New York Mets: Jake Peavy

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Giants 2

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NEW YORK -- Reigning NL co-Player of the Week Jacob deGrom was nearly perfect into the seventh inning Saturday. Jake Peavy was perfect during that span.

And then the Mets pounced on Peavy to give deGrom a win for the fifth straight start.

After Peavy retired the first 19 batters he faced, the Mets exploded for four seventh-inning runs en route to a 4-2 win against the wild-card-leading San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.

DeGrom (6-5) took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, when Pablo Sandoval produced a two-out double. The rookie right-hander ultimately surrendered a two-run single to pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa and departed in the eighth with one out and the Mets still leading by two runs.


USA TODAY SportsNeither Jake Peavy nor Jacob deGrom allowed a hit until the seventh inning Saturday.



DeGrom's 6 2/3 innings and Peavy's 6 1/3 innings marked the deepest both starting pitchers carried a no-hitter since Gavin Floyd against Ted Lilly in an all-Windy City battle on June 13, 2010, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. That double no-no ended when Alfonso Soriano had a two-out double in the bottom of the seventh for the Cubs. On April 2 of this season, Milwaukee's Matt Garza (6 2/3 innings) and Atlanta's Aaron Harang (6 innings) had dueling no-nos, too.

DeGrom has a 1.58 ERA in eight starts since June 21 (9 ER in 53 1/3).

He has allowed only four runs in 34 2/3 innings over his past five starts.

DeGrom’s final line Saturday: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. The NL Rookie of the Year candidate’s season ERA now stands at 2.77.

Until Ishikawa’s two-run single, deGrom was poised to become the first major league rookie since Matt Cain and Justin Verlander in 2006 to make five straight starts of at least six innings while allowing one run or fewer in each outing.

Entering Saturday, deGrom's past four starts each featured one earned run or fewer and at least six innings, which matched the second-longest streak in franchise history, regardless of experience. R.A. Dickey went six straight games of at least six innings and one run or fewer allowed in 2012. Of course, Dickey allowed only one unearned run total over the final five starts during that stretch and set a franchise record with 32 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.

DeGrom also ran his streak without allowing a homer in 66 1/3 innings, which topped Mark Bomback (60.1 IP in 1980) for the franchise rookie record.

Peavy retired the first 19 Mets before allowing a one-out opposite-field double to Daniel Murphy in the seventh. The shot appeared catchable, but left fielder Michael Morse took a less-than-ideal route, and the ball cleared his head. David Wright followed with the Mets’ second hit by dropping a single in front of Morse, and Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch. Suddenly the Mets had the bases loaded in the scoreless game.

Travis d'Arnaud followed with a sacrifice fly, Juan Lagares contributed an RBI single, and Wilmer Flores produced a two-run double to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.

DeGrom retired the first 14 batters he faced. He then got ahead in the count 1-2 to Brandon Belt before losing him and issuing a walk for the game’s first baserunner. DeGrom nonetheless carried a no-hit bid two outs into the seventh, until Sandoval laced a two-out double to left-center.

It was the longest no-hit bid by a Mets pitcher since Bartolo Colon retired 20 straight in Seattle way back on July 23.

DeGrom had plenty of help behind him to get to that point.

Lagares raced into the left-center gap and made a leaping catch at the edge of the warning track on Belt’s shot to left-center to end the top of the second inning. Eric Young Jr. made a sliding catch at the left-field foul line to retire Sandoval to open the top of the fifth. Buster Posey narrowly hit a grounder foul down the third-base line with one out in the seventh. Giants manager Bruce Bochy left the dugout to chat with third-base Jeff Kellogg, but the play was not reviewable.

Peavy entered the start with the lowest run support in the majors this season (between the Boston Red Sox and Giants), at an average of 2.74 runs per game. That helps to explain his arriving at Citi Field having lost a career-high 10 straight decisions.

