Mets morning briefing 8.26.12

August, 26, 2012
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The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak, defeating the Astros, 3-1, Saturday at Citi Field. Pitcher R.A. Dickey won his 16th game to tie him for the National League lead in wins. He became the first Mets pitcher to win that many since Johan Santana in 2008.

Jeremy Hefner will try to make it two in a row for the Mets when he opposes Lucas Harrell at 1:10 p.m.

Sunday's news reports:

• Read game stories in the Star-Ledger, Post, Daily News, Record, New York Times and Newsday.

• With more than a month left in the season, Dickey needs four more wins to become the team's first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990. Dickey limited Houston to one run on five hits and one walk in seven innings. The knuckleballer is scheduled to go for win No. 17 Friday in Miami.

Justin Turner snapped a 263 at-bat homerless stretch with a home run in Saturday's win. His last home run had come on Aug. 6, 2011, when he hit two against Atlanta. The utility player is now hitting .281 in just 139 at-bats on the season after registering 435 at-bats last season for the Mets. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.


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Lucas Duda rejoins the Mets on Sunday.


• Lefty Josh Edgin has been used six times in the last seven days as the main lefty in the bullpen. After Tim Byrdak had to be shut down for shoulder surgery, Adam Rubin wonders if the Mets are using Edgin too much. Edgin pitched in 20 games in 2010 and 49 games last regular season and has already appeared in 63 contests this season spanning the minors and major leagues, with more than a month remaining.

• Outfielder Lucas Duda will rejoin the Mets Sunday after spending more than a month with Triple-A Buffalo. Manager Terry Collins said he expects Duda to play left field and some first base for the remainder of the season. Duda is hitting .241 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs this season in the majors. He hit .260 in Triple-A. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Record and Newsday.

• Shortstop Ruben Tejada was talked to after not running out a ball in the fifth inning Saturday. The shortstop had been the victim of a bad hop an inning prior but the message was conveyed that the youngster needs to run hard to first base.

• Post columnist Joel Sherman writes that the biggest loser in the recent blockbuster trade between the Dodgers and the Red Sox was a team not even involved in the trade discussions: the Mets. He writes that the inability of Santana and Jason Bay to stay healthy and productive has prevented the team from making any such deals and mentions how the Dodgers and Mets were in the same boat recently. Writes Sherman:

Which is the other area in which the Mets -- and their fans -- are losers here. Six months ago, the Mets and Dodgers were lumped in as big-city financial disasters; the Mets because of their owners’ relationship with Bernie Madoff and the Dodgers because of their miserly owner, Frank McCourt. But in late March, the Dodgers were sold for more than any other sports franchise ever, $2.15 billion, to the Guggenheim group. At that time an NL personnel chief told me, “Watch, they want to and will become Yankees West.”

TRIVIA: As Dickey approaches 20 wins, which pair of former Mets pitchers, who also pitched for the Yankees, have reached the 20-win plateau for the Mets?

Saturday's answer: Fernando Martinez's signing bonus was the second-highest in team history. Fellow Dominican German Rosario topped F-Mart's franchise record when the organization handed him $1.75 million this summer.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.299 9 52 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 23
RBIL. Duda 70
RD. Murphy 71
OPSL. Duda .834
WB. Colon 11
ERAJ. Niese 3.47
SOZ. Wheeler 148