New York Mets: Kyle Lobstein

Mets 5, Tigers 4: Brown delivers, Soup hot

March, 18, 2014
Mar 18
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Probable fifth-starter Daisuke Matsuzaka surrendered homers to Miguel Cabrera and Tyler Collins and was charged with four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings, but the Mets rallied to beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, Tuesday at Tradition Field.

Andrew Brown plated Anthony Seratelli with a walk-off single in the ninth as the Mets improved to 9-10-2 in Grapefruit League play.

Joel Auerbach/Getty ImagesDaisuke Matsuzaka allowed a pair of home runs Tuesday.

“The situation for me hasn’t changed,” Matsuzaka said through interpreter Jeff Cutler. “I’m still aiming for a spot in the rotation for Opening Day. I just have to continue doing what I’ve been doing and make a case for myself.”

Hot Soup: First baseman Eric Campbell homered against Detroit left-hander Kyle Lobstein and finished 2-for-4 with two extra-base hits and two runs scored. The 26-year-old Boston College product is now hitting .333 in 36 Grapefruit League at-bats.

The righty-hitting Campbell likely is ticketed for a corner infield/corner outfield role with Triple-A Las Vegas. He is not on the 40-man roster, which is a major obstacle, but nonetheless may have opened eyes this spring training.

“Hopefully,” Campbell said. “This is my first big-league camp, so it’s really my first time playing a lot in front of T.C. and the other coaches and Sandy and all the higher-ups. It’s been good so far.”

Campbell had his career on the ropes in 2011 when he hit only .247 with four homers in 126 games with Double-A Binghamton. But he shed 15 pounds that next offseason, returned to the B-Mets and reestablished himself by hitting .297 with a .391 on-base percentage and .439 slugging percentage in 2012.

“I just put my head down and kept working, got in better shape,” Campbell said. “I lost some weight and said, ‘Hey, I’m going to really focus.’ I said, ‘I’m going to give it all I’ve got for one more year.’ Since then it’s really taken off.”

Campbell hit .314 with eight homers and 66 RBIs and had a .435 on-base percentage in 425 plate appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas last season. He logged 29 games in right field, 28 at third base, 27 at first base and 26 in left field and also pitched an inning, albeit allowing four runs, including a homer.

Said Terry Collins: “He’s athletic, runs for a big guy.”

Lacking gas: Closer Bobby Parnell continued to lack velocity in his fourth exhibition appearance, but Parnell nonetheless tossed a perfect ninth inning.

“The first time out the adrenaline was flying and he threw it up there pretty good,” Collins said. “Today I think he might have hit 90 mph. He’s still going to need some innings. Next time out he’s probably going to go back-to-back, which may help him a little bit. He’s throwing good. He feels good. I think he’s just getting himself ready.”

Said Parnell: “I feel good. Every day it’s getting better. I feel like I had good depth on my two-seamer today, so I used it a lot.”

As for his velocity, Parnell added: “I’m not worried about it.”

In the middle: Collins acknowledged Wilmer Flores, who started at shortstop again Tuesday, would likely see time at both middle-infield positions with Las Vegas assuming he opens the season in Triple-A, which is the projection. “He needs to play both,” Collins said.

What’s next: The Mets have their lone off day of spring training Wednesday. Collins indicated the entire team would be off. That includes Ike Davis and Lucas Duda as well as Jonathon Niese, who had indicated he may resume throwing as soon as Wednesday. The Mets reassemble Thursday to face the Atlanta Braves in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m., with Zack Wheeler expected to start.

Minors 6.21.13: Mazz 2 RBIs for 'Clones

June, 21, 2013
TUCSON 5, LAS VEGAS 3: Ike Davis homered twice and Wilmer Flores also went deep, but the solo shots were not enough. Starter Chris Schwinden (3-7) was charged with five runs in five innings. Box

ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets (44-28) did their damage in the second inning against Erie starter Kyle Lobstein. Alonzo Harris opened the scoring with a bloop single

that plated Richard Lucas. Xorge Carillo followed with a sacrifice fly for an early 2-0 lead. Erie got on the scoreboard for the first time in the third against Logan Verrett. James Robbins hit a solo homer to cut the B-Mets' lead to 2-1. In the sixth, Marcus Lemon led off with an opposite-field double. Zach Maggard bunted the next pitch. Verrett fielded it and threw to third, but not in time. Jamie Johnson then hit a fly ball into the left-center gap. Darrell Ceciliani and Harris dove for the ball and collided. The ball hit the ground and two runs scored on a triple as Erie took a 3-2 lead. Harris left the game in the eighth. Verrett (8-3) pitched into the eighth inning for the third time this season, but could not get through the frame. With two outs, Hernan Perez launched a two-run homer to cap the scoring and chase Verrett. Verrett struck out a career-high 11. Danny Muno doubled to begin the ninth, but was stranded at second as closer Justin Souza earned his 15th save. Cesar Puello missed a second straight game after getting hit in the foot with a ball during his final at-bat Wednesday. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 3: St. Lucie (39-30) scored three ninth-inning runs for the

comeback win. Dustin Lawley opened the final frame with a game-tying homer, his 14th long ball this season. Jayce Boyd then singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run on Kevin Plawecki's double. A second wild pitch in the inning eventually scored Plawecki. T.J. Chism worked around an error by shortstop Matt Reynolds and a double to strand two in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth for his ninth save. Boyd went 3-for-4 and is hitting .556 in two games since a promotion from Savannah. Starter Angel Cuan allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. Chasen Bradford (4-2) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Box

