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Morning Briefing: Harvey goes back to work

July, 21, 2013

FIRST PITCH: For the first time in 13 days, Matt Harvey pitches in a regular-season game.

Harvey, who currently sits at 130 innings, had his final first-half turn skipped in Pittsburgh. He then tossed two scoreless innings as the NL All-Star Game starter, despite allowing a leadoff double to Mike Trout, then drilling Robinson Cano.

Courtesy of New York MetsIt's Dwight Gooden bobblehead day at Citi Field.

“Outstanding,” NL catcher Yadier Molina said after catching Harvey in the All-Star Game. “I mean, his arm, his attitude on the mound, it was good. He’s got a great arm. He got … into a jam, but he’s got the stuff that he can come out pretty good, and he did.”

Terry Collins has said Harvey should get 14 second-half starts. He likely has about 90 innings remaining before reaching his innings cap.

Aside from the All-Star Game, Harvey also drew attention last week for a feature in Men’s Journal regarding his social habits. He subsequently suggested a quote about Derek Jeter being the ideal for his social life was taken out of context.

"That guy is the model,” Harvey was quoted as saying about Jeter. “I mean, first off, let's just look at the women he's dated. Obviously, he goes out -- he's meeting these girls somewhere -- but you never hear about it. That’s where I want to be."

Harvey opposes All-Star Cliff Lee (10-3, 2.86 ERA) in today’s 1:10 p.m. rubber game. With the Mets facing a southpaw for the second straight day, Josh Satin again is due to start at first base over Ike Davis, Collins said. The Mets do not face another left-hander, though, until Thursday’s finale of a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves -- Paul Maholm.

Harvey Day also is Dwight Gooden bobblehead day at Citi Field.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Satin committed a two-out error in the ninth and Chase Utley followed with the first homer surrendered by Bobby Parnell since Aug. 4, 2012 as the Phillies pulled within a run. But Domonic Brown was stranded at second base when Darin Ruf lined out and the Mets held on for a 5-4 win Saturday.

Gonzalez Germen had bailed Zack Wheeler out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by striking out Delmon Young. Germen earned his first major league win.

The Mets snapped a streak of seven straight losses to the Phillies at Citi Field. Wheeler required 106 pitches to log a career-low-matching 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered two runs on seven hits and two walks and departed with a 3-2 lead.

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

• Brown regretted letting Wheeler off the hook in the fifth by swinging at a 3-0 pitch, he tells George Willis in the Post.

• Columnist Bob Raissman in the Daily News is unimpressed with Harvey’s magazine comments and handling of the fallout. Writes Raissman:

If Harvey is willing to reveal his other side, he’d better be prepared for what comes along with it. If he didn’t know his “revelations” would become fodder for gossip columns, and blaring front-page headlines, either he, or the people handling his PR, are clueless. Sudden fame, if not handled properly with care, can lead to a fall -- especially in New York, especially with an athlete like Harvey, whom a fawning media quickly anointed with superstar status.

Harvey’s first instinct after the Men’s Journal fallout was to act like a weasel and tweet: “It really sucks how words get used and completely taken out of context.” Sure, kill the messenger. How many times have we seen a professional athlete do that? It’s just double talk for: “I wasn’t taken out of context but I don’t like the way the piece came out.”

• Read more on the first-base platoon in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Steve Serby in the Post has a Q&A with Marlon Byrd. Read more on Byrd in the Record.

• Germen originally figured to be dispatched to Triple-A once Justin Turner is activated from the disabled list. Now, the opposite would appear true. Turner started at shortstop and went 0-for-2 with a walk and strikeout in six innings with Brooklyn on Saturday. He departed after the game’s second rain delay. Turner should rejoin the Mets on Monday. Read more on Germen in the Post, Record and Newsday.

• Columnist Filip Bondy in the Daily News says the Mets need to break with tradition and have a strong second half.

• Jordan Lauterbach in Newsday profiles Brooklyn Cyclones reliever John Mincone, who is a product of Half Hollow Hills East High on Long Island.

Juan Rivera’s RBI single against Sean Henn lifted Reno to a 5-4, 12-inning walk-off win against Las Vegas. Jordany Valdespin started in right field and committed an error. He later shifted to second base. Rafael Montero allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings.

Cesar Puello went 3-for-5 with three RBIs as Binghamton beat New Britain, 10-2. Jenrry Mejia, in his second Double-A start since returning from a forearm injury, allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out eight in six innings.

