New York Mets: Jerry Hairston Jr.

Morning Briefing: Harvey talks limit, L.A.

August, 13, 2013
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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesMatt Harvey has a stern challenge against the Dodgers tonight.
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FIRST PITCH: Matt Harvey is not opposing Clayton Kershaw. But Harvey is facing Kershaw’s Dodgers at 10:10 p.m. ET today. And Kershaw is the primary competition for the NL Cy Young Award. And the Dodgers have won 38 of their past 46 games.

So isn’t tonight a statement game for the Mets ace?

“No, no,” insisted Harvey, who is coming off a four-hit shutout against the Colorado Rockies. “I look at it more as the way we’re playing as a team now. We’re playing really good baseball. I take pride in going out there every fifth day and trying to win. It’s an important game. It’s an important series for us. Obviously the intensity has picked up a little bit as a whole, for all of us. We want to make a good run here. Having a good August is something at the break that we wanted to do. Every start from now on is real important.”

Harvey said he briefly chatted with Kershaw during the All-Star Game and “he seemed like a great guy.”

As for Kershaw being the competition for the Cy Young, Harvey added: “That’s something I haven’t even thought about. We’ve got a lot of games left.”

Meanwhile, Harvey is happy the Mets are back to a five-man rotation. Even though his ERA is a sterling 0.91 this season when pitching on extra rest, Harvey strongly prefers the routine of pitching every fifth day.

Of course, the Mets reverting to the five-man rotation means Harvey might need to be shut down with a week or so left in the season because he has reached his team-imposed innings cap.

Harvey currently is at 159 2/3 innings. He tossed 169 1/3 last year before the organization shut him down following a Sept. 19 start. So he probably has no more than 50 innings remaining. And that may be generous, considering it would mean a 40-inning jump from 2012.

“I try to go nine [innings] every start,” Harvey said. “If they start adding up, and they decide it’s time to shut it down, then that’s their call. I’m never going to want to give up the ball or not go out there. I like the five-day rotation. It’s been like that forever for a reason. If they decide I’ve had enough, then I’ve had enough.”

Harvey begrudgingly sounded like shaving one start off the end of his season would not send him into a rage.

“Maybe one start or a week, I think at that point I’ll feel like I finished a full season,” Harvey said. “But if it was two weeks or three weeks, kind of like it was last year, that’s a different story. Obviously I’m not going to be happy to miss any starts.”

Harvey (9-3, 2.09 ERA) opposes left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-3, 2.99) tonight.

"He'll be pitching in front of 40,000, against a team that's red hot," Terry Collins said. "We know Matt Harvey gets fired up for challenges like that."

Tuesday’s news reports:

Daniel Murphy had a couple of near-misses fielding in what became a three-run sixth for the Dodgers and Juan Lagares struck out on a controversial call a half-inning later with the bases loaded as L.A. beat the Mets, 4-2, Monday night. Wilmer Flores twisted his right ankle during the second inning and is questionable for tonight. Jenrry Mejia took a scoreless effort into the sixth in what became a hard-luck loss.

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

Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada spoke with Jared Diamond in the Journal about getting demoted to Las Vegas at this stage of their careers. “Guys sometimes get hurt, and they never get their spot back,” Wally Backman told Diamond.

• Collins said he has no intention of using Flores in the outfield, but does plan to get him a limited look at second base.

A team evaluator told Mike Puma in the Post about using Flores at second: “He has got pretty good hands and he turns the double play fine, but his range is not good at all. Murphy has definitely got more range, and that’s not saying a whole lot. I really don’t think on a championship team [Flores] can play second. He’s an RBI guy. He can drive in runs. But can he drive in enough to overshadow it?

“There are going to be so many times over the course of a season at second base you’re going to go, ‘Oh, my God.’ Is it going to get any better? I don’t think so.”

Read more on Flores in the Times and Star-Ledger.

• Read more on Harvey’s matchup against the Dodgers in the Daily News.

• Eight Mets visited the set of “Modern Family” on Monday, Justin Turner’s girlfriend tweeted. Kershaw and Jerry Hariston Jr. from the Dodgers also attended.

Ike Davis should get a start against a lefty today or tomorrow. Davis has been an on-base machine, writes Benjamin Hoffman in the Times. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

David Wright remains in New York getting treatment on his strained right hamstring.

