New York Mets: Ryan Ludwick

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Reds 3

April, 5, 2014
Apr 5
NEW YORK -- A day after Lucas Duda had the heroics with a pair of two-run homers, the guy who lost the first-base competition had the big moment.

Ike Davis had a pinch-hit grand slam against J.J. Hoover in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Mets to a 6-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

The only thing missing was Justin Turner to deliver a whipped-cream pie during the postgame celebration. Jonathon Niese did the honors instead.

It was Davis’ third career walk-off homer.

The last walk-off grand slam for the Mets: Jordany Valdespin on April 24, 2013, against the Dodgers’ Josh Wall.

The Mets also successfully challenged an umpire’s call for the first time this season during the pivotal frame.

Juan Lagares opened the bottom of the ninth with a walk. Anthony Recker then attempted to sacrifice Lagares to second with the Mets trailing, 3-2.

First baseman Joey Votto pounced on the bunt and tried to get the lead runner. Second-base ump James Hoye ruled Lagares out, but Terry Collins challenged the call and successfully had it overturned after a two-minute, 14-second review.

Ruben Tejada, attempting to sacrifice both runners ahead, then walked to load the bases with none out.

That prompted Collins to turn to Davis to pinch hit.

Hoover was handling the closing duties with Aroldis Chapman and Jonathan Broxton on the disabled list.

How did the Mets get in the predicament?

Dillon Gee, cruising through a stellar outing in the eighth, surrendered a two-run homer to Brandon Phillips on pitch No. 100 as Cincinnati took a 3-2 lead.

Southpaw Scott Rice had been waiting to enter to face the next two batters -- the lefties Votto and Jay Bruce -- with a runner on third and the Mets leading by a run. So Phillips likely was Gee’s final batter regardless of the outcome of the one-out faceoff.

Gee also allowed a fifth-inning solo homer to Ryan Ludwick. Gee’s line: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR.

Curtis Granderson had lifted the Mets to a 2-1 lead in the sixth with his first homer with the ballclub. The two-run shot against Johnny Cueto landed in the upper deck in right field.

Cueto had held the Mets hitless until Tejada's one-out double in the fifth.

It’s a hit: Leadoff hitter Eric Young Jr. had a seventh-inning infield single, snapping his hitless drought at 15 at-bats to open the season. He earlier reached base on an error by second baseman Phillips.

Duda day: A day after belting a pair of two-run homers, Duda went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Entering the series, Collins indicated Davis likely would start once against the Reds in order to keep his bat sharp for pinch-hitting. So Davis figures to find himself in the lineup Sunday.

K zone: The Mets collectively struck out 10 times, upping their season total to 53. That is the franchise record through five games, topping 44 in 1968, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

What’s next: Niese will be activated from the disabled list to pitch the homestand finale. He opposes right-hander Alfredo Simon at 1:10 p.m. Sunday.

Wilmer Flores is expected to be sent to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for Niese’s addition. The Mets had been carrying an extra bench player and four starting pitchers.

Flores joined the Mets when Daniel Murphy went on paternity leave and remained because Chris Young landed on the disabled list with a right quadriceps injury. Flores should play more shortstop than second base in the near future with the 51s.

Series preview: Mets vs. Reds

April, 4, 2014
Apr 4

Getty ImagesThe Mets face Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (0-3, fifth place/NL East) vs. CINCINNATI REDS (1-2, third place/NL Central)

Friday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Mike Leake (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (0-1, 1.29), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Alfredo Simon (0-0, -.--), 1:10 p.m. ET

Reds short hops

• Cincinnati opened the season with an MLB-high eight players on the disabled list. The most gruesome injury occurred to flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman, who was struck by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Salvador Perez on March 19. Chapman suffered eye and nose fractures and also a mild concussion. He had a plate and screws inserted to stabilize the bones near his left eye.

Mark Sheldon/Associated PressAroldis Chapman is taken off the field after being struck by a March 19 line drive.

