Friday, April 26, 2013
Notes: New-look lineup blanked by Kendrick
By Matt Ehalt
Terry Collins' new-look lineup didn't show up Friday night.
After Collins tinkered with the top of the lineup, the New York Mets were blanked for the first time this season in their 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. The Mets managed just three hits against Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick.
Collins said after the game he hasn't decided if he will keep this lineup.
"[I will] make a decision tomorrow," Collins said.
The main changes to the Mets lineup involved moving Daniel Murphy from the second spot to the third and moving David Wright from third to cleanup. The move was aimed to give Wright more opportunities to drive in runners, with Mike Baxter and Ruben Tejada placed in the top two spots.
While Tejada and Wright both recorded singles during the game, the Mets offense never found a way to rally. They managed just one runner in scoring position the whole game, in the first inning, and did not advance a runner to third all game. Kendrick tossed just his second career shutout.
"He threw the ball well," Murphy said. "Sometimes, you have to tip your cap."
Murphy hit in the No. 3 hole for the first time all season and went 0-for-4 with three ground outs. The new spot didn't make a difference for him.
"I just want to be in the lineup; I don't really care where it is. It's nice to be in the three spot, I guess," Murphy said. "Skipper thinks I'm swinging the bat well. I still feel good in there. At-bats are at-bats no matter where you get them."
Below .500: The Mets' loss Friday dropped them below .500 for the first time as they are now 10-11. Collins said his team is aware.
"They are not naive. They are pretty aware of what's going on. They know they slipped below .500 tonight, and that's why we got to pick it up and get after it tomorrow," Collins said. "Come out here and fight. Certainly, I'm not going to go in and hold meetings and say, 'we're under .500, we got to pick it up.' They know better than that
We'll rally tomorrow and get the guys out there and hopefully get some hits."
No roster move yet: The Mets have not announced the roster move that will accompany Shaun Marcum's activation from the disabled list for his start Saturday.
Two of the candidates to be sent down, relievers Jeurys Familia and Josh Edgin, both pitched Friday. Familia went two innings, giving up one hit and striking out one. Edgin struck out two in the ninth. Familia said after the game he hadn't been notified about any roster move.
Ump leaves: With Wright coming to bat in the bottom of the first, the game paused for approximately 10 minutes as plate umpire Brian O'Nora left with flu-like symptoms. First base umpire Adrian Johnson took over behind the plate after O'Nora's departure.
"Brian O'Nora got very sick," Collins said. "It came on really fast and [he] came in the dugout because he was going to be sick to his stomach, and he really was. He couldn't go back out."