May 05

Mets Game Thread: Bulletin … Mets Score

A great job by Bartolo Colon in the top of the fourth when after back-to-back singles by Adam Jones and Chris Davis, he got the next three hitters. Colon keeps showing why the Mets were fortunate not to trade him.

Then, in the bottom of the inning against Bud Norris, the Mets scored for the first time after 21 innings when Lucas Duda doubled and Daniel Murphy singled. Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki then followed with back-to-back doubles.

In the top of the fifth,  Juan Lagares just made a diving, back-handed catch. He appeared to hurt his right shoulder after avoiding a collision with Michael Cuddyer, but stayed in the game.

Mets 3, Orioles 0 (5th)

May 05

Mets Game Thread: Like Granderson Bunting

Great play by Curtis Granderson to lead off the game with a bunt single against the shift. Lucas Duda, please take note. But, he was thrown out on a missed hit-and-run, and it wasn’t even close.

Wilmer Flores is in tonight’s lineup. I was thinking the Mets might be up to something, because, after all, they have made announcements before and backed off them.

Mets 0, Orioles 0 (2nd)

May 05

May 5, Mets Lineup Vs. Orioles

Here’s the Mets’ lineup tonight against the Orioles at Citi Field:

Curtis Granderson – RF

Juan Lagares – CF

Lucas Duda – 1B

Michael Cuddyer – LF

Daniel Murphy – 3B

Wilmer Flores – SS

Kevin Plawecki – C

Dilson Herrera – 2B

Bartolo Colon – RHP

NOTES: The Mets promoted catcher Johnny Monell from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned infielder Eric Campbell.

May 03

Mets Game Thread: Alex Torres Delivers

It is now 15 scoreless innings and counting and the Mets are on the cusp of losing three of four to the Nationals. The Mets trail 1-0 heading into the seventh, but Alex Torres kept the game close when he got out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam by striking out the side.

GM Sandy Alderson gets criticized a lot, including here, but getting Torres has turned out to be a good move.

Nationals 1, Mets 0 (7th)

May 01

Mets Game Wrap: Harvey Halts Slide With Gem

Matt Harvey did what aces are expected to do, which was pick up his struggling Mets when they needed him most with a 4-0 gem tonight over the Washington Nationals.

HARVEY: Big time effort. (AP)

HARVEY: Big time effort. (AP)

The Mets went into the game losers of three straight to watch their once sizable lead over the Nationals dwindle down to five games (4.5 over Atlanta and Miami). Yes, tonight was as close to being a “must win” game as you can get on the first day of May.

Harvey relishes these situations and responded by giving up only five hits in seven scoreless innings despite not having his best fastball (indicative of only three strikeouts). Consequently, Harvey had to go to his breaking ball more than he normally would have wanted.

Matt Harvey takes these games to heart. When you have a No. 1, it’s just great to have,” manager Terry Collins said. “You can depend on him.”

His 5-0 record is comprised with three victories following a Mets’ loss. Earlier today I wrote about what makes Harvey special, but there’s another reason – he can locate all of his pitches and do so without his best fastball.”

It was thought Harvey, who was aided by Michael Cuddyer‘s homer in the fourth and a diving catch by Juan Lagares‘ diving catch in the fifth, might come out for the eighth, but Collins said he didn’t think he had anything left.

“I thought he had run out of gas,” Collins said. “He was starting to labor between pitches. The one thing I didn’t want to do was to have to go out there if and they got a  guy on and you have to go out and get him.”

Harvey had no qualms with Collins’ decision.

“I think he made the right decision,” Harvey said. “He did exactly what he needed to do. He made the right call.”

This put the Mets in position of having to rely on Jeurys Familia for a fifth-out save. What could have been a tense situation was considerably relaxed with Daniel Murphy‘s three-run double in the eighth.

Harvey called Familia’s effort “huge,” but the same can be said for his.