LEXINGTON 6, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Matt Koch allowed four runs in six innings. Phillip Evans' two-run homer in the fifth accounted for the lone Savannah runs. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Rob Whalen allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in his season debut. Amed Rosario went 2-for-4 in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 4, ABERDEEN 2: LJ Mazzilli went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and is the lone Cyclone to hit safely in all four games this season. Brooklyn trailed 2-0 in the sixth before finally getting to Aberdeen starter Steven Brault. Anthony Chavez doubled and Patrick Biondi singled to chase Brault. Reliever Janser Severino entered and Mazzilli laced a run-scoring double. A wild pitch evened the score at 2. Chavez and Biondi were right in the middle of things again an inning later. With runners on the corners, Biondi singled up the middle to score Alex Sanchez, giving the Cyclones a 3-2 lead. Biondi finished 2-for-5. With the bases loaded, Mazzilli walked for a two-run lead. Southpaw Carlos Valdez allowed two runs in five innings in his Cyclones debut. In his second Cyclones appearance, Akeel Morris struck out seven in 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit. Left-hander John Mincone replaced Morris to record the final out with a runner on first. Mincone struck out Jeff Kemp to record his second consecutive save. Box

GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3: Hansel Robles surrendered four runs (three earned) in 4

2/3 innings as the revived Gulf Coast League club lost its season opener. Robles, who is on the 40-man roster, had last appeared in a minor league game May 19 with Class A St. Lucie. He had missed time with a shoulder strain. Wuilmer Becerra, acquired in the R.A. Dickey deal, started in right field and went 3-for-4 and had an RBI in his organization debut. First baseman Elvis Sanchez contributed a two-run homer in the seventh. Ramon Estevez tossed 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Tim Byrdak had tweeted he was due to pitch in the game, but did not. Dan Warthen said Byrdak recently had dealt with a dead-arm period. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 5.2.13: Gnats grab sole hold of 1st

May, 3, 2013
RENO 5, LAS VEGAS 1: Collin McHugh surrendered four runs, including a two-run homer by Brad Snyder, in five innings. McHugh (2-2) allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out four as his ERA rose to 3.57 with his second straight loss. Josh Satin started in left field -- his first outfield action in his six pro seasons. The 51s' lone run came in the third on Wilmer Flores' single, which plated Satin to open the game's scoring. Box

ERIE 9, BINGHAMTON 1: Erie starter Kyle Lobstein took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The B-Mets were held to a season-low two hits. The SeaWolves grabbed an early lead, plating the first run of the game three batters in against B-Mets starter Logan Verrett. Daniel Fields singled, stole second and scored on a double from Ramon Cabrera. Erie put the game out of reach with five runs in the fifth. The first four batters singled. Marcus Lemon contributed an RBI single. Two runs came home when Cabrera beat a potential inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Tyler Collins capped the inning with a two-run homer. Verrett (4-1) was tagged for six runs on eight hits and no walks in six innings in his first Double-A loss. He struck out one -- the fewest in any of his pro starts. Erie kept the offense going against reliever Josh Edgin in the seventh. Hernan Perez tripled and Cabrera walked. Collins then blasted his second homer of the game and fourth of the series to give Erie a 9-0 lead. Binghamton finally ended Lobstein's no-hit bid in the seventh. After a throwing error and a walk put two aboard, Cesar Puello dumped a two-out single into right field. The hit, which extended Puello’s hitting streak to nine games, plated Josh Rodriguez with Binghamton’s lone run. Outfielder Cory Vaughn remained sidelined. He should be out up to a week with elbow soreness. Box

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2: T.J. Chism walked Levi Michael with one out and the bases loaded to score Kyle Knudson from third in the bottom of the ninth and end the game.

Doug Mientkiewicz-managed Fort Myers improved to 22-4. Miguel Sano had a two-out, game-tying single against Mets reliever Randy Fontanez in the eighth to make it 2-2. St. Lucie starter Alex Panteliodis tossed five quality innings, allowing only a solo homer, in his Florida State League debut. Pedro Felicano pitched a scoreless sixth and induced an inning-ending double play on a diving stop by second baseman T.J. Rivera. Feliciano allowed a walk and single. Dustin Lawley ripped a double in the first to score Matt Reynolds and give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Aderlin Rodriguez had a sac fly to score Rivera in the fifth for a 2-1 advantage. Noah Syndergaard starts Friday for St. Lucie. Box

