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Blue Jays @ Mets: 05/16 1:10 PM ET; SNY, SN; WOR, ESPN, SN

#MetsGame039 Home Citi Field Blue Jays J.A. Happ Zack Wheeler

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:19 AM

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:22 AM

Blue Jays Hope to Get Rotation Going vs. Mets

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:WilletsPoint: -- The Toronto Blue Jays would like nothing more than to cap off a quick visit to the Big Apple than for starting pitcher J.A. Happ to begin imitating the performance of the New York Mets' starting pitchers.

The Mets will look to complete a sweep of the brief two-game interleague series Wednesday afternoon when they host the Blue Jays at Citi Field.

The left-hander Happ (4-3, 4.80 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for Toronto against New York right-hander Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.03 ERA).

The Mets came back from an early deficit Tuesday to cruise past the Blue Jays, 12-2 as Juan Lagares went 4-for-5 with three RBIs while Devin Mesoraco homered and scored four times.

The lopsided loss capped a rough trip through the rotation for Toronto starters, who have compiled a 9.13 ERA (23 earned runs in 22 2/3 innings) dating back to Happ's previous start last Thursday, when he took the loss after giving up seven runs over 3 1/3 innings in a 9-3 defeat at the hands of the Seattle Mariners.

Jaime Garcia took the loss Tuesday after allowing six runs in 3 2/3 innings. He gave up the final five runs in the fourth inning for the Blue Jays, who fell to .500 at 21-21 and are 9-16 in their last 25 games.

"It seems like we have trouble limiting the damage, and then especially if you're facing one of the better pitchers, you give too much breathing room, it's awful tough to come back," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday night. "We need to tighten up our rotation, there's no doubt about it. I'm still confident that'll change, because we're too good down there. But it's just not happening right now."

The rotation for the Mets (20-18) has yet to fully click, but New York starters have proven adept at wriggling out of trouble. Noah Syndergaard earned the win Tuesday, when he allowed two runs and threw 103 pitches over five innings but forced the Blue Jays to strand five runners, including three in scoring position.

On Sunday, Jacob deGrom was pulled after a scoreless first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in which he threw 45 pitches but left the bases loaded. Last Friday, Steven Matz allowed nine baserunners but just one run in five innings against the Phillies.

Wheeler didn't factor into the decision in his most recent start last Wednesday, when he allowed one run over six innings against the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed that run in the sixth inning but limited the damage by escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam.

"He went out there and attacked with his good stuff right from the get-go," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters last Wednesday. "That's what you have to do. You have to make adjustments when things are going bad and he did a good job with that."

In his previous start May 4, Wheeler gave up six runs in the first two innings against the Colorado Rockies but managed to pitch into the seventh.

Wheeler has never faced the Blue Jays. Happ is 3-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 10 career games (eight starts) against the Mets.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:27 AM


METSCELLANEOUS: The Mets have won two of their last three games...The Mets are 3-7 in their last 10 games and after starting the year 11-1, the club has gone 9-17...New York is 8-10 at home.

VS. TORONTO: The Mets are 12-0 all-time vs. the Blue Jays in New York...The Mets have swept all four previous series vs.Toronto in the Big Apple (1997, 1999, 2001 and 2015)...The 12-game home winning streak is the second-longest in franchise history vs. one club...The franchise record is 14 straight home wins over the Pirates from April 21, 1986-June 7, 1987.

WIN STREAKS: New York’s 12-game home winning streak vs. the Blue Jays is the longest such streak in Interleague history according to the Elias Sports Bureau...The Giants had two separate 11-game home winning streaks vs. Texas and Oakland...According to Elias, the last major league team to win its first 12 home games against one team was the Baltimore Orioles, who won their first 14 home games vs. Seattle from 1977-1979.

INTERLEAGUE: New York is 1-0 in Interleague action this year after going 7-13 vs. the AL last year...The Mets will travel to Toronto on July 3-4...Since 1997, when Interleague play began, the Mets are 186-177...The .512 Interleague winning percentage is the best all-time among NL clubs.

DAY BASEBALL: New York has the sixth-lowest ERA (3.02) in the majors during day games this season...The Mets have a .340 on-base percentage in day games, the fifth-highest mark in the majors.

