Game Thread: Mets (50-54) vs Diamondbacks (46-59)
Wednesday’s rainout and the subsequent doubleheader put the Mets in need of a spot starter for Monday’s series finale against the D-backs. Rather than use Tim Redding, who has been pitching in relief and is not fully stretched out, the team decided to promote Nelson Figueroa, who has been pitching brilliantly for Triple-A Buffalo. Figueroa’s last Major League assignment came in April, and his last outing against the D-backs came in April 2002, against a team that included Luis Gonzalez, Steve Finley and Mark Grace.
Haren said that facing the Phillies’ lineup (the opponent in his most recent start) was like pitching in the All-Star Game. The Phillies made him work hard, fouling off pitches and running the right-hander’s pitch count up early. Haren left after five innings having already thrown 117 pitches. It was the second straight start in which he has lasted just five innings, the only two times that has happened to him this season.