Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Morning Briefing: Happy Harang Day
By Kieran Darcy
FIRST PITCH: Aaron Harang will make his second start for the Mets on Wednesday night at Citi Field against the Giants.
The 35-year-old, released by the Mariners on Aug. 31 and signed by the Mets a day later, struck out 10 batters in his debut last week -- becoming only the third pitcher in franchise history to record double-digit K's in his first start with the team, along with Pedro Martinez and Matt Harvey.
Harang lost that game though, giving up three runs in six innings in a 7-2 loss to the Nationals.
On the bright side, Harang has had success against the Giants, going 4-2 with a 2.12 ERA against them since 2008. But his record overall this year is 5-12 with a 5.70 ERA.
Harang is pitching for his sixth major-league club, with a career record of 110-116.
The Giants' starter on Wednesday will be Matt Cain (8-9, 4.24 ERA).
Wednesday's news reports:
• The Mets lost the series-opener against the Giants on Tuesday, 8-5. Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Wall Street Journal and MLB.com.
• The big news out of Citi Field on Tuesday was that Harvey has elected to put off surgery in the hope of rehabbing his injured elbow and possibly pitching next season. Read more in the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Wall Street Journal and MLB.com.
• The Mets, and many fans, probably would like to see Harvey have surgery, as soon as possible, as opposed to taking the risk that rehabbing the elbow will get the job done. But in the Daily News, Andy Martino writes that Harvey should take as much time as he wants to decide whether to go under the knife. And in the Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that Harvey is right to hold off on surgery for now.
• Zack Wheeler got a no-decision Tuesday, remaining 7-5 in his rookie season with a 3.42 ERA. He gave up four runs in five innings, and walked a career-high six batters.
• Travis d'Arnaud left Tuesday's game after three innings, feeling pain in his right shoulder after taking a foul tip off it. However, d'Arnaud downplayed the injury after the game.
• David Wright still wants to return this season, but manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Wright probably won't be ready during this three-game series against the Giants.
From the bloggers ... John Delcos at Mets Report writes that can't count on Harvey for 2014. Faith and Fear in Flushing embraces the chance to go to yet another game in 2013.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Met Roger Mason turns 56. Mason made 232 major-league appearances (23 starts) from 1984 to 1994, with seven different teams. The Mets purchased him from the Phillies in April 1994 and were his final team. He made 41 relief appearances for the Mets that year, going 2-4 with a 3.51 ERA in 51 1/3 innings.
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