s in a groove right now, which the team desperately needs to continue with the loss of their most effective player in Lagares. Moving Duda to left field to fill a hole would be short-sighted and hurt the team more than it would help.
Zack Wheeler held the D-backs to two runs in 6 1/3 innings Monday night, earning his first win since last August.
Wheeler said he wanted to stay in and finish the seventh inning, but he understood the decision to take him out of the game.
He threw 97 pitches, let up six hits and walked three batters.
“This game is about feeling good about yourself every once in a while, and he should feel good about himself tonight,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He pitched a nice ballgame. I wasn’t going to let him get himself buried to where you start feeling bad.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
For whatever reason, Wheeler used a different delivery. He was lifting his hands over his hand during his windup, which he said he used to do when he was younger. Hey, if we was comfortable, so be it. The important thing in this start, for me, was seeing him fight. He let up a quick run in the first inning. He let up another run in the third. Yet, he was able to keep rolling and contain the D-Backs as his teammates took a lead they’d never let go.
The Mets will watch free-agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan throw a showcase this week for teams with interest in signing him (Puma, Apr. 11) Ackert, Apr. 15).
The Yankees, Angels, Rangers, Rockies, Royals, Athletics, Red Sox and Rays, among others, are also likely to attend (Crasnick, Apr. 11).
The Mets were intrigued by Hanrahan after watching him throw a bullpen session during the offseason (Daily News, April 7).
Hanrahan, 32, underwent Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery last May. He entered last season with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings during the previous five years. He had been hitting 90-92 mph during his rehab toward the end of last summer (Rosenthal (FoxSports) Mar. 14).
Ryan Madson, Kevin Gregg and Octavio Dotel are also available on the free-agent market.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets are not the only team in need of an extra arm or two in the bullpen, so competition will be stiff, despite Hanrahan being at least a month or so away from pitching in the big leagues. The same can be said for Madson. I have no idea what’s going on with Gregg and Dotel. But, in either case, these guys are not going to help tomorrow. Similarly, it’s going to be at least a few weeks before we know from Triple-A what some of the young starting pitchers can do from the bullpen. So, adding Vic Black and Josh Edgin may end up being the best option, if for no other reason than they’re on the 40-man roster and it will let Sandy Alderson mix up the dynamic and roles without risking start dates or forcing roster moves.
Video highlights from Monday’s win in Arizona
Lucas Duda’s RBI double in the top of the third >> Watch here on SNY.TV.
Curtis Granderson’s RBI single in the top of the fifth >> Watch here on SNY.TV.
Duda’s RBI single in the top of the fifth >> Watch here on SNY.TV.
The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks, 7-3, on Monday night, but lost both Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares to injury >> Read more from MLB.com, ESPN New York, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News.
The Mets play the second game of their three-game series against Arizona on Tuesday at 9:40 p.m. ET.
Jenrry Mejia gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Bronson Arroyo for Arizona.
The game will air on SNY and can be heard on WOR 710 AM radio.
Behind Zack Wheeler‘s first win of the season and a four-hit performance by Lucas Duda, the Mets defeated the Diamondbacks by a score of 7-3 Monday night in Arizona. >> Read the full recap and box score on SNY.tv.
Need to Know: Wheeler gave up two earned runs on six his with three strikeouts and three walks over 6 1/3 innings on the mound.
Duda went 4-5 with two RBIs and one run. With the four hits, Duda’s batting average improved from .226 to .306.
Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares both suffered injuries and were taken out of Monday night’s game.
The Mets seven runs matched the team’s season-high for runs scored in a game. New York had seven runs during its 13-inning win over the Angels on Saturday.
Carlos Torres earned his first save after he gave up one earned run over 2 2/3 innings on the mound.
Reaction from Meredith Perri: You know that saying about how you can’t predict baseball? The Mets came into Monday night’s game with a pitcher that hadn’t won a game since Aug. 31 2013, a lineup that was still struggling and a potential overflow of outfielders. By game’s end, Wheeler had his first win of the season, the middle of the order had produced and two of the Mets outfielders had left the game with potential injuries.
Thankfully, the Granderson X-rays came back negative and while the outcome of Lagares’ hamstring injury is still unknown, the fact that the Mets bounced back Monday after a beating at the hands of the Angels on Sunday is a good sign. Wheeler wasn’t perfect, but his curveball eluded batters and he limited damage when he needed to. Furthermore, the fact that the Mets 1-5 batters contributed at least one hit along with either a run scored or an RBI shows movement in the right direction.
What’s Next: The Mets will continue their three game series against Arizona on Tuesday when they send Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 4.09 ERA) to the mound against Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.82 ERA) at 9:40 p.m.
The Mets travel to Arizona to star their series against the Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m.
The game will air on SNY and you can follow along online with SNY GameDay.
Zack Wheeler will start for the Mets, while Josh Collmenter pitches for Arizona.
|1. Eric Young Jr. – LF
||1. Gerrado Parra – RF
|2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
||2. Aaron Hill – 2B
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Paul Goldschmidt – 1B
|4. Curtis Granderson – RF
||4. Miguel Montero – C
|5. Lucas Duda – 1B
||5. Martin Prado – 3B
|6. Juan Lagares – CF
||6. Mark Trumbo – LF
|7. Travis d’Arnaud -C
||7. Chris Owings – SS
|8. Ruben Tejada -SS
||8. A.J. Pollock – CF
|9. Zack Wheeler – RHP
||9. Josh Collmenter – RHP
1) The Mets have won the last two season series with the D-Backs. However, since 2009, the Mets are 5-11 at Chase Field.
2) Dating back to last season, Zack Wheeler has allowed 11 runs in 16.0 innings spanning three starts.
3) Juan Lagares has a hit in eight straight games, during which he’s batting .313. Lagares has at least one hit in 11 of the 12 games he’s played this season.
4) Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and David Wright are a combined 7 for 20 with four home runs against D-Backs RHP Josh Collmenter, who will start for Arizona on Monday.
Mets LHP Steven Matz‘s stuff compares to Clayton Kershaw, “there is no doubt in my mind,” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender this past weekend in Los Angeles.
“I hate to make those comparisons, but I just did. It’s so easy, so explosive coming out of his hand. He’s exciting to me,” Warthen said.
In two starts with Single-A St. Lucie this season, Matz is 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA, during which he has struck out 11 batters in 11 innings.
Matz, a Mets fan from Stony Brook, was drafted in 2009 and immediately had his career thrown off track when he needed Tommy John surgery in 2010. He went 5-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 21 starts last summer.
Here is Brender’s full interview with Warthen, who also talks about Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, how to choose bullpen roles, and talking with Jenrry Mejia about throwing his glove: