The New York Mets (20-16) will look to break through the stormy clouds with a two game set against the Cincinnati Reds (18-17) at Citi Field on Wednesday. The team will look to bounce back from an 8-0 shutout against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
It was only the second time that the Mets have been shutout this season, as only the red-hot Washington Nationals was the other team to have accomplished the feat on April 11 in the 4-0 loss at Citi Field.
There was a ton of stormy clouds surrounding that shutout as in the bottom of the seventh inning words were exchanged by Terry Collins and David Wright, as the manager took the All-Star out of the game. In the top of the inning reliever D.J. Carrasco had a ball get away from him, hitting Brewers-star Ryan Braun-and Collins did not want to expose Wright to retaliation.
“He is not mad at me, it wasn’t about me,” Collins said of the exchange. “He said, ‘Look, if someone is going to get hit, let it be me.’ And I said, ‘First of all, that thing that’s not going to happen.’”
At that point in time the Brewers already had the 8-0 lead, as starter Dillon Gee was hit hard by Milwaukee. Gee echoed one of the worst starts of his career, allowing seven earned runs for the second time in five outings.
“The mistakes that he makes are in the middle of the plate,” Collins said of Gee. “When I took him out of the game Mike Nickeas said that ‘Every mistake he made, they would drill it.’”
Now the Mets will have to turn their attention to Cincinnati, as ace Johan Santana (1-2, 2.92 ERA) will take the mound. Santana has been the ‘stopper’ thus far for the club, and will look to have the same results with the Reds tonight.
In Santana’s last start against Cincinnati the lefty was able to pick up the 3-0 victory on July 6, 2010 at Citi Field. Johan was able to toss a complete game shutout on that day, allowing only three hits and three walks, sitting down five batters in the 113 pitch effort.
Looking to continue his red-hot streak at the dish will be Wright who extended his hitting-streak to nine games with his double in the first inning. Also red-hot with the stick is Daniel Murphy, who now has a career-high 11 game hitting streak.
Andres Torres: New York Mets center fielder Andres Torres was on hand to answer questions for the Spanish Language media on Tuesday. The star who suffers from ADHD, also answered a few in English and ovalpike.com was on hand to capture it.
The game never came naturally to Torres, who didn’t become serious about playing the sport until he was 18 years old. The Aguada, Puerto Rico-native was more of a Track and Field star during his time at the Miami-Dade Community College. Torres ran the 100 meters in 10.37 seconds, which is the second fasts recorded for all MLB players, behind Deion Sanders.
“When I started playing, I was only playing once a week,” Torres said on his baseball experience. “It was in senior year a scout came to me and made me feel as if I could play baseball. I was fast but I still needed a ton of tools in order to play the game.”
Torres continued by saying, “In this game you need coordination and you need the mechanics of hitting in order to play. I started to talk to some of the guys and learning what it takes to succeed, they really helped me to break out of the bad habits I had when I first started.”
All-Star Announcement: It is expected that Commissioner Bud Selig will join Mets owner Fred Wilpon and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg at New York’s City Hall to make a major announcement about the Mets hosting the 2013 MLB All-Star game.
The official announcement will happen at 11:30am in a news conference seen live on MLB.com and Mets.com.