Monday, June 24, 2013
Morning Briefing: 3 DL, 2 walk-off, good job
By Adam Rubin
Rich Schultz/Getty ImagesPHILADELPHIA
Matt Harvey and David Wright could end up starting the All-Star Game at Citi Field.
FIRST PITCH: The Mets lost on walk-off homer in Atlanta, when Freddie Freeman took Dillon Gee deep in the ninth inning last Monday. They also lost on a walk-off homer in Philadelphia, courtesy of Kevin Frandsen going deep against Carlos Torres.
Yet Terry Collins and the Mets still could pronounce the week a success, and not just because of the successful debut of Zack Wheeler and a pair of dominating performances from Matt Harvey.
The Mets won consecutive road series, at Atlanta and Philadelphia, despite losing Justin Turner, Jonathon Niese and Lucas Duda to the disabled list while on the trip.
The team has a day off today before beginning a two-game interleague series at the Chicago White Sox. The Mets then swing by Denver to make up a game on Thursday that was snowed out in April.
“I’ve got to tell you: I feel very good about what’s gone on on this trip,” Collins said. “That’s a very good seven days. They’re tired. They’re beat up. They lost three players to the DL in the last five days. To come out of here with another series, and to win the first two series on the road trip, is a huge lift for us.”
Monday’s news reports:
• Harvey tossed six scoreless innings before a 20-minute rain delay prompted Collins to pull him, and David Wright had a franchise-record-tying four extra-base hits, as the Mets won Sunday’s rubber game, 8-0, against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Harvey likely will leapfrog Gee and pitch Friday at Citi Field.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record and MLB.com.
• Read more on Harvey in Newsday.
• Wright passed San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval and now leads by 128,831 votes in balloting for the starting third-base nod for the National League in the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field. Harvey is making a strong bid to start the game too, although that decision will come from NL skipper Bruce Bochy.
Writes Tim Marchman in the Journal:
Wright will make the roster, and Matt Harvey may well start, especially if Wright doesn't. They're probably the only Mets going, unless someone in power takes a liking to Bobby Parnell's beard, which they might. The Yankees, meanwhile, have Robinson Cano and Mariano Rivera and maybe Hiroki Kuroda. (The only Yankee other than Cano to rank in the top five in voting at his position is Derek Jeter, suggesting that baseball fans don't actually watch baseball.)
Say four New York players take the trip to Citi Field; that would be the smallest, saddest delegation in a long time. The year was 1995. Bobby Bonilla, for the second time in three years, was the Mets' sole All-Star; the Yankees sent three to the game, including, for some reason, Mike Stanley. It was the end of an era, stretching back to 1989, in which you'd never once have needed all the fingers on a hand to count all the city's All-Stars, an era that reached its nadir in 1992, when David Cone and Roberto Kelly were the lonely two representatives of their town.
Read more in the Daily News and Newsday.
• Wheeler flew from Las Vegas to Chicago on Sunday to join the Mets in advance of Tuesday’s start against the White Sox, which will be the second of his major league career. Greg Burke is the likely player to demoted, although he was summoned into Collins’ office postgame Sunday and told to accompany the team from Philadelphia to the Windy City.
• Ike Davis was bypassed for a return to the big leagues with Lucas Duda landing on the DL in large part because the Mets faced a lefty in the series finale in Philly (John Lannan) and will also see southpaws in both games in Chicago (Chris Sale and John Danks). The expectation is Davis will return to the majors as soon as Thursday’s makeup game at Colorado. Davis did not play Sunday for Triple-A Las Vegas after appearing in 12 straight 51s games. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.
• Noah Syndergaard earned the win in his Double-A debut as Binghamton improved to 46-28 with a 7-2 victory against Erie. Jacob deGrom tossed six scoreless innings in his second Triple-A start, but Salt Lake rallied to beat Las Vegas, 6-3. Jayce Boyd had a two-run homer in St. Lucie’s 4-2 loss against Bradenton.
“I didn’t really have a lot of time to think about things,” Syndergaard told the Press & Sun-Bulletin, referring to learning about his promotion Saturday and debuting Sunday. “I think it was beneficial because I wasn’t able to get nervous. I just woke up, came to the field and pitched. What else can you ask for?”
Read the full minor league recap here.
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing relishes the midday flub of Ben Revere. … Shannon from Mets Police wonders who in franchise history is an icon. … The Kings of Queens praises Eric Young Jr.
BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Mike Bruhert, who started 22 games for the Mets, was born on this date in 1951.
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