Jason Bay's didn't appear in Saturday night's win, with Jordany Valdespin starting in left field instead. But Collins said that was the result of wanting to send as many lefties as possible against Padres starter Edinson Volquez, rather than a sign that Bay will see a reduced role. The Mets skipper said Bay will return on Sunday. Bay has struggled all season, and that situation only has worsened in the 17 games since he returned from the disabled list. He has gone 6-for-53 (.113) in that span, with one home run -- his only extra-base hit -- and 16 strikeouts. Harvey will make his Citi Field debut on Friday against the Braves. Padres: Alonso enjoying all-around success
San Diego manager Bud Black has lauded first baseman Yonder Alonso's defense of late, with the rookie showing an aptitude for picking throws out of the dirt and good awareness around the bag. The 25-year-old has displayed a marked progression since some early struggles. "You wipe out the first six weeks, he's played really solid defense," Black said. "I think in April and early May there are some things he would definitely want to do over. ... He's been much more fundamentally sound around the bag. ... He is much improved." Alonso also has contributed with the bat lately. He went 1-for-4 on Saturday but hit .394 with a .412 on-base percentage and .667 slugging percentage over his previous eight games. He smacked six doubles in that stretch and another on Saturday, giving him a rookie-best 30 for the year. Everth Cabrera is 19-for-19 in stolen-base attempts this season and 34-for-34 including his numbers from Triple-A Tucson. Worth noting
The Mets have a 4-2 lead in the season series, which will end on Sunday. Marquis is facing New York for the first time this season, and he has struggled over the years with Bay and David Wright. Bay is 16-for-45 (.356) with four doubles, a triple and five home runs, while Wright is 14-for-34 (.412) with three doubles and two home runs.