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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Morning Briefing: Double-digits under .500

By Adam Rubin

ATLANTA

FIRST PITCH: How low will they go?

Jacob deGrom takes the mound on Wednesday at Turner Field trying to help the Mets avoid getting swept in the three-game series.

The Mets enter his start 10 games under .500 and nine games behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves, both season worsts.

DeGrom (1-4, 3.62 ERA) opposes right-hander Julio Teheran (7-5, 2.34) in the 7:10 p.m. finale.

Wednesday’s news reports:

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed five runs in five innings, including a costly two-out RBI single to opposing pitcher Mike Minor, and the Mets stranded the potential tying run at third base in the fifth when Chris Young and Travis d’Arnaud were retired en route to a 5-4 loss to the Braves on Tuesday. Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy homered in the defeat.

The Mets dropped to 10-20 in one-run games.

They struck out 13 times and now have 712 Ks this season, on pace for 1,373. That would fall 11 shy of matching the franchise record, set last season.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.

• With online voting set to conclude at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, David Wright trails leader Aramis Ramirez of the Milwaukee Brewers by 235,060 votes for the starting nod for the National League at third base in the July 15 All-Star Game at Minnesota.

Dillon Gee’s next and potentially last minor-league rehab start will be Friday for the Brooklyn Cyclones at 6 p.m. at Coney Island. The Mets figure to bring back Gee before the All-Star break, especially given Matsuzaka’s performance Tuesday, although Terry Collins suggested the organization would at least consider waiting until afterward to activate Gee to minimize his idle time. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday with Las Vegas. Dustin Lawley had two homers in Binghamton’s 9-6 loss at New Britain. St. Lucie scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Charlotte, 6-4. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Even before Syndergaard’s Tuesday outing in Triple-A, Collins indicated there had been no discussion of a promotion date for the top prospect. The manager suggested there may not be a call-up at all in 2014. Read more in Newsday.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear considers Frank Cashen's accomplishments in the context of the Roman Empire. … NY Mets Life gives credit to Mets fans and The 7 Line Army.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets outfielder Angel Pagan, who just had a setback in his return from a back injury, turns 33. ... Hal Reniff, who finished his career with the Mets, was born on this date in 1938.

TWEET OF THE DAY:

Nothing like watching the #Mets to pick me up from the USA World Cup loss....wait what?

— Adonis Q Einstein (@AdonisQEinstein) July 1, 2014
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