New York Mets: Rapid Reaction

Rapid Reaction: Giants 9, Mets 0

August, 3, 2014
Aug 3
NEW YORK -- Sandy Alderson said Bartolo Colon's trade value could go up as time goes on.

It could. But not this week.

Colon followed two strong starts with one of his worst of the season, allowing six runs and failing to make it out of the fifth inning of the New York Mets' 9-0 Sunday afternoon loss to the San Francisco Giants.

It was Colon's first chance at his 200th career win but ended up as his 137th career loss.

The Giants hit Colon hard, with home runs from Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt and doubles from Pence and Buster Posey. The Mets did not hit Giants starter Madison Bumgarner hard, although for the first time this weekend they didn't wait until the late innings to get their first hit. Wilmer Flores doubled to lead off the third inning.

Bumgarner retired 13 in a row after the Flores double before David Wright's broken-bat single in the seventh. He finished with a complete-game two-hitter.

The Mets have lost two of the first three games in this four-game series, falling back to five games under .500 (53-58). They were shut out for the 10th time this season.

The bad Bartolo: Colon relies heavily on location, so when he's off, the results can be ugly. Sunday's start was the fourth time this season he has allowed six or more runs. His ERA in his other 18 starts is 2.78.

Colon's ERA in his 10 wins is 1.74, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. His ERA in his other 12 starts is 6.91.

Pence has been a problem for Colon before. The Giants right fielder is now 5-for-8 against Colon with a double, two homers and two walks.

The bad Mets: Except for one big seventh inning Saturday, this has been a horrible weekend for the Mets' hitters. They had just two hits against Ryan Vogelsong on Friday and didn't have a baserunner against Jake Peavy until the four-run seventh Saturday. They were just as outmatched Sunday by Bumgarner.

Clip and save: Colon's next start will come Friday in Philadelphia, when he will again try to become the third Dominican-born pitcher to reach 200 wins (Juan Marichal and Pedro Martinez are the others), the third active pitcher with 200 wins (Tim Hudson and CC Sabathia) and the third pitcher to earn his 200th win while pitching for the Mets (Orel Hershiser and Martinez).

Colon's 199th win came Thursday against the Phillies.

What's next: The Mets and Giants complete this wraparound series with a 12:10 p.m. ET game Monday. Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77 ERA) and Giants right-hander Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71) are the scheduled starters.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Pirates 0

May, 28, 2014
May 28
NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon turned 41 last Saturday.

He doesn't look any older than he did last week. Or last year. Or the year before that.

Colon pitched into the eighth inning for the second consecutive start, allowing the New York Mets to end another rocky homestand with a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Colon allowed just four hits and struck out nine, and his only walk was intentional.

After apparently talking manager Terry Collins out of pinch hitting for him in the seventh, Colon finished the day with 121 pitches, the most he had thrown in a game in nearly 10 years.

He gave the Mets a win on a day when they didn't do all that much offensively, other than home runs from David Wright and Lucas Duda. Colon also limited the work for the bullpen on a day when Collins didn't have Jenrry Mejia available (Mejia threw two innings in his Tuesday night save).

With no Mejia, Collins turned to Jeurys Familia with two on and one out in the eighth, and Familia responded by getting ex-Met Ike Davis to ground into a first-pitch, inning-ending double play.

Familia stayed in to pitch the ninth and record his first save of the season. He is the sixth different Mets pitcher with a save, joining Mejia (four), Carlos Torres (one), Daisuke Matsuzaka (one) and the since-departed Kyle Farnsworth (three) and Jose Valverde (two). No other team has more than four pitchers with saves this season.

The Wright Citi? For all the talk about Mets hitters being intimidated by the Citi Field fences, Wright's home/road splits this season are virtually even. The one stat where they're not even is home runs, but only because Wright's four home runs have all come at home (including one Wednesday against Pittsburgh's Charlie Morton).

Then there's Duda, who overall has hit much better on the road (.323 batting average, .811 OPS) than at home (.163, .622 going into Wednesday). But six of Duda's seven home runs have been at Citi Field, including a long two-run home run off Bryan Morris in the eighth inning Wednesday.

