Mets’ Noah Syndergaard rocked by Padres, lasts just four innings, but strikes out 10

PADRES 7, METS 2 SAN DIEGO — Noah Syndergaard stumbled through his worst start in the big leagues Tuesday night, giving up career-highs in runs and hits as the Mets fell to the Padres 7-2 at Petco Park. That snapped a two-game winning streak for the Mets (29-24). They continue to struggle on the road, losing eight of their last nine away from Citi Field and dropping to 8-16 on the road overall this season. RELATED: DAVID WRIGHT CONFIDENT HE'LL BE BACK THIS SEASON Syndergaard dropped to 0-3 outside of Citi Field in his roughest night in the big leagues. Now, thanks to the Mets implementing the six-man rotation with the return of Dillon Gee from the disabled list Wednesday and an off day on Monday, Syndergaard will have a whole week before he gets back on the mound and an abundance of time to think about what went wrong. And there is plenty for him to unpack in Tuesday night’s start. Syndergaard gave up seven runs on 10 hits. He also struck out a career-high 10 batters and did not walk one in just four innings. “It was definitely a frustrating start. I felt like I had some of the best stuff I had all year. In the first inning I am pretty sure I set the pace there, but it didn’t happen in the second inning,” Syndergaard said. “A couple of bad breaks... I didn’t get the job done, simple as that. I wasn’t able to make it deep into the ball game. I feel like I had a couple of bad breaks here and there. All I can do is have a short memory and forget about it and learn from it, move to the next day.” The Padres scored four runs off Syndergaard in the second, two on a play that Syndergaard counted among those bad breaks. With the bases loaded, he deflected Alexi Amarista’s line drive into right field allowing two runs to score. “Maybe if I don’t try to attempt to catch that ball by Amarista... it was just a natural reflex, potentially Continue Reading


WHILE YANKEE GM Brian Cashman won't publicly spike the idea, the Yankees are not planning on signing Mike Piazza, two team officials said yesterday. But don't expect public closure between the Yankees and Piazza. Though Yank executives say privately their roster is set and they are unlikely to add the former Met slugger, Cashman refused to say yesterday if he had told Piazza's agents the Yankees were out. "I don't think closure is necessary," Cashman said. "If we do sign him, we do. If we don't, we don't. I don't have a void to fill. It's whether I choose to sign a player or not." In the meantime, the fact the Yankees haven't told the world Piazza is a definite no likely helps the former Met's bargaining position with other teams. Vince Piazza, Mike's father, said yesterday his son had interest from the Cubs, Padres and Phillies. USA Today reported yesterday that the Padres were close to signing Piazza and that he would compete for their starting catcher's job. Some reports have said the Blue Jays are intrigued, too. "I know there's a lot of things happening, some discussions," Vince Piazza said. "I would think he'd like to be in New York," Vince Piazza added. "He'd certainly get a chance to get a ring. He's got a place there, he's used to all of what's up there. If not, you've got to move on. I can't tell what's going to happen." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading


BY THE END of last season, Mike Piazza was talking openly as a Met about the prospect of being a DH and part-time catcher in 2006, obviously curious to find out what kind of damage he could do with his bat without the wear and tear of regular catching. He seemed fairly certain he'd land in the American League, but after months of searching that included a last-ditch plea to the Yankees, Piazza yesterday agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Padres. Piazza gets a $1.25 million salary this year, and the contract includes a mutual option for 2007 at $8 million with a $750,000 buyout. He can earn an additional $750,000 this year in performance bonuses. Piazza, who has kept an extremely low profile this winter, was honored here in town last night at the New York baseball writers' dinner as the "Toast of the Town" for his career as a Met. He wasn't on hand to receive the award, and was said to be on a second honeymoon, celebrating the one-year anniversary of his marriage. It's a case of good news-bad news for Piazza that the Padres want him to be their No. 1 catcher. The 37-year-old future Hall of Famer will get a chance to prove he can still be a force at the plate, perhaps as the Padres' cleanup hitter. But he'll have to deal with the grind of day-to-day catching that has caused injuries and worn him down in recent years. The Padres, who won't announce the deal until Piazza passes a physical, are happy to take the chance on the ex-Met because they lost Ramon Hernandez to free agency this winter and were looking at splitting time between Doug Mirabelli and David Ross. They were especially happy to take the risk at a relatively low cost. Industry sources said Piazza had begun the offseason asking for a one-year deal worth $8 million. That number scared off any teams who may have been interested, and by the time he lowered his asking price, Piazza couldn't find a taker in the AL. The Angels, who seemed to be a logical landing spot, especially after Continue Reading

Video: Jon Lester throws whole glove to first base to get out, so Cubs or Padres will win World Series?

