Game Recap: Mets 2 – Cardinals 0

The Mets (10-9) picked up their third shutout win of the season on Monday as they defeated the Cardinals (11-9) by a score of 2-0 at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap and box score at SNY.tv.



Need to Know: Jenrry Mejia earned his third win of the season after he gave up four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings against St. Louis.

David Wright extended his hitting streak to 12 games after an RBI single in the third inning.

Curtis Granderson is hitless in his last 19 at-bats with seven strikeouts. Three of those Ks came during Monday’s game.

The Mets put their second run on the board after a line-drive single to center by Travis d’Arnaud brought in Daniel Murphy.

Kyle Farnsworth earned his first save with the Mets after he was named the team’s closer on Sunday.


What’s Next: The Mets will continue their four-game series with the Cardinals Tuesday evening when Dillon Gee (1-0, 3.71 ERA) takes the mound against Adam Wainwright (3-1, 1.80 ERA) at 7:10 pm ET.

Tonight’s Game: Cardinals at Mets, 7 p.m.

The Mets welcome the Cardinals to Citi Field for a four-game series, starting Monday at 7 p.m.

The game will air on PIX. You can follow along on SNY GameDay.

Jenrry Mejia will pitch for the Mets, while Tyler Lyons starts for St. Louis.

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1. Eric Young Jr. – LF 1. Matt Carpenter – 3B
2. Curtis Granderson – RF 2. Allen Craig – RF
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Matt Holliday – LF
4. Chris Young – CF 4. Matt Adams – 1B
5. Daniel Murphy – 2B 5. Yadier Molina – C
6. Josh Satin – 1B 6. Jhonny Peralta – SS
7. Travis d’Arnaud – C 7. Jon Jay – CF
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. Mark Ellis – 2B
9. Jenrry Mejia – RHP 9. Tyler Lyons – LHP

 

Jenrry Mejia

Jenrry Mejia’s finger is fine, healed

Jenrry Mejia will start tonight, his finger is fine and healed, Terry Collins told reporters before Monday’s game.

Mejia left his last start with a torn blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.

He told reporters he wanted to stay in the game, but Dan Warthen insisted he be pulled to keep the blister from getting worse.

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Mets promote Bobby Abreu; Option Andrew Brown

The Mets promoted Bobby Abreu from Triple-A for Monday’s game, the team announced.


4:15 pm: Terry Collins said Monday that he will occasionally start Abreu in the outfield, but he will mostly be used as a pinch hitter.

“Bobby certainly brings a quality major-league bat late in games,” said Collins.


3:33 pm: Abreu, who will wear No. 53, told reporters he expects to be a pinch hitter, play some outfield, and act as a DH during Interleague games.


2:40 pm: Andrew Brown has been optioned to the minor leagues to make room for Abreu on the roster.


Abreu was signed at the end of March as a free agent. He had been hitting .412 with a .500 OBP in 40 plate appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas. He has four doubles and six RBI, but no home runs. He has played three games in the outfield, but mostly served as designated hitter.

The 40-year-old last played in the major leagues in 2012 with the Dodgers and Angels.

Abreu played for Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens in Venezuela in Winter Ball (DiComo, March 31).

David Wright pops one up

Sound Smart: 5 things to know before tonight’s Mets-Cardinals game

1) David Wright extended his hitting streak to 12 games going 4-6 yesterday and is hitting .380 (19-50) during his streak.


2) The Mets are 12-14 over the last four years against the Cardinals.


3) The Mets will face LHP Tyler Lyons, who will be make his first start of the season. They are 0-3 against left-handed starting pitchers this season.


4) Mets starting pitchers have a 2.17 ERA in their last six games.


5) The Mets are 3-0 with Jenrry Mejia on the mound this season.

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Juan Lagares is feeling better

Mets OF Juan Lagares is feeling ‘much better,’ he said in a post to Instagram (Lagares, Apr. 21).

Lagares was put on the 15-day disabled list with a tight hamstring last week.

He later said he expects to be 100 percent within one to two weeks (Star-Ledger, Apr. 16).

Lagares is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 1.

Joel Hanrahan (AP)

Mets not talking about Joel Hanrahan

The Mets have not yet discussed whether to give a contract to free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan (NY Post, Apr. 21).

The Mets were among the 18-20 teams that watched Hanrahan throw a showcase last week (Heyman, April 17), during which his velocity was between 87-93 mph. It was reported that night that teams were already discussing potential deals with him (Cafardo, April 17).

