Morning Briefing: Jacob deGrom nears record



FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom will set a franchise record if he sets down the Philadelphia Phillies in order in the first two innings Tuesday at Citi Field.

DeGrom retired the final 23 batters he faced in his last start, on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The New York Mets’ record for consecutive batters retired belongs to Rick Reed, who retired 28 straight on June 3 and 8, 1998, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

DeGrom (5-4, 2.75 ERA) opposes right-hander Jerome Williams (3-4, 5.44) at 7:10 p.m. ET.

The Mets are 18-6 at Citi Field this season, matching the 1972 edition for the best home record through 24 games in franchise history.

DeGrom is 10-4 with a 1.50 ERA in 16 career starts at Citi Field.


  • Wilmer Flores produced a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning and the Mets beat the Phillies, 6-3, on Memorial Day to rebound after a weekend sweep in Pittsburgh. Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer also went deep. A day after his 42nd birthday, Bartolo Colon allowed three runs in six innings and earned his seventh win -- matching Felix Hernandez and Michael Wacha for the major league lead. Flores has a team-leading seven homers, which also leads major league shortstops. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Record and at MLB.com.

  • David Wright will spend the week in California with Dr. Robert Watkins, a spinal stenosis specialist, and his team of physical therapists. General manager Sandy Alderson maintained that Watkins has been consulted throughout Wright’s back issue and this is not intended to be an additional opinion. Alderson added that no surgery will be required and doctors believe the issue can be managed long term. "Honestly, until three or four days ago, I thought this was going to be a very temporary situation,” the GM said Monday. “As we continue to have setbacks, you have to reassess how to go forward. But we're a handful of days away from knowing something that will give us a more concrete idea of when he will be back.” Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com.

  • Travis d'Arnaud is due to play five innings in an extended spring training game on Tuesday as he returns from a fractured right pinkie. After that, his rehab assignment should officially begin with Class A St. Lucie and then continue with Triple-A Las Vegas. D’Arnaud is expected to be activated from the disabled list next week in San Diego. Read more at NJ.com.

  • Mark Simon at ESPN.com and Mark Herrmann in Newsday assert that Flores has been OK at shortstop after all.

  • While Alderson is now open to upgrade the offense externally, he does not expect anything to materialize soon. “This is not the time of year when most clubs are looking to make deals,” Alderson told reporters Monday. “Typically, the types of players who become available are those that are designated for assignment or what have you. There's usually a reason they've been designated for assignment. While, yes, we continue to canvass what may be available to us, I think realistically we have to get the job done with what we have, at least in the near term.”

  • The Atlanta Braves scratched third baseman Alberto Callaspo from Monday's game and may be on the verge of trading him, although there is no belief that has anything to do with the Mets. Read more at MLB.com.

  • Vic Black tossed a perfect inning Monday in his latest rehab appearance for Double-A Binghamton, which lost to Akron, 6-1. Reigning Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week Duane Below tossed his second straight complete game as Las Vegas beat Colorado Springs, 9-2. Corey Oswalt was charged with a pair of seventh-inning runs and Asheville rallied for a 5-3 win against Savannah. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Joe Lemire in the Journal provides more on the Mets’ rationale for a six-man rotation. Read more at NJ.com.

  • Columnist George Willis in the Post reflects on Alderson’s military service in the Marines.

  • From the bloggers … Mets Report suggests team officials seem to guess at injury absences.

BIRTHDAYS: Kevin Mulvey turns 30. ... Binghamton reliever Paul Sewald is 25. ... Farmhand Ivan Wilson is 20.


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