SAVANNAH 5, KANNAPOLIS 3: After a 92-minute rain delay at the start, the Gnats needed just 2:04 to earn their eighth win in nine games. With losses by Augusta and Asheville, the Gnats are alone in first place for the first time all season. The Gnats took a 4-3 lead in the sixth. Jayce Boyd led off with a sharp one-hopper that shortstop Jean Almanzar booted. Kevin Plawecki drove in Boyd with a double -- his league-leading 16th two-bagger of the year. Trailing 3-0, Savannah had evened the score with a three-run fourth. Eudy Pina and Yucarybert De La Cruz singled to begin the frame. Boyd plated both with his 10th double this season. Boyd scored the tying run on a wild pitch by Kannapolis starter Myles Jaye. The Intimidators built a 3-0 lead through three innings against Savannah starter Gabriel Ynoa, who nonetheless hung in though seven innings for his third win. The Intimidators used a pair of solo homers -- by Brett Tanner leading off the second inning and by Kale Kiser with one out in the third -- to hurt Ynoa. However, the 19-year-old hurler steadied himself and faced the minimum over his final four innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo sat out for a second straight game with mild hand soreness. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 4.9.13: Wheeler faces Giants club

April, 9, 2013
FRESNO 4, LAS VEGAS 1: Facing his former organization, Zack Wheeler was charged with

four runs (one earned) on eights hits and three walks in an 92-pitch effort over 5 1/3 innings. Wheeler struck out six against the Giants' top farm club. Errors by third baseman Brian Bixler as well as Wheeler resulted in three unearned runs. Wheeler's error came on an misfire to second base after fielding a bunt. Josh Satin had staked Wheeler to an early lead with a second-inning solo homer against former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit. Wheeler also faced his former organization last year in Double-A. He limited Richmond to one run in 7 1/3 innings last July 5. Petit, who was traded by the Mets to the Marlins in the Nov. 24, 2005 Carlos Delgado trade, limited the 51s to one run on eight hits in six innings. Box

ERIE 2, BINGHAMTON 1: Binghamton grabbed the early lead with a two-out rally in the first against Erie starter Kyle Lobstein. Richard Lucas singled and scored when Rhyne Hughes bounced a double off the top of the right-field wall. In his second start with the

B-Mets, Rafael Montero cruised through five innings. Montero’s smooth stretch came to an abrupt end in the sixth when the SeaWolves plated their first run. Tyler Collins started the rally with a double and Ramon Cabrera tied the score by doubling as well. Montero settled for the no-decision. He allowed one run on six hits in six innings. He struck out seven and did not issue any walks. Lobstein settled in and finished his night with four scoreless innings, exiting in the top of the sixth for reliever Michael Morrison. Erie grabbed the lead against reliever John Church (0-1) in the seventh. James Robbins greeted the righty with a double, moved to third on a groundout and scored the decisive run on Marcus Lemon’s sac fly. Binghamton's Wilfredo Tovar led off the eighth with a single, but was picked off first by catcher James McCann. Alonzo Harris followed with a hit and stole second base, but was doubled off to end the inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 0: St. Lucie improved to 5-0 as Luis Mateo, Randy Fontanez and T.J. Chism combined on the nine-hit shutout. Mateo (1-0), who made 12 starts for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2012, was making his Florida State League debut. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings. St. Lucie opened the scoring in the fourth as Dustin Lawley doubled and later came home on a fielding error. A three-run sixth included a two-run single by Charley Thurber. Box

SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 2: Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jayce Boyd went 3-for-5 and drove in a run. Starter Luis Cessa allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings. Julian Hilario contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets end quiet week in Nashville

December, 6, 2012

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At this point, the Mets' wish list appears to include resolving R.A. Dickey's situation, signing Miguel Olivo and adding a righty-hitting outfielder such as Cody Ross.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mets, as they maintained would be the case, did not select a player for themselves in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft Thursday morning, which wrapped up the winter meetings. (They did select left-hander Kyle Lobstein, but he is headed to the Tigers in a prearranged deal for modest cash.)

Other than formally introducing David Wright, who gave a hearty endorsement of the plan going forward, the Mets (like the Yankees) overall had a quiet week.

The same work remains to be done as when they arrived:

• Resolve the R.A. Dickey situation.

• Find a righty-hitting catching complement for Josh Thole.

• Add two righty-hitting outfielders.

• Retool the bullpen leading into Frank Francisco.

Mets insiders continue to portray it more likely that Dickey stays than goes in a trade -- with or without a contract extension beyond 2013.

The Los Angeles Dodgers could be a wild card, though. If they lose out on Zack Greinke to the Texas Rangers and miss out on Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin or free-agent Anibal Sanchez, too, they likely would engage the Mets about Dickey. (L.A. wants to add two frontline pitchers -- preferably hard throwers.)

Miguel Olivo appears the top free-agent target for the Mets at catcher. Sandy Alderson said a trade was unlikely to materialize. The GM added that the Mets may be forced to go with Anthony Recker, who was a waiver claim from the Chicago Cubs.

Scott Hairston and the Mets still could work out a deal. The remaining free agents that fit the Mets' profile appear to include Cody Ross, Jeff Baker, Matt Diaz, Reed Johnson and Austin Kearns.



Bartolo Colon
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BAD. Murphy .296
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 81
RD. Murphy 74
OPSL. Duda .817
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173