NEW YORK METS (34-30, first place/NL East) vs. TORONTO BLUE JAYS (34-30, third place/AL East)
At Citi Field
At Rogers Centre
BLUE JAYS SHORT HOPS
Toronto won its franchise-record-matching 11th straight game Sunday.
Since returning from the disabled list on May 25, ex-Met Jose Reyes is hitting .338 (27-for-80) in 18 starts. Reyes, who turned 32 last week, has an 11-game hitting streak. Reyes had been sidelined for nearly a month with a cracked left rib. Reyes’ contract, originally signed with the Miami Marlins, is guaranteed through 2017 at $22 million per season. The Jays also have an option for 2018 at the same amount, or a $4 million buyout. Reyes last played at Citi Field on Sept. 23, 2012, with the Marlins.
Dickey also returns to Citi Field, although he will not face the Mets until the series shifts to Toronto. Of the principals that went to the Jays in the trade for Travis d'Arnaud and Syndergaard, only Dickey currently is at the major league level with the Jays. Catcher Josh Thole was demoted to Triple-A Buffalo at the beginning of the month when Dioner Navarro was activated from the DL. Meanwhile, fellow catcher Mike Nickeas retired after last season and is now at Georgia Tech completing his degree and serving as an undergraduate student assistant coach for the Yellow Jackets. Dickey has a 5.29 ERA overall and is winless since May 21.
The Jays placed rookie right-hander Aaron Sanchez on the disabled list on Sunday with a strained right lat muscle. Sanchez (5-4, 3.55 ERA) originally had been scheduled to start Tuesday at Citi Field. Rookie right-hander Scott Copeland is expected to start in Sanchez’s place. Filling in for Sanchez the last turn, Copeland limited the Marlins to one run in seven innings in his first major league start. He has not allowed a home run in 55 2/3 innings between the majors and minors this season.
Toronto leads the majors in runs scored (343). The Jays rank fourth in team average (.268), third in on-base percentage (.333) and first in slugging percentage (.446).
Third baseman Josh Donaldson's 17 homers are one shy of the American League lead. His 45 RBIs are two shy of the league lead. He was acquired from the Oakland Athletics in November in a trade involving Brett Lawrie.
Left-hander Phil Coke was promoted to the Jays on Friday. Coke had a 6.30 ERA in 16 relief appearances with the Chicago Cubs to begin the season and was released on May 26. He signed a minor league deal with Toronto five days later.