Zack Wheeler breezed into the seventh inning, Anthony Recker hit a three-run homer in a five-run first and the New York Mets beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 Sunday for a series win.
The Mets’ continuing struggles at the plate have spurred conversation about bringing in the fences at Citi Field for a second time in the short history of the Mets’ new ballpark.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other time that a Mets pitcher gave up three consecutive first-inning home runs was on July 23, 1996 at Coors Field.
After blowing a three-run lead in the ninth inning on one ill-fated pitch to Raul Ibanez, Jose Valverde needed a lift, and so did his New York Mets teammates.
Ruben Tejada was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Anthony Recker hit a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth off Eric Pfisterer.
The 21-year-old threw 40 pitches, showing team owners, coaches and executives what they can expect from his fastball, curve and changeup once he gets the call to the big leagues.
He hit .167 with two homers and five RBIs in 60 at-bats last season for Baltimore, which designated him for assignment Sept. 1.
Newtown, Conn., was the scene of a horrific school shooting last year, but on Sunday, a group of middle school students from the town experienced something dreams are made of.
Scott Rice begins the week having appeared in 72 games, the most in the major leagues. Rice is the 7th left-handed pitcher in Mets’ history to appear in 70 or more games in a season.
Carlos Torres did his best Matt Harvey imitation, carrying a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning for the New York Mets in an 11-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.
“Thank you everyone for the kind words and support. I may be done this year, but I will be back next year for April 1,” Harvey posted on Twitter.
The Mets traded right fielder Marlon Byrd, catcher John Buck and cash to the Pirates for minor league middle infielder Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later.
Catcher Travis d’Arnaud, who was the Mets’ No. 1 position-player prospect before making his major-league debut this past Saturday, will stay in the majors and become the club’s starting backstop.
Dillon Gee followed Matt Harvey’s first career shutout with an impressive outing of his own, helping the Mets beat Colorado, 2-1, Thursday and sending the Rockies home after matching the worst road trip in team history.
Terry Collins’ contract will expire at the end of the season. I’m not suggesting that Fred Wilpon should give him a four-year extension. But I’d like to see him finally have a chance with a team that’s built to contend.