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Rapid Reaction: Tigers 3, Mets 0

August, 24, 2013
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NEW YORK -- There were no “Harvey’s better!” chants Saturday at Citi Field.

In the first-ever meeting of All-Star starting pitchers in a regular-season game that same year, Max Scherzer surrendered only three hits while striking out 11 in six scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Mets, 3-0.

The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against Scherzer, but Juan Lagares struck out and John Buck popped out to shortstop on the next pitch to strand three teammates. Scherzer then departed with his pitch count at 118.

Scherzer improved to 19-1, joining Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens in 2001 as the only pitchers in major league history to reach that win total in their first 20 decisions of a season.

Harvey surrendered a career-high 13 hits. His previous high had been 10 hits, by the Miami Marlins on June 2.

He departed with the bases loaded and two outs and the Mets trailing 2-0 in the top of the seventh.

Scott Rice entered and narrowly retired pinch hitter Torii Hunter on a fielder’s choice to keep the Tigers off the scoreboard in the frame. Detroit manager Jim Leyland briefly contested ump Ed Hickox’s call at second base, since Matt Tuiasosopo appeared as though he may have beaten shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s throw.

Harvey’s final line: 6.2 IP, 13 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. He had allowed eight hits in the first three innings, including an RBI double to Scherzer in a two-run second, before settling down.

The only other pitchers in Mets history to allow two or fewer runs while surrendering 13 or more hits in a start: Jason Isringhausen in 1995 and Al Jackson in 1962.

The biggest issue for Scherzer: Ike Davis, who went 2-for-2 with a walk against him, including a double as the Mets loaded the bases in what became a fruitless sixth. The Mets' only other hit in the game was a leadoff single by Daniel Murphy in the sixth.

Scherzer walked a season-high four batters. His 11 strikeouts matched Tim Lincecum on July 8 for the second most this season by a pitcher against the Mets. Chris Sale had 13 on June 25.

Scherzer’s second-inning RBI double marked his first hit and RBI since 2009 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had been 0-for-8 since being acquired by Detroit in the three-team trade that also sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees.

What’s next: The Mets try to avoid getting swept when Dillon Gee (9-8, 3.60 ERA) opposes right-hander Rick Porcello (9-7, 4.52) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Morning Briefing: Wheels up!

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Al Pereira/WireImageIt not only feels like the first time. It is the first time Foreigner will play Citi Field.
FIRST PITCH: Foreigner plays Citi Field tonight.

The warm-up act: Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96 ERA) versus Chicago Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76) in the series opener at 7:10 p.m.

Read the series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

Matt Harvey limited St. Louis to one run in seven innings, but nonetheless suffered his first 2013 loss as the Cardinals won the rubber game, 2-1, Thursday afternoon. Marlon Byrd homered in the ninth, but the tying run was stranded at third base when Edward Mujica struck out pinch-hitter Josh Satin to end the game. Afterward, the highly competitive Harvey indicated he should have pitched better and matched Adam Wainwright zero-for-zero.

Writes columnist Joel Sherman in the Post:

It is not his fault. Harvey is doing all he can to raise the competitiveness and win total of the Mets. But unless he morphs into the baseball version of Bugs Bunny -- first base, Matt Harvey; second base, Matt Harvey -- the organization’s biggest issue will not be if Harvey can lift those around him, but whether they will take him down, as well.

Manager Terry Collins, in fact, was compelled to have a private chat with Harvey yesterday, to counsel his young ace to stave off frustration after more genius was soiled not by the opponent, but his own teammates. We could say Harvey is enduring friendly fire, but that would mean saying these Mets have fire.

Writes columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record:

That was the most depressing takeaway from the 2-1 loss to the Cardinals, that not even Harvey, the boy king, can slow the Mets’ march to 100 losses. Like everything else in Flushing lately, Harvey has been devalued. His most precious gift, a fastball that averaged 97.64 mph Thursday, took a back seat to the inevitability of the Fatal Flaw -- a lack of timely hitting, defensive mistakes, a game-ending strikeout with the tying run on third base -- that’s rendered the Mets toxic.

