New York Mets: Brian McCann

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 1, Mets 0

May, 15, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom had a stellar big league debut, yet with the Mets’ bats familiarly silent, the 25-year-old right-hander came away with a loss.

Alfonso Soriano’s two-out, run-scoring double to left-center against deGrom in the seventh broke a scoreless tie, and the Yankees beat the Mets 1-0 Thursday before an announced crowd of 40,133 to earn a split of the four-game Subway Series.

After producing a combined 21 runs in a pair of wins in the Bronx, the Mets (19-21) returned to Citi Field and were shut out for two straight days. Combined with consecutive shutouts May 6-7 in Miami, the Mets have been blanked four times in their past nine games.

The Mets mustered only three hits in a combined shutout effort by debuting Chase Whitley, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and David Robertson. DeGrom, a former college shortstop and .176 career minor league hitter, had one of those hits. Betances and Warren combined to strike out seven straight Mets during the sixth through eighth innings. The seven straight K's by the Mets matched a franchise record, last done Aug. 11, 2010, against the Colorado Rockies, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Robertson retired David Wright on a groundout to shortstop to strand runners on the corners and end the eighth en route to a four-out save.


Kathy Willens/Associated PressFirst-base coach Tom Goodwin congratulates Jacob deGrom after the rookie produced a hit in his first big league at-bat -- and the first hit by a Mets pitcher this season.


DeGrom’s line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. He threw 91 pitches (57 strikes).

DeGrom became the first debuting starting pitcher in franchise history to be charged with a loss in a game in which he logged at least seven innings and limited the opponent to one run.

The last debuting MLB starting pitcher to get charged with a loss in a game in which he tossed at least seven innings and limited the opponent to one run was Jimmy Haynes with the Baltimore Orioles against Boston on Sept. 13, 1995.

Pitching in a scoreless game in the seventh, deGrom had a streak of 11 straight batters retired snapped when he walked Mark Teixeira with one out. Next, with the Mets again playing an overshift against Brian McCann, the Mets attempted an inning-ending 4-5-3 double play. But Wright, attempting the turn at second base, made a low and offline throw to first base, and Lucas Duda was unable to scoop it.

With McCann safe and the inning prolonged, Soriano followed with the decisive triple.

Duda and Wright had turned a nifty 3-5-3 double play on McCann to end Monday’s game in the Bronx.

It’s a hit: In his first big league plate appearance, the former college shortstop deGrom snapped an 0-for-64 drought by Mets pitchers. That was the longest futility streak to begin a season by a pitching staff in MLB history and had tied the 1946 Cleveland Indians for the second-longest drought ever, regardless of point in the season. The 1914 Indians, who went 0-for-92, remain the record holders.

DeGrom also delivered a sacrifice bunt in his second and final plate appearance. That placed runners at second and third with two outs in the fifth against Whitley, who was making his big league debut for the Yankees. Manager Joe Girardi inserted reliever Betances to face Eric Young Jr, who grounded out to third base to strand the two baserunners as the game continued in a scoreless tie.

Farewell, Jeets: The Mets played a video tribute to retiring Derek Jeter before his 88th and final regular-season Subway Series game.

Jeter then went 0-for-4. That included sending a shot back at deGrom in the third inning with two runners aboard and one out. DeGrom snared the liner and doubled Brett Gardner off first base to escape the jam.

Jeter’s final career regular-season statistics against the Mets: .364 (131-for-360) with 13 homers and 44 RBIs. Jeter has a higher career average against only the Pittsburgh Pirates (.417 in 36 at-bats) and Colorado Rockies (.368 in 34 at-bats).

Among players with 100 career at-bats against the Mets, only Rico Carty (.380) and Don Slaught (.376) had higher averages.

Welcome back: Newly promoted Josh Edgin tossed only one pitch in his season debut. After inheriting runners on the corners and two outs in the eighth, he coaxed a flyout to left field from Jacoby Ellsbury.

What’s next: The Mets head to Washington D.C. for a weekend series against the Washington Nationals. Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.17 ERA) opposes right-hander Tanner Roark (2-1, 3.65) in Friday’s 7:05 p.m. series opener. Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche are all on the DL for the Nats.

Duda's Amazin' grab caps wild Subway ride

May, 13, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Lucas Duda saved the day in the Subway Series opener.

With Brian McCann's sharp grounder seemingly poised to scoot into right field for an RBI single that would have moved the tying run to third base in the bottom of the ninth, Duda dived to his right and snagged the ball.

He then initiated an interesting double play for the final two outs of a 9-7 win against the Yankees in the Bronx.

“He hit the ball pretty hard, and I just got lucky,” insisted Duda, who also had a game-tying, broken-bat single in the eighth. “I stuck my glove out and that was it. It was pretty tough. He hit the ball pretty well. Like I said, I just got lucky and stuck my glove out and snagged it.”

Because the Mets were playing an overshift on McCann, David Wright ended up being the middleman on the 3-6-3 double play. Wright has not been a regular shortstop since high school but looked like a natural at the position on the turn.

“I enjoy it. I take some ground balls over there occasionally because I know we shift [on] so many guys,” Wright said. “I’m kind of glad I did, because I feel a little more comfortable over there when it’s the bottom of the ninth and first and third with one out. I’m glad I take some extra work over there.”

Kyle Farnsworth got into trouble in the ninth, allowing two baserunners before being bailed out by the double play.

Terry Collins said he did not consider using Jenrry Mejia for the ninth.

Mejia, in his return to the bullpen, had recorded the final out of the seventh and also tossed a scoreless eighth.

“I knew that question was coming, as it always does,” Collins said. “... His first night after three days' rest and throwing 100 pitches, I thought an inning-and-a-third, he got us to the ninth, is all he was going to do.

“I’ll tell you, he handled the conversation we had today extremely well,” the manager continued about Mejia's reassignment to relief. “He said, ‘I’ll do the best I can. I want to start. But I want to pitch in the big leagues. This is my role.’ He did an outstanding job. ... You know, we’ve got to be careful with him. We’ve got to make sure he gets the proper rest and we don’t overdo it with him, but he was very good.”

