Morning Briefing: Bartolo Colon again tries to pass Pedro Martinez

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon makes his third attempt at passing Pedro Martinez on the career wins list among Dominican-born pitchers on Monday.

Colon (1-1, 3.42 ERA) opposes call-up Mike Foltynewicz as the Mets open a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

The Mets swept the Braves a week ago at Turner Field.

Colon and Martinez both have 219 career wins. Among Dominican-born pitchers, only Juan Marichal has more with 243.

Read the Mets-Braves series preview here.


  • Noah Syndergaard was charged with four runs on five hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Mets’ eight-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory on Sunday. Hunter Pence produced a two-run homer against Syndergaard. The Cincinnati Reds and Giants went a combined 8-for-8 in steal attempts against Syndergaard in his past two starts. Syndergaard recently sought advice from teammate Jacob deGrom to try to combat the issue. Given a start against a southpaw, Michael Conforto finished 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Madison Bumgarner tossed six scoreless innings to improve his career ERA at Citi Field to 0.62. He has tossed 18 consecutive scoreless innings at the ballpark. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Journal, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Columnists Joel Sherman in the Post, John Harper in the Daily News and Tara Sullivan in the Record as well as Barbara Barker in Newsday, Maria Guardado at NJ.com and Anthony DiComo at MLB.com look at Syndergaard’s flaw -- allowing stolen bases.

  • Howie Kussoy in the Post notes that the Mets have been scoreless in 18 of their 19 innings against southpaw starters this season.

  • Zach Braziller in the Post reviews Bumgarner’s career dominance at Citi Field. Read more in Newsday.

  • Read more about Conforto’s quiet Sunday in the Post, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com. “He got the best of me, and obviously that doesn’t sit well with me,” Conforto said about Bumgarner. “It’s just motivation -- motivation to tighten up some things and go get them tomorrow.”

  • Duane Below and Stolmy Pimentel combined to surrender 10 runs as Tacoma routed Las Vegas, 12-1. Phillip Evans’ error led to three unearned runs in the first inning against Robert Gsellman and New Hampshire beat Binghamton, 3-1. Kevin Taylor homered and produced three RBIs in St. Lucie’s 5-4 win against Palm Beach. Johnny Magliozzi surrendered a tiebreaking three-run homer in Columbia’s 5-4 rain-shortened loss to Kannapolis. Read the full minor-league recap here.

  • From the bloggers … Faith and Fear figures Conforto will reach his full potential before most fans reach the front of the line for the Mets' next sought-after giveaway item. … Mets Report suggests the staff should decide whether they can live with the steals against Syndergaard before tinkering with his mechanics.

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