Also opening the season on the DL: right-handers Mat Latos (Oct. 11 elbow surgery and Feb. 14 knee surgery), Jonathan Broxton (Aug. 23 forearm surgery) and Brett Marshall (finger tendon), left-hander Sean Marshall (shoulder), catcher Devin Mesoraco (oblique), infielder Jack Hannahan (shoulder) and free-agent infielder/outfielder signee Skip Schumaker (shoulder).

Alfredo Simon, who has 19 career saves, steps into the rotation as the fifth starter until Latos returns. Latos tossed four innings for Double-A Pensacola in a rehab start Thursday.

• Bryan Price, 51, is the first-year manager of the Reds. He served the previous four seasons as the team’s pitching coach under Dusty Baker.

J.J. Hoover may take the lead in a closer-by-committee scenario until Broxton and then Chapman returns. Broxton may be back within a week. Hoover’s co-closers for now include Logan Ondrusek, Manny Parra and Sam LeCure. Hoover had 23 straight scoreless appearances last summer, a franchise record for a right-hander.

Mike Leake, still 26 year old, already has made five Opening Day rosters with the Reds. His 57 hits are the most by any MLB pitcher since his 2010 debut.

• Cincinnati opened its season by failing to score in its first 17 innings, until Chris Heisey’s walk-off single against St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez won Game 2 of the season, 1-0. Heisey had six spring-training homers, tied for the MLB lead.

• Speedster Billy Hamilton is hitless in 12 at-bats with six strikeouts to open the season. Four of the Ks came on Opening Day. He has been caught stealing only once in his big-league career -- by the Mets’ Juan Centeno last season. Hamilton is handling center field (and playing shallow to take advantage of his speed) with Shin-Soo Choo’s defection to the Texas Rangers on a seven-year, $130 million deal.

• First baseman Joey Votto, the 2010 NL MVP, notched his 1,000th career hit Wednesday.

• Toms River/Rutgers product Todd Frazier had his fourth career multihomer game Thursday.

Johnny Cueto, who made his third straight Opening Day start, was a tough-luck loser against St. Louis. He surrendered a solo homer to Yadier Molina while allowing only two other hits and a walk in seven innings in the Reds’ 1-0 loss to Adam Wainwright. Cueto made only 11 starts last season because of three disabled-list trips.

• Cincinnati experienced a combined 6 hours, 22 minutes of rain delays on Wednesday and Thursday.

• Left fielder Ryan Ludwick had a better Opening Day this season than a year ago, even though he went 0-for-4. In the 2013 opener, Ludwick tore the labrum in his right shoulder on a headfirst slide into third base. He required surgery and did not return until Aug. 12.

• Catcher Brayan Pena, who played with the Detroit Tigers in 2013, signed a two-year, $2.275 million contract in November. Incumbent catcher Ryan Hanigan was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in December.

• Right-hander Homer Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million extension with the Reds on Feb. 19. He went 11-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 32 starts last season and would have been eligible for free agency next winter.

Morning briefing: Piazza's Mets isolation

March, 6, 2013

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Miguel Cabrera and Team Venezuela visit Tradition Field this afternoon.

FIRST PITCH: A day after the death of Venezuela president Hugo Chavez, the Mets face that country’s World Baseball Classic team in a 12:35 p.m. exhibition today at Tradition Field.

Jonathon Niese, Scott Atchison and Hansel Robles are due to pitch for the Mets.

Former Cincinnati Reds right-hander Ramon Ramirez (not the ex-Met) is due to start for Venezuela. He pitched in Mexico last season.

At last night’s Miami Marlins exhibition win against Team Venezuela at Roger Dean Stadium, there was no moment of silence to recognize the controversial Chavez’s death and the Venezuelan flag was lowered to half-staff only briefly -- a joint decision between the Marlins and MLB.

