May 09

May 9, Mets’ Lineup At Dodgers

A show of hands please, who hasn’t been waiting for this game? The Mets in Los Angeles to play Chase Utley. Only natural, of course. Personally, as I wrote earlier, I don’t think anything will happen.

Let sleeping dogs lie. Utley has always been a thorn in the Mets’ side, so why do anything to wake him up?

Here’s the Mets’ batting order:

Curtis Granderson – RF: Has 36 game-opening homers, including 12 for the Mets, second behind Jose Reyes with 16.

Asdrubal Cabrera – SS: Batting .339 on the road. Went 5-for-16 in San Diego, including a pair of RBI singles Sunday.

David Wright – 3B: Is a career .345 hitter against the Dodgers. Reached base five times {three walks and two hits) Saturday. Has three homers.

Yoenis Cespedes – LF: Has 11 homers in the Mets’ first 30 games, tying Carlos Delgado (2006) and Dave Kingman (1982) for second-most in the first 30 games. Kingman holds the club record with 14 in 1976.

Lucas Duda – 1B: Is hitting .190 (4-for-21) with RISP. Has seven hits in his last 11 games, but three of them are homers.

Juan Lagares – CF: Get the start tonight with Michael Conforto sitting against left-hander Scott Kazmir.

Wilmer Flores – 2B: Starts tonight over Neil Walker, who is nursing a 0-for-20 slide and a bruised shin. Flores is 2-for-20 on the road.

Kevin Plawecki – C: Had four hits in the San Diego series. Coincidentally, that’s when manager Terry Collins said he needed to hit more.

Steven Matz – LHP: Matz is 1-1 lifetime against the Dodgers. Leads rookies with a 4-1 record. Hasn’t given up a run in 13.2 innings.

COMMENTS:  Maybe Conforto needs a rest, but how can he be tired? Is Kazmir that good where Conforto shouldn’t get a chance against him. I can see sitting him against Clayton Kershaw, but not Kazmir. … Cespedes hit three homers in San Diego. … Not expecting to see Addison Reed out of the bullpen tonight.

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May 01

May 1, Mets’ Lineup Against Giants

Noah Syndergaard against Madison Bumgarner in what promises to be an exciting pitching match that could be one of the best of the season. It’s not quite Sandy Koufax vs. Juan Marichal or Tom Seaver vs. Bob Gibson.

Even so, if the rain stays away it could be a something special. The Mets already won the series, but it will take some doing to get the sweep and their ninth straight victory against Bumgarner.

Two of the Mets’ best hitters, Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda will sit against the lefty, but it is good to see Terry Collins sticking with MIchael Conforto in the No. 3 slot. Off the two, Granderson needs the rest more than Conforto, who is crazy hot.

Here’s today’s batting order:

Juan Lagares, RF

David Wright, 3B

Conforto, LF

Yoenis Cespedes, CF

Neil Walker, 2b

Wilmer Flores, SS

Kevin Plawecki, C

Eric Campbell, 1B

Syndergaard, RP

 

Apr 17

April 17, Mets’ Lineup At Cleveland

Steven Matz goes for the Mets today in Cleveland in hopes of rebounding from his horrific first start of the season and to salvage this series. He goes against Indians’ ace Corey Kluber.

Mets

Curtis Granderson – RF
Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
Michael Conforto – LF
Yoenis Cespedes – DH
Lucas Duda – 1B
Neil Walker – 2B
Wilmer Flores – 3B
Alejandro De Aza – CF
Kevin Plawecki – C

Steven Matz – LHP

COMMENTS:  David Wright has the day off, but even so he should have been the DH in at least one of the games. … The choice of De Aza over Juan Lagares indicates to me how out of favor the latter has become. … I do like Conforto hitting in the No. 3 spot and hope that continues. … If Cespedes is hurting so bad, he should have sat for at least one of these games. … Plawecki starts today, and should get a few days in a row to: 1) let him get in a groove, and 2) give Travis d’Arnaud a chance to clear his head.

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Apr 13

Mets Wrap: Verrett, Plawecki Pace Win

GAME WRAP

Game: #8  Record: 3-5   Streak: W 1

SUMMARY: Logan Verrett was brilliant in a spot story for Jacob deGrom with six strikeouts in six scoreless innings. He was backed by Kevin Plawecki’s two-run single in the seventh inning and Jeurys Familia’s five-out save.

