New York Mets: Adam Wainwright

Rapid Reaction: Cards 6, Mets 2

June, 16, 2014
Jun 16
ST. LOUIS -- So how about Team USA’s dramatic World Cup victory against Ghana?

The St. Louis Cardinals knocked out Jacob deGrom in the fifth inning and handed the New York Mets a 6-2 defeat in Monday’s series opener at Busch Stadium before a sellout crowd announced at 42,808.

The Mets have now lost 10 of their past 13. They are 13-29 in St. Louis since 2001.

Still searching: DeGrom struck out Matt Carpenter to begin the bottom of the fifth. The rookie did not record another out. The next six St. Louis batters reached before Terry Collins pulled deGrom with the Mets trailing 6-1 and two on base. The damage in the four-run frame included an RBI single by Matt Holliday, who produced his 1,000th career RBI.

Jeff Curry/USA TODAY SportsTerry Collins approaches the mound to retrieve Jacob deGrom after six straight Cardinals batters reached with one out in the fifth.

DeGrom remained winless through seven major league starts. His ERA climbed to 4.39 after the 91-pitch effort, which included surrendering 12 hits.

He’s back: Left fielder Eric Young Jr. had an uneven return from the disabled list. He threw out Allen Craig attempting to score from second on Yadier Molina's single to end the third inning and hold the Mets’ deficit at 2-1 at the time. A half inning later, though, Young struck out against Carlos Martinez to strand the bases loaded.

The Mets had placed two in scoring position with none out in that frame but failed to score. The Amazin’s are now hitting .157 (11-for-70) with the bases loaded this season.

Young was credited with an infield single in his first at-bat after a scoring change on a would-be error by shortstop Jhonny Peralta. Young finished 1-for-4 as a result.

What reprieve? The flamethrower Martinez, subbing for Adam Wainwright (elbow), limited the Mets to one unearned run in four innings before reaching his pitch count and departing the spot start. Left-hander Nick Greenwood, making his major league debut, took over and held the Mets hitless until Daniel Murphy and David Wright had consecutive one-out singles in the eighth.

Eighth wondering: Batting the pitcher eighth had mixed results before deGrom departed.

It worked out in the second inning, when No. 7 hitter Ruben Tejada had a leadoff walk, deGrom bunted him to second and, after Peralta’s error, Curtis Granderson supplied a sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, however, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was enticed to intentionally walk Tejada with first base open to load the bases for deGrom with one out. DeGrom had a hard-hit lineout to second base. Young then struck out to strand the bases loaded.

Oh, captain: Wright finished 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is now three for his last 43.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54 ERA) opposes right-hander Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88) at 8:15 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Series preview: Mets at Cardinals

June, 16, 2014
Jun 16

Getty ImagesThe Mets are scheduled to face Cardinals right-handers Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha and Lance Lynn at Busch Stadium.
METS (31-38, fourth place/NL East) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (37-32, second place/NL Central)

Monday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-3, 3.44) vs. RHP Carlos Martinez (0-3, 4.67), 8:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88), 8:15 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (6-5, 4.15) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (7-4, 3.16), 1:45 p.m. ET

Cardinals short hops

Adam Wainwright, originally scheduled to start Monday, will have his turn skipped because of tendinitis in the back of his pitching elbow. Carlos Martinez, whose fastball has averaged 97.1 mph out of the bullpen this season, will make his second career major league start in Wainwright’s place. St. Louis opted to use the 22-year-old Martinez rather than move up the other pitchers and have Michael Wacha pitch in the series opener on standard rest.

• The Cardinals promoted left-handed reliever Nick Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday and demoted outfielder Randal Grichuk (.136). St. Louis is now carrying 13 pitchers and a four-man bench with Wainwright active but skipping a start. Greenwood could relieve Martinez in the middle innings, since Martinez likely will be capped between 50 and 60 pitches with his shift from a bullpen role.

Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesMatt Adams has homered in each of his first three games since returning from the disabled list.

• St. Louis pitchers tossed 30 straight scoreless innings and three straight shutouts last week, at Toronto and Tampa Bay. The Cardinals have blanked their opponents 14 times this season. The Texas Rangers rank second with 13 shutouts, followed by the Toronto Blue Jays with nine. The Mets have blanked their opponents five times.

• First baseman Matt Adams has returned from the disabled list with a bang after missing 13 games due to a calf injury. Adams has homered in each of his first three games upon reentering the lineup. The good news: All three weekend long balls came with his father, Jamie, in attendance at Busch Stadium. The elder Adams has now headed home. The first two homers provided the winning margin en route to a weekend sweep against the Washington Nationals.

• Rookie right fielder Oscar Taveras, who had hit only .189 with one homer in 37 at-bats, was demoted to clear the roster spot for Adams. Allen Craig, who had manned first base in Adams’ absence, has returned to right field. Taveras is ranked as the top prospect in the organization.

Matt Holliday is one RBI shy of 1,000 for his career. He has reached base safely in each of the first 31 Cardinals home games this season.

• Shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who signed a four-year, $53 million deal with St. Louis, is hitting .232 with a team-leading 10 homers and 26 RBIs in 241 at-bats.

• St. Louis is 18-2 against the National League East at Busch Stadium over the past two seasons. The Cardinals have outscored those opponents 89-43 during that span.

Yadier Molina leads NL All-Star balloting at catcher with 2,003,557 votes. San Francisco’s Buster Posey ranks second at 1,414,363.

• Center fielder Peter Bourjos is 0-for-his-last-10 and is now hitting .209. The righty-hitting Bourjos shares playing time with lefty-hitting Jon Jay. Bourjos was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in November with Grichuk for David Freese and Fernando Salas.

• Second baseman Kolten Wong was the NL Rookie of the Month for May, but is 1-for-his-last-18.

• Jay is 11-for-26 against left-handed pitching this season.

• Third baseman Matt Carpenter is the only Cardinal to appear in all 69 games.

Morning Briefing: A reprieve at Busch?

June, 16, 2014
Jun 16

Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesThe Mets won't be facing the real hook from hell -- Adam Wainwright's -- on Monday.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets get a reprieve Monday when they open a series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium at 8:10 p.m. ET.


Adam Wainwright, the originally scheduled starter, will have his turn skipped because of tendinitis in the back of his pitching elbow. Right-hander Carlos Martinez and his 97 mph fastball instead will make his second career major league start in the opener.

“We’re not going to get Wainwright, although Martinez isn’t a party,” Terry Collins said.

Jacob deGrom makes his seventh major league start, still in search of his first victory.

In Port St. Lucie, Fla., Dillon Gee is due to throw off the slope of a mound Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list. He could be in a rehab game early next week.

Monday’s news reports:

Daisuke Matsuzaka had to depart after one inning with intense stomach pain, but Carlos Torres stepped up to toss four innings as the Mets won Sunday’s rubber game against the San Diego Padres, 3-1, at Citi Field. Vic Black and Jenrry Mejia added two scoreless innings apiece. Mejia’s appearance marked his first action since getting pulled from Thursday’s game with lower-back discomfort. Curtis Granderson, batting leadoff for the first time this season, homered and finished 2-for-3 with two walks after being out of the starting lineup the previous three games with a left-calf injury.

Kathy Willens/Associated PressBig contributors Jenrry Mejia and Curtis Granderson celebrate Sunday's win.

“I just tried to get myself on base and try to get the team going,” Granderson told reporters. “I’ve done it plenty of times in my career. I just didn’t know it was going to be today.”

Still, Collins lamented wasted chances, including leaving baserunners on second and third in a two-run first inning despite having them in scoring position with none out.

“We had opportunities to blow this game open, and we’ve got to start blowing some games open, because it’s going to take a lot of pressure off a lot of people,” Collins said.

Writes columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post:

This could have been the ugliest of Father’s Days for the Mets, who badly needed a victory to close out their homestand at 3-3 after losing nine of their previous 11 games. Instead, they hit their gross-out apex when starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka puked up his breakfast in the bullpen and responded to the crisis when the right-hander checked out after just one inning.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Record, Times and at

• On batting Granderson leadoff, columnist David Lennon in Newsday writes:

Terry Collins first brought up the idea of hitting leadoff to Curtis Granderson on the dugout bench during Saturday's embarrassing two-hit loss to the Padres. The manager described the chat as a conversation, a way to gauge Granderson's feelings on the subject, "to see if he had any problems" with the assignment.

In other words, a cry for help.

Collins basically told Granderson he had no one else. To which we say, "What the heck took you so long, Terry?"

• The Mets completed their trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, acquiring left-hander Blake Taylor as the player to be named in the April 18 deal for Ike Davis. Taylor was drafted out of high school by the Pirates in the second round in 2013. Read more in the Post and Star-Ledger.

Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk and played seven innings in left field for Double-A Binghamton on Sunday in what appeared to be his final rehab game. Collins said he expected E.Y. Jr. (hamstring) to rejoin the Mets on Monday. “I feel ready to go and help out the big club,” he told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin’s Lynn Worthy (tweet). Read more in the Post.

Rafael Montero has been diagnosed with a left-oblique strain. He left Saturday’s start for Triple-A Las Vegas after five pitches. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard, who injured his left shoulder in a June 5 collision while covering the plate on a wild pitch, is due to return from the disabled list to start Monday’s game for the 51s. He will be capped at about 75 pitches.

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is “getting close” to being officially signed, an insider told

David Wright leads for the second straight week in NL All-Star balloting at third base, but old voting nemesis Pablo Sandoval is making a charge. Read more at

• Jeff Roberts in the Record profiles the relationship between Wright and his father Rhon, a retired Norfolk, Va., assistant police chief. "He lost all his credibility with me in baseball when he started playing me in the outfield in Little League," Wright quipped to Roberts.

Travis d’Arnaud homered for the fifth time in a week in the Pacific Coast League, but Las Vegas lost to Oklahoma City, 13-9. Brooklyn split a doubleheader with Staten Island as heralded Casey Meisner and Marcos Molina made their Cyclones debuts as the starting pitchers. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever Calvin Schiraldi turns 52.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should Curtis Granderson remain the leadoff hitter?

Rapid Reaction: Mets 3, Padres 1

June, 15, 2014
Jun 15
NEW YORK -- For a day, all was right with the New York Mets. Well, except for Daisuke Matsuzaka's stomach.

Carlos Torres picked up the ailing Matsuzaka by logging four relief innings and Curtis Granderson homered in his return to the starting lineup, as the Mets won the rubber game against the San Diego Padres, 3-1, on Father’s Day at Citi Field before an announced crowd of 38,987.

Welcome back: In his first action since getting pulled from Thursday’s game with lower-back stiffness, Jenrry Mejia delivered a six-out save. He retired all six batters he faced en route to his seventh save of the season. Mejia also had a two-inning save against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 27.

Uneasy feeling: Matsuzaka received a visit from trainer Ray Ramirez during the first inning and was pulled after completing the 17-pitch, scoreless frame that included two walks. He was suffering from a “severe upset stomach,” the team announced.

Kathy Willens/Associated PressDaisuke Matsuzaka, dealing with a severely upset stomach, gets a first-inning mound visit from Terry Collins and the team's trainer.

It marked the shortest start by a Met since Jeremy Hefner surrendered seven runs and did not record an out against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on Sept. 20, 2012.

Working overtime: Torres had no reason to beat himself up Sunday. He replaced Matsuzaka and limited San Diego to one run in a 63-pitch effort spanning four innings. The workload was substantially more than his previous season-high -- 38 pitches on Thursday, in the extra-inning meltdown against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Torres allowed three straight singles to begin Sunday’s appearance, including a run-scoring infield single by Rene Rivera. He then stranded two in scoring position and kept the Padres off the scoreboard for the remainder of his appearance.

Torres departed with a 3-1 lead after five innings.

He had surrendered four runs in the 13th inning against the Brewers in his previous appearance, prompting him to punch himself repeatedly in the head in the dugout in frustration afterward.

Torres has been a workhorse. His 44 2/3 innings this season are the most in the major leagues in a relief role, leapfrogging Oakland’s Dan Otero (41 1/3). Torres is on pace to pitch 105 relief innings.

Vic Black overcame two walks to begin his appearance and added two scoreless innings, despite a pair of defensive adventures from shortstop Wilmer Flores behind him in the seventh inning.

Grandish return: Batting in the leadoff spot for the first time as a Met, Granderson produced a home run to open the bottom of the first inning against Ian Kennedy. It was the 25th leadoff homer of Granderson’s career, and his first since Sept. 27, 2009 with the Detroit Tigers. It was the first by a Met this season.

