New York Mets: James Li

Morning Briefing: Gee, Koehler up in finale

April, 27, 2014
Apr 27
5:50
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets complete a 10-game homestand at 1:10 p.m. Sunday as Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.58 ERA) opposes Miami Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler (2-1, 2.13).

Koehler is a product of Stony Brook University on Long Island. He has allowed two runs or fewer and completed at least six innings in all four of his starts this season.

After the rubber game, the Mets have a day off. They begin a three-city trip Tuesday in Philadelphia, and also make stops in Denver and Miami.

Sunday’s news reports:

Kyle Farnsworth surrendered a 10th-inning homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Marlins beat the Mets, 7-6, Saturday night at Citi Field. Jenrry Mejia carried a 5-1 lead into the sixth. That became a five-run frame for the Marlins, who began aggressively swinging at Mejia’s first pitches.


Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsJarrod Saltalamacchia produces a game-deciding homer against Kyle Farnsworth in the 10th.


Mejia eventually was charged with six runs in 5 2/3 innings as his ERA climbed from 1.99 to 3.49. His outing snapped a streak of 11 straight games in which Mets starting pitchers had allowed three runs or fewer.

Until Giancarlo Stanton belted a two-run homer in the sixth against Mejia, Mets starters also had gone 11 games without surrendering a homer. That was the longest streak by the Mets starting staff since an 11-game stretch in August 1991, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The four-run lead was the largest squandered by the Mets this season.

“His balls started getting left up and the Marlins were putting good swings on it,” catcher Travis d’Arnaud said about Mejia. “The balls were finding holes and they got a lot of runners and did what they needed to do.

“What can you do? I’ll tell you, I put the wrong fingers down,” d’Arnaud continued. “I wasn’t showing him where I wanted the ball.”

Despite posting six runs, the Mets produced only one hit after Lucas Duda’s two-run single in the third inning. In the first inning, Bobby Abreu notched his first homer since Sept. 28, 2012.

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

Curtis Granderson started in center field with Chris Young ill, although Young eventually entered Saturday’s game anyway, on an eighth-inning double-switch. Read more on Granderson’s hitting struggles in Newsday.

Juan Lagares (hamstring) has started playing in extended spring training games in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, although Terry Collins implied Lagares’ absence would be slightly longer. Read more in the Record.

Taylor Teagarden homered twice and Jacob deGrom improved to 3-0 as Las Vegas beat Tacoma, 11-3. Matt Bowman allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings and Kyle Johnson had a three-run homer as Binghamton won the opener en route to splitting a doubleheader against Erie. John Gant allowed one run in six innings, but Savannah lost at Lakewood, 3-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Matt Harvey discusses with Kathleen Lucadamo in the Times what a typical Sunday off for him is like.

Says Harvey: “I like to go to Freemans for brunch. There’s a men’s clothing shop, Freemans Sporting Club, next door, so I check out new suits while I’m there. They have really amazing material and options. So if I can get in a good brunch and pick up a great suit for an upcoming road trip, I’ll do it. Or I’ll go to John Varvatos to shop. The majority of my clothes are from there. Those guys have been very helpful in fashion. If I’m hungry, I go to Lure Fishbar for a bite.”

David Wright on Saturday met NYPD officer James Li, who was shot in both legs in February. Read more in the Daily News.

• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News assesses the Mets’ offense. Writes McCarron:

Entering Saturday night, the Mets ranked among baseball’s worst in baseball in multiple offensive categories. They were last in on-base plus slugging (OPS) at .613. They were 29th in average at .220, 27th in homers with 14 and 22nd in runs (90). The club that’s supposed to be invested in pitch selection and patient at-bats was 26th in on-base percentage at .296. David Wright has only three extra-base hits. No Met has more than five.

• Tim Rohan in the Times reviews Facebook data that suggests the Yankees are residents’ favorite team even in Queens.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear in Flushing finds Saturday night games alien to the baseball fan's soul.

