Is this Bartolo Colon's final start as a Met? Perhaps, although an offseason trade appears more likely.NEW YORK
FIRST PITCH: Bartolo Colon returns from bereavement leave Sunday to make what could be his final start as a Met.
Colon reportedly has been placed on revocable waivers by the club. If he is claimed, the Mets can:
• Pull him back, which means they cannot trade him this month.
• Work out a trade with the claiming team during a 48-hour window.
• Dump Colon’s contract on the claiming team, which would be forced to accept it.
If Colon clears waivers, the Mets can trade him to any team during the remainder of August.
Colon has $12.8 million remaining on his contract, including the final 36 days of this season.
After the start in the 4:10 p.m. ET game Sunday at Dodger Stadium, Colon is scheduled to return to the Dominican Republic for the funeral for his mother, who died Monday at age 63 after a battle with breast cancer.
Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) opposes right-hander Kevin Correia (7-13, 4.87 ERA) as the Mets attempt to avoid getting swept.
The Mets have lost six straight games at Dodger Stadium, their longest losing streak at Chavez Ravine since also losing that many consecutively from Sept. 1, 1980 to May 17, 1981.
The franchise record is 11 straight losses at Dodger Stadium, from July 23, 1966 through Sept. 28, 1967.
Sunday’s news reports:
• David Wright's struggles were in the spotlight as the Dodgers intentionally walked Daniel Murphy to face the captain with first base open and the Mets trailing by a run in the seventh inning Saturday. Wright struck out against Zack Greinke as part of an 0-for-5 night that included twice grounding into double plays and twice striking out. He is hitting .211 with no homers and eight RBIs in 133 at-bats since the All-Star break.Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press
Adrian Gonzalez's homer soured Jacob deGrom's return from the disabled list.
Wright’s game-ending strikeout capped the Dodgers’ 7-4 win against the Mets.
Juan Lagares' three-run homer against Greinke had staked the Mets to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Lagares’ first long ball since May 17 snapped his homerless drought at 227 at-bats.
Jacob deGrom fired fastballs at 96-97 mph in his return from the disabled list, but surrendered a three-run homer in the fifth to Adrian Gonzalez as the Dodgers rallied to take a 5-3 lead. Gonzalez finished with five RBIs, the most by an opponent against the Mets this season.
“I felt good,” deGrom told reporters postgame. “It’s just a lot of outings come down to a few pitches, and tonight I didn’t make the big pitches when I needed to.”
The Mets (60-70) are now 10 games under .500 for the first time since July 6, when they were 39-49. Three more losses will clinch a non-90-win season. The Amazin’s need to go 21-11 the rest of the way to avoid the franchise’s sixth straight losing season, which would match the Astros for the longest active streak in the majors.
• It is looking increasingly likely that Noah Syndergaard will not pitch in the majors in 2014. Syndergaard has a 4.85 ERA in 24 starts for playoff-bound Las Vegas. More importantly, he has logged 124 1/3 innings -- that’s already seven more innings than last season. So Syndergaard has roughly no more than 23 innings remaining. Syndergaard next pitches Wednesday. He then is lined up for the regular-season finale, although he instead could open the playoffs two days later. After that, he might be down to single-digits in innings remaining, which would be consumed if the 51s advance beyond the postseason’s first round.
The one interesting decision to watch is middle infielder Matt Reynolds, who is hitting .343 with five homers, 31 RBIs and a .401 on-base percentage in 60 PCL games. Reynolds, a second-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Arkansas, does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason. Still, production is production.
• Joel Sherman in the Post analyzes how the Mets will approach Murphy's future with the club. Murphy’s salary likely will exceed $8 million next season after a final winter of arbitration eligibility. He is due for free agency after the 2015 season. Writes Sherman:
So do they trade him? Play out the 2015 season with him? Or do they sign him to, say, a four-year, $40 million-ish deal to make him part of the firmament moving forward?
The sense I get is the Mets once again will make him available this offseason and once again ask for a significant return. They see a weak free-agent market for hitters. So, in supply and demand, the Mets think they have what is in short supply, so they will make a big demand.
• Read more on Colon on waivers in Newsday.
• Cory Vaughn delivered a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as Las Vegas beat New Orleans, 10-8. Hansel Robles, Dario Alvarez and Cody Satterwhite combined for four no-hit relief innings as Binghamton beat Akron, 5-1. Corey Oswalt contributed six scoreless innings, but Brooklyn lost to Tri-City, 5-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• Curtis Granderson is excited by the Jackie Robinson West Little League team from Chicago winning the U.S. championship in Williamsport, Pa., Kristie Ackert writes in the Daily News. The boys will have workouts going forward at the stadium named after Granderson at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
• Stephen Haynes in Newsday profiles Cyclones left-hander Brad Wieck, the organization’s seventh-round pick in June out of Oklahoma City University.
BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets executive Tony Bernazard turns 58. ... Bartolome Fortunato is 40.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Going to sleep now #Mets and you are leading the Dodgers 3-2, please let me wake up in the morning to see that you have won!
— Michelle Hall (@kaddle) August 24, 2014
YOU’RE UP: Do you think David Wright’s rut is shoulder-injury-related? Or is his career possibly in its initial descent?