Peavy had plenty of help to take the perfect-game bid into the seventh. In the third inning, first-base ump D.J. Reyburn initially ruled deGrom safe at first base with an infield single to shortstop, but it was overturned on replay. Hunter Pence made a sliding catch in foul territory down the right-field on Flores’ fly ball to open the bottom of the sixth, which deprived Flores of the continuation of that at-bat. Immediately preceding Murphy’s double, Curtis Granderson gave the ball a ride to the track in right-center, and Pence ran it down to open the bottom of the seventh.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon (10-8, 3.88 ERA) opposes left-hander Madison Bumgarner (12-8, 3.41) at 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

Morning Briefing: deGrom day!

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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom has allowed only two runs in 27 1/3 innings over his past four starts.
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FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom bids to win his fifth straight start when he opposes San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

DeGrom, the reigning National League co-Player of the Week, has a 0.66 ERA over his past four starts. Peavy (1-10, 4.71 ERA) makes his second appearance for San Francisco since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox last weekend.

The Mets (52-57) enter the game trailing the first-place Washington Nationals by seven games and now trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates by six games for the second wild-card spot.

Saturday’s news reports:

Ryan Vogelsong took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, when Juan Lagares produced a leadoff single, and ultimately tossed a complete game as the wild-card-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Mets, 5-1, in the opener of a four-game series. The Mets mustered two hits on Friday. The second hit was a solo homer by Lucas Duda in the eighth.

Duda became the 12th first baseman in franchise history to reach the 20-homer plateau. He joined: Carlos Delgado (three times), John Olerud (twice), John Milner (twice), Dave Kingman (twice), Donn Clendenon, Eddie Murray, Rico Brogna, Todd Zeile, Mo Vaughn, Mike Piazza and Ike Davis.

Duda drove in a run for the seventh straight game, matching David Wright for the longest such streak this season.

Jonathon Niese, hurt by his own error, allowed five runs (three earned), but got “lengthened out” by logging eight-plus innings.

Read game recaps in the San Francisco Chronicle, Post, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Matt Harvey threw 15 pitches off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. Harvey suggested his goal is to pitch for the Mets in the postseason, although that obviously is a long shot for a couple of reasons.

Sandy Alderson indicated Harvey is likely to pitch in the low-intensity fall instructional league in Florida that spans late September and early October and then potentially make one appearance in the Arizona Fall League before shutting things down for the winter.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Noah Syndergaard tossed six scoreless innings, but El Paso beat Las Vegas, 4-3, in 10 innings. Dilson Herrera had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch as Binghamton posted a 9-8 walk-off win against Bowie. Jeremy Hefner allowed two runs in four innings in St. Lucie’s 8-3 win against Clearwater as he further works back from Tommy John surgery. Andrew Church pitched a seven-inning shutout in Game 1 as Kingsport split a doubleheader with Elizabethton. Amed Rosario’s ninth-inning RBI single lifted Brooklyn to a 4-3 win against Auburn. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Columnist Larry Brooks in the Post questions Mets ownership. Writes Brooks:

But, colleague Joel Sherman’s report last week that the Mets had informed Colorado management they want to be invited to the party when and if Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez go on the market aside, it remains to be seen whether the Wilpons actually will put their money where management’s mouth is this winter.

It is all but impossible to trust this ownership will cash the checks its front office writes, to mix a particular Metaphor. And when an ownership loses the trust of its fan base the way this Wilpon operation has here, both pre- and post-Madoff, you get a half-empty ballpark more than half the time and you get well-earned eye-rolls on another idle deadline day.

• Fred Kerber in the Post speaks with the Mets scouts who saw deGrom at Stetson. “He has a little too much length especially for a shortstop,” Steve Barningham, the organization’s Southeast scouting regional supervisor, told Kerber. “We saw him as a freshman and sophomore play shortstop, and we liked the athlete, the body type. We like conversion guys because of the athleticism.”

• Wright and Terry Collins weighed in Friday on the Mets’ inactivity at the non-waiver trade deadline. Read more in Newsday.

• John DeMarzo in the Post profiles the Double-A infielder Herrera, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade last August.

