LEADING OFF: Velasquez, Garcia coming off dominant outings
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
The Mets aren't the only NL East team with promising young pitching. Philadelphia right-hander Vince Velasquez is coming off a dominant outing in which he struck out 16 Padres during a three-hit shutout. He has thrown 15 scoreless innings to begin the season. Velasquez and fellow youngsters Aaron Nola and Jerad Eickhoff have a combined 78-to-14 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 60 innings. Velasquez faces Logan Verrett and the Mets in Philadelphia.
Colorado rookie Trevor Story tries to extend his incredible start when the Rockies visit Cincinnati. Story homered and doubled against the Reds on Monday night and has at least one extra-base hit in eight of his 13 games this season. He leads the majors with eight home runs, the most through a player's first 13 games in major league history since 1900. ''You think you might want to give him a day off and he goes out and has another big game,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
GET WELL SOON
Chris Colabello is looking to get back into Toronto's starting lineup after being beaned by Steven Wright on Sunday, so the Blue Jays first baseman might need to put aside his get-well gift for a little while. The Red Sox pitcher sent a bottle of liquor to Colabello with his apologies. ''It's just more of a token of saying I'm sorry,'' Wright said. ''I didn't really want it to be a public thing because it was really between me and him.''
Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia tries to follow up the best start of his career when St. Louis hosts the rival Chicago Cubs. Garcia pitched a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts - three more than his previous high - last Thursday in a 7-0 win over Milwaukee. Eight of Garcia's strikeouts were looking, and the 13 Ks were the most by a Cardinals left-hander since Steve Carlton fanned 16 Phillies on May 21, 1970.
Jason Hammel (1-0) starts for the Cubs at St. Louis, looking to extend an impressive streak. Chicago starters have worked at least six innings in every game. The 13-game run to begin the year is the longest in the majors since 1988 when the Astros had a 22-game streak and the Indians went 17 games, according to STATS.
THE OTHER GUY
Stephen Strasburg (2-0, 1.98 ERA) pitches for the Nationals against Marlins lefty Adam Conley (0-0, 3.86), who threw six scoreless innings in his most recent outing against the Mets and impressed his new manager, Don Mattingly. ''He pounded the strike zone,'' Mattingly said. ''He's going to come in there. He's not going to back off. He's going to pitch inside. It's interesting to watch how hitters react to him.''