Morning Briefing: deGrom day!

August, 2, 2014
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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom has allowed only two runs in 27 1/3 innings over his past four starts.
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FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom bids to win his fifth straight start when he opposes San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

DeGrom, the reigning National League co-Player of the Week, has a 0.66 ERA over his past four starts. Peavy (1-10, 4.71 ERA) makes his second appearance for San Francisco since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox last weekend.

The Mets (52-57) enter the game trailing the first-place Washington Nationals by seven games and now trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates by six games for the second wild-card spot.

Saturday’s news reports:

Ryan Vogelsong took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, when Juan Lagares produced a leadoff single, and ultimately tossed a complete game as the wild-card-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Mets, 5-1, in the opener of a four-game series. The Mets mustered two hits on Friday. The second hit was a solo homer by Lucas Duda in the eighth.

Duda became the 12th first baseman in franchise history to reach the 20-homer plateau. He joined: Carlos Delgado (three times), John Olerud (twice), John Milner (twice), Dave Kingman (twice), Donn Clendenon, Eddie Murray, Rico Brogna, Todd Zeile, Mo Vaughn, Mike Piazza and Ike Davis.

Duda drove in a run for the seventh straight game, matching David Wright for the longest such streak this season.

Jonathon Niese, hurt by his own error, allowed five runs (three earned), but got “lengthened out” by logging eight-plus innings.

Read game recaps in the San Francisco Chronicle, Post, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Matt Harvey threw 15 pitches off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. Harvey suggested his goal is to pitch for the Mets in the postseason, although that obviously is a long shot for a couple of reasons.

Sandy Alderson indicated Harvey is likely to pitch in the low-intensity fall instructional league in Florida that spans late September and early October and then potentially make one appearance in the Arizona Fall League before shutting things down for the winter.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• Noah Syndergaard tossed six scoreless innings, but El Paso beat Las Vegas, 4-3, in 10 innings. Dilson Herrera had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch as Binghamton posted a 9-8 walk-off win against Bowie. Jeremy Hefner allowed two runs in four innings in St. Lucie’s 8-3 win against Clearwater as he further works back from Tommy John surgery. Andrew Church pitched a seven-inning shutout in Game 1 as Kingsport split a doubleheader with Elizabethton. Amed Rosario’s ninth-inning RBI single lifted Brooklyn to a 4-3 win against Auburn. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Columnist Larry Brooks in the Post questions Mets ownership. Writes Brooks:

But, colleague Joel Sherman’s report last week that the Mets had informed Colorado management they want to be invited to the party when and if Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez go on the market aside, it remains to be seen whether the Wilpons actually will put their money where management’s mouth is this winter.

It is all but impossible to trust this ownership will cash the checks its front office writes, to mix a particular Metaphor. And when an ownership loses the trust of its fan base the way this Wilpon operation has here, both pre- and post-Madoff, you get a half-empty ballpark more than half the time and you get well-earned eye-rolls on another idle deadline day.

• Fred Kerber in the Post speaks with the Mets scouts who saw deGrom at Stetson. “He has a little too much length especially for a shortstop,” Steve Barningham, the organization’s Southeast scouting regional supervisor, told Kerber. “We saw him as a freshman and sophomore play shortstop, and we liked the athlete, the body type. We like conversion guys because of the athleticism.”

• Wright and Terry Collins weighed in Friday on the Mets’ inactivity at the non-waiver trade deadline. Read more in Newsday.

• John DeMarzo in the Post profiles the Double-A infielder Herrera, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade last August.

• The Giants officially designated for assignment Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin on Friday and promoted infielder Matt Duffy and outfielder Jarrett Parker.

• Read a feature on Giants infielder Joe Panik, a St. John’s product and New York State native, in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw on flat ground Friday and reported no issue with his balky right elbow, which landed him on the disabled list last week.

• Arguments were heard Wednesday in State Supreme Court regarding an action brought by opponents of a mall slated to be built next to Citi Field, in the parking lot where Shea Stadium once stood. Read details in the Queens-based TimesLedger.

• Tim Teufel hosted a charity golf tournament Thursday, with players including Dillon Gee, Niese and Harvey participating. Read details in Greenwich Time.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187