Greg Pron had a game-tying three-run homer in the fifth and Alberto Cordero had a tiebreaking RBI double two innings later as Savannah beat Delmarva, 8-6.

Miller Diaz tossed five scoreless innings and struck out nine as Brooklyn beat Batavia, 3-0.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing wonders why a game with nine runs and no bottom of the ninth took longer than a home-team loss that included 21 runs.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-player/interim manager Mike Cubbage, now a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays, is 63. … Mike Bordick is 48.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who should be demoted to Las Vegas from the bullpen when Justin Turner is expected to be activated Monday?

Series preview: Mets vs. Phillies

July, 18, 2013

USA TODAY SportsThe Mets face Cole Hamels (Saturday), Kyle Kendrick (Friday) and Cliff Lee (Sunday) in the second-half-opening series.
METS (41-50, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (48-48, third place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-6, 3.33) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.68), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Zack Wheeler (3-1, 3.54) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (4-11, 4.05), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Matt Harvey (7-2, 2.35) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (10-3, 2.86), 1:10 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

• The Phillies are 6-3 but averaging only 3.6 runs a game since losing Ryan Howard to left knee surgery. The debridement surgery is expected to cost Howard six to eight weeks. Rookie Darin Ruf has handled first base in Howard’s absence. Ruf slugged 38 homers last season with Double-A Reading. He has reached base safely in 18 straight games at the major league level.

Michael Perez/Associated PressBen Revere suffered a broken right ankle on foul ball while batting.

• Center fielder Ben Revere underwent surgery Tuesday for a broken right ankle and also is expected to miss six to eight weeks. It is a big blow to the offense. Revere, the team’s leadoff hitter, had been hitting .305 with 22 steals. Revere suffered the injury fouling a ball off the foot. He had two screws inserted.

GM Ruben Amaro has said the Phillies will shop for a fill-in center fielder. John Mayberry Jr. has handled the position the past two games. Prospect Cesar Hernandez has moved from second base to center field in the minors to provide another option.

• First-time All-Star Domonic Brown is third in the National League with 23 homers, trailing Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez (25) and Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez (24). Brown’s 67 RBIs rank fourth.

Cole Hamels has a 1.57 ERA with 19 strikeouts and one walk in his last three starts.

Cliff Lee is the only active left-hander to pitch in four All-Star Games.

• The Phillies could be buyers or sellers depending upon the direction their season takes before July 31. They reached .500 on Sunday for the first time since June 7, when they were 31-31. Before the first-half-closing win, they had spent only five days at or above .500 this season. They have won five of their past six series.

Potentially on the block if things go south: centerpiece players Chase Utley, Jonathan Papelbon, Carlos Ruiz and Lee as well as Delmon Young and Michael Young. Utley and Ruiz are eligible for free agency after the season. Lee is owed a combined $50 million in 2014 and ’15, and also has a $12.5 million buyout owed if a $27.5 million club option for 2016 is not exercised. Papelbon is signed at $13 million a season through 2015. He also has a vesting option at that amount for 2016.

Kyle Kendrick limited the Washington Nationals to one run in seven innings in a win in his last start, despite four errors committed by his fielders, including three by Utley.

• Since June 17, Papelbon has five blown saves in 12 chances. Manager Charlie Manuel told SiriusXM that Papelbon was dealing with occasional hip soreness. Papelbon nonetheless has reached 20 saves for the eighth straight season. That is the longest active streak in the majors and the eighth-longest in major league history. Mariano Rivera holds the record with 15 straight 20-plus save seasons, from 1997-2011.

Jimmy Rollins has gone 156 at-bats without a homer.

• Infielder John McDonald was acquired from the Cleveland Indians on June 27 for a player to be named or cash.

• Backup catcher Erik Kratz was activated from the disabled list Sunday after missing 4 weeks with a left knee injury.

• Manuel has 995 career wins. He is due to become the 59th manager in major league history to reach the 1,000-win plateau. There are seven active managers at that level: Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Terry Francona, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia and Buck Showalter.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 8, Phillies 0

June, 23, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- The only thing that stopped Matt Harvey on Sunday was Mother Nature.

Topping out at 100 mph, Harvey tossed six scoreless innings and drove in a run as the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-0, in Sunday’s rubber game at Citizens Bank Park.

