ROYALS (55-52) at METS (49-59)
RHP Ervin Santana (7-6, 3.03) vs. RHP Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.55)
- Eric Young, Jr. – LF
- Daniel Murphy – 2B
- Josh Satin – 3B
- Marlon Byrd – RF
- Ike Davis – 1B
- Juan Lagares – CF
- John Buck – C
- Omar Quintanilla – SS
- Zack Wheeler – RHP
The Mets are 7-4 in rubber games this year (3-3 at home). New York is 13-16-7 in series this season and 5-9-3 in home series.
Yesterday was the first time in team history that Mets pitchers did not issue a base on balls in a game that lasted 12.0 or more innings. The Mets have had 10 games this year where they did not issue a walk and are one of 11 teams to accomplish that feat this season.
Collins said that Daniel Murphy would be the logical choice to play third with Wright out for an extended period. Eric Young Jr. would then play second base. Murphy is a natural third baseman. He last appeared at the position two seasons ago, making 25 starts at third base while Wright was sidelined with a stress fracture in his back. Young has started one game and appeared in three games for the Mets at second base this season. He has started 45 major league games there. Collins said it would open up left field for Lucas Duda who is close to being activated from the DL.
The Mets are 6-2 in Zack Wheeler’s eight starts this year, including winning the last five starts made by the righthander. The six wins in Wheeler’s first eight games are the most games the Mets have won in any starter’s first eight career appearances in franchise history.
The Mets will abandon their six-man rotation until Jon Niese returns from his partially torn left rotator cuff. Carlos Torres— who threw two scoreless innings of relief in Friday night’s 11-inning victory instead of making his scheduled start Saturday — has been moved full-time to the bullpen.
Jon Niese is expected to throw a rehab start Tuesday for Class AA Binghamton and has a target date of Aug. 11 to return to the Mets. When he does, the six-man rotation will resume to limit the innings thrown by Matt Harvey and today’s starter, Zack Wheeler.
Tim Byrdak has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Byrdak has a 2.03 ERA in 15 rehab games with the GCL Mets and Single-A St. Lucie. Byrdak is working himself back from surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder last August.
The Mets and Royals try to keep it at 9 innings today as Ervin Santana takes the mound against Zack Wheeler. In the opener of the series, the Mets won on a walk-off homer from Eric Young in the bottom of the 11th. Yesterday the Mets lost in the 12th inning. Does it feel like the Mets play a lot of extras? Well they played their major league leading 48th extra inning yesterday.
Zack Wheeler is 4-1 over 8 starts this season pitching 45.2 innings with a 3.55 ERA. In his last start he allowed 2 ER over 7 innings of work while walking 3 batters and striking out 5, it was the first time a few starts that his ERA dropped after the game. Since Wheeler is a rookie in the National league, he has never faced the Royals before and never has faced anyone on the Royals in a major league game before.
The Mets draw Ervin Santana today who is 7-6 over 145.1 innings with a 3.03 ERA. In his last three starts he has allowed 5 runs, only 3 earned, over 21.2 innings with a 1.21 ERA. Santana has never faced the Mets in his career, which isn’t unusual since he spent the vast majority of his career with the Angels. There are a few Mets who have faced him before on other teams:
Byrd 5-24, HR
Buck 1-15, HR
Lets Go Mets!