Wright also committed two throwing errors, but his defense hasn't been an issue. The errors were just his fifth and sixth of the season. Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has twice as many, with his major league leading 12th helping lead to the Mets' second run Wednesday.

On to 3,000? No, obviously not for Colon, who recorded his 2,000th career strikeout when he got Davis looking in the sixth inning. But 2,000 strikeouts is a decent accomplishment.

Colon became the 70th pitcher with 2,000, and just the third active pitcher with that many. The other two: CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett. Tim Hudson, with 1,940, ranks fourth among active pitchers.

Colon has struck out 713 different hitters in his career. David Ortiz and Carlos Pena are his favorite victims, with 16 apiece.

A Familia hit: Because Familia was needed to finish the top of the eighth and because the Mets had a long bottom of the eighth, Familia got his first plate appearance in two years (and second of his big league career). He also got a hit, the first by a Mets reliever since Raul Valdes had three of them in 2010.

Situational walking, and running: The Mets scored the game's first run without a situational hit -- or any hit, for that matter. Duda led off the second inning with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Ruben Tejada failed to move him to third base, but Duda went to third on Juan Centeno's one-out ground ball and scored when Morton inexcusably threw a wild pitch with Colon at the plate.

What's next: With a rainout makeup scheduled for Monday night, the Mets will play the Philadelphia Phillies five times over the next five days. Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.63) starts the Thursday night opener for the Mets. Right-hander David Buchanan (1-0, 3.60), who beat the Los Angeles Dodgers last week in his big league debut, starts for the Phillies.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Diamondbacks 2

May, 25, 2014
May 25
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets salvaged the final game of their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, thanks to Anthony Recker, Bobby Abreu and Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Just how GM Sandy Alderson drew it up, right?

Thanks to important contributions from those unlikely heroes, the Mets defeated the Diamondbacks, 4-2, in the second game of a single-admission doubleheader at Citi Field.

The Mets (22-27) bounce back from a brutal loss earlier in the day but remain in last place in the National League East -- in a virtual tie with the Philadelphia Phillies (21-26). The Diamondbacks (20-32) continue residing in the cellar of the NL West.

Role of the Dice-K: The Mets couldn't have asked for more from Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Making his first start of the season after 14 relief appearances because the Mets used Bartolo Colon in Friday's game (that was called in the fourth inning and ultimately deemed a rainout), Matsuzaka pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on three hits.

He threw 98 pitches -- 42 more than in his longest outing of the year prior to this one -- and struck out six while walking just one. The Diamondbacks scored their two runs in the second inning, on a leadoff single by Aaron Hill, an RBI triple by Martin Prado and an RBI groundout by Cody Ross.

Matsuzaka got a much-deserved win after the Mets took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning (see below). He's now 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA -- in 27 innings pitched, he has allowed just 12 hits, with 30 strikeouts.

He also helped his own cause with an RBI single in the second inning, the fourth hit by a Mets pitcher on the year.

Unsung bunch: Two players on the bench for the first game of the doubleheader came up big in the nightcap.

Recker had a career-high four hits -- three singles and a double -- and scored what turned out to be the game-winning run in the sixth. Abreu drove in the game-tying run an inning earlier, with a double of his own -- one of his two hits in the game.

Ruben Tejada didn't start in Game 2, but he pinch hit for Matsuzaka in the bottom of the sixth and drove home Recker for the game-winning RBI -- another unlikely hero.

Downside: Juan Lagares had a tough day -- after a leadoff single in the first inning of Game 1, Lagares was retired eight times in a row, before a sacrifice bunt in his final at-bat. Lagares finished 1-for-9 in the doubleheader.

Curtis Granderson was also hitless despite starting in both games; he was 0-for-5 but walked three times and was hit by a pitch as well.

Upside: Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 (three singles) with a walk, drove home the Mets' insurance run in the bottom of the eighth, and finished with five hits on the day.

David Wright went 1-for-4 with a walk in Game 2, but thanks to his sixth-inning single he extended his hitting streak to nine games.

What a relief: Carlos Torres, Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia pitched three scoreless innings to finish off the victory.

Edgin, Familia and Mejia all worked in both games of the doubleheader. Mets manager Terry Collins did not use Scott Rice and Vic Black in either game.

