New York Mets: Josh Collmenter

Rapid Reaction: D-backs 3, Mets 2

May, 24, 2014
NEW YORK -- Rain could not save the Mets on Saturday.

Lucas Duda stranded seven men on base as the Mets squandered serious chances all afternoon en route to a 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field.

The Mets have lost seven of their last nine games and have matched their low-water mark at five games below .500.

Trailing by a run, the Mets (21-26) had two on and one out in the seventh and eighth innings.

Elsa/Getty ImagesLucas Duda reacts after striking out to leave the bases loaded in the first inning.

Daniel Murphy grounded into a 1-6-3 double play to stall the first opportunity. Duda (0-for-4) and Wilmer Flores both flied out to left field an inning later to end the other threat.

Earlier, Josh Collmenter got Duda to chase a pitch out of the zone to strike out and strand the bases loaded in the first inning.

With two in scoring position and one out in the third, Chris Young struck out and Duda flied out to center as the D-backs maintained a 3-1 lead.

The Mets are now hitting .143 (6-for-42) with the bases loaded this season.

He battled: Zack Wheeler labored early, requiring 68 pitches to navigate the opening three innings, but he rallied for a credible outing that saved the bullpen ahead of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Wheeler’s line: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HBP. He matched a career high with 118 pitches.

Wheeler departed with the Mets trailing 3-2, Gerardo Parra on second base and two outs in the seventh. Josh Edgin entered and retired Miguel Montero on a squibber in front of the plate.

Wheeler (1-5) posted zeroes from the fourth inning until his departure.

Elsa/Getty ImagesDavid Wright's fifth-inning solo homer pulled the Mets within 3-2.

The unearned came after Flores committed a throwing error in the third -- Flores’ first error in the majors this season. Flores had committed seven errors at shortstop with Las Vegas.

Afternoon D-Wright: David Wright went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and a sparkling play in the field. Wright’s fifth-inning long ball against Collmenter pulled the Mets within 3-2. It was his third homer of the season.

Wright has now produced a season-high three straight multihit games. He also made a diving stop to his left on A.J. Pollock’s grounder and retired the lead runner at second base for the second out of the sixth inning.

What’s next: A long day Sunday. Rafael Montero opposes Bronson Arroyo at 1:10 p.m. In Game 2 of the single-admission doubleheader, Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his first 2014 start. He opposes right-hander Zeke Spruill, who was acquired on Jan. 14, 2013 in the trade that sent Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves.

Series preview: Mets vs. D-backs

May, 23, 2014

Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face Chase Anderson, Josh Collmenter and Bronson Arroyo this weekend.
METS (21-25, fourth place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (18-31, fifth place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Bartolo Colon (3-5, 5.34) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 5.06), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-4, 4.53) vs. RHP Josh Collmenter (2-2, 4.02), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 6.97) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (4-3, 4.45), 1:10 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• Tony La Russa, who is due to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 27, was hired as the team’s chief baseball officer last Saturday. He last was affiliated with a team in 2011, when he managed the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title. La Russa more recently worked with commissioner Bud Selig, including on implementing the new instant-replay and plate-collision guidelines. La Russa has final say on all baseball matters, which means longtime GM Kevin Towers has been stripped of considerable power.

Rick Scuteri/USA TODAY SportsTony La Russa has taken over as D-backs chief baseball officer.

“Until I really get more time to sit down with Tony to really find out structure, process, reporting and job responsibilities, I’m taking the high road and looking at this as hopefully a good thing for the organization,” Towers told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “I certainly don’t want to be a pseudo-GM. The front office role will be new to him, and I’m hoping I can help him in ways too, like with the daily calendar and what’s important come June and July.”

• Right-hander Chase Anderson’s third major-league start comes against the Mets. He debuted May 11, limiting the Chicago White Sox to one run on two hits and a walk while striking out six in 5 1/3 innings. Bullpen coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. told the Arizona Republic that Anderson has the best changeup in their system. The 26-year-old Anderson, a ninth-round pick in 2009 from the University of Oklahoma, had been 4-2 with a 0.69 ERA and 0.718 WHIP in six starts at Double-A Mobile. He logged only 205 1/3 innings from 2011 through ’13 because of elbow troubles, which also prompted the organization to convert him to a reliever to close last season in Triple-A. Anderson had a 6.52 ERA in 13 relief appearances and reverted to starting this year.