The dejection was written all over Harvey’s face in the postgame clubhouse. The right-hander managed to repeat all the right clichés, but his words lacked conviction after his first loss of the season. When Harvey said, “I needed to put up seven zeros” against Wainwright, it was nothing short of an indictment of an offense that ranks 12th in the National League in runs and 14th in OPS.

Read game recaps in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Journal and MLB.com.


Larry Goren/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesZack Wheeler will deliver his next pitch in the majors.


• Zack Wheeler made his final start for Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing a solo homer but no other hits in 5 2/3 innings against Tacoma. Wheeler next is due to face the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at Turner Field. The Mets will use a six-man rotation for at least one turn after Wheeler debuts, in large part because Dillon Gee (elbow) and Jonathon Niese (shoulder) have dealt with shoulder tendinitis.

“Everything feels good right now,” Wheeler said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I feel like I’m ready.”

Said pitching coach Randy St. Claire, alluding to an early season blister problem: “Once that finger started feeling better, he started throwing the ball a lot better. Especially when he executes pitches down in the zone, it’s electric stuff. Guys don’t have good swings on it when it’s down in the zone.”

Read more in the Post.

• Harvey told Kristie Ackert in the Daily News he does not like the six-man rotation plan, although Harvey is likely to be least affected by it, since he would be the priority and would probably pitch on regular rest next Sunday at Philadelphia after Tuesday’s outing against the Braves.

“I am not fond of it, but I don’t make these decisions,” Harvey told Ackert. “It’s always been five days, at least as long as I can remember. I don’t necessarily like the extra rest. I take pride pitching every five days, getting as many starts as I can,” Harvey said. “Obviously I don’t have a say in that. I guess I will have to make adjustments.”

• The Mets considered partnering with a cougar dating web site to help promote David Wright’s All-Star candidacy before abandoning the idea. Wright, meanwhile, revealed that he has asked the team to tone down its in-game promotion of his All-Star candidacy because it’s not appropriate to single him out with the team doing poorly. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and Newsday.

Ike Davis went 0-for-3 for Las Vegas on Thursday. Read more in Newsday.

• Responding to a Newsday article that suggested Mets brass was upset with Wally Backman’s pronouncement he could fix Davis, Backman told the Daily News on Thursday: "I'm sorry if I ruffled any feathers. If you've got an issue with me, call me."

• Terry Collins indicated Scott Atchison should be ready to be activated from the DL after working consecutive days with Double-A Binghamton -- although the B-Mets were rained out at Trenton last night, preventing the second straight night of relief work.

Rick Ankiel, designated for assignment during the weekend, has elected free agency, officially ended his Mets career.

• The St. Louis telecast of Thursday’s Mets-Cards game caught a fan tumbling at Citi Field. Read more in the Daily News.

• Collins as well as Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson will serve on Bruce Bochy’s NL staff at the July 16 All-Star Game. Jim Leyland’s AL staff also will have a Mets accent, with ex-Amazin’s Robin Ventura (Chicago White S0x) and John Gibbons (Toronto Blue Jays). Read more in Newsday, the Post and Daily News.

• Left-handed strikeout machine Jack Leathersich has been promoted from Binghamton to Vegas. He made his debut in relief of Wheeler, striking out his first Pacific Coast League batter. Gonzalez Germen surrendered four eighth-inning homers as Tacoma routed the 51s after Wheeler’s departure. In the Florida State League, T.J. Rivera had a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth as St. Lucie beat Clearwater, 5-4. Jayce Boyd went 4-for-4 with a three-run homer and walk as Savannah moved closer to clinching the first-half title with a 9-4 win against Greenville. Boyd as well as Kevin Plawecki should get promoted to St. Lucie within days. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud is due to get his fractured left foot reexamined Monday.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear rues the day the Mets couldn't get Harvey off the hook. … John Delcos at Mets Report advocates extending Collins. … Rising Apple wonders when Wilmer Flores will get a big-league shot. … Mark Berman at Blogging Mets looks back at one of the stranger moments in Mets history.

