Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Morning Briefing: Mets again top Yanks
By Danny Knobler
FIRST PITCH: Can the New York Mets keep their Subway Series winning streak alive? Perhaps they can.
Can they top Monday night's 9-7 win over the Yankees for drama and excitement? Doubtful.
The Mets would certainly settle for a touch less drama and a few less nerves on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, when try to make it six in a row against the Yankees. Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.35) will be the Mets' starter, with Vidal Nuno (1-0, 5.47) going for the Yankees.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Tuesday's news reports:
• The Mets trailed 4-1. They trailed 7-4. They didn't secure their win over the Yankees until Lucas Duda made a spectacular stop to start a game-ending double play. They had their first four-homer game in more than a year. It was quite a night. Read more on the game in the Post, Times, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record, Wall St. Journal and MLB.com. Read more on Duda's play in the Daily News and Newsday.
• Even before they won Monday's game, the Mets made big news by moving Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen and announcing that big prospect Rafael Montero will make his major-league debut Wednesday night against the Yankees. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Record, Wall St. Journal, and MLB.com. Columnist Joel Sherman of the Post compares general manager Sandy Alderson's big move to one Steve Phillips made during the 1999 Subway Series. What does Mejia's move do to the bullpen? Read more in the Star Ledger.
• Montero debuts Wednesday, but first the Mets will have another prospect in their bullpen Tuesday night. The team announced after Monday's game that Jacob deGrom is being promoted to take the place of Gonzalez Germen, who is going on the disabled list with a virus. Read more in the Star Ledger.
• There was another big stir Monday afternoon when the Times came out with a story saying that co-owner Saul Katz, Fred Wilpon's brother-in-law, wants to sell his share of the Mets. The Mets quickly came out with a statement denying the report. Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record has sources who say there is "some truth" to the report. Meanwhile, the Post says that even if Katz did sell, the Wilpons would be able to retain control of the team. Read more in the Daily News, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record, and MLB.com.
• As Adam Rubin wrote Monday, the Mets' problems aren't the fault of Terry Collins. Alderson apparently agrees, or so he said Monday. Read more in the Post and Star Ledger.
• Curtis Granderson may have created a stir that's endured with his "true New Yorkers" comment, but he enjoyed his first view from the other side of the Subway Series. Read more in the Post, Times and Newsday.
• For some Mets, this was their first taste of a Subway Series. And what a taste it was. As the Mets and Yankees have been proving since 1997, this may be the regular season, but this is no regular series. Columnist Mike Vaccaro of the Post says the Subway Series remains special. Dave Lennon in Newsday says this night wasn't easy to explain. Steve Politi in the Star Ledger tries to make sense of it. Read more about new Met Chris Young's night in the Post and MLB.com.
• The Mets hitters seemed to enjoy hitting at Yankee Stadium. Who wouldn't? Read more about their four-homer night in the Daily News, Columnist Kevin Kernan of the Post saw it as proof that the Mets play in the wrong ballpark.
• It was not a good night for Bartolo Colon. Read more in the Star Ledger and MLB.com.
• Mike Francesa is mad at the Mets, and he talked about it. Of course he did. Read more in the Daily News.
• From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear in Flushing looks back at Monday's game. . . . The Eddie Kranepool Society believes the Mets need a manager who will challenge his players.
BIRTHDAYS: Bobby Valentine turns 64 today.
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YOU'RE UP: What do you think of the rebuilt Mets bullpen, with Jenrry Mejia and Jacob deGrom?