• The Giants officially designated for assignment Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin on Friday and promoted infielder Matt Duffy and outfielder Jarrett Parker.

• Read a feature on Giants infielder Joe Panik, a St. John’s product and New York State native, in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw on flat ground Friday and reported no issue with his balky right elbow, which landed him on the disabled list last week.

• Arguments were heard Wednesday in State Supreme Court regarding an action brought by opponents of a mall slated to be built next to Citi Field, in the parking lot where Shea Stadium once stood. Read details in the Queens-based TimesLedger.

• Tim Teufel hosted a charity golf tournament Thursday, with players including Dillon Gee, Niese and Harvey participating. Read details in Greenwich Time.

From the bloggers …Faith and Fear figures the Mets and Giants played so quickly Friday because they feared Sharknado's return to Citi Field.

BIRTHDAYS: Mr. Koo turns 45.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you think Matt Harvey will pitch for the Mets this year?

Series preview: Mets vs. Giants

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Associated PressRecently acquired Jake Peavy made his Giants debut Sunday against the Dodgers.
METS (52-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (58-50, second place/NL West)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-6, 3.23) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 4.45), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (5-5, 2.79) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (1-10, 4.71), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-8, 3.88) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (12-8, 3.41), 1:10 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71), 12:10 p.m. ET

Giants short hops

Jake Peavy was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for right-hander Heath Hembree and minor-league left-hander Edwin Escobar. Peavy allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings in an eventual 4-3 loss to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in his Giants debut. Since a win on April 25 with Boston, Peavy has lost 10 straight decisions. Boston scored two runs or fewer in each of his final eight starts with the club. The Giants and Red Sox agreed to split the $5 million remaining on the 33-year-old Peavy’s contract.

Peavy’s acquisition gives the Giants an upgrade over former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit with Matt Cain on the disabled list. Cain (2-7, 4.18 ERA) sought a second opinion this week on his balky right elbow and could be in line for Tommy John surgery that forces him to miss next season as well.

• First baseman Brandon Belt is expected to return this weekend from the concussion DL. He had persistent symptoms after being struck in the face with a baseball while fielding during batting practice.


Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesGregor Blanco has handled center field with Angel Pagan on the disabled list.


Angel Pagan is expected to remain on the disabled list through the Mets series, but should be activated next week. He last appeared for the Giants on June 14. The ex-Met has a bulging disk that pinched a nerve and caused leg pain. Gregor Blanco has manned center field with Pagan sidelined.

• Dissatisfied at second base, the Giants took a chance on Dan Uggla, who was released by the Atlanta Braves. Uggla, however, went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and committed three errors in four games. He reportedly did not travel with the Giants to New York and is mulling an offer to join the Giants’ Triple-A Fresno affiliate. Overall, Uggla has only one hit in his past 32 major league at-bats.

San Francisco searched for a second baseman via trade, but let Thursday’s deadline pass with no activity.

St. John’s University product Joe Panik, who graduated from John Jay High School in East Fishkill, N.Y., started Wednesday at second base. The rookie Panik was selected in the first round (29th overall) in 2011. He made his major league debut June 29, but is hitting only .214. There is speculation Double-A prospect Matt Duffy could take over the position. Marco Scutaro (back) is on the DL.

Brandon Hicks, who started at second base when the Mets played in San Francisco in early June, has been in Triple-A for the past two weeks after hitting only .162 with eight homers in 71 games with the Giants.

• San Francisco snapped a season-high-matching six-game losing streak with a win in Wednesday’s homestand finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants averaged one run per game during that skid. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one other time in the past 99 seasons did the Giants produced six runs or fewer in a six-game span -- back in 1992. The Giants have lost 29 of their last 45 games. They once owned a 42-21 record.

Ryan Vogelsong has received no run support while on the mound in five of his last six outings. San Francisco ultimately was shut out in four of those games.