Any time during a long baseball season you can see a play that you’ve never seen before. And then there are plays you can say with certainty you definitely have seen before. Cubs starter Jon Lester made one of those plays Sunday afternoon. In Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Padres, the lefty ace snagged a Clint Barmes grounder back to the box and looked to start the 1-6-3 double play. But Lester couldn’t get the ball - wedged between two fingers - out of his glove. Without panic, Lester - who has had his share of troubles throwing pickoff attempts to first base - calmly tossed the entire glove with the ball stuck inside to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who even dropped his own glove to catch Lester's. The play was quite reminiscent of two others in recent history - both involving the Mets and both taking place in New York. Terry Mullholland’s play on Keith Hernandez at Shea Stadium, complete with underhand toss. That play happened back on September 3, 1986. The Mets were also involved in another such instance in 1999, when Rey Ordonez bounced one back to Orlando Hernandez - who gets bonus points for chucking his glove overhand (!) to Tino Martinez for the out. Oddly enough, if you look at the years of the other two plays, each time a pitcher threw his glove to first base to record an out, one of the teams involved won the World Series the - ‘99 Yankees and ‘86 Mets. So book your tickets, Cubs or Padres - one of you is so very obviously winning it all this year. Science! MOBILE USERS: SEE THE LESTER VIDEO / SEE EL DUQUE VIDEO / SEE MULHOLLAND VIDEO Continue Reading

Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez blasts three home runs in win over Padres

DODGERS 7, PADRES 4 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez hit three home runs, becoming the first player in major league history with five in the season’s first three games, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 7-4 Wednesday to win their opening series. Fittingly, Gonzalez received his Silver Slugger award from last season before the game. Then he went out and had a four-hit game to go with consecutive three-hit games on Monday and Tuesday, becoming the first National League player to do so since Orlando Cepeda of San Francisco had three straight three-hit games in 1963. 2015 BASEBALL PREVIEW:NL EAST|NL CENTRAL|NL WEST|AL EAST|AL CENTRAL|AL WEST Gonzalez homered in four consecutive at-bats dating to Tuesday before his RBI single in the sixth. His five homers in the first three games made major league history, according to information provided to the Dodgers by the Elias Sports Bureau. The Dodgers rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first to help Brandon McCarthy (1-0) earn his first win as one of eight new players on the team this season. The right-hander allowed nine hits and four runs, struck out nine and walked one. Joel Peralta pitched the ninth to earn his first NL save. Gonzalez homered in the first and he led off the third with another homer, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 5-2. He led off the fifth with his third homer — all off Andrew Cashner — and took a curtain call from the dugout steps. Gonzalez received a standing ovation when he came to the plate in the sixth. The Padres’ infield convened on the mound for a conference before Frank Garces gave up an RBI single to Gonzalez, making it 7-4. Gonzalez became the third player in franchise history with homers in his first three games, joining Jimmy Wynn in 1974 and Carl Furillo in 1955. McCarthy helped himself, drawing a bases-loaded walk off Cashner (0-1) that forced in Carl Crawford and tied the Continue Reading

Dillon Gee roughed up in return to rotation, Mets lose 7-3 to Padres

PADRES 7, METS 3 SAN DIEGO — The newest member of the Mets’ new six-man rotation got off to a rocky start Wednesday night and may not make it to a second turn. Dillon Gee got pounded in his first start back from the disabled list as the Mets fell to the Padres, 7-3, at Petco Park. Afterward, Terry Collins was non-committal on when Gee would make his next start. “I don’t know which day it is,” the Mets manager said. “One of the things that has to be discussed, we have a day off coming up. (Pitching coach) Dan (Warthen) and I need to sit down and talk about when that will be.” WHERE ARE THEY NOW? DEL UNSER ONCE TRADED TO METS FOR MCGRAW Because that off day would have some pitchers going on two days of extra rest, skipping starters has been considered. When asked Wednesday night if Gee could be one of the starters who is skipped, Collins was reluctant to answer definitively. “If I say so it’s a headline,” Collins said. “I am not going to say so just yet.” The six-man rotation was pitched as a way to manage the workload of young pitchers Matt Harvey, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, Jacob deGrom and rookie Noah Syndergaard. It was also a chance to keep showcasing Gee as a starter for a possible trade. The argument for the six-man rotation may have been lost Wednesday as Gee (0-3) stayed winless and the Mets lost for the second straight night, dropping the series. The Mets have lost nine of their last 10 games on the road and have won just two of eight series on the road this season. The Padres (27-28) have lost just one series to the Mets in San Diego since 2003. Gee was clearly struggling to regain his form after a month away from a major-league mound. In his first start since May 3 following his extended time on the disabled list with a groin strain, Gee allowed seven runs, four earned, on eight hits. He walked one, Continue Reading

