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Morning Briefing: Happy Burkhardt Day!

September, 17, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: It’s Kevin Burkhardt Day at Citi Field.

Burkhardt, SNY’s field reporter for the past eight seasons, will participate in his final home telecast with Wednesday’s series finale against the Miami Marlins. Burkhardt’s SNY duties will wrap up on the road next Thursday at Washington.


Adam RubinKevin Burkhardt celebrates his final home game as an SNY field reporter on Wednesday.


He is headed to Fox full time.

The Mets send Dillon Gee to the mound for Burkhardt’s home sendoff. Gee (7-7, 3.80 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81) at 7:10 p.m.

Wednesday’s news reports:

Wilmer Flores had a big day at the plate. Using Kevin Plawecki’s bat, Flores homered twice and for the second time this season had six RBIs as the Mets beat the Marlins, 9-1, Tuesday. Bartolo Colon limited Miami to one run despite surrendering 12 hits in 7 2/3 innings.

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

Juan Lagares departed Tuesday’s game after four innings with what initially has been diagnosed as a hyperextended right elbow. He is due to undergo an MRI on Wednesday morning. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post asserts that the Mets should tank the rest of the season to finish with one of the worst 10 records in baseball. That would give them a protected first-round pick and make it easier to pursue a free agent who figures to get a qualifying offer, such as Melky Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, J.J. Hardy and Hanley Ramirez. The Mets currently have MLB’s 12th-worst record, which would mean forfeiting their first-round pick if they sign a premium free agent.

Of course, Sherman doesn’t expect the Mets will land any of those aforementioned free agents. He writes:

They will express concerns about Cabrera and Cruz’s Biogenesis pasts (though they were very interested in Jhonny Peralta last year) or whisper that their outfield will be too big for the defensively suspect Cruz (though it would not be too big for him to hit a bunch of homers) or they will express belief that Wilmer Flores and/or Matt Reynolds are dollar-for-dollar worth in the same win range as Hardy or Ramirez.

In other words, Mets fans should brace once more for excuses why they will not be getting players this offseason. But by losing big the rest of the way, at least one alibi would vanish from the repertoire.

• Retiring MLB commissioner Bud Selig, making the 20th stop of his farewell tour, visited Citi Field on Tuesday. Selig continued his unwavering support of Mets ownership. He suggested the Mets are in full compliance with MLB’s economic regulations and said the build-from-within approach is more sound than spending like “drunken sailors.” Selig added that he would let fired senior VP Leigh Castergine’s civil lawsuit play out in federal court and not discipline anybody within the organization in the midst of a legal proceeding.

Columnist Kevin Davidoff in the Post says Selig’s legacy partly is tied to propping up Mets ownership. Writes Davidoff:

A master salesman -- he sold used cars, after all -- Selig tried to make his case that the Mets’ unwillingness to spend more does not equate to gross incompetence. He mentioned the Cardinals as a team that doesn’t “spend money like drunken sailors.” He passionately declared, “Unless I read the standings wrong on the way over here, it looks to me like the Baltimore Orioles might win the American League East this year. Anybody here predict that on April 1? I don’t think so. I rest my case.”

Well, the Cardinals’ payroll this season is about $141 million, as per Basebal-Reference.com. And the Orioles are paying about $114 million for their soon-to-be division-winning roster. Not quite the same as $83 million.

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

• Despite a Twitter hullabaloo, the Mets say no change is coming to their skyline logo. They offered no official reason why the UN Headquarters in the skyline was replaced by the Citigroup Center in the logo used on social media this week, although the internally constructed image appeared to be more than a year old. Read more in the Times (which wonders about potential hacking) and Newsday.

• Dwight Gooden predicted Jacob deGrom will become the first Met to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award since he did 30 years ago. “Striking out eight guys in a row, that really put the stamp on it for me,” Gooden told Dan Martin in the Post, referring to deGrom’s record-setting game-opening feat Monday against the Marlins. “That’s the kind of thing you need to do to get people’s attention, especially as a starting pitcher.”

Gooden told Matt Harvey last week that Harvey and deGrom have a “similar mound presence.”

Said Gooden to Martin: “They both carry themselves like veterans out there. They’re two different pitchers, but nothing rattles them.”

