Teagarden getting to know 'mates, pitchers

Teagarden getting to know 'mates, pitchers

NEW YORK -- Catcher Taylor Teagarden made a spectacular Mets debut on Tuesday when he lined a fastball over the right-field wall for a grand slam against the Brewers during New York's 6-2 win. The splash of offense made for a nice first impression after joining the team for the first time since Spring Training. But Teagarden knows getting used to his teammates will take at least two to three weeks.

"Just getting to know your coaching staff, your players, getting a feel for the identity of the team, that can take a few weeks for sure," Teagarden said. "Coming up here yesterday I felt pretty good. I've played in the big leagues before. I understand the intensity of the game, but it was fine."

Teagarden was in the starting lineup again Wednesday because of his familiarity with starter Jacob deGrom. According to Mets manager Terry Collins, he will continue to split time with Anthony Recker for a while.

As for making some adjustments, Teagarden now must get comfortable with a new rotation and set of relievers, some of whom he has only briefly worked with before.

"I knew just a few guys from either college or a fall league team or something, but it's just getting to know personalities and getting to know guys," he said. "Then I'll talk to the pitcher, get on the same page as him, what pitches he likes to throw during a situation."

After catching six innings form Daisuke Matsuzaka, the Mets used relievers Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, and Jenrry Mejia. Teagarden had to draw on all his faculties to remember his hurlers' arsenal.

"I already know most of the pitchers' strengths," he said. "When it comes to relievers, you normally pitch their strengths because they've got either one or two really good out pitches or a really good fastball. So at that point we're really going to play off their strengths and make the hitters adjust to us."

Teagarden's best year offensively came with the Rangers in 2009, when he stroked six home runs and added 24 RBIs in 60 games. His big blast Tuesday was his only hit of the night, but his steady play in Triple-A allowed him to remain consistent with his swings.

"I got to play a little more regularly in Vegas, which was nice and a little more comfortable," he said. "You come up here, so you've already got some at-bats under your belt, and the adjustments should be a little shortened some."

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.