Sunday’s minor league recaps…

Las Vegas right-hander Noah Syndergaard followed up his outstanding performance from July 22 with five more terrific innings Sunday. The 21-year-old limited the Bees to two runs (one earned) on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks (one intentional).

He’s allowed one earned run in his last 11 1/3 innings of work.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon: Jayson Stark talks Mets, “Plan,” and trade deadline

In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon, MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone talks with’s Jayson Stark about the best-run franchises in MLB, as how baseball looks at Sandy Alderson’s “Plan.”

Stark also has a new book out, Wild Pitches: Rumblings, Grumblings, and the Game I Love, which you can learn more about at

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Today’s game: Mets at Brewers, 2:10 p.m., SNY

The Mets will play the finale of their series against the Brewers today in Milwaukee at 2:05 p.m. the game is televised on SNY and can be heard on 710 WOR.

 Jacob deGrom goes for the Mets (4-5, 3.01 ERA) while Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06 ERA) pitches for the Brewers.


Mets Brewers
1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Carlos Gomez – CF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. Rickie Weeks – 2B
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Ryan Braun – RF
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Jonathan Lucroy – C
5. Chris Young- LF 5. Khris Davis – LF
6. Juan Lagares CF 6. Mark Reynolds – 1B
7. Anthony Recker – C 7. Jean Segura – SS
8. Ruben Tejada- SS 8. Elian Herrera- 3B
9. Jacob deGrom – RHP 9. Jimmy Nelson- RHP



It was a rough and eventful night for Jon Niese

Jon Niese tossed four shutout innings, then – with two outs in the fifth – surrendered three runs and the Brewers beat the Mets, 5-2, late Saturday night in Milwaukee.

In the top of the sixth inning, with two outs and the tying run at third, Terry Collins pinch hit Bobby Abreu for Niese, which resulted in the Brewers bringing in a left-handed reliever. Collins called Abreu back and went with right-handed hitter Eric Campbell, who struck out to end the inning.


“He certainly deserved to go back out, but we’ve been having a tough time scoring,” said Collins, who had Niese batting eighth in the lineup. “So I thought he had to hit for him in the sixth.”

Niese is 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in 11 innings and two starts since the All Star break and returning from the disabled list.

In Niese’s final frame, with two outs and the Brewers having yet to score a run, Chris Young let a ball drop in to center field, which he may or may not have been able to dive and catch. Naturally, a run scored…

“Them getting those runs with two outs is frustrating, they hit them where we weren’t,” Niese said.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Look, had Juan Lagares been in center field – and not Young – that ball is likely caught and Niese may have escaped having let up no runs through five innings… In Young’s defense, if he dives – and the ball goes by him – who knows how things play out. Niese also didn’t have to lose 5 mph on his fastball and leave balls up in the zone. It was just a messy inning, including a pass ball. Niese looked annoyed on the mound after the run scored, and even seemed to throw a stink eye toward Young. His quote in this post could read as a snarky comment as well, but he may also be being genuine and obvious, it’s hard to tell…

Anyway, I’m confused by Niese’s arm. I really am? Is he hurt? If not, why the dramatic and sudden dip in velocity during the fifth inning? Why does that happen so quickly, after looking so good the first four frames? Did he lose focus after that first run? Maybe his arm strength is weak after missing a few starts while on the DL through the All Star bream? Or, maybe it’s some larger, chronic issue, which is why he was on the DL in the first place? I don’t know. I’m hoping Saturday was just…

By the way, had Niese been batting ninth and not eighth, he may not have had to be pinch hit for and maybe he gets a chance to go back and do well in the sixth inning, and the fifth is just a bad inning instead of a bad ending. For what it’s worth, this is why I don’t like hitting the pitcher eighth, because of situations like this. Because of it, Terry ended up burning three players in one spot where he may not have had to, not to mention it pulls Niese and fires up the bullpen earlier than it may have had to be used.

What’s on tap for Sunday, July 27

The Mets (49-55) conclude their four-game series with the Brewers (59-46) on Sunday in Milwaukee at 2:10 pm ET.

Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) will start for the Mets against Brewers RHP Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06).

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In case you missed it…

The Brewers rallied to score three runs in the fifth inning and beat the Mets, 5-2, on Saturday at Miller Park.

The Mets are 4-5 on their current road trip through San Diego, Seattle and Milwaukee.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was put on disabled list Saturday with inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Buddy Carlyle was promoted to take Matsuzaka’s spot on the roster.

Saturday’s minor league recaps…

Mets IF prospect Dilson Herrera had another outstanding night with the bat, connecting on three more hits, including his fifth Double-A home run and drove in four runs.

The 20-year-old is now batting .353/.412/.556 in 33 Eastern League games.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

Game Recap: Brewers 5 – Mets 2

Result: The Mets fell 5-2 to the Brewers on Saturday night at Miller Park.

Rickie Weeks, Travis D'Arnaud

Need to Know: Mets starter Jon Niese was undone by a three-run fifth inning, in which the Brewers registered four hits. Curtis Granderson scored on a third-inning RBI single by Lucas Duda, then Granderson’s homer gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. Mark Reynolds homered for Milwaukee.

Game Ball: Granderson. The Mets outfielder had two hits, scored two runs, and his homer put the Mets on top 2-0.

Links: AP Recap | Box score

What’s Next: The Mets will close their 10-game road trip on Sunday, sending Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01) to the hill against Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.05) at 2:10 p.m.

Tonight’s game: Mets at Brewers, 7:10 p.m. WPIX

The Mets play at the Brewers on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m, in Milwaukee. The game is on television on WPIX and can be heard on 710 WOR.

Jon Niese (5-5, 3.13 ERA) pitches for the Mets with Wily Peralta (11-6, 3.58 ERA)  going for the Brewers,


Mets Brewers
1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Carlos Gomez – CF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. Jonathan Lucroy – C
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Ryan Braun – RF
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Aramis Ramirez – 3B
5. Travis d’Arnaud – C 5. Rickie Weeks – 2B
6. Chris Young- CF 6. Khris Davis – LF
7. Wilmer Flores – SS 7. Mark Reynolds – 1B
8. Jon Niese- LHP 8. Jean Seagura – SS
9. Eric Young Jr. – LF 9. Wily Peralta- RHP


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Matsuzaka heads to DL, Carlyle recalled

The Mets placed pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka on the DL on Saturday with inflammation in his right elbow. The Mets added reliever Buddy Carlyle back to the roster to take the spot in the bullpen.

Matsuzaka pitched two innings of relief on Thursday against the Brewers and went back to New York on Friday after feeling discomfort in his elbow. An MRI revealed inflammation forcing the DL stint. Matsuzaka was removed from the starting rotation when Jon Niese came off the DL on Monday and inserted into the bullpen. Carlyle was designated for assignment when Niese came off the DL and had accepted an assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas. Matsuzaka is 3-3 with a 3.87 ERA in 28 games and nine starts this season.