BIRTHDAYS: No one to play for the Mets was born on this date, but Donald Trump and Boy George celebrate birthdays today. Not together.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: What is your favorite Foreigner Song?

Collins, Davey, Robin will see Stars

June, 13, 2013
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Getty ImagesRobin Ventura, Terry Collins and Davey Johnson will serve as All-Star coaches.
NEW YORK -- Terry Collins will serve as an NL All-Star coach for a second straight season, as the Mets host the July 16 game.

The managers selected as coaches for Bruce Bochy's NL squad and Jim Leyland's AL squad all have Mets ties.

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, who skippered the Mets to the 1986 championship, joins Collins on the NL side. On the AL side: former Mets players Robin Ventura (Chicago White Sox) and John Gibbons (Toronto Blue Jays).

"My whole life has been in this game," Collins said. "I realize it's in New York and that's probably why they asked me to do it. It's an honor. It's a blast. I had a great time last year. [2012 NL manager] Tony [La Russa] and I are very, very good friends. So he asked me a lot of things before the game. We spent all morning before the game getting ready. It now means something. That All-Star Game is just not an exhibition game anymore. It means something. So it's a lot of fun.

"And to get in there during batting practice and mingle with the greatest of the greats, how could you not like that? And the fact that it's in New York, it's great. It's special. This is the place where you want to play. Still, it's just an honor to be a part of it all."

Mets morning briefing 3.13.12

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David Wright is due to return to camp today after receiving an "ultrasound-guided" cortisone shot in his troublesome left rib cage Monday in New York at his request. Meanwhile, teammate Tim Byrdak remains at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, where he will undergo surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He is due to miss six weeks. On the field, Carlos Beltran visits in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform to face Mike Pelfrey at 1:10 p.m. at Digital Domain Park. Johan Santana, who turns 33 today, should throw a between-starts bullpen session, too.

Tuesday's news reports:

Terry Collins said he believes/hopes Wright will resume baseball activities in the middle to end of the week. Wright was treading water with his left-rib cage issue -- experiencing soreness while neither improving nor worsening. A team official said an MRI revealed no structural damage. A frustrated Wright asked for the cortisone injection.

Sandy Alderson and Collins both said they expect to carry a left-handed reliever on the Opening Day roster, even minus Byrdak. Garrett Olson and Chuck James likely are the front runners. Daniel Herrera and Robert Carson also are in camp, but appear secondary considerations. Then there was this development Monday ...

Late last season, Paul DePodesta advised to watch left-handed reliever Josh Edgin as a rapid riser, despite Edgin not having pitched above Class A. Well, with Byrdak's surgery looming today, Edgin has been moved to major league camp. He blew a save chance in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers at Lakeland, but that was after his defense betrayed him on a would-be third out. Edgin then rallied nicely the following inning against Tigers left-handed batters. He previously had recorded a pair of Grapefruit League saves while being borrowed from minor league camp, before the official transfer.

Read more on Byrdak's scheduled surgery as well as Wright's injury in the Daily News, Star-Ledger, Journal, Post, Newsday, Times and Record.

• Bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested and charged with driving under the influence with property damage, a misdemeanor, according to a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office arrest affidavit. Langill allegedly drove into a concrete fountain in the middle of a traffic circle, flipping the vehicle at approximately 11:25 p.m. Sunday. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Post, Record, Daily News and Newsday.

• With jury selection slated to take place Monday and a 10-day civil trial to follow, several motions were filed last night in the $386 million lawsuit against Mets owner Fred Wilpon, his family and businesses. Among the more headline-grabbing items: Trustee Irving Picard's lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff to bar Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax from testifying on the Wilpons' behalf. Picard's legal team argued that the purpose of Koufax testifying is to influence a jury with star power rather than substance. On the Wilpons' side, Howard Megdal at Capital New York notes defense attorneys have asked the judge to bar the plaintiffs from using the term "other people's money" to describe the Wilpons' gains in the Ponzi scheme, saying that is a loaded term that could improperly influence a jury.

