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Minor League Mondays: Cory Mazzoni Finally Makes It to Las Vegas

July 28th, 2014 at 3:04 PM
By Mike Phillips

The Las Vegas 51's rotation was expected to be a stellar one at the beginning of the season. The New York Mets had already committed Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero, and Noah Syndergaard to that rotation. Cory Mazzoni, a 2011 second round pick out of North Carolina State, was supposed to join them. Mazzoni hurt his lat in the Mets' final spring training game, costing him a chance to start the year in Las Vegas. Mazzoni has finally made his way to the 51's, and his story will be highlighted in this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.

Mazzoni is one of the Mets' lower tier starting prospects, with a repertoire consisting of a fastball that sits between 92-94 miles per hour as well as a slider and changeup. Mazzoni has dealt with injuries in the past, as he was sidelined at the end of the 2013 season with the Binghamton Mets after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee (ESPN New York's Adam Rubin chronicled Mazzoni's journey in this report). The lat injury was the latest set back for Mazzoni, and it took him a while to recover from this injury.

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Lucas Duda Coming into His Own at First Base for New York Mets

July 27th, 2014 at 8:16 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have had a problem at first base for several years now. Ike Davis, who was supposed to be the long term solution when he was drafted in 2008, was never able to put it together in New York and got traded away in April. Once Davis was gone, the Mets gave Lucas Duda the job. Many figured that Duda would underachieve and be replaced after the season. Duda, however, has seized the opportunity to play regularly and has produced the best power numbers of his career.

Duda is now hitting .259 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI's on the season. The 18 homers is already a career high, easily topping the 15 he achieved in both 2012 and 2013. Duda still has two full months to go in the season, so 25 home runs is in reach and he has an outside shot to reach the 30 home run mark. The 56 RBI's is also one away from his career high mark of 57 from back in 2012. Duda will eclipse that mark easily, and could end up with somewhere around 85 RBI's by the end of the season. Duda is currently the team leader in both home runs and RBI's, a feat no one would have guessed back in April.

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Lucas Duda’s Two Run Homer Helps Support Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets in 2-0 Win

July 27th, 2014 at 6:14 PM
By Mike Phillips

Milwaukee-The New York Mets have been offensively challenged since the All Star Break. The one guy who hasn't had a problem hitting has been first baseman Lucas Duda. Duda had hit three of the team's four home runs since the break coming into today's game with the Milwaukee Brewers. It was only fitting that Duda was the Mets' lone source of offense again. Duda's two run home run in the sixth inning off of Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson was the only offense in the game, but it would be plenty as the Mets (50-55) defeated the Brewers (59-47) 2-0. 

The game was a pitcher's duel, but not a classic one by any means. Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson (L, 1-2) got himself into and out of trouble in the early innings, while Mets' starter Jacob deGrom ran up a high pitch count against patient Brewers' hitters. The unlikely stalemate lasted until the sixth inning, when Daniel Murphy doubled to lead off the inning. After David Wright flew out, Duda stepped up to the plate and cranked a massive two run homer to right field. Duda's team leading 18th home run gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. 

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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers

July 27th, 2014 at 2:10 PM
By Mike Phillips

After falling 5-2 last night, the New York Mets (49-55) will look to salvage a series split with the Milwaukee Brewers (59-46). The two teams will wrap up their four game set this afternoon at Miller Park. First pitch is Miller Park is scheduled for 2:10 pm. 

The Mets will send righty Jacob deGrom (4-5, 3.01 ERA) to the mound this afternoon. deGrom picked up a win in his last outing on Tuesday, tossing seven innings of one run ball to beat the Seattle Mariners. The Brewers will counter with rookie right hander Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06 ERA). Nelson took a no decision in his last outing after allowing three runs in six innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. RF Curtis Granderson
  2. 2B Daniel Murphy
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. 1B Lucas Duda
  5. LF Chris Young
  6. CF Juan Lagares
  7. C Anthony Recker
  8. SS Ruben Tejada
  9. SP Jacob deGrom

Pre-Game Notes:

  • deGrom faced the Brewers once before, on June 11th at Citi Field. He took a loss after allowing three earned runs in 5.2 innings.
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Rough Fifth Inning Costs New York Mets in 5-2 Loss

July 26th, 2014 at 11:11 PM
By Mike Phillips

Milwaukee-When Juan Lagares gets a day off, the New York Mets' pitching staff isn't very thrilled. Lagares, one of the league's best defenders, got a night off after going 3 for 28 to start the second half. His replacement, Chris Young, didn't endear himself to starter Jonathon Niese, misplaying a couple of balls in center field during the fifth inning. The Milwaukee Brewers (59-46) got three runs in that inning and used that frame to power by the Mets (49-55) 5-2.

The Mets actually held the lead early in this game. Lucas Duda drove in the first Mets run with an RBI single in the third inning to plate Curtis Granderson, giving New York a 1-0 lead. Granderson added a solo shot in the top of the fifth off of Brewers' starter Wily Peralta. Granderson's 15th home run of the season put the Mets up 2-0.

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