For the Mets, it’s been Jon Niese, Matt Harvey and pray for rain — or snow. Or perhaps Zack Wheeler?
Carlos Gonzalez homered and tripled, Todd Helton hit a go-ahead single and the Colorado Rockies beat the Mets 8-4 in the opening game of a doubleheader Tuesday that was delayed 2 hours as 8 inches of snow was cleared off the field.
The Rockies’ president, the Rockies’ mascot and Mets general manager Sandy Alderson helped shovel snow at Coors Field in preparation of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
The back end of New York’s rotation has been predictably abysmal. Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner and Aaron Laffey — the current No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 starters — have a combined 6.23 ERA in 23 2/3 innings pitched.
Michael Young and Ryan Howard homered, Cliff Lee came within one out of a complete game and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Eric Stults gritted his way through five scoreless innings of three-hit ball, combining with five relievers on a five-hitter and 14 strikeouts to lead the Padres over the Mets 2-1 Thursday for their first win of the season.
The forecast for Thursday afternoon in Flushing calls for sun, a light wind and temperatures around 50 degrees. Sounds like a beautiful day for a sweep.
Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner each had a poor day in the Mets’ final warmup before Opening Day.
“He’s just kind of in a bit of shock,” Wright said. “I don’t think anyone was expecting this. For everyone, it’s kind of shocking. It’s disheartening.”
They’ll just have to wait for Santana and hope that the brilliant future that awaits Harvey is now. Santana won’t pitch in a game until he can throw a ball 180 feet. So far, he’s only halfway there.
It’s a question that seemed unthinkable during the winter months and at the start of spring training: which team will have more talent on April 1?
Gee pitched six scoreless innings and struck out seven as the Mets topped the Braves, 7-4. Gee had allowed 11 earned runs in his previous two starts and missed the second half of last season with a blood clot in his right shoulder.
While Mets have had their share of injuries during spring training, but Shaun Marcum’s right shoulder doesn’t appear to be a major issue.
Harvey pitched his initial two innings of the spring against the Astros, concentrating on keeping his fastball down in the zone, and he thought d’Arnaud did an excellent job of helping him get strikes.
Dillon Gee allowed one run in two innings in his first outing since having a blood clot removed from an artery in his throwing shoulder.