Lucas Duda belted a grand slam in his first game in five days and the Mets and Tigers played to a 7-7 tie in 10 innings.

• Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News writes that Collins is trying to keep the faith:

No sooner had Collins arrived at Joker Marchant Stadium Monday than he was greeted by his old baseball buddy, Jim Leyland, who put out the welcome mat for him by fielding his "A" lineup featuring all his regulars and especially the Detroit Tigers' new twin pillars of power, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. "Geez," Collins exclaimed to Leyland in mock protest, "I thought we were friends!" In truth, Collins could probably use a good friend like Leyland right about now to unload his troubles on. For, aside from Santana’s steady progress from his career-threatening shoulder injury, most of the news coming out of the Mets camp this spring has been either bad, concerning or downright embarrassing -- and Monday was no different.

Ike Davis tells Dan Martin in the Post that he is having no ill effects from last year's ankle injury or the suspected valley fever. "I can't plan for something I don't know is going to happen," Davis told Martin. "If something happens, I'll talk to Terry, but until then, there's nothing to talk about and I'd like for there to never be a reason to."

• Left-handed pitcher John Mincone, a Huntington, Long Island, native and Half Hollow Hills East High School product, has signed a minor league deal with the Mets. Mincone, 22, was drafted in the 11th round by the Chicago Cubs in 2009 out of Suffolk Community College after an injury-plagued college career. He went 1-2 with a 4.61 ERA in six games (three starts) for Windy City in the independent Frontier League last season.

"I’ve had many high school highlights," Mincone said in this April 2010 interview. "I'd have to say that winning our league championship my senior year and winning the Paul Gibson award are up there on the list, but my best memory is from the summer after my junior year. I made the Long Island baseball team going to compete in the Empire State Games, sort of an 'Olympics' for the state of New York. Our team won the gold medal, going undefeated in the process, marking the first time in 13 years that the Long Island team won a gold medal in baseball.

"As for college, I have two major baseball highlights. When I was at James Madison University my freshman year, we won the Colonial Athletic Association Conference tournament and continued on to play in the NCAA Regionals at NC State. My best college highlight is definitely winning Region XV while at Suffolk County Community College ... and then playing in the NJCAA College World Series in Tyler, Texas. I was named Region XV player of the year (2009) and was a named to the First Team NJCAA All-American, leading the nation with 107 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched, and an ERA of 0.98."

• Ex-Met Jason Pridie, who signed a minor league contract with the Oakland A's during the offseason, officially was suspended 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced.

• Left-hander C.J. Nitkowski's agent, Tom O'Connell, tells Tyler Kepner in the Times he believes the southpaw will join the Mets organization. "I feel pretty optimistic that we can come to an agreement," O’Connell told Kepner. "Hopefully this will play out in the next couple of days." Newsday previously has reported that an eventual signing is expected.

TRIVIA: What is the Mets' record for relief appearances in a season?

Monday's answer: Mike Jacobs homered in his first at-bat as a Met, which also was his first major league at-bat. He went deep on Aug. 21, 2005 off Washington's Esteban Loaiza as a pinch hitter. That staved off a demotion, and Jacobs went on to belt three more homers within three days.

Mets morning briefing 6.27.11

June, 27, 2011
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After winning Sunday's rubber game against the Rangers, the Mets flew to Detroit on Sunday night and will spend an off-day in the Motor City. Or nearby, at least.

Terry Collins planned to travel 90 minutes away to visit his father, Bud, in Midland, Mich. The elder Collins turned 92 Saturday. Collins was also looking forward to Tuesday's series against the Tigers and catching up with Detroit manager Jim Leyland. Collins' first major league job was on Leyland's staff in Pittsburgh, and Collins wears No. 10 as a tribute to Leyland.

