New York Mets: Bradley Wilpon

Morning Briefing: End of the road

June, 8, 2014

FIRST PITCH: Former San Francisco Giants farmhand Zack Wheeler is charged on Sunday with trying to halt the Mets’ losing streak at five games and help the Amazin’s avoid getting swept.

Wheeler (2-5, 3.89 ERA) has contributed two straight solid efforts on the road trip. He has combined to limit the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs to one run on six hits and two walks while striking out 16 in 13 innings.

Wheeler opposes right-hander Tim Lincecum (4-4, 5.01) at 4:05 p.m. ET.

The Mets have not been swept by the Giants since 2002, when San Francisco ran the table in three-game series at Shea Stadium and what was then known as Pac Bell Park.

Gregory Bull/Associated PressTravis d'Arnaud was demoted to the minors late Saturday.

The Mets (28-34) complete a stretch of 20 games in 20 days with the series finale at AT&T Park. They also wrap up a three-city trip in which they went 4-1 in Philly, then got swept at Wrigley Field.

Sunday’s news reports:

Travis d’Arnaud, expected to be a cornerstone of the Mets’ rebuilding, again is a minor leaguer. Three-for-26 since returning from the disabled list for a concussion and hitting .180 for the season, d’Arnaud was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas after Saturday’s game. Ex-Oriole/Ranger Taylor Teagarden will join the Mets on Sunday. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and at

• Terry Collins and David Wright spoke to the players during a pregame team meeting Saturday about staying positive, but the Mets went on to lose to the Giants, 5-4, in walk-off fashion. Jenrry Mejia suffered his first blown save. Wright committed a critical sixth-inning throwing error that led to two unearned runs.

The Mets have now lost 20 games this season in which they held a lead -- the most in the majors.

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

• Wright will be out of the starting lineup Sunday for the first time this season. With the Mets on a five-game losing streak, he asked Collins to play, but was rebuffed by the manager. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Courtesy of the University of MemphisThe Mets selected University of Memphis right-hander Bryce Beeler in the 19th round of the draft.

• Paul DePodesta and amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous completed the draft with rounds 11 through 40 on Saturday. The Mets selected two right-handed pitchers with New York ties: Stonehill (Mass.) College’s Jim Duff is from Garden City, Long Island. Tyler Badamo is a product of Oakdale’s Dowling College and from Mount Sinai.

Connecticut prep right-hander Bradley Wilpon, the son of Jeff Wilpon and grandson of Fred Wilpon, was selected in the 36th round by the Boston Red Sox. He will not sign and instead is headed to the Wharton School of Business and to play for the Penn baseball team.

Read features on Badamo at and Baseball on the Island. Read more the Mets’ draft in the Record.

• Tim Rohan in the Times reviews the Mets’ ill-fated trade of Angel Pagan to the Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post discusses the state of the Mets.

Matt den Dekker is hitting .192 this season, and Collins suggested Ruben Tejada may get time in the leadoff spot.

Juan Lagares, on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side, is not free of discomfort and therefore is not yet permitted to do work that requires rotating his torso.

• X-rays of 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo’s right wrist revealed no fracture. Nimmo, who nonetheless was out of the lineup Saturday with St. Lucie, was hit by a pitch the previous day.

• John Gant, Tim Peterson and Robert Coles combined on the shutout as Savannah blanked Charleston, 4-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post identifies five quality batters who should be available at the trading deadline: Chase Utley, Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez, Alexei Ramirez and Ben Zobrist.

• Lenny Dykstra speaks with Mark Bowman at about his son Luke being drafted in the seventh round by the Atlanta Braves.

• Read more on 50 Cent’s woeful ceremonial first pitch in the Post.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record reviews Jacob deGrom’s brief and so far successful major league career.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear imagines Branden and Alexa going rogue.

BIRTHDAYS: Toronto Blue Jays manager and ex-Met John Gibbons turns 52. ... Dave Mlicki is 46.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Did the Mets make the right call demoting Travis d’Arnaud?

Young Wilpon selected by Red Sox

June, 7, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Boston Red Sox selected Connecticut high school right-hander Bradley Wilpon in the 36th round of the draft on Saturday.


Yes, the son of Jeff Wilpon and grandson of Fred Wilpon.

Bradley Wilpon has committed to play baseball at Penn and still plans to be a Quaker in 2014-15. He will attend the Wharton School of Business.

Morning Briefing: Mejia re-emerges as arm

July, 27, 2013

Harry E. Walker/MCTJustin Turner ultimately left Game 2. He collided with Andrew Brown in the first inning.

FIRST PITCH: Better late than never for Jenrry Mejia, the one-time hyped prospect who has been derailed by injuries, including Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2011.

