Reliever Vic Black will be re-examined Sunday after a shaky one-inning outing during Saturday’s loss to the Nationals.
Black, who has been dealing with a herniated disk, returned from the disabled list this past Monday.
Saturday, Black hit a batter, threw a wild pitch and gave up an RBI double to Ian Desmond in the eighth. His velocity was about 92-93 mph, a stat which prompted the team’s concern earlier this season (MLB.com, Sept. 13).
After the game, Black said his shoulder feels “weak,” and felt as if he was stepping on the gas pedal and it wasn’t responding (Rubin, Sept. 13).
Result: The Mets fell behind early and lost to the Nationals at Citi Field on Saturday night, 10-3.
Need to Know: Starter Zack Wheeler struggled against Washington’s bats on Saturday night, lasting just four-plus innings in his shortest outing since June 25. The 24-year-old allowed seven hits and six earned runs, striking out four and walking two. The outing raised Wheeler’s ERA on the season to 3.61. Bryce Harper’s two-run home run gave the Nats an early lead before Ian Desmond came around to score on a throwing error by Travis d’Arnaud in the fourth inning, and Jayson Werth drove in Denard Span with an RBI single to put the Mets in a 4-0 hole.
After the Nationals added two more runs on Desmond’s two-run base knock, Wilmer Flores put the Mets on the board with a two-run blast, plating Curtis Granderson in the process. Granderson picked up an RBI of his own in the sixth when he drove in Juan Lagares with a single to right field. That’s all the offense the Mets could muster against Doug Fister and the rest of the Nationals pitching staff, however.
Links: Box score
What’s Next: Lefty Jon Niese (8-10, 3.59 ERA) will take the hill in the series finale as the Mets look to get back on track. The Nationals will send Jordan Zimmerman (11-5, 2.93 ERA) to the mound.
The Mets and Nationals continue their four-game series on Saturday night at Citi Field.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.
Zack Wheeler (10-9, 3.38 ERA) pitches for the Mets, while Doug Fister (13-6, 2.53 ERA) starts for Washington.
|1. Eric Young Jr. – LF
||1. Denard Span – CF
|2. Juan Lagares – CF
||2. Anthony Rendon – 3B
|3. Daniel Murphy – 3B
||3. Jayson Werth – RF
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Adam LaRoche – 1B
|5. Travis d’Arnaud – C
||5. Ian Desmond – SS
|6. Curtis Granderson – RF
||6. Bryce Harper – LF
|7. Wilmer Flores – SS
||7. Asdrubal Cabrera – 2B
|8. Dilson Herrera – 2B
||8. Jose Lobaton – C
|9. Zack Wheeler – RHP
||9. Doug Fister – RHP
Terry Collins has told Jenrry Mejia to tone down his post-save celebrations to avoid “embarrassing” the opposing team (Rubin, Sept. 13).
After each save he completes, Mejia does the “Mejia Stomp,” sometimes accompanied by other shows of emotion Mejia says come naturally.
Friday night against Washington, Mejia struck out Ian Desmond to end the game and followed it by doing a reeling in motion as if he was fishing. Some thought Mejia was reeling in his catcher, Travis d’Arnaud. Others believed he was motioning toward Desmond.
After the game, Desmond’s teammate Denard Span said Mejia’s celebration was “uncalled for.”
Mejia said Saturday that he’s “sorry” for Friday night’s celebration but that it’s natural for him to be happy and have a lot of energy. Mejia noted that he wants to be like Nationals closer Rafael Soriano and “do something” after he finishes his game.
Asked if he’ll celebrate again to the degree he celebrated on Friday night, Mejia said “I don’t know. Let’s see what I do.”
Watch video of Mejia’s Friday night celebration here >> Mejia’s celebration
Matt den Dekker will see doctor for hand
Matt den Dekker, who was hit in the hand with a pitch on September 9, is still unable to grip a bat. He’s scheduled to see a doctor on Saturday (Rubin, Sept. 13).
Rafael Montero, who was recently called up from Triple-A Las Vegas and made a start earlier this week, will be moving to the bullpen (Rubin, Sept. 13).
Terry Collins said that Montero may make one more start before the season ends, but that he’s a reliever for now.
Montero, 23, has a 4.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 38 innings pitched with the Mets this season.
Montero made one relief appearance back on August 22, where he allowed one run in a third of an inning.
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“Terry Collins is all but certain to be back with the club next year,” reporter Jon Heyman said Saturday (CBS Sports, Sept. 13).
The Mets have won eight of their last 10 games and are 6.5 games back of a Wild Card spot.
“Nothing’s changed,” a high-ranking team official told Heyman, in regards to reports last month stating Collins will be back barring a major collapse in September (CBS Sports, Aug. 2014).
There had been a recent debate and uncertainty among Mets executives regarding whether Collins will remain manager of the Mets in 2015, sources recently told reporter Andy Martino late last week (Daily News, September 4).
However, according to Heyman, Collins has the support of club ownership and gets credit from the front office for the development of Lucas Duda, Travis d’Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia.
Collins, 65, was hired prior to the 2011 season. He is under contract for 2015. The Mets hold a team option for 2016.
Terry Collins, Eric Young and Dillon Gee discuss the Mets’ 4-3 victory over the Nationals at Citi Field on Friday night >> Watch here
Travis d’Arnaud puts the first three runs on the board with a double to left in the first inning, giving the Mets an early 3-0 lead >> Watch here
Juan Lagares doubles to left, scoring Eric Young to help the Mets reclaim the lead against the Nationals in the fifth inning >> Watch here
Jenrry Mejia strikes out Ian Desmond to record his 26th save of the season in the Mets’ 4-3 victory over the Nationals >> Watch here