“I’ll have a lot of fun for the next three days,” Collins said. “Before the games start, for sure, on the field he’ll have a 1,000 stories and tease me about we should be in first place -- like he does every year. His team is, or is close to first, so we’ve got a challenge on our hands. That’s for sure.”

Monday's news reports:

• The Mets beat the Rangers, 8-5, as Dillon Gee survived a shaky appearance to improve to 8-1 and Jose Reyes produced four hits, including his MLB-high 14th triple. Read game stories in the Times, Newsday, Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Journal and Record.

Brian Costa of The Wall Street Journal looks at whether the Yankees and Mets would entertain making a trade. The conclusion: It's more difficult, because no one wants the stigma of losing the deal. Ex-GM Jim Duquette, who did send Armando Benitez to the Bronx, recalls former Mets owner Nelson Doubleday all but ruling out swaps because he did not want to assist the Yankees in any respect. Sandy Alderson likened it to his dealings with the San Francisco Giants from across the bay in Oakland. Writes Costa:

During Alderson's 15-year tenure as general manager of the A's, he made three trades with the Giants, none more memorable than the one he made in 1988. In a swap of minor-league pitchers, Alderson sent Rod Beck to the Giants for Charlie Corbell. Beck went on to become an All-Star closer for the Giants. Corbell never made it to the majors. It would go down as one of Alderson's worst moves. "Everybody makes good trades, everybody makes bad trades," Alderson said. "But to the extent that you do it within a single market, the history, good or bad, stays with the franchise a little longer."

Chris Capuano threw a between-starts bullpen session and pronounced himself fit for his next start, Wednesday at Detroit. Capuano had left his last start after six innings as a precaution with an abdominal issue, which was labeled cramping.

BIRTHDAY: Chris Woodward, a backup on the 2005 and 2006 teams, turns 35. Woodward had a penchant for big hits in his brief stint. The only two walk-off hits in his career came within a span of just more than a month, including a game-ending home run to beat the Padres and reliever Chris Hammond. The other, in a 9-8 win over the Nationals on Aug. 20, helped the Mets save face after blowing an 8-0 lead for Pedro Martinez. -Mark Simon

Mets morning briefing 3.8.11

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Tuesday marks the final start of Oliver Perez's Mets career, as the southpaw opens the untelevised road split-squad game in Kissimmee against the Houston Astros. Chris Capuano gets SNY's Port St. Lucie-based game against the Washington Nationals. Terry Collins insists Perez will not be released after this appearance -- that there definitely will be an intermediate step of Perez auditioning for a left-handed specialist role. For what it's worth, Sandy Alderson and Collins will be making the trip with Perez. So will ESPNNewYork.com.

Tuesday's news reports:

• The Times reveals another financial heavy hitter, who is a leading part of a group of potential buyers that includes Anthony Scaramucci, the managing partner of asset-management company SkyBridge. It's James F. McCann, the founder of Westbury, L.I.-based 1-800-Flowers.com. That company has sponsored the Mets' Kiss Cam between innings. A company spokesman told the newspaper: “The only thing I can tell you is he’s a very close friend of Fred and Jeff Wilpon’s and knows them very well. ... [McCann] has a strong affinity for the Mets.”

@Josh_Thole talks with Newsday about signing up for Twitter. He notes he is following 56 people (including @AdamRubinESPN). "I started doing the whole 'what was I doing all day' thing but I stopped that," Thole tells David Lennon about the content of his tweets. "I'm sure people liked it, but it was kind of too much for me. ... I have no idea what I'm doing. As somebody explained it to me, it's like sending a text message to 5,000 people. If I say something wrong, or say something that shouldn't have come out, it could be a problem. I'm just going to keep it simple right now." David Wright says he is considering creating an account this season.

• The Post's Dan Martin talks to on-the-outs Perez and Luis Castillo about the pressure they are facing. Neither is expected on the major league club.

"I don't worry if people don't think I can do it," Perez tells Martin. "The Mets have given me a chance to start games. All I can do is pitch my best. When I'm on the mound, I don't think about it being maybe my last start or anything else."