• The lone Giants active starting pitcher the Mets miss in the four-game series is Tim Lincecum. He tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on June 25, becoming the second pitcher in major league history to produce the feat twice against the same opponent. Lincecum joined Hall of Famer Addie Joss, who accomplished it in the early 20th century.

Sergio Romo was displaced as Giants closer on June 29 after blowing three saves in a five-chance span. He has allowed a career-high eight homers this season. Santiago Casilla has notched seven of the Giants’ last eight saves.

• Shortstop Brandon Crawford is 4-for-his-last-23.

• Right fielder Hunter Pence is 4-for-his-last-33. Pence has appeared in 330 straight games and started 280 straight games. Both are the longest active streaks in the majors.

Buster Posey is hitting .386 as a first baseman and .255 as a catcher this season.

Series preview: Mets at White Sox

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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets face lefties Chris Sale and John Danks in Chicago.
METS (30-42, fourth place/NL East) vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (31-42, fifth place/AL Central)

Tuesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69), 8:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-9, 5.76) vs. LHP John Danks (1-4, 5.40), 8:10 p.m. ET

White Sox short hops

• Second baseman Gordon Beckham returned from the disabled list June 3 after missing nearly two months with a fractured hamate bone in the base of his left hand. He underwent April 16 surgery. Beckman has pronounced lefty-righty splits: He is hitting .394 (26-for-66) against right-handed pitching and .045 (1-for-22) against left-handed pitching this season.


Bob Levey/Getty ImagesGordon Beckham returned this month after surgery to address a broken bone in the base of his hand.


• First baseman/DH Adam Dunn slugged his 20th homer Sunday, which ranks third in the AL, trailing only Chris Davis (27) and Edwin Encarnacion (21) and tied with Miguel Cabrera. Dunn, however, is hitting only .193 with a .293 on-base percentage.

Dunn now has 426 career homers, tied with Billy Williams for 46th all time. Ahead of Dunn is teammate Paul Konerko, whose 429 homers are two shy of matching Cal Ripken Jr. for 42nd all time.

David Wright, Derek Jeter and Konerko are the only current captains in MLB.

• Ex-Met Jeff Keppinger has only six walks and a .250 on-base percentage, but his average has started to climb. Keppinger is hitting .321 in 23 games (20 starts) since May 18, lifting his season average to .232. Keppinger has split time with lefty-hitting Conor Gillaspie at third base since Beckham’s return.

John Danks surrendered a career-high four homers against the Minnesota Twins in his most recent outing. He allowed six runs and 12 hits in five innings. Danks made his season debut May 24 after recovering from left shoulder surgery performed last summer.

• The White Sox have lost 18 of their last 25 games. Still, they are 16-14 at home this season.

• Reliever Jesse Crain’s streak of 29 straight scoreless appearances ended Sunday at Kansas City when he allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth and was tagged with a blown save. The right-hander’s scoreless streak spanned 29 innings.

• Lefty Chris Sale was the 13th overall pick in the 2010 draft, out of Florida Gulf Coast University. The Mets selected Matt Harvey seventh overall in that first round.

Sale had reached the sixth inning in nine straight starts before giving up four runs and eight hits in five innings at Minnesota last week. He was grazed in the arm and chin by a comebacker off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia in that start. Sale is 0-4 in four starts in June, despite logging 26 1/3 innings and producing a 3.08 ERA.

Jake Peavy is on the DL with a fractured rib on his left side. He may return in roughly three weeks.
FIRST PITCH: The Mets will see no shortage of left-handers during a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates that opens at 7:10 tonight at Citi Field. And that should mean more Juan Lagares, Andrew Brown and Marlon Byrd and not very much of Jordany Valdespin.

Southpaw Jeff Locke (3-1, 3.21 ERA) faces Dillon Gee (2-4, 6.16) in the series opener. Left-handers Wandy Rodriguez and Francisco Liriano -- the latter in his Pirates debut -- start the following two days before the Mets see 25-year-old right-hander Jeanmar Gomez on Mother’s Day opposite Matt Harvey.