HOME RUNS: The Mets have nine home runs in their last six games.

ASDRÚBAL CABRERA: Is third in the National League and ninth in the majors with a .327 batting average...He is ninth in the NL with a .551 slugging percentage, is tied for seventh with 20 extra base hits and tied for third in the NL with 13 doubles...Cabrera is hitting .333 (31-93) with nine doubles, three homers, 19 RBI and 11 runs scored over his last 23 games.

JUAN LAGARES: Had a career high-tying four hits last night...It was his fourth career four-hit game and first since June 6, 2017 at Texas...He had a career high-tying three RBI last night...Lagares is batting .333 (9-27) vs. lefthanders this season.

AMED ROSARIO: Had career high-tying three hits and a career high-tying two RBI...Over his last nine games, Rosario is batting .379 (11-29) with three doubles and four RBI.

DEVIN MESOARCO'S BIG NIGHT: Reached base in all five of his plate appearances last night, going 2-2 with a home run, four runs scored and a career-high three walks...The last Mets catcher to reach base five times in a game was Kevin Plawecki, who did so on September 30 of last season at Philadelphia...Scored a career-high four runs, becoming the fourth catcher in club history to cross the plate at least four times in a game (also Ronny Paulino (June 29, 2011 at Detroit), Mike Piazza (April 5, 2002 at Atlanta) and Alex Trevino (August 14, 1979 at Atlanta).

ZACK WHEELER: Has allowed three or fewer runs in four of his six starts this season...Wheeler has 31 strikeouts in 34.0 innings of work this year.

JEURYS FAMILIA: Is tied for fifth in the majors with 11 saves...Familia has 111 saves since 2015, the third-most in the majors during that span.

SETH LUGO: Has not allowed a run in a career-high 11.0 innings dating to May 1...Lugo has 13 strikeouts during that span.

WELCOME BACK: The Mets welcome back outfielder Curtis Granderson...Granderson hit 95 home runs, 106 doubles and drove in 247 runs in 573 games with the Mets from 2014 until he was traded to the Dodgers on August 19, 2017 for RHP Jacob Rhame...He is tied for the franchise record with 21 leadoff homers...Granderson signed with the Blue Jays on January 23, 2018.

IN THE MINORS: Peter Alonso hit two home runs last night, including a walk-off in the bottom of the ninth to give Binghamton a 6-5 win over Erie...Alonso has three homers and six RBI in his last three games...Overall, he is tied for the Eastern League lead in home runs (11), is second in RBI (33), second in slugging (.695), and third in batting average (.367)...Alonso has three career multi-home run games as a professional and two have come against Erie (also: August 30, 2017).

EQUIPMENT DRIVE: The Mets are teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund for their annual Equipment Drive at Citi Field on Sunday, May 20 before the Mets take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:10 p.m...Any individual that donates either three baseballs, three softballs, a glove, a helmet, set of catcher’s equipment or bat will receive a voucher redeemable for two tickets to select Mets home games in 2018...Items most in need are: baseballs, softballs, bats, gloves, catcher’s equipment and helmets.

EDUCATION DAY: The Mets in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History will host over 6,000 New York City students today...American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist Jackie Faherty and chemical marine biologist Mandë Holford will be on hand to educate the youngsters.


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:29 AM





Top of 1:
Blue Jays first. Granderson struck out. Donaldson struck out. Smoak homered to right on a 0-2 count. T.Hernández popped out to shortstop Rosario.
Runs: 1, Hits: 1


Bottom of 1:
Mets first. Lagares struck out. A.Cabrera grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Smoak. Flores flied out to center fielder Pillar.
Runs: 0, Hits: 0


Top of 2:
Blue Jays second. Solarte flied out to center fielder Lagares. Pillar popped out to third baseman Guillorme. Maile struck out.
Runs: 0, Hits: 0


Bottom of 2:
Mets second. Conforto flied out to center fielder Pillar. Evans struck out. Guillorme hit an infield single to second. Lobaton struck out.
Runs: 0, Hits: 1


Top of 3:
Blue Jays third. Urshela struck out. Happ struck out. Granderson struck out.
Runs: 0, Hits: 0


