New York Mets: Brad Penny

Rapid Reaction: Mets 9, Marlins 1

September, 16, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores launched a pair of homers and matched a career high with six RBIs as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 9-1, Tuesday at Citi Field.

Both of Flores’ long balls came against reliever Brad Penny -- a three-run shot in the fifth and a two-run shot in the seventh.

Flores is now 8-for-15 with two doubles, one triple, three homers and 10 RBIs in his past four games.

He also had a six-RBI game on June 2 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Hits scattered: Bartolo Colon earned the win despite surrendering 12 hits. Colon stranded the bases loaded in the fifth inning and preserved a 4-1 lead by striking out Marcell Ozuna and getting Garrett Jones to ground out.

Colon’s final line: 7.2 IP, 12 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.

It matched the second-most hits surrendered in franchise history by a starting pitcher who allowed one run or fewer. Jason Isringhausen allowed one run and 13 hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Phillies on Sept. 15, 1995. Bobby J. Jones allowed 12 hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves on June 10, 1996.

Injury report: Juan Lagares departed the game after four innings with what the team labeled a hyperextended right elbow.

Penned: Rafael Montero made his first relief appearance since reverting to a relief role after last Wednesday's start against the Rockies. He handled the ninth inning in scoreless fashion despite allowing the first two batters to reach.

What’s next: The Mets (73-79) and Marlins (73-77) complete their season series Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Dillon Gee (7-7, 3.80 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81). The Mets already have clinched the season series, 11-7.

Morning Briefing: Clean it up, Mets!

September, 2, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: After an ugly game in the series opener, the Mets look to rebound Tuesday in Game 2 of their series against the Miami Marlins.

Jonathon Niese (7-10, 3.48 ERA) opposes right-hander Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) at 7:10 p.m.

With Philadelphia no-hitting Atlanta on Monday, the Phillies (63-74) again are only a half-game behind the Mets (64-74) for fourth place in the NL East. So some scoreboard watching may be in order at Marlins Park.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to have their pitching elbows examined by team doctors. Edgin has bone spurs, and it is possible he will learn those need to be surgically removed. Terry Collins is unsure whether Edgin will return this season.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• The Mets committed six errors, one shy of matching the franchise record, and lost to Miami, 9-6, on Labor Day at Marlins Park. The Marlins scored three eighth-inning runs while producing only one hit in the frame. Jeurys Familia had two errors and a run-scoring wild pitch that inning. Erik Goeddel walked in a run in his major league debut. Dilson Herrera had his first major league homer and also a two-run triple, but committed two errors. Zack Wheeler allowed five runs (two earned) and lasted only 4 2/3 innings because of a high pitch count.

Collins bluntly said afterward that the team’s showing did not resemble a “big-league baseball game.”

“They are not mental errors. They are just execution errors,” David Wright, who had one of the errors, told reporters postgame. “That is not an excuse for them, and obviously you’re not going to win games committing six errors, but they happen, and a lot of times they happen in bunches.”

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Read more on Wheeler in the Post.

• Clark Spencer in the Miami Herald chronicles Penny’s feud with the Mets during the right-hander’s first tour of duty with the Marlins, back in 2001. It stemmed in part from Tsuyoshi Shinjo touching the plate after a homer and also swinging at a 3-0 pitch in a rout. The feud escalated with Todd Zeile barking at Penny after a subsequent homer. Writes Spencer:

When the pitcher and hitter came face to face in subsequent showdowns, Penny often threw behind Zeile’s back as a warning. Though [Mike] Redmond declined to be interviewed for this article, he has said previously that Zeile turned to him after one of Penny’s warning shots and said, “Is this ever going to end?”

• The Brooklyn Cyclones were eliminated on the final day of the regular season despite a 3-1 win against Staten Island. First-round pick Michael Conforto, promising shortstop prospect Amed Rosario and third baseman Jhoan Urena were promoted to Savannah after the Cyclones’ elimination. Las Vegas, Binghamton and Savannah open the playoffs on Wednesday. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Bronx-raised T.J. Rivera finished with the top batting average among Mets minor leaguers at .349, while Cyclones right-hander Marcos Molina won the organization’s ERA crown at 1.77. View the organization’s final minor-league statistical leaders here.

Rafael Montero should get a late-season start with the Mets.

Bobby Parnell expects to get on a mound after Christmas.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin profiles 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo.

BIRTHDAYS: Hitting coach Lamar Johnson turns 64. ... The late Marv Throneberry was born on this date in 1933. ... Minor-league right-hander Jake Kuebler is 25.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets seek retribution on Tuesday for Brad Penny’s 2001 antics against Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Todd Zeile?

