Thursday, June 5, 2014
TC hopes Brown becomes Hairston-like
By Adam Rubin
CHICAGO -- On the day Andrew Brown officially was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas, Terry Collins has him batting fifth and playing left field in Thursday's series finale against Chicago Cubs left-hander Travis Wood.
Collins acknowledged Brown will not be an everyday player with Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Matt den Dekker and Bobby Abreu all due to get at-bats. The manager said he hopes Brown performs against lefty pitching like Scott Hairston did during 2011 and '12 with the Mets. In the first of those two seasons, Hairston produced seven homers and 24 RBIs in only overall 132 at-bats. In 2012, Hairston had 20 homers. That included 11 in 189 at-bats against southpaws.
Earlier in his managerial career, Collins said Derrick May with Houston was similarly proficient producing in limited playing time. (May was a lefty batter suited to face right-handers.)
Extra, extra: The Mets would be able to skip Daisuke Matsuzaka's next turn because it falls on an off-day Monday, between a series in San Francisco and the homestand opener against Milwaukee. Regardless, the Mets will keep the rotation in order, which means Matsuzaka facing the Brewers on Tuesday at Citi Field.
Matsuzaka was charged with four runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Cubs, but Collins noted it's about the entire staff getting an extra day of rest, not just about Matsuzaka's individual performance.
Leading man: Collins said one reason behind placing Young leadoff Thursday is that it is the slot in which he did the most damage earlier in his career while with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Easy slugger: Ruben Tejada has two homers since Saturday, although that's not entirely a good thing. Collins said the staff already has spoken with Tejada about keeping his swing compact and not swinging for the fences.