New York Mets: Jason Marquis

Pads align rotation for Mets series

March, 25, 2013

Associated Press
The Mets are expected to face (l to r) Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard and Jason Marquis during the season-opening series.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The San Diego Padres have set up their rotation for their season-opening series against the New York Mets.

Right-hander Edinson Volquez starts on Opening Day, followed by left-hander Clayton Richard in Game 2 and right-hander Jason Marquis in the series finale.

The Mets have not announced their rotation beyond the opener, but the matchups are projected to be:

April 1: Jonathon Niese vs. Volquez
April 3: Shaun Marcum vs. Richard
April 4: Matt Harvey vs. Marquis

With the Mets facing a right-hander in the opener, it's possible a lineup that has David Wright and not Daniel Murphy could look like this:

Jordany Valdespin, cf
Justin Turner, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Jonathon Niese, lhp

Rapid Reaction: Padres 7, Mets 3

August, 5, 2012

WHAT IT MEANS: Matt Harvey has a promising career ahead of him, but undoubtedly also will suffer through some growing pains.

Harvey surrendered two-run homers to Chase Headley and Yonder Alonso and departed after five innings, having surrendered five runs.

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Matt Harvey allowed two homers in five innings on Sunday.

The Mets ultimately lost to the Padres 7-3 on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park. They completed their three-city NL West road trip with a 6-5 record after the rubber-game loss in San Diego.

Harvey's line: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, 81 pitches (50 strikes).

He became only the second visiting pitcher this season to surrender two homers at spacious Petco Park, joining Colorado’s Drew Pomeranz.

MARQUIS MATCHUP: After surrendering a game-opening single to Ruben Tejada, Jason Marquis retired 14 straight batters. Marquis actually faced the minimum through five innings. (Tejada was erased attempting to steal.)

Mike Baxter, who walked a franchise-record-tying five times Saturday, reached on a base on balls to open the sixth to end Marquis’ streak. Ronny Cedeño, pinch-hitting for Harvey, then delivered a two-run homer to pull the Mets within 5-2.

It was Cedeño’s second career pinch-hit homer. He also accomplished the feat April 6, 2007 with the Cubs against Milwaukee’s Claudio Vargas at Miller Park. It was the eighth pinch-hit homer for the Mets this season. Jordany Valdespin has five and Scott Hairston two.

The Mets had ended Marquis’ 2011 season two weeks after he was acquired by Arizona from Washington at last year’s trade deadline. Angel Pagan’s line-drive comebacker broke the fibula in Marquis' right leg. Marquis continued to pitch, but collapsed an inning later while delivering a pitch to Josh Thole.

BAY WATCH: Jason Bay contributed a seventh-inning sacrifice fly after ex-Met Dale Thayer replaced Marquis, which pulled the Mets within 5-3. But the left fielder otherwise went 0-for-2 before departing on a double-switch.

Bay hit .065 (2-for-31) on the road trip. He may start Tuesday with the Mets facing a southpaw, Miami’s Wade LeBlanc. Bay’s playing time figures to seriously diminish against right-handed starters, though.

Meanwhile, Ramon Ramirez surrendered a pair of late runs as the Padres opened a four-run lead.

WHAT’S NEXT: After a team off-day Monday, Jose Reyes and the Marlins visit Citi Field. Jon Niese (8-5, 3.72 ERA) opposes LeBlanc (1-1, 1.35) in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener. Reyes takes a career-high 24-game hitting streak into the series. Tejada has a career-high 11-game streak intact.

By Tuesday, the Mets should have a verdict on the extent of Tim Byrdak’s left shoulder injury. They also should know whether Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has a tear in the plantar fascia in his right foot, will require surgery.

Series preview: Mets at Padres

August, 3, 2012

US Presswire
The Mets face (l to r) Clayton Richard, Edinson Volquez and Jason Marquis this weekend.
METS (52-54, third place/NL East) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (44-63, fourth place/NL West)

Friday: RHP R.A. Dickey (14-2, 2.83) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.14), 10:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.52) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (7-7, 3.51), 8:35 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Matt Harvey (1-1, 1.59) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (4-6, 4.08), 4:05 p.m. ET

Padres short hops

• Left fielder Carlos Quentin and closer Huston Street signed extensions one week apart before the trading deadline. Street, San Diego’s All-Star representative, agreed to a two-year, $14 million extension, along with a $7 million team option for 2015. Quentin signed a three-year, $27 million deal that includes a no-trade clause.