Thursday’s news reports:

• The Mets lost to the White Sox, 6-3, Wednesday at Citi Field to split a two-game series against Robin Ventura’s crew. Jeremy Hefner (0-4) surrendered a homer to the game’s first batter, Alejandro De Aza, and ultimately was charged with four earned runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings.


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The Mets fell to 0-6 in games started by Jeremy Hefner this season.


The Mets are now winless in Hefner’s six starts this season, although they have scored a combined 10 runs while he has been in those games. The Mets are now 0-7 in the game after Harvey pitches.

Lucas Duda had a solo homer against Jake Peavy in the second inning to even the score at 1. Duda now has seven homers, but only 11 RBIs.

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

• Hefner acknowledged before Wednesday’s start he would be on thin ice if Zack Wheeler were promoted now. “If it was right now, if he came up today, then yeah I would probably be the one that gets sent down,” Hefner told Jorge Castillo in the Star-Ledger. “I’m realistic enough to know that, but I can’t control that.” Wheeler next pitches for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

• After delivering a pinch-hit single in the eighth, Justin Turner remained in the game in left field -- his first outfield action since limited exposure in 2006 with Class A Billings. Turner, who had one spring-training appearance in the outfield in March, did not have any chances Wednesday -- just a homer over his head off the bat of Alex Rios. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Harvey discussed Tuesday’s flirtation with a perfect game with Mike Lupica on ESPN New York 98.7. Listen to the podcast here.


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After 24 hours to enjoy his near perfection Tuesday, Matt Harvey is back to being all business.


Benjamin Hoffman in the Times assesses the likelihood of Harvey throwing a no-hitter. Writes Hoffman:

Bill James once devised a method of determining how many no-hitters a pitcher could be expected to have pitched based on how often he allowed hits and how many games he started. While the method was somewhat accurate, with [Nolan] Ryan expected to have thrown the most, the same calculations effectively showed how hard it is to predict a no-hitter. Besides Ryan, the only pitchers reasonably expected to have thrown even one no-hitter over the course of their careers were Walter Johnson, Tom Seaver, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens.

Clemens, who twice struck out 20 batters in a game, never threw a no-hitter at any level despite finishing his career with a higher expected no-hit total (1.07) than Sandy Koufax (0.92), who threw four.

Using the James method, it would take hundreds of starts for Harvey to be expected to throw a no-hitter regardless of how well he pitches, but his incredibly low hits per nine innings, which outpaced any of the pitchers at the top of James’s list, makes each of his starts intriguing as long as his current magic lasts.

Ron Darling, comparing Dwight Gooden with Harvey to columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record, said: “The results are about the same in their ability to win at-bats even in a hitter’s count. But whereas Doc was Baryshnikov, Harvey is more workmanlike. With Doc, it was all about the strikeouts; Harvey can defeat you in different ways because he has more pitches.”

Read more thoughts on Harvey’s outing after time to reflect in the Times, Newsday and Star-Ledger. By the way, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was among who texted Harvey after the dominating performance against the Sox.

• Cody Derespina in Newsday recreates the timeline of Mets PR man Jay Horwitz’s tweets about Harvey’s supposed intention to skip last night’s Mets game to watch the Rangers at MSG. Horwitz was joking, but some on Twitter took him literally. Read more in the Daily News.

Frank Francisco worked a scoreless inning with two walks for Class A St. Lucie on Wednesday. Francisco, nearing activation from the disabled list after experiencing spring-training elbow inflammation, pitched for the third time in four days.

• Cesar Puello homered twice, Logan Verrett came within an out of his third career complete game and Jeff Walters produced his Eastern League-leading ninth save in Binghamton’s 3-1 win against Trenton. Aderlin Rodriguez had a walk-off single that plated T.J. Rivera as St. Lucie beat Daytona, 6-5, in 10 innings. Zach Lutz produced a three-run homer and Kirk Nieuwenhuis also went deep after replacing ejected Collin Cowgill, but starter Carlos Torres surrendered nine runs in four innings as Las Vegas lost to Round Rock, 9-5. Wally Backman also was ejected by the first-base ump after Cowgill was ruled out to end the fifth inning.

