Matt Den Dekker
The Mets shored up their bullpen on Monday, trading for left-handed relief pitchers Alex Torres and Jerry Blevins.
Matt den Dekker singled home the go-ahead run off Tyler Clippard (7-4) in the eighth inning to help the Mets (77-81) avoid clinching a sixth consecutive losing season for at least a few hours.
“We’ve got to assess what we have before we start going out and canvasing the free-agent market,” the GM said. “Free agents aren’t always the solution.”
On Tuesday night, den Dekker went 2-for-5 with a run and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot.
The Mets have placed center fielder Juan Lagares on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain.
The New York Mets have placed speedy outfielder Eric Young, Jr. on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring.
It looks like it’ll be Ruben Tejada at shortstop on Opening Day, barring a last-minute move by the Mets.
“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.
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.
The Mets’ right-hander was nearly perfect while tossing 4 1/3 shutout innings in a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Thursday. Harvey’s only baserunner reached on an error. He struck out five batters and threw 35 of 48 pitches for strikes.
Sure, the Yankees are banged-up. But the Mets have the Johan Santana mess — plus an outfield by committee, and not a particularly great committee at that.
Matt Harvey stole the show once again on Friday. The young pitcher, whom Sandy Koufax was looking to meet at Mets camp the other day, retired all six Atlanta batters he faced.
Dillon Gee allowed two runs on five hits in three innings as the Mets defeated an Atlanta Braves split-squad, 5-3, on Friday.