Quentin made his season debut May 28, immediately after the Citi Field series against the Mets. He had missed the first 49 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Quentin was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 31.

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Closer Huston Street signed a two-year contract extension.

Street was acquired from the Colorado Rockies in a Dec. 7 trade. He has made 17 straight scoreless appearances. Opposing batters are hitting .060 (3-for-47) with three walks and 21 strikeouts during that 16-inning stretch. Street is 17-for-17 in save conversions this season.

• Despite significant trade rumblings, third baseman Chase Headley went untraded as Tuesday’s deadline passed. Headley already has established a career high with 13 homers.

Jason Marquis signed with the Padres on May 29, after producing an 8.47 ERA in seven starts with the Minnesota Twins. Marquis and Kip Wells, who had been out of baseball for the past two seasons (aside from five starts in 2010 with the independent Long Island Ducks), are now in San Diego’s rotation. Tim Stauffer currently is on a rehab assignment. Joe Wieland underwent Tommy John surgery.

• Catcher Yasmani Grandal, who made his major league debut June 2, landed on the DL on Monday with a right oblique strain. Grandal, who arrived with Edinson Volquez in the December trade that sent Mat Latos to Cincinnati, had posted a .315 average, five homers and 15 RBIs in 77 at-bats during his brief major league tenure. John Baker has assumed the primary catching responsibilities. Backup Eddy Rodriguez homered in his first major league plate appearance, Thursday in Cincinnati.

• The Daily News reported the Mets turned down a trade of right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson for Daniel Murphy. Gregerson has tossed 11 2/3 straight scoreless innings.

• Shortstop Everth Cabrera is 18-for-18 in steal attempts. That is the franchise record to open a season, topping 12 successful steal attempts by Enzo Hernandez (to open the 1974 season), Rickey Henderson (1997) and Mike Cameron (2006). Cabrera also is 15-for-15 in the minors this season.

• Center fielder Cameron Maybin’s July 2 homer at Arizona was estimated at 485 feet, the longest in the majors this season.

• The Padres are the lone major league team lacking a no-hitter in franchise history.

Last series results

Mets won, 3-1, at Citi Field, May 24-27 (AP game recaps)

Padres 11, Mets 5: Jesus Guzman hit a two-run double in a four-run third to help the Padres rebound from being swept in a three-game series in St. Louis. Everth Cabrera had a career-high four hits and Eric Stults (1-0) pitched five innings to earn his first win with San Diego. David Wright hit a two-run homer off Matt Palmer in the sixth. Jeremy Hefner was making his first big league start -- against the team that drafted and signed him in 2007. Pitching in the rain from the start, Hefner gave up a hit in two innings and the Mets led 1-0 on an unearned run when the rain picked up and the tarp came out. After a 68-minute rain delay, Hefner promptly gave up a double to Cabrera to restart the game. After Stults grounded out, the Padres scored four times on four straight hits. More

Mets 6, Padres 1: Mike Baxter made the play of the game 12 pitches in. The left fielder turned a potential two-run double into an inning-ending double play with a leaping catch of Jesus Guzman’s drive against the wall. Dillon Gee relaxed after that and struck out a career-high nine. More

Mets 9, Padres 0: Johan Santana's four-hitter was his first shutout since returning from shoulder surgery in 2010. Mike Nickeas hit New York's first grand slam of the season, and Scott Hairston and Vinny Rottino also homered for the Mets. Ike Davis got a pinch-hit double in the eighth, giving him hits in four straight games and an RBI in three straight. More

Mets 2, Padres 0: R.A. Dickey struck out 10 to reach double digits for strikeouts in consecutive games for the first time in his career, and the Mets held the Padres scoreless for the second straight day. Tim Byrdak got two outs to finish the eighth and Frank Francisco pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances. Daniel Murphy had an RBI single and Mike Baxter scored on a passed ball as the Mets took advantage of a wild Edinson Volquez (2-5). More

Mets morning briefing 8.15.11

August, 15, 2011
The Mets were swept for the second straight season in Arizona and fell four games under .500 for the first time since June 4. The Amazin's now head to San Diego. Read the series preview here.