"He was a man of baseball," Venezuela manager Luis Sojo said, according to the Sun-Sentinel. "He was always aware of the team and who was on it. He was the first call I got in the morning during the tournaments in 2006 and 2009. He lived for baseball.

"It's always sad when someone dies. He was a human being, a president, a man who battled a lot for his life. He asked his family for peace. We're in a tough situation in our country right now. God has [Chavez] now."

Wednesday’s news reports:

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Mike Piazza's relationship with the Mets has been chilly.

• David Lennon in Newsday checked in with Mike Piazza, a coach for Italy’s World Baseball Classic team, about whether he is estranged from the Mets. Writes Lennon:

Piazza does admit his relationship with the Mets has felt more distant lately, and he couldn't really put his finger on why. Returning for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at Citi Field sticks in his mind as a powerful event, but he stressed that it's more difficult for him to be around the team because of his family life in Miami. …

"I wouldn't say we're growing apart -- that's too strong," he said of the Mets. "It's not terrible. It's not bad. It's just kind of in a little bit of a lull, I guess. I think when you move on, and just start a new life, a new somewhere, it's tough to stay connected, and they've gone through some changes as well. I would say that I've turned a page in my life personally. I think if there is a future for me there, I truly believe things will work out. I'm always optimistic."

Wearing a heart monitor, Pedro Feliciano allowed a leadoff homer and plunked the lone lefty batter he faced while making his first appearance as a Met since 2010. Read more in the Post.

Shaun Marcum and LaTroy Hawkins pitched two innings apiece and the Mets were two-hit in a 4-0 loss to the Miami Marlins in a “B” game. Most players in major league camp had Tuesday off. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Record, Daily News and Newsday.

Jenrry Mejia has been dispatched to New York for follow-up testing on his initial physical, a team spokesman said. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and Record.

• With Mark Teixeira withdrawing from the World Baseball Classic because of a strained wrist, Ike Davis is among multiple candidates to replace him, an official told

• Mets officials privately believe Johan Santana almost assuredly cannot avoid the DL to open the season, writes Andy Martino in the Daily News. Sandy Alderson publicly has described it as “less and less likely” that Santana can be ready for Opening Day.

• Via a video game, UniWatch gets an apparent sneak peek at this year’s All-Star Game uniforms. View here.

• Tickets for the July 14 Futures Game at Citi Field as well as FanFest at Jacob Javits Center go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Details here.

• Richard Sandomir in the Times reports Mets’ revenue continues to tumble. Writes Sandomir:

The ballpark’s latest financial statements show some of the effects of faltering attendance. Last season, the Mets averaged 28,035 a game, down nearly 7 percent from the 2011 season.

Ticket receipts from Citi Field’s most expensive 10,635 seats -- the biggest source of revenue -- fell nearly 13 percent, to $43.9 million from $50.5 million in 2011. Advertising revenue also fell, to $44.2 million from $46.1 million. Luxury suite revenue took a small hit, dropping from $7.7 million to $7.5 million. But revenue from concessions, parking and “other” increased.

Revenue fell over all, to $121.5 million from $126.9 million. In 2010, it was $143.9 million.

David Wright had an RBI triple and walk in three plate appearances and logged five innings at third base as Team USA played to a 4-4 draw with the Chicago White Sox in a World Baseball Classic tune-up Tuesday in Glendale, Ariz.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post asserts that even the Mets’ strength -- starting pitching -- cannot be viewed as a strength when compared with the division. Writes Sherman:

So the Mets like their rotation. But will it be better than Washington’s with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and plenty of back-end depth? Nope. Is it better than the Phillies’ with Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay (and if you say Halladay is a health concern, I would say not nearly as much as Johan Santana)?

Are the Mets’ starters better than the Braves’? Even if you think Santana, Jon Niese and Matt Harvey are comparable to Tim Hudson, Kris Medlen and Mike Minor, well, tie goes to the group supported by superior relief. And Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel-led bullpen might be the converse of the Mets’ outfield -- the best unit in the majors.