• Whether Jeremy Hefner is demoted to Las Vegas or lands on the major league disabled list will not be resolved until after another exam of his right elbow on Wednesday with team doctors, a Mets spokesman said.

• T.J. Rivera had a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs as St. Lucie beat Palm Beach, 8-4. Read the full minor league recap here.

From the bloggers ... Mark Berman at Blogging Mets says there is only room for Eric Young Jr. or Lagares in the Mets outfield in 2014 -- not both.

BIRTHDAYS: Vinegar Bend Mizell, who pitched for the ’62 Mets, was born on this date in 1930. Mizell’s actual name: Wilmer David Mizell.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who deserves to win the NL Cy Young?

Series preview: Mets at Dodgers

June, 28, 2012
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Former teammates Chris Capuano and Chris Young square off in Thursday's series opener at Dodger Stadium.
METS (40-34, third place/NL East) vs. LOS ANGELES DODGERS (43-33, first place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Chris Young (1-1, 3.42) vs. LHP Chris Capuano (9-2, 2.60), 10:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP R.A. Dickey (11-1, 2.31) vs. RHP Aaron Harang (5-4, 3.81), 10:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Johan Santana (5-4, 3.00) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (0-4, 4.04), 7:15 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Dillon Gee (5-6, 4.42) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (5-4, 2.74), 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

Dodgers short hops

Frank McCourt’s ownership ended May 1, when controlling owner Mark Walter, the CEO of a Chicago financial services company, and president Stan Kasten took over the Dodgers. Sale price: $2.15 billion, more than double any previous amount for a major league team. The ownership group includes Magic Johnson as the face. Johnson has McCourt’s old corner office, but he is not a key decision maker, and actually has not been around Dodger Stadium much because of his responsibilities as an NBA commentator. McCourt, who went through a high-profile divorce that added debt to the team, had owned the Dodgers since 2004. Kasten formerly served as president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals.

• Right fielder Andre Ethier was forced from Wednesday’s game in San Francisco with a left oblique strain that likely will land him on the disabled list. Ethier joins fellow slugger Matt Kemp as unavailable. Kemp (.355, 12 HR) has been on the DL since straining his left hamstring May 30, and is not projected to return until after the All-Star break. Ethier’s 55 RBIs rank second in the NL, trailing only Carlos Beltran’s 59. Assuming Ethier is placed on the DL, ex-Pirate Andy Van Slyke’s son Scott Van Slyke could be promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque. Jerry Sands is another option.

• San Francisco pulled even with the Dodgers atop the NL West standings after completing a three-game sweep at AT&T Park in which L.A. did not score a run. It marked the first time the Dodgers had ever failed to score in a series of three-plus games, according to ESPN Stats & Information. L.A. has lost four straight and eight of nine. The Dodgers have been held scoreless for 30 innings, since Adam Kennedy’s sacrifice fly scored Juan Rivera in the sixth inning Sunday in a loss to the Angels. L.A. will try to avoid getting shut out four straight games for the first time in franchise history on Thursday night. How bad did things get in San Francisco? The Associated Press reported the Dodgers’ equipment truck broke down on the 101 freeway after the series.


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Andre Ethier appears headed to the DL with an oblique strain.


• The Dodgers have reached agreement with outfielder Yasier Puig for $42 million over seven years pending a physical, ESPNDeportes.com’s Enrique Rojas reports. It would be the largest contract ever for a Cuban defector, surpassing the four-year, $36 million deal the A’s gave to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

• Ex-Met Chris Capuano evened his career record at 66-66 in his most recent start, when he limited the Angels to one run and seven hits in seven innings. He is 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA at Dodger Stadium this season, while limiting opponents to a .215 batting average at home.

• Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi stepped into the rotation after Ted Lilly experienced shoulder inflammation and landed on the DL. Eovaldi, 22, went to Alvin (Texas) High, which also produced Nolan Ryan. His fastball has averaged 94.8 mph this season. He also throws a slider (13.6% of the time), curveball (10.1%) and changeup (5.0%). Eovaldi has been pitching well; his winless record is a function of no run support.

• Second baseman Mark Ellis is due to begin a rehab assignment Saturday. Ellis required an urgent surgical procedure May 19 to drain blood and other fluid, or otherwise risked losing part of his left leg. He was injured absorbing a slide at second base from St. Louis’ Tyler Greene. Jerry Hairston Jr., brother of Scott Hairston, has manned second base.

