The Mets welcome the Cardinals to Citi Field for the first game of a four-game set Friday night.
Friday's news reports:
• Former Met Carlos Beltran will make his first trip to Citi Field since being traded to the Giants last season. Beltran played for the Mets for 6 1/2 years after signing with the team in free agency in 2005. Beltran spoke positively about his time with the Mets with New York Post. Read more in Newsday.
• The Star-Ledger reconstructs the time leading up to Beltran's trade, which netted the Mets prized pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.
• The Record columnist Bob Klapisch writes that Beltran should receive cheers when he's introduced Friday. Writes Klapisch:
Here’s hoping Mets fans do a better job of honoring Carlos Beltran’s legacy this weekend than they did with Jose Reyes’. This is not a difficult assignment. The bar couldn’t have been set any lower by ticket buyers who, during Reyes’ visit to Citi Field in April, soaked him in a steady drizzle of epithets and insults, and otherwise convinced him he made the right choice signing with the Marlins.
• Frank Francisco has rewarded manager Terry Collins for sticking with him when he was struggling earlier this year.
• A rough cut of the documentary, Gigante, was shown last night at the NYU Medical Center. Gigante is a documentary showcasing what Andres Torres has faced having to battle ADHD throughout his life, including this season with the Mets.
• The Daily News' John Harper writes that Triple-A manager Wally Backman has seen plenty of his players gets called up to Flushing and have success this year.
• Chris Young will remain with Triple-A Buffalo for at least another start as he works his way back to Flushing. He has made three starts at St. Lucie and one start at Buffalo as he returns from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder. Read more in The Record and the New York Times.
• Brian Costa of the WSJ writes about Francisco's great record when it comes to chess.
• A judge approved the settlement for a lawsuit against the Mets owners, as they will pay up to $162 million but nothing for four years.
• ESPN Stats and Information breaks down David Wright's success during the month of May.
• The New York Post looks back at the month of May.
• The Mets have been able to start the season with a better record than the Yankees.
TRIVIA: Who did Beltran face in his final at-bat as a Met last season?
Thursday's answer: Paul Lo Duca batted right before Beltran in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS.