Mets morning briefing 9.20.12

September, 20, 2012
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Matt Harvey allowed a game-opening homer to Jimmy Rollins and did not surrender another hit in seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. But Josh Edgin surrendered a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth to Ryan Howard and the Mets lost, 3-2, in Harvey's final 2012 start.

The Mets fell to 4-25 at home since the All-Star break and saw their tragic number sliced to two for postseason elimination with St. Louis' win against Houston. The Mets (66-82) also clinched their fourth consecutive losing season. They have scored three runs or fewer in 15 straight home games, three shy of matching the major league record, held by the 1915 Yankees, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Jeremy Hefner takes the mound at 7:10 tonight trying to avoid the sweep. Hefner (2-6, 4.99 ERA) opposes Phillies rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 4.95).

Thursday's news reports:

• Harvey is disappointed his season is ending two weeks before his teammates because of an innings limit, but he ended on a solid note. He will not be allowed to throw off a mound on the side during the remainder of the season to work on things -- it's a complete shutdown. Read game recaps in the Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and Daily News.


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Mets farmhand Josh Satin scores in the seventh inning of Israel's 7-3 win against South Africa in a World Baseball Classic qualifier in Jupiter, Fla., Wednesday.


David Wright had homered against Cole Hamels to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the sixth. The long ball moved Wright within five hits of matching Ed Kranepool's franchise-record 1,418. Read Wright's thoughts on approaching Kranepool here.

• Reiterating previous comments, commissioner Bud Selig again offered his staunch support for Fred Wilpon and family. Read more in Newsday.

Frank Francisco was unavailable Wednesday because of what Terry Collins labeled elbow tendinitis. The closer had undergone an MRI this week. Read more in the Record.

Josh Satin went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored for Team Israel in a 7-3 win against South Africa in the opening game of World Baseball Classic qualifying on Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla. Fellow Mets farmhand Jeff Kaplan recorded the final two outs, walking one. Other Mets minor leaguers will be competing for Canada, Germany and Great Britain beginning today in WBC qualifying in Regensburg, Germany.

Phil Niekro and Tim Wakefield visited R.A. Dickey at Citi Field and held an informal press conference pregame. The documentary "Knuckleball!" launches at IFC Center in New York City today. For more details on the movie screenings, click here. Read more in the Daily News.

• Dickey spoke to a Rutgers journalism class at Citi Field, telling them according to Cody Derespina in Newsday: "When I have something that I want to share, I will find the [reporter] that I trust the most in the clubhouse. And the way that I gauge that is how the person has asked questions. How he has been curious. What has he been curious about? What has he done with some of my teammates? How has he presented an argument? The smarter players, the players you're going to want the stories from mostly, will pay attention to that kind of stuff."

Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger found mixed reviews of the Pacific Coast League from those with experience in the Triple-A league. Hitters love it. Pitchers, not quite. The Mets will be relocating from Buffalo in the International League to Las Vegas in the hitter-friendly PCL for the next two seasons. “The PCL is a dream,” Mike Baxter told McCullough. Said Hefner: “That’s a place that you don’t want to be as a pitcher. That almost ruined my career.”

TRIVIA: Behind Chipper Jones, who is next among active players in career homers against the Mets?

Wednesday's answer: Steve Trachsel was the winning pitcher the day the Mets clinched the NL East title with a 4-0 victory against the Florida Marlins on Sept. 11, 2006.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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BA LEADER
Juan Lagares
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OTHER LEADERS
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RBIL. Duda 8
RE. Young Jr. 11
OPSL. Duda .841
WJ. Mejia 2
ERAJ. Mejia 2.81
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