• The Mets nominated David Wright for the Roberto Clemente Award, which honors “the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement."

• ESPNNewYork.com reviews which players the Mets may protect in the Rule 5 draft, which annually takes place at the winter meetings in December.

• Marc Carig in Newsday assesses Lagares’ Gold Glove chances. The award is based on manager and coach voting (75 percent) and defensive statistical metrics (25 percent). Writes Carig:

With Lagares, prestige might be the problem.

[Carlos] Gomez won the award last year and has the advantage of being an offensive force while [Andrew] McCutchen reigns as the NL's Most Valuable Player. The veteran [Denard] Span plays for a contender and [Billy] Hamilton's stolen-base prowess in the minors made him a household name before he stepped on a big-league field.

"Major League Baseball and baseball fans knew who Billy Hamilton was before he got here," said [Reds manager Bryan] Price, who naturally backed his own player for the Gold Glove award.

Pedro Martinez praised the Mets’ collection of up-and-coming pitchers, Anthony McCarron writes in the Daily News. “The Mets have the best nucleus of young pitchers,” Martinez said.

• Harvey felt no ill effects the day after his final official throwing session of 2014. Read more in the Post.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear offers a view from an empty Promenade.

BIRTHDAYS: Former captain John Franco turns 54.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you think out-of-options Wilmer Flores will be the Mets’ Opening Day shortstop next season?

Bagged, then tagged

September, 6, 2014
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CINCINNATI -- The Mets had the Cuban Missile heading off course, until a replay review got him back on track.

[+] EnlargeEric Young Jr., Kris Negron
Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesSafe! Err ... out!
Trailing 2-1 with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Aroldis Chapman on the mound, pinch runner Eric Young Jr. stole second base and, and after Dilson Herrera walked, stole third easily, with Herrera also moving up, to give New York runners on second and third with one out.

With nothing to lose, Reds manager Bryan Price challenged third-base umpire Alfonso Marquez's call, claiming Young came off the bag after initially sliding in safely. After a review of one minute and 24 seconds, the original call was overturned. Young was out, Herrera lost credit for a stolen base -- which would’ve been the first of his career -- and the Mets’ threat lost steam.

“It certainly took a little starch out,” manager Terry Collins said. “It was real disappointing.”

Young couldn’t -- and didn’t -- argue with losing what would have been his 30th stolen base of the season. He credited third baseman Kristopher Negron for maintaining the tag as Young briefly lost contact with the bag after popping up from his slide.

“The third baseman did what you’re supposed to do,” Young said. “He kept the tag on. I clearly beat it, but our feet got tangled up. I didn’t want to risk an injury. You wouldn’t think he’d keep the tag on that long."

Series preview: Mets vs. Reds

April, 4, 2014
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Getty ImagesThe Mets face Mike Leake, Johnny Cueto and Alfredo Simon this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (0-3, fifth place/NL East) vs. CINCINNATI REDS (1-2, third place/NL Central)

Friday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Mike Leake (0-0, -.--), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Dillon Gee (0-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (0-1, 1.29), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Alfredo Simon (0-0, -.--), 1:10 p.m. ET

Reds short hops

• Cincinnati opened the season with an MLB-high eight players on the disabled list. The most gruesome injury occurred to flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman, who was struck by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City’s Salvador Perez on March 19. Chapman suffered eye and nose fractures and also a mild concussion. He had a plate and screws inserted to stabilize the bones near his left eye.


Mark Sheldon/Associated PressAroldis Chapman is taken off the field after being struck by a March 19 line drive.


Also opening the season on the DL: right-handers Mat Latos (Oct. 11 elbow surgery and Feb. 14 knee surgery), Jonathan Broxton (Aug. 23 forearm surgery) and Brett Marshall (finger tendon), left-hander Sean Marshall (shoulder), catcher Devin Mesoraco (oblique), infielder Jack Hannahan (shoulder) and free-agent infielder/outfielder signee Skip Schumaker (shoulder).

Alfredo Simon, who has 19 career saves, steps into the rotation as the fifth starter until Latos returns. Latos tossed four innings for Double-A Pensacola in a rehab start Thursday.

• Bryan Price, 51, is the first-year manager of the Reds. He served the previous four seasons as the team’s pitching coach under Dusty Baker.