Granderson (2-for-3, two walks) had missed three straight starts with a left calf injury.

Bobby Abreu added an RBI double in the two-run first.

Slumping: David Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk, including flying out to right field to end the sixth inning, leaving the bases loaded. He is 2-for-39 in his past 12 games.

Big fans: After Chris Young started in left field Saturday and went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, Andrew Brown started there Sunday and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts before being replaced by Eric Campbell on a double-switch when Black entered for the sixth inning.

What’s next: The Mets travel to St. Louis for a three-game series. Jacob deGrom (0-3, 3.44 ERA), still searching for his first major league win, opposes right-hander Carlos Martinez in an 8:10 p.m. ET game Monday at Busch Stadium. Martinez (0-3, 4.67) takes the spot start for Adam Wainwright, who is being skipped because of a tender elbow.

Morning Briefing: It's Dice-K/Father's Day

June, 15, 2014
Jun 15

FIRST PITCH: Before hitting the road for St. Louis and Miami, the Mets play a rubber game Sunday against the San Diego Padres at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0, 2.95 ERA) opposes right-hander Ian Kennedy (5-7, 3.63) in the Father’s Day finale.

Curtis Granderson (left calf) indicated he expects to return to the starting lineup after missing three starts.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Sandy Alderson had a Q&A with season ticket holders on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressSandy Alderson is avoiding Twitter, but not beer.

The GM suggested there was flexibility to add to the payroll at the trade deadline and suggested it is too early to discuss the 2015 payroll level. He advised a fan who sought an assurance Daniel Murphy would not be traded to stay off Twitter and blogs and instead drink beer. Alderson also allowed for the possibility that Citi Field’s dimensions would again be altered next offseason, while noting that would not be a panacea for the Mets’ hitting woes.

“We have a couple of players on this team where their strength is right-center,” Alderson said. “The other part is to take into account entertainment value. People like run production. And if the ballpark is more hitter-friendly, there’s more action and maybe more interest and less frustration.”

As for trading some pitching depth for a bat, Alderson said: “One of the problems of trading pitching, regardless of how much you have, is that you can never have enough. There are a couple of things that make me cautious. You’re never quite sure who is going to succeed and who’s not, who’s going to get injured and who’s not. To some extent, there’s safety in numbers. I guess the short answer to your question is that we’d consider doing it, but we’re cautious about it.”

In response to Alderson’s quip about avoiding Murphy trade rumors -- when the GM said, “Do what I do: Ignore Twitter and try to ignore the blogosphere and have a beer when you go home tonight” -- columnist David Lennon in Newsday writes:

Don't forget to pick up a newspaper, we might add. And when you're done reading, it's good for covering your eyes for those Chris Young at-bats.

Writes columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post:

It’s possible that for a select group of the announced 38,269 on hand -- a bump for the 50 Cent postgame concert? -- the most aggravation might have occurred before the game started, when beleaguered Mets general manager Sandy Alderson danced around the issue of a payroll increase and sounded wary of trading his impressive pitching surplus for an impact bat.

Read more in the Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• The Mets mustered only two hits against Jesse Hahn (Matt Harvey’s high school teammate) and three relievers as San Diego won, 5-0, Saturday at Citi Field. Zack Wheeler allowed four runs in five innings. Chris Young struck out in all four at-bats as his average dropped to .196. The Mets have lost nine of 11. Boosted by a postgame 50 Cent concert, the paid crowd was announced at 38,269.

Adam Rubin50 Cent provided postgame entertainment Saturday at Citi Field.

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

• Anthony Rieber in Newsday catches up with ex-Mets Jose Reyes and Josh Thole. Both Toronto Blue Jays players feel for David Wright.

"I know he’s going through some tough times right now, but he’s a veteran guy,” Reyes told Rieber. “He’s going to do what he can do on the field. … After a little while, you just want to win. It’s not about the money, because we are already set. We’ve got a contract and it’s now about winning. We’re not getting any younger, you know? What is he, 31? I’m 31. I want to win. So I know about that.”

Said Thole: “It was there from ’09 through ’12 and it was, ‘Wait till next year, wait till next year.’ I always tell the guys: The hardest thing in the baseball world, in my opinion, is to play in New York for the Mets. No. 1, you have a bunch of young kids coming up. Every day, there’s something. A story. Everything is a story there. So you can get caught up into that quickly. It’s just a tough place to play. I would say it’s been the hardest for David. He just signed that bangin’ deal. It’s just weird.”

Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-6 with a walk and stolen base while playing both games of a doubleheader with Double-A Binghamton, the latter at DH. Terry Collins has suggested E.Y. Jr. (right hamstring) should rejoin the Mets on Monday in St. Louis.

Rafael Montero departed Saturday’s Las Vegas game after throwing five pitches with an injury to his left side, a team official told

Travis d’Arnaud is now hitting .417 with four homers in 24 at-bats since a demotion. His two-run shot Saturday helped lift Vegas to a 7-1 win at Oklahoma City. Binghamton swept a doubleheader from Erie as Brian Burgamy went a combined 5-for-6. Hansel Robles tossed a shutout in the nightcap. Dilson Herrera and T.J. Rivera each produced RBIs representing St. Lucie in the Florida State League All-Star Game. A day after it was rained out, Brooklyn won its season opener, 8-2, against Staten Island. Read the full minor-league recap here.

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright (9-3, 2.15 ERA) will miss Monday’s start against the Mets at Busch Stadium because of tendinitis in his pitching elbow.

• Ex-Met Mike Piazza is attending the World Cup. He already has watched the opener between Brazil and Croatia. He plans to attend England-Italy on Saturday. “I’m not a frontrunner,” Piazza told Michael Lewis in Newsday while at a Sao Paulo airport. “I am pulling for the U.S. If they are eliminated, I’m rooting for the Italians.”

Piazza told Lewis he played soccer at age 9 and was a central defender. “I got some skills,” he said. “I can handle the ball.”

• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News quotes players on how they learned they were getting called up to the major leagues, including Wright, Harvey and Granderson.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear finds yet another way to say there’s not much left to say about the state of these Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Union chief/ex-Met Tony Clark turns 42. ... 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith is 19. ... Brett Butler is 57. ... Jeremy Reed is 33.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should Travis d’Arnaud return to the majors as soon as the minimum 10-day demotion period is completed?

Rapid Reaction: Cards 3, Mets 0

April, 22, 2014
Apr 22
NEW YORK -- Adam Wainwright delivered again in Queens as Mets bats remained quiet.

