PITTSBURGH — Steven Matz certainly put himself back on the radar Sunday. The lefthander, who has been dealing with elbow discomfort since the last week of spring training, threw five perfect innings for Triple-A Las Vegas. Matz struck out eight in what was his third rehab start.
He threw 73 pitches, 50 for strikes.
It was an impressive stat line, considering it was in a launching-pad of a ballpark in Las Vegas, Terry Collins said.
“A day game in Vegas? You better believe it. Five innings. Five perfect innings in Las Vegas,” the Mets’ manager said. “I have played a lot of games in Las Vegas. I am not sure I have ever seen that.”
But Collins said he was not sure if that means Matz, who has dealt with a long list of injuries throughout his career, would be back soon.
The Mets could use the infusion of talent.
With Noah Syndergaard on the disabled list until at least July and Matz and Seth Lugo beginning the season on the DL, they have been forced to keep a struggling Robert Gsellman in the rotation and are looking for a spot starter on Tuesday. Tommy Milone, whom they signed as a stop gap after Syndergaard went down, is now also on the DL.
As of Sunday night, the Mets seemed to be leaning toward starting Tyler Pill over lefty reliever Josh Smoker.
“If we have to use him tonight, probably not, but right now he’s the one guy who started,” Collins said. “I know Smoker has had a couple of starts. Tyler Pill is lengthened out a lot farther.”
Lugo, the righty who is trying to avoid Tommy John surgery through therapy and throwing after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, also pitched Sunday. He allowed three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks through six innings. Lugo threw 79 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Roger Ailes was so eager to get Rachel Maddow off the air that he allegedly would have paid her to stay home.
“He once told me that he wanted to hire me at Fox, and actually this was not that long ago. Within the last few years, he told me he wanted to hire me at Fox,” the MSNBC host said on “The Howard Stern Show” after asked if she would have considered working at Fox.
“And then, he told me he’d never put me on the air. He’d just hire me, so nobody else could put me on, and put me on ice. So I was like, ‘So you’d pay me a full contract to not work?’”
Ailes, who wrote a blurb for Maddow’s 2012 non-fiction book “Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power,” died last week after a fall at his Florida mansion eight days earlier.
The former Fox head resigned from the network in July, just a few weeks after anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Similar accusations were told by other female employees, including Megyn Kelly.
While Maddow said she would consider Ailes’ offer, she obviously never took him up on it.
Last week, MSNBC won the primetime ratings race for the first time, led by Maddow’s show
PITTSBURGH — This time it wasn’t about progress and taking steps forward. Matt Harvey continued to fight with his mechanics at times Sunday night, but he still managed to deliver his best start of the season. The struggling righthander held the Pirates to one run over six innings as the Mets beat them 7-2 at PNC Park.
The Mets (21-27) won the series and move to six games below .500.
Jay Bruce hit his 25th career double against the Pirates, driving in two runs. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in two runs. Lucas Duda homered for the second night in a row, his seventh extra-base hit in the last six games. Jose Reyes singled in a run and Curtis Granderson, who singled in a run in the sixth, had three hits.
The offense, however, had not been the concern heading into the game. Even without slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who is on the DL with a strained left hamstring and now shut down with a right quad issue, the Mets have been able to score runs.
But Sunday night, they got the shutdown innings they needed from their starter after they put up runs.
Harvey allowed one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out four. It was the first time in six starts Harvey had gotten through the sixth inning. Though he only allowed one earned run on April 16, this was the first time an opposing team scored just one run with him on the mound since June 28, 2016.
Coming back from surgery last July after being diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Harvey is still trying to find his arm slot and release point. His last five starts he has struggled, but the Mets insisted on talking about his progress and steps.
Harvey fumbled at times with command of his fastball and slider Sunday night, but he still delivered results, even after he made a mistake in the second.
He missed high and away with a slider that Pirates right-hander Gregory Polanco crushed in the second inning to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
Cabrera gave Harvey a 2-1 lead in the fourth, doubling to center scoring Neil Walker and Bruce.
And in a good sign for the Mets, Harvey held the lead.
Harvey put two on in the bottom of the inning with just one out, but then he got Francisco Cervelli to bite on a 94-mile an hour fastball and Jordy Mercer looking with a 96 mph fastball to get out of the jam.