Said Mejia: “In 2010 I was in the bullpen. It’s not going to be that hard, because I know how to prepare and be ready.”

If there was a concern Monday, it was the continued struggles of Bartolo Colon, who allowed seven runs (six earned) in 5⅔ innings. He surrendered a grand slam to Brett Gardner -- the eighth homer he has allowed in 49⅓ innings this season.

“There’s still too much season left to go,” Colon said through an interpreter after his ERA climbed to 5.84. “I’m not worried yet.”

Said Collins: “I just see him make some mistakes in the middle of the plate, which he normally doesn’t do.”

The Mets slugged a season-high four homers, including a decisive two-run shot by Chris Young in the eighth.

“Part of being here,” Collins said with a laugh, referring to the friendly Yankee Stadium dimensions compared with the Mets’ home ballpark. “The Chris Young ball is not high enough to get out of our place, I don’t think. This atmosphere creates intensity and it creates focus.”

“In this ballpark, the game is never over,” Wright said. “There’s no lead that’s safe here.”

Rapid Reaction: Mets 9, Yankees 7

May, 12, 2014
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NEW YORK -- True New Yorkers were celebrating Monday in the Bronx.

Lucas Duda delivered a broken-bat, run-scoring single that plated Eric Campbell and evened the score, and Chris Young followed with a two-run homer later in the eighth inning as the New York Mets beat the New York Yankees 9-7 before an announced crowd of 46,517 in the Bronx.

The Mets (18-19) slugged a season-high four home runs -- by Travis d’Arnaud, Curtis Granderson, Eric Young Jr. and C.Y. They won for only the third time in their past 11 games.

Kyle Farnsworth got into a one-out jam in the ninth with runners on the corners, but Brian McCann grounded into a game-ending double play, initiated by a diving stop by Duda and turned at second base by David Wright because of the overshift.

Penned: Jenrry Mejia, reassigned to the bullpen before the game, made his 2014 relief debut and earned the win.


Christopher Pasatieri/Getty ImagesDerek Jeter and David Wright share a yuk at the end of the first inning.


Mejia inherited a runner on second with two outs in the seventh inning and the Mets trailing 7-6. He struck out Alfonso Soriano on three pitches.

Then, staked to a 9-7 lead after the Mets’ three-run eighth, Mejia allowed a leadoff single to Yangervis Solarte. Kelly Johnson followed by grounding into a double play. Brian Roberts singled, but Mejia rallied by striking out Brett Gardner.

Not his day: Bartolo Colon surrendered a second-inning grand slam to Gardner and eventually was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. In his eight starts, Colon has allowed seven or more runs three times. His ERA has ballooned to 5.84.

A half-inning after Granderson slugged a game-tying two-run homer, the Yankees scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-4 lead. The final run charged to Colon scored when d’Arnaud threw to second base on Gardner’s steal attempt. The throw went into center field, allowing Roberts to trot home with an unearned run.

True New Yorker: Granderson received a tame mixture of boos and cheers in his return to Yankee Stadium as a visitor -- although it’s hard to tell which set of fans was offering which reaction.

The friendly confines of Yankee Stadium proved a welcome sight. Granderson launched a two-run homer in the sixth against Hiroki Kuroda that evened the score at 4.

During a pregame interview, Granderson said his “True New Yorker” statement -- made when he was introduced during the winter meetings -- was not something cooked up by marketing people to launch a campaign the Mets eventually would adopt during the 2014 season.

“It was something that I heard from people around the city,” Granderson said. “It was me repeating what I had heard, what people said.”

Granderson’s original December quote: “A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said that true New Yorkers are Mets fans. So I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there.”

The Mets recently sent an email blast to fans touting that slogan with a request for them to sign a loyalty oath.

Sparkplug: E.Y. Jr., who essentially had been benched once Juan Lagares returned from the disabled list on May 1, has made the most of back-to-back starts. He has produced consecutive three-hit games and scored twice and drove in two runs Monday.

E.Y. Jr. pulled the Mets within 7-6 with a two-run homer in the seventh against Alfredo Aceves, who had been speculated as the Thursday starter in place of CC Sabathia. Right-hander Chase Whitley could make his MLB debut in Thursday’s Subway Series finale instead of Aceves.

E.Y.’s last homer came on Aug. 2, 2013.

With the Mets facing a left-hander Tuesday and the designated hitter in use, Terry Collins likely will be able to use all four of his primary outfielders, including E.Y. Jr., in the starting lineup.

Happy birthday: Ex-Yankee/Met Yogi Berra celebrated his 89th birthday at the game.

What’s next: Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.35 ERA) opposes left-hander Vidal Nuno (1-0, 5.47) in Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. game in the Bronx.

Stats to know: The Subway Series

May, 12, 2014
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Both the New York Mets and New York Yankees enter this year’s Subway Series a little cold, though the Mets can say they have a sliver of momentum after rallying from three runs down in the ninth inning to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, while the Yankees couldn’t complete a comeback against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Let’s take a look at some of the statistical storylines in this matchup.

The rivalry
The Mets won all four of their meetings with the Yankees last season and currently ride that winning streak, the longest against their crosstown rival. In fact, their pitchers were walk-free in each of the last three games in that series.

The Mets are 40-54 all time in regular-season games against the Yankees, including 17-30 all time at Yankee Stadium, but have won their past two games there.

Who’s hot?
The hottest players on each team are not names you’d expect -- Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy and Yankees utility man Yangervis Solarte.

Murphy is coming off a series against the Phillies in which he went 5-for-12 with five walks. He’s hitting .343 with a .918 OPS over his past 24 games, missing on only nine percent of his swings.

Solarte is 9-for-20 with seven RBIs in his past six games, with at least one hit in each one. That includes six hits in nine at-bats against left-handed pitching (started the season 10-for-44).

Who’s not?
Both team’s starting catchers are slumping.