J.J. Hoover may take the lead in a closer-by-committee scenario until Broxton and then Chapman returns. Broxton may be back within a week. Hoover’s co-closers for now include Logan Ondrusek, Manny Parra and Sam LeCure. Hoover had 23 straight scoreless appearances last summer, a franchise record for a right-hander.

Mike Leake, still 26 year old, already has made five Opening Day rosters with the Reds. His 57 hits are the most by any MLB pitcher since his 2010 debut.

• Cincinnati opened its season by failing to score in its first 17 innings, until Chris Heisey’s walk-off single against St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez won Game 2 of the season, 1-0. Heisey had six spring-training homers, tied for the MLB lead.

• Speedster Billy Hamilton is hitless in 12 at-bats with six strikeouts to open the season. Four of the Ks came on Opening Day. He has been caught stealing only once in his big-league career -- by the Mets’ Juan Centeno last season. Hamilton is handling center field (and playing shallow to take advantage of his speed) with Shin-Soo Choo’s defection to the Texas Rangers on a seven-year, $130 million deal.

• First baseman Joey Votto, the 2010 NL MVP, notched his 1,000th career hit Wednesday.

• Toms River/Rutgers product Todd Frazier had his fourth career multihomer game Thursday.

Johnny Cueto, who made his third straight Opening Day start, was a tough-luck loser against St. Louis. He surrendered a solo homer to Yadier Molina while allowing only two other hits and a walk in seven innings in the Reds’ 1-0 loss to Adam Wainwright. Cueto made only 11 starts last season because of three disabled-list trips.

• Cincinnati experienced a combined 6 hours, 22 minutes of rain delays on Wednesday and Thursday.

• Left fielder Ryan Ludwick had a better Opening Day this season than a year ago, even though he went 0-for-4. In the 2013 opener, Ludwick tore the labrum in his right shoulder on a headfirst slide into third base. He required surgery and did not return until Aug. 12.

• Catcher Brayan Pena, who played with the Detroit Tigers in 2013, signed a two-year, $2.275 million contract in November. Incumbent catcher Ryan Hanigan was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in December.

• Right-hander Homer Bailey signed a six-year, $105 million extension with the Reds on Feb. 19. He went 11-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 32 starts last season and would have been eligible for free agency next winter.

Around the minors 5.1.12

May, 1, 2012
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SYRACUSE 8, BUFFALO 0: Zach Duke pitched Syracuse passed Buffalo, snapping the Bisons' four-game winning streak. Duke, the former National League All-Star while with Pittsburgh, held the Herd to three hits over a season-high seven innings. The southpaw struck out five Bisons and didn't allow a hit in eight chances with runners in scoring position. His Chief teammates, meanwhile, got plenty of big hits. Right fielder Brett Carroll opened the scoring with a solo homer to lead off the fourth inning against Garrett Olson. Corey Brown added two more in the fourth with a double. Syracuse increased its lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Jarrett Hoffpauir and a sac fly from Mark Teahan. Former Bisons outfielder Jason Michaels added a two-run double in the eighth against left-hander Josh Edgin. Chuck James pitched two innings of scoreless relief. He has allowed one run in nine appearances this year. Valentino Pascucci went 0-for-4 and saw his Bisons-best 13-game hitting streak end. Vinny Rottino had one of Buffalo's four hits. His hitting streak now reached 12 games. Fred Lewis made his Bisons debut, going 0-for-4 while manning center field. The Bisons will look to even the series Wednesday with Matt Harvey on the mound. Box