• The Mets are seeing the reigning co-NL Players of the Week in consecutive series. Yasiel Puig has departed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but fellow winner A.J. Pollock now arrives at Citi Field with the D-backs. Pollock, a center fielder, hit .500 (11-for-22) with two homers last week.

• Left fielder Mark Trumbo, who was acquired during the offseason from the Los Angeles Angels, has been sidelined since April 21 with a stress fracture in his left foot. Trumbo had been hitting .210 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 81 at-bats. Righty-hitting Cody Ross primarily has played the position in Trumbo’s absence, with lefty-hitting rookie Ender Inciarte also seeing some action in left field.

Didi Gregorius, the expendable shortstop for the D-backs, is hitting .296 with three homers, 20 RBIs and a .386 on-base percentage in 186 at-bats with Triple-A Reno. Chris Owings, who beat out Gregorius for the D-backs’ shortstop job, is hitting .275 with two homers and seven RBIs in 142 at-bats. Gregorius has appeared in 30 games at second base and 18 games at shortstop in the Pacific Coast League this season as the D-backs try to increase his versatility in case they retain him.

• Ex-Met Oliver Perez has a 1.26 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings over his past 15 appearances.

• First baseman Paul Goldschmidt’s 33 RBIs rank fifth in the National League. His .315 average is 10th. Goldschmidt hit a 437-foot homer against Shaun Marcum last season at Citi Field.

• After opening the season in the bullpen, Josh Collmenter entered the rotation April 14 to face the Mets in Phoenix. He allowed three runs in four innings. Collmenter swapped roles with Randall Delgado, who had allowed nine runs in 7 1/3 innings over a pair of early season starts.

Bronson Arroyo signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with the D-backs on Feb. 7. The deal includes an $11 million team option for 2016 or $4.5 million buyout. Arroyo, 37, has reached the 200-inning plateau eight of the past nine years. The exception: 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds, when he was one inning shy. The Mets battered Arroyo for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings on April 15 at Chase Field. Kirk Nieuwenhuis delivered a two-run homer.

• Second baseman Aaron Hill returned Wednesday after missing three games with a sore shoulder.

• Third baseman Martin Prado departed Sunday’s game with a blurry left eye, but was prescribed medicine and did not miss a start.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 7, Diamondbacks 3

April, 15, 2014
PHOENIX -- The Mets won the ballgame and lost two outfielders on Monday night.

Curtis Granderson departed in the sixth inning with bruises to his left forearm, rib cage and knee and Juan Lagares departed an inning later with a pulled right hamstring in the Mets’ 7-3 win over the Diamondbacks.

Granderson crashed into the outfield wall attempting to catch an RBI double from Miguel Montero in the first inning. X-rays taken after he departed were negative.

Lagares suffered the injury running to first base on a seventh-inning grounder and immediately departed.

The loss of two outfielders prompted Lucas Duda to be placed in the outfield for the first time since last June 16. The Mets had planned to get Duda outfield work during spring training, but a hamstring strain during camp prevented that exposure.

Andrew Brown took over in right field.

At the plate, Duda went 4-for-5 with two RBIs.

Duda’s four hits matched his career high. His third-inning RBI single against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter gave the Mets a 3-2 lead.

Lagares extended his hitting streak to nine games with a second-inning double. That pushed Duda to third base, allowing him to score the Mets’ opening run on Ruben Tejada's groundout.

Zack Wheeler won for the first time since Aug. 31, 2013, snapping a personal five-game winless streak. He allowed two runs on six hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.

Carlos Torres inherited a 5-2 lead from Wheeler and finished the game to earn his first major-league save.

