Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Morning Briefing: Can Mets win a series?
By Danny Knobler | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
FIRST PITCH: Terry is staying, for now. The losing streak is over, for now.
Now, can the New York Mets win a series?
They have a chance at it Wednesday night, when they go for a second straight win over the first-place Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.
Wednesday's news reports:
• Taylor Teagarden? Yes, Taylor Teagarden. He's 30 years old, and he's managed to stay in the major leagues for just one full season (2009), even as a backup. But he does have some power, which he showed off with a grand slam home run that helped give the Mets their 6-2 win Tuesday night.
• With the Mets ending their last road trip with six straight losses to fall a season-high seven games over .500, general manager Sandy Alderson felt the need to address manager Terry Collins' status. The verdict? Collins is staying, as Alderson told him Tuesday.
• The vote of confidence didn't impress columnist Joel Sherman, who wrote in the Post that with Collins, it's only a matter of when he gets fired, not if he gets fired. Columnist John Harper writes in the Daily News that Collins needs to hold the Mets more accountable. Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record says everyone in the organization should be on the hot seat.
• It appears now that Matt Harvey won't pitch in 2014, after all. It's amazing how many times this "will he or won't he?" has been a story, and it only goes to show how few Mets players besides Harvey can excite the fan base (and also how much Harvey himself loves being in the spotlight, even when he's not pitching). Anyway, for now the Mets are almost ruling out a 2014 return, and Harvey seems to accept it (for now).
• While Teagarden's slam helped the Mets to a win, the question of what happens to Travis d'Arnaud still means more to the team's future. Read more on d'Arnaud in the Post.
• Did you see the story about Matt den Dekker, Vic Black and the runaway horse? It's not really about the two Mets, but they were there to see it.
• Zack Wheeler denied accusations from the San Francisco Giants that he intentionally threw at Hunter Pence on Sunday. Read more in Newsday.
BIRTHDAYS: Jose Reyes turns 31 ... Frank Thomas (the one who played for the '62 Mets) is 85.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
YOU'RE UP: Do you really care if Matt Harvey makes a few starts at the end of 2014 or not?