New York Mets: Roy Oswalt

Series preview: Mets vs. Rockies

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Getty ImagesThe Mets face (l to r) Tyler Chatwood, Chad Bettis and Jhoulys Chacin during a midweek series against the Colorado Rockies.
METS (49-60, third place/NL East) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (52-61, fourth place/NL West)

Tuesday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-1, 2.08) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.15), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Matt Harvey (8-3, 2.21) vs. RHP Chad Bettis (0-1, 9.00), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.97) vs. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (10-5, 3.40), 12:10 p.m. ET

Rockies short hops

• Left fielder Carlos Gonzalez should land on the disabled list before Tuesday’s series opener after aggravating a right middle finger sprain in his final at-bat Sunday. Gonzalez has experienced multiple setbacks since originally suffering the injury on a July 7 swing. He pulled out of the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game because of the issue. Josh Rutledge may take the roster spot.

• The Rockies arrive at Citi Field having lost six of seven games during the first two stops on their road trip, at Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Since the All-Star break, Colorado pitchers have a 5.11 ERA.


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Troy Tulowitzki has yet to hit his typical second-half stride.


• Closer Rafael Betancourt has missed the entire second half after undergoing an appendectomy. Left-hander Rex Brothers has handled the duty in Betancourt’s absence.

• The Rockies intend to pick up left-hander Jorge De La Rosa’s $11 million option for 2014. De La Rosa, 32, is 10-6 with a 3.31 ERA.

• Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still getting his timing down at the plate and has yet to produce at his typically high second-half level since returning from the disabled list July 11. He missed 25 games with a fractured rib on his right side. Tulowitzki is a career .319 second-half hitter.

Jhoulys Chacin is coming off an outing in which he limited the Pirates to one run in eight innings to earn his 10th win. Chacin keeps the ball down, producing a 1.30 groundout-to-flyout ratio. He also has been the most efficient pitcher in Colorado’s rotation. In fact, 53 percent of his plate appearances end in three pitches or fewer and 72 percent end in four pitches or fewer -- both among the tops in the majors.

Michael Cuddyer finished third in the Home Run Derby with a combined 15 long balls between the first and second rounds. He left the Rockies on Thursday and Friday to be with his ill wife.

• The Rockies’ have lost their No. 5 starters' last 10 outings, going 0-4 apiece with Roy Oswalt and Drew Pomeranz and 0-1 apiece with ex-Met Collin McHugh and rookie Chad Bettis.

Bettis, 24, allowed five runs in five innings in his major league debut Thursday at Atlanta, including surrendering homers to Jason Heyward and Justin Upton. A second-round pick in 2010 out of Texas Tech who can register 97 mph with his fastball, Bettis had been promoted directly from Double-A Tulsa. He had missed the entire 2012 season with a shoulder issue.

Pomeranz had an 8.10 ERA in four starts before developing biceps tendinitis.

McHugh, acquired by the Rockies for Eric Young Jr., had the first shot to replace Pomeranz. But the ex-Met allowed six runs in five innings in his Rockies debut on July 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers and was returned to the minors, leading to Bettis’ chance.

Oswalt suffered a setback in his return from a left hamstring injury while pitching a simulated game Saturday in Pittsburgh. Because Oswalt is a free agent at season’s end, the Rockies could choose to leave Bettis in the rotation even when Oswalt ultimately is ready to return.

Tyler Chatwood enters Tuesday’s start off an outing in which he allowed eight runs (seven earned) in 2 1/3 innings against Atlanta. He is believed to be nursing a leg injury, although he has not acknowledged the issue. Despite the rocky last outing, Chatwood has been the most unforeseen success story among Rockies starting pitchers.

Todd Helton, who had started nine of the past 10 games for the Rockies, had a back issue resurface Sunday while pinch-hitting. Helton turns 40 on Aug. 20.

Dexter Fowler is 4-for-22 with five walks on the road trip.

• Reliever Adam Ottavino is a product of Brooklyn’s Berkeley Carroll High. He trains with Jose Reyes, Pedro Beato and other athletes at a Garden City, Long Island, facility during the offseason.

