Recap: The Mets dropped their series finale with the Marlins, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Need to Know: Mets starter Dillon Gee got off to a rocky start that was too much to overcome. The right-hander allowed three of his four surrendered runs in the first two innings as the Marlins built a 3-0 advantage.
The Mets cut that lead to one in the fifth inning thanks to Lucas Duda’s two-out, two-run single that scored both Gee and Matt den Dekker. Duda later scored on Curtis Granderson’s eighth-inning RBI groundout, but that was all the offense the Mets generated against Henderson Alvarez and the Marlins pitching.
Steve Cishek locked down his 37th save with a scoreless ninth.
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What’s next: The Mets are off Thursday and will open a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday night.
The Mets and Marlins finish up a three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday night.
Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.
Dillon Gee (7-7, 3.80) starts for the Mets, while Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81) pitches for Miami.
|1. Matt den Dekker – LF
||1. Christian Yelich – LF
|2. Daniel Murphy – 3B
||2. Donovan Solano – 2B
|3. Travis d’Arnaud – C
||3. Casey McGehee – 3B
|4. Lucas Duda – 1B
||4. Marcell Ozuna – CF
|5. Wilmer Flores – 2B
||5. Garrett Jones – 1B
|6. Curtis Granderson – RF
||6. Reed Johnson – RF
|7. Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
||7. Adeiny Hechavarria – SS
|8. Ruben Tejada – SS
||8. Jeff Mathis – C
|9. Dillon Gee – RHP
||9. Henderson Alvarez – RHP
Toby Hyde and Robert Brender are joined by Russ Langer, voice of the Las Vegas 51s, for a conversation about the Mets prospects who did their work at Tiple-A Vegas this season, and what’s next for Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds and more.
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- Russ Langer, voice of the Las Vegas 51s, calls in
- Noah Syndergaard
- Kevin Plawecki
- Wilmer Flores / Matt Reynolds / The SS Question
- Cesar Puello
- Rafael Montero, Zack Thornton, Jacob deGrom
- More on Triple-A and Plawecki’s future (32:05)
- One Good Thing, One Bad Thing (40:30)
- Good: deGrom 8K start, Murphy OK at 3B
- Bad: Stanton HBP, Mets not spending in offseason
Wally Backman will join the Mets coaching staff on September 19, the team announced.
Backman will be with the Mets for the final nine games of the year.
Terry Collins said he is looking forward to Backman joining the staff.
“He and I are very good friends,” Collins said.
The manager was named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year in late August.
A 27-year-old Korean SS, Jung-ho Kang, will be posted for MLB bidding this winter, reports Nick Cafardo (Boston Globe, Sept. 6).
“The right-handed power hitter will stay at shortstop or convert to second or third base,” says Cafardo.
The Cardinals have reportedly shown early interest in Kang, who has 38 HR and 107 RBI in 107 games this season in Korea.
According to Cafardo, “Kang has major power and with the absence of it in the majors, he should get some serious money.”
To see Kang in action, watch this local news report about his pending move to America >> Watch Here
“Sandy Alderson essentially said Monday that he cannot protect all of the prospects in December’s Rule 5 draft that he would like to shield because of a 40-man roster crunch,” reports Adam Rubin (ESPN NY, Sept. 16).
The 40-man roster, which is full, already includes infielder Dilson Herrera and pitcher Dario Alvarez.
The Mets will be able to remove Daisuke Matsuzaka and Bobby Abreu. However, they’ll essentially be replaced by Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell, who will need to be added from the 60-day DL at the end of the season.
According to Rubin, Andrew Brown, Cesar Puello, Josh Satin, Eric Young Jr. and Rubin Tejada, among others, could be in jeopardy of being non-tendered by Nov. 20 to make room on the roster for Rule 5-eligible prospects, specifically Noah Syndergaard, Cory Mazzoni, Logan Verrett, Akeel Morris and Jack Leathersich.
In the event a player is left unprotected and taken during December’s Rule 5 draft, he must stay on the new team’s major league roster for the entire 2015 season be offered back to the previous team for a fee.