Friday’s silver lining, Hansel Robles looked good

In his big-league debut, Mets rookie reliever Hansel Robles inherited two runners and stranded the bases loaded in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium.

Robles, 24, was promoted earlier this week when Jerry Blevins was put on the disabled list with a fractured left forearm.

Robles initially allowed an infield single to Alex Rodriguez, but then got Mark Teixeira to pop out and struck out Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran with his mid-90s fastball.

“I’m really happy about it,” Robles said through an interpreter.

In seven innings at Triple-A this season, he allowed six hits and one walk while striking out 10.

According to Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola, Robles had been hitting upper 80s with his fastball as a starting pitcher, but jumped to the mid 90s after converting to a reliever last summer.

Jacob deGrom was roughed up in the Bronx

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Jacob deGrom was knocked around last night in the Bronx for six runs in only five innings of work. DeGroms’ 18 1/3 scoreless-innings streak, and more importantly the teams 11-game winning streak, came to an end last night.

“It’s disappointing, because we were on a nice roll,” Terry Collins said after the game. “I know the Yankees have been playing very well, but we’re surprised when Jake doesn’t have his good stuff and tonight he didn’t have it.”

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira set the tone early when he ended the scoreless-innings streak with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first. It became clear rather quickly that deGrom did not have his usual command on the mound.

“I was just leaving the ball up,” deGrom added. “I was having a hard time getting it down and just wasn’t executing my pitches. … I’ve got to make the adjustment there and put us in a better position to win that game.”

DeGrom surrendered three home runs in the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the third inning with a line drive home run to right field. A few batters later Teixeira hit his second home run of the game to virtually the same spot just inside the right field foul pole.

“They were hit hard and they got out,” deGrom said. “That’s the ballpark, and that’s what it is.”

This is the second time deGrom has allowed three home runs in a game in his young career. The first time occurred last season on May 21 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He has not allowed more than one home run in a game during any other start. DeGrom saw his ERA rise from 0.93 to 2.96 after last night.

Jon Niese explains why he was ejected, even though he wasn’t pitching

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Jon Niese was ejected during the top of the fifth inning of last nights game for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout during Juan Lagares‘ at-bat. There was initial confusion as to who was ejected when home plate umpire Doug Eddings signaled towards the Mets bench until Niese could be seen heading back to the locker room.

“I thought that it was a ball, he called it a strike, and I told him, ‘Make an adjustment,'” Niese said after the loss to the Yankees. “He said he didn’t want to hear another word, and I said, ‘Well, then make an adjustment.’ And he tossed me.”

Asked if he might have swore during the exchange, Niese said: “Uhh, I plead the fifth on that one.”

Niese is scheduled to pitch Sunday night in the subway series finale.

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In case you missed it on Friday

The Yankees ended the Mets 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory in the Bronx on Friday.

Bobby Parnell had his rehab process shut down for a week due to forearm soreness.

The Rangers designated RHP Logan Verrett for assignment, which could open the door for him to be reacquired by the Mets, who lost him as a Rule 5 pick this past December.

RHP prospect Noah Syndergaard has been cautioned about using Twitter after he responded to a critical tweet, according to reporter Adam Rubin.

In Triple-A, LHP prospect Steven Matz threw 92 pitches (65 strikes), struck out five and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.01 >> Read more

What’s on tap for Saturday, April 25

Matt Harvey (3-0, 3.50 ERA) opposes LHP CC Sabathia (0-3, 4.35) at 4:05 p.m in the second game of a weekend series with the Yankees in the Bronx.

Michael Cuddyer is expected to remain at DH, with John Mayberry Jr. getting a start in the outfield, Terry Collins said Friday.

Friday’s minor league recaps…

Mets Triple-A LHP prospect Steven Matz was outstanding on the mound Friday night in Reno. The Long Island native didn’t allow a hit in his first 6 2/3 innings, before former Mets IF/OF Nick Evans singled to end the no-hit bid. The Aces would add another single in the 7th inning before Matz recorded the final out of the frame, ending his night.