What’s next: Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 4.09 ERA) opposes fellow righthander Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.82) at 9:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Series preview: Mets at Diamondbacks

April, 14, 2014

Getty ImagesThe Mets face Josh Collmenter, Bronson Arroyo and Brandon McCarthy during a series against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
METS (5-7, fourth place/NL East) at ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (4-11, fifth place/NL West)

Monday: RHP Zack Wheeler (0-2, 5.73) vs. RHP Josh Collmenter (0-0, 2.25), 9:40 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 4.09) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.82), 9:40 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.03) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78), 3:40 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• After allowing nine runs in 7 1/3 innings in two starts, Randall Delgado has been reassigned to the bullpen. Josh Collmenter steps into the slot Monday against the Mets.

Collmenter made 49 relief appearances for the D-backs last season. He last started on Sept. 30, 2012. Collmenter had a four-inning save Wednesday, so he is reasonably stretched out for the starting duty.

Delgado, who began wearing glasses last year, incidentally has dropped using them because of comfort -- although it leaves his vision less than perfect.

Bronson Arroyo signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with the D-backs on Feb. 7. The deal includes an $11 million team option for 2016 or $4.5 million buyout. Arroyo, 37, has combined to log only 9 1/3 innings over two starts. He has reached the 200-inning plateau eight of the past nine years. The exception: 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds, when he was one inning shy.

Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesOffseason acquisition Mark Trumbo leads the majors in homers and RBIs.

Mark Trumbo leads the majors in homers (six) and RBIs (18). The left fielder was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels on Dec. 10 as part of a three-team trade that landed left-hander Tyler Skaggs back in Anaheim. Trumbo homered in four straight games April 3-6.

• Ex-Met Oliver Perez signed a two-year, $4.25 million deal with the D-backs on March 10. He has allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits, four walks and a hit batter in seven appearances spanning 5 1/3 innings.

• The D-backs signed veteran left-hander Randy Wolf on a minor-league deal Friday for pitching depth. Arizona lost 2013 NL All-Star Patrick Corbin for this season due to an elbow ligament tear that required Tommy John surgery. The D-backs have an MLB-worst 5.95 ERA. They also have allowed 20 homers. Only the Mets, with 21, have allowed more homers in the majors.

Wolf asked for his release from the Seattle Mariners last month after declining to sign an agreement that would have allowed the club to release him during the season’s first 45 days without being responsible for his remaining salary. John Lannan agreed to sign that type of stipulation with the Mets.

• Outfielder Cody Ross, who suffered a dislocated right hip last August against the Mets, is a week into a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno and may return during this series.

• Two-time Gold Glove-winning outfielder Gerardo Parra has a .340 average (36-for-106) in 31 career games against the Mets.

Didi Gregorius, who was made available in trade talks by the D-backs, instead ended up in Triple-A, where he is now splitting time between shortstop and second base. Gregorius, who was born in Amsterdam, is hitting .357 with one homer, four RBIs and five walks in 11 games with Reno.

Chris Owings, who won the big-league shortstop job, is hitting .295 with a .340 on-base percentage after going 2-for-3 with a walk Sunday as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep in Phoenix.

Addison Reed, who had a career-high 40 saves for the Chicago White Sox last season, was acquired on Dec. 13 for third baseman Matt Davidson. That has pushed incumbent closer/ex-Met J.J. Putz to a setup role.

• First baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished second in 2013 NL MVP voting after hitting .302 with 36 doubles, 36 homers and 125 RBIs. Goldschmidt is hitting .317 with two homers and nine RBIs so far this season.

Rapid Reaction: Diamondbacks 11, Mets 5

July, 28, 2012

WHAT IT MEANS: Jon Niese matched a career high by surrendering eight runs and the excitement generated by Matt Harvey’s major league debut the previous night evaporated in the Arizona desert.

Despite homers by David Wright and Ike Davis, the Mets lost to the Diamondbacks, 11-5, Friday night at Chase Field. They returned to a season-worst four games under .500 and lost for the 12th time in 14 games since the All-Star break.