As a whole, the Mets' bullpen (not including Matsuzaka) pitched six innings on the day and gave up zero earned runs. Mejia gave up the winning run in Game 1, but it was unearned.

What's next: The Mets will open a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Memorial Day at Citi Field, first pitch at 1:10 p.m. Jacob deGrom (0-2, 2.77) will make his third start for the Mets, opposed by fellow righty Brandon Cumpton (0-1, 4.26), who was just recalled from Triple-A. It will be former Met Ike Davis' first game in Queens since being traded on April 18.

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 3, Mets 2 (11)

May, 10, 2014
May 10
NEW YORK -- The scoreless streak ended for the New York Mets. The frustration at the plate continued.

If anything, it got worse in a long and crazy 3-2, 11-inning loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday at Citi Field.

The Mets, who went their final 23 innings in Miami this week without scoring, managed a first-inning run and a game-tying run in the eighth Friday.

In between? Well, the Mets left 14 runners on base through the first eight innings. They went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position through eight, the only hit being the Curtis Granderson double that broke the scoreless streak.

The Mets were saved, for a while, only by their partners in frustration, the Phillies. The Phils left 16 runners on base themselves, as the two teams threatened the major league record for most runners left on in a nine-inning game (30).

This one didn't end in nine, and extra innings did nothing to help the Mets' mood.

The Phillies finally won it in the 11th, when Chase Utley doubled off Carlos Torres, then scored on a double by ex-Met Marlon Byrd.

Mejia doesn't make it: If the Mets were hoping to see a sign that Jenrry Mejia can succeed as a starting pitcher, they didn't get it. Mejia, who had middle-inning trouble in his previous two starts, needed a career-high 101 pitches just to make it through 4 2/3 innings. Mejia faced 24 hitters, and 10 of them reached base.

Manager Terry Collins spoke before the game about how the Mets never planned on Mejia throwing more than about 150 innings this year (and probably more like 120-125). At this rate, though, the innings question might not be an issue. The bigger question is how many more so-so starts (if any) can Mejia afford before the Mets consider a change in the rotation?

Flores debuts: The Mets brought up Wilmer Flores from Triple-A hoping he could spark their struggling offense. He had two singles but also left five runners on base when he didn't deliver in the first and fifth.

As for Flores' defense, there wasn't much to talk about one way or the other. He made one routine play at shortstop. He made a diving stop on another play, but couldn't hold on to the ball and wasn't able to make a throw.

The streak ends: Granderson's double to right field brought home Daniel Murphy in the bottom of the first inning, but the Mets ended up leaving the bases loaded when Josh Satin struck out and Flores flied out to center field.

The 23-inning drought was the Mets' longest since 2010.

Rice returns: Left-hander Scott Rice, unavailable Tuesday and Wednesday because of back trouble, was back in the Mets bullpen Friday and appeared in the game in the eighth inning.

What's next: Some rain is in the forecast for Saturday night, but the Mets and Phillies will try to continue their three-game series with another 7:10 p.m. game. Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.51), who hasn't allowed a run in his past 16 innings, starts for the Mets. Right-hander Kyle Kendrick (0-3, 3.58) is the Phillies' scheduled starter.

Rapid Reaction: Nationals 5, Mets 1

April, 2, 2014
Apr 2
NEW YORK -- It's not just the bullpen.

Oh, the Mets bullpen is a mess after closer Bobby Parnell was injured on Opening Day. But the first two games of the season have provided the Mets with more reasons for disappointment than that.

And more reasons for their fans to boo.

The Mets are off to an 0-2 start for the first time in seven years, and Wednesday night's 5-1 loss to the Nationals came packaged with another injury. New left fielder Chris Young, who missed Monday's game with a strained right quadriceps, was done after the first inning Wednesday with what the Mets described as tightness in the quad.

So Young's first Mets at-bat will have to wait.

But he still has as many hits as Curtis Granderson.

Granderson, the Mets' big offensive addition over the winter, is already hearing boos from the fans at Citi Field. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Wednesday, leaving him 0-for-9 with five strikeouts so far as a Met.

