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Report: Matt Harvey Will Get Between 30-32 Starts This Season

April 28th, 2015 at 10:55 AM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have implied that Matt Harvey will be on an innings limit this season. Harvey, who is in his first year back post Tommy John surgery, has pitched very well so far in winning his first four starts. The plan coming into 2015 was to limit Harvey to around 180 innings, and through four outings Harvey is on pace to make 32 starts and toss 210 innings. The Mets won't let Harvey get near that innings figure, and it looks as if they have a creative way to address that concern.

The plan for the Mets is for Harvey to make at least 30 starts but no more than 32, David Lennon of Newsday reports. The Mets want to put this plan in place so they don't completely burn Harvey out during the season and have him unavailable for potential postseason play. The problem comes with how to structure the rotation so that Harvey makes two fewer starts than everyone else without giving him a break in the middle of the season. The solution comes through manipulation of their schedule and strategic use of a six man rotation.

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Murphy’s Ninth Inning Homer Lifts Mets Over Marlins, 3-1

April 28th, 2015 at 1:20 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (15-5) put together a late rally to defeat the Miami Marlins (8-12) by a score of 3-1 Monday night at Marlins Park. The Mets got all of their offense in the ninth, with Daniel Murphy blasting a 400+' foot, three run homer with one out in the inning.

Game Highlights

  • Dillon Gee put together his best start of the season, going 7 2/3 innings, allowing the one run on six hits while striking out 3 and walking none. He was very economical, throwing just 70 pitches, 57 for strikes. The last batter he faced was Martin Prado in the eighth, giving up the go-ahead RBI single that scored Reid Brignac and put the Marlins up 1-0.
  • Carlos Torres (W, 1-0) pitched just 1/3 of an inning, coaxing a pop-up from Giancarlo Stanton to end the eighth.
  • Jeurys Familia (SV, 9) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out one, for the save.
  • The Marlins wasted a great start from Jarred Cosart, who threw 93 pitches over eight innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out two.
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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Miami Marlins

April 27th, 2015 at 4:50 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (14-5) will hit South Beach for the first time this season when they kick off a three-game series Monday night against the Miami Marlins (8-11) at Marlins Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. The Mets will look to right the ship after stumbling a bit over the weekend, dropping two out of three to their crosstown rival Yankees after rattling off eleven straight wins to put themselves on top of the National League. The Marlins are coming in hot, riding a five game win streak after losing eleven out of their first fourteen games to start the season. The Mets lead the season series 4-0, having swept the Fish in a four-game series earlier this month at Citi Field.

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. RF Curtis Granderson
  2. CF Juan Lagares
  3. 1B Lucas Duda
  4. LF Michael Cuddyer
  5. 2B Daniel Murphy
  6. 3B Eric Campbell
  7. SS Wilmer Flores
  8. C Kevin Plawecki
  9. SP Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee (0-1, 5.60) will make his fourth start of the season, coming off his best start of the season, a seven inning effort against Atlanta where he allowed two runs on eight hits, while taking a no-decision in the Mets 3-2 win. Lifetime, Gee is 3-1 with a 3.30 ERA in seven starts against Miami.

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Minor League Mondays: Michael Conforto is Demolishing Single-A Pitching

April 27th, 2015 at 12:29 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets are finally starting to see some of their young hitters catch up to the talented pitchers in their farm system. Catcher Kevin Plawecki made his major league debut this past week in place of the injured Travis d'Arnaud. The most talented hitter the Mets have, however, may be down in Port St. Lucie. Michael Conforto, the team's first round draft pick out of Oregon State last season, was lauded coming out of the draft for his advanced approach as a hitter. After a strong stint with the Brooklyn Cyclones last season, the Mets chose to start Conforto with the Advanced-A Port St. Lucie Mets. Conforto has torn the Gulf Coast League up, and his hot start makes him the subject of this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.

After only 18 games, Conforto looks as if he isn't even challenged at the level. Conforto is hitting a robust .348 with six homers and 19 RBI's with St. Lucie, and also sports a very strong 1.091 OPS. The power numbers are also very impressive, as Conforto has already doubled his home run total from last season and matched his RBI total with the Cyclones in 24 fewer games. Since Conforto is clearly crushing the pitching of this league, the question becomes how long the Mets leave him there.

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New York Yankees Beat New York Mets in Sloppy Subway Series Finale

April 26th, 2015 at 11:28 PM
By Mike Phillips

Bronx-This edition of the Subway Series hasn't featured too many close games between the New York Mets and New York Yankees. The Yankees won in a 6-1 rout on Friday night, while the Mets cruised to an 8-2 win yesterday. The result today was a closer one, but the play in general was much sloppier. The Yankees (11-8) defeated the Mets (14-5) 6-4 in a game that featured six errors, four of which came from the Mets.

The Mets actually had the lead early, as Curtis Granderson launched a solo homer (1) off Nathan Eovaldi to lead off the game. Later in the inning, Daniel Murphy delivered an RBI single to make it 2-0. The Yankees chipped into the lead in the bottom of the frame when Alex Rodriguez ripped a solo shot (5) to right to bring the score within 2-1. Things fell apart for Mets' starter Jonathon Niese (L, 2-1), however, in the second inning. Niese actually recorded two outs around a double from Yankees backup catcher John Ryan Murphy, but had a ton of trouble getting that final out. Gregorio Petit and Brett Gardner delivered back to back doubles to put the Yankees up 3-2. Former Met Chris Young followed with an infield single to plate another run, and Rodriguez ripped a double to deep left field. Michael Cuddyer fielded it cleanly but made an awful throw in, allowing Young to score to make it 5-2. Rodriguez was thrown out advancing to third, but the damage was done.

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