Wainwright tossed seven scoreless innings thanks to Matt Holliday reaching over the wall to take away a homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets, 3-0, Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Wainwright did depart after only 79 pitches with a hyperextended right knee. He landed awkwardly after leaping while unsuccessfully attempting to field Chris Young's chopper on the right side. First baseman Matt Adams made the play to complete the seventh and Wainwright gingerly walked off the field.

Wainwright was coming off a two-hit shutout of the Washington Nationals in his previous outing.

The Mets (10-10) slipped back to .500 with the defeat.

Gee fizz: Dillon Gee pitched fine, but not well enough to match Wainwright.

Gee surrendered a two-run single to Jon Jay in the fourth that broke a scoreless tie, but it could have been worse. With the bases loaded and none out later that frame, Gee coaxed consecutive forceouts at the plate on grounders by Kolten Wong and Wainwright. Gee followed by striking out Matt Carpenter to hold the deficit at 2-0.

Mets pitchers nonetheless had their scoreless streak snapped at a season-high 20 innings.

Gee was coming off a near-flawless, 72-pitch effort against the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he tossed seven scoreless innings.

Gee’s final line against the Cards: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He threw 95 pitches (61 strikes).

Jose Valverde surrendered a ninth-inning run as the Cards opened a three-run lead.

Robbed: Holliday leaped at the left-field wall to take away a potential two-run homer from Chris Young in the fifth that would have evened the score at 2.

Bay watch: Curtis Granderson went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout. He is now hitless in 22 straight at-bats. That is a new career high, topping an 0-for-21 skid with the Detroit Tigers in 2006.

Snapped: David Wright lost a 12-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 night that included striking out for the second out of the ninth with two runners on base

Debutant: Bobby Abreu made his debut as a pinch hitter leading off the bottom of the ninth. He flied out to left field. Terry Collins indicated Abreu is expected to start Thursday for the first time with the club.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (0-2, 2.84 ERA) opposes right-hander Michael Wacha (2-1, 1.73) at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Duda may land in cleanup spot ... in month

April, 22, 2014
Apr 22
NEW YORK -- Terry Collins did not say a specific date. But the manager suggested he might give this lineup a month -- with Curtis Granderson No. 2, Daniel Murphy No. 4 and Lucas Duda No. 6 -- before eventually placing Duda in the cleanup spot.

"We've put a lot on Lucas' plate in the past week," Collins said about the reluctance to use Duda as a cleanup hitter now. "I don't want to pile on."

Start of something: Bobby Abreu's first start as a Met likely will come in Thursday's matinee series finale. Collins likes the matchup with Cardinals starter Lance Lynn. Although Abreu's only fielding experience while with Triple-A Las Vegas was in right field, Collins advised Abreu to be prepared to play left field at the big-league level.

Off and running: Juan Lagares, on the DL with a pulled right hamstring, has started running in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He is eligible to return from the DL on April 30.

Q PT: Why is Ruben Tejada on the bench a night after making two stellar diving plays up the middle? Collins said he scripted out before the series that Omar Quintanilla's lone start against St. Louis would come Tuesday. Quintanilla is 4-for-12 with two doubles lifetime against Adam Wainwright. Collins added that Wednesday starter Michael Wacha "eats up" lefty hitters, so the only alternative would have been Thursday. Collins said Tejada will start the final two games of the series.

Close call: Collins did not know Tuesday afternoon if he would have Kyle Farnsworth available to close. Who is the alternative? The manager was not sure. Carlos Torres would be a natural choice, but likely is unavailable because of a heavy recent workload. So it might fall to Daisuke Matsuzaka ... or even Jose Valverde.

Morning Briefing: Wainwright curve on tap

April, 22, 2014
Apr 22

Al Behrman/Associated PressThe Mets face Adam Wainwright on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets moved back above .500 with a win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night, but Terry Collins knows the Amazin’s have a tough task ahead the remainder of the series.

Adam Wainwright (of curveball-to-Carlos Beltran fame) opposes Dillon Gee on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. The Mets then face Michael Wacha and Lance Lynn the final two games of the series.

Wainwright actually is 2-4 with a 6.02 ERA in eight career regular-season appearances (six starts) against the Mets. Still, he is coming off a two-hit shutout of the Washington Nationals and arrives with a 1.80 ERA in 2014.

“We’ve got our hands full the next three nights,” Collins said. “We’ve got Adam. I mean, there’s nights he could be as good as there is in baseball. Lance Lynn is throwing the ball very, very well. Michael Wacha showed what he could do last year in the World Series.”

Tuesday’s news reports:

Jenrry Mejia tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings to shave his ERA to 1.99 as the camouflage-jersey-wearing Mets blanked the Cardinals, 2-0, Monday. Newly installed closer Kyle Farnsworth notched his first save as a Met, although looked to be nursing his forearm in the clubhouse postgame.

Curtis Granderson struck out three times while upping his hitless streak to 19 at-bats -- two shy of matching his career high. Ruben Tejada made a pair of diving stops up the middle. David Wright extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a broken-bat RBI single in the third that opened the scoring.

Read game recaps in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and at

Bobby Abreu joined the Mets on Monday, with Andrew Brown demoted to clear the roster spot. Collins said he expects Abreu to see some action in the outfield, so that the 40-year-old Venezuelan can stay sharp for pinch-hitting duty.

“He fits right into our approach,” hitting coach Dave Hudgens, who managed Abreu during the winter-ball season in Venezuela, told Marc Carig in Newsday. “He doesn't go out of the strike zone very often. He tries to have a quality at-bat. I thought he’d be good off the bench. He’s so experienced.”

Read more in the Daily News, Record, Star-Ledger and at

• Amateur scouts speculate that the player to be named in the Ike Davis trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates may be right-hander Neil Kozikowski, whom the Mets heavily scouted before the draft, the Daily News’ John Harper tweets. Kozikowski, 18, was an eighth-round pick out of Avon Old Farms School in Connecticut in 2013.

Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY SportsIke Davis belted a broken-bat grand slam Monday for the Pirates.

Davis, meanwhile, on Monday connected on a broken-bat grand slam for his first homer with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sandy Alderson told Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger the Mets got roughly the same return in a trade as they would have if they had dealt Davis during the offseason.