He had to work around two base runners again in the fifth, but went right after Polanco, getting him to swing and miss on an 88-mile an hour fastball to strike him out. In the sixth, Harvey got two quick outs before walking Francisco Cervelli. That eliminated any chance that Harvey could start the seventh inning, but he finished on his note when Bruce made diving grab of Mercer’s fly ball to end the inning.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Jay Bruce made a diving grab of Jordy Mercer’s fly ball to right field to end the sixth inning, sending Harvey out on a positive note.
Jose Reyes’ RBI single in the fifth inning to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.
STAR OF THE GAME
Matt Harvey had his best start of the year, going six innings allowing one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out four.
7. Lucas Duda’s seventh-inning home run was his second in as many nights and his seventh extra-base hit in his last six games.
Matt Harvey, the hitter. Harvey snapped his 0-for-20 streak to start the season with a single to lead off what turned into a three-run fifth for the Mets.
Juan Lagares, playing to give Michael Conforto a night off, went 0-for-4 and was the only Mets starter without a hit.
Monday vs. Brewers, 4:10 p.m.
RHP Matt Garza (2-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (2-3, 6.45)
A member of the Navy’s elite SEAL skydiving team fell to his death Sunday after his parachute failed to open and he plunged into the Hudson River during an aerial exhibition that was part of Fleet Week festivities.
The jumper, a member of a Navy parachute team called the Leap Frogs, splashed in the water off Jersey City’s Liberty State Park, where thousands of spectators were watching the air show shortly after noon.
He was pulled from the water by the U.S Coast Guard and the Jersey City Fire Dept. Marine Unit and taken to Liberty Marina in Liberty State Park, then rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m.
Amateur video captured the parachute landing in a parking lot, where police officers took pictures as part of their investigation.
President Trump on Sunday rallied behind his proposed tax cuts and a House GOP-backed health care bill amid scrutiny that he was ignoring the deadly rampages in Oregon and Mississippi.
As Trump ended his first overseas trip over the weekend, an alleged white supremacist killed two men protecting a Muslim girl from his hate-filled tirade Friday on a Portland commuter train. Eight more people were killed in a shooting rampage in rural Jackson, Miss., on Saturday and Sunday, including a police officer.
Instead of addressing the deaths, he continued his Sunday tweet spree by touting the GOP bill for the first time since the House of Representatives narrowly passed the legislation on May 4.
“I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere,” Trump tweeted around 8 p.m., contradicting the proposed policy’s deep cuts to Medicaid. “ObamaCare is dead – the Republicans will do much better!”
The bill was the subject of a scathing Congressional Budget Office analysis warned that the policy would cause healthcare costs to increase and jeopardize coverage for at least 23 million Americans by 2026. The bill is pending the Senate’s vote.
A whirlwind of scandals have plagued the Trump’s White House since the Affordable Health Care replacement bill passed its first legislative hurdle. Trump sacked former FBI Director James Comey amid the agency’s Russia probe and made stops in the Middle East, Italy and Belgium. During Trump’s travels, news reports exploded that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was the focus of an collusion probe between the Trump campaign and Russia.
After blasting critical news reports Sunday morning, Trump tweeted into the night by claiming his administration’s proposed tax cuts are “moving along in the process very well.”
“Actually ahead of schedule,” he added.
Former CBS anchor Dan Rather called on Trump to address the Portland attack in an open letter Sunday afternoon.
“Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best. One was a recent college graduate. The other was an army veteran and father of four,” Rather wrote on Facebook. “I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them.”
“They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist.”
Trump penned a third tweet repeating his attacks against journalists Sunday night.
“The Fake News Media works hard at disparaging & demeaning my use of social media because they don’t want America to hear the real story,” he said.
Perhaps the Giants could call on the Knicks’ Kyle O’Quinn for some extra muscle this season.
The 6-10 center was playing against Odell Beckham Jr.’s nemesis, Washington corner Josh Norman, in a celebrity basketball game on Saturday which raised money for Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor’s foundation.
At one point, a wide open O’Quinn cut to the basket and used his 10-inch height advantage on Norman, throwing down an emphatic dunk on the cornerback’s feeble block attempt.
O’Quinn basked in the posterization of the Washington corner, celebrating along the baseline.
The former Vice President presided over the wedding of Henry Munoz, the Democratic National Committee Finance Chair, and husband Kyle Ferrari over the weekend.
This marks at least the second gay wedding Biden has officiated: he also married Brian Mosteller, the Oval Office operations director for former President Barack Obama, and Joe Mahshie, a trip coordinator for former First Lady Michelle Obama, in August.
Biden’s special ceremony comes as the White House omitted the name of the gay husband of Luxembourg’s prime minister in a Facebook photo of NATO spouses.