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

September, 1, 2014
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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets face Henderson Alvarez, Brad Penny and Tom Koehler in Miami.
METS (64-73, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (66-69, third place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75), 1:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (7-10, 3.48) vs. RHP Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.94) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.79), 7:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

Giancarlo Stanton leads the National League with 33 homers and a career-high 98 RBIs. Dan Uggla was the last Marlin to drive in 100 runs, back in 2010 (105).


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsJordany Valdespin is back in the majors with Miami.


Stanton appears dissatisfied with the Marlins’ commitment to winning, despite the team seemingly on an ascent. “Five months doesn’t change five years,” Stanton recently told Yahoo! “We’ve definitely done better than anyone thought we would do. At the same time, we’re still not where we need to be to keep playing beyond the designed schedule. ... I want to be the only game on TV at the end of the day.”

• After spending the first portion of the season at Triple-A, ex-Met Jordany Valdespin made his Marlins debut on July 19. He started 16 games in a three-week stretch, primarily at second base, but since has receded to a backup role, with Donovan Solano handling the position. Valdespin, 26, is hitting .228 with three homers and seven RBIs in 79 at-bats.

Brad Penny went 48-42 with a 4.04 ERA with the Marlins from 2000 through ’04, when he was the batterymate of current manager Mike Redmond. He had been out of the majors since 2012 until he was promoted on Aug. 9. Penny made starts that day and Aug. 14, but since has worked out of the bullpen. He will take Tuesday’s start after a couple of turns for Brad Hand.

• The Marlins traded reliever Chaz Roe to the Yankees for cash on Sunday. Roe exclusively had pitched at Triple-A this season.

Garrett Jones' 13 errors lead all MLB first basemen.

• Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Braves snapped a string of 60 straight games not being shut out, which had been the longest active streak in the majors. The Marlins last had been shut out on June 21, by Jacob deGrom and the Mets.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

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Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesThe Mets face Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in the southpaw's major league debut.
METS (32-40, fifth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (36-35, second place/NL East)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) vs. LHP Andrew Heaney (7-2, 2.47 with Double-A Jacksonville/Triple-A New Orleans), 7:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.81) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 2.56), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-4, 4.39) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67) vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton produced his National League-leading 20th homer on Wednesday, but departed the game against the Chicago Cubs after six innings with a bruised left wrist. Stanton, who also leads the NL with 57 RBIs, predicted to reporters he would be back in the lineup for the series opener against the Mets. The injury occurred on an attempted catch of ex-teammate Chris Coghlan’s double at the outfield wall in the first inning. “It was getting tighter and tighter,” Stanton said. “On swings and misses, it hurts a lot.”


Joe Skipper/Associated PressGiancarlo Stanton slugged his 20th homer Wednesday, but also departed with a left-wrist injury.


• Right-handed reliever Kevin Gregg will be promoted from Triple-A New Orleans and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (concussion) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. In advance of those moves, the Marlins demoted left-hander Dan Jennings and catcher J.T. Realmuto. Gregg had signed a minor league contract on June 3.

• In a flurry of moves Monday, the Marlins placed outfielder Christian Yelich on the disabled list with a lower-back strain, designated for assignment veteran pitchers Randy Wolf and Kevin Slowey, and promoted left-hander Andrew Heaney, outfielder Jake Marisnick and infielder Justin Bour from Triple-A New Orleans. Wolf subsequently elected free agency.

The 23-year-old Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Oklahoma State and the Marlins’ top prospect, will make his major league debut against the Mets in the series opener. The Marlins are looking for a rotation jolt after ace Jose Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on May 16. Heaney went a combined 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA in Double-A and Triple-A this season. His fastball sits at 90-94 mph. He also has a solid slider and changeup.

Anthony DeSclafani, who was recalled from the minors on Sunday, also has stepped into the rotation, with Jacob Turner reassigned to the bullpen. DeSclafani made his major league debut on May 14. He became the ninth Marlin, and first since Adalberto Mendez on Sept. 6, 2010, to win his major league debut as a starter. Baseball America rated DeScalfani the No. 5 prospect in the organization entering the season. He graduated from Colts Neck (N.J.) High School and then pitched at the University of Florida. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Nov. 19, 2012, trade that shipped out Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson.

• Second baseman Rafael Furcal made his Marlins debut Friday. It marked his first major league action since Aug. 30, 2012, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He missed all of last season recovering from spring-training Tommy John surgery. A left hamstring strain resulted in Furcal opening this season on the disabled list. He then suffered a groin strain in May while on a rehab assignment. Four different players had manned second base during Furcal’s more-than-two-month absence: Derek Dietrich, Ed Lucas, Jeff Baker and Donovan Solano. Furcal, 36, signed a $3.5 million contract with the Marlins on Dec. 5.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee had a season-high-matching 11-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday.

• The Marlins acquired reliever Bryan Morris from the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 1 in exchange for the 39th overall pick in this month’s draft. Morris since has made seven scoreless appearances spanning 9 1/3 innings.

• Miami signed Brad Penny, a member of its 2003 championship team and a former teammate of manager Mike Redmond, to a minor-league deal on Wednesday. Penny, 36, last appeared in the majors in 2012, compiling a 6.11 ERA in 22 relief appearances with the San Francisco Giants.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Giants 1

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WHAT IT MEANS: Ruben Tejada snapped the fourth-longest homerless drought among active major leaguers, and Jon Niese rebounded from a flop in Arizona by taking a scoreless effort into the sixth inning, as the Mets beat the Giants 2-1 on Wednesday at AT&T Park -- despite squandering bases-loaded opportunities in each of the final three innings.

With Frank Francisco expected back Friday in San Diego to reclaim the closer’s role, Bobby Parnell converted the save, retiring Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro in order.

Tejada opened the game with a homer against Giants ace Matt Cain, snapping a drought of 628 at-bats without a home run. Tejada trailed only Jamey Carroll (1,261 at-bats), Chris Getz (869) and Ben Revere (763), in terms of homerless streaks, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Tejada’s only other major league homer came on Sept. 5, 2010, against the Cubs’ Marcos Mateo. The drought was the 14th-longest in Mets history.

Cain required 30 pitches to navigate the first inning, but he limited the damage to Tejada’s solo homer by retiring Jason Bay on a flyout to right field to strand two runners. Cain was pulled for a pinch-hitter with the Giants trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth, and his pitch count at 97. It matched Cain’s shortest outing of the season. He also went five innings while earning a win at the Angels on June 18.

Niese did walk a pair of batters in the first inning. But in the ex-Phillie Pence’s first at-bat with his new club, Niese stranded the runners by coaxing a foul pop fly. Until Posey’s two-out homer in the sixth pulled San Francisco within 2-1, the lone hit against Niese was Scutaro’s leadoff single in the second inning.

The southpaw was coming off an outing in Arizona in which he allowed eight runs (six earned).

The Mets loaded the bases in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but failed to score each time. The first two opportunities came courtesy of four walks, a hit batter and a Giants error.

With one out in the seventh, sidearm lefty Javier Lopez entered and coaxed a 6-4-3 double play from Ike Davis as the Mets failed to build on their one-run lead.

An inning later, the Mets loaded the bases with none out against Clay Hensley.

Josh Thole then grounded into a force play at the plate. Posey tried to complete the double play at first base. The ball struck Thole in the left shoulder and ricocheted into right field, seemingly allowing a run to score. However, the umpiring crew ruled Thole was inside the first-base line when he was struck and called him out. A walk to Justin Turner -- who was pinch-hitting for Niese -- reloaded the bases, but Tejada grounded out against Brad Penny and the Mets still had a 2-1 lead. Tejada finished 3-for-4 with a walk.

Bay hit into a lineout double play to end the top of the ninth.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets complete the second leg of their three-city trip when Chris Young (2-5, 4.58 ERA) opposes left-hander Barry Zito (8-7, 3.89) in Thursday’s 3:45 p.m. ET series finale.

Series preview: Mets at Giants

July, 30, 2012
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The Mets face (l to r) Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain during the opening three games of a series in San Francisco.
METS (49-53, third place/NL East) vs. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (55-46, first place/NL West)

Monday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.40) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (11-6, 3.10), 10:15 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (4-11, 5.88), 10:15 p.m. ET

Wednesday: LHP Jon Niese (7-5, 3.86) vs. RHP Matt Cain (10-3, 2.80), 10:15 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Chris Young (2-5, 4.58) vs. LHP Barry Zito (8-7, 3.89), 3:45 p.m. ET

Giants short hops

• Infielder Marco Scutaro made his Giants debut Saturday, starting at third base. Scutaro was acquired from the Rockies for 23-year-old infielder Charlie Culberson. Scutaro, 36, hit .271 (102-for-377) with four homers and 30 RBIs in 95 games with Colorado. He last had manned third base in 2008 with Toronto. Scutaro had roughly $2 million remaining on his contract, which the Rockies are subsidizing. He took No. 19, pushing pitching coach Dave Righetti to No. 33.

