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Morning Briefing: Nationals are Mets' daddies in Queens

5/3/2015

FIRST PITCH: The Washington Nationals continue to own the New York Mets in Queens.

The Nats have won 16 of their past 18 games at Citi Field entering Sunday’s finale of a four-game series.

Dillon Gee (0-1, 4.26 ERA) opposes right-hander Doug Fister (1-1, 3.28) at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Manager Terry Collins said he may sit Wilmer Flores for a second straight game.

SUNDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Gio Gonzalez tossed seven scoreless innings and outdueled Jonathon Niese as the Nats beat the Mets, 1-0, on Saturday night. The Mets (16-9) have lost six of their last nine games. Collins suggested the Mets and Nats may play many more low-scoring games this season given the quality of their pitching. Juan Lagares was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base on Lucas Duda's first-inning double. An overenthusiastic Dilson Herrera also was thrown out as a baserunner. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Record, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • San Francisco Giants executive VP Brian Sabean and a high-level scout from the team have been watching the Mets-Nats series. Sabean announced last month that he planned to do more in-person scouting and hand the day-to-day GM duties to a deputy. Still, with San Francisco in need of starting pitching and a third-base upgrade, his presence at Citi Field may be notable. The Mets have an excess starting pitcher -- Bartolo Colon, Niese or Gee -- as well as Daniel Murphy available.

  • Noah Syndergaard extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings and Las Vegas beat Reno, 3-0. Wally Backman’s club has won nine straight games. Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 1.66. Jared King’s two-run single lifted Binghamton past New Hampshire, 2-1. Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto and Jhoan Urena had three hits apiece in St. Lucie’s 6-3 win against Bradenton. Josh Prevost allowed four runs as Lakewood blanked Savannah, 4-0. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Alex Torres will be spotlighted in an “Outside the Lines” segment on pitchers' head protection on Sunday. It will be televised at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN and an hour later on ESPN2. Read more here.

  • Richard Sandomir in the Times reviews public financial data that suggests a roughly 1.8 percent drop in revenue at Citi Field from 2013 to 2014.

  • Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News can foresee a future middle infield of Matt Reynolds and Herrera.

  • Tim Rohan in the Times profiles Lagares, who is good friends with another center-field standout -- ex-Met Carlos Gomez.

  • Brian Heyman in Newsday looks at Jeurys Familia's early season success in the closer’s role. Familia is 10-for-10 in save conversions, including a five-out save Friday.

  • Read more on Flores getting a breather Saturday -- and possibly again on Sunday -- in the Post, Newsday and at NJ.com.

  • Todd Dewey in the Las Vegas Review-Journal speaks with Mets farm director Ian Levin about the use of analytics in the minors.

  • From the bloggers … Faith and Fear may be learning to relax a little.

BIRTHDAYS: Eddie Bressoud was born on this date in 1932.

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