The other big Met addition, right-hander Bartolo Colon, wasn't as bad in his debut Wednesday. Colon gave up three runs in six innings but allowed the Nationals to take the lead with a pair of fifth-inning home runs, the second of which came off pitcher Gio Gonzalez's bat.

Trouble against Gio: Juan Lagares' leadoff triple and David Wright's sacrifice fly allowed the Mets to snap Gonzalez's string of 16 consecutive scoreless innings at Citi Field. But the Mets managed just two more hits and no more runs against Gonzalez, now 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA in seven Citi Field starts.

Bullpen update: The Mets trailed this game before the bullpen ever got involved, so manager Terry Collins didn't get a chance to see how his late-inning relief would look without Parnell. But Collins did get new Met Kyle Farnsworth into the game in the ninth inning.

Cheers for Colon: An American Leaguer for nearly his entire career, Colon had only 96 at-bats in 16 seasons (and almost half of those were with the Expos 12 years ago). But his first Mets at-bat got a rise out of the small, chilled crowd at Citi Field. Colon shattered his bat on the swing, and the crowd cheered as he still ran to first base.

Staying away: The Mets' announced that attendance for the second game of the season was 29,146, but the actual crowd at Citi Field was nowhere close to that.

What's next: The Mets and Nationals finish up their season-opening series with a 1:10 p.m. game Thursday at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler (7-5, 3.42 in 2013), who had hoped to be the Opening Day starter, will instead start the season's third game against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (19-9, 3.25 in 2013). Daniel Murphy, who missed the first two games while on paternity leave, is expected to be back in the Mets lineup.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 1, Reds 0

September, 25, 2013

CINCINNATI -- Juan Centeno did what St. Louis All-Star catcher Yadier Molina couldn't -- he threw out Billy Hamilton.

The Reds' rookie base-stealing sensation saw his career-opening streak of consecutive successful stolen base attempts snapped at 13 when the Mets catcher threw him out easily at second base to end the fifth inning of New York’s 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Centeno, with help from Daisuke Matsuzaka's quickness to the plate, didn’t even need a pitch out to cut down Hamilton, which was crucial in the tight ballgame.

Matsuzaka (3-3) won his third consecutive start after losing his first three starts as a Met and receiving a no-decision in his fourth.

The Mets won the final two games of the series to finish 41-40 on the road, the second time in the past three seasons they’ve finished over .500 away from home.

Streaking: Daniel Murphy, who went into the game hitting .417 (5-for-12) with two doubles and two RBIs in his career against Reds starter Mat Latos, wasted no time extending his current hitting streak to seven games. Murphy sharply lined a single to center field with two outs in the first inning and then stole second, extending his streak of consecutive successful attempts to 20. He’d been tied with Tommie Agee for the third-longest streak in club history and now is one shy of tying Kevin McReynolds, who stole 21 straight without being caught in 1988.

What’s next: Right-hander Dillon Gee is the Mets’ scheduled starter on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. as they open their final series of the season, a four-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Gee is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in two career appearances, both of them starts, against Milwaukee. That includes an 8-0 loss on May 15, 2012, when the Brewers roughed him up for eight hits and seven runs in 5.1 innings.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 1, Marlins 0 (12)

September, 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- Travis d'Arnaud finally had a reason to smile.

D'Arnaud hit a walk-off single to power the Mets to a 1-0 win over the Marlins in 12 innings on Sunday at Citi Field.

D'Arnaud has been struggling at the plate this season, but he came up with his first career walk-off on Sunday.

Almost blew it: The Mets had the bases loaded with no outs in the 12th, but Zach Lutz and Andrew Brown each grounded into a fielder's choice as the lead runner was forced out at home. D'Arnaud then had the walk-off single.

G force: Dillon Gee pitched another great game on Sunday as he handled the Marlins with ease. He worked out of his biggest jam in the second inning, when the Marlins had a runner on third with one out, by striking out the next two batters. Gee gave up six hits over 7 1/3 innings while striking out eight. The no-decision left him at 11-10 on the season.

Rough inning for Murphy: The ninth inning was not kind to Daniel Murphy, as he committed a pair of errors. He made an errant throw to first base, and later failed to field a throw. He did, however, have a nice play to get the lead runner at third base for the first out of the inning. Closer LaTroy Hawkins worked around Murphy's blunders.

