New York Mets: Andrew Cashner

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Padres 2

June, 14, 2014
Jun 14
NEW YORK -- Who says the Mets don’t stage Old-Timers’ Days?

A pair of 40-somethings led the way for the Amazin’s on Friday night at Citi Field.

After a one-hour, 56-minute rain delay at the start, Bobby Abreu went 4-for-4 and Bartolo Colon retired 18 straight batters at one point as the Mets beat the San Diego Padres, 6-2, at Citi Field.

In a faceoff of spiraling teams and anemic offenses, San Diego opened the scoring on a two-run homer by former Mets farmhand Rene Rivera in the second inning. Afterward, the 41-year-old Colon did not allow another baserunner until Alexi Amarista’s leadoff double in the eighth.

Meanwhile, the 40-year-old Abreu -- who became the ninth Mets player to start in the cleanup slot this season -- scored twice and produced two RBIs in addition to producing four hits. It marked his first four-hit game since May 30, 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City.

The Mets (30-37) won for only the second time in their past 10 games. San Diego (28-39) has lost nine of 11.

Colon’s final line: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. He threw 118 pitches, his second-highest total since 2004.

He departed with a 6-2 lead, one out and Amarista on second. A strikeout and two walks by Josh Edgin later, Vic Black entered and retired Carlos Quentin on a tapper to third base to strand the bases loaded and close the book on Colon.

Abreu had a leadoff double in the second and scored on Taylor Teagarden’s two-out single to pull the Mets within 2-1. Two innings later, Abreu again singled and scored, this time on Lucas Duda’s double to left-center. Matt den Dekker followed with a tiebreaking ground-rule double that plated Duda and gave the Mets a 3-2 lead.

Abreu produced an RBI single in the fifth as the Mets expanded their lead to two runs against Andrew Cashner. He capped the Mets’ scoring with an RBI single in the seventh against left-hander Troy Patton.

Duda had a hard lineout to left field in his first at-bat and followed with two doubles while snapping an 0-for-15 drought.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.19 ERA) opposes right-hander Jesse Hahn at 4:10 p.m. Saturday. Hahn, who is being promoted from Double-A San Antonio for the start, pitched at Fitch High School in Groton, Conn., alongside teammate Matt Harvey. Harvey’s father, Ed, was their head coach.

Series preview: Mets vs. Padres

June, 13, 2014
Jun 13

Getty ImagesThe Mets are scheduled to face Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (29-37, fourth place/NL East) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (28-38, fourth place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.31) vs. RHP Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.13), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.19) vs. TBA, 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.95) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (5-7, 3.63), 1:10 p.m. ET

Padres short hops

• The Mets had been lined up to face left-hander Eric Stults in the series opener. He instead pitched on short rest Thursday in Philadelphia -- a better matchup for a southpaw -- after getting knocked out the previous start by the Washington Nationals after 2 1/3 innings and 48 pitches.

Andrew Cashner now draws the Friday assignment against the Mets on an extra day of rest. Cashner is a former first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs, who was traded on Jan. 6, 2012 for Anthony Rizzo.

Cashner is winless in his last six starts despite posting a 2.83 ERA during that stretch. San Diego was shut out in three straight starts by him from April 26 through May 7. Cashner’s last start -- six scoreless innings against the Nats -- marked his return from the disabled list after missing more than three weeks with a sore right elbow.

• Saturday’s San Diego starter has not yet been announced. With left-hander Robbie Erlin on the disabled list since May 22 with elbow soreness, the Padres briefly had been using Tim Stauffer in the rotation. However, Stauffer lasted a combined three innings and surrendered nine runs in consecutive starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Pittsburgh Pirates and has been returned to the bullpen. He then tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in long relief his last appearance, Sunday against the Nats.

Reported candidates to make Saturday’s start include Triple-A right-hander Donn Roach and Double-A right-hander Jesse Hahn, both of whom debuted in the major leagues earlier this season. Hahn attended Fitch Senior High School in Groton, Conn.

• Second baseman Jedd Gyorko, who had 23 homers last season, has been on the disabled list since last Friday with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Rookie Jace Peterson and Alexi Amarista -- both left-handed hitters -- have handled the position in Gyorko’s absence.

• The Padres rank at or near the bottom in the major leagues in nearly every major offensive category: runs (200, last), home runs (48, 26th), average (.216, last), on-base percentage (.275, last) and slugging percentage (.344, last).

The players’ individual averages also reflect that anemic production. Thursday’s starting lineup at Philly included leadoff man Will Venable (now batting .216), shortstop Everth Cabrera (.226), cleanup hitter Chase Headley (.200), first baseman Yonder Alonso (.208), catcher Yasmani Grandal (.185) and the second baseman Amarista (.202).

One exception: Left fielder Seth Smith, acquired from the Oakland Athletics in December for right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson, is hitting .294 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 180 at-bats.

• Padres GM Josh Byrnes was a finalist for the GM job that went to Sandy Alderson with the Mets. Omar Minaya remains a deputy to Byrnes in San Diego.



Daniel Murphy
.289 9 57 79
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187