The Yankees' Brian McCann has a hit in each of his past two games, but he is 6-for-43 in his past 11. The effects of the shift continue to take their toll on McCann, who is 2-for-17 when hitting a ground ball in that span.

The Mets' Travis d’Arnaud has hovered at or below .200 all season. He’s currently in a 5-for-30 slump that has dipped his batting average to .202.

One of d’Arnaud’s biggest issues is that once he gets to two strikes, he’s an almost automatic out. He’s 3-for-41 in two-strike counts this season.

Captains Clutch
You can read all about Derek Jeter’s career history of tormenting the Mets in our latest “Jeet Sheet,” but it’s worth noting that David Wright has a pretty good history against the Yankees.

Wright has a .316/.381/.546 slashline (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) in 46 games against the Yankees. Wright’s .927 OPS against the Yankees is his third-best against any team he’s faced at least 10 times (trailing the 1.021 against the Dodgers and 1.010 against the Rockies).

Tanaka meets the Mets
Masahiro Tanaka will face the Mets at Citi Field on Wednesday. It will be interesting to see if the Mets’ patient approach at the plate works against Tanaka, who has gotten hitters to miss on 52 percent of swings against his split-fingered fastball this season.

Granderson returns
Curtis Granderson returns to Yankee Stadium as a Met, and though he’s struggled this season, he’s hitting .308 with 12 hits in his past 11 games.

Granderson will try to find his power stroke in the Bronx. He had 47 home runs combined at Yankee Stadium in 2011 and 2012. He’s hit only three in 48 home games since then.

Flick of the RISP
The Mets have endured some significant struggles with runners in scoring position of late. However, they are hitting .247 in those situations this season, which is actually two points better than the Yankees, who have boosted their season numbers by going 12-for-30 in their past four games.

Alderson: Tejada may end up '14 shortstop

November, 26, 2013
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Kathy Willens/Associated PressRuben Tejada, whose Sept. 18 tumble resulted in a fractured fibula, could wind up the Opening Day shortstop after all.
Ruben Tejada sounds more and more like he might survive the winter as the Mets’ No. 1 shortstop.

With Jhonny Peralta having signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on a four-year, $52 million deal that Sandy Alderson labeled surprising, the GM acknowledged the Mets do not have much in the way of attractive free-agent options (Rafael Furcal?). A trade is always a possibility, Alderson added.

But the GM concluded that the goal is to improve the team as a whole.

So the Mets’ resources may be best served getting invested in other positions, with the club hoping Tejada is adequate as the shortstop in 2014.

Tejada hit .202 in 208 at-bats and had a prolonged minor-league stint last season before suffering a season-ending fractured right fibula Sept. 18.

“You’re right to point out that the free-agent market is thin,” Alderson said. “It was thin with Peralta. It is thinner without Peralta. There really aren’t a lot of options in the free-agent market at this point. There are some trade possibilities. We’ve reached out to some clubs about shortstops.

“But I think what I’ve said before is that this is a process of improving the team. It’s not about improving a position. And I know that the team is the sum of the parts, but that’s not to say we will be able to, or we will be best served, by addressing every single position.

“So is it conceivable that Ruben Tejada or someone within in the organization is playing shortstop for us on Opening Day? I think the short answer is yes.

“But, again, what we’re trying to do is improve the team as a whole. And so while shortstop is an obvious place for improvement, it’s not the only one. And if we’re successful elsewhere, as many clubs do, they get by on their strengths and hope to be as adequate as possible in those areas where they’re weaker.”

Tejada just completed a four-week fitness and nutrition program outside of Ann Arbor, Mich., and intends to return in January. He currently is back in his native Panama, having just been cleared for full activity.

“He made a lot of progress during that program, although he was somewhat limited as to what he could do weight-bearing on the leg,” Alderson said. “But he could certainly do upper body and bicycle and things of that sort.”

As for the price tags for free agents, Alderson said he could not generalize beyond them being lucrative for the players involved. Brian McCann’s five-year, $85 million deal with the New York Yankees proved no surprise. Peralta’s deal proved another story.

“I think in some instances the contract amounts have gone way beyond what most would have predicted,” Alderson said. “In other cases, they may be generally in line. For example, I don’t know that anybody is terribly surprised about the McCann contract. I think people have been surprised about the Peralta contract. So I think it’s a little too early to make any real generalizations. But the data we have right now suggest that at least some of the contracts have gone beyond expectation.”

Rapid Reaction: Braves 2, Mets 1

July, 22, 2013
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NEW YORK -- Again!

For the second time in five weeks, fueled by a gem from Dillon Gee, the Mets took a scoreless effort into the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves. And again they lost 2-1 in gut-wrenching fashion.

Center fielder Jason Heyward made an amazing game-ending diving catch in left-center against pinch hitter Justin Turner for the final out with two Mets on base. Heyward was playing center field only because B.J. Upton is on the disabled list. Heyward had missed the previous six games over 11 days with a right hamstring injury.


Elsa/Getty ImagesDillon Gee took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, only to receive a no-decision.


Bobby Parnell, asked to protect a one-run lead in the ninth Monday night at Citi Field, surrendered a pair of runs. After consecutive singles to open the inning and a one-out passed ball by John Buck advanced both runners a base, Chris Johnson had an RBI groundout and Reed Johnson contributed a go-ahead run-scoring single.

Parnell had not allowed an earned run in his previous nine innings and had converted 15 of his past 16 save opportunities.

If that sounded like déjà vu, it is for good reason: Gee had taken a scoreless effort into the ninth inning in Atlanta on June 17, only to allow a walk-off two-run homer to Freddie Freeman as the Braves won 2-1.

The Mets, who had been poised to move within nine games of the first-place Braves for the first time since May 31, instead dropped 11 games back with Monday’s loss.

Gee took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before surrendering a leadoff single to Freeman. He ultimately stranded the bases loaded that inning, allowing the Mets to maintain a 1-0 lead.