Monday's news reports:

Chris Capuano has cleared waivers, Buster Olney reports. That means the Mets can trade him to any team during August, including the Diamondbacks, who lost Jason Marquis when he broke the fibula in his right leg on Angel Pagan's comebacker Sunday. (If Capuano had been claimed, the Mets could only have tried to work out a deal with that one claiming organization. If no deal could be worked out under that scenario, the Mets could have just dumped Capuano's contract on the claiming team -- which would be unlikely -- or they could have pulled Capuano back, after which he could not be traded.)

• Read game stories from Sunday's loss in the Record, Newsday, Daily News, Times, Post and Star-Ledger.

• Marquis -- who played another inning after being struck by Pagan, until he crumpled on a pitch that hit Josh Thole -- told Nick Piecoro in the Arizona Republic about the fractured right fibula: "I thought it was just a normal bruise swelling, tightness of a bruise swelling up. ... Obviously, on that last pitch to Thole on the push-off, I just felt something pop, and (the doctor) said it pretty much completed the break. It is what it is. I'm going to do everything in my power to heal up as fast as I can and listen to the training staff, and hopefully I'd like to be back to help this team in October."

• Midnight is the deadline to sign first-round pick Brandon Nimmo. A team official told that he expected the deal to be completed/announced in the late evening. Posturing, Nimmo's father Ron said in the Post: "(The Mets) have some work to do. There's some disparity. It's not all about the money. You get one shot at this deal and you're going to have to live off this for six years." If Nimmo went to the University of Arkansas instead of signing, he would be walking away from roughly $2 million. And at a four-year school, Nimmo would be ineligible to be drafted until after his junior season. So Mets officials know it's just a waiting game and he'll sign.

Mike Pelfrey, who was nailed on the elbow in Saturday's fifth inning by Gerardo Parra, intends to make his next start, Friday at Citi Field against Milwaukee. Terry Collins had fun Sunday when asked if Pelfrey was OK. "How do you mean that?" the manager quipped. "Physically he's fine." Read more in Newsday.

• Pitching coach Dan Warthen told the Post that Johan Santana should resume throwing within days. Santana was shut down after a long-toss session 15 days ago.

Jose Reyes (hamstring) will not be ready to be activated from the disabled list next Tuesday, when he is eligible, according to Collins. He may begin light baseball activities as soon as today. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

BIRTHDAYS: Oliver Perez turns 30. He is 3-3 with a 3.28 ERA at Double-A Harrisburg in the Nationals organization this season, while in the final season of a three-year, $36 million deal footed by the Mets. ... Former catcher Duffy Dyer turns 66.

Collins: No bullpen shakeup

August, 14, 2011
Amid a five-game losing streak and Ryota Igarashi's lackluster performance, the Mets want better pitching. But manager Terry Collins indicated the organization won’t look for it in the minors before rosters expand Sept. 1.

“I’m going to let them finish out the year” in the minors, Collins said after the Mets’ 5-3 loss to the Diamondbacks Sunday. “We’ve brought up about everybody there is in Buffalo, I think, at some time this summer. So we know what they’ve got.”

Mets relievers have allowed at least one run in 13 of the past 17 games. The relievers gave up four runs during the Diamondbacks’ three-game sweep this weekend. Making the bullpen struggles even costlier, all three games were close: a 4-3 loss Friday, a 6-4 loss Saturday and the 5-3 loss Sunday.

“It’s an issue, for sure,” Collins said. “We’ve got to throw strikes, and we’re not doing that.”

Igarashi, in the second season of a two-year, $3 million deal, allowed a run in the eighth after hitting a batter, issuing a walk, allowing a single and issuing another walk.