After opening this trip with a series win in Atlanta, the Mets have now won consecutive series against different opponents for the first time since the season’s opening week.

Tom Mihalek/Associated PressMatt Harvey tossed six scoreless innings before departing after a 20-minute rain delay.

The Mets (30-42) only trail the Phillies by four games for third place in the NL East.

Terry Collins decided to pull Harvey with the Mets leading by six runs and the right-hander’s pitch count at 72 after a 20-minute rain delay in the top of the seventh. Harvey (7-1) limited the Phillies to two hits and a walk while striking out six. He shaved his ERA to 2.05.

Harvey, Eric Young Jr. and David Wright all produced RBI doubles against John Lannan in the fifth to stake the Mets to a 4-0 lead.

The three-run frame began with Juan Lagares reaching on a three-base error by center fielder Ben Revere. The Phillies argued Revere caught Lagares’ shot and the drop was on the transfer for the throw, but second-base ump D.J. Reyburn ruled Revere did not demonstrate complete control.

Wright finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and a homer. It marked his first career game with four extra-base hits.

Wright's four extra-base hits tie the franchise record. It was last accomplished by Edgardo Alfonzo at Houston on August 30, 1999. Tim Bogar and Alex Ochoa are the only other Mets to have four extra-base hits in a game against the Phillies in franchise history.

Before the game became lopsided, Harvey maintained the Mets’ 1-0 lead in the fourth by stranding runners on the corners. Facing that predicament with one out, Harvey struck out Domonic Brown and coaxed an inning-ending groundball from Delmon Young.

Smooth: Josh Satin walked twice in five plate appearances. He has reached base in eight of his past 11 plate appearances.

What’s next: After an off-day, the Mets play a two-game interleague series at the Chicago White Sox. Zack Wheeler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his second major league start Tuesday night, opposite Chris Sale (5-6, 2.69). Wheeler traveled from Las Vegas to Chicago today to meet the club.

Series preview: Mets vs. Phillies

April, 25, 2013

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The Mets face (l to r) Kyle Kendrick, Jonathon Pettibone and Cole Hamels this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (10-10, second place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (9-14, fourth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Dillon Gee (1-3, 5.95) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (1-1, 3.28), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-0, -.--) vs. RHP Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 3.38), 1:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-1, 3.81) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (0-3, 5.40), 1:10 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

Jonathan Pettibone is making his second major league start Saturday. He is the son of right-hander Jay Pettibone, who started four games -- all losses -- for the Minnesota Twins in 1983, on a team that included Tim Teufel and Frank Viola. The younger Pettibone debuted Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and accomplished something his father failed to do: participate in a win. Pettibone, 22, limited the Pirates to a pair of solo homers and four other hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking none. The Phillies won, 3-2.

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Carlos Ruiz is due to be activated Sunday after serving a season-opening 25-game suspension.

Carlos Ruiz is eligible to be activated Sunday after completing a 25-game suspension for testing positive for a banned amphetamine. Ruiz’s tune-up for activation was slowed because he was hit on his left wrist with a pitch in an extended spring training game last Friday. X-rays were negative. Erik Kratz and Humberto Quintero have handled the catching in Ruiz’s absence.

Delmon Young, who signed for a guaranteed $750,000 and incentives on Jan. 22, has started a rehab assignment and is due to join the Phillies within weeks -- although not for this Mets series. He underwent right ankle surgery during the offseason. Young is the projected right fielder, although he must get acclimated. He had not played in a game there since 2007 until rehab games this week. John Mayberry Jr. has produced with Young out.

• The Phillies, who are struggling on offense, went four full games without a walk until Chase Utley got a free pass on April 19. How rare is that? In the NL, the last teams to have gone four straight games without a walk were the 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks, 1976 Montreal Expos, 1952 New York Giants and 1935 Chicago Cubs.

• Utley already has four errors.

Ryan Howard homered for only the second time this season on Wednesday, against Wandy Rodriguez. In that game, Charlie Manuel split up Utley and Howard in the lineup so opposing managers could not insert one lefty specialist to face both without seeing a righty batter in between.

• This is the deepest Cole Hamels has gone into a season without a win since 2009, when it took the southpaw until his fifth start on May 8 for a victory.

• Manuel is in the final year of a contract. He told ESPN’s Jayson Stark: "I plan to keep managing -- unless I decide all of a sudden I don't want to do it."