The bulk of the damage against Niese came in a six-run second inning as Arizona overcame a 2-0 deficit. Niese allowed six straight batters to reach. He walked ex-Met Henry Blanco with the bases loaded to force in the Diamondbacks’ first run, then surrendered an RBI single to opposing pitcher Josh Collmenter. Niese’s ensuing throw to first base on Willie Bloomquist’s squibber up the third-base line with the bases loaded ended up in foul territory down the right-field line as three more runs scored.

The six-run frame only ended when Jason Bay slammed into the wall in foul territory down the third-base line while catching Jason Kubel’s fly ball. Bay already this season has landed on the DL with a fractured rib and concussion for separate aggressive catch attempts. He remained in this game. (At the plate, Bay went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.)

Niese’s final line: 6 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K.

Elvin Ramirez, a logical demotion candidate when Frank Francisco is expected to be activated from the disabled list for the next series in San Francisco, allowed three seventh-inning runs.

WRIGHT STUFF: Wright answered a half-inning after Arizona's six-run frame with a three-run homer against Collmenter to pull the Mets within 6-5. Wright’s long ball, the 199th of his career, snapped an 0-for-15 drought.

Wright has 16 homers this season, one shy of Davis’ team-leading total. Davis, playing in his native Phoenix, opened the scoring in a two-run second with a solo homer.

WHAT’S NEXT: Three more days until Harvey starts Tuesday opposite Tim Lincecum in San Francisco.

On Saturday, Chris Young (2-4, 3.91 ERA) opposes Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy (8-8, 4.20). First pitch: 8:10 p.m. ET.

Series preview: Mets at Diamondbacks

July, 26, 2012

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Justin Upton may be shipped out of Arizona, although during the offseason appears far more likely.
METS (47-51, third place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (49-49, third place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (7-5, 3.68 at Triple-A Buffalo) vs. LHP Wade Miley (11-5, 3.02), 9:40 p.m. ET

Friday: LHP Jon Niese (7-4, 3.59) vs. RHP Josh Collmenter (2-2, 3.82), 9:40 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Chris Young (2-4, 3.91) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (8-8, 4.20), 8:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP R.A. Dickey (13-2, 2.97) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (5-6, 3.51), 4:10 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• Arizona traded fan-favorite Ryan Roberts to the Rays on Tuesday for minor league infielder Tyler Bortnick. Roberts was a primary culprit for the Diamondbacks’ underwhelming offensive production from third base. Arizona’s .625 OPS from players manning that position this season ranks 15th in the NL, ahead of only Philadelphia (.598). Geoff Blum, who was 4-for-28 this season, was released last week.

The left side of the infield now should be shared by Willie Bloomquist, Stephen Drew, John McDonald and newly promoted Ryan Wheeler. Wheeler hit .351 with 15 homers and 90 RBIs in 362 at-bats in Triple-A, although Reno’s numbers are inflated by the high altitude. The Astros, who bunt a lot anyway, tested the offensive-minded Wheeler’s fielding at third base during the weekend. McDonald just returned from a strained oblique.

The departure of Roberts lessens the likelihood of an in-season trade involving the shortstop Drew, who made his season debut June 27 after recovering from a broken right ankle. Still, Drew (.209, 0 HR in 67 at-bats) is likely in his final season with Arizona. There is a $10 million mutual option for next season.

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Left-hander Wade Miley became an NL All-Star as a rookie.

• Left-hander Wade Miley, an NL All-Star, owns the franchise rookie record for wins with 11. He is tied with Yu Darvish for the major league lead in wins among rookies. Miley’s 3.02 ERA narrowly is second among rookies to Oakland’s Jarrod Parker (3.00). Miley, 25, made the Opening Day roster because of a spring-training injury to Takashi Saito. He excelled as a long reliever in the middle innings after Josh Collmenter was knocked out early from starts. Miley stepped into the rotation April 23 once Daniel Hudson landed on the DL. Hudson underwent Tommy John surgery July 9.

• The 42-year-old Saito made his season debut Saturday after dealing with calf and shoulder injuries as well as a severe case of the flu.