“We got close to spring training and decided to back off because it was a close call between Ike and Lucas [Duda],” Alderson told Vorkunov. “They both got hurt in spring training, so there wasn’t really an opportunity for one to separate from the other. We got into the first part of the season and got another look. It sort of reconfirmed what we had originally thought several months ago -- probably [we] would try to move Ike and keep Duda. There wasn’t any reason to continue the competition or the tension.”

• Alderson told reporters during an appearance at VA New York Harbor Healthcare Hospital on Monday that free-agent reliever Joel Hanrahan has “definitely made progress” as he nears completion of his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Still, the Post’s Mike Puma tweets that the Mets have not internally discussed whether to make an offer -- although they are “interested.” A team official tells Puma that Hanrahan likely would not be ready to pitch in the big leagues until mid-June.

The Mets, along with other teams, watched Hanrahan work out last week.

“The bullpen has been an issue for us a while,” Alderson told reporters. “He’s out there and is available, so why shouldn’t we see how he’s progressing?”

Read more in the Post and Newsday.

• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News advocates inserting prospects Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, starters in Triple-A, into the big-league bullpen. Writes Harper:

These Cardinals, who have become the model organization in baseball, are proof that you can break in talented young starters as relievers and have great success that way.

It’s fair to say that Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals’ ace, has done all right since breaking in as a reliever in 2006, when, of course, his famous strike-three curveball to Carlos Beltran put his team into the World Series.

The Cardinals are doing the same now with the likes of Trevor Rosenthal and Carlos Martinez, both highly touted starters in the minors for whom there is no room at the moment in the star-studded rotation.

Zach Lutz departed after the first inning with cramping and Eric Campbell blasted a go-ahead two-run homer as Las Vegas beat El Paso, 5-4. Portland turned a first-inning triple play in a 7-4 win against Binghamton. St. Lucie benefited from consecutive bases-loaded walks to Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera and beat Palm Beach, 5-4. Savannah’s Northeast tour began with a 10-5 rout against Delmarva as Jeff McNeil, Jared King and Stefan Sabol homered. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• The Mets’ payroll is down to about $86 million with the trade of Davis.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal discusses a pair of replay-review kinks that affected the Mets.

• Critic Bob Raissman in the Daily News suggests SNY’s analysts are becoming more critical of Collins.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets writes about the enigma that is Eric Young Jr.

BIRTHDAYS: No one to play in a game for the Mets was born on this date, but Jack Nicholson, Kaka and Terry Francona celebrate birthdays.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets win this series from the Cardinals?

Series preview: Mets vs. Cards

April, 21, 2014
Apr 21

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressTyler Lyons will be promoted from Triple-A Memphis to face the Mets on Monday at Citi Field.
METS (9-9, third place/NL East) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (11-8, second place/NL Central)

Monday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (2-0, 2.81) vs. LHP Tyler Lyons (2-0, 3.32 at Triple-A), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Dillon Gee (1-0, 3.71) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (3-1, 1.80), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (0-2, 2.84) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (2-1, 1.73), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Bartolo Colon (1-3, 5.40) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (4-0, 3.42), 1:10 p.m. ET

Cardinals short hops

• Left-hander Tyler Lyons will be promoted from Triple-A Memphis to start Monday’s game against the Mets. Lyons, 26, replaces Joe Kelly, who landed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring, which he injured running to first base after hitting a groundball.

Kelly’s absence likely will be short term. Otherwise, the Cards would have considered using 22-year-old flamethrower Carlos Martinez, who currently is excelling in late-inning relief -- including contributing multi-inning performances.

Lyons went 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 12 appearances (eight starts) for St. Louis last season as a rookie. Right-hander Jorge Rondon will be demoted to clear the roster spot for Lyons.

David Goldman/Associated PressJhonny Peralta is off to a slow start at the plate after signing a $53 million deal with St. Louis.

• St. Louis struck quickly in free agency, signing shortstop Jhonny Peralta for four years, $53 million on Nov. 24 despite Peralta returning from a Biogenesis-related suspension. After going 0-for-4 Sunday to extend his hitless streak to 12 at-bats, Peralta’s average has sagged to .172. He has displayed some power, having produced four homers.

• The Cards have an entirely new look to their infield. Last year, it primarily was Allen Craig at first base, Matt Carpenter at second, Pete Kozma at shortstop and David Freese at third. Now, Matt Adams handles first base (with Craig in right field), Kolten Wong and Mark Ellis share second, Peralta is at shortstop and Carpenter is locked into third.

Carpenter, a 2013 All-Star, shifted with the trade of Freese to the Los Angeles Angels. Freese was sent to Anaheim with Fernando Salas for Peter Bourjos and Randal Grichuk.

Adams lifted his average to .357 Sunday with a 2-for-4 game against the Washington Nationals.

The lefty-hitting Wong and righty-hitting Ellis are not in a strict platoon. For instance, Ellis started against the right-handed Stephen Strasburg on Sunday. Ellis had opened the season on the DL with left knee tendinitis. Ellis, who made his Cards debut last Tuesday, was signed to a one-year, $5.25 million deal in December after playing the previous two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lance Lynn has the best March/April record in MLB history among pitchers with at least 10 starts. He is 11-0 in 12 starts, topping Babe Ruth’s previous-best .929 winning percentage (13-1 in 16 starts). The last unbeaten March/April pitcher was Ray Fisher, who was 9-0 from 1910 through 1920.

• Catcher Yadier Molina has an 11-game hitting streak. He has won six straight Gold Gloves behind the plate.

• The lefty-hitting Jon Jay and righty-hitting Bourjos share time in center field.

Adam Wainwright, who logged 241 2/3 innings in 2013, retired 18 in a row at one point while tossing a two-hit shutout against the Nats in his last outing. It was Wainwright’s 17th career complete game, which is seventh-most in the majors since 2007.

• Although his arsenal appeared just fine in 2013, right-hander Michael Wacha is trying to incorporate a cutter this season and become a three-pitch pitcher. He also is more frequently flipping a curveball.

• Ex-Yankee Randy Choate has been solid in lefty relief while producing a 1.59 ERA. He has not surrendered a homer since Aug. 1, 2012.

• The Cardinals planned to take a three-car Amtrak train from Washington to New York on Sunday night.

Morning Briefing: MRI Day for Niese

March, 17, 2014
Mar 17

USA TODAY SportsIf Jon Niese misses any significant time, two of three from Jenrry Mejia, Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan should be in the Opening Day rotation.