He was 3-10: The Mets managed just three hits in eight innings against Tom Koehler, and did not get their first runner into scoring position until there were two outs in the sixth inning. Koehler entered the game 3-10 with a 4.80 ERA, but he's had success against the Mets this year. He's now 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four games (three starts) against them.

Nice play: D'Arnaud had a nice throw to catch Justin Ruggiano trying to steal third in the sixth inning. It was not a smart play by Ruggiano as there were two outs and the batter, Logan Morrison, already had a triple. Murphy returned the favor in the seventh by getting picked off first base.

Effective: Gonzalez Germen struck out five batters in two innings of relief work. He gave up one hit.

Up next: The Mets have an off day before welcoming the Giants to town for a three-game set. Zack Wheeler (7-5, 3.22 ERA) faces Yusmeiro Petit (3-0, 2.53) at 7:10 p.m.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 3

September, 13, 2013

NEW YORK -- That was the type of hit that will help Lucas Duda in his quest to be on the Mets' roster in 2014.

Duda hit a critical three-run shot in the sixth to power the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Marlins on Friday night at Citi Field. The Mets trailed 2-1 when Duda's home run put them ahead for good. Duda's roster spot for the 2014 season is not a lock as the team may look to other options at first base.

With the win, the Mets snapped a four-game losing streak, and postponed, at least for one night, their fifth straight losing season. They improved to 65-81.

No solo shot: Coming into the game, 11 of the 12 home runs Duda had hit this year were solo. Duda had just one homer in 15 prior games since returning from Triple-A Las Vegas before his go-ahead homer. He finished 1-for-4 and now has 13 homers and 30 RBIs.

Niese effort: Jon Niese pitched a solid game, holding the Marlins to three runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He had trouble retiring Giancarlo Stanton, as the Marlins slugger torched him for a pair of solo homers in the second and seventh, but otherwise pitched well. Niese breezed through the first four innings, but the Marlins had better at-bats as the game progressed. He's now 7-7 on the season.

What Brown can do for you: Andrew Brown hit a massive homer to left in the second that tied the game at 1. It was his seventh homer of the season. He finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a pair of walks.

Up next: The Mets will play a doubleheader against the Marlins on Saturday. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-3, 8.00 ERA) faces Henderson Alvarez (3-4, 4.34) at 4:10 p.m., while Carlos Torres (3-4, 3.53) opposes Jacob Turner (3-6, 3.43) in the second game.

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 2, Mets 1

August, 26, 2013
NEW YORK -- The worst day of the Mets' season didn't get any better at night.

After it was announced that ace Matt Harvey has a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, the Mets fell to the Phillies 2-1 on Monday night at Citi Field.
Zack Wheeler was outpitched by All-Star Cliff Lee.

Just needed one out: Wheeler's inability to close out the fourth inning cost him the game. With two outs in the fourth, and the Mets ahead 1-0, he allowed a single to Michael Young and walked Darin Ruf, the lone free pass he yielded. Cody Asche then drilled a two-run triple to deep right-center to put the Phillies ahead 2-1. Aside from that trouble, Wheeler otherwise cruised against this weak lineup, giving up just five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out seven and was charged with just those two runs over 105 pitches. He fell to 6-3.

Much different: The last time Lee faced the Mets, he got tagged with the loss on July 21 after surrendering five runs and seven hits in six innings. Lee dominated the Mets on Monday and possibly could have had a scoreless outing if not for a blunder by his outfielders. A routine fly ball to right-center dropped in between right fielder John Mayberry Jr. and center fielder Roger Bernadina in the second inning. Marlon Byrd, who was credited with a double, came around to score on a single by Andrew Brown that put the Mets up 1-0. Lee went eight innings.

First time: Top prospect Travis d'Arnaud caught a runner stealing for the first time in his career as he nailed Chase Utley at second for a pivotal out in the eighth inning. He went 1-for-3 with a single in the eighth inning.

Up next: The Mets will try to end their five-game slide as Jon Niese (5-6, 4.03 ERA) faces off against Kyle Kendrick (10-10, 4.51) at 7:10 p.m.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Rockies 1

August, 8, 2013

NEW YORK -- Home sweep home.

