New York Mets: Derrick Bernard

Morning Briefing: Nats own the place

August, 14, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: The Washington Nationals could make history Thursday at Citi Field.

In the 53-season existence of the New York Mets, no visiting team has ever won 11 straight games.

The 1991-92 Atlanta Braves, who won 10 straight at Shea Stadium, and the 2013-14 Nats currently are tied for the longest road winning streak in Queens.

The Nats have won 24 of their last 28 games at Citi Field.

Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.54 ERA) opposes right-hander Stephen Strasburg (8-10, 3.68) in the 7:10 p.m. series finale.

Gee is coming off a weekend start in Philly in which he allowed a seventh-inning solo homer to Carlos Ruiz and no other damage in what became a 2-1 win in 11 innings.

Strasburg is 1-8 with a 5.25 ERA in 12 road starts this season. His lone start against the Mets this season came on Opening Day, when Andrew Brown produced a three-run homer in the first inning and Strasburg ultimately allowed four runs in six innings.

For those still keeping track, the Mets (57-64) trail the first-place Nats by 9 games. They are seven games out of the second wild-card position with 41 games remaining.

They Amazin’s will need to go 24-17 the rest of the way to reach .500 and snap a five-season streak of losing seasons, which is tied with the Houston Astros for the longest active streak in the majors. The Mets need to go 33-8 to reach Sandy Alderson’s 90-win goal.

Thursday’s news reports:

• The Mets are not headed for a managerial change for the 2015 season, ESPNNewYork.com correspondent Danny Knobler reports. Jon Heyman first reported at CBSSports.com that Terry Collins, who is under contract for 2015, is “likely” to return, barring a Mets collapse. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• A defiant but respectful Matt Harvey still wants to pitch this season, he told ESPN New York 98.7 on Wednesday. The adamancy came after Harvey threw a 27-pitch session off a mound in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It also came amid the Mets saying the ace will be further slow-tracked in light of Jeremy Hefner's major setback returning from Tommy John surgery. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Asdrubal Cabrera had an eighth-inning solo homer against Jeurys Familia and a comeback bid fell short as the Mets lost to Washington, 3-2, Wednesday. Travis d'Arnaud homered against Rafael Soriano in the bottom of the ninth to pull the Mets within a run, but Matt den Dekker was thrown out at the plate in a play upheld on replay. The Mets are now 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position in the series.

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

• Read more about Bartolo Colon's effort in the loss in Newsday.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who originally was expected to make a rehab start for Brooklyn, instead will make that appearance Saturday with Double-A Binghamton during a doubleheader at Reading.

Jacob deGrom is expected to resume throwing Thursday. DeGrom should miss only one more start -- Sunday against the Chicago Cubs. He then would bump Rafael Montero the following turn. DeGrom is on the DL with rotator-cuff tendinitis.

• Matt Reynolds had a pair of triples and three RBIs and John Lannan allowed three runs in six innings as Las Vegas beat Iowa, 6-4. Michael Fulmer allowed one run in six innings in the opener as St. Lucie split a doubleheader at Fort Myers. Octavio Acosta allowed one run in eight innings as Savannah beat Asheville, 4-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Mets minor-league right-hander Derrick Bernard received a 62-game suspension for testing positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing drug, MLB announced. Bernard, 22, had made six relief appearances in the Gulf Coast League this season.

• Nats right fielder Jayson Werth received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder and will be active but unavailable for Thursday’s series finale. Read more at NatsInsider.com.

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has a torn labrum in his left hip and will undergo season-ending surgery Friday in Vail, Colo.

• Mr. Met did the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Daily News.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets urges Mets fans to sign a petition to help Gil Hodges get into the Hall of Fame.

BIRTHDAYS: Mets PR czar Jay Horwitz turns 69. ... Former outfielder McKay Christensen is 39.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets finish .500?

Minors 6.27.14: B-Mets' Johnson plates 3

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LAS VEGAS 4, SACRAMENTO 1: Giancarlo Alvarado limited the River Cats to one run in 5 2/3 innings and Chasen Bradford and Buddy Carlyle provided scoreless relief. Wilmer Flores, who started at third base, went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 2: Every B-Mets starter, including pitcher Tyler Pill, collected at least one hit in the club’s 14th win in 17 games. Kyle Johnson had three hits and three

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RBIs and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Johnson greeted starter Adrian Sampson by lining the game's second pitch for a single. He moved to third on Dilson Herrera’s single and scored on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Binghamton then used a two-out push to break through in the fourth. Darrell Ceciliani doubled, Xorge Carillo walked and Pill loaded the bases on an infield single. Johnson plated all three with a triple for a 4-0 lead. Pill sailed through his first four innings without allowing a run, requiring only 48 pitches. Altoona got to the righty in the fifth. Andy Vasquez tripled and scored on Jarek Cunningham's groundout. Binghamton broke the game open and chased Sampson in the seventh. Following Pill’s leadoff single, Herrera and Burgamy had RBI doubles. Dustin Lawley greeted reliever Quinton Miller with a two-run homer. Lawley's 10th long ball of the season gave Binghamton an 8-1 lead. Pill (6-5) ultimately allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He issued no walks and struck six while extending his unbeaten streak to nine games. Josh Satin remains the only B-Met in franchise history to hit for the cycle (June 24, 2011 at Bowie). Jon Velasquez and Hamilton Bennett combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.): The teams will resume Thursday's suspended game and also make up Friday's postponement in August.

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SAVANNAH 4, ROME 2: The Gnats took a 3-2 lead on Champ Stuart’s two-run single through the left side in the fourth inning. Stuart also walked twice. After the Gnats took the lead, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis retired 10 batters in a row. Overall, Panteliodis allowed two unearned runs in 7 2/3 innings to earn his first South Atlantic League win of the season. The Gnats added a run in the eighth. Colton Plaia doubled to plate Jorge Rivero. Rome's unearned runs resulted from a pair of fielding errors by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Miguel Leal drove in all three runs in the loss. Matt Blackham, the organization's 29th-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State, surrendered two runs in two relief innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: The Cyclones scored the game's lone runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. The Yankees issued four walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball in the frame. Brooklyn starter Marcos Molina tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay on a five-hit shutout. Box

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 3: After starter Logan Taylor tossed six scoreless innings for the Mets, the Cardinals overcame a 3-0 deficit with a seven-run eighth against Derrick Bernard and Nabil Crismatt. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes' throwing error to open the inning meant six of the runs ultimately were unearned. Box

Compiled with team reports

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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