It marked the fourth time this season a Mets pitcher had taken a no-hit bid into the seventh. The other three outings were produced by Matt Harvey.

Gee, poised to move above .500 for the first time this season, instead received a hard-luck no-decision for his 96-pitch effort.

His line: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP.

The Mets’ lone run came in the fourth inning. Right fielder Justin Upton misplayed Marlon Byrd’s sinking liner into a leadoff triple. Ike Davis followed with a run-scoring single.

What's next: Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.79 ERA) makes his second Mets start. He opposes right-hander Kris Medlen (6-9, 3.64) at 7:10 p.m. ET Tuesday.

Series preview: Mets vs. Braves

July, 21, 2013
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Getty ImagesThe Mets face (l to r) Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen and Tim Hudson the opening three games of the series.
METS (43-51, fourth place/NL East) vs. ATLANTA BRAVES (55-43, first place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Dillon Gee (7-7, 4.32) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (7-5, 3.35), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Carlos Torres (0-1, 0.79) vs. RHP Kris Medlen (6-9, 3.64), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-7, 3.93) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (7-7, 4.08), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.58) vs. LHP Paul Maholm (9-9, 4.41), 12:10 p.m. ET

Braves short hops

• The depleted Braves outfield is expected to get Jason Heyward back Monday from a right hamstring strain, which he suffered sliding into third base on July 11. Heyward is due to play center field, where he has only appeared in four career games at the major league level. Heyward will return to right field once B.J. Upton returns from the disabled list.


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsFreddie Freeman had to sit out the All-Star Game with a thumb injury.


• Left-hander Paul Maholm was sent home to Atlanta to have his sprained left wrist checked, leaving in doubt his availability for Thursday’s start against the Mets. Brandon Beachy or rookie Alex Wood are the likely alternatives if Maholm is unable to start. Maholm injured the wrist batting July 10. He then departed Saturday’s start when the issue flared up. He is 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA this month.

Beachy has made eight minor league starts since returning from 2012 Tommy John surgery. Wood, a southpaw, had been dispatched to Triple-A before the All-Star break to get continued work.

• Right-handed reliever Kameron Loe, who was signed by the Braves on May 11 after appearances with the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners this season, was promoted Sunday.

Freddie Freeman, who attended but could not participate in the All-Star Game due to injury, returned Saturday after missing two starts with a jammed left thumb. He had suffered the injury applying a tag at first base. Freeman had beaten out Yasiel Puig in the “Final Vote” among fans for an All-Star Game berth. He was replaced by teammate Brian McCann. Freeman entered Friday’s game as a defensive replacement and had a first-base collision right away with Adam Dunn, but showed no ill effects.

• McCann has homered in three of his past four games.

• Left fielder Justin Upton returned Friday after missing the final two games before the All-Star break with a calf injury.

• Backup catcher Gerald Laird left Sunday’s game with a bruised left hand in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch. Evan Gattis returned Sunday after missing 24 games with a right oblique strain. Gattis had started the game in left field before shifting to first base once Laird departed.

• Second baseman Dan Uggla has 19 homers, matching his 2012 total.

• Closer Craig Kimbrel has converted 17 straight saves. Since blowing a save on May 7 at Cincinnati, Kimbrel has allowed one run and 12 hits while striking out 36 in 23 innings.

Kimbrel is the first player in franchise history to reach the 20-save plateau in each of his first three seasons in the majors. With three more saves, he will match John Smoltz as the only closers in Braves history with three 30-save seasons.

• Atlanta’s 29 come-from-behind wins lead the National League.

Reed Johnson has five hits in his past six pinch-hit appearances.

Morning Briefing: 0-9. Ouch.

June, 20, 2013
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ATLANTA

FIRST PITCH: The day after the Matt Harvey-Zack Wheeler doubleheader, it was back to reality for the Mets.

Only three more days until Harvey pitches again, Sunday in Philly.

Now, on to the rubber game of the five-game series against the Atlanta Braves tonight.

Jonathon Niese (3-6, 4.15 ERA) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (8-2, 2.68) at 7:10 p.m.

Thursday’s news reports:

Shaun Marcum surrendered five runs in 4 2/3 innings and dropped to 0-9 as the Mets lost to the Braves, 5-3, Wednesday night at Turner Field. Terry Collins said the Mets will go from a six- to five-man rotation at some point in the near future, and no later than when play resumes after the All-Star break. Marcum offered no concern about whether his rotation spot is in jeopardy.

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


Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesEric Young Jr. went 1-for-4 in his Mets debut last night.


Eric Young Jr. started in center field and batted leadoff in his Mets debut Wednesday. He went 1-for-4. Collins said Young will start “quite often.”

Writes Jared Diamond in the Journal:

Not coincidentally, teams that struggle in that [leadoff] spot often struggle to win: Since 1921, the 112 squads that auditioned at least 10 different starting leadoff hitters combined to compile a .459 winning percentage. The Mets, who joined that club when they tried Young in the leadoff hole, will probably make things worse.

Read more on Young in the Daily News, Record, Star-Ledger and MLB.com.

• Harvey reportedly threatened to beat up then-teammate Jon Rauch last season after the then-rookie was the victim of a hazing incident. Read more at Yahoo!, the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger and Daily News.

• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News advocates Collins returning to manage the Mets next season, asserting he deserves a chance with a better roster. “It’ll never, ever be about me,’’ Collins told Harper. “This game is about the players. Do I want to be here next year? Sure I do. But it’s not something I worry about, because you preach and you preach and you preach [to players] to only worry about what you can control, and that’s what I do.”

• Allan Dykstra homered twice and Cesar Puello returned from a weeklong absence caused by a finger injury as Binghamton split a doubleheader at Richmond. Robbie Shields homered in a five-run fourth as St. Lucie beat Charlotte, 5-4. Seventh-round pick Matt Oberste had his first professional homer, but Brooklyn lost to Staten Island, 5-2. Read the full minor league recap here.