AKRON 6, BINGAMTON 5 (10 innings): Chun Chen came off the bench for the Aeros and supplied three hits, including a walk-off single in the 10th, as the B-Mets could not hold a three-run lead and Elvin Ramirez was charged with a blown save and loss. After Binghamton jumped to a 5-2 lead in the seventh, the Aeros put up two in the bottom half against Kevin Mulvey and handed Ramirez his first blown save with a run in the ninth. Chen ripped the game-winning hit to right against Jeff Kaplan to give the Aeros their league-leading ninth one-run win. For the second night in a row, the B-Mets got on the board first. In his Double-A debut, Akron starter T.J. House hit his first batter. After the hit batsman, a single and a fielder’s choice, Jefry Marte singled to give Binghamton the lead. Rylan Sandoval doubled in the second and scored on a single from Matt den Dekker. After two bumpy innings, House settled in to blank the B-Mets for four consecutive innings. He retired 12 straight B-Mets before walking Eric Campbell to start the seventh. Akron tied the score with two runs in the fourth against B-Mets starter Greg Peavey. After allowing two singles and a fielder’s choice, Peavey surrendered his first run by uncorking a wild pitch. Ben Copeland tied the game with a double. The B-Mets got the lead back with a three-run seventh. A walk and fielding error from Kyle Bellows at third ended the night for House. Bryan Price entered and loaded the bases with a walk to Sandoval. Kai Gronauer and Pedro Zapata provided consecutive run-scoring singles before Oswaldo Navarro supplied a sac fly. After two rocky outings, Peavey turned in a strong performance. The righty allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four over six innings. Akron responded against Mulvey. Ryan Rohlinger ripped a solo homer to start the inning. Bellows walked and was quickly chased home by Chen’s pinch-hit double. Robert Carson relieved Mulvey and recorded two outs to preserve the lead. The Aeros nearly broke through in the eighth. They loaded the bases with no outs, but failed to get the timely hit. After Carson got two straight outs, Ramirez entered and induced Bellows to fly out to end the inning. Akron finally tied it in the ninth. Chen started the rally with a single, advanced to second on a walk to Tim Fedroff and scored on Juan Diaz’s single. In the 10th, the B-Mets were kept in check by Mason Radeke, making his Double-A debut. In the bottom of the 10th, Ramirez walked Rohlinger and gave up a single to Bellows to set the table to Chen. Kaplan entered and watched Chen lace his second pitch into right to give Akron the walk-off win. The teams continue their four-game series Wednesday as left-handers Mark Cohoon and Giovanni Soto face off. Box

ST. LUCIE 15, JUPITER 6: St. Lucie exploded for a nine-run second inning while winning its sixth straight game. D.J. Carrasco -- working a second straight day, a prerequisite to be activated from the DL -- retired the side in order in the seventh with two strikeouts. The Mets hit five homers and pounded out 19 hits to improve to 21-4. Richard Lucas opened the Mets' scoring in the second with a two-run homer. Robbie Shields drilled a three-run shot to give the Mets a 5-1 lead. Cesar Puello extended the lead with an RBI single. The Mets batted around in the second and Lucas also ripped a two-run single in the frame. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff homer in the third to make it 10-1. Cory Vaughn and Wilmer Flores hit back-to-back homers in the fifth for a 12-3 lead. Vaughn also had an RBI groundout in the seventh and delivered a two-run double to left in the eighth. Yohan Almonte allowed six runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings with three walks and three strikeouts and picked up his second victory. Ryan Fraser induced an inning-ending double play in the sixth inning after Jupiter loaded the bases and scored three times. Hamilton Bennett tossed two scoreless innings and allowed two hits with one strikeout. Vaughn had three hits with two runs scored and four RBIs. Lucas went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Flores went 4-for-6 with two runs and an RBI. Danny Muno and Puello each had three hits, while Tovar had two hits and three runs scored. Erik Goeddel starts for St. Lucie on Wednesday. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 4.6.12

April, 6, 2012
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BUFFALO 2, PAWTUCKET 1: Omar Quintanilla's ninth-inning RBI followed some solid bullpen work, giving the Herd a split of its two-game opening series. Quintanilla's first hit as a Bison came with two outs in the top of the ninth after it looked like PawSox reliever Tony Pena Jr. was going to wiggle out of trouble. Zach Lutz and newly promoted Raul Reyes collected back-to-back one-out singles, but pinch runner Bobby Scales was thrown out at home on a grounder from catcher Rob Johnson. With two outs, Quintanilla worked Pena Jr. to a 2-2 count before lining the fifth pitch into right field for the game-deciding run. Trailing 1-0 since the first inning, the Herd got the game-tying run in the fifth when Lutz singled home Vinny Rottino. The win for Buffalo went to Dylan Owen (1-0), who was very sharp in relief of Triple-A rookie Jeurys Familia. Owen put up 3 1/3 scoreless frames, allowing two hits. Familia worked the first 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run, five hits and three walks. The 22-year-old Familia struck out four and threw 95 pitches in his Bisons debut. Fernando Cabrera pitched the ninth for his first save. It was Cabrera's first appearance with the team since pitching in 78 games for Buffalo in 2004-2006. Cabrera saved 44 games with Pawtucket during the 2009 and '10 seasons. The Bisons' road trip continues Saturday at Rochester. Reyes was in the lineup after being promoted from Double-A Binghamton to replace Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis is on his way to New York for his major league debut. Incidentally, Quintanilla is the first Bisons player with a last name to begin with Q since outfielder Carlos Quintana played 39 games with the Herd in 1954. Box

