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A not so jagged Tyler Pill lived, learned, and had an arguably solid first major league start. The right-hander struck out four, walked three, and only allowed one run in five and third innings work. Fernando Salas would surrender three runs, eliminating a lead created by a Lucas Duda three-run home run. The game went to extras and Jay Bruce walked it off on the twelfth-inning on a single.
Off the heels of an improved turn of the starting rotation, pitching coach Dan Warthen and manager Terry Collins are pointing to recent mechanical adjustments to their stars that have returned some positive results.
With Steven Matz and Seth Lugo now just days away from returning to the majors, it would appear a shuffling of the rotation may also be iminent, leaving Robert Gsellman in the bullpen. Kevin Kernan with the New York Post thinks Gsellman can anchor the back half of the rotation - and even claim the role of closer.
Reliever Paul Sewald has been one of the few bright spots in the Mets bullpen as of late. His fastball - the typical bread and butter pitch of a major league reliever - might be the reason why.
Still on the rehab trail, Yoenis Cespedes hit for the first time yesterday since being shut down this past weekend.
Terry Collins talked about Wilmer Flores’s hot bat. Collins plans to start Flores on Wednesday and Thursday, allowing Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera to each get a day off.
Around The NL East
Given a surprisingly slow start to the the 2017 season, some are wondering if the Phillies should demote third baseman Maikel Franco to Triple-A.
Around The Majors
Hunter Strickland, Giants reliever and the other half of Monday’s scrap received a six game suspension. Michael Morse also became a casualty of the feud, as he was placed on the seven day concussion disabled list after bumping into Jeff Samardzjia after the fight broke loose.
Unsurprisingly, Scott Boras wasn’t happy with the punishment Bryce Harper received.
One time Atlanta Brave Hector Olivera has signed with the Atlantic League’s Sugarland Skeeters. Olivera was released from the San Diego Padres last summer, and is still being paid for the six year, 62.5 million dollar contract he inked with the Dodgers in 2015.
Yesterday at AA
Brian Salvatore gave us an injury update on Jeurys Familia - who is determined to return this year and hopes to start throwing in a month.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1964, 19-year old Ed Kranepool completed a doubleheader with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons only to be told he would be called to the majors to play another doubleheader on the same day with the Mets against the Giants. Kranepool hit a RBI triple in the second game over the head of center fielder Willie Mays.