Monday, August 18, 2014
Morning Briefing: Five-hit wonders
By Adam Rubin
FIRST PITCH: When will the Mets awake from their hitting doldrums?
For a fourth straight day Sunday, the Amazin’s failed to exceed four hits. If the Mets again fail to do so Monday, they will tie the franchise record. During a pair of Septembers -- in 2004 and 1963 -- the Mets went five straight games with four hits or fewer in each.
Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) opposes right-hander Kyle Hendricks (4-1, 1.79) in the 12:10 p.m. series finale against the Cubs.
Monday’s news reports:
• David Wright looks like he will miss multiple games with a left-shoulder injury that worsened when he was struck by a fastball from Dan Straily in the sixth inning on Saturday.
Mets manager Terry Collins said Straily was not throwing at Wright.
"Somebody thought they might have thrown at him. Why?” Collins told Matt Ehalt in the Record. “It’s a 3-1 game. You just don’t throw at people to throw at people.”
Read more on Wright’s absence in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.
• Rookie Rafael Montero limited the Cubs to one run in 7 1/3 innings, but the Mets ultimately lost, 2-1, Sunday at Citi Field. Jenrry Mejia surrendered a game-deciding homer to Starlin Castro on the first pitch of the ninth inning. Curtis Granderson had snapped an 0-for-17 drought and evened the score with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.
Montero could be Vegas-bound with Jacob deGrom moving toward returning from the disabled list to face the Dodgers next weekend in Los Angeles. deGrom threw off a mound Sunday for the first time since going on the disabled list.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Journal and at MLB.com.
• Read more on deGrom in the Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.
• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post suggests that while the Mets and Cubs look like perfect candidates to outsiders for a pitching-for-shortstop swap, it may not happen. That’s because Chicago’s front office knows the value of young hitting and has the resources to buy pitching like Jon Lester. And it’s because Mets GM Sandy Alderson and crew don’t like making equitable trades and don’t seemed inclined to part with their elite talent. Writes Sherman:
Nevertheless, the sense I get currently from the Mets is they would like to protect Harvey, Syndergaard and probably Wheeler and use other elements to solve positional problems. So I could see the Mets shooting a little lower on the shortstop food chain by trying to use Dillon Gee, Niese, Sunday’s starter Rafael Montero or others from their deep trove to see if they could get, say, the White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez or try for an Arizona shortstop -- the Diamondbacks seem much more willing to talk Didi Gregorius than Chris Owings, but while a defensive whiz, Gregorius might not project to hit enough for the Mets.
• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News quotes a scout labeling Montero a “solid No. 4 starter.” Read more on Montero in Newsday.
• Vic Black takes the 7 train from Manhattan to Citi Field, writes Lisa L. Colangelo in the Daily News.
• Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs in five innings and tossed 96 pitches in Las Vegas’ 4-0 loss at Omaha. Binghamton’s Steven Matz allowed one run in seven innings in a 1-0 loss to Reading. Matt Oberste delivered a tie-breaking RBI double and Savannah beat Greenville, 3-2. Jhoan Urena’s two-run double highlighted a five-run sixth as Brooklyn beat Vermont, 7-3. Read the full minor-league recap here.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets left-hander Pat Misch turns 33.
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