FIRST PITCH: Jonathon Niese is scheduled to have an MRI and be examined by team doctor David Altchek on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Niese departed Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals after two innings and 35 pitches with elbow discomfort. The southpaw did not believe the injury was severe, but clearly he now is unlikely to make the Opening Day start on March 31 against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

Terry Collins previously had indicated Bartolo Colon is the probable Opening Day starter if Niese is not available, with Dillon Gee the other consideration.

If Niese’s elbow issue is not severe, the Mets still can place him on the disabled list to open the season and backdate it nine days into spring training.

That means Niese would be eligible to return April 6 against the Cincinnati Reds, which happens to be the first day the Mets would need a fifth starter. That also would allow the Mets to carry an extra bench player (Andrew Brown or Wilmer Flores, perhaps?) or an extra bullpen arm for the first five games of the season.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was the probable fifth starter before Niese’s injury anyway.

If Niese is lost beyond April 6 and the Mets need another starter, the team would need to debate John Lannan and Jenrry Mejia’s candidacies as the fill-in. Lannan otherwise should make the team in relief.

Mets officials previously have told that they do not want to continue to shift Mejia between starting and relieving. If Mejia is not in the rotation to start the year, team brass will have a serious discussion late in spring training about Mejia’s future role -- and then stick with it.

Rafael Montero is not an Opening Day rotation consideration, but will get consideration for a relief role, according to Collins. Still, unless Lannan ends up in the rotation, it is difficult to see where Montero might fit in the pen to start the season. The projected bullpen pre-Niese injury has included Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Jose Valverde, Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice and Lannan.

Meanwhile, the Mets who traveled to Las Vegas were due to land in the early morning hours on Monday. Most of those players likely will be excused from an afternoon game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. Lannan opposes Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez at 1:05 p.m. (WOR 710 AM).

Monday’s news reports:

• Cory Vaughn homered against Adam Wainwright and finished with four RBIs as the Mets beat the Cards, 10-4, despite losing Niese to injury after 35 pitches. Ruben Tejada committed his fourth Grapefruit League error and was hitless in four at-bats, dropping his average to .091 (2-for-22). Read more on Tejada and the game against the Cards in the Post and

• Mejia and Montero allowed a combined five runs (four earned) in five innings as the Mets lost to the Chicago Cubs, 6-3, in Vegas. Juan Lagares made a dazzling catch and also threw out a runner at the plate. Flores started his second spring-training game at shortstop, with Collins pledging more action there. Brown belted a two-run homer and Zach Lutz contributed his third spring-training homer. Read more on Mejia and the Vegas game in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and

• Read more on Niese’s injury in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Journal, Newsday and

Getty ImagesThe D-backs have a pair of shortstops: Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius.

Ike Davis (calf) went 2-for-6 as a DH but did not run the bases after making contact during a minor-league game Sunday. He did run postgame. Lucas Duda (hamstring) had Sunday off. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News suggests it might make sense to trade some of the Mets’ young pitching for offense while they’re still prospects and before they get hurt. Of course, Niese’s injury potentially means the Mets have less room to deal because they need the pitching depth. Still, Harper notes, the Arizona Diamondbacks have two shortstops, Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings, and now may need a starting pitcher with Patrick Corbin apparently headed for Tommy John surgery.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record speaks with Matt den Dekker about his solid camp. He is hitting .379 (11-for-29) in Grapefruit League play.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal notes Las Vegas is a tough place for prospects to pitch. As for whether the 51s will remain the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate beyond this season, when the current player-development agreement will have expired, Las Vegas president Don Logan told Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger: "I think the geography is going to come into play. If there is a team on the East Coast available it just makes more sense maybe for them. But if you’re going to be in the West, this is the best place to be, because we have tons of air access to everywhere in the country."

• How did the Mets celebrate Curtis Granderson’s 33rd birthday on Friday night in Vegas? Anthony DiComo at writes:

After a dinner at Andiamo Steakhouse, the Mets gathered around a Sigma Derby machine on the casino floor, where players could wager quarters on fake horses.

"Guys were upset they lost six dollars," Granderson recalled, laughing.

It was a way for the Mets to blow off some steam, enjoying their two-day trip to Vegas for a pair of exhibition games against the Cubs. While some members of the traveling party stuck to relaxing -- David Wright spent much of his free time watching college basketball on television -- many others dabbled in what Vegas had to offer.

BIRTHDAYS: Lagares turns 25. ... Former Mets catcher Vance Wilson is 41.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which two pitchers should fill the Jon Niese and fifth starter’s roles assuming Niese misses a portion of the beginning of the season?

Mets 10, Cards 4: Vaughn drives in 4

March, 16, 2014
Mar 16
JUPITER, Fla. -- Cory Vaughn produced a two-run homer against Adam Wainwright and finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs as a Mets split squad beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 10-4, Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Vaughn, the son of former major leaguer Greg Vaughn, began spring training in big-league camp and was borrowed for this game from the minor-league side.

"I was talking to Murph before the game," Vaughn said, referring to Daniel Murphy. "He was just basically saying he throws a cutter, he throws a sinker, and he tries to get you off-balance. So basically just look right down the middle of the dish and be able to react to out or in. So that's what I did. And he threw me a sinker."

Jonathon Niese left the game after two innings with elbow discomfort and will be dispatched to New York for an MRI.

"Originally I was just told by the trainer that he was feeling a little bit of discomfort on some pitches," acting manager Bob Geren said. "And so he was just about to go out [for the third inning]. I kind of pulled him back in and asked him about it and just made more of a precautionary decision at that point, talking to the trainer, that it would be a wise decision to take him out and go from there."

Geren added that there had been no red flags.

"His velocity was actually pretty good. It was actually better than last time out," Geren said. "His curveball was kind of a mixed bag. He threw a couple that hung. He threw a couple that were really good."

Buddy Carlyle, also an addition from minor-league camp, replaced Niese and logged 2 1/3 innings. The lone run charged to Carlyle came when he departed with Randal Grichuk on third base and Kyle Farnsworth entered and surrendered a run-scoring single to Jhonny Peralta.

Carlyle, 36, pitched last season in Triple-A for the Toronto Blue Jays. He last appeared in the majors in 2011 with the Yankees.

Farnsworth, who is not projected to make the Opening Day bullpen, allowed two hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. He has a March 23 contract out, so a resolution of his fate is expected in a week.