• White Sox left-hander Hector Santiago, who tossed seven scoreless innings opposite Harvey on Tuesday, talks in the Star-Ledger about his Newark roots. Santiago’s favorite player growing up: fellow southpaw John Franco.

From the bloggers … Mike Baxter discusses the Mets' hitting approach with Metsmerized Online. … Mets Police offers some unofficial rules for Saturday’s Banner Day. … Faith and Fear reports on one Mets fan who experienced his own kind of perfection at Citi Field Tuesday. … John Delcos at Mets Report writes that it isn’t important for Harvey to pitch a no-hitter -- just to pitch.

BIRTHDAYS: Jerry Buchek, an infielder in the late ’60s with the Mets, was born on this date in 1942.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: What is the one change you would immediately make to the 25-man roster if you were in charge?

Series preview: Mets vs. White Sox

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The Mets face Hector Santiago and Jake Peavy during their first series against the White Sox in 11 years.
METS (12-16, fourth place/NL East) vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX (13-17, fifth place/AL Central)

Tuesday: RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.56) vs. LHP Hector Santiago (1-1, 2.29), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-3, 4.34) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (3-1, 3.38), 7:10 p.m. ET

White Sox short hops

Jake Peavy was scratched from Monday’s start against Kansas City with back spasms, but threw a bullpen session and declared he would instead be ready to face the Mets on Wednesday at Citi Field. Peavy last pitched April 26.

• Mets doctor David Altchek is due to perform season-ending surgery on Gavin Floyd for a tear of the flexor muscle near his right elbow on Tuesday in New York. The Sox also are missing rotation member John Danks, who is planning to return later this month from shoulder surgery after not being deemed ready out of spring training. Hector Santiago has stepped into the rotation. Santiago hails from Newark. He is a prep product of Bloomfield (N.J.) Tech. Santiago had been the long man to open the season. He was in the mix to fill in for Danks out of spring training, but that job instead went to Dylan Axelrod.


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Ex-Met Joe McEwing is the third-base coach on Robin Ventura's staff.


• The Sox are not setting the table for their middle-of-the-order hitters. Leadoff man Alejandro De Aza ranks last in the American League in on-base percentage from the leadoff spot at .286. Ex-Met Jeff Keppinger ranks last among No. 2 hitters in OBP in the AL at .202. De Aza does have five homers.

• Closer Addison Reed had converted 17 straight save chances dating to last season before suffering a blown save Sunday on a game-tying two-run double by K.C.’s Billy Butler.

The Sox’s bullpen had been projected to be a major strength, but instead has struggled. The relief corps has an MLB-high eight losses despite a 3.38 ERA. Reed along with fellow flamethrowers Nate Jones and ex-Met/import Matt Lindstrom were supposed to dominate the final two innings, with Jones initially projected as a co-closer type. Right-hander Jesse Crain and left-hander Matt Thornton were supposed to shore up the seventh inning as a tandem before going to the kids late in games.

• First baseman/DH Paul Konerko went 0-for-5 Monday, dropping his average to .225 with four homers and 15 RBIs. That is an atypically slow start for Konerko. Over the previous three seasons he has averaged hitting .304 with 32 homers and 97 RBIs a season.

• Ex-Met Robin Ventura has been viewed as a breath of fresh air as White Sox skipper -- the anti-Ozzie Guillen. Injuries have undermined Ventura’s Sox in his second season at the helm. Second baseman Gordon Beckham broke the hamate bone in his left hand and is still a few weeks away from returning. Power-hitting left fielder Dayan Viciedo is on the disabled list with a sprained oblique and is just starting a rehab assignment.

• The lone other meeting between the Mets and White sox came June 10-12, 2002 in Chicago. Flushing is the last National League venue the Sox had never visited.

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TEAM LEADERS

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Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187