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The New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays will open a mini two-game interleague series Tuesday evening from Citi Field. The Blue Jays will give the start to 31-year old left-hander Jaime Garcia, and the Mets will hand the ball to 25-year old right-hander Noah Syndergaard. This marks the first meeting between these two clubs since the 2015 season.
Garcia Overcomes Five Walks In No Decision Jaime Garcia will make his eighth start of the season, aiming for his first win in one month. Garcia pitched overcame five walks last time out, allowing two runs (one earned) in five innings against the Mariners, finishing with the no-decision in a game the Blue Jays won. The veteran left-hander is having trouble with his control, and he stands at 2-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP in 35 innings of work. He possesses solid career numbers against the Mets, recording a 3.18 ERA with a 2-5 record in 10 starts. Yoenis Cespedes is 1 for 8 against Garcia, while Michael Conforto is 3 for 7, and Jay Bruce is 12 for 57 with five RBI’s. Kevin Pillar continues to accumulate the base hits, sporting a .314 average in May, and he has tallied six multi-hit games this month. The 29-year old center fielder now features a team-best .308 average with four home runs and 17 RBI’s on the season. Pillar is 6 for 14 with three RBI’s in four career games against the Mets. The Blue Jays are scoring an average of 4.83 runs per game, ranking them eighth overall. The Toronto pitching is carrying a 4.43 team ERA, placing them 21st in the Major Leagues.
Noah Syndergaard will take the mound for the ninth time of the season, still searching for his first win in over one month. Syndergaard was solid in his latest effort, holding the Rockies to only two runs in six innings, however, he once again received little run support in another no-decision. The menacing right-hander has tallied four consecutive Quality Starts, and he stands at 2-1 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 46.2 innings of work. He limited the Blue Jays to one run in six innings in his lone career meeting back in the 2015 season.
Several Mets hitters are in a rut at the plate including Yoenis Cespedes who has only tallied three RBI’s on the month. The 32-year old slugger did have a strong month of April, and he owns a .255 average with eight home runs and 28 RBI’s on the season. Cespedes possesses a .273 average with 17 RBI’s in 30 career games against the Blue Jays. The Mets are struggling at the plate and they are now averaging 4.14 runs, ranking them 20th in the Majors. The New York pitching owns a 4.16 team ERA, positioning them 14th overall. Blue Jays left fielder Curtis Granderson, a Met from 2014-17, has 39 career homers at Citi Field. He’s only hit more at Detroit’s Comerica Park and New York’s Yankee Stadium, where he also played for the home teams. He has started just one of the last six games since a slight hamstring pull, primarily because the Red Sox started three left-handers on the weekend. … Mets right fielder Jay Bruce was rumored to be of interest to the Jays as a free agent, but they signed the more athletic Granderson. Bruce, who finished last season with Cleveland, has two homers and 10 RBIs in 12 career games vs. the Jays.
TORONTO – Major League Baseball extended Roberto Osuna’s paid administrative leave for another seven days Monday, giving its officials more time to probe the charge of assaulting a woman laid against the Blue Jays closer by Toronto police last week. The decision was made under Section II.B of the joint domestic violence policy, which allows a for a second leave to follow the expiration of the first seven-day period, with the consent of the Major League Baseball Players Association. The policy also allows the sides to agree to further, less defined extensions to allow the commissioner’s office to complete its investigation. Osuna has been on leave since he was arrested and charged last Tuesday.
What comes next for Osuna will depend on what MLB investigators have already learned and what else they discover. Their probe is one of two processes concurrently playing out for the 23-year-old, whose first court date is scheduled for June 18. The procedural steps on MLB’s end were updated during the most recent round of collective bargaining agreement between players and owners, creating a more structured process for the sides to follow. Two cases that seemed to offer relevant precedents predate those chances.
On Feb. 23, 2016, Jose Reyes, then of the Colorado Rockies, was placed on paid leave pending the completion of criminal proceedings against him in Hawaii, with the commissioner’s office reserving judgment on the incident until after the legal end had wrapped up. On April 11, a Hawaii judge approved the dismissal of a domestic abuse charge against Reyes after Reyes’ wife refused to speak with prosecutors. On May 13, 2016, MLB still suspended him through May 31 retroactive to Feb. 23, covering all of the spring training plus the first two months of the season.
Reyes also agreed to contribute “a total of $100,000 to one or more charitable organizations focused on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence,” commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement at the time. Outfielder Hector Olivera, then of the Atlanta Braves, was dealt with similarly in April 2016. He was placed on leave right after he was arrested when a woman told authorities she was assaulted at the team hotel. Once the seven days were up, the leave was extended and on May 26 he was handed an 82-game suspension without pay before his case had been adjudicated.
That September he was sentenced to serve 10 days in jail after being found guilty on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge. The Rockies released Reyes after his suspension ended, although he signed with the New York Mets shortly afterward and remains with them now. The Braves traded Olivera to San Diego for Matt Kemp during his suspension period in a swap of bad money contracts and the Padres released him 11 days later. Whatever comes next for Osuna, the club will have a difficult decision to make once he becomes eligible to return as an elite closer coming off an all-star season who has two more seasons of club control remaining before he becomes eligible for free agency