- Lucas Duda was scratched from today’s lineup with an ailing back injury. Duda had originally encountered the injury last weekend in Colorado and played through it. On Monday Duda was given an anti-inflamatory injection, and he sat out the first two games against the Nationals this week to allow his back time to heal. It’s a concerning development as Duda has now missed multiple games this week. Keep in mind he spent time on the disabled list last season from August 22-September 6th with a lower back injury as well. It will be a situation to monitor over the next couple of days to see if a move to the disabled list is in order. Eric Campbell is getting the start in Duda’s place today and batting seventh. Alejandro De Aza has been doing some work at first base in order to receive more playing time, and it could come in handy sooner rather than later. Stay posted.
- Terry Collins indicated prior to this afternoon’s game that Wilmer Flores will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday and likely be activated on Friday. It’s a great development as the corner infield spots have been a bit banged up lately and the Mets could really use Flores versatility right now. Flores was originally placed on the disabled list back on May 12th with a tweaked left hamstring and appears to be ready to be activated as soon as he is eligible.
Milwaukee Brewers (18-24):
- Jonathan Villar (S) SS
- Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
- Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
- Chris Carter (R) 1B
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
- Aaron Hill (R) 3B
- Alex Presley (L) LF
- Ramon Flores (L) RF
- Zach Davies (R) P
SP: Zach Davies RHP (1-3, 5.58 ERA)
New York Mets (23-18):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. David Wright (R) 3B
3. Michael Conforto (L) LF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
7. Eric Campbell (R) 1B
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Jacob deGrom (L) P
SP: Jacob deGrom RHP (3-1, 2.50 ERA)
Today’s game can be seen on WPIX.
BREWERS-METS NOTES: The Mets are 9-14 vs. Milwaukee at Citi Field…New York has outscored the Brewers 22-4 in their last three contests at Citi Field.
METS LOVE THE SUN: New York is 8-4 in day games this year, including 4-2 at home.
deGROM in deDAY: Jacob deGrom is 13-2 with a 1.39 ERA in 22 career daytime starts…That is the best daytime ERA among qualified major league pitchers over the last three years.
deGROM in deCITI: DeGrom has allowed one earned run in two home starts this year (12.0 innings – 0.75 ERA)…He is 13-7 with a 1.79 ERA (35 earned runs/175.2 innings) in 27 starts at Citi Field…His 1.79 home ERA is the third-lowest in the majors since 2014 among pitchers with at least 100.0 innings…Trails Clayton Kershaw (1.70) and Jake Arrieta (1.75).
deCOMBO: DeGrom is 5-1 with a 0.84 ERA (six earned runs/64.0 innings) in 10 career home starts during the day.
deGROMINATING MILWAUKEE: deGrom has four career starts against Milwaukee, going 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA…He has won his last three starts against the Brewers dating to July 27, 2014…His 1.38 ERA is the lowest ERA against any team he has faced at least four times..
DO THE MATH: The Mets have hit 57 homers and allowed 26…The +31 home run differential is the best in the majors.
LIGHTS OUT: Familia has retired every batter he’s faced in eight of his last 11 outings…Opponents have a .150 OPS over the last 14 days vs. Familia, the lowest mark among ML relievers.
WELCOME BACK TO THE CITI: Kirk Nieuwenheis is making his return to Citi Field for the first time as an opposing player… Nieuwenhuis was drafted by the New York Mets in the third round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft out of the Azusa Pacific University..Nieuwenhuis made his major league debut with the Mets on April 7, 2012… In four seasons on the Mets roster the 28-year old outfielder hit .235 with 17 HR’s and 71 RBI’s… On December 23, 2015 Nieuwenhuis was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers off of waivers…Reliever Carlos Torres will also be facing his former club that he previously spent the past two seasons with…Torres held a 17-18 record with a 3.59 ERA in 241 innings pitched with the Mets while striking out 219 and walking 73… On April 2, 2016 Torres signed a one year major league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers after being released by the Atlanta Braves.