• Left fielder Jason Kubel homered Wednesday for the 11th time in July. That is the third-highest total for a month in franchise history, trailing Luis Gonzalez’s 13 in April 2001 and Gonzalez’s 12 two months later. The ex-Twin Kubel signed a two-year, $16 million deal in December that had garnered some criticism because it pushed 2011 Gold Glove winner Gerardo Parra to being a fourth outfielder. But Kubel is now hitting .298 with 22 homers for the season, more than justifying the signing.

• Two-time All-Star Justin Upton appears destined to be traded, although most likely not until the offseason. The 24-year-old right fielder is signed through 2015, at salaries of $9.75 million, $14.25 million and $14.5 million the next three years. GM Kevin Towers apparently does not see Upton as a centerpiece player to build around, so Upton could be a chip to address deficiencies on the left side of the infield. The Diamondbacks have plenty of outfield depth, including prospects A.J. Pollock and Adam Eaton at Triple-A Reno.

• Collmenter reentered the rotation Sunday against Houston. Struggling Trevor Bauer was demoted.

• Right-handed reliever Brad Bergesen made his Diamondbacks debut Sunday with a scoreless inning against the Astros, two days after being claimed off waivers from Baltimore. Bergesen had been 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 22 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Norfolk this season.

Last series results

Mets won, 2-1, at Citi Field, May 4-6 (AP game recaps)

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4: Justin Upton started an eighth-inning rally when his grounder got past Mets first baseman Ike Davis for an error. Tim Byrdak relieved Bobby Parnell and walked Jason Kubel. A strikeout later, Mets manager Terry Collins brought in Jon Rauch (3-1) and Paul Goldschmidt laced a two-run double. Cody Ransom followed with an RBI single. Ransom hit a long homer -- his third -- off starter Dillon Gee in the second inning to give NL rookie of the month for April Wade Miley a 2-0 lead. But the Mets scored four times in the third -- more earned runs then Miley had given up in five appearance total this season (three) coming in. Miley gave up four runs in six innings. More

Mets 4, Diamondbacks 3: Mike Nickeas and Andres Torres each hit a two-run single as Johan Santana earned his first victory since Sept. 2, 2010, before his shoulder injury wiped out last season. Santana (1-2) allowed nine hits but gave up only three runs, striking out five and walking one in his longest outing since the surgery. Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 for the second four-hit game of his career. More

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1: Three outs from his third career shutout, R. A. Dickey walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth inning and gave up an RBI double. Dickey nonetheless combined with two relievers on a four-hitter. More

Series preview: Mets vs. Diamondbacks

May, 3, 2012

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The Mets face three starters for the first time this weekend: (l to r) Wade Miley, Patrick Corbin and Trevor Cahill.
METS (13-12, third place/NL East) vs. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (13-13, second place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Dillon Gee (2-2, 4.85) vs. LHP Wade Miley (3-0, 1.29), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Johan Santana (0-2, 2.25) vs. LHP Patrick Corbin (1-1, 4.76), 4:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP R.A. Dickey (3-1, 4.45) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.13), 1:05 p.m. ET

Diamondbacks short hops

• Left-hander Wade Miley topped the Mets’ Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the NL Rookie of the Month honor for April, which was announced Wednesday. Miley, 25, limited opponents to a .133 average with seven walks and 15 strikeouts in 21 innings spanning five appearances (two starts). He became the third Diamondbacks player to be recognized since the monthly award’s inception in 2001, joining Gerardo Parra (May 2009) and Daniel Hudson (August 2010). Miley originally pitched in relief of shaky Josh Collmenter’s starts, logging as much as four innings an appearance. The southpaw entered the rotation when Hudson landed on the DL with a shoulder impingement. Hudson is due to throw a bullpen session for the first time early next week at Chase Field.