Middle infielder Emmanuel Burriss was designated for assignment to clear the roster spot. He was hitting .214 with no homers in 131 at-bats.

Scutaro is being used at third base because NL All-Star starter Pablo Sandoval (.299, 8 HR, 33 RBIs) landed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Sandoval suffered the injury while doing a split manning first base on a double play. It was Sandoval’s third game appearing at first base this season.

• San Francisco TV station KPIX reports the Giants are poised to acquire Hunter Pence from the Phillies, but the San Francisco Chronicle did not corroborate the report.


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Marco Scutaro made his Giants debut Saturday after being acquired from Colorado.


Aubrey Huff (.150 in 60 at-bats) played Saturday for the first time since July 28. He missed 35 games with a sprained right knee, which he suffered jumping over the dugout railing to celebrate Matt Cain’s perfect game. Huff will serve as a reserve first baseman/pinch hitter.

• Ex-Met Angel Pagan, who was shipped to San Francisco for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez, is hitting .218 (17-for-78) in July. Pagan was caught Sunday for only the fourth time in 21 steal attempts this season. He has started 92 of San Francisco’s 101 games in center field.

• First baseman Brandon Belt went 1-for-3 Sunday, but is hitting .140 (8-for-57) with four RBIs in 21 games (13 starts) since July 3.

• After limiting Houston and Philadelphia to a combined two runs and 10 hits in 15 innings while striking out 17 and walking three in consecutive starts, Tim Lincecum was roughed up by San Diego last week. Lincecum allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings, including homers by Chase Headley and Jesus Guzman.

• Cain’s .214 opponent batting average ranked fourth in the National League entering Sunday, trailing only Washington’s Gio Gonzalez (.197), San Diego’s Edinson Volquez (.209) and Chicago’s Ryan Dempster (.210).

• All-Star Melky Cabrera’s .353 average ranks second in the NL, trailing only Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (.368).

• The Dodgers completed a weekend sweep of the Giants with a 4-0 win Sunday to pull even in the NL West standings. The teams finish the season with a three-game series at Dodger Stadium from Oct. 1-3.

• A handful of Mets players noticed while watching on TV on Saturday that catcher Buster Posey is gun shy on plays at the plate after suffering last year’s season-ending leg fracture. Posey stands in fair territory fielding outfield throws and tries to reach back toward the plate for the tag. The positioning added to the scoring damage against Barry Zito over the weekend.

Hector Sanchez (left knee sprain) is likely to return from the DL on Thursday and catch Zito.

• Against Cincinnati on June 28, Madison Bumgarner became the fourth Giants pitcher age 22 or younger in the live-ball era to throw a shutout while allowing one hit or fewer, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The others: Mike McCormick in 1959, Juan Marichal in 1960 and Cain in 2006.

• With closer Brian Wilson out for season following elbow surgery, Santiago Casilla has 24 saves, which ranks third in the NL. However, Casilla has blown six chances, tied for the league high. That includes five blown saves in his past nine attempts.

• Left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt had an 8 1/3-inning scoreless streak and lefty batters were hitting only .136 against him this season before L.A. touched him for two runs Sunday.

Brad Penny, who began the season with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Japan, signed a minor league deal with San Francisco on May 18 and was promoted June 29. Working in relief, Penny has allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 15 hits and two walks in his past six appearances, spanning eight innings.

• Ex-Met Joaquin Arias, who had arrived in New York in a trade with Texas for Jeff Francoeur, is 3-for-his-last-45 with runners in scoring position.

• The Giants’ AT&T Park will host the semifinals and finals of the World Baseball Classic during spring training.

Last series results

San Francisco won, 3-1, at Citi Field, April 20-23 (AP game recaps)

Giants 4, Mets 3 (10 innings): Clay Hensley came in and escaped a two-on, none-out jam in the 10th to preserve the win. Hector Sanchez tagged out Kirk Nieuwenhuis to prevent the Mets from winning in the ninth, then singled home the go-ahead run off Frank Francisco in the 10th. San Francisco took a 3-0 lead in the third when Angel Pagan homered in his return to New York, Buster Posey hit an RBI double and Jon Niese threw a run-scoring wild pitch. New York's first two hits off Zito were homers, by Jason Bay in the fourth and Nieuwenhuis in the fifth. Bay reached on an infield hit to deep shortstop off Santiago Casilla leading off the ninth. Javier Lopez entered and retired pinch hitter Lucas Duda, then threw a wild pitch. Nieuwenhuis walked and Josh Thole singled to drive in the tying run. More

