New York Mets: Marco Estrada

Teagarden slams door shut on Brewers

June, 10, 2014
Jun 10
NEW YORK -- Taylor Teagarden’s pregame emphasis before his Mets debut centered on preparing to catch Daisuke Matsuzaka. That ended up working fine, with Matsuzaka limiting the Milwaukee Brewers to one run in six innings.

The 30-year-old Teagarden also provided an important blast at the plate, opening a five-run lead in the sixth with a grand slam against Marco Estrada en route to the Mets’ 6-2 win against the Brewers at Citi Field.

Teagarden became the second Mets player ever with a grand slam in his debut with the club, joining Collin Cowgill on Opening Day 2013.

“The thing I was really preparing for is just catching Daisuke more than anything. I really hadn’t caught a full outing of his, even dating back to spring training,” Teagarden said. “So I was really trying to focus on getting on the same page with him. Getting a big knock there in the sixth, that was just icing on the cake.”

Teagarden subsequently was briefed by teammates on the team’s season-long bases-loaded woes. Although the Mets now have three slams this season, they are hitting only .172 (11-for-64) with the bases loaded, even after Teagarden’s shot.

“A couple of guys told me,” Teagarden said. “I don’t know the exact stat, but if I can help get the monkey off the back, whatever it takes.”

As for the fastball from Estrada, Teagarden added: “He had kind of pitched me different every at-bat. The first at-bat was a lot of changeups. The second at-bat he threw his curveball a few times. I think he was trying to sneak a fastball by me -- something he hadn’t really done yet. It just caught a little bit of the plate. I was trying to shorten up and get a base hit. It was just a little bit elevated for me to drive it out to right field.”

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Brewers 2

June, 10, 2014
Jun 10
NEW YORK -- After Terry Collins received a vote of confidence from Sandy Alderson, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Daniel Murphy and Taylor Teagarden gave their manager the support he really needed.

Matsuzaka limited the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers to one run in six innings and Murphy and Teagarden homered as the Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-2 win Tuesday at Citi Field.

Murphy, fresh off a trip to the White House to discuss parental rights, opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the third inning against right-hander Marco Estrada.

After Estrada issued three sixth-inning walks, Teagarden deposited an opposite-field grand slam over the right-field wall for a 6-1 lead.

Teagarden, who had 20 homers in 467 career major league at-bats with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, was making his Mets debut after swapping spots with demoted Travis d’Arnaud.

Despite the Mets’ .159 average with the bases loaded this season entering the night, the 30-year-old Teagarden became the third Met with a grand slam this season, joining Ike Davis and Wilmer Flores. The only other Met with a slam in his first career game with the ballclub was Collin Cowgill on Opening Day 2013, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The lone run against Matsuzaka came on an RBI double by Lyle Overbay in the fourth past first baseman Lucas Duda.

Matsuzaka was making his second start since Rafael Montero’s demotion opened a rotation slot until Dillon Gee returns from a lat-muscle strain.

In the sixth, Matsuzaka was struck on his right backside by a leadoff line drive from Carlos Gomez. Matsuzaka scrambled to retrieve the baseball and threw to first base for the out against the speedy ex-Met. A visit from assistant trainer Brian Chicklo ensued. After warm-up pitches, Matsuzaka’s outing resumed. He completed the inning and then departed with his pitch count at 100.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom, still searching for his first win, makes his sixth major league start Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. DeGrom (0-2, 3.19 ERA) opposes right-hander Wily Peralta (5-5, 3.03).

Series preview: Mets at Brewers

July, 4, 2013

USA TODAY Spors/Associated Press/Getty ImagesThe Mets face (l to r) Johnny Hellweg, Yovani Gallardo and tentatively Wily Peralta this weekend.
METS (35-47, fourth place/NL East) vs. MILWAUKEE BREWERS (34-50, fifth place/NL Central)

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-1, 5.06) vs. RHP Johnny Hellweg (0-1, 20.25), 8:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Shaun Marcum (1-9, 5.03) vs. RHP Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 4.78), 7:15 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (3-6, 3.54) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (5-9, 5.27), 2:10 p.m. ET

Brewers short hops

Wily Peralta was forced to leave Tuesday’s start against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning with a left hamstring strain. He is questionable to make Sunday’s start. Fellow starting pitcher Marco Estrada already has been on the DL for nearly a month with a left hamstring strain. If Peralta is not able to make the start, right-hander Tyler Thornburg, the Brewers’ top prospect, who currently is working out of the bullpen, is a candidate to fill in.

• Ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez has taken over the closer role from Jim Henderson. Manager Ron Roenicke told Milwaukee reporters the decision was performance-based and not intended to showcase K-Rod before the July 31 trade deadline, although Rodriguez clearly is a trade candidate. Rodriguez has a 0.92 ERA and has recorded seven saves. That included the 300th save of his career, which made him the 25th pitcher in major league history to reach that plateau. K-Rod joined the Brewers on May 16, four weeks after signing with the organization. His contract calls for a prorated portion of a $2 million base salary.

Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesEx-Met Carlos Gomez leads the NL in WAR.