• Center fielder Chris Young has been on the DL since April 18 with a right shoulder injury. An MRI revealed a small tear of the ligament in the AC joint as well as a severe bruise. He has started swinging in a cage. GM Kevin Towers reportedly watched Vladimir Guerrero work out in the Dominican Republic on Monday, but there is no firm resolve to sign the veteran with Young’s absence not expected to be prolonged. Righty-hitting rookie A.J. Pollock (.120) and lefty-hitting Parra (.256) have been sharing center-field duty in Young’s absence. Pollock is a native of Hebron, Conn. He attended Notre Dame, where he was the Irish’s first MVP in consecutive seasons since Aaron Heilman in 2000 and ’01.

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Ex-Met J.J. Putz blew his second save of the season Wednesday, at D.C.

• Shortstop Stephen Drew began game action Monday in a minor league intrasquad game as he works back from surgery to repair a right ankle fracture he suffered last July 20 sliding on a play at the plate. John McDonald and Willie Bloomquist have shared the shortstop role minus Drew. Collectively, they have committed only two errors. McDonald’s homer on April 17 against the Pittsburgh Pirates was his first since last May 11 against the Boston Red Sox. He had been acquired with Aaron Hill from the Toronto Blue Jays last Aug. 23 for Kelly Johnson.

• Left fielder Jason Kubel signed a two-year, $16 million contract as a free agent on Dec. 12 that includes a team option for 2014. Thursday’s 0-for-4 night at Washington interrupted a streak in which the ex-Twin had hit safely in 13 of 14 games (.393, 22-for-56). Kubel leads major league outfielders in assists with six. During his Twins tenure, he had split time nearly evenly between the outfield and DH.

• Third baseman Ryan Roberts’ struggles at the plate and in field have opened the door for Cody Ransom to chip away at his playing time at the hot corner. Despite singling in three at-bats Thursday, Roberts is in a 3-for-34 rut and is hitting .167 this season. Ransom has started seven of the Diamondbacks’ past 11 games at third base.

• Syracuse-area native Patrick Corbin makes his second major league start Saturday. He won his major league debut, 9-5, at Miami on April 30, allowing three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Corbin was selected for the call-up over top-rated prospects Tyler Skaggs (No. 3 Baseball America) and Trevor Bauer (No. 1). Corbin supplanted the ineffective Collmenter (0-2, 9.82 ERA in four starts) in the rotation. Collmenter has moved to the bullpen, but has yet to appear in that role. Corbin had been 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA at Double-A Mobile before the promotion. He was acquired with left-hander Joe Saunders and Skaggs from the Los Angeles Angels in the July 25, 2010 trade for right-hander Dan Haren.

• Right-hander Trevor Cahill arrived from Oakland during the offseason along with left-hander Craig Breslow and cash for right-handers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook and outfielder Collin Cowgill.

• Hill has reached base safely in 20 straight games. His 74 homers trail only Dan Uggla and Robinson Cano for the most long balls by a second baseman since 2009.

• Ex-Met J.J. Putz had a 28-game save streak snapped April 14 at Colorado. He blew his second save chance of the season Wednesday at Washington. Putz surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to Ian Desmond.

• Catcher Miguel Montero has thrown out seven of 14 would-be base stealers. He is backed up behind the plate by ex-Met Henry Blanco.


Gee vs. Diamondbacks (career: 1-1, 4.91 ERA)
Paul Goldschmidt 1.000, 1 PA
Cody Ransom .500, 2 RBI, 2 PA
Justin Upton .400, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 6 PA
Miguel Montero .200, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K, 5 PA
Gerardo Parra .200, 1 RBI, 1 K, 5 PA
Lyle Overbay .167, 6 PA
Ryan Roberts .167, 1 RBI, 6 PA

Santana vs. Diamondbacks (career: 2-0, 0.62 ERA)
Miguel Montero .333, 1 K, 3 PA
Jason Kubel .333, 1 RBI, 3 PA
Justin Upton .250, 2 BB, 3 K, 6 PA
Willie Bloomquist .214, 1 RBI, 1 K, 14 PA
Henry Blanco .125, 1 BB, 3 K, 9 PA
Aaron Hill .111, 1 RBI, 1 K, 9 PA
Lyle Overbay .091, 2 BB, 8 K, 13 PA
John McDonald .077, 1 BB, 2 K, 14 PA