Bottom of 3:
Mets third. Wheeler struck out. Rosario struck out. Lagares struck out.
Runs: 0, Hits: 0


Top of 4:
Blue Jays fourth. Donaldson walked. Smoak flied out to left fielder Evans. T.Hernández homered to left on a 0-1 count, Donaldson scored. Solarte grounded out, shortstop Rosario to first baseman Flores. Pillar singled to right. Maile singled to center, Pillar to second. Urshela struck out.
Runs: 2, Hits: 3


Bottom of 4:
Mets fourth. A.Cabrera flied out to center fielder Pillar. Flores doubled to center. Conforto grounded out, second baseman Solarte to first baseman Smoak, Flores to third. Evans struck out.
Runs: 0, Hits: 1


Top of 5:
Blue Jays fifth. Happ walked on a full count. Granderson doubled to right, Happ to third. Donaldson singled to center, Happ scored, Granderson to third. Smoak doubled to center, Granderson scored, Donaldson scored. T.Hernández walked. Gsellman pitching. Solarte grounded out, second baseman A.Cabrera to first baseman Flores, Smoak to third, T.Hernández to second. Pillar struck out. Maile walked on a full count. Urshela flied out to center fielder Lagares.
Runs: 3, Hits: 3


Bottom of 5:
Mets fifth. Guillorme grounded out, pitcher Happ to first baseman Smoak. Lobaton grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Smoak. J.Reyes pinch-hitting for Gsellman. J.Reyes struck out.
Runs: 0, Hits: 0


Top of 6:
Blue Jays sixth. Ramos pitching. Happ singled to right. Granderson doubled to right, Happ to third. Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Conforto, Happ scored, Granderson to third. Smoak walked. T.Hernández singled to left, Granderson scored, Smoak to second. Solarte grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Rosario to second baseman A.Cabrera, Smoak to third, T.Hernández out. Pillar singled to center, Smoak scored, Solarte to second. Rhame pitching. Maile popped out to second baseman A.Cabrera.
Runs: 3, Hits: 4


Bottom of 6:
Mets sixth. Rosario flied out to center fielder Pillar. Lagares grounded out, pitcher Happ to first baseman Smoak. A.Cabrera grounded out, third baseman Donaldson to first baseman Smoak.
Runs: 0, Hits: 0


Top of 7:
Blue Jays seventh. Nimmo in as left fielder. Evans in as third baseman. Guillorme in as second baseman. Urshela popped out to right fielder Conforto. Happ singled to left. Granderson walked on a full count, Happ to second. Smith Jr. pinch-running for Granderson. Donaldson popped out to left fielder Nimmo. Smoak popped out to first baseman Flores.
Runs: 0, Hits: 1


Bottom of 7:
Mets seventh. Smith Jr. in as left fielder. Flores flied out to right fielder T.Hernández. Conforto struck out. Evans struck out.
Runs: 0, Hits: 0


Top of 8:
Blue Jays eighth. Baumann pitching. T.Hernández struck out. Solarte grounded out, second baseman Guillorme to first baseman Flores. Pillar struck out.
Runs: 0, Hits: 0


Bottom of 8:
Mets eighth. R.Ureña in as shortstop. Urshela in as third baseman. Loup pitching. Guillorme grounded out, second baseman Solarte to first baseman Smoak. Lobaton struck out. Baumann lined out to shortstop R.Ureña.
Runs: 0, Hits: 0


Top of 9:
Blue Jays ninth. Maile singled to left. Urshela flied out to center fielder Lagares. Morales pinch-hitting for Loup. Morales flied out to left fielder Nimmo. Smith Jr. doubled to left, Maile to third. R.Ureña homered to left on a 1-0 count, Maile scored, Smith Jr. scored. Smoak struck out.
Runs: 3, Hits: 3


Bottom of 9:
Mets ninth. Barnes pitching. Rosario popped out to shortstop R.Ureña. Bruce pinch-hitting for Lagares. Bruce struck out. Nimmo homered to left on a 2-2 count. Flores doubled to left. Conforto grounded out, catcher Maile to first baseman Smoak.
Runs: 1, Hits: 2

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:30 AM



Happ Reaches 3 Times, Allows 2 Runners as Jays Thump Mets

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:WilletsPoint: -- Steady rain at Citi Field should have made pitching, hitting and fielding challenging for everybody.