AKRON 2, BINGHAMTON 1: In his first start as a Binghamton Met, Zack Wheeler allowed two runs and four hits while walking three and hitting a batter in a 71-pitch effort over three innings. Wheeler, who struck out four, was tagged with the loss. Regarded as the top prospect in the New York Mets system, Wheeler kicked off his Double-A career by striking out Tim Fedroff to start the game. He escaped unscathed after walking a pair in the inning by inducing Ryan Rohlinger to bounce into a double play. After fanning two in a scoreless second, the righty from Georgia ran into trouble in the third. Michel Hernandez lined a single up the middle and Fedroff reached on an infield single to third. With runners on first and second, Juan Diaz dumped a double just inside the left-field line. The hit brought home Akron’s only runs of the game. T.J. McFarland made the start for Akron and tossed three scoreless innings before allowing the B-Mets to crack the scoreboard in the fourth. Allan Dykstra led off the frame by looping a double to right. He scored two batters later when Jefry Marte one-hopped a double against the right-center wall. It would be the only offense supplied by the B-Mets. McFarland worked around a double by Pedro Zapata to post a scoreless fifth and handed things off to the bullpen. After firing seven scoreless innings Thursday night, the Aeros pen came through agai. Three relievers combined to hurl four scoreless frames. After Eric Campbell’s leadoff single in the sixth against Bryan Price, the final 12 B-Mets were retired in order. Price put up two scoreless innings, Bryce Stowell tossed a scoreless eighth and Preston Guilment notched the save in his Double-A debut with a scoreless ninth. The B-Mets bullpen pulled together and put up a strong effort. Edgar Ramirez, Elvin Ramirez, Brad Holt and Josh Edgin combined to throw six scoreless innings. They allowed one hit and struck out eight. The B-Mets fanned 12 Aeros in the game. The B-Mets (0-2) wrap up their series against the Aeros on Saturday afternoon. Left-hander Darin Gorski will make his Double-A debut. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 1: Gonzalez Germen limited the Marauders to one run and six hits while striking out three and walking none in six innings for the win in his Florida State League debut. Taylor Whitenton and Adam Kolarek combined for three scoreless relief innings. Darrell Ceciliani and Cory Vaughn each had two hits, including a double, and scored twice. Richard Lucas went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Box

AUGUSTA 6, SAVANNAH 5: Estarlin Morel suffered the blown save, allowing three ninth-inning runs. Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez had three RBIs, but also committed his fourth error in two games, leading to an unearned run. Trailing 5-3, Augusta (1-1) put the first two men on against Morel, on a walk and a single. After a sacrifice bunt, Jose Cuevas lined a single into left field to tie the score at 5. Ben Thomas followed with a double into the left-field corner bringing home Cuevas with the go-head run. The Gnats had built a 4-0 advantage through five innings. Center fielder Tillman Pugh scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. In the fifth, Rodriguez ripped a three-run double deep to right-center. The GreenJackets began their comeback against Savannah starter Rafael Montero in the sixth. A hit-by-pitch and a pair of singles helped produce two runs in the frame. Montero tossed 5 2/3 innings, yielding two runs and five hits, with four strikeouts and no walks. The teams traded runs in the seventh inning to run the score to 5-3. Right-hander Cody Hall earned the win for Augusta for throwing a scoreless 8th and 9th inning with two strikeouts. The Gnats and GreenJackets play game three of their four-game set Saturday. Savannah will send left-hander Alex Panteliodis to the hill against left-hander Adalberto Mejia for the 'Jackets. Box

Compiled from team reports

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187