DETROIT — The Mets have been waiting for months for Michael Conforto to snap out of his baffling slump. It was just one swing, but they hope his seventh-inning home run to left-center for the first run of the game Sunday is a sign of good things to come.
“We’ve got to get Mike going,” manager Terry Collins said after Conforto went 1-for-4 in the Mets’ 3-1 victory over the Tigers. “Michael is too big of a piece of this club. What he did last year when he came up and the first six weeks of this year, we need him to get back into that because he’s one of those guys you can ride. If we’re going to get to the postseason, he’s got to be a part of it.”
Since returning from a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas on July 17, Conforto is 10-for-43 (.233) in inconsistent playing time. Overall, he’s at .224 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs.
Bruce on the loose
Collins, who admitted he should have asked for a review when Jay Bruce was thrown out at the plate to end Saturday’s 6-5 loss, said he did not think about using Brandon Nimmo, the last available position player, to pinch run.
“First of all, to be honest, I don’t even know how fast Jay Bruce is,” Collins said. “We really haven’t seen enough of him. He might be faster than anybody on our team for all I know. I know he’s a good baserunner.”
Logan’s run over?
Collins said the Mets have not decided if Logan Verrett, Jon Niese or someone else will start against the Padres on Friday. Verrett allowed six runs in 3 2⁄3 innings Saturday.
L.J. Mazzilli, 25, son of former Met Lee Mazzilli, was promoted to Triple-A on Saturday and went 1-for-4 in his debut with Las Vegas.