After Mejia's stellar season debut Friday, LaTroy Hawkins said: “That’s the first time I saw him pitch. Man, I heard that his ball moves like a DUI drunk. But I got a chance to see it today and I was really impressed.”

Opined Matt Harvey: “I don’t think he had a walk. That was huge for him to go seven innings and do what he did. It was fun to watch. He’s got nasty stuff, that’s for sure.”

Meanwhile, after splitting Friday’s pair of games with a disappointing ending to the nightcap, the Mets send Dillon Gee (7-7, 4.07 ERA) to the mound Saturday at 3:05 p.m., in a game televised by Fox. Gee opposes right-hander Dan Haren (4-11, 5.79).

Saturday’s news reports:

• Mejia dominated the troubled Nationals for seven scoreless innings and Daniel Murphy slugged two homers and produced five RBIs as the Mets shut out Washington, 11-0, in the matinee of a day-night doubleheader.

Harry E. Walker/MCTMatt Harvey received a no-decision despite allowing no earned runs.

The Mets, though, could not win for Harvey in the nightcap. Hawkins surrendered a walk-off homer to Ryan Zimmerman in the ninth and Washington salvaged a split with a 2-1 win. Harvey limited the Nats to one unearned run in eight innings. He failed to win a game for the seventh time this season in which he allowed one run or fewer. Only Roger Craig (eight, in 1963) has more such instances in a season in franchise history. Murphy, a Game 1 hero, said his error that led to the unearned run “cost us the ballgame.”

The Mets could have moved even with Washington for third place and to within a half-game of second-place Philadelphia with a Friday sweep.

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

• Mejia will stay at the major league level as the Mets plan to employ a six-man rotation. That will allow team officials to somewhat curtail the innings of Harvey and Zack Wheeler, who face caps. Harvey is up to 145 innings this season, leaving him roughly 75 remaining. Wheeler is at 107 1/3 innings between the majors and minors, leaving him about 72 innings. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was demoted to Vegas after Friday’s nightcap, leaving the Mets with a four-man bench. That signals Eric Young Jr. is healthy enough to be back in the lineup after sitting out Friday’s games with a sore right knee. Nieuwenhuis had been hitless in his final 15 at-bats, and Terry Collins had anointed Juan Lagares the regular center fielder earlier in the day. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and Newsday.

• Can the Mets can make a run at a playoff berth? Friday’s split did not help. The Mets actually lost ground. They are 10 behind the Atlanta Braves in the division and 11 games back of the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild-card spot. Sixty-two games remain.

“We’ll have to play a lot better -- a lot more consistent,” Hawkins told Mike Puma in the Post. “But I was with the Rockies when we had that unbelievable run, we had the unbelievable September, so you never know. We’ve got to go play the Marlins, and they’re very tough against us. I’ve been on a lot of teams and there’s always one team that’s your nemesis. There is always that one team.”

• The Nationals demoted former closer Drew Storen to Syracuse late Friday, leaving teammate Tyler Clippard to express his displeasure. Storen once had 43 saves in a season, but had the rocky Game 5 of the NLDS last October. The Nats then went out and signed Rafael Soriano during the offseason.

“You basically send a guy a message this offseason for having one bad game -- that he’s not the guy for the job,” Clippard told Nats beat writers, according to The Washington Post. “He’s only human. It’s going to get to anybody. … Eight months later, you get to a point where he’s struggling, and you turn the page on him and you send him down. It’s not necessarily turning the page on him, because I think he needs to regroup and get out of this environment and take a deep breath and regather himself. I just think it’s been handled very poorly.”

Justin Turner was forced to leave Game 2 after his shoulder and leg tightened. Turner had collided with Andrew Brown on a first-inning catch in shallow left field. Read more in the Post.

• Read more on Lagares in the Star-Ledger.

• Read more on Murphy in the Record.

Jordany Valdespin went 4-for-4 and drove in all three runs, but Sacramento beat Las Vegas, 9-3. Jeff Walters set a Binghamton single-season saves record as the B-Mets split a doubleheader with Trenton. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Travis d’Arnaud (foot) and Lucas Duda (side) played full games Friday for the first time in the Gulf Coast League, in their third games with the club. Duda only served as the DH.

• Jeff Wilpon’s son Bradley, a right-handed pitcher, has committed to play baseball at the University of Pennsylvania, according to a source.

From the bloggers … Rising Apple looks at Mejia’s journey since 2010.

BIRTHDAYS: Nobody to appear in a game for the Mets celebrates a birthday today, but almost 24-plus-one-Met Alex Rodriguez turns 38. And Mets first-base coach Tom Goodwin turns 45.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you approve of the six-man rotation concept? Or do you want to maximize Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler’s starts?



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