Mini-Series preview: Mets at Rockies

June, 27, 2013
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Getty Images/USA TODAY SportsJeremy Hefner faces Tyler Chatwood in the makeup of an April postponement.
METS (31-43, fourth place/NL East) vs. COLORADO ROCKIES (39-40, third place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (2-6, 3.89) vs. RHP Tyler Chatwood (4-1, 2.22), 6:10 p.m. ET

Rockies short hops

• Closer Rafael Betancourt (groin) is expected to return from the disabled list on Friday, the day after the Mets make their cameo appearance at Coors Field.

Set-up man Rex Brothers has handled closing duty in the interim. The southpaw has been 3-for-3 in save conversions and has made 31 consecutive scoreless appearances -- the second-longest streak in franchise history. Opponents are hitting .175 over 29 innings during that span. The Rockies record is 33 straight scoreless appearances by Mike Myers in 2000.

• Right fielder Michael Cuddyer homered twice at Fenway Park on Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to a franchise-record-tying 23 games. Cuddyer is hitting .375 (36-for-96) with five homers and 16 RBIs during the streak, which is the longest in the majors this season. Cuddyer shares the franchise record with Dante Bichette, who had a 23-game hitting streak in 1995.

• Outfielder Dexter Fowler missed Wednesday’s game with right wrist soreness. Tyler Colvin instead started in center field.

Troy Tulowitzki (fractured rib) has started playing catch, but is not expected to return until after the All-Star break. Since Tulowitzki’s last start on June 13, Josh Rutledge and Jonathan Herrera have shared shortstop duties.

Carlos Gonzalez was named NL Player of the Week for the period ending June 16. He has a National League-leading 21 homers, one ahead of Philadelphia’s Domonic Brown. Gonzalez left Sunday’s game with leg cramps, but returned to the lineup Tuesday.

Roy Oswalt, who signed with the Rockies on May 3, has allowed nine runs in 11 innings over two starts in the majors with Colorado.

• Since allowing five runs (four earned) in his season debut on April 24 against Atlanta, Tyler Chatwood has not allowed more than two runs in any of his past seven starts. Chatwood did miss a start earlier this month with pain in the triceps. Chatwood, 23, was obtained from the Los Angeles Angels on Nov. 30, 2011 for Chris Iannetta.

• Ex-Met Hisanori Takahashi was obtained from the Chicago Cubs last weekend for a player to be named, but the Rockies have assigned the 38-year-old left-hander to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He allowed four runs in one inning in his Sky Sox debut.

• Catcher Wilin Rosario has six multi-hit performances in his past 10 games.

Valverde on radar to unseat Francisco

February, 1, 2013
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Jose Valverde is definitely on the Mets' radar, while Francisco Rodriguez is considered less likely and Brian Wilson a long shot.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who expressed serious concern with Frank Francisco as his closer, is trying to remedy the situation.

Alderson is pursuing Jose Valverde to compete with -- or more likely unseat -- Francisco as closer, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.

The deal with agent Scott Boras for Valverde would have to be on the Mets' terms, though. That means it would probably be akin to the contract to which Shaun Marcum agreed -- $4 million base, with a similar amount in incentives based on games finished or saves, in Valverde's case.

Valverde, 34, went 3-4 with a 3.78 ERA and produced 35 saves for the Detroit Tigers last season. He earned $9 million in 2012.

The Mets have tried to be inventive in locating a candidate to unseat Francisco, who will earn $6.5 million this season. Two baseball sources said Mets brass visited Roy Oswalt to try to convince him to come on board as the Mets' closer. But he is ultimately uninterested in following the path John Smoltz traveled from rotation to closer, so Oswalt won't be coming on board.

The Mets even would consider reuniting with Francisco Rodriguez, who had an interesting end to his Mets tenure -- the Citi Field incident with his girlfriend's father, and then he was hurriedly traded to a team that would have been on his no-trade list if it had been properly submitted.

However, a K-Rod reunion is unlikely. Boras, who also represents Rodriguez, is believed to still be seeking about $7 million for the right-hander's services.

Brian Wilson, the closer who has been linked the most to the Mets, is now considered very unlikely to be signed by New York. He threw only 20 pitches with low velocity when the Mets auditioned him last month at UCLA, and he is deemed not ready to return yet from Tommy John surgery.

The Mets expect to add to their bullpen before pitchers and catchers report in 10 days. They have one serious offer out to a late-inning reliever (but not a closer) and expect to hear back shortly. It's unclear which reliever that may be, but those who fit that profile include Brandon Lyon and Kevin Gregg.