Meanwhile, Vic Black’s rocky spring training continued. He allowed three hits and a walk while surrendering one run in the eighth as St. Louis pulled within 6-4. Black has a 6.00 Grapefruit League ERA.

"Today wasn't that bad really," Geren said. "He got victimized a little bit today. I thought he threw a few close pitches that didn't go his way. I think it's something in his set-up, [coach] Ricky [Bones] was saying. He's making a few adjustments in his alignment, a couple of different things with his feet. The velocity is there. He looked a little frustrated his last couple of outings. But he finished the year so strong for us. He's got good stuff."

E-6: Ruben Tejada committed his fourth error, which ranks second in the Grapefruit League. Houston Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar leads with five errors.

Tejada lost the handle after fielding Matt Holliday’s routine third-inning grounder. Tejada did slickly initiate a double play later that frame.

"Honestly, he made two really good plays today, if you want to focus on the positive," Geren said. "The one ball scooted on him low -- Holliday's ball. It stayed down on him. What I did like is he stayed calm. He didn't panic. He went down and it just slipped out of his fingers. I was like, 'Aw, man, the guy can't catch a break.' And then he made a really nice play on the double play, and he dove to his right."

What’s next: After an early morning arrival by the contingent that played this weekend in Las Vegas, the Mets face the Miami Marlins on Monday at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter (WOR 710 AM). John Lannan opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez.

Lannan had been expected to open the season in the bullpen, but now should be a rotation consideration, along with Jenrry Mejia, if Niese opens the season on the disabled list.

Mets 9, Cards 8: Lutz homers in 9th

March, 11, 2014
Mar 11
JUPITER, Fla. -- Zach Lutz produced a tiebreaking solo homer with one out in the top of the ninth to lift the Mets to a 9-8 win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.

Lutz’s homer against Trevor Rosenthal capped a three-homer, 14-hit game for the Mets.

Miguel Socolovich allowed two baserunners to reach in the bottom of the ninth, but survived that jam -- and a replay review of an out call at third base, which the Cards failed to get overturned -- to hold on for the save.

Josh Satin took Adam Wainwright deep in the second inning, while Kirk Nieuwenhuis delivered a three-run homer against left-hander Tim Cooney in the fifth.

In the eighth, Omar Quintanilla delivered a game-tying RBI double and Matt den Dekker drove him in with a single as the Mets took an 8-7 lead. But Gonzalez Germen surrendered a game-tying RBI double to Stephen Piscotty in the bottom half.

Quintanilla’s two-bagger plated Wilmer Flores, who reached base three times and scored twice while starting at shortstop for the first time since 2011, when he played for Class A St. Lucie.

The Mets had trailed 7-6 after Jose Valverde surrendered a two-run double to Daniel Descalso in the fifth.

After Jonathon Niese allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in two innings, Rafael Montero tossed a pair of innings as well, surrendering one run. Of the 14 batters to face Niese, eight reached.

Flores played a full game at shortstop. He could not cleanly handle a routine grounder from Jhonny Peralta in the first inning, helping cost the Mets a chance to turn a double play. Descalso reached on an infield single in the second inning to Flores, after which one scout said about Flores at shortstop: “The game is too fast for him.”

Flores did single, double and walk in four plate appearances.

What’s next: John Lannan, who appears most likely to make the team as a second left-hander in the bullpen, starts Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game against St. Louis at 1:10 p.m. at Tradition Field (SNY). Lannan opposes right-hander Carlos Martinez.

Harvey not among NL Cy Young top trio

November, 5, 2013
Matt Harvey did not finish in the top three in National League Cy Young voting.

The three top vote-getters were heavy favorite Clayton Kershaw as well as Jose Fernandez and Adam Wainwright.

Harvey's season ended after an Aug. 24 appearance because of a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that ultimately required Tommy John surgery. He started the All-Star Game for the NL.

The Cy Young awards will be announced Nov. 13.

Morning Briefing: Wheels up!

June, 14, 2013

Al Pereira/WireImageIt not only feels like the first time. It is the first time Foreigner will play Citi Field.
FIRST PITCH: Foreigner plays Citi Field tonight.

The warm-up act: Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96 ERA) versus Chicago Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76) in the series opener at 7:10 p.m.

Read the series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

Matt Harvey limited St. Louis to one run in seven innings, but nonetheless suffered his first 2013 loss as the Cardinals won the rubber game, 2-1, Thursday afternoon. Marlon Byrd homered in the ninth, but the tying run was stranded at third base when Edward Mujica struck out pinch-hitter Josh Satin to end the game. Afterward, the highly competitive Harvey indicated he should have pitched better and matched Adam Wainwright zero-for-zero.

Writes columnist Joel Sherman in the Post:

It is not his fault. Harvey is doing all he can to raise the competitiveness and win total of the Mets. But unless he morphs into the baseball version of Bugs Bunny -- first base, Matt Harvey; second base, Matt Harvey -- the organization’s biggest issue will not be if Harvey can lift those around him, but whether they will take him down, as well.

Manager Terry Collins, in fact, was compelled to have a private chat with Harvey yesterday, to counsel his young ace to stave off frustration after more genius was soiled not by the opponent, but his own teammates. We could say Harvey is enduring friendly fire, but that would mean saying these Mets have fire.

Writes columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record:

That was the most depressing takeaway from the 2-1 loss to the Cardinals, that not even Harvey, the boy king, can slow the Mets’ march to 100 losses. Like everything else in Flushing lately, Harvey has been devalued. His most precious gift, a fastball that averaged 97.64 mph Thursday, took a back seat to the inevitability of the Fatal Flaw -- a lack of timely hitting, defensive mistakes, a game-ending strikeout with the tying run on third base -- that’s rendered the Mets toxic.

The dejection was written all over Harvey’s face in the postgame clubhouse. The right-hander managed to repeat all the right clichés, but his words lacked conviction after his first loss of the season. When Harvey said, “I needed to put up seven zeros” against Wainwright, it was nothing short of an indictment of an offense that ranks 12th in the National League in runs and 14th in OPS.

Read game recaps in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Journal and

Larry Goren/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesZack Wheeler will deliver his next pitch in the majors.

• Zack Wheeler made his final start for Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing a solo homer but no other hits in 5 2/3 innings against Tacoma. Wheeler next is due to face the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at Turner Field. The Mets will use a six-man rotation for at least one turn after Wheeler debuts, in large part because Dillon Gee (elbow) and Jonathon Niese (shoulder) have dealt with shoulder tendinitis.