Hanrahan, 32, underwent Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery last May. He entered last season with 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings during the previous five years. He had been hitting 90-92 mph during his rehab toward the end of last summer (Rosenthal, Mar. 14).

Opinion: Get after it, Duda

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Mets hoped Ike Davis or Lucas Duda would stay healthy, step up and become their primary first baseman during Spring Training.

It didn’t happen. They were both hurt and barely played. The competition spilled in to the regular season, where it continued to lack momentum. So, after months of talking with teams about their ‘trade value,’ the Mets anointed Duda the winner and traded Davis to the Pirates.

“I’m hoping that now Lucas doesn’t have to worry about looking over his shoulder and wonder – if he’s 0-for-4 – whether Ike’s going to play,” Terry Collins said after the trade was announced. “He’s it, so maybe now he can relax and go play.”

Duda failed in a critical spot Saturday, flying out to the warning track with the tying run at the plate in the eighth inning. The next day, with the tying runs on in the ninth, he drew a walk.


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“He’s got to go produce,” Collins said Saturday. “He’s our guy. We know what you can do, now let’s go do that.”

Based on their production the last few seasons, Duda (against right-handed pitching) and Josh Satin (against left-handed pitching) should be able to hit roughly .250 with a .370 OBP, around 25 home runs and 35 or so doubles.

“This production would make for a well above-average offensive first baseman, tied with Prince Fielder for 11th best OPS among qualified first basemen in 2013,” Maggie Wiggin explained last year (MetsBlog, Dec. 2013).

Terry Collins hit Curtis Granderson second Sunday. Duda hit sixth, behind Chris Young. I’d like to see Terry Collins just put Duda in the clean-up spot. It’s the role and mindset they want him to have, so let him own it all in one move. Why baby him? He’s had enough of that in his career. He’s shy and soft-spoken. However, to be where he’s at, he’s obviously a competitor. He’s risen to the challenge every step of his career, which has been riddled with people second-guessing his ability.

Plus, nothing is permanent. If he doesn’t work out, he doesn’t work out. It’s worth noting that Davis was not going to work out either. He looked like someone who had been beaten down and desperately needed a new start. I’m convinced he’ll hit 30 home runs again. I’m also convinced it would never have happened here. So, Duda gets his day. Great. He should also get it batting fourth, playing most every day, where he’s allowed to stand tall and get the best chance to succeed. And, if he doesn’t, Sandy Alderson will eventually move on and see if someone else will…

“If you don’t produce, you’re not going to play no matter what the situation is,” he said. “If I don’t get the job done, then they’ll bring in somebody else. That goes for everybody. That’s how I view it.”

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Hefner and Harvey throwing from 90 feet

Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner took another step in their rehab from Tommy John this past week, each tossing a baseball from 90 feet.

They will eventually advance to 120 feet.

Harvey told reporters he expects to be throwing off a mound at some point in June.

“I can’t wait to get back up there,” Harvey said, who has said he still hopes to pitch for the Mets in 2014.

 

ICYMI: Mets Links to Read…

Since last season, 20 pitchers have had the procedure >> Read more in the Star-Ledger.


The Mets need to clean up their situation with No. 4 spot in the lineup, and Lucas Duda needs to take on the role, says columnist David Lennon >> Read more in Newsday.


The Mets will wear a new camouflage jersey every Monday night home game starting tonight, April 21 >> Read more at Mets Police.


According to Triple-A manager Wally Backman, Bobby Abreu is still a great leader, a true professional, a big-league hitter with a great eye at the plate >> Read more in the New York Times.

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Matsuzaka looked good in back-to-back relief appearances

Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed one scoreless inning in relief on Saturday, and three scoreless — and hitless — innings in relief on Sunday.

He made only one relief appearance in the major leagues before this weekend.

Matsuzaka lost out to Jenrry Mejia during a Spring Training competition for the final spot in the team’s starting rotation.

“I was mentally prepared from the beginning,” Matsuzaka said (Newsday, Apr. 21). “This is my role for the time being, so I just need to go out and pitch well.”

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The question for Dice-K — as it is for any career starting pitcher making this transition to a reliever — was whether he could change his routine, get ready on short notice, bounce back and be effective. He looked good. So far so good. This is what the organization will hopefully learn over the next month or so in Triple-A when occasionally working minor-league starting pitchers in relief, as well. It sounds crazy. It’s easy to think these guys can just flip a switch, change roles and perform. But, history shows this is not always the case. They’re all creatures of habit.