The Mets swept a three-game home series for the first time this season as they bested the Rockies 2-1 Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

Dillon Gee threw 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball to record the win, and catcher Anthony Recker had the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

Cruising: Gee had the unenviable task of following Matt Harvey after his shutout Wednesday night, but he more than stepped up to the challenge. The Rockies, fielding a minor league lineup, didn't provide much opposition, save for a fourth-inning homer by Corey Dickerson. Gee has been fantastic since the All-Star break as he has now gone at least seven innings in each of his four starts since then, and has surrendered one run or less in three of those outings. Gee improved to 8-8.

Flores again: Wilmer Flores tied the score in the fourth inning with a fielder's choice that made it 1-1. Flores, playing third base for the injured David Wright, has four RBIs in his first three games. He went 0-for-3 and is 2-for-11 to start his career.

Getting dicey: Gee departed after allowing a single with two outs in the eighth, and was replaced by Scott Rice, who walked pinch hitter Troy Tulowitzki. David Aardsma replaced Rice and retired Michael Cuddyer on a soft fly to left with the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first base.

Bad running: Ike Davis made a costly blunder when he ran past third base with two outs in the fourth and got caught in a rundown, resulting in an out. Davis, to his credit, nearly outran Colorado's Nolan Arenado to the plate but was tagged out just before scoring. Davis went 1-for-3.

Up next: The Mets begin an 11-game trip Friday in Arizona. Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.23 ERA) faces Patrick Corbin (12-3, 2.33) at 9:40 p.m. ET.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Royals 2 (11)

August, 2, 2013

NEW YORK -- Eric Young Jr.'s two-run homer gave the New York Mets a 4-2 walk-off win in 11 innings over the Kansas City Royals on Friday, but David Wright's early departure overshadowed the victory over baseball's hottest team at Citi Field.

Wright had to leave in the 10th inning after coming up limp running to first base.

Wright leaves: Wright appeared to pull a hamstring a few steps before first base as he ran out a base hit to start the 10th. Wright left the game shortly after, and was limping as he exited the field. He went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run.

Wright, who has been battling a hamstring issue, was seen during Wednesday's loss against Miami grabbing his hamstring while on the basepaths. Mets manager Terry Collins said that Wright's legs were tight.

Earlier in the game, Wright hit a two-run shot to put the Mets up 2-0 in the first inning. It marked Wright's 220th career homer, tying him with Mike Piazza for the second-most in franchise history. Darryl Strawberry owns the record with 252.

Ike responds: After being dropped to seventh in the lineup, Ike Davis went 3-for-3 with a walk. Davis had been hitting fourth or fifth since returning from the minors on July 5, but Collins said Davis wasn't doing a good enough job driving in runs. Davis singled in the second and fourth innings, walked in the sixth inning, then doubled to right to start the ninth. Davis did, however, commit an error in the seventh inning, and LaTroy Hawkins bailed him out of a second error in the eighth inning with a nice scoop of a low-tossed ball.

Gee cruises: Mets starter Dillon Gee suffered a tough-luck no-decision on Friday night. He navigated the Royals' lineup with ease as he gave up one run on three hits over seven innings, leaving with the lead. The Royals did not get their first runner to third base until the seventh, and with two outs and two on in that frame, Gee induced a soft fly from Jarrod Dyson to escape damage. Gee has thrown precisely seven innings in each of his three starts since the All-Star break.

Feliciano returns: Southpaw reliever Pedro Feliciano pitched in his first game in the majors since Oct. 2, 2010. He retired Alex Gordon in the ninth with two men on and the go-ahead run at third base.

Aardsma closes: David Aardsma attempted to notch his first save since Sept. 19, 2010, but he couldn't protect a 2-1 lead in the ninth. Aardsma served as the closer due to Bobby Parnell being unavailable with a sore neck.

Up next: Carlos Torres had been scheduled to start Saturday but he appeared in relief. The Mets will likely use Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.21 ERA) against Bruce Chen (4-0, 2.09). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

Rapid Reaction: Diamondbacks 5, Mets 3

July, 4, 2013
NEW YORK -- Harvey Day didn't go as planned for the Mets.