So within the NL East, the Mets’ rotation -- which, again, is their strength -- projects as better than just the sell-off Marlins’.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal reports Collin Cowgill is one of only 56 position players since 1876 in the majors who throw lefty and bat righty. The only other active players in that category: Ryan Ludwick and Cody Ross. "It happened the way it was supposed to," Cowgill told Diamond.

• Ken Belson in the Times looks at the growing isolation the Mets have in Port St. Lucie with fewer and fewer teams to play. The Washington Nationals (Viera, Fla.) and Houston Astros (Kissimmee, Fla.) may be the next teams on the move. And the recent buzz among baseball personnel is that the St. Louis Cardinals may even look to depart nearby Jupiter, which they reportedly would be allowed to do if one more team departs Florida’s Atlantic Coast.

Michael Bourn, who signed with the Cleveland Indians after the Mets never got the draft-pick issue resolved, told Anthony McCarron in the Daily News: “Mets fans shouldn’t have anything to be mad at. They’re trying to move in the right direction. I can say that. I know that. … I couldn’t wait too much longer, man. It was close to spring training before it happened. I was ready to roll and so was Cleveland. I’m pretty sure the Mets were, too. It just didn’t happen.”

• Dan Martin in the Post writes the Mets regret putting some of their pitchers on the mound so early in spring training.

From the bloggers The Eddie Kranepool Society reviews Piazza’s autobiography. … Shannon from Mets Police looks back at his first day as a Shea Stadium vendor, Opening Day 1987.

BIRTHDAYS: No one to ever play in a game for the Mets was born on this date, but Shaquille O’Neal and Tom Arnold celebrate birthdays.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which former Mets players’ numbers should the team retire?

'Common ground' with R.A.; Ludwick redux

December, 5, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Mets insider late Tuesday night echoed the comments from R.A. Dickey's agent earlier in the day, that trading the knuckleballer would not be a shocker.

Still, the team insider reiterated what multiple people with Mets ties told before the winter meetings began: The Mets will look to be overwhelmed in a trade proposal for Dickey or another starting pitcher. Otherwise, they will take their projected 2013 rotation to spring training intact.

The source went on to say there is "common ground" toward reaching an extension deal with Dickey.

• Ryan Ludwick reportedly will return to the Cincinnati Reds for two years, $14 million.

Ludwick was on the Mets' radar, since they desperately need righty-hitting outfield bats. So why did the Mets not go to that level of bidding?

One team insider said that price is too steep for that caliber of player, and it's almost fortunate the Mets do not have money to spend if that's the market price. Another team insider said that was Ludwick's price to remain in Cincinnati and it would have been higher to head to New York.

So where do the Mets go from here for outfield help?

A team insider said piecing together two righty-hitting outfielders from the free-agent market is doable, although the dwindling list includes few names: Scott Hairston, Cody Ross, Jeff Baker, Austin Kearns, Reed Johnson and Matt Diaz among them. The Mets insider added there are trades available for the Mets to accept that would yield similar talent.

• A team official said's report about the Mets pursuing Cleveland Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano at the winter meetings was inaccurate. The person added that while the Mets have been pursuing Kansas City Royals relievers to no avail over the past year, that is not a recent occurrence.

Mets meet with Hairston's agent

December, 4, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Sandy Alderson acknowledged meeting Tuesday with the agent for Scott Hairston.

Hairston made $1.1 million last season and is in line for a sizable raise after slugging 20 homers. He would like a multi-year deal, but Mets insiders have expressed optimism he will re-sign. The logic: The lefty-dominated Mets can offer significant playing time. And teams that would like Hairston for more of a bench role will cap the amount they will bid because he would be a complementary player for them.

“We’ve talked to his agent today,” Alderson said. “I’m not prepared to say I’m optimistic about any particular option right now. We’re still evaluating them. Having optimism over one suggests that we prefer one or the other.”

Alderson did say he is not eager to give any free-agent outfielder a two-year deal, while not fully ruling it out.

“Two years at minimum salary? Done,” Alderson quipped.

More seriously, he added: “We’d be careful about that.”

Alderson believed he could leave the winter meetings with an outfielder.

“It’s a possibility," he said. "I wouldn’t say it’s a certainty.”

Ryan Ludwick may be the best available free-agent outfielder at the upper limits of the Mets' price range. The Post's Ken Davidoff reports the Mets also have interest in corner infielder Mark Reynolds for an outfield role, but may be scared off by a $7 million price tag for one year.

Mets morning briefing 8.17.12

August, 17, 2012
Matt Harvey tossed a career-high 7 2/3 innings and the Mets had enough cushion to withstand another Frank Francisco meltdown and salvage the series finale with an 8-4 win in Cincinnati on Thursday night. Ike Davis and Jason Bay homered against Homer Bailey.

Harvey, firing fastballs and working with newcomer Kelly Shoppach in the former Red Sox catcher's Mets debut, limited Cincinnati to one run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight in an 89-pitch effort. Harvey also contributed a two-run double. His 34 strikeouts through five career games are the second most in franchise history, trailing only Dwight Gooden's 36.

"Coming off five walks in one game," Harvey said, referring to last Friday's appearance against Atlanta, "that's the last thing you want to do -- and do that two times in a row. From the first inning, the get-go, I really wanted to come out and attack. Going 7 2/3, I'm happy with. There are still things I need to work on and strive to be perfect, but overall I'm pretty happy."

As for working with Shoppach, Harvey noted they were on the same page despite unfamiliarity.

"He really didn't know too, too much about me. And I didn't know too, too much about him," Harvey said. "So at that time we wanted to get things going on the right page. It was awesome. When I wanted to throw a pitch, he put [the signal] down. And if I shook once, the second pitch that he called, it was right there. I give him a lot of credit. I stuck with him the whole time."

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Johan Santana tries to snap a string of subpar performances tonight against the Nats.

Now, Johan Santana (6-8, 4.58 ERA) opposes left-hander Ross Detwiler (6-5, 3.18) tonight as the Mets open a weekend series against National League East-leading Washington. Santana will be pitching on an extra day of rest as he tries to rebound from a start in which he was charged with eight runs while recording a career-low four outs against the Braves at Citi Field.

Santana has allowed six-plus runs in each of his past four starts, tying a franchise record. The only major league pitchers to surrender six or more runs in five straight starts in the past 10 years: Baltimore's Brian Matusz and Kansas City's Sean O'Sullivan, both last season.

A loss tonight would drop Santana three games under .500 in a season for only the second time in his career. He opened 2006 with Minnesota with three straight losing decisions (en route to a 19-6 record). Santana, who is due to earn $31 million next season with a 2014 buyout, already is ticketed for his worst ERA at least since posting a 4.74 ERA in 15 appearances (four starts) with the Twins in 2001.

Santana (.658) entered the season with the third-highest winning percentage among active major league pitchers with at least 125 starts -- trailing only Jon Lester (.691) and Roy Halladay (.671). With Santana's career winning percentage having slipped to .644, Jered Weaver, Tim Hudson, CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander now have overtaken him, too.

Friday's news reports:

Sandy Alderson told Brian Costa in the Journal the past two seasons under the GM's direction have been beneficial in terms of information gathering. Writes Costa:

No one expected the Mets to be a legitimate contender this season. But nearly six years after their last playoff appearance, it is hard to say when such an expectation will be reasonable again. How close are the Mets to competing for a championship? "It's a very difficult question to answer," general manager Sandy Alderson said. Alderson views the benefit of this season largely in terms of collecting information. Some of it has been good. Some of it hasn't. Ruben Tejada, for example, has established himself as a solid everyday player at shortstop. Zack Wheeler has emerged as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. But the struggles of Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and the continued deterioration of Jason Bay leave the Mets devoid of everyday outfielders going into 2013. And Ike Davis hasn't come close to resembling the All-Star he likely would have been before an injury wrecked his 2011 season.

"I think we have a much better sense now of who our players are, who we think are going to develop into those championship-caliber players, who may not, and are in a position to act on that," Alderson said. "The last couple of years, we've done a lot of experimenting. Some things have worked out. Some haven't. But I feel a lot more confident about where we're going than I did a couple of years ago."

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Pedro Beato was traded to the Red Sox to complete the deal for Kelly Shoppach.

• The Mets completed the trade for Shoppach on Thursday, when right-hander Pedro Beato was sent to the Red Sox through the waiver process. Beato was not held in high regard, but dealing anyone who can contribute at the major league level for a pending free agent such as Shoppach would seem to verify the Mets' intent to attempt to re-sign the catcher this offseason. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• For the second time this week, Francisco had to be pulled from an appearance and Jon Rauch bailed him out. Francisco, entering with a seven-run lead in the ninth after being idle since Sunday's meltdown at Citi Field, this time allowed a homer on the first pitch of his appearance, to Ryan Ludwick. The closer proceeded to allow three more hits and a walk before being pulled with two outs and two runners aboard. Rauch struck out ex-Met Wilson Valdez for his second save this week and third as a Met. Afterward, Terry Collins suggested it's "obvious" Francisco's fastball command is lacking because of erratic use.

Said Francisco: "I'm just getting beat with everything, you know? There's nothing you can do about it. I'm struggling right now."

Read game recaps in the Post, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record, Daily News and Journal.

• Regarding Wednesday's bracelet flap, the Daily News' Andy Martino tweeted: "Ump supervisor Randy Marsh approached Dickey in BP & said [he] regretted [the] way [it] was handled. Should've been more discreet." Collins said that four people texted him to note that Seattle's Felix Hernandez had a larger object on the wrist on his glove hand during his perfect game the same night as Dickey pitched in Cincinnati. Read more in Newsday and the Daily News.

Zack Wheeler allowed five runs in five innings in his third Triple-A start as the Mets lost to Lehigh Valley, 5-2. "They really didn't hit me around too hard," Wheeler said. "I mean, I did let up the [solo] home run and I gave up a bunch of singles. I was just not locating very well." Said manager Wally Backman: "He didn't have good command today, and good command is a key. Those guys were swinging early, and they hurt him swinging early in the count." Read Thursday's full minor league recap here. Read more in the Post.

• While Collins has indicated Lucas Duda should return before rosters expand Sept. 1, the manager said Duda is not ready because he is still adjusting to a new, wider stance. Also on the outfield front: Collins expects Justin Turner will see some action in the outfield during spring training to increase his versatility. Because of a crowded infield, Turner's start Thursday was his first since July 31. Read more in Newsday.

TRIVIA: Name the four other starting pitchers the Mets have used this season beyond the current six in the rotation (Santana, Dickey, Harvey, Jon Niese, Chris Young and Jeremy Hefner).

Thursday's answer: Former Generation K member Paul Wilson started opposite Pedro Martinez in Cincinnati on April 4, 2005, when Willie Randolph, Carlos Beltran and "The New Mets" debuted on Opening Day in Cincinnati.

Series preview: Mets vs. Padres

May, 24, 2012

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The Mets will face Eric Stults (l), Anthony Bass (r) and Clayton Richard (c) in the opening three games of the weekend series.
METS (24-20, third place/NL East) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (16-29, fifth place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 2.25) vs. LHP Eric Stults (0-0, 2.70), 7:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Dillon Gee (3-3, 5.44) vs. RHP Anthony Bass (2-4, 2.89), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Johan Santana (1-2, 3.24) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (2-5, 4.63), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP R.A. Dickey (6-1, 3.45) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (2-4, 3.49), 1:10 p.m. ET

Padres short hops

• Closer Huston Street, who was acquired from Colorado in December for the final year of a guaranteed three-year, $22.5 million deal, landed on the disabled list May 5 with a strained right lat.

Right-hander Dale Thayer, who made 11 relief appearances with the Mets last season, signed with the Padres as a minor league free agent and now has stepped into the closer’s role and excelled. Thayer retired the first 10 batters he faced this season, has retired 28 of 36 overall and has worked a scoreless inning in each of his 10 appearances. He is 5-for-5 in save chances since recording his first as a Padre on May 7. Thayer had only one previous save -- on May 22, 2009, by pitching the final three innings of a 15-2 win with the Tampa Bay Rays in his major league debut.

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Dale Thayer has emerged as the unexpected closer of the Padres in Huston Street's absence.

• Left-hander Eric Stults was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on May 17. Stults, 32, is making his second Padres start. He allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. Stults had made two appearances (one start) for the Sox this season. He was 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Charlotte. Starters Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland landed on the DL eight days apart earlier this month. Luebke required Tommy John surgery.

• Rampant injuries have forced the Padres to use 39 players this season, tied with the Boston Red Sox for most in the majors. The Padres have 13 players currently on the DL. The absentees also include shortstop Jason Bartlett and outfielder Carlos Quentin, who was acquired from the White Sox after slugging a combined 107 homers in four years with Chicago.

• Former Mets GM Omar Minaya is an assistant to San Diego GM Josh Byrnes. Byrnes was a finalist for the Mets job that went to Sandy Alderson.

• The Padres released Orlando Hudson, who was hitting .211 through 123 at-bats. Alexi Amarista was acquired in a trade with the Angels on May 3 and is manning second base.

• Third baseman Chase Headley denied an report that he and ex-teammate Ryan Ludwick, now with Cincinnati, had a clubhouse altercation with Mike Adams last season, before Adams was dealt to Texas. The report stated that Adams had told the players to stop griping about Petco Park’s spacious dimensions.

• First baseman Yonder Alonso has hit safely in 22 of his past 25 games. He is hitting .362 (34-for-94) during that span, upping his average to .300. He leads NL rookies in average, hits, on-base percentage and doubles. Alonso arrived from Cincinnati in a steep package with Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger in December for Mat Latos.

• Catcher Nick Hundley has thrown out a major league-high 14 would-be base stealers.

• Center fielder Cameron Maybin, a former Marlin, is hitting only .212.

• San Diego has scored 139 runs and has a team .220 batting average. Both rank 15th in the NL, ahead of only the Pirates (126 runs/.217). The Mets rank second-to-last in homers with 25. San Diego is last at 17.

Last series results

Mets won, 2-1, at Petco Park, Aug. 15-17, 2011 (AP game recaps)

Mets 5, Padres 4 (10 innings): Everybody with the Mets wanted to make a big deal about Jason Isringhausen’s 300th career save except the pitcher himself. Isringhausen notched his milestone save with runners on second and third. The save came after Scott Hairston drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice in the top of the inning. The Mets had a small champagne party in the clubhouse afterward. More

Padres 6, Mets 1: Nick Hundley had three hits, including two triples, to lead a 15-hit attack as the San Diego Padres defeated the slumping Mets. Orlando Hudson drove in two runs and Cameron Maybin hit his eighth homer, a leadoff drive in the seventh, for San Diego, which reached double figures in hits for the second straight game. Hundley's second triple led off the eighth inning and came off Mike Pelfrey. More

Mets 7, Padres 3: After hitting a big home run, David Wright faked out Cameron Maybin. Wright hit a three-run homer and Angel Pagan added three RBIs to lift the Mets to their first series win in San Diego in more than nine years. Maybin was on second base when Logan Forysthe hit a hard grounder down the third-base line with two outs. Wright dived and stopped the ball some 15 feet behind the bag and then popped to his feet and faked the throw to first when he saw Maybin wasn't watching him. More



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