Rafael Montero will start Tuesday against the Marlins, despite two uneven starts at Triple-A Las Vegas, Sandy Alderson said Saturday.
Thursday, he allowed four runs on six hits in five innings (74 pitches).
Montero, 24, was sent to Las Vegas on April 17 after starting the season in the Mets bullpen. He allowed two earned runs on four hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings (4.15 ERA) before being demoted.
The move will give the other Mets starters an extra day’s rest.
Dillon Gee starts the series opener against the Marlins on Monday night.
The Yankees took the rubber game of the Subway Series Sunday, defeating the mistake-plagued Mets 6-4 at Yankee Stadium.
The Mets made four errors, the Yankees two. Errors by Michael Cuddyer (throwing) and Daniel Murphy (fielding) led to two Yankee runs. Wilmer Flores‘ overthrow was negated by a double play and Eric Campbell’s poor throw in the first was followed by a Carlos Beltran strikeout.
Campbell also had a base-running gaffe. He was doubled off first base in the sixth when he thought there were two outs when Flores flied out to short right. That was one of four double plays, two by each team.
Jon Niese went five innings and gave up six runs (four earned) and eight hits. They included Alex Rodriguez’s 659th career home run in the first and four doubles, three in Yanks’ four-run second. Chris Young scored the last run in the second when Cuddyer dribbled the ball back into the infield after A-Rod’s double.
Niese (three strikeouts) allowed more than three earned runs for the first time in eight games and fourth time in 37 starts. . . The Yankees were hitless after Eric Goeddel gave up a leadoff double to Chase Headley in the sixth. Goeddel went two innings, Alex Torres one.
Curtis Granderson led off the game with his first home run of the season . .Murphy followed with the first of his two RBI doubles. The second came in the third inning, after Cuddyer’s RBI double. Cuddyer advanced to third on second baseman Stephen Drew’s error.
Five Yankees relievers held the Mets hitless after starter Nathan Eovaldi left with one out in the fifth. He gave up four runs and seven hits with six strikeouts. . . .Andrew Miller got the save and Chasen Shreve the win. Dellin Betances had three strikeouts in the eighth, but a wild pitch extended the inning.
The Mets begin a three-game series Monday in Miami (7:10 p.m., SNY). Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.60 ERA) faces Jarred Cosart (1-1, 3.63).
Sunday’s minor league recaps…
22-year-old Michael Conforto had another impressive day at the plate Sunday for the St. Lucie Mets, going 2-for-4, including a two-run home run in the 6th inning. The Woodlinville, Washington native has homered in back-to-back ballgames, four times in his last nine games and six times in 18 games this season.
Conforto’s batting average is up to .348 >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors
The Mets (14-4) meet the Yankees (10-8) Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
The game is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. on ESPN.
Jon Niese (2-0, 1.50) will start for the Mets, while Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 3.12) pitches for the Yankees.
Niese has allowed no more than two earned runs in his last seven starts, the longest such streak of his career.
Niese has allowed three earned runs or less in 33 of his last 36 starts dating to Sept. 13, 2013.
In four games against the Yankees, Niese is 1-1 with a 2.05 ERA (six earned runs/26.1 innings) with 22 strikeouts and five walks.
The Mets’ 14-4 start is the team’s best since 1986. The 1986 World Championship team started 15-4.
The teams split the first two games of the series. . The Mets have won three of the previous four series against the Yankees.
Eric Campbell has reached base safely in all 10 games since being called up to replace the injured David Wright (.400 OBP).
Kevin Plawecki’s first three career RBI Saturday gave Mets catchers 13 RBI this season. That’s second in the majors to Oakland’s catchers (15).
Danny Muno gets his first major league start tonight at DH.
The Yankees visit the Mets for three games Sept. 18-20.
Follow the game online at SNY Gameday.
Danny Muno will DH and bat eighth tonight as he makes his first major league start against the Yankees in the Bronx (8:05 p.m.)
This post originally published April 22, 2015
Andrew Vazzano, SNY
Sandy Alderson is thankful for the depth of his farm system, especially given recent injuries to David Wright, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin and Vic Black.
“The primary basis for sustained success is a solid farm system,” Alderson said this past weekend, during a Q&A with author Steve Kettman. “You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have a solid farm system, you’re not going to be able to sustain success.”
Danny Muno was promoted last week and Kevin Plawecki who made his debut Tuesday. They represent Alderson’s first draft picks to make an impact on the Mets’ big-league roster. However, as Joel Sherman recently wrote in the New York Post, most of the current roster is a reflection of Omar Minaya, not Alderson (April 18).
Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ruben Tejada, Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese were all brought in by Minaya, while Wright was drafted when Minaya was the assistant GM.
“I give Omar, and the people who were involved at the time, a lot of credit,” Alderson said during the Q&A. To read more of this story, click here
This post originally published April 23, 2015
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com
It’s not just the winning, it’s how the Mets are winning that has me most encouraged by the potential of the rest of this season. I mean, if it was all power, or just a great streak by one aspect of the team, I’d chalk up 12-3 as lucky. Instead, they’re getting small, routine contributions from every aspect of the roster, giving me faith the good play will continue. I don’t expect them to get every bounce, every lucky roll, every team’s fourth and fifth starter. But, if they do or or don’t, I see plenty of evidence that – at the very least – the roster will continue to grind out games and hustle to get themselves in to position to win every night.
In Wednesday night’s win, they worked counts, drew key walks, they hit and ran, they went to the opposite field to move runners around, they took extra bases on balls in the gap, and pitchers (including their closer) were throwing to contact, knowing the men behind them would make smart (and, in Juan Lagares‘ case, amazing) plays in the field.
Terry Collins told me Thursday morning that is the first time in 30 years of big-league baseball that he’s ever seen this many different players on one roster work together to win this many games in a row.
Similarly, Michael Cuddyer said it started before games even began in Spring Training, during which he, Kevin Long, Curtis Granderson, David Wright and other veterans worked to push a strong, selfless team concept.
By design or not, it’s working, it’s a total “team effort,” as they say. And, while it may be a cliche, it’s also accurate and a lot of fun to watch. Here’s to 11…
Overshadowed by Matt Harvey’s performance last night was Kevin Plawecki. The rookie catcher went 2-4 with three RBI in the Mets 8-2 win over the Yankees. Two of those three runs driven in came from his first career home run in the fourth inning off of CC Sabathia.
“It’s special, definitely,” Plawecki said. “Getting your first major league home run, it’s a big deal.”
Plawecki, 24, is batting .286 with an OBP of .333 in his first four games since being promoted. Manager Terry Collins has stated Plawecki will receive the majority of the playing time in the absence of the injured Travis d’Arnaud.
“If you had told me last week I’d be here catching Matt Harvey at Yankee Stadium, I would have said you were lying.” Plawecki said.
Harvey, who dominated the Yankees for 8 2/3 innings, declared Plawecki as the star of the game.
“I think he’s obviously the star of the game with the home run and the RBIs that he had. As far as catching, he did an absolutely tremendous job.” said Harvey.
This post originally published April 24, 2015
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