Parnell, Black assigned to Double-A Binghamton

The Mets assigned pitchers Bobby Parnell and Vic Black to Double-A Binghamton, where they will continue rehab stints.

Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery last April, while Black is recovering from a shoulder injury and a herniated disc injury.

Parnell allowed three runs and four hits in 1 1/3 innings during an extended spring training appearance on Tuesday. (May 19, 4:30 p.m.)

He gave up three runs and two hits in one inning during a rehab outing with Single-A St. Lucie on May 11. (May 11, 9:29 p.m.)

Catcher Travis d’Arnaud, on the disabled list with a broken finger since April 19, is also nearing a rehab stint in the middle of next week. (May 23, 3:44 p.m.)


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Game 44: Mets at Pirates, 4:05 p.m.

RHP Matt Harvey (5-1) looks to continue his consecutive scoreless inning stretch when he faces A.J. Burnett (3-1) and the Pittsburgh Pirates Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at PNC Park.


Mets Pirates
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Josh Harrison (R) 3B
2. Juan Lagares (R) CF 2. Neil Walker (B) 2B
3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B 3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B 4. Starling Marte (R) LF
5. Wilmer Flores (R) SS 5. Jung Ho Kang (R) SS
6. Eric Campbell (R) 3B 6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 1B
7. Darrell Ceciliani (L) LF 7. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C 8. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) SP 9. A.J. Burnett (R) SP

Harvey: Matt Harvey has pitched 16 straight innings without allowing a run. He went eight shutout innings in Monday’s game vs. the Cardinals, but received a no-decision in the start. He hasn’t allowed a run in three of his past four starts, and his 1.98 ERA ranks sixth in the National League. Harvey has struck out 56 batters in 54 2/3 innings this season and


Burnett: A.J. Burnett ranks second in the National League with a 1.38 ERA. He has pitched seven innings in four of his last five starts and has not allowed more than two runs in any of his eight starts this season. He gave up three hits in seven shutout innings in his last start Sunday vs. the Cubs.


 


Mets Notes: The Mets (24-19) have been held to two or fewer runs in 10 of their past 19 games. Juan Lagares has a hit in six of his past seven games. Darrell Ceciliani is making his first MLB start. Harvey allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings in his only start vs. the Pirates. The Mets have scored the fewest runs (62) among all National League teams in May, and have the lowest OBP (.291) in the month. New York trails the Washington Nationals by 1 1/2 games in the NL East.


Pirates Notes: The Pirates (19-22) are 7 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. Andrew McCutchen has a .313 batting average in his last nine games. Pittsburgh has lost six of its last eight games. The Pirates have the third-best ERA (3.18) in the National League, while the Mets have the second-best (3.13). Burnett has a 5-9 record with a 4.18 ERA in 24 career starts vs. the Mets.


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Sandy Alderson scrum

ICYMI: What moves can the Mets make to improve the offense?

This post originally published May 20, 2015

Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he wants to wait for David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud to return to the lineup before looking to acquire more offense through trade.

“Right now we’re not looking outside, we’re looking inside to get some of our players back and see where we are at that point,” he explained to reporters at Citi Field >> Read more from May 20


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Listen to SI.com’s Jay Jaffe talk with Toby and Brender about the state of the NL

In this week’s Mostly Mets Podcast, hosts Toby Hyde and Rob Brender talk SI.com’s Jay Jaffe to get an early read on how things are shaking out across the National League, and where the Mets fit in the mix…


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What’s on tap for Saturday, May 23

Matt Harvey (6-1, 1.98 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets on Saturday at 4 pm ET against A.J. Burnett (3-1, 1.38 ERA) and the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

17 years ago today, Mike Piazza played his first game with the Mets, after being acquired from the Marlins the day before for prospects Preston Wilson, Geoff Geotz and Ed Yarnall.

In case you missed it on Friday…

The Mets lost, 4-1, to the Pirates, dropping their eighth game in 12 days.

Noah Syndergaard (1-2, 3.63 ERA) will not go back to Triple-A or move to the bullpen when Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list next week.

David Wright and Travis d’Arnaud both took batting practice and could soon begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

Mets reliever Bobby Parnell continued his road back from Tommy John Surgery, tossing a scoreless 7th inning for Single-A St. Lucie on Friday.


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May 22, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang (L) during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Syndergaard to stay in rotation

Noah Syndergaard (1-2, 3.63 ERA) isn’t expected to go back to Triple-A or move to the bullpen when Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list. Instead, he will stay in the Mets’ starting rotation, Terry Collins said after Friday’s game.

“I like him a lot, right now, he’s not going anywhere,” Collins said.

In his third major league start, Syndergaard was charged with three earned runs, seven hits and no walks in six innings.

“We’ve got to see if we can get his pitch count under control a little bit,” Collins said. “He threw the ball good. I thought he pitched a nice game. We didn’t help him, that’s for sure. … He pitched better than what the game looked like.”

It is possible the Mets will use a six-man rotation once Gee returns from the disabled list (May 22, 4:49 p.m.).


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Friday’s minor league recaps…

Mets reliever Bobby Parnell continued his road back from Tommy John Surgery, tossing a scoreless 7th inning in St. Lucie’s Friday win in Dunedin. It’s the first time in his last five appearances he didn’t allow a run to cross.

Starting pitcher Rob Whalen was fantastic, limiting the Jays to one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings for his second win of the season >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Video highlights from Friday’s loss to the Pirates

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard strikes out Starling Marte in the second inning for his fourth straight strikeout to begin Friday’s contest in Pittsburgh. >>  Watch here

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares scores on a wild pitch by Gerrit Cole to cut the Pirates’ lead to 2-1 in the third inning. >> Watch here

Syndergaard records his fifth strikeout of the game, getting Cole to swing and miss in the fifth inning. >> Watch here

To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.


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May 22, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18 tags out New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) on a stolen base attempt during the second inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mets bats silenced in 4-1 loss to Pirates

The Mets’ offense didn’t score more than two runs for the 10th time in the past 19 games, as New York lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-1, Friday at PNC Park.


The Mets (24-19) lost for the eighth time in 12 games and weren’t able to get much offense off Gerrit Cole (6-2), who gave up six hits in 8 1/3 innings for the Pirates (19-22).

New York’s 1-4 hitters combined to go 1 for 14. The Mets scored their only run of the game in the third inning when Cole threw a wild pitch, allowing Juan Lagares to score and Kevin Plawecki to advance to third.

Curtis Granderson struck out and Eric Campbell flied out to right to strand Plawecki on third.

Cole struck out 10 batters and induced double plays in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. He threw 111 pitches before being pulled in favor of Mark Melancon.

Melancon entered with runners on first and second and got Lucas Duda to fly out and Michael Cuddyer to ground out for his 10th save of the season.

Noah Syndergaard (1-2) gave up four runs, three earned, in six innings. He struck out five on 99 pitches.

Syndergaard gave up two runs in the second on a Gregory Polanco RBI single and a Chris Stewart RBI double.

He settled down until the sixth, when Jung Ho Kang hit an RBI single. Syndergaard threw an error trying to pick Kang off first, allowing him to advance to third and score on Pedro Alvarez’s sac fly to make it 4-1.


Matt Harvey (6-1) will take the mound for the Mets in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday. A.J. Burnett will pitch for the Pirates.


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