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Friday, August 8, 2014
Morning Briefing: Colon milestone looms

By Adam Rubin

WASHINGTON

FIRST PITCH: Bartolo Colon may not be going anywhere until the offseason anyway, but whether he is eligible to be traded this month remains to be determined.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that while Curtis Granderson is currently on waivers, the Mets have not yet put Colon through the process.

If a player is claimed, the Mets can dump the contract on that team, work out a trade, or pull the player back. Pulling the player back makes him ineligible to be dealt this month. If a player clears waivers, he can be dealt without restriction in August.


David Goldman/Associated PressBartolo Colon takes his second crack at career win No. 200 on Friday in Philly.


Meanwhile, Colon (10-9, 4.12 ERA) again bids for his 200th career win Friday. He opposes Philadelphia Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett (6-11, 4.16) at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park, in the opener to a four-game series.

With a victory, Colon would become the third active pitcher to reach the 200-win plateau, joining Tim Hudson (213 career wins) and CC Sabathia (208). Colon also would become the third Dominican-born pitcher, joining Juan Marichal (243) and Pedro Martinez (219).

Two pitchers have notched No. 200 as a Met: Orel Hershiser and Martinez.

Read the Mets-Phillies series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

Carlos Torres surrendered a walk-off two-run homer to Bryce Harper in the 13th as Washington beat the Mets, 5-3, in Thursday’s rubber game. Torres has allowed five homers in eight innings over his last seven relief appearances.

Jenrry Mejia tossed one inning, but no more, because of calf stiffness.

Jacob deGrom had a quality start (three runs in six innings). The NL Rookie of the Month for July came away with a no-decision as his five-game streak of winning starts ended.

Juan Lagares departed on a double-switch in the eighth, and Terry Collins expressed no reservations.

David Wright says the Mets -- now 54-61, nine games back in the division and eight games back in the wild card -- need to take things one game at a time.

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

• Read more on Mejia’s cranky calf in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post wonders about Collins’ future. The manager is under contract for next season. Writes Vaccaro:

Too many games have played out this way, truth be told, with him making some truly head-scratching decisions. Look, if most of them worked, you would salute his gut and his guts, and he would be praised for some unconventional thinking. But that’s the chance you take. And plays like [Eric] Young [Jr.]’s offer further evidence that Collins probably went too far to the other side after spending his early managerial years as a self-admitted tyrant. There seems little to fear inside the Mets clubhouse.

At this point, he deserves the rest of the season. He deserves another job in the organization, back in player development, where his true talent lies. But when Harper’s ball sailed over the Samuel Adams sign, it effectively ended the Mets for 2014, and put everyone on the clock for 2015. That ticking starts in the manager’s office.

• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News pronounces the Mets’ season over. Columnist David Lennon in Newsday agrees.

Writes Harper:

Can we officially be done with the silly talk that has lingered about the Mets making some late-season run at the playoffs?

Writes Lennon:

The Mets can stop the pretending now.

• After three straight solid outings, Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks in a 102-pitch effort that lasted five innings Thursday. Jayce Boyd’s two-run double in the eighth broke a scoreless tie as Binghamton blanked Richmond, 3-0. Cam Maron had three errors in addition to producing a pair of doubles as Fort Myers beat St. Lucie, 6-2. Martires Arias tossed six scoreless innings in Brooklyn’s 4-0 win against Mahoning Valley. Dowling College product Tyler Badamo earned his first professional win as the GCL Mets beat the GCL Cards, 5-3. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Critic Bob Raissman in the Daily News wonders why Gary, Keith and Ron objected to Tuesday’s SNY extensive coverage of Matt Harvey's mound session in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

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If deGrom was on the #Angels or #Athletics, he'd win 30 games this year. #deGrominant #Mets

— Tom Anderson (@TommyTerrific11) August 7, 2014
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