The Mets decided to replace Chris Schwinden in the starting rotation with Miguel Batista… For now. But they should take a look at what Jeremy Hefner’s been doing at Buffalo so far this season. He’s 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 33 IP. He threw 6 scoreless innings over 5 games for the Mets this spring too.
In this week’s Mets Weekly Report video with Kerel Cooper of On The Black, we talk about the current Dodgers series. The Mets have won the first two games and go for the sweep today. We talk about beating the teams from the west coast and the Dodgers lineup and finances.
We also get into the frustration of Chris Young pitching well but missing last night’s start at the last minute. He appears headed for the disabled list for the second time in the first six weeks of the season.
Kerel brings up the issue of what to do with Jason Pridie when Angel Pagan comes back from the disabled list. Do the Mets release Willie Harris and keep Pridie as a bench player?
The Mets won their third straight game, won the series against the Dodgers, and have a chance for a sweep tomorrow. The big story in this game was that Chris Young had trouble getting loose in the bullpen before the game and was scratched. Dillon Gee got the last minute call to start. He seemed to be in trouble in every inning but went 5.1 innings and allowed only 2 runs.
The Mets offense had 9 hits and 5 walks. Jose Reyes was 2 for 5 but fell asleep off first base and got picked off by Dioneer Navarro in an embarrassing play. Then he broke from second to third on a ball hit to the shortstop. He definitely didn’t have his head in the game on the bases tonight.
The big hit came in the bottom of the eighth from Justin Turner. The bases were loaded and he hit a long ball to center that went over Matt Kemp’s head for a long single scoring 2 runs.
Los Angeles Dodgers (15-18) at New York Mets (14-18) 7:10pm
Jon Garland (1-2 3.81) vs. Chris Young (1-0 1.88)
TV: WPIX Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets will try to take the series against the Dodgers with a win tonight. The Dodgers have only won one of the four games that Garland started this year. But he’s only allowed 6 runs in his last three starts over 22 innings.
Young’s last start in Philly was tremendous going 7 innings and allowing 2 hits and no runs. He’s been so much better than I expected him to be. His stuff doesn’t look that impressive but he knows how to pitch and get people out.
New York Mets (11-16) at Philadelphia Phillies (18-8) 8:05pm
Chris Young (1-0 2.65) vs. Cliff Lee (2-2 4.18)
TV:ESPN Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets and Phillies play their second straight national TV game as the Mets try to avoid the sweep in Philly. It won’t be easy against Lee but the D-Backs did get to him in his last start for 4 runs over 7 innings.
Young has made one start since coming off the disabled list with bicep tendinitis. He was shaky in DC going 4.2 innings and allowing 3 runs. He seemed to run out of gas in the fourth and fifth innings but should be in better shape after being back for nearly a week.
I’ll be doing a Mets fan pre-game show tonight live streaming with Kerel Cooper of On The Black. It’s a completely interactive show, so join us to talk about the topics you’re interested in with other Mets fan. The show is scheduled to start at 7pm Eastern time and you can see and join the show at the MetsReport.com page at Ustream TV.
The Mets won their fifth game in a row on their first game of a road trip to DC. Chris Young came back from the disabled list to somewhat of a shaky start. He only got through 4.2 innings allowing 3 solo home runs including two of those to Wilson Ramos. Young only allowed 4 hits and 2 walks but started getting pretty wild in the fifth inning. It was definitely time for him to get pulled.
The Mets offense was particularly impressive in scoring their 6 runs in four different innings. They had 12 hits and 1 walk in the game and kept stringing hits together. There was a big surprise in the second inning when Young laid down a safety squeeze scoring Ike Davis. I was so surprised that I thought it might have been a busted play with Davis making an unplanned dash for home.
Davis had 3 more hits in the game including a double to raise his average to .338 and Josh Thole put up 3 RBI’s in the game to lead the offense.
The streaking Mets go for the series win tomorrow night in DC.
New York Mets (9-13) at Washington Nationals (10-11) 7:05pm
Chris Young (1-0 1.46) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (1-3 3.70)
TV: SNY Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Nationals took a series from the Mets earlier this month at Citi Field. But the Mets are going for their fifth win in a row tonight. Young is back from the disabled list tonight after suffering from minor biceps tendinitis. He’s been pitching really well and looks to continue that against the Nats. He held the Nats to 1 run on 1 hit over 7 innings on April 10.
Zimmermann pitched poorly in his last start in St. Louis going 6 innings and allowing 5 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. But he did beat the Mets on April 8 going 5.1 innings and allowing 2 runs.
This week Kerel Cooper of On The Black and I talk about the Mets current four game winning streak. We talk about how we got here with strong starting pitching from Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, and Chris Capuano.
We also talk about Chris Young coming off the disabled list and the decision to keep Dillon Gee on the roster at the expense of D.J. Carrasco.
We update our thoughts on the Mets prospects for the season now that we’re nearly a month into the season.