• First-round pick Dominic Smith began working out Wednesday in Port St. Lucie in advance of the Gulf Coast League season, which begins today. The Mets confirmed they had signed their top 14 picks.

Scott Atchison (groin) landed on the DL before Wednesday’s game to cap a flurry of moves in a 24-hour period. That included acquiring Young for Collin McHugh, promoting Andrew Brown, designating for assignment Collin Cowgill, placing Justin Turner (side) on the DL and temporarily demoting Wheeler to Las Vegas until Tuesday’s scheduled start at the Chicago White Sox. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Brian McCann told ESPNNewYork.com that Wheeler is a future ace, while Chipper Jones tweeted he prefers retirement to having to face Harvey and Wheeler.


Courtesy of Wheeler familyZack Wheeler pitched at East Paulding (Ga.) High. His high school coach attended his major league debut.


Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post visited Dallas, Ga., the day after Wheeler’s start and talks to the phenom’s high school coach, Tony Boyd. Writes Vaccaro;

Yesterday, the town was buzzing about its favorite son. A mother pointed to the scoreboard beyond left field, which Wheeler donated, and a couple of older men in VFW hats and folding chairs talked about listening to the game on the radio Tuesday night.

And Tony Boyd basked in the memory of the one who takes his breath away, still, four years after he last threw a fastball for him. He hadn’t bothered Wheeler after the game, didn’t want to add to the crush of people around him, so he texted him a simple message: “I was there last night. You were great.”

“Coach,” Wheeler responded, “thanks for coming.”

If only the kid knew: that’s exactly what the old coach has been thinking for the last seven years. Savoring every second.

Neil Best in Newsday reports SNY had a season-high 3.23 percent of New York area homes tune in for Wheeler’s debut. The network had been averaging less than 2.0 percent this season. Harvey last year had a 3.46 percent rating for his debut.

Writes columnist Joel Sherman in the Post about Super Tuesday:

It is amazin’ what a little bit of hope can do. The Mets, even with a doubleheader win [Tuesday], are tied for the fourth-worst record in the majors. Yet, just having the combo of Harvey/Wheeler pitch, and pitch well, makes the whole atmosphere around the club at least a little brighter.

If you are a Met fan, you can dream that June 18, 2013 was a beachhead, a day when the organization began going in a better direction. It was a day when both Harvey and Wheeler earned victories, and a fan base felt like winners again -- at least for 24 hours.

Look, the Mets are still not good enough. There are just too many holes in the lineup and bullpen, too much negative karma still to reverse. But there always has to be a start to something good, and in baseball that start usually begins with talent. And we already knew about Harvey’s talent and now we have glimpsed the skill of Wheeler and it no longer is some far-off blueprint about them uniting.

Jorge Castillo in the Star-Ledger breaks down Wheeler’s pitch selection in his debut.

Ruben Tejada, on the DL with a right quadriceps strain, is not progressing well.

• Prospect Luis Mateo underwent Tommy John surgery last week.

• WTOC in Savannah catches up with 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo here.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear examines the "ordeal" of yet another Marcum defeat.

BIRTHDAYS: No one to play for the Mets was born on this date, but Nicole Kidman and Lionel Richie celebrate birthdays today.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets pull the trigger now and make it a five-man rotation?

Rapid Reaction: Braves 5, Mets 3

June, 19, 2013
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ATLANTA -- Shaun Marcum may make the decision regarding which pitcher to drop from the six-man rotation easy.

Marcum was knocked out in the fifth inning and remained winless this season as the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets, 5-3, Wednesday night at Turner Field.

A day after the intoxicating Matt Harvey-Zack Wheeler double-feature, Marcum fell to 0-9 -- the third-worst start to a season in franchise history. Only Anthony Young (0-13 in 1993) and Bob Miller (0-12 in 1962) started a season with more futility.


Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY SportsShaun Marcum was knocked out in the fifth inning.


Marcum’s ERA swelled to 5.76 after getting charged with five runs on six hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. It could have been worse. He departed with two runners in scoring position. Carlos Torres entered and struck out Dan Uggla.

Terry Collins has not precisely revealed how many more turns the Mets will stick with a six-man rotation, but he vowed it will not persist beyond the All-Star break, and offered indications it may end sooner.

A half-inning after the Mets tied the score with a three-run fifth courtesy of Kris Medlen’s sloppiness after fielding a comebacker, Marcum could not prevent the Braves from regaining the lead.

Marcum surrendered a leadoff double to Jordan Schafer. He ultimately scored the tiebreaking run on a two-out wild pitch to Brian McCann with the count 2-2.

McCann eventually walked. Justin Upton followed with an RBI double that staked division-leading Atlanta to a 5-3 lead.

The big blow against Marcum had come on Chris Johnson’s three-run homer in the fourth.

Marcum entered this start off an outing against the Chicago Cubs in which he allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Debutant: Eric Young Jr., batting leadoff and playing center field, opened the game and his Mets career with a leadoff single. He finished 1-for-4, including grounding into an eighth-inning double play.

That’s a relief: Torres tossed 2 1/3 no-hit innings after taking over for Marcum. The ex-Rockie has now contributed 4 1/3 scoreless innings over two appearances since a promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas.

How they scored: Trailing 3-0, the Mets had good fortune in the top of the fifth.

Medlen retired 11 straight after Young’s game-opening single, until Marlon Byrd opened the fifth with a single. Lucas Duda was hit by a pitch. John Buck then sent a screaming comebacker to Medlen.

Medlen fielded the ball and attempted to get the lead-runner Byrd. He instead threw the ball past the third baseman Johnson, who had not yet arrived at the bag. Rather than Medlen initiating a crippling double play, two runs scored. Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a game-tying RBI single. Two of the three runs were unearned.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (3-6, 4.15 ERA) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (8-2, 2.68) in the rubber game of the five-game series.

Brian McCann on Zack, Harvey: 'Sky's limit'

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Associated PressBrian McCann says Zack Wheeler will be an ace.
ATLANTA -- Count Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann among the fans of Zack Wheeler after going 0-for-2 with a walk and strikeout against the debuting Mets prospect on Tuesday night.

