Morning Briefing: Jenrry aims to stop skid

May, 3, 2014
May 3

Doug Pensinger/Getty ImagesJustin Morneau delivers a first-inning RBI double against Zack Wheeler on Friday.

FIRST PITCH: After losing the first two games at Coors Field, the Mets (15-13) attempt to regroup Saturday night.

Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 3.49 ERA) opposes left-hander Franklin Morales (3-1, 4.40) in the 8:10 p.m. ET game.

Saturday’s news reports:

Zack Wheeler had his shortest big-league outing and surrendered a career-high seven runs as Colorado beat the Mets, 10-3, Friday. Curtis Granderson had a two-hit game, including his second long ball as a Met, which snapped a 75 at-bat homerless drought. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and at

• Commissioner Bud Selig reiterated he has “a lot of faith” in the Wilpons and the Mets. He praised the organization’s farm system. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Record and Journal.

Joel Hanrahan, whom the Mets recently watched throw, signed with Detroit. He receives a $1 million base salary with the chance for $2 million more in incentives.

• Terry Collins met with his outfielders on Thursday and suggested there would be a rotation among the four primary guys. Still, Eric Young Jr. has sat consecutive games since Juan Lagares returned from the disabled list. Read more in the Journal, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Jacob deGrom and/or Rafael Montero may start getting exposed to the bullpen with Triple-A Las Vegas soon.

• Collins offered no indication Josh Satin’s roster spot was in jeopardy.

• MLB will try to reduce the number of games in which a team plays a night game on one coast, then has to travel across the country for a game the next day.

• Read more on Granderson in the Star-Ledger.

• Mookie Wlison has a Q&A with Charles Curtis in the Star-Ledger. One exchange:

Were you surprised at the reaction last week with the quote about feeling like you were a hood ornament for the Mets?

Wilson: “I knew it would raise a few eyebrows. I just didn't know to what extent. I guess people think it's a little out of character. I'm not surprised, no.”

• Justin Felisko in the Times chats with Travis d’Arnaud.

Wilmer Flores homered twice, but Las Vegas squandered an eighth-inning lead and lost to Tacoma, 6-4. Greg Peavey allowed one run in six innings as Binghamton beat Portland, 5-1. Miller Diaz allowed only an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings as Savannah beat Rome, 2-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Ex-Met Collin McHugh is 2-0 with a 0.59 ERA for the Houston Astros. Mark Simon recaps his success here.

Faith and Fear still can't figure out this True New Yorker business.

BIRTHDAYS: Chris Cannizzaro, a catcher for the Mets during their first four years in existence, was born on this date in 1938.

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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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Daniel Murphy
.288 7 37 57
HRL. Duda 14
RBID. Wright 50
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .829
WB. Colon 8
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112