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New York Mets Batter A.J. Burnett, Philadelphia Phillies 7-1

July 28th, 2014 at 10:37 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York-The New York Mets came back home after a moderately successful road trip hoping to continue their run of strong home play. The Mets went 8-2 on their final home stand before the All Star Break, and looked to kick off this home stretch with a bang against the last place Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets (51-55) bats exploded against long time nemesis A.J. Burnett, recording seven runs against him in five innings to beat the Phillies (46-60) 7-1.

The Mets got to work quickly against Burnett in the bottom of the first. After Burnett walked Curtis Granderson to lead off the inning, Daniel Murphy drove him in with an RBI double to get the Mets on the board with a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Lucas Duda drove in Murphy with an RBI single to make it 2-0. After Chris Young flew out for the second out, Travis d'Arnaud doubled to put runners on second and third for Juan Lagares. Lagares busted out of an 0 for 17 slump by doubling to bring in both runners and make it 4-0. The Mets added to their lead in the fifth as Travis d'Arnaud crushed a three run home run to left against Burnett to make it 7-0. That would be all the damage against Burnett (L, 6-10), who gave up seven runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out four in five innings of work.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

July 28th, 2014 at 5:07 PM
By Mike Phillips

After a long ten game road trip, the New York Mets (50-55) are finally back home. The Mets will open their first home stand of the second half tonight as they welcome their division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies (46-59), to town to kick off a three game series. The Phillies are in the middle of a lost season, checking into today's game in dead last in the National League East and trailing the division leading Washington Nationals by 12.5 games. First pitch for today's game at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

The pitching matchup for tonight's game is an interesting one, as both teams are sending out starters who could be pitching elsewhere by Thursday's trade deadline. The Mets will send veteran right hander Bartolo Colon (9-8, 4.03 ERA) to the mound amidst rumors this could be his final start in Queens. Colon is coming off one of his best outings of the season, as he flirted with a perfect game and beat the Seattle Mariners last Wednesday. The Phillies will counter with former Met farmhand A.J. Burnett (6-9, 3.86 ERA), who also could be on the move to a contender by Thursday. Burnett tossed eight shutout innings in his last start against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, but ended up with a no decision in that contest.

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Minor League Mondays: Cory Mazzoni Finally Makes It to Las Vegas

July 28th, 2014 at 3:04 PM
By Mike Phillips

The Las Vegas 51's rotation was expected to be a stellar one at the beginning of the season. The New York Mets had already committed Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero, and Noah Syndergaard to that rotation. Cory Mazzoni, a 2011 second round pick out of North Carolina State, was supposed to join them. Mazzoni hurt his lat in the Mets' final spring training game, costing him a chance to start the year in Las Vegas. Mazzoni has finally made his way to the 51's, and his story will be highlighted in this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.

Mazzoni is one of the Mets' lower tier starting prospects, with a repertoire consisting of a fastball that sits between 92-94 miles per hour as well as a slider and changeup. Mazzoni has dealt with injuries in the past, as he was sidelined at the end of the 2013 season with the Binghamton Mets after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee (ESPN New York's Adam Rubin chronicled Mazzoni's journey in this report). The lat injury was the latest set back for Mazzoni, and it took him a while to recover from this injury.

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Lucas Duda Coming into His Own at First Base for New York Mets

July 27th, 2014 at 8:16 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have had a problem at first base for several years now. Ike Davis, who was supposed to be the long term solution when he was drafted in 2008, was never able to put it together in New York and got traded away in April. Once Davis was gone, the Mets gave Lucas Duda the job. Many figured that Duda would underachieve and be replaced after the season. Duda, however, has seized the opportunity to play regularly and has produced the best power numbers of his career.

Duda is now hitting .259 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI's on the season. The 18 homers is already a career high, easily topping the 15 he achieved in both 2012 and 2013. Duda still has two full months to go in the season, so 25 home runs is in reach and he has an outside shot to reach the 30 home run mark. The 56 RBI's is also one away from his career high mark of 57 from back in 2012. Duda will eclipse that mark easily, and could end up with somewhere around 85 RBI's by the end of the season. Duda is currently the team leader in both home runs and RBI's, a feat no one would have guessed back in April.

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Lucas Duda’s Two Run Homer Helps Support Jacob DeGrom, New York Mets in 2-0 Win

July 27th, 2014 at 6:14 PM
By Mike Phillips

Milwaukee-The New York Mets have been offensively challenged since the All Star Break. The one guy who hasn't had a problem hitting has been first baseman Lucas Duda. Duda had hit three of the team's four home runs since the break coming into today's game with the Milwaukee Brewers. It was only fitting that Duda was the Mets' lone source of offense again. Duda's two run home run in the sixth inning off of Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson was the only offense in the game, but it would be plenty as the Mets (50-55) defeated the Brewers (59-47) 2-0. 

The game was a pitcher's duel, but not a classic one by any means. Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson (L, 1-2) got himself into and out of trouble in the early innings, while Mets' starter Jacob deGrom ran up a high pitch count against patient Brewers' hitters. The unlikely stalemate lasted until the sixth inning, when Daniel Murphy doubled to lead off the inning. After David Wright flew out, Duda stepped up to the plate and cranked a massive two run homer to right field. Duda's team leading 18th home run gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. 

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