In seven innings, Matz threw 92 pitches (65 strikes), struck out five and walked one. His era went down to 2.01 >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Video highlights from Friday’s loss to the Yankees

Curtis Granderson makes an outstanding throw to get Brett Gardner out at second base in the third inning against the Yankees. >> Watch here

Lucas Duda hits a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Curtis Granderson to put the Mets on the board against the Yankees. >> Watch here

Lucas Duda makes a diving play and then flips the ball to first base for the out in the eighth inning. >> Watch here


To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.

Yankees end Mets’ streak at 11

yankscreen0425The Yankees ended the Mets’ 11-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory in the Bronx Friday.


The Yankees took advantage of their short right-field porch with three homers off Mets starter Jacob deGrom. Mark Teixeira had two two-run homers and Jacoby Ellsbury a solo shot as deGrom allowed six runs and eight hits in five innings.

It was the first time deGrom (2-2, 2.96) allowed multiple home runs in a game since giving up three to the Dodgers last year in his second major league start.

Teixeira’s first homer ended deGrom’s scoreless-inning streak at 18 2/3 in the first . . .He homered again in the Yanks’ four-run third after Alex Rodriguez walked. The inning began with Ellsbury’s homer and included Stephen Drew’s RBI sac fly. Curtis Granderson limited the damage by throwing out Brett Gardner at second trying to stretch a single.

Yankees starter Michael Pineda (3-0, 3.96) allowed one run and six hits with seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Lucas Duda (sac fly) had the Mets’ only RBI.

Jon Niese was ejected from the Mets bench by plate umpire Doug Eddings in the sixth. Niese starts the series finale Sunday.

Mets reliever Hansel Robles made his major league debut by allowing an A-Rod single to load the bases with no outs in the seventh. But he followed with two strikeouts to get out of the jam.

The loss also ended the Mets’ four-game winning streak in the Bronx.


Game 2 of the Subway Series is Saturday in the Bronx (4:05, SNY). Matt Harvey (3-0, 3.50) and faces CC Sabathia (0-3, 4.35).


cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: Well, all good things must come to an end. The Mets were never going to go 159-3. Tonight, they just couldn’t get a handle on Pineda’s fastball-slider-change up combination, all of which were consistently in the strike zone. He had the Mets off balance all night. The opposite was true for deGrom, who kept leaving pitches over the plate. It was a great stretch, Mets fan. But, now the real test begins, which is to see how they respond after taking a punch to the gut.

W.B. Mason Post Game Extra for Friday’s loss

Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets’ 6-1 loss to the Yankees on Friday night, which ended the club’s 11-game winning streak.

Texas designates Verrett for assignment

Logan-VerrettRHP Logan Verrett, the Mets’ 2011 third-round draft choice, was designated for assignment Friday by the Texas Rangers.

That could open the door to the Mets reacquiring Verrett provided another team doesn’t claim or trade for him.

The Mets lost Verrett to Baltimore in the Rule 5 draft to Baltimore last fall. Texas picked up Verrett from the Orioles near the end of spring training. Verrett was 11-5 with a 4.33 ERA at Triple-A Las Vegas last season.

The Rangers needed to clear a roster spot for pitcher Wandy Rodriguez, who started Friday night. The Dallas Morning News reported Texas manager Jeff Banister was unhappy with Verrett for not covering first during a loss to Arizona Wednesday (April 23).

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Ill Syndergaard cautioned about Twitter

SyndergaardNoah Syndergaard has been cautioned about using Twitter after he responded to a critical tweet, according to reporter Adam Rubin (April 24).

“Generally speaking, Twitter is more of a trap than a means of positive communication for athletes and executives,” Sandy Alderson said. “So I caution him against it. That’s something the organization addresses immediately.”

Syndergaard was scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A Las Vegas Friday because of illness. In two starts, he has allowed five runs (four earned), nine hits and six walks in 7 2/3 innings.

Previous reports 

Syndergaard fired back at a fan who made a number of insulting comments about him on Twitter on Thursday night (Carig, April 24).

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