The Mets promoted Greg Burke earlier this weekend, and are expected to call up Mike Baxter, C Juan Centeno, and RHP Aaron Harang before tonights game against Washington. Another note, they are not expected to call up Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Robert Carson.
Ruben Tejada will join the Mets on Tuesday according to ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin. By waiting until now the Mets delay Tejada’s free agency eligibility from after 2016 to after 2017.
But it seems to be a little deeper than that just that. The Mets seem to be rather disappointed with Tejada even though he played well in Las Vegas after returning from injury. Even Sandy Alderson said on the radio last week that they need to see the drive for improvement from Tejada… something that they have not really seen. It will be interesting to see what happens with the short stop position over the next couple of months.
Daisuke actually pitched effectively for the first time in his Mets tenure – going 5 2/3 innings and allowing only one run.
Justin Turner hit his second home run of the series (and the season) in the forth inning to give the Mets the lead but Vic Black gave it back in the sixth after Matsuzaka’s exit by hitting Asdrubal Cabrera. The game remained tied and featured an appearance by the newly recalled Frank Francisco. He faced two batters in the eight inning.
In the top of the ninth Eric Young Jr. delivered a game winning RBI double, bringing in Matt den Dekker and LaTroy Hawkins saved the game in the ninth.
Out of the gate Jon Niese and the defense were just sad… not to mention the umpiring which cost the Mets an out at first early in the first inning. But after two innings the scoreboard read 6-1 Cleveland.
I’m sure most people started skimming the college football games at this point but eventually the game got interesting. In the seventh inning the Mets scored three runs on a two run double by Justin Turner and then a RBI single by Juan Lagares. But just after the Mets pulled the score to within 6-4 it was over. Scot Atchison gave up a three run bomb in the bottom of the eight inning to make the score 9-4 and thats how it ended up. The Mets have essentially been bombed out of Cleveland if you take out the top of the seventh inning in tonights game.
Hopefully the game will take under 15 hours tomorrow as Daisuke Matuzaka takes the mound for the Mets against his old organization as they try to avoid the sweep.
Hernia surgery is the reason Rice will not appear in his 74th game this season. Terry Collins said that Rice has been dealing with the issues for about three weeks. I hope Rice is considered for the bullpen next season, i think he was a nice piece and while he should not be leaned on as the main lefty he is a nice consistent pitcher out of the pen.
Scott Kazmir struck out 12 Mets tonight in six innings in route to the Indian’s 8-1 victory at Progressive Field. Zack Wheeler just didn’t seem to have the stuff tonight, walking a career high 5 tonight in 5 innings pitched – while allowing 3 runs (2 earned).
The Mets sole source of offense was a shot over the center field fence by Justin Turner in the 7th inning. Although they did collect another 6 hits no one else crossed the plate.
Tim Byrdak made his second appearance of the season since returning from the DL. He allowed a grand slam to Nick Swisher to officially put the game out of reach in the 8th inning.
Jon Niese takes the mound tomorrow night as the Mets try to even the series while Cleveland will send out Corey Kluber.
Tomorrow night’s game against Cleveland is an interesting match-up for the fans. Scott Kazmir pitches for Cleveland while Zach Wheeler toes the mound for New York. Kazmir was Wheeler almost a decade ago for the Mets, then they unexpectedly traded him to Tampa Bay for the washed up talents of Victor Zambrano. Even looking back at Kazmir’s less than amazing career it was still a ridiculous trade and Rick Peterson was a tad overconfident for suggesting it.
The Mets are hoping Wheeler can have a much more consistent and healthy career compared to their former farm hand, Kazmir. And so far he has been showing promising signs.
The Mets try to crush Cleveland’s playoff dreams as they head into this weekend trip to an American League ballpark in September. boo.