Said GM Ruben Amaro about the subject: “Honestly, I don't think about his situation at all. I don't think the players give two craps about it. I don't think it's even a factor, not with our guys … I don't know if a contract for the manager should be a motivating factor for any player. They should be motivated by winning. That's it."

• Center fielder Ben Revere is battling a nagging quadriceps injury. After Revere started every previous game this season, ex-Mets farmhand Ezequiel Carrera instead was inserted in the lineup Thursday afternoon.

• The Phillies have lost three in a row (with Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee pitching) and eight of 11.

• Since surrendering seven runs in four innings against the Mets on April 8, Halladay is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA in three starts. He has allowed eight hits in 21 innings over that span.

• At 9-14, the Phillies are in the midst of their worst start since 2006.

Series preview: Mets at Phillies

April, 7, 2013

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The Mets face (l to r) Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Kyle Kendrick this week in Philly.
METS (4-2, second place/NL East) at PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (2-4, fourth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Matt Harvey (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Roy Halladay (0-1, 13.50), 7:05 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Dillon Gee (0-1, 1.42) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (1-0, 0.00), 7:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 1.50) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 7.94), 7:05 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

• Roy Halladay’s fastball averaged 89.6 mph and he used it far less often than is customary while surrendering five runs in 3 1/3 innings in his season opener at Atlanta. The fastball velocity is down from an average of 90.6 mph last season, 92.0 mph in 2011 and 92.6 mph in 2010. Halladay dealt with shoulder issues last season. He is seeking his 200th career win Monday. He is 7-0 with a 1.78 ERA against the Mets since 2010.

• Phillies pitchers have surrendered an NL-leading 32 runs. The relief corps has allowed 10 of 11 inherited runners to score.

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Former Cubs great Ryne Sandberg is Philadelphia's new third-base coach.

Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have started 962 games as a middle-infield combo, second to the Yankees’ Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano (1,036 games) among active double-play partners. Rollins passed Richie Ashburn on Thursday for the second-most games played in Phillies history, with No. 1,795. Mike Schmidt is the franchise leader with 2,404 games played as a Phillie.

• Third baseman Michael Young was acquired from the Texas Rangers in December for right-handers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.

• Center fielder Ben Revere was acquired from the Minnesota Twins in December for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May. Revere has played 166 straight error-free games. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Revere has 1,092 career plate appearances without a homer -- the most among active players. The next 35 on that list are pitchers.

• Opening Day starter Cole Hamels, whom the Mets do not face, is 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA.

• First baseman Ryan Howard is hitting .167 with no homers and eight strikeouts in 24 at-bats. He has yet to produce an extra-base hit through six games.

• Backup outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, who was claimed off waivers from the Cleveland Indians last Tuesday, originally was signed by the Mets out of Venezuela. He was part of the three-team trade on Dec. 11, 2008 that landed J.J. Putz and Sean Green in Flushing.

Cliff Lee -- who was winless until a July 4 victory at Citi Field last season, and who went 6-9 overall in 2012 despite a 3.16 ERA -- is off to a more favorable start this season. Lee tossed eight scoreless innings at Atlanta on Thursday, limiting the Braves to two hits and no walks while striking out eight. Lee’s victory snapped Atlanta’s streak of winning 23 straight games started by Kris Medlen. Lee has made 18 straight starts of six-plus innings with one or fewer walks. That is a modern-era record, topping the 14 straight by Christy Mathewson (1908) and Greg Maddux (1997).

• Catcher Carlos Ruiz is serving a 25-game MLB suspension to open the season after testing positive for the stimulant Adderall. Fill-in Erik Kratz caught 40 percent of would-be base stealers last season.

• The Phillies overhauled Charlie Manuel’s coaching staff. The newcomers: third base coach Ryne Sandberg, hitting coach Steve Henderson, assistant hitting coach Wally Joyner and bullpen coach Rod Nichols.

Delmon Young, who signed with the Phillies in January, is playing in extended spring training games. He underwent ankle surgery in November.

• The Phillies’ primary batting order is:

Revere, cf
Rollins, ss
Utley, 2b
Howard, 1b
Young, 3b
Domonic Brown, lf
John Mayberry Jr. (RH)/Laynce Nix (LH), rf
Kratz, c



Bartolo Colon
9 4.03 100 134
BAD. Murphy .284
HRL. Duda 16
RBIL. Duda 51
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .850
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112