• Catcher A.J. Ellis (no relation to Mark) has a .417 on-base percentage. That ranks fourth in the National League, trailing only Joey Votto (.478), David Wright (.449) and Carlos Ruiz (.430).

• Right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario has allowed only three runs and 11 hits in 24 1/3 innings since returning from a 25-game suspension on May 4. The suspension was related to a positive cocaine test that also forced him to miss last season with a visa issue, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported.

• Third baseman Juan Uribe is hitting .132 (5-for-38) in the two weeks since returning from the DL. His slump has resulted in switch-hitting rookie Elian Herrera starting two of the past four games at the position. Herrera wasn’t on the 40-man roster or even in big-league spring-training camp, but has bounced around multiple positions and plays most days, batting second.

• The lone Dodgers starter the Mets do not face is Chad Billingsley, who overlapped at Defiance (Ohio) High with Jon Niese.

• The Dodgers’ Sue Falsone (@SueFalsone) is the lone female head athletic trainer in the history of a major professional sports organization, according to the team.

• Shortstop Dee Gordon’s 24 steals match the Cubs’ Tony Campano for the major league lead.

• Closer Kenley Jansen has converted 12 of 15 save chances.

Last series results

Mets won, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium, July, 4-8, 2011 (AP game recaps)

Mets 5, Dodgers 2: Angel Pagan, Carlos Beltran and Daniel had RBI doubles in the sixth inning after the Mets were held hitless through five by Rubby De La Rosa. Chris Capuano (8-7) allowed six hits and two runs in six innings. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth to earn his 21st save in 24 chances. Terry Collins said he's willing to play with a 24-man roster for a few days while Jose Reyes recovers from a strained left hamstring rather than immediately placing him on the disabled list. More

Mets 6, Dodgers 0: Jason Bay made it 3-0 with a leadoff homer in the sixth against Ted Lilly and broke the game open in the eighth with his sixth of the season, a three-run shot off Blake Hawksworth. It was his first multihomer game since June 28, 2010, at Florida, when he went deep twice against Ricky Nolasco. Carlos Beltran also went deep and Mike Pelfrey (5-7) stranded seven runners in scoring position through six gritty innings. More

Mets 5, Dodgers 3: Ruben Tejada doubled home two runs while filling in again for injured shortstop Jose Reyes, helping lead the Mets to their fourth straight victory. Carlos Beltran doubled twice and scored twice. Jon Niese (8-7) allowed three runs and five hits over seven innings, improving to 8-4 over his past 14 starts. Hiroki Kuroda (6-10) gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings for Los Angeles, dropping to 1-5 with a 5.75 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets. More

Dodgers 6, Mets 0: Clayton Kershaw scattered five hits over eight innings and the Dodgers parlayed extra-base hits by Matt Kemp, Juan Uribe, Aaron Miles and Dioner Navarro into a five-run sixth inning. Kershaw got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out Ronny Paulino to end the inning after getting a visit from manager Don Mattingly. The Mets loaded the bases again in the ninth against Kenley Jansen before Hong-Chih Kuo got the final two outs. Dillon Gee (8-3) gave up five hits and six runs -- five earned -- struck out two and walked one to lose his second straight. Jose Reyes went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. More

Mets morning briefing 4.10.11

April, 10, 2011
4/10/11
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Chris Young makes his first home start in a Mets uniform opposite Staten Islander Jason Marquis as the Mets look to win the rubber game against the Washington Nationals and climb over .500.

Sunday's news reports:

Bernard Madoff again gave a character reference to the Wilpons. "They were totally unsophisticated," Madoff tells the Financial Times, according to the Daily News. "Their mistake was over-extending themselves with the team, with that leverage." The Daily News dogged reporting on the matter includes this paragraph:

The Mets' owners best chance at solvency would seem to be getting a favorable settlement from former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who is mediating the dispute between the Mets and [trustree Irving] Picard, who, in his brass-knuckled efforts to recover as much Madoff money as possible, has reached settlements with three of Madoff's biggest investors: Jeffrey Picower, Carl Shapiro and Norman Levy. The family of a fourth major investor, Stanley Chais, has not settled. In the FT interview, Madoff said all four men -- three of whom are now dead -- were "complicit."

