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It hasn’t been a good start for Bartolo Colon, who gave up a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton. Quite simply, the ball was crushed.
Colon struggled with his control and was getting his pitches up. The pitch to Colon was belt high and out over the plate.
Michael Cuddyer, who is back in the line-up, hit a two-run homer for the Mets in the first.
Mets 2, Marlins 2 (2nd)
Rafael Montero was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to start tonight in Miami. To make room for him on the roster, infielder Danny Muno was optioned. Here’s tonight’s batting order against the Marlins:
Curtis Granderson – RF
Juan Lagares – CF
Lucas Duda – 1B
Eric Campbell – 3B
Daniel Murphy – 2B
Ruben Tejada – SS
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – LF
Anthony Recker – C
Rafael Montero – RHP
Matt Harvey was exceptional today – addressing any doubts about his sprained left ankle and last Sunday’s reported bout with strep throat – and backed by the offense that posted season highs in runs and hits (12) routed the Yankees, 8-2.
He also didn’t erase any thoughts he’s the one who really calls the shots.
The Mets broke the game open with a four-run fourth on Juan Lagares‘ RBI triple – one of his four hits – Wilmer Flores‘ run-scoring single and Plawecki’s two-run homer off C.C. Sabathia. Plawecki also added a RBI single.
The story, of course, as it usually is was Harvey, who inexplicably came out for the ninth, arguably three innings longer than he should have been, that is, if we are to take Mets management at its word. Coming off Tommy John surgery, GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins, said they would closely monitor Harvey’s innings workload, but never produced a definitive plan for him coming out of spring training.
Both said Harvey would be curtailed, especially in blowout games, and for his second straight start gave him a 7-1 lead. Last Sunday, when Harvey pitched with the bad throat, he insisted on starting. In addition, he could have been pulled after the fifth, but went into the seventh.
Today was more of the same, but Collins finally pulled Harvey after a hit and walk in the ninth. Harvey’s facial expressions, which included shaking his head as he walked into the dugout indicated he was clearly upset with his manager’s decision.
Also, as he was in the hand shake line, he shook Collins’ hand, but quickly walked past him.