• Center fielder Carlos Gomez signed a three-year, $24 million extension in March. After earning $4.3 million this year, he will receive $7 million in 2014, $8 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016. Gomez was traded by the Mets to the Minnesota Twins in the Johan Santana deal. He recently missed a week with a sprained left shoulder, which he suffered crashing into the outfield wall. Gomez’s 4.8 WAR leads the NL. David Wright ranks second at 4.7.

• Left fielder Ryan Braun, who is on the disabled list with an inflamed nerve between the thumb and index finger in his right hand, has started swinging a bat. He potentially could return before the All-Star break.

Jean Segura, acquired from the Los Angeles Angels along with Johnny Hellweg for Zack Greinke before last year’s trade deadline, leads the National League in hits. He ranks third in NL All-Star balloting at shortstop. The only major leaguers with 10-plus homers and 20-plus steals this season are Segura and Mike Trout.

Juan Francisco was acquired from the Atlanta Braves on June 3 for Double-A left-hander Thomas Keeling. A natural third baseman, the Brewers nearly exclusively have used Francisco at first base, although he did play third base Thursday and commit two errors. His only previous pro experience at first base was three games in 2010 in Triple-A with the Cincinnati Reds.

• Hellweg, a 6-foot-9 rookie, allowed seven runs (five earned) in 1 2/3 innings in his major league debut last Friday. He then appeared once in relief. Kyle Lohse jumped ahead in the rotation because Lohse’s June 30 start lasted only 1 2/3 innings before a rain delay ended his outing. Hellweg touched 102 mph in a Triple-A game earlier this season.

Yovani Gallardo was charged with a season-high eight runs against Nats in his last start. That is as many earned runs as Gallardo surrendered in five June outings. The three-inning outing was his shortest since April 27, 2012. Gallardo, although signed for next season, is a trade candidate.

Jonathan Lucroy’s 40 RBIs as a catcher rank second in the NL at that position, trailing only St. Louis’ Yadier Molina.

Corey Hart, who has not appeared this season, needs left knee surgery that will sideline him the entire year. He had undergone surgery in January on his right knee. Hart is eligible for free agency after the season. He is one of three Brewers first basemen who have season-ending injuries. The others: Mat Gamel (torn ACL suffered during spring training) and Taylor Green (hip surgery).

• Third baseman Aramis Ramirez has required sporadic days off for a left knee issue. He twice has sprained the knee this season.

• The Brewers have drawn the fewest walks in the majors.

• Second baseman Rickie Weeks hit .355 with five homers in June.

• Former closer John Axford has not surrendered a run in his last 23 appearances. Axford reportedly is drawing trade interest.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Brewers 1

June, 7, 2011
WHAT IT MEANS: Jose Reyes is the Mets’ MVP. His seventh-inning triple against reliever Marco Estrada scored two runs and lifted the Mets to a 2-1 win against the sizzling Brewers.

Reyes produced his MLB-high 11th triple -- five more than runner-ups Colby Rasmus of the Cardinals and Peter Bourjos of the Angels -- and his first triple away from Citi Field. Earlier in the game, Reyes had extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Reyes is the third player in the last 80 seasons to have 11 triples within his team’s first 60 games, joining Rod Carew (11, 1977 Twins) and Curtis Granderson (12, 2007 Tigers).

Milwaukee dropped to 21-8 at Miller Park.

CENTER OF ATTENTION: Ex-Met Carlos Gomez, who originally was traded to Minnesota in the Johan Santana deal, had a pair of highlight-reel catches for the Brewers in center field. Gomez reached over the wall to take away a two-run homer from Carlos Beltran in the seventh, after Reyes had given the Mets a one-run lead.

Two innings earlier, Gomez also ran down Chris Capuano’s shot in left-center, then crashed into the wall.

CAPPER: Capuano got pushed out of Milwaukee by the rotation additions of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, but the southpaw showed his former employer he still can pitch, despite having endured two Tommy John surgeries. On a balmy evening in which the temperature at the first pitch registered 94 degrees, Capuano matched zeroes with Marcum into the sixth. That ended when ex-teammate Prince Fielder homered on the first pitch of the bottom half of the inning to dead-center to break the scoreless tie.

Marcum departed after six scoreless innings with his pitch count at 108, having limited the Mets to two hits -- a second-inning double by Ruben Tejada and fifth-inning single by Reyes -- as well as four walks.

Capuano was pulled for pinch-hitter Jason Pridie in the two-run seventh. The ex-Brewer ended up improving to 4-6 with his first win since May 15 at Houston.

FEELING ALL RIGHT: Beltran, forced to leave Sunday’s game in the second inning after fouling a ball off the inside of his right shin, played a full game Tuesday after a team off-day. He went 0-for-4, including getting robbed by Gomez of a two-run homer.

BAY WATCH: Jason Bay, who was held out of the lineup Sunday because of profound struggles, returned to left field and batted sixth Tuesday, but the lack of production continued. Bay went 0-for-3 with a walk and is hitless in his last 20 at-bats.

K-ROD TRACKER: After Pedro Beato and Jason Isringhausen tossed perfect innings, Francisco Rodriguez entered for the ninth inning and notched his 17th save and 24th game finished. K-Rod is on track for 65 games finished, 10 over the threshold for his $17.5 million option to vest for 2012.

WHAT’S NEXT: Mike Pelfrey (3-4, 5.56 ERA) opposes left-hander Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.69) in Game 2 of the series on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. ET.



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