Travis d'Arnaud was finally unveiled to Mets fans on Saturday, going 0-for-2 with two walks in his Major League debut.
On Sunday, baseball's highest rated catching prospect will team with a fellow youngster who has lived up to his hype in right-hander Matt Harvey in the Mets' series finale in San Diego.
It's unclear whether d'Arnaud will remain with the Mets after John Buck returns Tuesday from paternity leave. The Mets plan to use this time to evaluate d'Arnaud at the big league level and determine if he's ready. The hope is he'll stick around and be the latest in a crop of youngsters who make the future look bright.
"I know that [general manager Sandy Alderson] has done a great job getting a whole bunch of players up here and I'm excited," d'Arnaud said. "That's for sure."
Harvey has certainly infused excitement into the Mets, ranking as one of the National League's best pitchers. His most recent outing, however, was arguably his worst, as he allowed four runs in six innings against the Dodgers and struck out only three batters.
"I didn't make my pitches," Harvey said. "If I made my pitches, it would have been a different story. I couldn't locate anything. I couldn't throw my slider for a strike and my curveball was loopy. It was just a rough outing."
Eric Stults, who takes the hill for the Padres, has had his share of struggles lately, as well. He lasted only 4 2/3 innings in his most recent outing, and he has allowed a combined 37 hits in his last four starts while not posting a win since July 14.
But he's been great at Petco Park, where he is 5-1 with a 1.48 ERA in his last nine starts.
Mets: Mejia taken out
Starter Jenrry Mejia left Saturday's game in the fourth inning with a sore right elbow. Mejia, 23, has dealt with numerous arm injuries in his short career, including a strained rotator cuff, torn elbow ligament and, this spring, right elbow tendinitis.
• First baseman Ike Davis is hitting .284 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 10 RBIs since being recalled on July 5.
Padres: Venable at 14
Outfielder Will Venable enters Sunday with a 14-game hitting streak, during which he's batting .467 with 10 extra-base hits and four stolen bases. It's the longest active streak in the bigs.
• Catcher Nick Hundley returned from the paternity list on Saturday after the birth of his first child. He went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer.
• After opening the season by winning 10 of their first 14 games against NL East opponents, the Padres have now dropped 10 of their last 12.