Dickey vs. Diamondbacks (career: 0-1, 3.86 ERA)
John McDonald 1.000, 2 PA
Jason Kubel .600, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 PA
Willie Bloomquist .571, 2 RBI, 7 PA
Gerardo Parra .500, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 PA
Aaron Hill .500, 1 RBI, 2 PA
Justin Upton .250, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 K, 4 PA
Lyle Overbay .071, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 16 PA
Henry Blanco .000, 1 K, 2 PA
Cody Ransom .000, 1 K, 2 PA

Miley vs. Mets (career: never faced)

Corbin vs. Mets (career: never faced)

Cahill vs. Mets (career: never faced)
Andres Torres .222, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 10 PA

Last series results

Arizona won, 3-0, at Chase Field, Aug. 12-14, 2011 (AP game recaps)

Diamondbacks 4, Mets 3: Ian Kennedy won his seventh straight start to become the National League's second 15-game winner. Kennedy (15-3) allowed a run on six hits in seven innings to tie Philadelphia's Roy Halladay for the most wins in the NL. Justin Upton homered, Cody Ransom doubled in two runs and Kennedy helped himself with an RBI double as Arizona pulled two games ahead of second-place San Francisco. Jason Bay went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI single in the Mets' third straight loss and ninth in 12 games. Arizona first baseman/outfielder Xavier Nady's left hand was broken when he was hit by a pitch from Dillon Gee in the second inning.

Diamondbacks 6, Mets 4: Ryan Roberts hit a three-run homer and the Diamondbacks came from behind to win for the 33rd time this season. Daniel Hudson (12-8) allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits in eight innings. Hudson also had a run-scoring single, his 13th RBI of the year. J.J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth for his 29th save in 33 attempts. Mike Pelfrey was hit by a line drive off the bat of Gerardo Parra leading off the fifth inning and had to leave the game with a bruised right elbow. His team led 4-2 at the time. Reliever D.J. Carrasco (1-3) came on to hit Willie Bloomquist, then Roberts followed with his 16th home run of the season on the first pitch he saw.

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 3: Justin Upton homered, Paul Goldschmidt doubled twice and Arizona earned its sixth consecutive win. Diamondbacks starter Jason Marquis, acquired in a July 30 trade from Washington, was hit on the right shin by a line drive in the third and left the game one inning later with a broken shinbone. Goldschmidt doubled and scored on Henry Blanco's double to give Arizona a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning. Zach Duke (3-4), who came on in relief of Marquis, allowed two runs and four hits over 2 2/3 innings and David Hernandez pitched the ninth for his 11th save. Chris Capuano (9-11) allowed four runs and nine hits over six innings.

NL Rookie of the Year Watch

June, 20, 2011

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Danny Espinosa (left) sizzled during the Nationals eight-game winning streak, while Dillon Gee is off to a 7-0 start and Atlanta's Freddie Freeman (right) has been solid since a slow April.
Dillon Gee again attempts to go to 8-0 on Tuesday, against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. He was forced to depart his last start, in Atlanta, with a lead after four innings because of a 71-minute rain delay and received a no-decision.

Here's a look at other NL Rookie of the Year candidates:

Danny Espinosa's average may only be .237, but the Nationals second baseman has rookie highs with 13 homers and 43 RBIs. During Washington's past nine games, which included an eight-game winning streak that was snapped Sunday, Espinosa hit .342 with three homers and 10 RBIs.

• Atanta's Craig Kimbrel already has the NL rookie record for saves before the All-Star break with 19. But Kimbrel went 11 days without a save chance before notching one Sunday against the Texas Rangers. During that gap, Jonny Venters was 2-for-2 in save chances. Venters' 22-inning scorless streak ended in the series finale against the Mets.

Justin Turner has dipped to .277 with two homers and 30 RBIs through 155 at-bats, although he has six RBIs in his past seven games.

