Mets starter Jonathon Niese strikes out Starling Marte in the bottom of the third with two men on to keep the Pirates off the board. >> Watch here
Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores makes a nice throw from shortstop to help get Niese and the Mets out of a jam. >> Watch here
Flores hits an RBI single in the top of the fifth inning of Sunday’s loss to the Pirates, tying the score at 1-1. >> Watch here
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The Mets have called up infielder Daniel Muno from AAA Las Vegas.
Muno has one hit in six at bats for the Mets this season. He is hitting .280 for Vegas on the year.
To make room for Muno, the Mets sent Johnny Monell to Las Vegas.
The Pittsburgh Pirates (21-22) completed a three-game sweep with a 9-1 win over the New York Mets (24-21) at PNC Park.
Francisco Liriano (2-4) struck out 12 and allowed just one run in six innings of work.
The Mets had a couple of opportunities to jump on the Pirates’ lefty, but they went 0 for their first six at bats with RISP striking out each time. The Mets finally broke through in the fifth inning when Wilmer Flores drove in Ruben Tejada with an RBI single. Flores was the only Mets’ hitter to record two hits in the game.
Jon Niese (3-5) didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings. Niese is the third Mets pitcher (Bartolo Colon, Matt Harvey) in the past four games to not make it out of the fifth.
Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen each hit home runs for the Bucs and drove in five runs combined.
The Mets were outscored 21-4 in the series, in fact the Pirates scored more runs than the Mets had hits (20) in the series.
The Mets will be back at Citi Field tomorrow afternoon to open up a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies. Bartolo Colon (6-3, 4.85 ERA) will start against Severino Gonzales (2-1, 7.11 ERA). First pitch is set for 1:10 p.m.
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets’ 9-1 loss to the Pirates on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh.
Jon Niese (3-4, 3.72) will try to help the Mets avoid a three-game sweep in Sunday’s series finale against Francisco Liriano (1-4, 4.15) and the Pirates in Pittsburgh (1:35 p.m., SNY).
Niese is 3-1 with a 4.41 ERA in six starts against the Pirates for his career, with all the wins at PNC Park. He beat them 5-3 June 28, 2014, in Pittsburgh. . . .Niese has lost four of his last five starts, including the last two as he gave up 12 of his season’s 20 earned runs in losses to the Cubs and Cardinals. . Opponents have eight unearned runs off Niese this year. . .The left-handed Niese will be facing an all right-handed lineup.
Liriano is 1-0 against the Mets, the win coming two years ago. He is winless in four May starts and has given up 16 earned runs in 17 innings in his last three outings.
Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer are the only Mets with more than three at-bats against Liriano. Granderson is 6-for-29 and Cuddyer 2-for-5.
The Mets are putting out a patchwork lineup against Liriano with Lucas Duda (hamstring) and Juan Lagares (armpit, elbow) resting. Wilmer Flores is batting second, Cuddyer third, John Mayberry Jr. fifth, Darell Ceciliani seventh and Ruben Tejada eighth. Tejada is starting at third.
The Mets are 7-14 on the road and 2-5 in road series this season. . .The Mets are 4-9 against the NL Central going into Sunday.
Dillon Gee expressed his frustration Sunday after learning he will make one more minor-league rehab start with Double-A Binghamton Wednesday.
Gee told reporters he would be “wasting bullets” in the minors. He was expected to rejoin the Mets Friday to start against the Marlins at Citi Field.
Gee is now expected to start against the Padres June 2 in San Diego, when the Mets will go to a six-man rotation. Gee’s delayed return means Matt Harvey will start Friday at Citi Field against Miami.
Gee, on the DL with a right groin strain, was in Pittsburgh Sunday after traveling from St. Lucie. His luggage and equipment ended up in Detroit.
“This has been the weirdest damn year in baseball I’ve had,” Gee said about of starting spring training in the bullpen, joining the rotation and then rejoining a six-man rotation.
Notes from Terry Collins’ Sunday morning session with the media ahead of the series finale with the Pirates (1:35 p.m., SNY):
•Lucas Duda is out of the lineup to rest a tight right hamstring. Duda appeared to tweak it during a play at second base Saturday, but told reporters and Collins he was fine. Michael Cuddyer will play first and bat third, John Mayberry Jr. will start in left and bat fifth.
•Juan Lagares was scratched with pain that continues to linger in his right armpit and elbow. Darrell Ceciliani will start in center and bat seventh. Wilmer Flores will start at shorstop and hit second.
•Matt Harvey will make his regular turn Friday at home against Miami after Dillon Gee was given one more minor-league rehab start. The Mets will go to a six-man rotation when Gee returns the first week of June.
•Collins said Ruben Tejada will get multiple chances at third base beyond Sunday’s start in Pittsburgh. Tejada is hitting eighth.
In this week’s #AskSNY podcast, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone answers listener voicemails about Daniel Murphy’s trade value, what to do with Jenrry Mejia, Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada, and what’s available on the trade market at shortstop…
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Matthew Cerrone: In this week’s MetsBlog Q&Acast, presented by Citi, I talk with SNY producer Joe Kraus about his recent trip to Las Vegas where he embedded himself for a weekend with the organization’s Triple-A team.
The Insider episode from Vegas will air this Sunday, featuring some pretty cool segments, specifically a ride-along interview with Steven Matz and a rare, behind-the-scenes clip of Wally Backman’s closed-door meeting with infielder Matt Reynolds about preparing himself for the big leagues…
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The Mets will try to avoid being swept by the Pirates when Jon Niese (3-4, 3.72 ERA) faces LHP Francisco Liriano (1-4, 4.15) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET in Pittsburgh.
Ruben Tejada will start at third base in place of a slumping Eric Campbell, Terry Collins said Saturday.
In case you missed it on Saturday
David Wright has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and has been shut down for another week >> Read more.
Matt Harvey allowed a career-high seven runs, as the New York Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 8-2, Saturday at PNC Park.
The Mets assigned pitchers Bobby Parnell and Vic Black to Double-A Binghamton, where they will continue rehab stints.