Morning Briefing: Friday never happened
May, 24, 2014
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesDaisuke Matsuzaka will get a spot start in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader.
FIRST PITCH: Friday officially never happened.
After playing 3½ innings at Citi Field, then sitting through a 132-minute rain delay, the Mets’ series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks was washed away at Citi Field. The statistics, including Bartolo Colon serving up a two-run homer to Aaron Hill that had given the D-backs a 2-0 lead, will not count.
Zack Wheeler (1-4, 4.53 ERA) opposes right-hander Josh Collmenter (2-2, 4.02) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. as previously scheduled.
The teams will now play a single-admission doubleheader at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, starting from scratch in the rainout makeup.
Rafael Montero starts Game 1 for the Mets, with Daisuke Matsuzaka getting a spot start in Game 2. Pitching coach Dan Warthen said he believes Matsuzaka is capable of logging 100 pitches despite solely working in relief during the regular season.
Bronson Arroyo and a minor-league call-up -- potentially Zeke Spruill -- will start Sunday’s games for the D-backs, with the order undeclared so far.
Both teams will be permitted to add a 26th player for the doubleheader. Assuming the Mets choose to add a reliever already on the 40-man roster for the day -- which is sensible -- Vic Black would seem the obvious choice. He has a 1.45 ERA in 17 relief appearances, but also has allowed 12 hits and 17 walks (one intentional) and hit a batter in 18 2/3 innings.
Saturday’s news reports:
Jon Soohoo/Getty ImagesJerry Seinfeld would rather enjoy eating a hot dog at the ballgame than own the club.
• Matt Harvey joined Linda Cohn on the “Listen Closely” podcast to talk Tommy John surgery, the New York Rangers and his social life. Listen here.
• The Mets have hired Harold Kaufman -- a former executive with the NBA’s Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans -- as executive director of communications. Kaufman will try to promote the Mets to non-sports audiences, such as via the entertainment and lifestyle media.
Writes Anthony McCarron in the Daily News on that topic:
Let’s hope that Harold Kaufman, the Mets’ new PR whiz, can play shortstop and smack a few balls over Citi Field’s deep fences because what the Mets need more than any media makeover is better players.
Their poor public image -- talked to a Met fan lately? -- is not a media problem. It’s a baseball problem. A good product equals good PR, not the other way around. That’s how this business works.
Read more in the Times.
• New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would love to be the next Mets GM. Read more in the Daily News.
• Travid d’Arnaud is moving closer to a rehab assignment as his concussion symptoms have subsided.
• Dillon Gee now looks like he will miss four turns in the rotation while on the disabled list with a lat-muscle strain. Gee said he plans to get on a mound for the first time since landing on the DL on Sunday. That means he may not return until June 5 at Wrigley Field, assuming he bumps Jacob deGrom from the rotation. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Read about the rainout and revised schedule in the Arizona Republic, Post, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.
• Curtis Granderson is hitting .310 with five homers and 14 RBIs in May, Brian Lewis writes in the Post. Read more in the Times.
• Jenrry Mejia got over a mental hurdle Thursday by pitching for a second straight day, Mike Vorkunov writes in the Star-Ledger. Read more in Newsday.
• Kevin Plawecki delivered a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth for his 19th RBI in May and Binghamton beat New Britain, 3-2. Right-hander Matt Koch improved to 6-0 as St. Lucie beat Clearwater, 6-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.
BIRTHDAYS: Colon turns 41. ... Angels GM/ex-Met Jerry Dipoto is 46. ... Jae Weong Seo turns 37. ... Justin Hampson is 34.
TWEETS OF THE DAY:
YOU’RE UP: Is Daisuke Matsuzaka the correct choice to make Sunday’s spot start against the D-backs? (Noah Syndergaard logged 82 pitches Wednesday in Triple-A and would have been required to pitch on short rest Sunday -- not exactly a consideration.)
Woohoo #Mets didn't lose tonight! Thank you Mother Nature ;)— Ken Mapes (@khmapes1) May 24, 2014