"He's going to be a No. 1 for a long time," McCann said. "They've got him and [Matt] Harvey -- and you throw [Dillon] Gee and [Jon] Niese in the mix -- they're headed in the right direction. That's for sure. You throw two power arms like that at the top of your rotation -- the sky's the limit for those two guys."

McCann and Wheeler, as well as Chipper Jones, are represented by the same agent. McCann has known Wheeler since the right-hander was drafted sixth overall by the San Francisco Giants in 2009.

"Facing him last night, his fastball is obviously electric," McCann said. "He also threw some really good changeups in there. He threw a good slider, a good curveball. I think once he realizes the situations -- what he can and can't do -- he's going to be a top-of-the-rotation guy for a long time."

McCann excused Wheeler's five walks as jitters. McCann, like Wheeler, grew up in Georgia and made his major league debut at Turner Field.

Said McCann: "When you, your whole life, have wanted to get to the big leagues, and all of a sudden you're here pitching in your home state -- it seemed like everyone yesterday was here to see him -- there's going to be nerves. But he settled down, made his pitches when he had to, went six scoreless. You can't ask for much more than he did in his debut."

Series preview: Mets vs. Braves

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This weekend at Citi Field, the Mets face (left to right) Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran.
METS (17-27, fourth place/NL East) vs. ATLANTA BRAVES (28-18, first place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 5.00) vs. RHP Kris Medlen (1-5, 3.02), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Dillon Gee (2-5, 6.04) vs. LHP Mike Minor (5-2, 2.78), 7:15 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-5, 6.59) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.99), 8:05 p.m. ET, ESPN

Braves short hops

• Left fielder Justin Upton, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Jan. 24, is tied with Baltimore’s Chris Davis for the MLB lead in homers with 14. Upton became the first player in major league history to homer five times in his first five games with a team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Right fielder Jason Heyward is hitting .304 with two RBIs in six games since returning from the disabled list Friday. Heyward underwent an appendectomy on April 22. He missed 22 games. He was hitting .121 when he landed on the DL.

• Center fielder B.J. Upton (.155, 4 HRs, 7 RBIs) snapped an 0-for-16 skid Saturday. He then homered Wednesday for the first time since April 23. He has yet to record a hit in three straight games, and will be bidding to accomplish that Friday at Citi Field.


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Evan Gattis has an MLB rookie-leading 10 homers.


• Catcher Brian McCann made his season debut May 6 after recovering from Oct. 16, 2012 shoulder surgery.

The Braves are now carrying six relievers and three catchers: McCann, rookie phenom Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird.

Gattis hit an opposite-field grand slam on a 3-0 pitch from Minnesota’s Vance Worley on Wednesday, in the catcher’s first start in eight days. He has 10 homers, which lead major league rookies, in only 122 at-bats. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has struggled to find playing time for Gattis in the three-catcher alignment. Gattis also can play first base or left field, but those are occupied.

• The Braves lost a pair of top-notch relievers to Tommy John surgery in a six-day span. Lefty Jonny Venters, who had not appeared this season, underwent the procedure last Thursday; this was his second Tommy John surgery. Fellow southpaw Eric O'Flaherty, who had held lefty batters to a .143 average this season, underwent the elbow procedure Tuesday.

Atlanta pitchers have undergone a spate of Tommy John surgeries -- seven among major leaguers in the past five years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The recipients: Peter Moylan (May 2008), Tim Hudson (August 2008), Kris Medlen (August 2010), Arodys Vizcaino (March 2012), Brandon Beachy (June 2012), Venters and O’Flaherty.

• The Braves have a 2.79 bullpen ERA, narrowly behind the San Francisco Giants (2.77) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2.78) for the MLB lead. Craig Kimbrel notched his 100th career save on May 9, becoming the second-youngest to reach that plateau (24 years, 348 days). Only ex-Met Francisco Rodriguez (24 years, 246 days) was younger.

• Since O’Flaherty landed on the DL, Triple-A closer Cory Rasmus was promoted. He's the younger brother of Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus. Cory made his major league debut Wednesday. The siblings’ brother Casey is a 23-year-old catcher who is hitting .300 for the St. Louis Cardinals’ Class A Peoria affiliate.

• Beachy is set to begin a rehab assignment, so Atlanta will have to create a rotation spot soon.

• Reliever Jordan Walden (shoulder) is not eligible to be activated from the DL until after the Mets series.

• With their bullpen injuries, Atlanta signed lefty reliever Joe Beimel, 36, to a minor league contract. He also is returning from Tommy John surgery.

Andrelton Simmons is the only every-day shortstop without an error.

Dan Uggla (.182, 8 HRs, 16 RBIs) is 3-for-35 with 13 strikeouts in his last 10 starts. Ramiro Pena has started two games at second base in the past week.

Julio Teheran is coming off an outing in which he allowed one run in 8 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins.

• Medlen limited the Los Angeles Dodgers to one run (unearned) in seven innings in his last start. The Braves are 3-6 in Medlen's starts this season. Entering this year, Atlanta had won 23 straight games started by Medlen -- the most in one pitcher’s starts in major league history.

• The Braves arrive in New York off a 6-0 homestand, during which they swept the Dodgers and Twins.

Series preview: Mets at Braves

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The Mets are due to face (l to r) Mike Minor, Julio Teheran and Tim Hudson this weekend.
METS (11-15, fourth place/NL East) vs. ATLANTA BRAVES (17-10*, first place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-2, 7.94) vs. LHP Mike Minor (3-2, 3.13), 7:30 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 3.31) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (1-0, 5.08), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.56) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (3-1, 3.86), 1:35 p.m. ET

* Atlanta plays Washington on Thursday night

Braves short hops

Justin Upton’s 12 homers in April were two shy of matching the major league record for that month. Alex Rodriguez (2007) and Albert Pujols (2006) each homered 14 times. Luis Gonzalez (2001) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1997) had 13 homers apiece. Matt Kemp (2012) also had 12. The old Braves record for April was 10 and belonged to Andres Galarraga (2000 and 1998) and Ryan Klesko (1996). Eleven of Upton’s homers were solo shots -- the most by a major leaguer in any month since Jason Giambi in July 2005.


