NEW YORK -- The New York Mets now have a day off to sort things out.
After getting swept in a three-game series by the lowly Atlanta Braves, Terry Collins suggested on Sunday that significant changes may be in order. That goes beyond Travis d’Arnaud’s planned activation from the disabled list on Tuesday, which presumably will result in Kevin Plawecki’s demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets have resisted promoting Dilson Herrera to play second base, which would result in Neil Walker shifting to third base. Before Sunday’s 0-for-3 performance, Wilmer Flores had been hitting .356 (16-for-45) with two homers and eight RBIs since becoming the primary third baseman on June 3 anyway. So there doesn’t seem to be much of a compelling reason for that adjustment right now.
When the Mets return to action Tuesday, the Kansas City Royals will be at Citi Field. Noah Syndergaard (7-2, 1.91 ERA) opposes right-hander Ian Kennedy (5-5, 4.17) in the opener of the two-game series.
Syndergaard threw a message-sending fastball to the backstop on the first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series. But Syndergaard had an incident-free outing against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in the second game of this season, while tossing six scoreless innings.
The Mets (36-32) trail the first-place Washington Nationals by six games in the National League East. The Miami Marlins (37-32) passed the Mets in the standings on Sunday. In fact, if the season ended now, the Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers would be in the wild-card game, with the Mets missing the playoffs by a half-game.
MONDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:
Julio Teheran allowed only one baserunner -- on Conforto’s third-inning single -- and the Braves completed a three-game sweep with a 6-0 win against the Mets on Sunday. Pitching on his 28th birthday and his first Father’s Day as a dad, Jacob deGrom allowed three runs on five hits and a walk in six innings. Since opening the season with three straight wins in April, deGrom is 0-4 with five no-decisions. The Mets have scored a total of two runs in the last four games started by deGrom. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
Columnist Anthony McCarron in the Daily News writes: “Conforto seems mature enough that he'd consider a demotion a mere pothole in the road of his career, not an impenetrable wall that wrecks it.”
Columnist David Lennon in Newsday concludes about the Mets: “The road to Panic City? If the Mets aren’t there yet, they’re approaching the exit.”
Read a news story on Conforto’s potential demotion in the Daily News.
Jim Henderson underwent an MRI of his right shoulder on Sunday. The imaging was conducted a day after Henderson surrendered a game-tying homer and was forced to leave a relief appearance. Henderson has suggested the shoulder appears stable and the lost time should be minimal.
Steven Matz should make his next scheduled start despite dealing with elbow tightness in the sixth inning on Saturday.
Mickey Jannis had his 12th straight winless start as Trenton beat Binghamton, 3-1. Ivan Wilson’s tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth lifted Columbia over Asheville, 7-4. Jay Jabs’ two-run single in his professional debut gave Brooklyn a 2-1 win against Tri-City. Read the full minor-league recap here.
Andrew Beaton in the Journal notes Flores' importance.
Read more on d’Arnaud’s impending return in Newsday.
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