'Nothing going on' with Oswalt

January, 30, 2013
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Several days after a Mets insider said the door had not fully closed on trying to sign Roy Oswalt even with the addition of Shaun Marcum, it appears the chances of Oswalt ending up a Met are now remote.

"Nothing going on with Oswalt," one team insider told ESPNNewYork.com on Wednesday.

Marcum's signing should be announced shortly.

Mets interested in Roy Oswalt

January, 26, 2013
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Roy Oswalt


The Mets have shown interest in free-agent right-hander Roy Oswalt, and the door has not fully closed even with the addition of Shaun Marcum to round out the projected rotation, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Oswalt, 35, went 4-3 with a 5.80 ERA in 17 appearances (nine starts) in 2012 with the Texas Rangers. He made his season debut June 22 -- less than four weeks after signing with the club on a minor league deal.

Oswalt worked entirely in relief last September. He made only 23 starts in 2011 because of lower-back inflammation.

Mets morning briefing 5.19.12

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Jon Niese surrendered a career-high four homers and matched a career high by allowing eight runs as the Mets were routed by the Toronto Blue Jays, 14-5, Friday at Rogers Centre. Catcher Rob Johnson proved the Mets' most effective pitcher, tossing a 1-2-3 eighth while topping out at 87 mph with his fastball and utilizing three pitches. Left-hander Robert Carson also tossed a scoreless frame in his major league debut. The Mets look to get back on track Saturday with Miguel Batista, coming off seven scoreless innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, opposing Brandon Morrow.

Saturday's news reports:

• Right-hander Jeremy Hefner is expected to be promoted from Triple-A Buffalo and join the Mets on Saturday, baseball sources told ESPNNewYork.com. We should learn the corresponding move this morning. If no one lands on the DL, it would seem possible that Hefner gets Manny Acosta's roster spot. Otherwise, the Mets could send Carson immediately back to the minors. Hefner tossed three scoreless innings for the Mets in his major league debut against San Francisco, then immediately returned to Buffalo.

• Read Friday game reports in the Star-Ledger, Times, Record, Daily News, Newsday and Post.

Ken Rosenthal reports Roy Oswalt auditioned for the Phillies and Red Sox, and also will do so for two other teams. He will not land with the Mets, ESPNNewYork.com is assured.

• The area surrounding Citi Field, which has been part of eminent domain claims, has more concrete plans for redevelopment. The Associated Press writes:

Under the agreement, the developers, Related Companies and Sterling Equities, would clean up the area and construct retail stores, including a mall in the Queens neighborhood. Then, no later than 2025, they would start construction on a mixed-use component that would include housing and measure anywhere from 1.3 million square feet up to 4.5 million square feet. The founders of Sterling Equities are Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, the owners of the Mets.

Terry Collins plans to for David Wright to rest on Saturday, which was prearranged before Wright became sick. The Mets are in a 20-games-in-20-days stretch. Wright actually was pulled from Friday's game in the bottom of the sixth with the Mets trailing, 10-1. Before departing, Wright recorded his 1,300th career high, matching Jose Reyes for second on the franchise's all-time list. He can now set his sights on Ed Kranepool's record: 1,418. Wright's average sits at .409. Read more in the Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• Citi Field will be packed Sunday, even though the Mets are away. A group of ultra-orthodox Jews has rented the stadium for a gathering to discuss the evils of the internet. Read more from the AP via USA Today.

• The stadium also will host a Latin-themed concert, on July 14. The scheduled performers: Gloria Estefan, Ricardo Arjona, Juanes, Alejandro Sanz, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Paulina Rubio, Prince Royce, Jenny Rivera, Tito El Bambino, Toņo Rosario, Plan B, Silvestre Dangond and Secreto among others. Tickets to go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. at Tickets.com, by calling (718) 507-TIXX and at Citi Field.

• Collins said Ike Davis is not platooning, and will start Monday in Pittsburgh against left-hander Erik Bedard. Justin Turner started Friday against former college roommate/southpaw Ricky Romero. Read more in Newsday.

• Johnson said he nearly pitched in a game with the Padres last season against the Reds. He threw one inning in college, but had not been a pitcher since high school. Todd Zeile was the Mets' last position player to pitch, eight years ago. Read more in the Post and Record.

