The injury bug has bit the Arizona Diamondbacks. Catcher Chris Iannetta is on the 7-day concussion disabled list and A.J. Pollock was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a grade 1 right groin strain before Monday's series opener against the New York Mets.
Right fielder David Peralta is available to pinch-hit Monday. The Venezuelan native left Sunday afternoon's game with tightness in his right glute but Peralta said in the clubhouse before Monday's game he was feeling better.
"Today it feels really good," Peralta said. "I am available to play. They made a decision to not start me in the lineup today to be careful. But I am available to pinch-hit so that is good. They're doing a lot of treatment to help release everything. Just went early to hit and run and it feels pretty good, just going to start from there."
When Peralta came out of the game Sunday, that was a precautionary move. Different players will have to step up and outfielder Reymond Fuentes, who was called up from Triple-A Reno to replace Pollock, will get a chance to show his abilities in the big leagues batting leadoff and playing in center field.
In addition to two injuries, the Diamondbacks lost the game Sunday and split a two-game series with the Pittsburg Pirates, who came into the series at Chase Field having been swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Injuries bring opportunity and Nick Ahmed likely will receive the majority of playing time at shortstop. In his last nine games, Ahmed is batting .357 and is 5-for-12 on the homestand.
As far as tonight's game, Zack Godley will try and secure a permanent start in the starting rotation. Last time out against the Detroit Tigers, the right-hander went 7 innings and allowed 1 run with 14 groundball outs. Godley cuts and sinks his fastball and has had a great curveball.
Scouting the Mets
Last season, the New York Mets finished with the third-lowest ERA in the NL (3.61) and earned a wild card spot. This season, the Mets own the worst starters ERA in the senior circuit (5.16). Starting pitching often makes the difference between a winning and losing team and the Mets are 16-20, but second in the NL East.
Noah Syndergaard is on the disabled list and likely will be out until August. The injury bug has bit the Mets harder than most teams. Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d'Arnaud, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz and Brandon Nimmo are on the 10-day disabled list. Third baseman David Wright is on the 60-day DL.
Despite the injuries, the Mets are scoring runs in May and are 6-6. Terry Collins' club has scored 81 runs in May, the most in the majors and is tied for second with a .290 average. Neil Walker is hitting .360 this month and has at least a hit in six-straight games. Michael Conforto is the hitter to watch. The Mets left fielder is batting .340 with 9 home runs and 22 RBIs this season and has 4 long balls with a .471 average in the first inning. Jay Bruce has 3 home runs and 10 RBIs in May.
The Mets bullpen has a 4.93 ERA this season. New York has lost four straight games and was swept by the Milwaukee Brewers last weekend.
What: Mets at Diamondbacks
Game No. 40 Home Game No. 24 (15-8)
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (roof open)
Pitching Matchup: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.18 ERA) vs. RHP Zack Godley (1-0, 2.25 ERA)
TV/Radio: FSAZ/98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station/KHOV 105.1 FM (Spanish)
Weather: First pitch temperature of 80 degrees.
Umpires: HP: Rob Drake 1B: Mark Wegner 2B: Nic Lentz 3B: Pat Hoberg
Zack Godley has faced the Mets twice (1 start). The right-hander tossed a scoreless inning of relief on August 11, 2016, at Citi Field. In his only start versus New York, he worked a career high 7.1 innings and allowed just 2 runs.
No current Met has faced Godley more than six times. Jay Bruce has the most at-bats (6) and has the only RBI and a walk. In his last 12 games, Godley has held lefties to a .171 average. The Mets have four lefties in the lineup.
Zack Wheeler gets the ball for the Mets. He was a prized prospect but has not lived up to the hype. The right-hander has allowed a earned run in 3 of his last 4 starts with a 2.78 ERA (22.2 innings, 21 strikeouts).
In 3 career starts against the Diamondbacks, Wheeler is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA in 19.1 innings. Wheeler owns a 2.13 ERA in 2 career starts at Chase Field and a career 2.88 ERA in 31 starts on the road (13-6 record). Diamondbacks batters are just .156 against Wheeler.
Watch out for the first inning. Six of Wheeler's 15 earned runs this season scored in the first inning. Wheeler throws a mid-90's four-seam fastball, a slider, curveball and a changeup.
The Diamondbacks are 4-1 in their last five against the Mets. Arizona is 6-9 in their last 15 games and
Watch out for Paul Goldschmidt against the Mets. The first baseman hit .571 against New York last season.