HENDERSON FACES FORMER TEAM: Jim Henderson is facing his former team for the first time since departing via free agency this offseason… After spending ten seasons in the minor leagues, Henderson made his major league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers on July 26, 2012…Henderson was with the Brewers big league club from 2012-2014 and spent 2015 rehabbing in the minor leagues for Milwaukee after having shoulder surgery in August 2014…Henderson posted an 8-9 record with a 3.44 ERA and 31 saves in 102 innings pitched for the Brewers…Henderson had struck out 158 and walked 47 in his time with the Brewers…The 33-year old reliever signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets on December 3, 2015.
BREW SLAMMERS: Curtis Granderson Batted .375 (9-24) with four home runs , five RBI’s and five runs scored in six games vs. Milwaukee in 2015 … His four homers vs. the Brewers were tied for the most he hit versus any opponent last year…Neil Walker Has hit 11 home runs in 91 career games vs. Milwaukee…That total is tied for second-most in his career vs. any opponent (also has hit 11 vs.Cubs)…Yoenis Cespedes has hit .400 (10-25) with 2 HR’S and 4 RBI’s in seven games played in his career against the Brewers.
METS VS. DAVIES: Zach Davies has never faced the New York Mets… The only current Mets hitter to have faced the 23-year old right-hander was Neil Walker and he is 0-3 in his career with 1 walk.
The New York Mets (18-11) defeated the San Diego Padres (13-18) tonight at Petco Park by the final score of 6-3. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Bartolo Colon hit a 2-run home run in the top of the 2nd inning. He also pitched 6.2 innings while allowing 3 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 and only walked 1.
- Yoenis Cespedes was 1-3 with a 2-run HR.
- David Wright was 2-2 with a solo HR, and 3 walks.
- Michael Conforto was 1-4 with a solo HR and a walk.
- Kevin Plawecki was 2-3 with 2 doubles and a run scored.
- Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect 9th inning to receive his 9th save of the season.
Tonight’s ball game will not be remembered for anything else other than Bartolo Colon’s home run heard around the world. It was truly a special moment and I honestly couldn’t believe what I was witnessing as he rounded the bases. Colon made waves during the spring when went deep during pitchers batting practice and many were disappointed when there was no video evidence. Colon made sure there was video evidence tonight when he uncorked his 357 foot bomb to left field. With the home run, Colon became the oldest major leaguer to hit his first career home run at 42 years old and 349 days. Surprisingly Colon isn’t the oldest Met to ever hit a home run as that title belongs to the ageless Julio Franco, who did it back in May of 2007, at the age of 48. Oh yeah Colon did an admirable job on the mound as well, as his lone mistake came off the bat of Padres center fielder Jon Jay who hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the third.
The Mets home run party continued tonight which obviously included Bartolo Colon. Yoenis Cespedes hit a two run bomb in the top of the first inning to give the Mets the early lead. Cespedes has been nothing short of spectacular since coming to the Mets. In 82 games since being acquired Cespedes has hit .288 with 22 home runs and 78 RBI’s. Those numbers would be good for the equivalent of half of a season, which are numbers many great players around the league put up in a full season. Also David Wright and Michael Conforto went back-to-back in the top of the 9th to put the Mets up comfortably by three runs. The Mets have hit six back-to-back home runs this season which leads the majors. 57% of the Mets runs have come by the long ball, which just goes to show how much the Mets are dependent on hitting home runs to win ball games.
Colon’s home run will go down as one of the greatest moments in Mets history, and I have provided a video of tonight’s moment below so you can relive it over and over again.
- The Mets will go for the split of the four game series in San Diego tomorrow afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 4:40 pm et. You can watch tomorrow’s game on WPIX.
- Matt Harvey (2-4, 4.76 ERA) will get the start for the Mets opposing Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-2, 4.85 ERA).
The 2016 MLB Amateur Player Draft is a month away, and the New York Mets possess two draft picks inside the top-31 picks. I decided I would list some players that might interest the Mets in the draft next month. The draft is 4 weeks away and anything can happen on draft night, but I believe these are a few players that may catch the Mets eye, and who I believe would be great fits for the organization. Continue reading