Royals (Bruce Chen, 4-0, 2.09) at Mets (Jeremy Hefner, 4-8, 4.21 ERA)
- Eric Young, Jr. – LF
- Juan Lagares – CF
- Josh Satin – 1B
- Marlon Byrd – RF
- Daniel Murphy – 2B
- Justin Turner – 3B
- Anthony Recker – C
- Omar Quintanilla – SS
- Jeremy Hefner – RHP
- Terry Collins told reporters that he revert back to a five-man rotation until Jon Niese comes back from the disabled list. Carlos Torres will pitch out of the bullpen going forward. Niese is the probable starter for Single-A Brooklyn on Tuesday, after which he’ll make one more start before the team decides if he is ready to be activated from the disabled list. He is rehabbing from a partially torn rotator cuff.
- LHP Josh Edgin (fractured left rib) was placed on the disabled list prior to Friday’s game against the Royals. Edgin last pitched on Monday, when he threw a perfect seventh inning against the Marlins in the Mets’ 6-5 win. He said Friday he had felt discomfort in the rib area since before the All-Star Break and underwent an MRI earlier this week that revealed the fracture. The injury robs the Mets of one of their most effective relievers. Edgin has allowed just two runs in 19 1/3 innings over 23 games since he was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 11. Since returning to the Mets, he has lowered his overall seasonal ERA from 9.64 to 3.77.
- RHP Jeremy Hefner will move up a day and start for the Mets on Saturday afternoon in the middle game of a three-game series against the Royals at Citi Field. Hefner was scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale, but Carlos Torres, Saturday’s scheduled starter, threw two innings Friday night and was the winning pitcher in the Mets’ 4-2, 11-inning victory. When he takes the mound Saturday, Hefner will be looking to reverse what has been a brutal second half thus far. In three starts since the All-Star Break, Hefner is 0-2 with a 12.34 ERA. He’s allowed 26 baserunners (20 hits and six walks) in just 11 2/3 innings. In his most recent start last Monday against the Marlins, Hefner didn’t factor into the decision after allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and a season-high five walks while striking out four over 5 1/3 innings in the Mets’ 6-5 win. Hefner will be making his first career appearance against the Royals.
- 3B David Wright may be headed for the disabled list after aggravating his right hamstring injury in the 10th inning of the Mets’ 4-2, 11-inning win over the Royals on Friday night. Wright legged out an infield hit leading off the 10th but pulled up lame as he crossed the bag. The notoriously stubborn Wright made no attempt to talk his way into staying in the game and limped off the field moments later. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday morning, but Mets manager Terry Collins said “…most likely, (Wright’s) not all that good.” Wright finished 2-for-5 Friday and started the Mets’ scoring with a two-run homer in the first inning. It was the 220th homer of his career, tying him with Mike Piazza for second place on the Mets’ all-time list.
- LHP Pedro Feliciano was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday to replace the injured Josh Edgin on the Mets’ 25-man roster. Feliciano capped an impressive comeback from shoulder woes by getting the final out of the ninth inning in the Mets’ 4-2, 11-inning win over the Royals. It was his first big league appearance since Oct. 2, 2010, when Feliciano appeared in his team-record 92nd game of the season for the Mets. He led the NL in appearances in each of his final three years with the Mets before signing a two-year deal with the Yankees following the 2010 season, but he never threw a pitch for the Yankees due to left shoulder surgery.
- RHP Carlos Torres, who was scheduled to start Saturday’s game against the Royals, instead threw two innings of relief Friday night and earned the win in the Mets’ 4-2, 11-inning victory. Torres allowed two hits and struck out one in improving to 2-2. He has thrown three scoreless innings over two relief appearances since his last start last Sunday, when he was tattooed for a career-high eight runs and tied a career high by allowing nine hits over just three innings in the Mets’ 14-1 defeat.
- RHP Bobby Parnell (stiff neck) will be out through at least Saturday. Parnell last pitched Tuesday, when he earned his 22nd save with a scoreless ninth inning in the Mets’ 4-2 win over the Marlins. He was given medication on Friday and is scheduled to see a doctor again on Monday, though he could pitch on Sunday if he feels better. David Aardsma will get save opportunities in Parnell’s absence. Parnell is 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA in 49 games this season.
- RHP David Aardsma, pitching in a ninth inning save situation for the first time in almost three years, blew the save for the Mets on Friday night by allowing the game-tying run in the Mets’ 4-2, 11-inning win over the Royals. Aardsma, who got the save opportunity because closer Bobby Parnell is out with a stiff neck, allowed a leadoff double to Miguel Tejada and issued two walks—one intentional—before Lorenzo Cain delivered a sacrifice fly. Aardsma hasn’t recorded a save since Sept. 19, 2010, when he was pitching for the Mariners.
The Mets and Royals play the second game of the series today as the Mets try to build off of yesterday’s exciting extra-inning win. The Mets had a 2-0 lead most of the game yesterday but towards the end of the game the Royals were able to scratch back and tie the game. Eric Young then smacked a game winning homer in the bottom of the 11th. For all of the positive news yesterday, there was also some somber news as David Wright will need an MRI after running out a ball to first base and pulling up lame with a strained hamstring. Today Bruce Chen, who is still in baseball apparently, will take the mound against Jeremy Hefner.
Hefner is 4-8 this season with a 4.21 ERA over 119.2 innings. He still hasn’t quite gotten back to his self before the all star break. In total since the break over three starts, he has pitched 11.0 innings allowing 19 runs, 16 earned. Not surprisingly, Hefner has never faced the Royals and has never faced anyone on the Royals roster in a major league game.
Bruce Chen, at age 36, is having a good season. If the name sounds familiar, its because he’s a Met that you have probably forgotten (2001-02). He is 4-0 over 22 games, 3 starts this year with a 2.09 ERA and 51.2 innings of work. As a starter, he has pitched 6.0 innings each time and has allowed a total of 3 ER over 18.0 innings. The only two Mets who have faced Chen are Byrd (3-6) and Buck (2-2, 2B).
Lets Go Mets!