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The San Diego Padres made a few moves ahead of their two-game series with the Colorado Rockies beginning tonight at Petco Park.The San Diego Padres made the previously reported (James E. Clark, EVT) move of calling up Franmil Reyes to make his major-league debut and optioned second baseman Carlos Asuaje (Cassavell, to Triple-A El Paso. This decision likely signifies the permanence of Jose Pirela‘s recent run at the position.

Asuaje, 26, is currently hitting .198 for the season with a .555 OPS. After getting the bulk of the playing time at second for most of the first thirty-odd games of the season, his offensive inadequacies finally caught up to him and he was deemed expendable at this current juncture.

In the ideal-scenario for AJ Preller and manager Andy Green, the Venezuelan native will head down to El Paso with a chip on his shoulder and a head full of determination to get better.With consistent at-bats and the hitter-friendly environment of the Pacific Coast League, Asuaje could get things back on track relatively quickly both through physical results and mental (read: confidence-boosting) effects.

Over the weekend, Asuaje sent out this tweet. Personally, I have faith in his work ethic and his potential for turning things around fairly quickly.

NEW YORK — The Colorado Rockies headed to New York this week fueled by the best run their rotation has enjoyed in almost three years. Maybe some of the Rockies’ success will rub off on the New York Mets’ struggling starting pitchers.

The Mets just might be desperate enough to bank on the power of proximity Friday night when they open a three-game series against the Rockies at Citi Field.Zack Wheeler (2-1, 4.09 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Mets against German Marquez (1-3, 5.14 ERA) in a battle of right-handers.

The Rockies were off Thursday after earning their second straight win Wednesday, when they cruised past the host Chicago Cubs 11-2. The Mets absorbed their first series sweep of the season Thursday when the visiting Atlanta Braves capped the three-game set with an 11-0 rout.

The shutout was the second straight suffered by the Mets (17-12), who fell out of first place while being outscored by the Braves 21-2 over the three games. New York had just six hits in the final two games and didn’t record a hit against Julio Teheran on Thursday until Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-out double in the seventh inning.

The Mets opened the season 11-1 but haven’t won back-to-back games since.”I’m sure there’s guys scrambling — I don’t think everybody’s scrambling,” New York manager Mickey Callaway said following Thursday’s game. “It’s part of a long season, and that’s where processes and routines and making sure that you’re taking care of everything you can possibly take care of, so you can go out there and have confidence, whether you’re going good or bad.”

The Mets’ skid has been deepened by the struggles of the middle and back of its rotation. While aces Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have combined to post a 2.46 ERA in 14 starts, the quartet of Wheeler, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey and Jason Vargas have recorded a 6.29 ERA in 15 starts, including an 8.64 ERA in nine starts over New York’s last 17 games.Wheeler at least provided himself something to build off in his most recent start on Sunday, when he earned the win after allowing two runs over five innings as New York beat the San Diego Padres 14-2.

The rotation hasn’t been an issue lately for the Rockies, whose last four starters (Chad Bettis. Kyle Freeland, Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson) have pitched at least seven innings and allowed three earned runs or fewer — the longest such streak for the team since a four-game run from June 6-9, 2015. Colorado is 5-3 over the last eight games, during which the starters have compiled a 1.68 ERA.

“The momentum is great,” Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado told reporters following Wednesday’s game. “The starting pitching lately has kind of carried us.”

Marquez took the loss in his most recent start last Saturday, giving up three runs (one earned) over six innings as the Rockies fell to the Miami Marlins, 4-1.

Wheeler took the loss in his only previous start and appearance against the Rockies on May 2, 2014, when he gave up seven runs (four earned) over four innings as the Mets fell 10-3. Marquez didn’t factor into the decision in his lone career start and appearance against New York last Aug. 3 when he allowed three runs over six innings in the Rockies’ 5-4 win.Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland responded to a question regarding Noah Syndergaard’s relative underperformance this season by saying Syndergaard hasn’t accomplished much in the majors at all. “He’s spent, what, 2 1/2 years in the big leagues? So I don’t know where all the expectations came from,” Eiland told Mike Puma of the NY Post. “I wasn’t here for all that, but he is yet to do a whole lot at the major league level. Now is he capable of it? Yeah, but he is 25 years old. For the most part every game he’s kept us in it and given us a chance to win.”

Syndergaard, who has a 3.09 ERA (2.78 FIP) and 1.20 WHIP in 46.2 innings (eight starts) this season, has 410.2 regular season major league innings under his belt since making his debut in May of 2015.

Danny Abriano, | Twitter | If Eiland is trying to light a fire under Syndergaard by saying he hasn’t done much, great. If it’s actually what Eiland believes, then that’s another story. And his comment wondering where the expectations came from regarding Syndergaard? That was simply baffling. Sure, relative to all-time greats such as Tom Seaver and current greats such as Clayton Kershaw, Syndergaard’s body of work is tiny. But his body of work compared to his peers who have been in the league about as long as he has speaks for itself. And the fact is that he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. And he has been since first setting foot on a big league mound in 2015


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