Instead, Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ had a blast doing all three.


Happ reached three times and allowed only two baserunners over seven scoreless innings, and Toronto got its first road victory against the New York Mets, 12-1 on a wet Wednesday in Queens.


Happ (5-3) struck out 10 and walked none while pitching two-hit ball. The left-hander also singled twice and walked in his first multihit game since 2011, when he had two hits for Houston at Citi Field.


"It was just a fun game," Happ said. "It was fun being on the bases a little bit and scoring a couple runs and pitching deep into the ballgame. Have to feel good about that one."


The 35-year-old is the first AL pitcher to throw seven innings and match or out-hit his opponent since the Angels' Clyde Wright against the Rangers on Sept. 14, 1972, per STATS. The AL adopted the designated hitter rule the next year.


Happ also helped himself with a sliding, barehanded play to field Luis Guillorme's grounder in the fifth.


"He was outstanding on a tough day to play," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Whether you're a pitcher or anybody else. Yeah, he held it together."


Toronto was 0-12 against the Mets in New York, the longest such skid against one team in interleague history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


New York's Brandon Nimmo homered off Danny Barnes with two outs in the ninth and Wilmer Flores added a double before Barnes finished Toronto's four-hitter.


Justin Smoak, Teoscar Hernandez and Richard Urena each homered and drove in three runs as Toronto piled up 15 hits. The Blue Jays had averaged 2.8 runs over its past 11 games, batting .211 with a .630 OPS while going 3-8.


"One thing we can do, we can hit," Gibbons said. "It's been a little dry lately, but we can strike pretty quick."


A steady drizzle fell throughout, but the rain picked up in the middle of the third inning. Moments after New York pitcher Zack Wheeler's bat slipped from his hands and nearly hit first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr., umpires asked the grounds crew to rake the field. SNY reported the Mets used between 80 and 100 bags of Diamond Dry during that 15-minute delay alone, and the crew returned to the field with rakes and shovels regularly throughout the game.


Wheeler (5-3) fell apart on the mound after the break. Hernandez put Toronto up 3-0 with a two-run shot in the fourth, and then Smoak ripped a two-run double during a three-run fifth inning.


Wheeler was charged with six runs in four-plus innings, bringing his ERA to 5.92.


"To me, it seemed like the rain, the little (delay) trying to fix the field, kind of affected our guy and didn't their's," New York manager Mickey Callaway said.


Toronto continued to pound away against New York's bullpen, including three runs off AJ Ramos in the sixth inning. The Blue Jays sent 24 batters to the plate over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, getting eight runs, nine hits and four walks in that span. By comparison, New York batted 26 players in the first eight innings.


The Mets have not won consecutive games since winning nine straight from April 3-13.



New York placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hip flexor, retroactive to Monday. Cespedes spent about a week trying to play through his latest lower-body injury before getting an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed the strain.


Phillip Evans was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and started in left field. Evans said he arrived in New York at 6:30 a.m., 6 1/2 hours before first pitch. He struck out three times.



Mets reliever Buddy Baumann batted in the eighth inning for the 17th plate appearance for New York's bullpen this season. It had 18 total last year.



Toronto prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had four hits for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday. The 19-year-old is batting .415 with seven homers in 35 games with the Fisher Cats.



Toronto recalled right-hander Danny Barnes from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned right-hander Deck McGuire to its top farm club.



:metsmini: CF Juan Lagares injured the big toe on his left foot running into the wall on a flyball in the ninth. X-rays were negative, but Lagares is unsure if he'll be able to play Friday.



:bluejaysmini: Host Oakland on Thursday, with RHP Aaron Sanchez (2-3, 4.08 ERA) opposing A's RHP Andrew Triggs (3-1, 5.31).


:metsmini: New York gets Thursday off before beginning a stretch of 18 games in 17 days. RHP Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.83 ERA) starts Friday at home against Arizona RHP Zack Godley (4-2, 4.08 ERA).


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