Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Morning Briefing: Geez, L.A. keeps winning
By Adam Rubin
FIRST PITCH: Now Dillon Gee is charged with stopping the bleeding against the juggernaut Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gee (8-8, 3.82 ERA) opposes ex-Met Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.50) at 10:10 p.m. ET as the Mets try to avoid getting swept at Dodger Stadium.
With Wilmer Flores nursing a right ankle injury that has the potential to land him on the disabled list, Terry Collins indicated Josh Satin should start the series finale at third base against the southpaw Capuano.
Collins has pledged to use Ike Davis against a lefty for the first time since the first baseman returned from the minors on July 5.
The Mets will bus to San Diego after the game.
Also today, Jeremy Hefner is due for further examination of his right elbow at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. That should determine whether Hefner is demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas or headed to the major league disabled list.
Wednesday’s news reports:
• Matt Harvey proved mortal against the Dodgers. Harvey surrendered four runs in six innings and the Mets lost to L.A., 4-2, Tuesday might. The Dodgers are 22-3 since the All-Star break and 39-8 since June 22. That is the best 47-game record in the majors since the New York Giants had the same record from Aug. 12-Oct. 3, 1951, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday and MLB.com.
• LaTroy Hawkins once presumed this would be his final major league season. Based on his success, the 40-year-old free-agent-to-be now plans to pitch again next season, he told Anthony DiComo at MLB.com.
• Bobby Parnell remains idle, but the closer did get a favorable medical review of the herniated disk in his neck.
• Jenrry Mejia will not face an innings limit this season, whereas Harvey and Zack Wheeler may need to be cut short a start or so at the end of the season.
On shaving innings with those pitchers, Collins said: “That’s obviously the hottest part about sitting in this chair -- taking them out of the game when they’re pitching good. They’re mad. Fans are mad. You guys are mad. It’s a big story. Everybody’s angry. And in four years, when they’re still pitching, and they haven’t had an injury, nobody says, ‘Geez, nice going.’”
Read more in the Times and Newsday.
• Frank Francisco -- remember him? -- threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since receiving cortisone injections in his right elbow in mid-July. Jeurys Familia is due to step on a mound Friday for the first time since June 5 surgery to clean out his right elbow.
• Read more on Flores’ ankle injury in Newsday, the Post and Daily News.
• Jared Diamond in the Journal looks at Davis turning around his season. Writes Diamond:
Since the All-Star break, Davis has swung at just 18.1 percent of balls outside the strike zone, which is the second-lowest mark in all of baseball, only behind Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals. Davis is swinging at just 35 percent of pitches overall, the fewest in the sport. He is swinging and missing at just 5.3 percent of pitches, down from 12.9 percent before the break.
The result? Davis has put up a ridiculous .537 on-base percentage, the best in baseball, while walking in an MLB-high 28 percent of his plate appearances. He tied John Olerud's franchise record by reaching base at least twice in each of his previous 12 starts. He has reemerged as a completely different hitter.
• Eric Campbell had a tiebreaking RBI double in the eighth and starting pitcher Jacob deGrom produced his first professional homer as Las Vegas beat New Orleans, 4-3. Kevin Plawecki’s two-run homer in the seventh lifted St. Lucie over Fort Myers, 5-4. Read the full minor league recap here.
• Ex-Met/Yankee Shane Spencer said an impersonator, not him, called an Albany radio station to discuss steroids. Read more in Newsday.
• From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear has a special report from this past weekend's Citi Field Sleepover.
BIRTHDAYS: McKay Christensen, a waiver claim by the Mets in 2002 whom Bobby Valentine barely used because Steve Phillips had not consulted him about the pickup, turns 38.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
YOU’RE UP: Are you shocked Matt Harvey did not pitch better against the Dodgers?