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BREAKFAST BLOG: 05.08.2018

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MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT

P.J. Conlon made his major league debut with the New York Mets on Monday night against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American BallPark. He lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and four hits to the Reds as the Mets snapped their six game skid with a 7-6 win.

Of the current 25-man roster, 14 players made their major league debut in a New York Mets uniform. Two players were not drafted by the Mets but made their MLB debut with the franchise: Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler (Travis d’Arnaud, who is on the disabled list, is also among this group).

The last Mets pitcher to make his MLB against the Reds was Steven Matz on June 28, 2015 at Citi Field. Matz had a memorable performance, pitching 7 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs, five hits, six strikeouts and three walks. The more eye-popping part of Matz’ performance on that day came at the plate. He went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI.

Here is a look back at other Mets MLB debuts — and how they did:

KEVIN PLAWECKI
Date: April 21, 2015
Team: Atlanta Braves
Location: Citi Field
Performance: Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki made his major league debut against the Atlanta Braves on April 21, 2015. Plawecki batted seventh in the Mets lineup, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

JUAN LAGARES
Date: April 23, 2013
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Location: Citi Field
Performance: Juan Lagares made his major league debut coming off the bench. In a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field, Lagares went 1-for-2 and played center field.

NOAH SYNDERGAARD
Date: May 12, 2015
Team: Chicago Cubs
Location: Wrigley Field
Performance: Noah Syndergaard made his major league debut on May 12, 2015 at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. In his first start (and MLB appearance), Syndergaard pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits (6 K, 4 BB). The Mets and Syndergaard took the loss, 6-1.

JACOB deGROM
Date: May 15, 2014
Team: New York Yankees
Location: Citi Field
Performance: Jacob deGrom’s debut included seven innings with one earned run and four hits against the crosstown rival New York Yankees. The Mets and deGrom lost the game, 1-0.

JOSE REYES
Date: June 10, 2003
Team: Texas Rangers
Location: The Ballpark in Arlington
Performance: Making his major league debut in Texas, Reyes batted ninth and collected two hits in four plate appearances, including a double and two runs scored.

The starting lineup the day Reyes debuted:

Roger Cedeno – RF
Timo Perez – LF
Roberto Alomar – 2B
Cliff Floyd – DH
Jeromy Burnitz – CF
Ty Wigginton – 3B
Jason Phillips – 1B
Vance Wilson – C
Jose Reyes – SS
Steve Trachsel – P

ZACK WHEELER
Date: June 18, 2013
Team: Atlanta Braves
Location: Turner Field
Performance: In his major league debut, Zack Wheeler tossed six shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves in a 6-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in the second game of a doubleheader at Turner Field. Wheeler held the Braves in check, allowing four hits, seven strikeouts and five walks to collect his first MLB win.

BRANDON NIMMO
Date: June 26, 2016
Team: Atlanta Braves
Location: Turner Field
Performance: Nimmo made his major league debut on the road against the Atlanta Braves, going 0-for-4. One night later, against the Washington Nationals, Nimmo collected his first major league hit, going 2-for-4 with one run scored.

STEVEN MATZ
Date: June 28, 2015
Team: Cincinnati Reds
Location: Citi Field
Performance: Steven Matz made his major league debut at Citi Field on June 28, 2015 against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched 7 2/3 innings pitched, two earned runs and five hits, six strikeouts and three walks. The more eye-popping part of Matz’ performance on that day came at the plate. He went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI.

SETH LUGO
Date: July 1, 2016
Team: Chicago Cubs
Location: Citi Field
Performance: Seth Lugo quietly made his major league debut, pitching two shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. The Mets toppled the Cubs, 10-2.

MICHAEL CONFORTO
Date: July 24, 2015
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Location: Citi Field
Performance: Conforto went 0-for-3 with a walk in his major league debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But, on the next night, Conforto went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, four runs scored, one walk and one RBI in a 15-2 rout of Los Angeles.

AMED ROSARIO
Date: August 1, 2017
Team: Colorado Rockies
Location: Coors Field
Performance: Rosario made his major league debut at age 21 at Coors Field in Colorado going 1-for-4. His first hit was an infield single in the eighth inning of the Mets 5-4 loss to the Rockies.

WILMER FLORES
Date: August 6, 2013
Team: Colorado Rockies
Location: Citi Field
Performance: Flores made his major league debut on August 6. Batting sixth in the lineup, he went hitless (0-for-4) in his first game in a Mets uniform. Flores collected his first major league hit the next night against the Rockies, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

ROBERT GSELLMAN
Date: August 23, 2016
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Location: Busch Stadium
Performance: Robert Gsellman made his major league debut in relief at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing two hits and collecting his first MLB win.

JEURYS FAMILIA
Date: September 4, 2012
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Location: Busch Stadium
Performance: Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in his Mets (and major league) debut.

TRAVIS d’ARNAUD (disabled list)
Date: August 17, 2013
Team: San Diego Padres
Location: Petco Park
Performance: Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud made his major league debut against the San Diego Padres on August 17, 2013. He went 0-for-2 with two walks in four plate appearances.

NEWS AND NOTES

White Sox: Three weeks after Danny Farquhar collapsed in the dugout from a brain hemorrhage, the Chicago pitcher has been released from the hospital. Doctors told Farquhar that if he continues to progress, he will likely be cleared to pitch again, although the doctors don’t expect him to return this season.

Athletics: Less than one year after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Stephen Piscotty’s mother has lost her battle. The Oakland Athletics announced Monday that Gretchen Piscotty passed away at age 55. In a conversation with ESPN, Piscotty said: “We usually end [the day] playing the guitar with ‘Amazing Grace.’ It’s definitely emotional. It gives me some little bit of peace, and I hope it does the same for her. It’s important to spend time with her because we’re running out of it, and we’re just trying to cherish every moment.” The A’s placed Piscotty on the bereavement list.

National League East: The first place Atlanta Braves had Monday off. The Braves are in Tampa tonight to open a short two-game series against the Rays … The Phillies hit four home runs to club the Giants, 11-0, and climb to within one game of first place … The Nationals opened a seven-game road trip in San Diego with a win. Washington has won eight of their last nine and are now 19-17 after a slow start … The last-place Marlins were hammered, 14-2, by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field to drop to 13-21.

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