Mets RHP prospect Jacob deGrom is off to a terrific start
Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has allowed just one earned run in 18 innings this season.
Yes, “DeGrom could help the Mets bullpen,” writes Toby Hyde. However, he says, “If his secondary offerings take a step forward this year,” it may be wise for the Mets to leave him as a starting pitcher >> Read more about deGrom at Mets Minor League Blog.
Ruben Tejada is hitting .195 with a .267 OBP and three RBI in 45 plate appearances this season.
He ranks last in WAR among qualifying shortstops in the National League.
Omar Quintanilla started at shortstop on Tuesday. In his 12 plate appearance, Quintanilla had four hits, including a double, with two RBI and a run scored.
However, before the game, Terry Collins said Tejada is still his primary shortstop.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It’s my understanding that Tejada will get at least April to keep the job. However, after that, I think anything is possible. I would not be surprised to see Wilmer Flores get promoted from Triple-A. Stephen Drew is likely to still be a free agent, so he’ll always be a possibility. There will continue to be opportunities in the trade market. I’m sure the team had someone look in to Arizona’s young shortstops while in town playing the D-Backs. The point is, outside options will become more realistic as the summer moves on, which is good because Sandy Alderson’s shortstop problem doesn’t appear to be going away…
Terry Collins said Tuesday that he is not planning to use Lucas Duda in the outfield, as a way to deal with recent injuries on the team.
Duda played left field Monday, after Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares were removed from the game.
Instead, Eric Young Jr., Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Andrew Brown started for the Mets on Tuesday.
Granderson is expected back in the lineup by Friday, which is the same day Chris Young is eligible to be activated from the disabled list.
“We made the commitment to play him there,” Collins said about Duda playing only first base (ESPN, Apr. 14). “I think putting him back in left field will take away a little bit of that positive glow that he’s got going 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, he’s unbelievably bad defensively in the outfield >> Read more from Tuesday on MetsBlog.
Video highlights from Tuesday’s win against D-Backs
Kirk Nieuwenhuis drives in Lucas Duda in the top of the first inning >> Watch here.
Eric Young, Jr drives in two runs with a bloop single to left field >> Watch here.
Nieuwenhuis hits a home run in the fourth inning >> Watch here.
They close out their nine-game road trip while looking for the three-game sweep in Arizona on Wednesday afternoon at 3:40 p.m. ET.
Dillon Gee gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Brandon McCarthy for the Diamondbacks.
The game will air on SNY and can be heard on WOR 710 AM radio.
News: In case you missed it…
Jenrry Mejia left his start Tuesday after five innings due to a torn blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand >> Read more at MetsBlog
Curtis Granderson, who bruised his ribs, knee, and forearm during Monday’s game, avoided the disabled list. Granderson said on Tuesday that his body reacted better than he thought it would, and that he expects to return to the lineup soon >> Read more at MLB.com
Juan Lagares, who pulled his right hamstring during Monday’s game, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. He’ll be eligible to return from the disabled list on April 30.
To replace Juan Lagares on the roster, the Mets promoted outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets will attend free-agent relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan‘s showcase on Thursday. Hanrahan, 32, had Tommy John surgery last May >> Read more at MetsBlog
Sparked by a three-run first inning and a combined three-hit shutout by their pitching staff, the Mets (7-7) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-13) on Tuesday by a score of 9-0 >> Read the full recap and box score at SNY.tv.
Need to Know: Jenrry Mejia gave up two hits while striking out three and walking two over five scoreless innings on the mound. He left the game after 77 pitches when he tore a blister on his middle finger.
The Mets scored three runs in the first after they loaded the bases with no outs to start off the game. Lucas Duda, Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis came out of the inning with an RBI apiece.
Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-5 with a home run and 3 RBIs during Tuesday’s game — his first with the Mets this season.
New York knocked out Arizona’s starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo with a six-run fourth inning.
The Mets nine runs are the most the team has scored in a single game this season.
Reaction from Meredith Perri: If the Mets hadn’t scored in the first inning, we’d be having a conversation about Eric Young Jr.’s decisions on the base paths. Lucky for Young, though, his blunder in the first that landed him on third instead of crossing the plate didn’t matter. The Mets were aggressive as four consecutive batters went after the first pitch they saw, and the team had four singles and three runs on a mere 14 pitches in the first inning alone.
The Mets may have gotten two runs on the board before Nieuwenhuis stepped up to the plate, but a large portion of Tuesday’s win falls on his shoulders. After a 2013 stint with the Mets where he hit just .189 in 47 appearances, Nieuwenhuis played a role in three of the team’s nine runs. You really can’t ask for much more than that out of someone’s first appearance of the season.
What’s Next: The Mets will look to complete the sweep on Wednesday when they send Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.03 ERA) up against Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78 ERA) at 3:40 p.m. at Chase Field.
8:42 pm: Mets officially place Juan Lagares on 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring and recall Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets, April 15).
Nieuwenhuis, who hit .189 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 47 games with the Mets last season, will wear number 9 during Tuesday’s game. The 26-year-old was hitting .310 with 10 runs scored, two doubles and eight RBIs in 10 games with the Las Vegas 51s.
7:40 pm: Sandy Alderson told reporters thatLagares will have an MRI and that there will not be a decision about the DL until Lagares returns from the test (Carig, April 15). 7:21 pm: Nieuwenhuis will get the start in center (Ackert, April 15). 2:58 pm:Lagares will be placed on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday night’s game against the D-backs, according to a team source (Newsday, Apr. 15).
12:30 pm:Triple-A OFNieuwenhuis is on his way to Arizona to be available to the Mets if needed for Tuesday’s game, according to a source (Ehalt, Apr. 15).
6:00 am:Lagares left Monday’s game with a pulled right hamstring, which he injured running to first base on ground ball in the seventh inning.
Lagares later told reporters he felt a pull in his hamstring. However, he’s never injured a hamstring before, so he is not sure how severe it is. The team plans to wait until Tuesday before determining whether Lagares will be put on the disabled list.
Chris Young, who is on a rehab assignment in Vegas, is eligible to be activated from the disabled list Friday, April 18.
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: