- With the recent promotion of outfielder Michael Conforto, Terry Collins has a lot of juggling to do with his daily lineup card as far as the outfield goes. Yoenis Cespedes also recently expressed a desire to strictly stay in left field the rest of the season, especially after he suffered a quadriceps injury before the break. Collins has agreed with Cespedes and told the media that he expects to primarily play Cespedes in left field to preserve his legs for the rest of the season. That leaves Michael Conforto a candidate for center field as odd as that may sound. Collins told reporters that Conforto will begin taking fly balls in center field this week, and many believe he could see playing time there when the Mets go to spacious Marlins Park this weekend. Conforto has no game experience in college nor professionally in center field but he’s young enough to hopefully adapt quickly. It may be the only way Conforto could get his bat in the lineup on a consistent basis currently.
- Matt Harvey went under the knife today in St. Louis with Dr. Robert Thompson to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome. Harvey is expected to need around six months to recover and agent Scott Boras expects the Dark Knight to be ready for the 2017 season.
Agent Scott Boras earlier today disclosed that his client Matt Harvey would be undergoing surgery to correct the thoracic outlet syndrome in his throwing shoulder. Harvey is expected to miss the rest of the 2016 campaign but he should be ready to roll when next season rolls around. Continue reading
In another terrible turn for Matt Harvey this season, it has been announced that Harvey has been diagnosed with symptoms consistent with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, after meeting with Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis today. Thompson who is regarded as the leading specialist in TOS, handed down the bad news to Harvey and he is now contemplating season ending surgery. While his shoulder will have to be operated on sooner or later, he is also contemplating a non-surgical injection that could help treat his condition temporarily and let him pitch the remainder of the season.
Looking up the condition of TOS, it has been described as compressed nerves or blood vessels between both the collarbone and rib cage. In something that already sounds painful, the disorder leads to neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness.
Either way it is not a positive diagnosis for Harvey who has taken a step back this season, and this disorder could possibly be one of the primary factors to him taking that step back. If Harvey were to go under the knife he would miss the rest of the season, and could possibly miss time next season depending on when he has the surgery.
There is no telling how Harvey will come back from the surgery as many pitchers have come back differently from the operation. Kansas City Royals starter Chris Young is one the success stories and has revitalized his career after having the operation. Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes underwent the operation earlier this week to alleviate his symptoms that he had also been experiencing.
The Mets will give Harvey a few days to mull over his decision, and right-hander Logan Verrett will slide into Harvey’s rotation spot. With many of the Mets starters banged up, it is a fair question to wonder, if will we ever see Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz, and Wheeler all in the starting rotation at the same time?
Matt Harvey has been placed on the 15-day disabled list this afternoon with discomfort in his right shoulder. It is being reported that Harvey is being sent to Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis for further examination. It’s another drastic turn of events for Harvey, as he seemed to finally be turning the corner a couple of weeks ago, but recently had only lasted 3.2 innings in his previous two starts. Harvey has a 4.86 ERA over 92.2 innings this season, and at this point it is tough to determine how serious the shoulder injury is, as no injury had been previously reported. As of right now it’s a big blow to the Mets rotation despite how bad Harvey has pitched this year. If there is indeed anything wrong with Harvey’s shoulder, it could be part of the reason Harvey has had the worst season of his career thus far. Let’s hope it is nothing serious at this point and rest is the diagnosis.
Former Met Dillion Gee had visited Dr. Thompson back in 2012 to have artery damage repaired in his throwing shoulder, after he had a previous blood clot removed.
Seth Lugo will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas in a corresponding move. Lugo recently made his MLB debut back on July 1st for the Mets, and threw two scoreless innings before being sent back down to Triple-A.
New York Mets (40-35):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. Neil Walker (S) 2B
5. James Loney (L) 1B
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Brandon Nimmo (L) LF
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P
SP: Matt Harvey RHP (4-9, 4.64 ERA)
Washington Nationals (45-32):
1. Ben Revere (L) CF
2. Jayson Werth (R) LF
3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
4. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
5. Wilson Ramos (R) C
6. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
7. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
8. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
9. Lucas Giolito (R) P
SP: Lucas Giolito RHP (MLB Debut)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY and MLB Network.
METS-NATIONALS NOTES: New York is 58-46 in Washington all-time…The Mets have won five of their last seven games in Washington…New York is 8-5 in D.C. since 2015…New York won two of three from the Nats in D.C. from May 23-25.
YO IN THE NATION’S CAPITAL: Yoenis Cespedes is hitting.387 (12-31) with four doubles, three homers and eight RBI in seven career games at Nationals Park.
NATURAL FLO: Wilmer Flores is 4-for-his-last-8 and has hit .319 (22-69) with four doubles, two homers and 12 RBI in 24 games in June.
FACING A STARTER IN DEBUT: Lucas Giolito will become the fourth starting pitcher to make his major league debut against the Mets this year…He joins Aaron Blair (April 24 vs. Atlanta), the Dodgers’ Julio Urias (May 27 at Citi Field) and Jameson Taillon (June 8 at Pittsburgh)…New York is 3-0 in those starts, but only Aaron Blair suffered the loss…Urias and Taillon had no-decisions…The three pitchers posted a combined 5.79 ERA issued eight walks and struck out seven.
LONEY AIN’T NO PHONY: James Loney has hit in seven straight games (9-26, .346) and in 14 of his last 15 games (18-54, .333)…Loney has reached base safely in 22 of the 25 games he’s played with the Mets.
THE DARK KNIGHT VS. NATS: Matt Harvey went 3-3 with a 1.77 ERA in 10 starts vs. Washington from 2012-2015…Harvey is 0-2 with a 12.91 ERA in two starts vs. the Nationals this season…He is 0-1 with a 10.45 ERA in his last two starts at Nationals Park…Harvey is 1-2 with a 4.02 ERA in five career starts at Nationals Park.
Matt Harvey helped propel the Mets to a 2-1 victory in last night’s extra inning affair. Harvey turned in his third straight strong start allowing one run or fewer, and has seen his ERA dip from 6.08 to 4.66. Over those past three starts Harvey holds an era of 0.90. Continue reading
New York Mets (33-26):
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF
4. James Loney (L) 1B
5. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
6. Wilmer Flores (R) 3B
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
8. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
9. Matt Harvey (R) P
SP: Matt Harvey RHP (4-8, 4.95 ERA)
Milwaukee Brewers (28-32):
1. Jonathan Villar (S) SS
2. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
3. Ryan Braun (R) LF
4. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
5. Chris Carter (R) 1B
6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (L) CF
7. Aaron Hill (R) 3B
8. Ramon Flores (L) RF
9. Junior Guerra (R) P
SP: Junior Guerra RHP (3-1, 3.61 ERA)
Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.
METS- BREWERS NOTES: The Mets .610 career winning percentage in Milwaukee is the club’s highest vs. any NL team on the road…New York has won five in a row vs. Milwaukee dating to 2015 and seven of its last nine match-ups…The Mets swept the Brewers in a three-game series, May 20-22, earlier this year at Citi Field and are 4-0 vs. Milwaukee this season.
NO WALK ZONE: Last night was New York’s major league- leading 12th game without issuing a walk this year.
STARTING OFF WITH A BANG: The Mets have 15 first-inning homers this year, the most in the majors.
GRANDYMAN MAKING HISTORY: Curtis Granderson has 16 leadoff homers with the Mets, tied with Jose Reyes for the most in team history… Granderson has hit 16 leadoff homers over three years while it took Reyes nine years to reach that mark…Granderson’s 16 leadoff homers since 2014 leads the majors during that span.
LEAGUE LEADER: Jeurys Familia has 20 saves, the most in the majors…Is 20-20 in save opportunities in 2016...Familia has saved 36 consecutive games in the regular season dating to August 1, 2015, extending a franchise-record...It is the second-longest active streak in the major leagues (Arizona’s Brad Ziegler has saved 39 straight opportunities)…Familia’s 20 consecutive saves to open the season is the second-longest streak to open a season in franchise history (Armando Benitez, 24 in 2001).
FOUR IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: The Mets are 25-5 when they score four or more runs and 8-21 when they score three or fewer.
THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: Matt Harvey has allowed one run over his last 14 innings (0.64 ERA)…He has issued one walk and struck nine during that span…Is making his first career start vs. the Brewers…Harvey struck out Justin Bour in his last start to record his 500th career strikeout (77 career starts)…The only Met to record his 500th career strikeout in fewer starts was Dwight Gooden (61st career start).
GOING WITH THE FLO: Wilmer Flores is hitting .476 (10-21) with three runs scored, two doubles and two RBI in seven games since replacing David Wright as the starting third baseman.
METS VS. GUERRA: The Mets have never faced Junior Guerra and only one current Met has recorded a plate appearance against Guerra… Catcher Rene Rivera is 0-1 in his career with a strikeout against the 31-year old right-hander.
The Miami Marlins (30-27) defeated the New York Mets (31-24) this afternoon by the final score of 1-0. For a full postgame recap follow the link below…
- Matt Harvey pitched his second great outing in a row despite getting the loss, going 7 innings while only allowing 1 run on 4 hits. Harvey struck out 3 and walked none.
- Curtis Granderson was 1-4 with a double.
- Michael Conforto was 1-3 with a single.
- James Loney was 1-3 with a single.
- Mets batters struck out 15 times today, 14 of those strikeouts coming from Jose Fernandez.
The Mets looked completely overmatched this afternoon against Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. With the Mets missing many regulars in their lineup, and facing one of the best pitchers in baseball, Fernandez made them look silly all afternoon as he struck out 14 batters. The Mets had one threatening opportunity in the top of the seventh after back-to-back singles from Michael Conforto and James Loney with two outs, but Wilmer Flores went down swinging. It’s tough to get on the Mets offense after they produced the last two games and they were facing Fernandez who was on top of his game today. The offense will look to get back on track tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.
Matt Harvey had positive results for a second straight outing as he only allowed one run over seven strong innings. No Harvey did not get as many strikeouts as he would’ve liked, but he kept the Marlins hitters off balance and nearly went pitch for pitch with Fernandez on the afternoon. It was certainly a positive result for the Mets in an otherwise ugly affair, but hopefully Harvey continues to build off these past two starts as he is beginning to look like the ace of the staff he has been regarded as for years.
An injury update from the Mets on Juan Lagares left thumb indicates that Lagares has suffered a sprain in the thumb, and will go back to New York for further testing tomorrow. Lagares wasn’t wearing any sort of protection on his thumb in the dugout during today’s game so it remains to be seen how serious the injury is. Yoenis Cespedes also made a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the eighth and flew out to right field. Cespedes should be back in the lineup tomorrow against Pittsburgh.
- The Mets will now head to Pittsburgh to open up a three game series against the Pirates beginning tomorrow evening. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm et. and can be seen on SNY.
- Lefty Steven Matz (7-1, 2.60 ERA) will look to build off his successful month of May when he faces former longtime Mets southpaw Jon Niese (5-2, 4.36 ERA).
The Mets had a successful Wednesday as they completed their series with the Nationals and took two out of three with this afternoon’s victory. The Mets now only sit a half-game out of first place. Continue reading
The Washington Nationals (28-18) defeated the New York Mets (26-19) this evening by the final score of 7-4. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…
- Matt Harvey struggled allowing 5 runs on 8 hits, in 5 innings pitched. Harvey walked 2 and only struck out 1.
- Yoenis Cespedes was 2-4 with a double.
- Asdrubal Cabrera was 1-4 with a solo HR.
- Eric Campbell was 1-4 with a 2-run home run and an RBI on a fielders choice.
- Ty Kelly made his MLB debut and went 0-4 with 3 strikeouts.
I really wanted to see Matt Harvey put together a promising result tonight and unfortunately it just didn’t happen. The Nationals took Harvey deep three times tonight, and Nats hitters went 3-5 once they saw Harvey the third time around. The fourth through sixth innings continue to rattle Harvey as he currently holds an ERA of 9.89 between those three innings this season, and that is where the damage occurred tonight. To me it looks like Harvey’s confidence is completely shaken more than anything at this point. With tonight’s outing he allowed more baserunners than he ever has in his career with 20, and his ERA continues to climb as it hit 6.08 after tonight’s start. It was also the first time in his career that Harvey failed to strike out more than one batter. It’s getting to the point that you have to wonder where is rock bottom for Harvey? You keep thinking he can’t get any lower after each start, but then it doesn’t seem to get much better after that. An amazing stat I stumbled across tonight from the Elias Sports Bureau stated that Harvey’s ERA is the highest by a Mets pitcher through 10 starts of a season since Dillon Gee had a 6.34 ERA in 2013 . That is a number that Harvey I’m sure never expected to see in his career. I hope Matt can get it together, as it is painful to watch his season continue to unravel at a historically bad pace. At this point you just want to see some sort of progress with Matt, and it remains to be seen what Terry Collins next move will be regarding his status.
The Mets ran into a red-hot Stephen Strasburg who is putting together one of the better seasons of his career thus far. He is going to be tough to beat this year, and whoever is on the mound for the Mets against him is going to have to pitch just as well, if not better than Strasburg if they want to beat him. Steven Matz who has been as good of a pitcher as anybody in the league this year will have a shot tomorrow afternoon to lead the Mets to a series victory, and put them a half-game out of first place again. The Mets should forget about this one quickly because we have one more heavyweight round left tomorrow afternoon!
- The Mets and Nationals will play the rubber game of their series tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 pm et. You can catch tomorrow’s matinee on SNY and MLB Network.
- Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81 ERA) will look to continue his strong start to the season against Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (3-3, 2.89 ERA)