Another Mets pitcher has landed on the disabled list. The Mets announced on Wednesday that starter Zack Wheeler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis. In related roster moves, the club optioned infielder Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled pitchers Tyler Pill and Erik Goeddel from Las Vegas.
Wheeler, 27, was lit up in each of his last two starts, giving up eight runs in 1 2/3 innings to the Cubs and seven runs in two innings against the Dodgers. The outings ballooned his ERA from 3.45 to 5.29.
Wheeler joins an ever-growing list of injured Mets. Fellow pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Tommy Milone, Josh Smoker, and Jeurys Familia are on the sidelines, as well as position players David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, and Juan Lagares. The Mets entered play Wednesday 31-39 and in fourth place in the NL East.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.