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According to ESPN NY, Mets Closer Frank Francisco may appear in his first minor league rehab game Wednesday, Terry Collins said.
Francisco threw off a mound Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the first time since straining his left oblique. He likely will throw once more off a mound before advancing to the rehab game.
Terry Collins also confirmed Johan Santana should start the second-half opener in Atlanta on Friday, followed by R.A. Dickey in Game 2 against the Braves.
Collins said he was unsure whether Jon Niese or Dillon Gee would handle the series finale in Atlanta.
The plan is contingent upon two factors: Dickey's All-Star Game usage and Santana's right-ankle health.
Collins described Santana's ankle, which the southpaw twisted Friday, as "a little tender today." So it still appears Johan is Day to day...
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Johan Santana, originally announced as the starter for the second-half opener in Atlanta on Friday, will be pushed back to allow his right ankle extra time to heal, Terry Collins said.
Santana twisted the ankle covering first base Friday, then was stepped on by the Cubs' Reed Johnson on the play.
Collins insisted there was nothing alarming with Santana's ankle, and...
Chicago Cubs (31-51) at New York Mets (45-38) 7:10 PM ET
SeasonRd/HmLast StartLast 3 App
T. Wood (L) 9 3-3 3.055.21-22.667/1HOUW7.2303-020.20.44
J. Santana (L) 16 6-4 2.766.14-11.166/30@LADW8.0302-120.00.90
Lefty Travis Wood can get above .500 for the first time this season and add to a three-start win streak tonight...
Every pitcher has one of those days, and today, Johan had one of those days. Mets just cannot seem to beat the Cubs as they couldn’t finish their late inning rally, losing 8-7.
Johan Santana simply just did not have it today. And unfortunately, he didn’t have enough back up to cushion the blow. He gave up seven earned runs, five runs being from three different homeruns he gave...
If you read my last article, I mentioned after the Mets comeback win Thursday against the Phillies that momentum is only as good as your next day starting pitcher. Last night, Johan Santana validated that point.
After the Mets had what many called the biggest win of this season, Johan Santana stepped on the rubber to face what seemed to be a much weaker Cubs team which holds the...
Daniel Murphy was one of several Mets to have a big game in Thursday’s come-from-behind win against Jonathan Papelbon and the Phillies. Lost amid the ninth-inning heroics was the excellent defensive play he made in the top of the eighth that saved at least one run. Murphy ranged far to his right to snag a ball hit by Placido Polanco, planted and without even looking at the...
Ruben Tejada – SS
Ronny Cedeno – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Scott Hairston – LF
Lucas Duda – RF
Justin Turner – 1B
Mike Nickeas – C
Kirk Nieuwenhuis – CF
Johan Santana – LHP
The Cubs and Mets start their last series before the All-Star break tonight as the Mets look for revenge from the last Cubs/Mets series. Last night the Mets were on the verge of...
Travis Wood is one of a select few to outpitch Johan Santana this season, getting the best of his fellow left-hander last week.
Accomplishing the feat on the road may prove to be more difficult.
Santana looks to improve on his already stellar numbers at Citi Field when his New York Mets host Wood's Chicago Cubs in the opener of a three-game set Friday night.
Chicago beat New...
Everywhere you look, baseball analysts and fans alike are saying the Mets will need a significant bullpen upgrade in order to make a playoff push.
Though Sandy Alderson brought in Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez, it may take a different cast of characters to get the job done consistently in the late innings.
Yes, the starting pitching has been terrific, but especially...
The Cubs are tied or the worst record in the Majors, and they bring their continued struggles to Citi Field to close out the first half of the year against the Mets.
Keeping a grip on second place in the National League East, the Mets are fresh off one of their most momentous wins of the year against Philadelphia last night and will look to enter the 2012 All-Star break in style...
The Cubs and Mets start their last series before the All-Star break tonight as the Mets look for revenge from the last Cubs/Mets series. Last night the Mets were on the verge of losing the series against the Phillies when the offense started a real, 2012 Mets style ralley and with a some good AB’s they got the runs in. Anyway, Johan Santana looks to keep the energy levels up as...
After Johan Santana and R.A. Dickey flamed out to start the weekend, the Mets got back on the horse and rode it to a 3-1 win over the Cubs. Just don’t know how the Mets look so horrible against last place teams. They’re 4-7 against the Cubs, Rockies and Astros so far this season.
There wasn’t much to note about the game. Starting pitcher Dillon Gee went eight innings before...
Pretty cool game last night.Johan Santana vs Travis Wood in New York with the Mets in 2nd behind Washington in the East and the Cubs sort of a related development.But whatever, Reed Johnson led off with a homer, got 4 hits and scored 3 times.Jeff Baker hit one out, Alfonso Soriano went 2 for 4 and knocked one in (he's now 26 RBIs from 1000).Geovany Soto got 2 hits to raise his...
I'm glad the Mets came back and made a game of this. Not so much for the "heart" or the "grit" that the Mets showed, but because when it was 7-2 in favor of the Cubs it was a sure thing that the knives were being sharpened to call this the dreaded "let down" game. And it wasn't. The loss to the Cubs was simply a case of Johan Santana not having...
The New York Mets begin a series against the Chicago Cubs tonight at 7:10 PM ET at Citi Field. The game can be seen on SNY and heard on WFAN.
#Mets Fri. lineup vs. Chicago: Tejada-SS, Cedeno-2B, Wright-3B, Hairston-LF, Duda-RF, Turner-1B, Nickeas-C, Nieuwenhuis-CF, Santana-LHP
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 6, 2012
#Cubs lineup @Mets 7/6: Johnson RF, Barney SS,...
Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
Chi. Cubs (32-51) «1001500108181
N.Y. Mets (45-39)011001013790
W: T. Wood (4-3) L: J. Santana (6-5)
HR: CHC - R. Johnson (3),A. Rizzo (4),J. Baker (3) NYM - L. Duda (12),J. Valdespin (3)
Anthony Rizzo crushed a go-ahead three-run home run in a five-run fifth inning and the Chicago Cubs held off the New York Mets...