Matt Harvey tied a career high by giving up five runs in Arizona's 5-3 win over the Mets in front of a season-best crowd of 41,257 at Citi Field on Wednesday night.

Harvey yielded five runs in six innings while also surrendering nine hits, which is tied for the second-most he's allowed in his career.

The game was delayed 1 hour, 51 minutes to start due to rain.

Not great late: Arizona worked Harvey all game, as he had just one perfect frame, and finally broke through in the sixth. With the Mets up 2-0 with two on and two outs, Harvey hung a slider and Cody Ross deposited it in the left-field seats to put Arizona up 3-2. In the seventh, a leadoff walk and back-to-back hits led to Harvey's departure with the Mets down 4-2 and two men on. Harvey is now 7-2, and his ERA rose to 2.27.

Helping out: One future All-Star helped out another as David Wright hit a solo shot in the fourth to give Harvey a 1-0 lead. Wright tied John Buck for the team lead with his 13th homer and upped his team-leading RBI tally to 43. He's in line to be the starting third baseman in the All-Star Game. Wright was 2-for-4.

First! Josh Satin continues to make the fans forget about Ike Davis, hitting his first career homer Wednesday night. Satin, who has been playing first base while Davis tries to find his swing with Triple-A Las Vegas, is hitting .378. He went 1-for-4.

Flashing leather: Omar Quintanilla had the play of the game in the fourth inning. On a grounder up the middle by Ross, Quintanilla laid out on the outfield grass and snagged the ball before flipping it, from his stomach, to Daniel Murphy for the forceout at second.

Sellout: The packed house marked just the second sellout at Citi Field this year.

Up next: The Mets will try to win the series against Arizona as they send Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60 ERA) to the mound against Ian Kennedy (3-4, 5.36) at 1:10 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Nationals 1

June, 29, 2013
NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey could have used this kind of bullpen effort.

One night after the bullpen blew a three-run lead, the relievers held down the fort late as the Mets beat the Nationals 5-1 on Saturday at Citi Field.

After surrendering five runs in two innings Friday, the Mets' bullpen threw three scoreless Saturday to make a winner of starter Dillon Gee. The Mets' offense had a nice day at the plate, defeating Taylor Jordan in his debut.

Off the mat: Gee bounced back from a rough start in Philadelphia by holding the Nationals to one run over six innings. Gee worked efficiently, throwing just 85 pitches, and avoided stressful situations. While the low pitch count was evidence of Gee's success, it will be something to keep an eye on after the game, as Gee is currently battling elbow tendinitis. The Mets are keeping a close eye on him because of it, and it's not unreasonable to believe that the early exit could be tied to the tendinitis. Gee is now 6-7.

Byrd's the word: Marlon Byrd continued his hot streak as he went 1-for-3 and scored two runs. Byrd now has 40 RBIs, which is second on the Mets. He reached base four times Saturday, including twice on errors, and was hit by a pitch. His RBI single in the sixth inning put the Mets up 5-1.

Snapping the streak: Shortstop Omar Quintanilla snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the fourth inning. He followed that up with a double in the sixth inning, ultimately scoring in that frame to put the Mets ahead 4-1. Quintanilla finished 2-for-4.

Sloppy play: The Mets took advantage of sloppy play by the Nationals to tally runs. An error by Ryan Zimmerman to start the fourth led to the Mets tying the game at 1-all. In the fifth, a pair of errors on one play, which included Zimmerman's second gaffe of the day, led to the Mets scoring a pair and taking a 3-1 lead.

Up next: Zack Wheeler (1-0, 3.18 ERA) will make his Citi Field debut Sunday. He will oppose Gio Gonzalez (4-3, 3.31) at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Rapid Reaction: Braves 6, Mets 0

May, 25, 2013

The Mets had no answer for Mike Minor -- at the plate and on the mound.

Atlanta's starter almost beat the Mets single-handedly, as he pitched 7 1/3 innings of zero-run ball and smashed a two-run homer in Atlanta's 6-0 win on Saturday at Citi Field. The Braves won both games on the day, as the teams earlier finished their suspended game from Friday, with Atlanta winning 7-5 in 10 innings.

At 17-29, this the worst Mets start since the 1993 team started 16-30.