Says Castillo: "My job is to make the team. It's hard to do when you don't play much. I know there's a lot of pressure on me for me to stay here, and I want to. I feel healthy. I know I can help this team, and I think they're being fair. I just want one more chance."

Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus looks like the frontrunner for second base, with Daniel Murphy also on the team. The simplest way for Nick Evans to get on the team, though, is for Murphy to win the second-base job outright and Emaus returned to Toronto, even if that's not the likely scenario. That way, Evans could sneak onto a five-man bench with Chin-lung Hu, Mike Nickeas (until Ronny Paulino's remaining eight-game suspension is served), Scott Hairston and Willie Harris. Evans is out of options and is more likely than not to get claimed off waivers.

Andy Martino of the Daily News notes that Collins, as well as Alderson, are going to Kissimmee to watch Perez because they promised him a fair shot and it would be going against their word otherwise. "When you have a conversation with a player, and you give him a program that you're going to put down, you stand by that program," Collins said. "Credibility is at stake here. I don't think it's fair to him not having me there. If I was trying to make a team and make a rotation and the manager wasn't there, I would question that."

• Collins picked uniform No. 10 as a tribute to Jim Leyland. Leyland named Collins to the Mets skipper's first major league coaching gig, with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992 as bullpen coach. So the two men naturally chatted for 20 minutes Monday behind the batting cage when Leyland's Tigers visited Port St. Lucie. "His dealings with the players were so honest," Collins tells The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa about Leyland. "I watched him communicate on a daily basis, and I probably didn't live up to that the way he did. But he gave me my chance when nobody else would." Collins has repeatedly cited Leyland since being hired. Most recently, Collins said Sunday that he might place Hairston in the clean-up spot on days Carlos Beltran sits during the regular season because that's what Leyland would do -- or did while managing the Pirates. Collins noted when No. 3 hitter Andy Van Slyke sat, Leyland put John Cangelosi from the bench into that spot, so the rest of the hitters could remain in their customary slots.

Leyland tells Costa that he had a kinship with Collins because both never reached the majors as players. "When you're a former big-league player, you have to lose the players' respect," Leyland said. "But when you're a minor-league guy and never a player, you have to get the players' respect. That's the difference."

Leyland even prepped Collins for a managerial interview with the Houston Astros. Collins was hired.

David Waldstein in the Times also chronicles the relationship between Leyland and Collins, and notes the two will get a chance to reunite when the Mets face the Tigers in interleague play in June. “It will be a lot more fun in Detroit when it’s a real game,” Collins tells Waldstein. “I remember the first time I managed against him when I was in Houston, trying to match wits with a guy who I think is one of the best, if not the best, managers in the game. That was pretty fun.”

• Post columnist Joel Sherman says it's vital for Angel Pagan to become one of the NL's top center fielders, but it's not a given. He writes:

I asked two personnel men what they thought, and the AL one said he liked but didn't love Pagan, while an NL counterpart graded Pagan higher. AL personnel man: "We see Pagan as a capable everyday player on a contender, not an above-average one. We like his ability to hit for average and run. However, we're a little mixed on his defense; scouts would call him a strong-average center fielder, whereas stat guys would call him above to well above average." ... NL personnel man: "I think he is a legitimate front-line player. He is a well-rounded guy who can impact the game with his bat, glove and legs."

• Daily News columnist John Harper was impressed with Bobby Parnell's ability Monday to mix in sliders with his sizzling fastball. Harper notes that Bobby Ojeda on the game telecast said: "There are a lot of guys who throw 95 [mph] who are driving UPS trucks." Because batters have to commit so early to Parnell's fastball, which was clocked 102 mph last August in Houston, the slider would make Parnell a viable successor to Francisco Rodriguez as Mets closer. "When my velocity started going up, I kind of lost the feel for my slider as I threw harder," Parnell tells Harper. "But I worked on it this winter and I've had a good feel for it here in spring training. It's there for me right now."

