Will a third straight Mets’ series end in a sweep?
Chris Young (1-0, 3.38 ERA) will try to prevent that on Sunday afternoon, when he takes the ball for the Mets. Young will be opposed by Reds ace Johnny Cueto (7-3, 2.46).
Righties have hit just .195 off Cuento this season vs. .300 for lefties. As a result, the Mets’ outfield is expected to look like this: Andres Torres in center, Kirk Nieuwenhuis in left and Lucas Duda in right, per manager Terry Collins.
Behind Jay Bruce’s first-inning three-run homer off Jon Niese, Cincinnati topped New York, 4-1, on Saturday night.
Saturday’s news reports:
• Jason Bay was placed on the seven-day DL with a concussion. Justin Turner has been activated from the DL after playing a pair of rehab games with Triple-A Buffalo.
Jon Rauch was upset that fans booed Bay off the field on Friday night after he suffered the concussion while trying to catch a hit from Jay Bruce that turned into an inside-the-park homer.
Rauch expressed his frustration on Twitter:
"Very disappointed with the fans who booed Jason Bay as he came off the field. This is a serious injury that affects his livelihood and his well being. He plays his heart out every time he takes the field. It's very unfortunate that he's had to deal with multiple concussions and other injuries -- we all have him and his family in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery."
• Ronny Cedeno went 0-for-3 with a walk and played nine innings at shortstop in the second game of a rehab assignment for Triple-A Buffalo. Cedeno is expected to rejoin the Mets by the middle of next week. He’s been DL’d since May 27 with a left calf strain.
Ruben Tejada (quadriceps), meanwhile, is further away from a return. Collins said Tejada rain in a straight line Friday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The hope is to have Tejada begin a rehab assignment Monday. Tejada's last attempt to play for Triple-A Buffalo was abandoned when he felt an issue with the quadriceps and pulled himself from a June 5 game.
• The Mets signed confirmed the signing of 13 draft picks, highlighted by third-rounder Matt Koch, a right-hander out of Louisville. The full list is on the blog.
• Oliver Perez was promoted to the majors by the Mariners. The enigmatic left-hander hasn’t been in the bigs since the Mets released him during spring training in 2011.
• Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey could pitch on regular rest by the end of next week -- Saturday and Sunday against the Yankees. Collins, however, has not made a firm decision on that yet.
• Manny Ramirez will not be making his way to Queens, a team official told ESPN NewYork.com’s Adam Rubin.
Asked if Ramirez might find his way to the Mets now that he has requested and been granted his release from the Oakland A's organization, a Mets official said: "Very thin chance."
The official simultaneously made a circle with his fingers, in the shape of a zero.
• Steve Serby of the Post did his Sunday Q&A with Dickey.
TRIVIA: Who was the last Mets pitcher to start for the NL All-Star team?
Saturday answer: The Mets’ last inside-the-park homer was produced by Angel Pagan on May 19, 2010 at Washington against Livan Hernandez.