FIRST PITCH: The Mets certainly have the number of their rivals from the City of Brotherly Love. The Amazin’s are 12-5 against the Philadelphia Phillies this season -- their most wins in a season series against Philadelphia since 1989.
With a win with Bartolo Colon on the mound Saturday at 7:10 p.m. opposite right-hander Jerome Williams, the Mets can match their most wins ever in a single season against Philadelphia. The Mets won 13 games in the season series in 1970, ’71 and ’72 and ’87.
Meanwhile, the Mets (63-72) must run the table to win 90 games -- not that it was a goal articulated by Sandy Alderson or anything.
Saturday’s news reports:
• Left fielder Grady Sizemore's two-out drop of a routine fly ball with the bases loaded led to three unearned runs in the seventh as the Mets beat the Phillies, 4-1, in Friday’s series opener at Citi Field. The Mets produced three runs in the seventh without a hit -- their first time posting that many runs in a hitless inning since 1999. Jacob deGrom allowed one unearned run in seven innings to rekindle his NL Rookie of the Year chances. Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3 and had a fielding error in his major league debut. Jenrry Mejia became the second-youngest closer in franchise history to reach 20 saves. Eric Campbell swiped home on a double-steal.
The Mets won for the sixth time this season while producing four hits or fewer. That is one shy of matching the franchise record set in 1972, according to statistician Eric Hornick. The Amazin’s opened a 1½-game lead on Philadelphia for fourth place.
• In a pregame interview, Herrera said he was “in complete shock” upon learning of the promotion late Thursday. He replaced Daniel Murphy, who may miss most of the remainder of the season with a strained right calf. The Mets only view Herrera as a second baseman and do not intend to expose him to shortstop in the majors. Read more on Herrera in the Post, Journal, Star-Ledger and at MLB.com.
• Read more on Alderson’s 90-wins spin in the Daily News.
• Columnist Michael Powell in the Times discusses the lament of being a Mets fan entering September. Writes Powell:
There is a metronomic regularity to this annual Mets ruination. The team shows glimmers of hope in the spring, goes on a nice little run in June or July, and elicits hopeful nouns, verbs and adjectives from the news media.
At which point, the Mets collapse, totally, thoroughly and profoundly. The joint goes somnolent. Scalpers despair -- how do you maintain line discipline when there are more sellers than fans stepping off the 7 train? And tickets get really cheap, like this official Mets “deGrom package” (named after one of the Mets’ better young pitchers, Jacob deGrom), which arrived in my email Thursday: four field-level seats for $48.
• Gonzalez Germen surrendered five runs in the eighth as Las Vegas lost to Albuquerque, 9-6. Steven Matz matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, but Richmond topped Herrera-less Binghamton, 2-1. Seth Lugo allowed one run in seven innings and struck out a season-high 10 to lead St. Lucie past Palm Beach, 3-1. Colton Plaia and Jorge Rivero homered as Savannah held off Rome, 6-5. Kingsport completed its season with a 5-2 win against Elizabethton. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear examines just how youthful the Mets have become.
BIRTHDAYS: The late Tug McGraw was born on this date in 1944. ... Former reliever Jon Adkins turns 37.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
I know this will be hard #Mets fans but can we just let Herrera play this season without labeling him a bust or star?
— SaltyGary (@SaltyGary) August 29, 2014
YOU’RE UP: Who is more deserving of NL Rookie of the Year -- Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia or Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton?