New York Mets: Tino Martinez

Morning Briefing: Dive at five

May, 11, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets have lost a season-high five straight as well as eight of nine. They also now occupy sole possession of last place in the National League East.

Can Jonathon Niese stop the slide?

Niese (2-2, 1.82 ERA) opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (0-2, 7.02) in Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. series finale as the Mets look to avoid getting swept for a second straight series, as they did in Miami.

Hamels has a 7-14 record and 4.65 ERA in 27 career starts against the Mets. The Mets roughed him up for six runs in 4 2/3 innings two weeks ago in Philly. Hamels then allowed five runs on 10 hits and a walk against the Toronto Blue Jays, including surrendering homers to Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus. Overall, Hamels needs one win for 100 in his career.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Terry Collins would not commit Saturday to Jenrry Mejia making his next start, and appears to prefer 23-year-old Rafael Montero getting promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas for Wednesday’s outing opposite Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees at Citi Field. Of course, Sandy Alderson -- who picked Mejia over Daisuke Matsuzaka out of spring training, which was not Collins’ preference -- would need to sign off on bouncing Mejia from the rotation. Would the GM allow a prospect to debut in the Subway Series (and before the Super 2 deadline)? That seems out of character. In fact, a source tells columnist John Harper in the Daily News about Alderson's thinking on Montero: "not yet."


Brad Barr/USA TODAY SportsTerry Collins apparently advocates Rafael Montero as Wednesday's starter against the Yankees.


Mejia reiterated he is leery of bullpen work because he believes it contributed to his Tommy John surgery. “I worry about my arm,” Mejia told reporters. “I want to have a long career. … I don’t want to get hurt again.”

After tossing 5 1/3 no-hit innings Friday (with three walks) at Salt Lake, Montero is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA and .203 opponent batting average in eight Pacific Coast League starts.

Read more in the Post, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Eric Campbell joined the Mets on Saturday and received No. 29, formerly donned by Ike Davis. He delivered a tiebreaking sac fly while pinch hitting with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth against left-hander Jake Diekman. Campbell became the first player in franchise history with a sac fly in his first big-league plate appearance. Ken Boswell in 1967 had a sac fly in his MLB debut, but it came later in the game.

Campbell had an eventful second plate appearance. With the score tied at 4, one out and two in scoring position in the eighth, Mike Adams threw the first pitch of an intentional walk. Chase Utley then came to the mound with Carlos Ruiz and the Phillies -- realizing Bobby Abreu had grabbed a helmet and planned to subsequently pinch hit -- reversed course and pitched to Campbell, who proceeded to strike out.


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Eric Campbell made his major league debut Saturday with a sacrifice fly and strikeout off the bench.


Campbell initially was in Saturday’s starting lineup as the first baseman, but Lucas Duda said he had recovered enough from a suspected case of food poisoning and was a late addition to the lineup in Campbell’s place.

Josh Satin, who had been 3-for-28 this season in sporadic use, was optioned to Las Vegas. Campbell figures to start Sunday against Hamels.

Read more in Newsday.

• A half-inning after the Mets stranded the bases loaded, Ryan Howard delivered a two-out RBI single in the ninth against Kyle Farnsworth and Philadelphia beat the Mets, 5-4, Saturday night at Citi Field. At three games under .500, the Mets (16-19) have matched their 0-3 start for their season low-water mark.

After consecutive singles to open the bottom of the eighth, Chris Young -- hitless in 14 at-bats -- had a successful sac bunt. Campbell then struck out, Wilmer Flores walked and Abreu, pinch-hitting for Travis d’Arnaud, grounded back to Adams as the score remained tied at 4.

Scott Rice had inherited a one-run lead for the seventh from Dillon Gee and surrendered a game-tying RBI double to Utley.

Gee’s scoreless streak ended at 16 innings with two runs by the Phillies in the first. He allowed three runs in six innings and tossed only 81 pitches before departing with a 4-3 lead in what became a no-decision. Collins preferred having Rice face the Utley/Howard portion of the Phillies lineup in their fourth plate appearances.

David Wright snapped a career-high 136 at-bat homerless drought with a two-run homer in the first inning against Kyle Kendrick. Wright finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs, but popped out in foul territory against Jonathan Papelbon with Daniel Murphy at second base to end the game.

Mets pitchers remained hitless and are now 0-for-61 to open the season.

Read game recaps in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Noah Syndergaard surrendered five runs (four earned) in six innings for Las Vegas, including a first-inning three-run homer to Nick Franklin. He struck out 10. Matt Koch, Randy Fontanez and Beck Wheeler combined on the shutout as St. Lucie beat Palm Beach, 2-0. John Gant, Dawrin Frias and Robert Coles combined on the shutout as Savannah beat Charleston, 1-0. 2012 first-round pick For the Gnats, Gavin Cecchini returned to the lineup two days after departing with a knee injury. Savannah snapped Yankees prospect Caleb Smith’s scoreless streak at 23 1/3 innings. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Jon Hamm, who plays advertising executive Don Draper on “Mad Men,” is a St. Louis Cardinals fan in real life. Hamm was in New York on Friday promoting his role as a sports agent in the new Disney movie, “Million Dollar Arm.” Writes Anthony McCarron in the Daily News:


ESPNActor Jon Hamm is a big St. Louis Cardinals fan.


He’s from St. Louis and grew up loving the Cardinals and Ozzie Smith and is still close to Ted Simmons’ son, a childhood friend. The ‘82 World Series is his favorite baseball memory.

“Oh, I hated the Mets with a passion that kills and still do,” Hamm said last week while promoting his new movie, “Million Dollar Arm,” which opens Friday, May 16.

But, Hamm acknowledges, the Mets -- at least the late ’60s version -- are the “perfect team for Don Draper to root for. They’re brand new. They represent nothing but possibility.

“Don would never be a Yankee fan. That’s a frontrunner. He’s an underdog guy, if he’s anything.”

Speaking of Don Draper and the ’69 Mets, columnist Mike Vaccaro addresses that topic in the Post.

Read more in the Times and Newsday.

• Kevin Burkhardt (Class of 1997) will give William Patterson University’s commencement address Wednesday at the Izod Center, writes Phil Mushnick in the Post.

• The Yankees will honor Joe Torre, Goose Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill with plaques in Monument Park this season. So what about the Mets honoring their past heroes? Writes David Lennon in Newsday:

The franchise has retired only three numbers in addition to Jackie Robinson's No. 42 -- Casey Stengel's 37, Gil Hodges' 14 and Tom Seaver's 41 -- but [Mike] Piazza seems to be next in line.

Piazza's No. 31 has not been issued by the Mets since he left after the 2005 season, and he was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame last year. But the Mets appear to be waiting on Piazza's campaign for Cooperstown, and he fell 74 votes shy of the 75 percent needed (429) for induction in his second year.

Carter's No. 8, Keith Hernandez's No. 17 and Willie Mays' No. 24 also have been mostly kept out of circulation, so they remain possibilities.

In the meantime, the Mets rely on a seven-person committee to decide on their own Hall of Fame, which has 27 inductees. Who will follow Piazza? David Wright? That would be a bit of a wait.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post suggests the Mets' season appears snowballing out of control.

Omar Quintanilla cleared waivers and accepted a demotion to Vegas. Quintanilla, who was replaced by Wilmer Flores on Friday, had the right to decline the assignment and declare free agency.

• There have been 122 players to play for both the Mets and Yankees, writes Anthony Rieber in Newsday. There are five slated to participate in this week’s Subway Series: Abreu, Bartolo Colon, Farnsworth, Curtis Granderson and Carlos Beltran.

• The Chicago White Sox promoted former Mets closer Frank Francisco from Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.

• The Los Angeles Angels released ex-Mets left-handed reliever Robert Carson from Triple-A Salt Lake, where he had a 10.34 ERA and had allowed 23 hits and 13 walks in 15 2/3 innings.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear encounters a Mets fan existential crisis.

BIRTHDAYS: Walt Terrell, who was traded to the Detroit Tigers for Howard Johnson on Dec. 7, 1984, turns 56.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who should start Wednesday against the Yankees -- Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Carlos Torres, Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard?

Morning Briefing: Mets have Miami vice

July, 29, 2013
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FIRST PITCH: Facing the Miami Marlins might be a reprieve for many teams, but not for the New York Mets.

Entering a four-game series at Marlins Park, the Mets are 3-8 this season against Miami.

“Obviously their record, I know that they’ve had a tough start,” Terry Collins said. “But I’ll tell you one thing they’ve done is something a lot of teams want to do: And that is, when they’ve made deals, they have gotten good young players. And those young players, they are formidable.

“You look at their pitching staff, they’re all young. But man, I tell you what, those are plus, plus arms with plus, plus stuff. And when you play them in their park, they’re tough.

“They’ve lost games, but they’ve lost games that are close. So you’ve got to score. The times we’ve played them, we haven't scored. They’re holding us down to one or two runs and that’s it. We’re losing games 2-1, 3-2. You’ve got to put some runs on the board, but they’ve pitched great against us.”

Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17 ERA) opposes right-hander Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

John Pierson is due to make his debut as Marlins interim hitting coach, after Tino Martinez resigned Sunday amid allegations he was physically and verbally abusive to players.

The Marlins (40-63), despite occupying last place in the NL East, actually are 27-22 since May 31.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets continued to portray a trade as unlikely before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline. Terry Collins specifically said he did not expect a deal to materialize. Still, do not fully rule out Marlon Byrd getting dealt. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Carlos Torres surrendered eight runs in three innings and the Mets were routed by Washington, 14-1, in Sunday’s series finale at Nationals Park. It was the Mets’ most lopsided loss this season and the biggest win in D.C. baseball history since the days of the Washington Senators. David Wright was given the start off for only the third time this season. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and MLB.com.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed only one hit in six innings as Binghamton split a doubleheader with Trenton. Read the full minor league recap here.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report suggests it is important for Jonathon Niese to pitch again in the majors this season to have more certainty about the rotation heading into the winter.

BIRTHDAYS: ’62 Mets infielder Felix Mantilla was born on this date in 1934.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets win the series against the Marlins?

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

July, 28, 2013
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Wilfredo Lee/Associated PressJake Marisnick and Christian Yelich were promoted from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.
METS (46-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (40-63, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-1, 2.64), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67), 12:40 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

• First-year hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned Sunday. He allegedly grabbed rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich by the neck and neck chain and verbally assaulted other players this season, the Miami Herald reported. "I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior," Martinez said, according to the Associated Press. "I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn't feel that way, and it kind of backfired on me."

• The Marlins promoted top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.


Robert Mayer/USA TODAY SportsGiancarlo Stanton has heated up with the Marlins.


Yelich, a left fielder who started in the Futures Game at Citi Field, is the only two-time organizational player of the year in Marlins history. He became the second player in franchise history to record a hit in each of his first three major league at-bats, joining current manager Mike Redmond (May 31, 1998). He is only the fourth major leaguer since 1980 to have hits in his first three ABs, joining Daryl Boston (White Sox, 1984), Jose Offerman (Dodgers, 1990) and Jay Bruce (Reds, 2008).

Marisnick, a center fielder, was hitless in 14 at-bats to open his career before singling. It was the second-longest drought in Marlins history to open a career. Nigel Wilson, the first pick in the expansion draft in 1992, went 0-for-16 as a Marlin and eventually was hitless in his first 26 at-bats in the majors before getting a hit three years after his debut, with the Cleveland Indians in ’96.

Fellow rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna landed on the disabled list Thursday with a ligament tear and fracture in his left thumb and required surgery. Ozuna had been demoted with Dietrich after Monday’s game to make room for Yelich and Marisnick, but Ozuna’s demotion was rescinded after the extent of his injury attempting a diving catch became known.

Adding Yelich and Marisnick to an outfield that already includes Giancarlo Stanton in right field makes it a formidable trio. After a mostly quiet July at the plate, Stanton is 9-for-13 in his last four games. He has four homers in his past six games at Marlins Park.

Justin Ruggiano is 0-for-his-last-32. Adeiny Hechavarria replaced Ruggiano in the leadoff spot a week ago.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers as part of a package for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, has suffered consecutive hard-luck defeats. He was tagged with losses at Milwaukee and Colorado despite allowing two runs in each outing. Turner has allowed only three homers in 10 starts since making his season debut with seven scoreless innings against the Mets on May 31.

Henderson Alvarez -- acquired in November in the trade that sent Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto -- earned his first Marlins win Friday. He tossed six scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He topped out at 98 mph with his fastball.

