Both GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins lamented the Mets’ lefty situation in the bullpen. However, the criticism was more directed at the pitchers not performing than it was as Alderson for not being in more talent.
COLLINS: Concerned. (AP)
Let’s face it, Josh Edgin is likely to have Tommy John surgery, which means somebody from the foursome of Dario Alvarez, Sean Gilmartin, Jack Leathersich and Scott Rice must to emerge. Currently they have a combined 15.43 ERA.
“Yeah, I’m disappointed,’’ Collins told reporters today in Port St. Lucie. “Here’s a chance. You come to the major league spring training and all you want is a chance. Now, with our guy down, if I’m left-handed I’m looking in the mirror and deciding what do I need to do to get that job, because it’s out there.’’
Alvarez stunk it up in today’s 11-9 victory over Washington. The Mets had taken an 11-4 lead with nine runs in the eighth, but Alvarez gave up four of the five Nationals’ runs in the ninth.
Rice gave up five runs the previous day and couldn’t get out of his inning; Leathersich has five walks in 1.2 innings; and Gilmartin has given up three runs in two innings.
Alderson explained his offseason approach by saying he wanted the competition to come from within and Andrew Miller and Zack Duke were out of their price range.
Alderson again reiterated not using Steven Matz in relief because of his upside as a starter.
Jacob deGrom has looked sharp in Thursday’s start against Washington with five strikeouts in two innings. He’s thrown only 26 pitches.
Curtis Granderson homered for the Mets, who lead 1-0 going into the bottom of the second.
Lucas Duda (strained left intercostal muscle) was supposed to get in a game Friday, but reports are the Mets will hold him back to Saturday or Sunday. Duda has been sidelined for three weeks and only recently started taking live batting practice.
I have no problems with this, as it is important there are no setbacks. If there are, the Mets would be left without a first baseman and unless they go outside the organization, Eric Campbell and/or Michael Cuddyer would play. However, this would create a need for a left power bat.
Closer Bobby Parnell (strained left hamstring) has also been held back to this weekend. As it is, Parnell will open the season on the disabled list with Jenrry Mejia penciled in to fill the closer role.
ON DECK: Mets Game Thread
The 3-6 Mets play the Washington Nationals Thursday at Tradition Field, with Jacob deGrom going against A.J. Cole. Stephen Strasburg was supposed to start, but was scratched because of an ingrown toenail.
Here are the lineups:
NEW YORK METS
Juan Lagares, cf
Curtis Granderson, rf
David Wright, 3b
Michael Cuddyer, lf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
John Mayberry Jr., dh
Wilmer Flores, ss
Anthony Recker, c
Eric Campbell, 1b
Jacob deGrom, rhp
Nate McLouth, dh
Danny Espinosa, ss
Michael Taylor, cf
Tyler Moore, lf
Mike Carp, 1b
Jose Lobaton, c
Ian Stewart, 3b
Emmanuel Burriss, 2b
Tony Gwynn, Jr., rf
AJ Cole, rhp
Mets left reliever Josh Edgin returned to New York Wednesday to have his sore elbow examined by team doctor David Altcheck.
The Mets say using prospect Steven Matz out of the bullpen. Among those being considered for the role is Scott Rice, who gave up five runs in the Mets’ 7-4 loss to Miami.
Also on the list are Dario Alvarez and Rule 5 selection Sean Gilmartin.
Matt Harvey started for the Mets and gave up two runs on six hits in 2.2 innings. Harvey said he felt sluggish with his mechanics, but felt good physically with no pain in his elbow.
Harvey’s next game will be Monday against Boston in Fort Myers. He’s scheduled for 60 pitches over four innings.
PITCHING BRIGHT SPOT: Unquestionably the highlight of the day was Noah Syndergaard, who gave up one hit and struck out five in 2.2 scoreless innings.
As he’s done all spring, Syndergaard will follow Harvey Monday in Fort Myers.
EXTRA INNINGS: Ruben Tejada started at third base and doubled twice and drew a bases-loaded walk. … In working out of the bullpen, Dillon Gee inherited a runner on third and gave up a RBI single. He then retired the next four hitters. … Michael Conforto went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. … Travis d’Arnaud continues to struggle, as he was 0-for-3 and fell to 2-for-17 (.118) on the spring. … The Mets are 3-6 this spring.
UP NEXT: The Mets host Washington Thursday, with Jacob deGrom starting against the Nationals’ A.J. Cole. Steven Matz, Rafael Montero, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia will also pitch for the Mets.