FIRST PITCH: It’s Jacob deGrom Day at Marlins Park as his NL Rookie of the Year campaign continues.
The minor-league playoffs also get underway Wednesday.
Rafael Montero starts for Las Vegas against Reno. Tyler Pill starts for Binghamton against Portland. Robert Gsellman starts for Savannah at Asheville.
Wednesday’s news reports:
• Juan Lagares went 4-for-4 with a walk and two steals and David Wright went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and his first two extra-base hits in nearly a month as the Mets beat the Marlins, 8-6, Tuesday. Wright said he is finally feeling “dangerous” at the plate. Terry Collins has been pushing Lagares to steal more frequently. Jonathon Niese qualified for the win despite allowing six runs in six innings.
• Read more on Niese’s outing in the Post.
• Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka received cortisone injections in their pitching elbows on Tuesday in New York and are expected to rejoin the Mets for the weekend series at Cincinnati. Read more in the Record.
• Noah Syndergaard fed a lion with his pitching hand.
• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post says it’s up to the Jets and Giants to rescue New York sports fans. Writes Vaccaro:
And let’s face it: If you are a baseball fan with a team in this city, your summer hasn’t exactly been one for the ages. If you care for the Mets, you saw another season enter its denouement phase before the Fourth. If you are a Yankees fan, you’ve seen a few stops and a few starts and they all left you more frustrated the deeper we pushed into summer.
• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post recommends the Mets retain Daniel Murphy for next season, pay him the $8 million he will command and use him as a super utility player. The logic: The Mets aim to contend in 2015. And they do not need the prospects or pitching that a team would be willing to trade for Murphy.
• The Mets finally do not need to rebuild their bullpen this offseason, writes Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger.
• Mark Carig in Newsday revisits the trade last August that brought Vic Black and Dilson Herrera from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. "You can say we've made some bad signings or whatever," Collins told Carig. "Sandy Alderson's changed what's gone on here. You make the trades he's made and get those guys to the big leagues, he deserves a little credit for that."
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear searches for meaning in what's left of another lost Mets season.
BIRTHDAYS: Minor-league right-hander Corey Oswalt turns 21.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
David is having such a good game. I'm so happy for him. Take that haters. #mets
— colferhummel (@colferhummel) September 3, 2014
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