Kevin Slowey, who struggled in the rotation before getting reassigned to the bullpen, landed on the DL during the weekend with right forearm discomfort. Right-hander Steve Ames took the roster spot Sunday. Ames was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 6 with fellow minor leaguers Angel Sanchez and Josh Wall for Ricky Nolasco.

Logan Morrison, who has settled in at first base, has reached base in 26 straight games.

• The Marlins snapped a franchise-record 37-inning scoreless streak last Monday at Colorado.

• Closer Steve Cishek has an MLB-best 17 saves since June 8, without a blown save during that span.

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

April, 4, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) right-handers Alex Sanabia, Ricky Nolasco and Jose Fernandez this weekend.
METS (2-1, second place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (0-3, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Alex Sanabia (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 2.70) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.00), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Aaron Laffey (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (0-0, -.--), 1:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

Jose Fernandez, the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa, will make his major league debut Sunday. The 20-year-old right-hander went a combined 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 25 Class A starts last season between Greensboro and Jupiter.

The Marlins opted to use the rookie with Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez on the disabled list, both with shoulder inflammation.

Fernandez arrived in the U.S. from Cuba by boat as a refugee in 2008. In preparation for Sunday’s start, Fernandez threw a simulated game Tuesday in D.C., with first-year manager Mike Redmond and hitting coach Tino Martinez acting as batters. Both are not that far removed from major league careers.


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John Maine made the Marlins' Opening Day roster. He last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the Mets.


• Ex-Met John Maine made Miami’s Opening Day roster as a reliever. He did not appear during the season-opening series at D.C., so his first major league action since his Mets days may come this weekend at Citi Field. Maine last threw a big league pitch on May 20, 2010 in Washington. It was after that abbreviated outing that pitching coach Dan Warthen called Maine a “habitual liar” with respect his truthfulness about injuries. Maine went 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in six games during spring training. He struck out nine and walked nine in 13 2/3 innings.

• Fellow ex-Met Jon Rauch signed a one-year, $1 million free-agent contract with the Marlins on Feb. 5.

• Miami, which completed its latest fire sale during the offseason, mustered only one run while getting swept in a season-opening three-game series at Nationals Park. The Marlins became the first team to total no more than one run in the team's first three games since the 1988 Orioles (also one run), according to ESPN Stats & Information. The '88 Orioles opened that season 0-21.

• Third baseman Placido Polanco batted cleanup the first two games of the season. He had never started a game in that slot previously in his 16-year career.

• First baseman Casey Kotchman will land on the disabled list Friday, two days after straining his left hamstring. He becomes the third first baseman the Marlins have lost this season. Logan Morrison (knee surgery) is on the 60-day DL, while Joe Mahoney is on the 15-day DL with an intercostal strain. Among the flurry of moves last season, the Marlins traded first baseman Gaby Sanchez to the Pittsburgh Pirates last July 31.

Greg Dobbs should handle the bulk of the first-base duty for now, while Austin Kearns and rookie Chris Valaika may see action at the position, too.

Giancarlo Stanton, the lone remaining threat in Miami’s lineup, led the NL in slugging percentage (.608) and finished second to Ryan Braun in homers last season, with 37. Stanton now has 93 career homers, matching Frank Robinson for fifth-most in MLB history before turning 23. The only players with more: Mel Ott (115), Eddie Mathews (112), Tony Conigliaro (104) and Alex Rodriguez (95).

• Catcher Miguel Olivo signed with Miami on March 29 after playing in 21 games for the Cincinnati Reds during spring training. Jeff Mathis suffered a broken right clavicle early in spring training.

• In the Nov. 19 trade that sent Jose Reyes, John Buck, Emilio Bonifacio, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto, the Marlins received minor leaguers Anthony DeScalfani, Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino as well as Alvarez, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria and Mathis. Reyes bristled during spring training at Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, after Loria denied advising Reyes days before the trade to buy a house in Miami.

Alex Sanabia, 24, will make his first major league appearance since Sept. 24, 2011 in the series opener. He went 6-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 17 starts last season at Triple-A New Orleans, where he also had three DL stints.

View from Jupiter: Ex-Yank Tino a hit man

February, 26, 2013
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Ex-Yankee Tino Martinez, the new Marlins hitting coach, surveys batting practice.

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