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The Upton brothers already have homered three times in the same game this season.


The next time Justin and brother B.J. Upton go deep in the same game, they will match a sibling record. Jason and Jeremy Giambi had four games in which they both went deep. Vladimir Guerrero and Wilton Guerrero had four, too. The Uptons have three such games this season.

According to Elias, the Uptons may become the fourth brothers to play at least 100 games each in the outfield for the same team in the same season. The others: Paul and Lloyd Waner for the Pirates (10 times from 1927 to 1938), Jesus and Matty Alou for the Giants (1965), and Tony and Billy Conigliaro for the Red Sox (1970).

Tim Hudson earned his 200th win Tuesday, becoming the fifth pitcher to reach the milestone in a Braves uniform. Hudson joined Phil Niekro, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Watch out for Hudson’s bat, too. He became the first Braves pitcher since Carl Morton in 1973 to produce a double and a homer in a game. Only one other pitcher homered in the game he earned his 200th victory: Bob Lemon in 1956, Elias reported.

• Third baseman Chris Johnson, who arrived with Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks, leads the NL in batting average at .369, narrowly ahead of ex-Met Carlos Gomez (.367) with Milwaukee. The righty-hitting Johnson is sharing the hot corner with lefty-hitting Juan Francisco.

• Right fielder Jason Heyward underwent appendectomy surgery April 22 and will not return until the end of the month. Lefty-hitting Jordan Schafer and righty-hitting Reed Johnson are platooning in Heyward’s absence. Schafer, who had been traded by Atlanta to the Astros on July 31, 2011 in the Michael Bourn deal, was claimed by the Braves off waivers from Houston in November. Schafer, 26, hit .211 in 313 at-bats with Houston in 2012.

• Defensive whiz Andrelton Simmons ranked second among shortstops in defensive runs saved last season at +19 despite playing only 49 games. Seattle’s Brendan Ryan was a +27. Simmons is part of a group of promising MLB shortstops from Curacao. That list also includes the Diamondbacks’ Didi Gregorius as well as the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar (ESPN.com’s No. 1-ranked prospect), Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts (ESPN.com No. 5) and Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop (ESPN.com No. 50).

• If Craig Kimbrel converts his next two save chances, he will match Joakim Soria for the third-quickest to 100 saves (112 chances), according to Elias. Eric Gagne has the record, reaching the milestone in 104 chances. John Smoltz ranks second, at 107 chances. Kimbrel’s 89.1 conversion percentage (98-for-110) ranks fth all time among pitchers with at least 100 chances. Kimbrel’s strikeout rate last season (16.7 per nine innings) established a major league record (min. 50 innings).

• Atlanta relievers have an MLB-best 1.99 ERA. The Mets rank 28th at 4.87, better than only Tampa Bay (5.20) and St. Louis (5.77).

• Catcher Brian McCann (right shoulder surgery) has started a rehab assignment but is not due to be activated from the DL until after the Mets series. Rookie Evan Gattis (six homers) and Gerald Laird have shared the duties. Gattis, who has battled severe depression and was completely out of baseball for years, was named NL Rookie of the Month for April on Thursday.

• The Braves struck out 246 times in April, which would have been a major league record for that month. What disrupted infamy? The Houston Astros topped that, striking out 267 times for the new MLB mark. The previous record had been held by the 2003 Cincinnati Reds, with 242 April strikeouts.

Overall in baseball, there were more strikeouts this April (5,992) than in any other season in MLB history. The 15.29 strikeouts per game in April were second most for a month in MLB history, just shy of the record set last September (15.42).

• Ernie Banks (228) is the only middle infielder with more homers in his first seven seasons than second baseman Dan Uggla (209).

Mets morning briefing 9.10.12

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Bobby Parnell surrendered a game-deciding sacrifice fly to Brian McCann in the 10th and David Wright flied out with runners on the corners to end the game as the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Chipper Jones, in his farewell to Flushing, walked on four pitches as a pinch hitter in the ninth and was replaced by a pinch runner. He received a standing ovation as he returned to the dugout, capping warm treatment by Mets fans for the most part all weekend.

The Mets dropped to 4-18 at Citi Field in the second half. They have failed to exceed three runs in 10 straight home games. That's one shy of matching the franchise record, set in 1966 and duplicated in 1979.

Tonight, the Mets open a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Collin McHugh (0-1, 3.27 ERA) makes his third major league start, opposite left-hander Gio Gonzalez (18-7, 2.98). Gonzalez is tied with R.A. Dickey for the major league lead in wins. Dickey faces right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on Tuesday. Matt Harvey makes his second-to-last 2012 start in Wednesday's series finale. Harvey faces left-hander John Lannan, who replaces shut-down Stephen Strasburg.

Monday's news reports:

• Chipper ultimately went 0-for-7 with two walks in his final series in Flushing. Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post:

Showing their class, the 23,161 fans gave Jones a warm send-off, a standing ovation, mixed with some diehard boos, as he came to the plate, and then another standing ovation as he left the field. Three steps from the dugout, Jones took off his helmet to acknowledge the cheers. It was a wonderful baseball moment. “It was cool,’’ Jones said. “I heard a bunch of boos in there, smattered, but for once the cheers outnumbered the boos.’’ Jones also brought out the lineup card, snapped a picture with the umpires, and was cheered.

“You can’t say enough about the fans in New York this year, they’ve been awfully supportive, both in person, out on the field, on Twitter,’’ Chipper explained. “The Mets organization rolled out the red carpet all weekend and has been extremely nice. I’m very appreciative.’’

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

Terry Collins, without elaborating, said he will shake up the team's pregame routine today, hoping to spark some offense. Read more in the Record.

