Mets (36-48) at Brewers (35-51)
Jeremy Hefner (3-6, 3.54) vs LHP Tom Gorzelanny (1-1, 2.43)
- Eric Young Jr. CF
- Daniel Murphy 2B
- David Wright 3B
- Marlon Byrd RF
- Josh Satin 1B
- Andrew Brown LF
- Anthony Recker C
- Omar Quintanilla SS
- Jeremy Hefner RHP
After suffering his 10th loss of the season Saturday night, Shaun Marcum acknowledged he is experiencing numbness, tingling and coldness in his right hand. He said the issue worsens as he gets deeper into games. The Mets had initially come close to placing Marcum ion the DL after a recent MRI, but were talked out of it by Marcum who said he was good to go and felt fine.
In his second day back with the big league club, Ike Davis went 0-for-2 with three walks. He has reached base in seven of 11 plate appearances since his return from Vegas. It was then learned yesterday that Mets COO Jeff Wilpon also paid a visit to Ike Davis while he was in Las Vegas and after Josh Satin was promoted.
After two games on the bench since the promotion of Ike Davis, Josh Satin will returns to the starting lineup at first base. He will take a career-high 10-game hitting streak into the start. Satin worked out at both second base and in the outfield on Saturday.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis became the only major league player since 1921 to have four or more hits, score three or more runs, drive in five or more runs, collect two or more walks and have one or more stolen bases in a single game on Friday.
Ruben Tejada returned from his rehabilitation assignment with Las Vegas (AAA), reinstated from the 15-Day Disabled List, and was optioned to Las Vegas…Tejada has hit .192 (5-26) with two doubles and three RBI in eight minor league games.
David Wright is fourth in the National League with a .393 on-base percentage, seventh with a .519 slugging percentage, tied for sixth with five triples, tied for fifth with 43 walks, ninth with 14 stolen bases and tied for eighth with 37 extra-base hits. He is hitting .349 during day games, the fifth-best mark in the NL.
Marlon Byrd hit his 13th home run of the year last night. The 13 home runs are the second-most of his career, behind the 20 he hit in 2009 with Texas…Byrd has 43 RBI, one shy of his career high for the first half of the season. He had 44 RBI in 2009 with Texas prior to the All-Star break.
Right-hander Jeremy Hefner gets the call for the Mets. He’s been on a roll as of late, winning two of his last three games after getting only one victory in his first 11 starts this season. He comes off a strong outing on Tuesday against the D-backs whom he held just one run on four hits in seven innings for the win. Hefner has a 2.93 ERA in his last 13 starts, tops on the team.
Major League Baseball announced that Mets third baseman David Wright was elected by the fans to start the 84th All-Star Game to be played at Citi Field on July 16. Right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey will join Wright on the National League All-Star team. Harvey was named to his first All-Star team in a vote by managers, coaches and players. Harvey became the fourth pitcher in club history to make the All-Star team in his first full season in the majors, joining Tom Seaver (1967), Jerry Koosman (1968) and Dwight Gooden (1984).
The Mets and Brewers finish off their series with the rubber game tonight as Jeremy Hefner takes the mound against Tom Gorzelanny. Hefner is 3-6 this year over 94.0 innings and a 3.54 ERA. He has pitched 37.0 innings in his last 6 starts with an awesome 1.70 ERA. Before that stretch, his season ERA was a 4.74. In Hefner’s short career he has had a very limited amount of time in front of the Brewers where he has allowed 1 ER over 1 IP. The Brewers have the following numbers against him:
Francisco 0-2 Lucroy 0-1 Ramirez 0-1 Weeks 1-1, HR
The Mets bats get to face an old foe with a new team in Tom Gorzelanny, who is has gone from the Nationals to the Brewers. He is 1-1 this year with a 2.43 ERA pitching in 33 games and making his second start of the season. His last start was on June 8th where he allowed 1 earned run over 5 hits and 4 innings of work. Last year he was 2-0 over 6 games and 10 innings against the Mets with an ERA of 1.80. The Mets have the following numbers against Tom:
Wright 4-17, 3 2B Davis 4-14, 3B Murphy 2-9, 2B Buck 2-8, 2 HR Byrd 2-6
Lets Go Mets!