Jason Bay ran and played catch at Rogers Centre on Friday, and Collins said the left fielder should take batting practice during the next series, in Pittsburgh, as Bay aims to ramp up activity toward a return from a fractured rib. Josh Thole, cleared for physical activity following a concussion suffered nearly two weeks ago, should head to Port St. Lucie after the weekend. Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) is fielding grounders but not running the bases. Chris Young's next minor league start, which would have occurred Sunday had he stayed on an every-five-days schedule, has been delayed, but for a good reason -- his wife is having a baby. Jenrry Mejia's third minor league start since Tommy John surgery is scheduled for today, with Double-A Binghamton.

• Class A St. Lucie second baseman Danny Muno was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, MLB announced. Read more in Newsday.

Jared Diamond in the Journal discusses Bobby Parnell's role. Writes Diamond:

On the surface, this seems like the perfect antidote to the Mets' most pressing issue: They desperately need help surviving the late innings of games. New closer Frank Francisco owns a ghastly 8.04 ERA, while setup man Jon Rauch lost two games in the last two weeks alone. The Mets' cumulative bullpen ERA of 5.00 ranks 28th in baseball. As virtually every Mets reliever besides Parnell continues to struggle, it raises a reasonable question: Why not start trusting Parnell in more pressure-filled situations? Sounds simple enough, but as the Mets learned last season, it doesn't always work out quite so easily. "With what Bobby went through last fall, I'm going to try to avoid that and let him build up to that closer's role," manager Terry Collins said.

Tim Bontemps in the Post chats with Binghamton third baseman Jefry Marte.

Matt Harvey struck out a season-high 11 batters and Valentino Pascucci homered twice as Triple-A Buffalo beat Gwinnett, 5-3, Saturday. A scout who watched Harvey originally expressed disappointment with the prospect not throwing a changeup until his 42nd pitch and 10th batter faced. But, the scout added, Harvey ultimately threw 10 changeups by the end of the night and was "very good after a rough first inning" that included surrendering a pair of solo homers. Read Friday's full minor league recap here.

TRIVIA: Which players were involved in the last Mets-Jays trade?

Friday's answer: John Gibbons managed the Jays in 2006, the last time the Mets visited Rogers Centre.

Oswalt to Mets? Ain't happening

May, 18, 2012
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Roy Oswalt has thrown for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies and will throw for two mystery teams as well, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Mets insiders tell ESPNNewYork.com he is not landing with the Mets.

That's no surprise at all, given the dollar commitment he would require and where the Mets are as an organization. Oswalt has never shown an inclination to want to play in Queens anyway.

For now, Miguel Batista holds the rotation spot formerly occupied by Mike Pelfrey. And Chris Young, despite a brief leave for the birth of a child, has pitched twice with Class A St. Lucie since returning from May 16, 2011 shoulder surgery and is progressing toward a return to the Mets within weeks.

OOOOOOOOOswalt dominates Mets

September, 12, 2010
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NEW YORK -- Jerry Manuel could only laugh and let out a sigh.

After watching Phillies starter Roy Oswalt dominate his team in a 3-0 Philadelphia win Sunday afternoon, the Mets manager was asked if Oswalt’s performance made the skipper wonder what would’ve happened had the righty been shipped to Queens, instead of Philadelphia, at this year’s trade deadline.

Cue the laugh and sigh from Manuel, along with two successive words, said multiple times in a joking manner that all but summed up his thoughts on the topic:

Said Manuel: “Next question.”

Facing Oswalt for the first time since his trade to Philadelphia on July 29, the Mets offense was M.I.A. as Oswalt hurled a complete-game shutout in Philadelphia’s 3-0 win at Citi Field. The Mets managed just two hits over the final eight innings and did not put one runner in scoring position the entire game. New York (70-73) is now 12.5 games behind first-place Philadelphia in the National League East.

“He was good, he was real good, kept us off-balance, he threw his changeup, slider, pitches behind in the count,” Manuel said. “A few guys hit the ball on the nose, but (Chase) Utley made some nice plays for him behind him and he pretty much cruised through us with no problem.”

Back when the Mets were still hanging around in the NL playoff race in July, the Mets and Oswalt seemed like a perfect couple. The former Astros ace was envisioned as the perfect complement to Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey as the Mets tried to make a push for a playoff spot.

Instead of coming to Queens, though, the Phillies acquired Oswalt for prospects and he is now helping them toward their quest for a fourth-straight NL East championship. The Mets? Well, they’re fighting to try and reach the .500 mark, and fell further behind in their quest as the result of a masterful performance by Oswalt.