• Read game recaps in the Post, Star-Ledger and Times.

• The Mets will open the 2013 season at home against San Diego, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com. The first road trip will take the Mets to Colorado and an interleague series at Minnesota. The Mets face the American League Central in addition to the Yankees next year. San Diego opened Citi Field with the Mets on April 13, 2009.

• Harvey's final start of the season will be Sept. 18 against the Philadelphia Phillies. Jenrry Mejia will enter the rotation the following day.

• The Brooklyn Cyclones received a Eudy Pina solo homer but no other scoring and lost to Hudson Valley, 8-1, Sunday. The teams play a winner-take-all Game 3 in the opening round of the New York-Penn League playoffs tonight at Hudson Valley. Read the minor league recap here.

TRIVIA: Who had a leadoff homer in the first regular-season game at Citi Field?

Sunday's answer: Chipper's full name is Larry Wayne Jones.

Rapid Reaction: Braves 3, Mets 2 (10)

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WHAT IT MEANS: Chipper Jones’ final visit to Flushing as a player is in the books. It ended with a standing ovation, then a Braves sweep.

Brian McCann's bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th against Bobby Parnell scored the decisive run as Atlanta won, 3-2, Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

The Braves have won 10 of the past 11 games against the Mets. The Mets failed to exceed three runs for the 10th straight home game, within one of matching the franchise record, set in 1966 and repeated in 1979.


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Chipper Jones acknowledges the crowd after taking out the lineup card pregame Sunday.


Jones brought out the lineup card pregame and received a warm ovation. He then pinch hit with one out in the ninth inning with the score tied at 2 and received a standing ovation -- with a smattering of boos -- as he entered the batter’s box. Frank Francisco proceeded to walk Jones on four pitches. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez immediately replaced Jones with pinch runner Reed Johnson. Jones again received a standing ovation and lifted his helmet as he approached the visitors’ dugout. He went 0-for-7 with two walks in the series.

Chipper's career damage in New York: only .190 (16-for-84) with three homers at four-year-old Citi Field, a far cry from his Shea Stadium numbers: .313, 19 homers and 55 RBIs in 323 at-bats.

Johnson, meanwhile, advanced to second base on a wild pitch from Francisco and to third on Eric Hinske’s groundout to first base in the ninth. With two outs, however, Michael Bourn fouled off six pitches before ultimately striking out to strand the potential go-ahead run at third base.

UNHAPPY RECAP: After Tommy Hanson retired the first 10 Mets, Daniel Murphy ended the perfection with a double. The Mets took a 1-0 lead later in the fourth when Murphy scored from second base on an Ike Davis grounder that Dan Uggla dived to his left dove and smothered for an infield single. Davis produced his 78th RBI.

Bourn’s single against Chris Young a half-inning later plated Jose Constanza and evened the score at 1. Young proceeded to walk two more in the frame to load the bases with two out, but the right-hander retired Uggla on an inning-ending grounder to third base.

McCann’s leadoff homer in the sixth against Young staked the Braves to a 2-1 lead. But the Mets answered in the bottom half as Murphy and David Wright produced consecutive two-out doubles. Wright now has a team-leading 80 RBIs, narrowly ahead of the fast-closing Davis.

Wright also now has 1,405 career hits -- 13 shy of matching Ed Kranepool’s franchise record.

Wright did ground out against left-hander Eric O’Flaherty to strand runners on the corners in the eighth and keep the score tied at 2. He also stranded runners on the corners to end the game.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets welcome the first-place Washington Nationals to Citi Field for a three-game series. Collin McHugh (0-1, 3.27 ERA) opposes left-hander Gio Gonzalez (18-7, 2.98) in Monday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener. Gonzalez and R.A. Dickey, who pitches Tuesday, are tied for the major league lead in wins.

Rapid Reaction: Braves 11, Mets 3

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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets lost. And fans had to wait through a 75-minute rain delay to watch the unsightly resolution -- an 11-3 defeat against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Jeremy Hefner was chased during a four-run third inning by the Braves in the shortest start by a Met since Johan Santana recorded only four outs on Aug. 11, also against Atlanta at Citi Field.

Since opening the season series with four straight wins, the Mets have lost nine of 10 against the Braves.


Kathy Kmonicek/Associated PressRain delayed the game 75 minutes before the start of the seventh inning.


The damage against Hefner during the third: Freddie Freeman snapped an 0-for-16 drought with an RBI single. Brian McCann produced a two-run double -- his first extra-base hit since July 31. And opposing pitcher Kris Medlen delivered an RBI double that gave Atlanta a 5-0 lead and ended Hefner's outing after 2 2/3 innings.

McCann added a two-run homer in the fifth against Robert Carson and matched his career high with four hits.

KING OF THE HILL: The Braves won the 19th straight game started by Medlen, the longest streak in the majors since the Yankees won 20 straight starts by Roger Clemens in 2000.

Medlen went 40 1/3 innings without surrendering an earned run before Lucas Duda's single plated David Wright in the fourth inning and pulled the Mets within 5-1.

FAMILIA SIGHTING: Jeurys Familia, who tossed a scoreless inning in his major league debut in St. Louis, couldn't duplicate that effort in his second appearance. Familia took the mound for the seventh, when the skies opened and play was halted. After the 75-minute delay, he returned to the mound and finally threw a pitch. Familia surrendered three straight singles to begin his appearance, to Dan Uggla, McCann and Jose Constanza. Martin Prado then delivered a two-run single to give the Braves a 10-2 lead.

WHAT'S NEXT: Chris Young (4-7, 4.48 ERA) opposes right-hander Tommy Hanson (12-7, 4.45) in Sunday's 1:10 p.m. series finale as the Mets aim to avoid the sweep. The game will mark Chipper Jones' final playing appearance at Citi Field. Jones is 0-for-7 with a walk through two games of the series. Wally Backman has been scheduled to join the Mets as an extra coach Sunday.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187