San Diego Padres fire manager Bud Black

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black has been fired, the team announced on Monday. The organization said bench coach Dave Roberts will assume managerial duties until they find a replacement. Black, the team’s manager since 2007, was in charge of a recently revamped Padres team that figured to be a contender in the NL West following multiple high-profile acquisitions in the offseason. San Diego had traded for former All-Stars Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel, in addition to signing starter James Shields out of free agency, but the moves haven’t paid dividends for the third-place Padres. The team was 32-33 before the firing. Black was in his ninth year at the helm in San Diego, and had an overall record of 649-713 (.477). The team failed to make the postseason during his tenure. Continue Reading

Missing Texas college student found dead in South Padre Island marsh after spring break disappearance

A missing spring breaker was found dead in a marsh near a South Padre Island water park, Texas authorities said. Jordan Britten, 20, was wearing just his boxers when cops and cadaver dogs made the grim discovery Thursday morning, a city spokesman said. Investigators previously found marijuana, what appeared to be ecstasy pills and other unknown pills in the Central Texas College student’s silver Mazda. “At this time we’re investigating all possibilities considering the fact that we did find drugs in his car,” South Padre Island city spokesman Adrian Rodriguez told the Daily News. Britten was partying on Friday with friends at a concert at the Schlitterbahn water park when he wandered off. The friends later returned home without the college student from Killeen, but Britten never showed up. The friends eventually contacted Britten’s mother, who reported him missing on Monday, Rodriguez said. Authorities quickly discovered the Mazda parked next to Schlitterbahn, but there was no sign of Britten. Searches by helicopter, rescue boat and ground patrols all turned up nothing until about 10 a.m. local time on Thursday when officers discovered the young man’s nearly naked corpse hidden among the reeds and cattails of the marsh. The death is “suspicious” because of the drugs in the car, but it wasn’t immediately clear how Britten died or why he ended up in the marsh. “A healthy 20-year-old doesn’t just wander off into the marsh and die, so we are investigating all possibilities,” Rodriguez said. People on a Facebook page set up to aid the search claimed Britten left the concert and was then blocked from returning. That’s one scenario police are investigating, Rodriguez confirmed. “Maybe he was trying to get through the marsh and trying to get back in through the back (of the Continue Reading

Bud Black featured on Padres tickets a day after getting fired as manager

One day after firing manager Bud Black, the Padres added insult to injury. San Diego hosted the Oakland A's on Tuesday afternoon, and tickets to the game prominently featured a picture of Black, who compiled a 649-713 record in nine seasons with the team. At the time of Black's firing Monday, the Padres sat one game under .500. They continue to underperform in the National League West after making a splash in the offseason by acquiring outfielders Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, closer Craig Kimbrel and starting pitcher James Shields via trades and free agency. Pat Murphy, formerly the manager of the organization's Triple-A affiliate, will replace Black on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2015 season. Continue Reading

On eve of Opening Day Braves trade closer Craig Kimbrel to Padres

The Padres spending binge continues. As for the Braves? Maybe they've hired Phil Jackson because the apparent tanking has begun. In a bizarre move, Atlanta dealt closer Craig Kimbrel, a 26-year old, four-time All-Star to San Diego along with Melvin Upton Jr. (the former B.J. Upton) for veteran outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin as well as prospects Matt Wisler and Jordan Paroubeck, according to a report. The Braves also receive the 41st pick of the MLB draft, according to ESPN. 2015 BASEBALL PREVIEW: NL EAST | NL CENTRAL | NL WEST | AL EAST | AL CENTRAL | AL WEST Kimbrel, who signed a four-year $42 million extension with Atlanta last winter, holds a career 1.43 ERA in his five big league seasons. In his 289 career innings, he has struck out a whopping 476 batters. It is the latest marquee addition for the Padres, who signed free agents James Shields and Justin Upton (Melvin's brother) this offseason and acquired big name outfielder Matt Kemp and once highlty-touted outfield prospect Wil Myers via trade. The 22-year-old Wisler held a 5.01 ERA last season with 101 Ks in 116-2/3 innings. Paroubeck hit .285 in 157 plate appearances last year. Continue Reading