• After posting consecutive scoreless efforts upon entering the Diamondbacks' rotation in mid-May, and then another set of back-to-back scoreless starts to open this month, Josh Collementer has slowed down. In his past two starts, he has allowed eight runs in 12 innings and has been tagged with consecutive losses. Overall, he is 4-3 with a 2.09 ERA.

• Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman is hitting .271 with seven homers and 27 RBIs in 247 at-bats. Since hitting .217 in April, Freeman has a .303 average in a 41-game span.

• Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney is hitting .294 with one homer and 25 RBIs in 248 at-bats.

• Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is hitting .251 with five homers and 19 RBIs in 171 at-bats.

NL Rookie of the Year Watch

June, 5, 2011

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Josh Collmenter, Dillon Gee and Craig Kimbrel are among the early frontrunners for NL Rookie of the Year.
First in a weekly segment, as long as the Mets' rookies hang in there ...

There will be no shortage of National League Rookie of the Year candidates.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, for instance, already has set the league's rookie record for saves before the All-Star break with 17. He may threaten Jonathan Papelbon’s first-half major league rookie record of 26 in 2006 before all is said and done.

Teammate Freddie Freeman, Arizona’s Josh Collmenter, Chicago’s Darwin Barney, Washington’s Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa, and St. Louis’ Daniel Descalso may factor in the race, too.

The Mets -- out of nowhere -- have two legitimate candidates.

Infielder Justin Turner is the reigning NL Rookie of the Month. He had RBI streaks of seven straight games and six straight games in May, and became the first rookie in the majors since 1930 to produce an RBI in 13 games in a 15-game stretch. Turner became the first Mets player to win NL Rookie of the Month since the award was created in 2001.

Meanwhile, Dillon Gee -- who entered the rotation when Chris Young had arm problems that led to season-ending surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule -- is off to a 6-0 start. That’s not too shabby for a former 21st-round pick out of Texas-Arlington who was unsure enough about his draft prospects that his final year of college he was taking steps to follow his father’s footsteps as a Fort Worth firefighter. The 6-0 start matches the best to start a season by a Mets rookie in franchise history. The other pitcher to open 6-0: Jon Matlack. He was the 1972 NL Rookie of the Year.

The Mets’ other Rookie of the Year winners were Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden consecutively in 1983 and ’84, and Tom Seaver in 1967.

From ESPN Stats & Information:

• Espinosa (WSH) entered Sunday as the NL rookie leader in homers (10) and the MLB rookie leader in RBI (33). He is also tied for second among NL rookies (with Jason Pridie) in stolen bases (4).

• Barney (CHC) entered Sunday leading all NL rookies in hits (62).

• Freeman (ATL) is the NL rookie leader in doubles (14), with Descalso (STL) in 2nd (11).

• Kimbrel (ATL) entered Sunday second among NL rookies in strikeouts (43), trailing only teammate Brandon Beachy (46). (Beachy is 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA.) Kimbrel also entered Sunday as the major league rookie leader in saves with 17. No other NL rookie has more than five saves. Kimbrel's 17 saves also place him in a tie for second among all NL pitchers in that category (with J.J. Putz of Arizona), trailing only Florida’s Leo Nunez (19).

• Collmenter (ARI) is second among NL rookie starters in wins (4), trailing only Gee with 6. Collmenter also had the best WHIP among NL Rookie pitchers (starter or reliever) entering Sunday at 0.67.

Contender stats:
Dillon Gee, RHP, Mets: 6-0, 3.33 ERA
Justin Turner, IF, Mets: .313, 2 HR, 23 RBI
Craig Kimbrel, RHP, Braves: 1-2, 2.79, 17 saves
Josh Collmenter, RHP, Diamondbacks: 4-1, 1.25 ERA
Freddie Freeman, 1B, Braves: .273, 5 HR, 21 RBI
Darwin Barney, 2B, Cubs: .298, 1 HR, 25 RBI
Wilson Ramos, C, Nationals: .241, 3 HR, 14 RBI
Daniel Descalso, IF, Cardinals: .242, 1 HR, 17 RBI
Danny Espinosa, IF, Nationals: .218, 10 HR, 33 RBI



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