Needed one more out: Mets starter Dillon Gee was cruising through 4 2/3 innings, and then it all went south for him. Single. Homer. Double. Single. Double. Single. And it was 5-0. He was one out away from throwing five scoreless and he instead heard boos as the Braves kept pounding him for hits.

Gee has struggled to go deep into games this year, and it continued Saturday, as he lasted five innings, giving up eight hits and five earned runs. Gee has not pitched more than six innings since his first start on April 4. In his past five starts, he's gone five innings four times and four innings in the other.

As the Mets decide who they are going to bounce from the rotation for Zack Wheeler, Gee isn't making a great case to stay in it. While he might have more wins than Jeremy Hefner, you can make a case that Hefner has been the better pitcher this year. Gee is now 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA.

Ike watch: After Ike Davis singled for the second time in 43 at-bats during the suspended game, Davis was a pinch hitter in the nightcap and struck out. Davis did not start the game due to the lefty-lefty matchup against Minor.

Bats, are you there? The Mets simply couldn't get anything going against Minor. It took them 5 1/3 innings before they had more hits cumulatively as a team than Minor had himself. One player who did show up was Ruben Tejada, who went 3-for-4 with three singles. In the suspended game, he popped out while trying to lay down a bunt in the 10th inning, but he responded nicely.

Time to move out: The Mets have now lost eight straight games at home and have not won a series at Citi Field since April 19-21, when they took two of three against Washington. With one more against Atlanta and with the 30-win Yankees coming to town Monday and Tuesday, it might get worse.

Up next: The Mets will try to avoid the sweep Sunday as they send Marcum (0-5, 6.79) against Atlanta's Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.99). First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m.

Rapid Reaction: Brewers 3, Mets 0

September, 16, 2012

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Young (4-8) picked up all four of his wins on the road this season, but he and the Mets came up empty in a 3-0 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park in the finale of the weekend series.

Young’s gopherballs: Ryan Braun hit two solo shots, extending his NL lead to 40, and Aramis Ramirez added the other as Young kept everybody else in check. He allowed eight hits with two strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings in his first loss to Milwaukee in three career starts.

Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta ended Young’s 18th start this season with a double in the seventh. Josh Edgin took over for Young and walked Norichika Aoki, the only batter he’d face. Manny Acosta ended the threat when he retired the next batter, Rickie Weeks, on a fly to right.

September call-up shuts out Mets: Josh Thole and Andres Torres had the only hits, both singles, off Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (2-0). The big right-hander went eight stellar innings, struck out five and did not walk a batter until the eighth when Thole worked him for seven pitches and drew a walk. Peralta retired 24 of the 27 Mets he faced.

Dubious achievements: Lucas Duda struck out swinging in the second and became the Brewers' 1,259th strikeout victim this season, a franchise record. Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta struck out David Wright and Ike Davis before getting Duda.

Young served up Braun’s 200th and 201st career home runs. The solo shot in the fourth extended Braun’s NL-leading total to 39 and two innings later, he connected on a 2-2 pitch for his 40th. It was the seventh time in Brewers’ franchise history that a player reached 40 home runs.

Young was also victimized by Ramirez who followed Braun’s fourth-inning clout with a solo shot, marking the ninth time the Brewers have gone back-to-back this season. They're still playing meaningful games in September -- just two games out of the wild card at the moment.

Burning rubber: The Mets, 7-5 in their last 12 games away from Citi Field, slipped to 5-8 this season in rubber games, including 1-5 on the road.

Ed Kranepool Watch: David Wright went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, leaving him with 1,411 career hits, seven shy of tying Ed Kranepool for most in franchise history.

What's next: The Mets face the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field at the start of this season’s final homestand, a 10-gamer. R.A. Dickey (18-5, 2.88 ERA) faces Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36 ERA) on Monday night; Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.92 ERA) goes against Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95 ERA) on Tuesday night,; and either Collin McHugh or Jeremy Hefner will take on Cole Hamels (15-6, 3.06 ERA) on Wednesday night.



Bartolo Colon
11 3.85 125 161
BAD. Murphy .299
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 69
RD. Murphy 70
OPSL. Duda .841
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.48
SOZ. Wheeler 148