Arthur Stapleton of the Record takes a closer look at Jason Isringhausen, who will attempt to demonstate his durability on Tuesday by pitching the second of back-to-back days. “I know how old I am when David Wright says he used to come to [Triple-A affiliate] Norfolk to watch me pitch when he was a little kid,” Isringhausen tells Stapleton. “I’m glad I am the old man because it means I’ve been in the big leagues awhile.” Based on the efffectiveness of his curveball and the fact he already was sporting an 89-90 mph fastball Monday, if Isringhausen can get through the next three-plus weeks healthy in his first spring-training camp in three years, he likely will find himself breaking camp with the Mets.

Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger talks to hitting coach Dave Hudgens about trying to raise Jose Reyes' on-base percentage, which was .321 last season. Writes McCullough:

Tempering Reyes’ eagerness and elevating his on-base percentage provides both short-term benefits for the Mets and long-term benefits for Reyes. The team reaps the benefits of Reyes on the base paths. And Reyes can rebuild his case as an elite player on the open market. In 2010, Reyes experienced his most erratic season at the plate. Offspeed offerings tempted and tormented him. Reyes swung at a career-high 32.1 percent of the pitches outside the strike zone. His walk rate shrunk to 5.1, his lowest since an overeager rookie season in 2005.

On-base percentage is perhaps the key value of the new front office.

• If you like Securities and Exchange Commission coverage in sports, check out the Daily News.

• Ex-Met Darryl Hamilton was fired by MLB from his role overseeing on-field operations, while VP of umpiring Mike Port and VP of administration Ed Burns also were let go as Joe Torre assumed his job as executive VP of operations.

• The Mets will hold auditions for national anthem singer Monday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at Citi Field. The first 100 to show up are guaranteed an audition, which can include any song other than the national anthem. A cappella, please.

BIRTHDAY: Willard Hunter, who originally was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, and who pitched in a combined 68 games for the Mets in 1962 and '64, was born on this date in 1934.

Leyland praises Collins

December, 8, 2010
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Terry Collins will wear No. 10 next season as a tip of the cap to mentor Jim Leyland. And Leyland on Wednesday at the winter meetings offered his own tribute to Collins, praising the manager of the Mets. Collins was on Leyland's staff with Pittsburgh.

"I think he's going to be an excellent manager," Leyland said. "I know him. He's a very intense guy, like most managers are. He expects a good day's work for a good day's pay. He's got energy. He's a very bright guy. I think he's going to be a good fit there -- particularly if he's got good players. That's usually the way it works with us."

As for the uniform number tribute, Leyland added: "That was touching. Really. I didn't really know anything about it until somebody called me about it. That was nice. I brought him to the big leagues when he was over there in Pittsburgh as their Triple-A manager. He never forgot that, so that was a nice touch. I'm proud of something like that."

TC on No. 10

November, 23, 2010
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Terry Collins is introduced as manager. No. 10 is a tribute to Jim Leyland.

Terry Collins said he intends to wear No. 10 as a tribute to Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

"He gave me my shot to get to the big leagues," Collins said, referring to their days with the Pirates. "And he's a great friend. So I wanted to wear it for him.

"Plus, my wife thinks I'm a 10. ... That's a joke."

Other No. 10's in Mets history:

Rod Kanehl (1962-1964)
Kevin Collins (1965)
Greg Goossen (1966-1968)
Mike Jorgensen (1968)
Duffy Dyer (1969-1974)
Rusty Staub (1975, 1981-1985)
Ken Henderson (1978)
Kelvin Chapman (1979)
Dave Magadan (1990-1991)
Jeff Torborg (1992-1993)
Butch Huskey (1993)
David Segui (1994)
Tom McGraw (1995-1996)
Gary Thurman (1997)
Kevin Morgan (1997)
Roberto Petagine (1997)
Rey Ordonez (1998-2002)
Rey Sanchez (2003)
Joe Depastino (2003)
Jeff Duncan (2004)
Brian Buchanan (2004)
Joe Hietpas (2004)
Shinjo Takatsu (2005)
Endy Chavez (2006-2008)
Gary Sheffield (2009)

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