Rafael Montero continues to pitch well for Triple-A
Rafael Montero started for Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday and didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning.
He tossed 6 1/3 innings while allowing two runs on two hits. He walked two and struck out four >> Read more about Sunday’s minor league action at Mets Minor League Blog.
The Mets have surrendered an MLB-high 21 home runs in 12 games this year.
Bartolo Colon has allowed six, four of which occurred Sunday against the Angels. Dillon Gee has given up five.
“Those kind of guys, they’ve got to pitch down in the zone,” Terry Collins said, in regards to Colon and Gee (Newsday, Apr. 14). “When they’re up, it straightens out, and when it straightens out they’re going to get hit hard.”
Meanwhile, the Mets have hit just 10 home runs, good for No. 12 out of 15 teams in the National League. They’re on pace to hit roughly the same number (130) they hit in 2013.
Lucas Duda leads the team with three home runs. No other player has more than one.
Mets reliever Scott Rice allowed two runs Sunday and now has a 13.50 ERA.
Terry Collins said last year’s workload may be catching up him.
“A lot of times the next year, when you pitch in that many games for the first time in your life, your arm doesn’t bounce back real fast,” Collins said after Sunday’s loss (Bergen Record, Apr. 14). “It takes a little time.”
Rice pitched in 73 games last season, had a 3.71 ERA, but ended the year early to have surgery for a hernia in September.
According to Collins, Rice is struggling to command his sinker.
David Wright and Daniel Murphy were ejected, while in the dugout, in the seventh inning after arguing the size of the strike zone.
Travis d’Arnaud was called out looking at strike three in the seventh, which set off Murphy and Wright from the first-base dugout.
“Everybody who watched the game knows, I don’t think I have to say anything else about it,” Murphy said (NY Post, Apr. 13).
“I’m not going to get into more trouble than I already am,” added Wright. “When something happens to one of us, it happens to all of us.”
The Mets struck out 11 times during the game, three of which were on called third strikes, including Wright and Murphy.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
This infuriates me. But, I’ll get to that in a second… The good news here is Wright and Murphy jumping in for d’Arnaud, who, as a young catcher, doesn’t need to get a reputation for second-guessing umpires. In looking back, Wright and Murphy – among others – were already worked up. Travis struck out, starting muttering under his breath – I’m sure they were choice comments for the umpire, who had been squeezing the Mets, but not d’Arnaud’s pitchers, all day – at which point Murphy and Wright apparently got loud.
I say, ‘apparently,’ because I couldn’t hear them. I was watching on TV, but I’m sure most fans at the ballpark also couldn’t hear their initial argument. Yet, the people who paid to watch the game ended up seeing two players from the opposing team get tossed. There were Mets fans at that game who probably paid to watch Wright, paid to watch Murphy, paid to watch big-league talent. Yet, because the ump’s fragile ego was hurt, these men were ejected. No one pays to see umpires pat themselves on the back. I’m fine if they want to toss a player for crossing a line, pushing, shoving, spitting in their face, throwing a silly tantrum that embarrasses the game to people watching from the stands or at home. But, the only people impacted by whining from the dugout are the players, coaches and umpire. Deal with it, ump. Or, better yet, call a fair game…
The Mets lost to the Angels, 14-2, on Sunday >> Read more from MLB.com, ESPN New York, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News.
The Mets (5-7) open a three-game set with the Diamondbacks (4-11) on Tuesday night in Arizona.
Zack Wheeler (0-2, 5.73 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Josh Collmenter (0-0, 2.25 ERA) for the Diamondbacks.
The game will air on SNY and can be heard on WOR 710 AM radio.
Later in the day, Noah Syndergaard will get his third start of the season for Triple-A Las Vegas.
News: In case you missed it…
Both David Wright and Daniel Murphy were ejected during the seventh inning of Sunday’s loss to the Angels. The Mets were aggravated by the strike zone all day, and things boiled over after a third-strike call to Travis d’Arnaud >> Read more at ESPN
Chris Young, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 3 with a strained right quadriceps, went 5 for 5 with two home runs and five RBI in his first rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday. Young is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on April 18.
The Angels homered five times — four off Bartolo Colon — as they drubbed the Mets for 14 runs, winning the game 14-2 on Sunday afternoon. >> Read the full recap on SNY.tv
Need to Know: Colon gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning, with Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez homering. Colon stuck it out through for five innings, allowing nine earned runs.
David Wright and Daniel Murphy were both ejected in the seventh inning after arguing with the homeplate umpire Toby Basner. The Mets had been complaining about the strikezone for most of the game, and both got ejected after a called strike three to Ruben Tejada.
Scott Rice was tagged for two earned runs. John Lannan gave up three earned runs, including a two-run home run.
The Angels picked up 11 extra base hits, with four doubles, two triples and five home runs.
Juan Lagares picked up his fourth multi-hit game of the year with two singles. He scored one run.
Eric Young Jr. and Wright had the only RBI for the Mets.
What’s Next: The Mets travel to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks on Monday night, a 9:40 p.m. start.
The Mets have traded Double-A catcher Blake Forsythe to the Oakland Athletics for future consideration.
Forsythe was the Mets third round pick in 2010. He hit .192 with 10 home runs and 33 RBI in 88 games for the Binghamton Mets last season.
The Mets and Angels play the rubber game of their series at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The game will air on SNY, and you can follow along online with SNY GameDay.
Bartolo Colon will start for the Mets, while C.J. Wilson starts for the Angels.
|1. Eric Young Jr. – LF
||1. J.B. Shuck – LF
|2. Daniel Murphy – 2B
||2. Mike Trout – CF
|3. David Wright – 3B
||3. Albert Pujols – DH
|4. Josh Satin – 1B
||4. Raul Ibanez – 1B
|5. Curtis Granderson – RF
||5. Kole Calhoun – RF
|6. Andrew Brown – DH
||6. Howie Kendrick – 2B
|7. Juan Lagares – CF
||7. Ian Stewart – 3B
|8. Travis d’Arnaud - C
||8. Hank Conger – C
|9. Ruben Tejada - SS
||9. Erick Aybar – SS
The Mets will honor Shea Stadium’s opening 50 years ago with 1960s-era ticket prices for the April 18-20 series against the Braves.
A limited number of tickets will cost $3.50, the price of a box seat when the stadium opened in 1964. They will also offer box seats tickets for the price of $19.64.
To purchase tickets, visit Mets.com/1964.
Shea Stadium was named after William A. Shea, the attorney who was the driving force in bringing a National League team back to New York City. The Mets called Shea home from 1964-2008, and captured the franchise’s two world championships in 1969 and 1986 at the stadium.
The Mets defeated the Angels, 7-6, in 13 innings late Saturday >> Read more from MLB.com, ESPN New York, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News.
The Mets (5-6) conclude their three-game series in Los Angeles with the Angels (5-6) on Sunday at 3:30 pm ET.
Bartolo Colon (1-0, 2.08 ERA) starts for the Mets, CJ Wilson (1-1, 4.61 ERA) starts for the Angels.
The game will air live on SNY and WOR 710 AM radio.
After Sunday’s game, The Mets travel to Arizona to begin a three-game series with the D-Backs that starts Monday.