VERRETT: Strong start today. (AP)

VERRETT: Strong start today. (AP)

KEY MOMENT: The Marlins had runners on first and second with one out in the fourth, but Verrett struck out Martin Prado and Justin Bour to end the threat. … Plawecki’s two-run single.

THUMBS UP: Wilmer Flores made two sparkling defensive plays. … Curtis Granderson got a hit for the second straight game. … Jerry Blevins retired Dee Gordon on a fly to left to end the seventh with the bases loaded.

THUMBS DOWN: Yoenis Cespedes struck out three times.

EXTRA INNINGS: David Wright has reached base in 17 straight games. … Jeurys Familia threw a five-out save. … deGrom will rejoin the team in Cleveland, but could land on the disabled list if he can’t throw in the bullpen.

QUOTEBOOK: “This was a game we had to have.’’ – manager Terry Collins on the importance of the victory.

BY THE NUMBERS: 9: Strikeouts by Mets’ hitters. They have struck out at least eight times is seven of their eight games.

NEXT FOR METS: The Mets are off Thursday, but then start a nine-game trip beginning with a three-game series in Cleveland. Friday: Bartolo Colon (0-1) vs. Cody Anderson (0-0); Saturday: Matt Harvey (0-2) vs. Josh Tomlin (0-0); Sunday: Steven Matz (0-1) vs. Corey Kluber (0-2).

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Apr 08

Mets Wrap: DeGrom Shines, But Hurt In Opener

GAME #3:  Mets 7, Phillies 2.  Record: 2-1.

SUMMARY:  Jacob deGrom gave up one run in six innings before leaving the game with tightness in his right lat muscle. While it is premature to say how long he will be out, it must be remembered this isn’t a good issue for a pitcher. Steven Matz had a similar issue last year and missed two months.

DeGROM: Back injury is worrisome. (AP)

DeGROM: Back injury is worrisome. (AP)

KEY MOMENT: Neil Walker‘s RBI single in the sixth gave the Mets a lead they would never relinquish. Walker has driven in five runs in the season’s first three games for the first time in his career.

HEARING THE CHEERS: On the unofficial cheering meter, Wilmer Flores, Bartolo Colon and Terry Collins got the loudest cheers during the pregame introductions. Unquestionably, Noah Syndergaard‘s ovation was louder than that of Matt Harvey‘s.

CONFORTO CONTINUES HOT HITTING:  Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. Even so, Collins said he’ll keep his platoon system with Juan Lagares.

WRIGHT IS RIGHT: If David Wright is to be kept in the No. 2 slot in the batting order, perhaps the Mets shouldn’t worry about his power numbers and he just concentrate on getting on base. He doubled and has now gotten a hit in each of his 12 home openers. … Wright also made a nice barehanded pickup and throw to first. … Collins said Wright will sit Saturday night.

THUMBS UP: The bullpen was solid for the third straight time. Jim Henderson threw another strong 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. … Jerry Blevins stranded two inherited runners in the eighth. … Asdrubal Cabrera made two strong plays in the field. … Travis d’Arnaud threw out an attempted base stealer.

THUMBS DOWN: Of course, deGrom’s injury put a damper on the day and has the potential to do a lot worse. … Yoenis “I am human,” Cespedes misplayed Phillies pitcher Jerad Eickhoff flyball in the sixth into a leadoff trouble.

INJURY UPDATES: We’ll know more Saturday on deGrom. … Zack Wheeler will undergo a minor medical procedure Tuesday to remove an undissolved stitch in his right forearm. … Lefty reliever Josh Edgin, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, was examined Thursday.

QUOTEBOOK: “I was going to go out there for the seventh, and then I thought twice about it and said, ‘Hey, maybe I should say something. It’s early on. It’s a little cold out today. Let’s not push it.’ ” – DeGrom on coming out of the game.

BY THE NUMBERS: .375: Wright’s average (18-for-48) in 12 home openers.

NEXT FOR METS: Colon will start Saturday night against Vince Velasquez. With a victory Colon would tie Pedro Martinez for victories for a Dominican-born pitcher with 218.

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