Mets 5, Giants 4: A high popup that started twisting in the wind turned the ninth inning into an adventure at Citi Field. In one of the craziest endings imaginable, Ruben Tejada scored the winning run on a throwing error by catcher Buster Posey and the Mets won after blowing a three-run lead moments earlier. Mike Pelfrey tossed eight terrific innings, outpitching Ryan Vogelsong and helping the Mets build a 4-1 cushion. Emmanuel Burriss hit an RBI single in the ninth, but New York appeared poised to lock up a fairly simple victory when Jon Rauch entered with two outs and got pinch hitter Brandon Belt to hit a high fly to shallow center. Tejada had trouble with it immediately, though, fighting to get under the ball behind shortstop as it swirled around in the wind. Rookie center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis came rushing in and overran the ball, which dropped behind him for a two-run double. More

Giants 6, Mets 1
Giants 7, Mets 2:
Madison Bumgarner pitched seven neat innings, Pablo Sandoval homered to match a team mark set by Willie Mays and the Giants notched a doubleheader sweep. The Giants took the opener as Tim Lincecum posted his first win of the season. Sandoval hit a three-run homer in the first inning to back Bumgarner. He has a 16-game hitting streak, tying the San Francisco record at the start of a season set by Mays in 1960, STATS LLC said. Hector Sanchez later hit his first big league homer, a two-run shot. Bumgarner (3-1) allowed one run and three hits. He won his third straight start, a streak that began shortly before the 22-year-old lefty signed a $35.56 million, six-year contract. Both games were similar: Sandoval put San Francisco ahead for good in the first inning, the Giants supported their starter with two homers, and they got plenty of pitching. Nate Schierholtz and Buster Posey homered in the opener. Schierholtz had six hits during the day, including two triples. Battered in his first three starts, Lincecum (1-2) allowed one run in five innings and struck out eight. He also walked five and gave up four hits in lowering his ERA from 10.54 to 8.20. More

A welcome opponent for Mets

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Hiroki Kuroda is 2-0 with a 2.18 ERA this season and is scheduled to start against the Mets on Monday night, but the Mets don't mind seeing him at all. His career numbers against them -- 15 runs and 23 hits allowed in 10 1/3 innings pitched.

The sampling's a little small, with Kuroda having made only three starts against the Mets. But if we were to rank current pitchers who have struggled the most against the Mets, he'd make the list. The rest of the starting rotation would include:

Brad Penny -- Kuroda's former teammate lost his first seven decisions against the Mets. He's 5-13 against them all-time in the regular season (he also lost to them in the 2006 NLDS opener), with a 6.38 ERA. David Wright could use a matchup with Penny to get him out of his current funk. Wright is 11-for-19 against the current Cardinal, with four home runs.

Scott Olsen -- The former Marlin and current National is 1-6 with a 4.61 ERA in 14 starts against the Mets. Olsen went 0-3 against the Mets in 2008, but pitched well enough in the final game of the season to earn a no-decision, in a game in which a Marlins victory eliminated the Mets from playoff contention and ended up being the team's last game at Shea Stadium.

Cole Hamels -- You wouldn't expect to find the Phillies' No. 2 starter on this list, but he's been surprisingly ineffective against the Mets. Since throwing eight shutout innings against the team in 2006, Hamels has endured a couple of drubbings. Hamels is 1-4 with a 4.82 ERA in his last eight starts against the Mets. He's surely happy that Carlos Delgado is no longer a Met, since Delgado was 7-for-15 with three home runs against him during his Flushing tenure.

Jason Marquis -- Many people wondered why the Mets didn't pursue Marquis more actively this past offseason. His recent performances against them didn't impress. In his last six starts against the Mets, Marquis has allowed 25 earned runs in 34 innings (a 6.62 ERA). The Mets have had four games in which they've scored at least five runs against Marquis.

The only current pitcher against whom the Mets have done that more frequently is Livan Hernandez (six times). The Mets' decision not to go after Marquis looks wiser now that he's on the disabled list after his ERA ballooned above 20 through his first three starts this season.

The one drawback for the Mets if they knock Kuroda around a bit on Monday night is that it would mean they could see the anti-Kuroda, Hong-Chih Kuo. In 26 regular-season innings against them, Kuo has allowed only one run, though the Mets did beat him during the 2006 postseason. Kuo is responsible for as many runs against the Mets as he's allowed. Remember that he homered against them, as part of a run of three straight Dodgers home runs in 2007.

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Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.295 9 54 75
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 83
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .827
WB. Colon 14
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173