BIRTHDAYS: Frank Catalanotto, a Smithtown, Long Island, native, turns 40. ... Former Mets reliever Orber Moreno is 37. ... Eric Hillman was born on this date in 1966.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you have a positive feeling about the 2014 Mets?

View from Queens: Wright meets NYPD's Li

April, 26, 2014
Apr 26
5:16
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Adam RubinDavid Wright meets pregame Saturday with NYPD officer James Li, who was shot in each leg in February attempting an arrest. Wright's father Rhon retired in January as assistant police chief in Norfolk, Va. Wright also met with Li's partner Randy Chow and FDNY EMTs Khadijah Hall and Shaun Alexander.

Morning Briefing: Time to go Fishing

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25
5:45
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets head into the weekend on an upbeat note, having taken three of four from the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Next up to complete the homestand: the Miami Marlins.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

Friday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon allowed one run in seven innings and the Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Chris Young produced his first Mets homer, a solo shot against Lance Lynn. Lynn had been 12-0 in March/April in his career -- the best record in that time period in MLB history -- before suffering the defeat.


Kathy Willens/Associated PressDaisuke Matsuzaka reacts after completing his first save since 2000 in Japan.


The Mets moved two games over .500 for the first time since April 16, 2013, when they were 7-5. Mets starting pitchers have a 1.84 ERA in the past 10 games.

Scott Rice inherited two runners from heavily used Carlos Torres with two outs in the eighth and retired lefty-hitting Matt Adams on a comebacker to preserve the three-run lead.

Daisuke Matsuzaka then notched his second professional save with a scoreless ninth. The other save came in 2000 in Japan with the Seibu Lions. Already, four different pitchers have recorded saves for the Mets this season: Jose Valverde, Kyle Farnsworth, Torres and Matsuzaka. Farnsworth remains the primary closer right now when he is available, although Matsuzaka will be a second option, Terry Collins indicated.

Bobby Abreu made his first start since July 15, 2012 and went 1-for-3 before Curtis Granderson replaced him late in right field. Colon and Abreu gave the Mets two 40-something-year-olds in their starting lineup for the first time since that devastating 2007 season finale against the Marlins in which Tom Glavine surrendered seven first-inning runs. Moises Alou also started that game.

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

Read more on Matsuzaka in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Read more on Abreu in Newsday.

• Columnist Steve Serby in the Post goes position by position, getting the starters to comment on Colon’s outing.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal asserts the Mets defy logic being two games over .500 while being outscored by four runs on the season.

• The Mets did not offer any concerns despite the Cards’ Lynn having a dark spot on the bill of his cap. Read more in the Daily News.

• The Mets have a majority of the fans nowhere in New York City according to Facebook, whose analysis is charted in the Times.

Zach Lutz went 3-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs and four runs scored and Rafael Montero allowed three runs in six innings as Las Vegas beat Tacoma, 11-4. Kyle Johnson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th plated Cory Vaughn as Binghamton produced a 5-4 walk-off win against Portland. Steven Matz tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, Brandon Nimmo walked four times and Aderlin Rodriguez homered and had four RBIs as St. Lucie beat Palm Beach, 15-5. Victor Cruzado homered and Stefan Sabol had a three-run double as Savannah beat Lakewood, 10-3.

• NYPD officer James Li, who was shot in both legs in February while attempting an arrest, will be honored at Citi Field on Saturday, Matt McNulty writes in the Post. Read more in the Daily News.

• Keith Hernandez is not a big fan of Twitter, writes Charles Curtis in the Star-Ledger.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear considers the long-range forecast where baseball loyalties in the tri-state area are concerned. ... Metsmerized catches up with prospect Dilson Herrera. … Blogging Mets explains how the Mets won the series against the Cardinals.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Luis Cessa turns 22. He is 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts for Class A St. Lucie this season.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who is the Mets’ best closing option?

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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