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The Amazin’s enter the game with an 8-3 record and on a six-game winning streak. DeGrom has a scoreless streak of 11 1/3 innings since surrendering a first-inning homer to Ryan Zimmerman in the right-hander’s season debut.
DeGrom (1-1, 1.46 ERA) opposes Marlins right-hander Mat Latos (0-2, 17.36).
The Mets are five games over .500 for the first time since July 13, 2012, when they owned a 46-41 record. A victory on Saturday would give the Mets their longest winning streak since posting eight consecutive victories in June 2010.
SATURDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:
Promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas, Danny Muno singled and stole second base as a pinch hitter Friday in his major league debut. The most interesting development, however, regarded the pitcher the Mets demoted to clear the roster spot. Rafael Montero, unproductive in a bullpen role, will only temporarily be assigned to the Pacific Coast League, according to manager Terry Collins. Montero is due to return for an April 28 start at Miami.
The spot start is designed to give all of the Mets starting pitchers an extra day of rest. Yet the Mets are not going to a six-man rotation beyond that one turn. So either Dillon Gee or Montero will get bounced from the rotation at the end of the month. Gee, available via trade, has a 7.59 ERA in two starts.
The Mets ran their winning streak to six games with a 4-1 win against the Marlins on Friday. Bartolo Colon served up a first-inning homer to Giancarlo Stanton, then tossed six scoreless frames. Colon again delivered at the plate, too. His sacrifice fly -- his first since 2002 -- tied the score at 1-1 in the fifth. The Mets have produced come-from-behind victories in four straight games for the first time since June 20-24, 1999, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“One thing that’s for sure is we’re building confidence,” Collins said. “When you go from almost being no-hit through five to putting a string of some runs on the board, it’s pretty impressive. They just hang in there. They’re not getting down about anything. Each and every inning there’s a game plan about what they’ve got to do at the plate.”
Muno’s parents were in attendance for his debut despite his mother, Anne, suffering a stroke two weeks ago. She is taking blood thinners, trying to avoid brain surgery for a clot. Read more at NJ.com.
The potential sale of the Binghamton Mets has landed in federal court, with a group trying to move the Double-A team to Wilmington, Delaware, alleging they had a valid deal in place.
Starter Tyler Pill allowed six runs in 1 2/3 innings for Las Vegas. Jayce Boyd delivered a walk-off three-run double as Binghamton beat Harrisburg, 8-7. St. Lucie mustered only three hits in a 7-0 loss to Fort Myers. Charleston beat Savannah, 4-3. Read the full minor league recap here.
Collins tells Jared Diamond in the Journal that a 28- or 30-man roster, with 25 players active for any given game, would be preferable over the current format.
BIRTHDAYS: Rico Brogna turns 45. ... Doug Flynn is 64. ... Brady Clark is 42.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
I'd put ARod at SS for the Mets right now.
— Fartolo Cologne (@RedneckMets) April 18, 2015
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This morning's New York Mets Briefing ponders whether Jacob deGrom can lead the Mets to a seventh straight win.