“Two days ago, he threw the ball good here,” Collins said. “I don’t know what happened today. No command.”

Igarashi said he was rushing his pitches and his mechanics were off.

“I’ve been working on throwing a better curveball,” he said through an interpreter.

• Sunday's starter, Chris Capuano (9-11, 4.58 ERA), allowed four runs. Collins said when Capuano makes a mistake, he gets hit.

Capuano had been making good pitches to Justin Upton, but in the fifth, Capuano left the ball down the middle, and Upton smacked a game-tying home run. And on the go-ahead double to ex-Met Henry Blanco in the sixth, Capuano left a breaking ball up.

“It seems like the first three innings a lot of times I’ve been making good pitches and getting hurt in those middle innings of the game,” Capuano said. “I’m just making a few too many mistakes there that I’m not making early in the game. I just need to take that intensity and focus and try to carry it through to the whole game.”

Capuano has allowed four or more runs in five of his past six starts.

• The Mets left the tying run on third in the seventh. Angel Pagan was stranded after doubling and advancing on a flyout.

“It’s frustrating, but the main thing is to keep fighting,” Pagan said. “We’ve been battling hard without much luck. We have to keep trying and see if that changes somehow.”

• Pagan’s comebacker in the third struck Jason Marquis, fracturing his right fibula. Marquis exited in the fourth, after falling off the mound when he hit Josh Thole with a pitch.

“You don’t want to hurt anybody,” Pagan said. “Hopefully, he’ll be all right."

Two men down on one play

August, 14, 2011
Both Josh Thole and Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis went down in the fourth inning after Marquis hit Thole with a pitch. As Thole hit the deck. Marquis fell off the mound simultaneously. While Thole stayed in the game, Marquis exited.

The Diamondbacks later announced Marquis has a fractured right fibula. He was also hit by a comebacker on the lower leg by Angel Pagan in the third inning.

Zach Duke replaced Marquis.

Mets morning briefing 8.14.11

August, 14, 2011
Mike Pelfrey lobbied to stay in Saturday's game after being struck with a fifth-inning line drive in the right elbow off the bat of Gerardo Parra. Trainer Ray Ramirez didn't allow it. So D.J. Carrasco entered and coughed up a two-run lead by serving up a three-run homer. The Mets eventually lost at Arizona, 6-4, to slide three games under .500.

Pelfrey joked that he wished assistant trainer Mike Herbst rather than Ramirez had come to the mound, since it was Herbst who allowed Niese to throw that ill-fated warm-up pitch after an injury covering first base two years ago. Niese collapsed on the mound Aug. 5, 2009 during that warm-up pitch and required surgery for a torn hamstring tendon.

Pelfrey expected to make his next start, which would be Friday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers, when Francisco Rodriguez comes back to Citi Field. X-rays of Pelfrey's elbow were negative, the organization reported, and Pelfrey was diagnosed with a bruise.

Pelfrey also clarified his quotes in Saturday's Post, saying any suggestion he made that it was "unrealistic" for the Mets to win a championship this year were taken out of context. “I’ve said stupid stuff before,” Pelfrey said. “But this time, I didn’t.”

Pelfrey said he left the interview Friday believing he had said something positive, and noted he said that the organization is heading in the right direction under Sandy Alderson and crew. "This isn't a big deal," David Wright said.

Read the full report here.

Sunday's news reports:

• Read game stories/Pelfrey reaction coverage in the Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Daily News and Record. Mike Puma in the Post has this opening to his story: Mike Pelfrey's foot hadn't even left his mouth last night when a new body part became an issue.

Zack Wheeler was a tough-luck loser. He allowed one run in five innings in his third start with Class A St. Lucie since being acquired for Carlos Beltran. "It was just that I couldn't get command of my fastball tonight. I was all around the plate," Wheeler told Bill Whitehead at Said St. Lucie manager Pedro Lopez, who managed against Wheeler's Augusta team in the South Atlantic League last season: "He's much different. He pitched more up in the zone last year. This year it's more downward plane with his pitches. He a really special kid. Tonight he didn't have his best stuff, but he gave up one run in five innings."