The Mets offense struggled to put up much of a fight against Oswalt, failing to put together quality at-bats. The Mets grounded into 15 outs, compared to just four fly outs, and had just one inning in which they had multiple hits.

Trailing 1-0 in the first as the result of a Utley RBI single, Angel Pagan singled to right field, but was caught stealing second base for the second out. Carlos Beltran then singled to right, but David Wright followed with the first of his three strikeouts in the game.

The Mets also added singles to lead off the sixth inning and the ninth inning, but neither time could advance a runner to second. They only left three men on base in the loss.

“He throws strikes with any pitch at any time,” catcher Josh Thole said. “Anytime you face a guy like that you know you’re going to have your hands full, but you see the way he gets off to that kind of start in the first few innings, and you’re going to have to grind and put at-bats together.”

Oswalt’s dominance ruined a quality start by Jon Niese, who looked much improved on two extra days of rest. The Mets rookie gave up just three runs over seven innings, but battled out of several jams, including runners on second and third with zero outs in the top of the seventh. Niese fell to 9-8 on the year.

“What else can I say besides he pitched a gem,” Niese said of Oswalt. “It’s tough to win ballgames when you got a guy like that pitching as well as he did.”

Game 143: Phillies @ Mets

September, 12, 2010
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3:25 p.m.: Oswalt strikes out Beltran to end the game and the Mets get shut out and get just four hits. The Mets did not put a runner in scoring position all game.

3:11 p.m.: Oswalt is three outs from a shutout as he retires the bottom of the Mets lineup (which included two pinch hitters) easily and we go to the ninth. 3-0 Phillies.

2:56 p.m.: Niese is done for the day. He finishes with a line: 7 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs (all earned), 2 walks, 6 strikeouts. 101 pitches, 66 strikes.

2:40 p.m.: Raul Ibaenz clobbers his 14th home run of the year to dead center to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead, but Niese works his way out of further trouble. A single and double follow, but Niese retires Oswalt, and then after intentionally walking Shane Victorino, Polanco bounces into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. 3-0 Phillies, going bottom seven.

2:32 p.m.: Niese has to be wondering what he can do to get any support in this game. He singles up the middle to start the sixth inning, but the Mets big bats of Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan and Carlos Beltran can't do anything and the Mets strand a runner. 2-0 Phillies, going top seven.

2:18 p.m.: Oswalt is cruising. The Mets are still without a hit since the first inning, and aren't even putting together good at-bats. Niese leads off the next inning, so let's see if Jerry Manuel has him go six and yanks him. 2-0 Phils, going top six.

2:08 p.m.: This Oswalt fella is kind of good. He's retired 10 of the last 11 Mets, and has not given up a hit since the first inning. Mets aren't even putting together good at-bats. 2-0 Phillies, going top five.

1:48 p.m.: The Phils tack on another run as Ryan Howard singles to left field with two out to score Placido Polanco. Niese has five strikeouts so far through three innings. 2-0 Phillies, mid third.

1:19 p.m.: The Phillies take a 1-0 lead as the first three men all reach base, including an RBI single to right field by Chase Utley. Jon Niese, though, strikes out the next three Phillies (Ryan Howard, Jasyon Werth, Raul Ibanez) with runners on the corners to minimize the damage. 1-0 Phillies, mid first.

12:35 p.m.: Lineup


Mets

Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, RF
Carlos Beltran, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Chris Carter, LF
Josh Thole, C
Luis Hernandez, 2B
Jon Niese, LHP

Phillies

Shane Victorino, CF
Placido Polanco, 3B
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Jayson Werth, RF
Raul Ibanez, LF
Carlos Ruiz, C
Wilson Valdez, SS
Roy Oswalt, RHP

Source: Mets-Astros chat minimal

July, 21, 2010
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With 10 days to go until the trading deadline, the Mets have had very little conversation with the Houston Astros, a National League source said. The source expressed surprise about how little the Mets have called about Roy Oswalt. As for Brett Myers, the likelihood is the Astros hold onto him, the source suggested. Houston has an $8 million option for Myers for next season with a $2 million buyout.

Meanwhile, Houston has claimed two ex-Mets off waivers: Nelson Figueroa and Anderson Hernandez.

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