“Everything feels good right now,” Wheeler said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I feel like I’m ready.”

Said pitching coach Randy St. Claire, alluding to an early season blister problem: “Once that finger started feeling better, he started throwing the ball a lot better. Especially when he executes pitches down in the zone, it’s electric stuff. Guys don’t have good swings on it when it’s down in the zone.”

Read more in the Post.

• Harvey told Kristie Ackert in the Daily News he does not like the six-man rotation plan, although Harvey is likely to be least affected by it, since he would be the priority and would probably pitch on regular rest next Sunday at Philadelphia after Tuesday’s outing against the Braves.

“I am not fond of it, but I don’t make these decisions,” Harvey told Ackert. “It’s always been five days, at least as long as I can remember. I don’t necessarily like the extra rest. I take pride pitching every five days, getting as many starts as I can,” Harvey said. “Obviously I don’t have a say in that. I guess I will have to make adjustments.”

• The Mets considered partnering with a cougar dating web site to help promote David Wright’s All-Star candidacy before abandoning the idea. Wright, meanwhile, revealed that he has asked the team to tone down its in-game promotion of his All-Star candidacy because it’s not appropriate to single him out with the team doing poorly. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and Newsday.

Ike Davis went 0-for-3 for Las Vegas on Thursday. Read more in Newsday.

• Responding to a Newsday article that suggested Mets brass was upset with Wally Backman’s pronouncement he could fix Davis, Backman told the Daily News on Thursday: "I'm sorry if I ruffled any feathers. If you've got an issue with me, call me."

• Terry Collins indicated Scott Atchison should be ready to be activated from the DL after working consecutive days with Double-A Binghamton -- although the B-Mets were rained out at Trenton last night, preventing the second straight night of relief work.

Rick Ankiel, designated for assignment during the weekend, has elected free agency, officially ended his Mets career.

• The St. Louis telecast of Thursday’s Mets-Cards game caught a fan tumbling at Citi Field. Read more in the Daily News.

• Collins as well as Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson will serve on Bruce Bochy’s NL staff at the July 16 All-Star Game. Jim Leyland’s AL staff also will have a Mets accent, with ex-Amazin’s Robin Ventura (Chicago White S0x) and John Gibbons (Toronto Blue Jays). Read more in Newsday, the Post and Daily News.

• Left-handed strikeout machine Jack Leathersich has been promoted from Binghamton to Vegas. He made his debut in relief of Wheeler, striking out his first Pacific Coast League batter. Gonzalez Germen surrendered four eighth-inning homers as Tacoma routed the 51s after Wheeler’s departure. In the Florida State League, T.J. Rivera had a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth as St. Lucie beat Clearwater, 5-4. Jayce Boyd went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer and walk as Savannah moved closer to clinching the first-half title with a 9-4 win against Greenville. Boyd as well as Kevin Plawecki should get promoted to St. Lucie within days. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud is due to get his fractured left foot reexamined Monday.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear rues the day the Mets couldn't get Harvey off the hook. … John Delcos at Mets Report advocates extending Collins. … Rising Apple wonders when Wilmer Flores will get a big-league shot. … Mark Berman at Blogging Mets looks back at one of the stranger moments in Mets history.

BIRTHDAYS: No one to play for the Mets was born on this date, but Donald Trump and Boy George celebrate birthdays today. Not together.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: What is your favorite Foreigner Song?

Rapid Reaction: Cardinals 2, Mets 1

June, 13, 2013

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey no longer is unbeaten. Blame the bats, per usual.

After enduring a nine-game stretch during which he had eight no-decisions, Harvey on Thursday afternoon was tagged with his first loss since Sept. 12. He limited a vaunted St. Louis Cardinals lineup to one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings, but the Mets lost 2-1 in the rubber game.

Marlon Byrd accounted for the Mets' lone run with a one-out solo homer in the ninth against Edward Mujica. John Buck followed with a double and was replaced by pinch runner Collin Cowgill. But Cowgill was stranded at third base when Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded out on a solid backhand play at second base and pinch hitter Josh Satin struck out.

David Wright had a three-hit game, including two of the Mets’ four hits against Adam Wainwright, who tossed seven scoreless innings.

Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsMatt Harvey surrendered his first 2013 loss despite allowing only one run in seven innings.
Harvey’s first 2013 loss came in his 14th start -- a franchise record to begin a season.

In his last loss, which came in his second-to-last start of 2012, Harvey also was a victim of offensive neglect. He had limited the Washington Nationals to one run and five hits while striking out 10 in five innings of a 2-0 loss.

On Thursday, Matt Carpenter’s two-out triple in the third -- beyond the reach of a diving Marlon Byrd in right-center -- plated Pete Kozma with the game’s opening run.

Trailing 1-0, the Mets threatened in the fourth. Wright singled with two outs and advanced to second base when Wainwright walked Daniel Murphy. Lucas Duda sent a shot to right-center, but center fielder Jon Jay settled under it at the base of the wall for the inning’s final out.

The Mets again placed two runners on base in the seventh while trailing by a run, but Justin Turner -- pinch hitting for Harvey -- grounded out on Wainwright’s 95th and final pitch.

Harvey had been struck, seemingly on the left foot, by a line drive off the bat of Yadier Molina in the second inning. Terry Collins and assistant trainer Brian Chicklo briefly visited the mound, but Harvey’s performance clearly was not affected.

Kitty company: LaTroy Hawkins made his 898th career appearance, tying Jim Kaat for 25th all time. Hawkins surrendered a pair of eighth-inning singles -- the latter to Allen Craig, which plated a run charged to Scott Rice as St. Louis took a 2-0 lead.

What’s next: After the upcoming deluge, the Mets will welcome the Chicago Cubs to Citi Field for the weekend.

Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96 ERA), who remains winless in his Mets career, opposes right-hander Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. opener. Marcum is coming off a 105-pitch relief appearance in which he tossed eight innings and suffered a hard-luck loss. Only Bob Miller, who was 0-12 to begin the 1962 season, opened his Mets career with more consecutive losing decisions.

Harvey’s next start comes Tuesday, likely in the day game of a split doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Zack Wheeler, who pitches tonight for Triple-A Las Vegas, gets the other game of that doubleheader in his major league debut.



Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187