Sunday, June 8, 2014
Morning Briefing: End of the road
By Adam Rubin
FIRST PITCH: Former San Francisco Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler is charged on Sunday with trying to halt the Mets’ losing streak at five games and help the Amazin’s avoid getting swept.
Wheeler (2-5, 3.89 ERA) has contributed two straight solid efforts on the road trip. He has combined to limit the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs to one run on six hits and two walks while striking out 16 in 13 innings.
Wheeler opposes right-hander Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01) at 4:05 p.m. ET.
The Mets have not been swept by the Giants since 2002, when San Francisco ran the table in three-game series at Shea Stadium and what was then known as Pac Bell Park.
Gregory Bull/Associated PressTravis d'Arnaud was demoted to the minors late Saturday.
The Mets (28-34) complete a stretch of 20 games in 20 days with the series finale at AT&T Park. They also wrap up a three-city trip in which they went 4-1 in Philly, then got swept at Wrigley Field.
Courtesy of the University of MemphisThe Mets selected University of Memphis right-hander Bryce Beeler in the 19th round of the draft.
• Paul DePodesta and amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous completed the draft with rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday. The Mets selected two right-handed pitchers with New York ties: Stonehill (Mass.) College’s Jim Duff is from Garden City, Long Island. Tyler Badamo is a product of Oakdale’s Dowling College and from Mount Sinai.
Connecticut prep right-hander Bradley Wilpon, the son of Jeff Wilpon and grandson of Fred Wilpon, was selected in the 36th round by the Boston Red Sox. He will not sign and instead is headed to the Wharton School of Business and to play for the Penn baseball team.