Jerry Hairston Jr., the brother of Mets outfielder Scott Hairston, took responsibility for a game-changing play Saturday. The first-year Nat missed Carlos Beltran's fly ball to left field in the sixth inning with Washington leading 4-3. "I just missed it, flat-out," he tells CSN Washington's Mark Zuckerman said. "I put us behind the 8-ball tonight. I really feel responsible for the loss."

• Read game stories on the Mets' 8-4 win against the Rockies in Newsday, the Times, Record, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• On a day Jose Reyes walked and drove in runs for the first time this season, he tells Newsday's Neil Best: "The last two years, people know how hard it was for me. I worked hard to recover my speed. I got it back, 100 percent.''

• Reyes wasn't too consumed by getting that first walk. “Is that a big deal?” Reyes said, according to the Star-Ledger's Conor Orr. “My first year it took me like one month. I don’t go to home plate looking for a walk, I go there looking to swing the bat.”

• Young downplays his first Mets start, which came Tuesday in Philadelphia, when he went 5 1/3 innings in a 7-1 win. "That's not even a quality start," Young tells Newsday's Kimberley A. Martin. "There's room for improvement there. I'm not satisfied with it. There were some good results. We won the game, ultimately."

• Post columnist Kevin Kernan chronicles Beltran's two-homer breakout. Kernan writes:

Perhaps just as vital, Beltran, a free agent after the season, is showing that he could be a valuable piece for a contender with money to burn come July and the trade deadline. As part of the plan to take it slow, Beltran won't start today's game against the Nationals.

BIRTHDAY: Frank Lary, who made 27 appearances (15 starts) for the Mets between 1964 and '65, was born on this date in 1930.

Hairstons face off as undercard

February, 28, 2011
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Jerry Hairston Jr. stretches before Monday's game against the Mets in Port St. Lucie.
With Carlos Beltran's move dominating the talk in Mets camp and 18-year-old phenom Bryce Harper's first Grapefruit League appearance the storyline on the other side, brothers Scott Hairston and Jerry Hairston Jr. hardly got any attention.


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Scott Hairston


The siblings are the third generation of Hairstons to appear in the majors, and played together in San Diego last season. Scott, 30, started in right field for the Mets on Monday, while Jerry, 34, started at third base for the Nationals.

"It's always cool to see who I call my 'little brother,' even though he's about three or four inches taller than I am," Jerry said. "I'm glad he's getting the opportunity here in New York. He was banged up a lot last year and he's finally healthy. I look forward to having him have a good year."

Both brothers said it was a coincidence they signed as free agents in the same division.

"It's not by design. Just coincidence," Jerry said. "We go where we're wanted. I think it's a good fit for him in New York and me in D.C."

Jerry said his younger brother did not call him after homering twice in the intrasquad game, and that wasn't surprising.

"Scott's very low key," he said. "Me and him are a little different. Scott doesn't say a whole lot. He's very quiet. He goes about his business. I'm vocal."

The brothers planned to share a meal together after Monday's game, which the Nationals won, 9-3.

"I guess I'm going to be paying for it," Jerry said.

Said Scott: "Oh, he better."

Mets morning tidbits

February, 28, 2011
2/28/11
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Jason Isringhausen had the high score in the Mets' second bowling night, tallying a 239 in what was labeled another well-attended event.

Other morning tidbits from the clubhouse:

Josh Thole will serve as the Mets' union rep this season.

• Brothers are scheduled to be opposite each other in the starting lineup Monday when Scott Hairston starts in right field for the Mets and Jerry Hairston Jr. starts at third base for the Nationals. They were teammates with the San Diego Padres last season.

Daniel Murphy will start at third base. That's actually his natural position. Murphy, who played a few games there in the Dominican Republic this winter, played 131 games at third base for St. Lucie in 2007. Even if Murphy sees some time at second base in 2011, he also likely would serve as David Wright's backup at third base.

Johan Santana tells Enrique Rojas that he is up to throwing on flat ground at a distance of 60 feet three times a week. He plans to pitch to a catcher in three months.

• Reliever Taylor Buchholz is dealing with hamstring tightness but tells the Daily News he won't miss any time.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
9 4.03 100 134
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 17
RBIL. Duda 53
RD. Murphy 58
OPSL. Duda .855
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 121