Meanwhile, fellow top pitching prospect Jeurys Familia tossed five scoreless innings for Double-A Binghamton. Read the minor league recap here.

• While not set in stone, sources project the Mets' September call-ups to include right-handers Chris Schwinden and Josh Stinson, left-hander Robert Carson, infielders Josh Satin and Zach Lutz, outfielder Fernando Martinez and catcher Mike Nickeas.

Justin Turner pinch hit in the ninth inning Saturday and plans to return to the lineup Sunday after missing two starts, despite a hip flexor/quadriceps issue.

Terry Collins started Mike Baxter over Scott Hairston in right field on Saturday night. The primary reason? Collins thought Hairston was more equipped to be a late-game pinch hitter than Baxter, who produced his first major league triple during Saturday's game. Read more on the rationale in the Star-Ledger and Record.

• Staten Island's Jason Marquis, who faces the Mets on Sunday after being sent July 30 from Washington to Arizona, again is a free agent this offseason. And like the previous times he has been available, he would love to pitch at home, he told the Daily News. "I try not to extend my focus past (this season), but obviously I have always had a desire to pitch at home," Marquis told the newspaper. "I'm a New York guy, and I have always dreamed of playing for the Yankees or Mets, representing my hometown."

Christian Red of the Daily News speaks with one Long Island family about their Sept. 11 loss, and how Mike Piazza and the Mets were a part of the healing 10 days later.

BIRTHDAY: Outfielder McKay Christensen, a waiver claim from the Dodgers, who had four plate appearances as a Met during the 2002 season, turns 36.

Rapid Reaction: Nats 3, Mets 0

July, 30, 2011

Recap | Box score | Photos

WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets' five-game winning streak came to a halt against an opposing pitcher Triple-A Buffalo roughed up 10 days earlier for six runs in five innings. Yunesky Maya, subbing for Jason Marquis, who was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Washington beat the Mets 4-0, Saturday night. The Nationals also traded Jerry Hairston Jr. -- brother of Scott Hairston -- to the Milwaukee Brewers. Washington snapped a six-game losing streak.

The Mets did load the bases with two out in the ninth inning against closer Drew Storen, but Willie Harris struck out looking. They have been shut out five times this year. The opposing starting pitchers: Roy Halladay, Jair Jurrjens, Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw and Maya.

WRIGHT STUFF: Maya held the Mets hitless until David Wright lined a single over second baseman Danny Espinosa with two out in the fourth inning. Wright finished 2-for-3 with a walk and has now produced a career-high seven straight multi-hit games. On Sunday, Wright can match the franchise-record eight straight multi-hit games produced by Steve Henderson in July 1979. Henderson had been part of the infamous trade that sent Tom Seaver to Cincinnati two years earlier.

Wright is hitting .475 (19-for-40) since returning from the disabled list.

O NO: Maya recorded three outs on five pitches in the first inning. In the fifth, the Mets placed two runners on base for Jose Reyes, who flied out to Jayson Werth on the track in right-center. After Maya was pulled with two on and one out in the sixth following singles by Daniel Murphy and Wright, Ross Detwiler entered and coaxed Angel Pagan into an inning-ending double-play grounder to third base.

WERTH $126 MILLION? On Werth bobblehead day night Nationals Park, the ex-Phillie slugged a three-run homer to center in the first inning off R.A. Dickey. Werth went 2-for-3 with an intentional walk. Dickey's line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB (1 IBB), 1 K.

MAGNET: Josh Thole twice was hit by pitches … or grazed … or awarded first base even if it missed him. The last Mets player to be hit by two pitches in a game: Fernando Tatis against Pittsburgh on July 2, 2009.

WHAT'S NEXT: Jon Niese (10-8, 3.97 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (6-9, 3.27) in Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. rubber game.

Maya, not Marquis for Nats on Saturday

July, 30, 2011
Amid reports Jason Marquis has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Yunesky Maya is expected to face the Mets on Saturday night rather than Marquis.

Maya is 1-7 with a 5.32 ERA at Triple-A Syracuse this season. He also has made four major league starts this season.

A welcome opponent for Mets

April, 26, 2010
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.



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