Thursday -- Mets 6, D-backs 2; Harvey helps silence Arizona. Friday -- D-backs 7, Mets 2; D-backs come from behind for win. Saturday -- D-backs 2, Mets 1; Castillo's first hit wins it. Sunday -- RHP Josh Collmenter (3-5, 5.03) vs. RHP Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.41), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
We all know Paul Goldschmidt is a shoo-in for the 2015 All-Star Game, but D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock also deserves some love for the season he is putting up, accentuated by his recent tear. Pollock is slashing .318/.370/.495 with seven homers, 23 RBI and 13 stolen bases. He is second to Bryce Harper in WAR among all NL outfielders, ranks third in stolen bases and is sixth in OPS (.865). And the way he plays the field . . .
The way pitchers are staying away from Paul Goldschmidt is reminiscent of the way another NL West slugger was handled in the recent past. Goldschmidt has been walked 18 times in his last 12 games, nine intentionally, and his 43 walks are two behind Bryce Harper for the major-league lead. He is on pace to receive 38 intentional walks. There have been 26 seasons when a player has received 30 intentional walks. Barry Bonds has 10 of them.
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Introductions are in order
Catcher Wellington Castillo and reliever Dominic Leone, acquired from Seattle in the Mark Trumbo deal, will be part of a new-look roster that also includes left-hander Robbie Ray, who was recalled to start Thursday when Archie Bradley was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. Castillo is expected to split catching duties with Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who had the go-ahead RBI in the big comeback victory over Atlanta on Wednesday. Leone will add a fresh arm to a heavily used bullpen. He last pitched on June 1.
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After a sizzling start that included an 11-game winnings streak from April 12-23, the Mets have cooled and are one-half game behind Washington for the NL East lead. The Mets are using a six-man rotation in order to keep the innings from piling up on young stars Matt Harvey and Jacod deGrom, both of whom will face the D-backs. The Mets are 8-17 on the road. Only the Phillies (7-20) have fewer road victories among NL teams.