Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Mets morning briefing 7.31.12
By Adam Rubin
SAN FRANCISCO -- Scott Hairston hit a game-tying homer in the eighth, then a go-ahead homer in the 10th and the Mets narrowly held on to beat the Giants, 8-7, Monday night at AT&T Park.
Tuesday's news reports:
• Hairston remains a Met as the trade deadline approaches at 4 p.m. ET today. And Terry Collins expects the same roster tonight, for Game 2 of the series against the Giants. Read more in the Record.
• No matter what happens with Hairston, Matt Harvey is set for his second major league start. Harvey faces Tim Lincecum on Tuesday night. Count columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record among those impressed with Harvey. Writes Klapisch:
Harvey isn’t just some overhyped prospect being pimped by desperate ownership. To the contrary: Rival executives believe the 23-year-old right-hander is the most gifted rookie pitcher the Mets have produced since Doc Gooden. Granted, that’s a crazy endorsement for a kid who’s made exactly one major league start. But Harvey’s debut against the Diamondbacks last week was that breathtaking -- 11 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, featuring a fastball that ranged between 95-98 mph. Only Stephen Strasburg, David Price and Jeff Samardzija have better average velocity than what Harvey unleashed against Arizona. And his success wasn’t just married to pure heat. Harvey practically destroyed hitters with an 88-90 mph slider that one talent evaluator called, “unhittable” because of its blistering spin rate.
Said Dan Warthen to columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post: “I’d like to see a little more mixture of his pitches. I’d like to see him throw more changeups to the 3-4-5 hitters. If he throws 10 a game, I’m very happy. There is no reason for him to throw changeups to the 7-8 hitters where his stuff is better than them. I’d also like to see him command his fastball a little bit better.’’
Read more on Harvey in Newsday and the Record.
• Andres Torres was greeted warmly by Giants fans, then was forced to leave Monday's game in the eighth inning because he was unable to swing from the left side of the plate due to a right thumb injury suffered three innings earlier. Ex-Met Angel Pagan suffered a hand injury too, although Pagan's apparently was self-inflicted in frustration.
Meanwhile, who won the Torres/Ramon Ramirez-for-Pagan trade? Probably the Giants, but it's nothing to shout from the top of Nob Hill about. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Frank Francisco's rehab assignment for a strained left oblique will resume with scheduled outings Tuesday and Wednesday with Double-A Binghamton. Johan Santana is expected to throw a bullpen session Thursday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.
• Mike Baxter had a pinch-hit single in the 10th in his return from a separated shoulder. Baxter should be in the starting lineup tonight against Lincecum. Read more in the Post and Newsday.
• Josh Edgin picked up his first major league win and Manny Acosta ended up with the save despite issuing two walks and surrendering a run in the 10th. Read game recaps in the Times, Newsday, Post, Star-Ledger, Record and Daily News.
• Jason Bay snapped an 0-for-23 drought, one shy of matching his career high, in the victory. Read more in the Times.
• Jenrry Mejia went three innings and tossed 57 pitches in return to a starting role with Triple-A Buffalo. Read Monday's full minor league recap here.
• Zack Wheeler's Triple-A debut is expected to occur Sunday, after one final start for Binghamton tonight.
TRIVIA: Which players went unused by Collins in Monday's 10-inning win.
Monday's answer: Ike Davis was the last Met to have a multi-homer game against San Francisco. Davis homered against Matt Cain and Santiago Casilla on July 17, 2010.