New York Mets: John Mora

Morning Briefing: deGrom Day!

September, 15, 2014
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Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom continues his NL Rookie if the Year campaign on Monday night.
NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Time to reel in the Miami Marlins!

Jacob deGrom's Rookie of the Year campaign continues Monday as the Mets open a three-game series against the Giancarlo Stanton-less Marlins at Citi Field. Stanton, an MVP candidate, suffered facial fractures when he was struck with an 88 mph pitch from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers on Thursday.

The Marlins (72-76) are a game ahead of the Mets (72-78) for third place in the NL East. For the record, the Mets are 7 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild-card spot with 12 games remaining.

DeGrom (8-6, 2.62 ERA) opposes right-hander Jarred Cosart (13-9, 3.70), who was acquired on July 31 in a deal that sent outfielder Jake Marisnick to the Houston Astros.

Since allowing six runs and 12 hits in 4 1/3 innings at St. Louis on June 16 to drop to 0-4, deGrom has posted a 1.77 ERA, .210 opponent batting average and 0.996 WHIP in 13 starts.

Pregame, the Mets will honor their Sterling Award winners, including Stony Brook, Long Island, native Steven Matz as pitcher of the year and Dilson Herrera as position player of the year. Matz took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning Friday in Double-A Binghamton’s Eastern League championship clincher against Richmond.


Adam RubinLong Islander Steven Matz will be honored as the organization's pitcher of the year before Monday's game.


Matz, 23, went a combined 10-9 with a 2.24 ERA and had 131 strikeouts and 35 walks between Class A St. Lucie and the B-Mets during the regular season.

Also due to be honored Monday as top performers at their respective minor-league levels:

Las Vegas -- Matt Reynolds, ss

Binghamton -- Kevin Plawecki, c

St. Lucie -- Brandon Nimmo, of

Savannah -- Dario Alvarez, lhp and Akeel Morris, rhp

Kingsport -- Vicente Lupo, of

Brooklyn -- Marcos Molina, rhp

Gulf Coast League -- John Mora, of

Dominican Summer League 1 -- Ali Sanchez, c

Dominican Summer League 2 -- Walter Rasquin, c

Monday’s news reports:

Wilson Ramos delivered a two-run homer against Jonathon Niese to break a scoreless tie in the seventh and the Nationals beat the Mets, 3-0, Sunday. The Mets officially were eliminated from the NL East race.

The Nats have won 14 of their last 15 games at Citi Field and have out-homered the Mets 35-7 in Queens during that span.

Washington has homered in 15 straight games at Citi Field, the longest streak ever by a team at the ballpark, including the Mets. The Atlanta Braves rank second, having homered in 11 straight games at the Queens stadium from April 2012 through May 2013. The Mets’ longest streak is nine straight games with a Citi Field homer, which came June 15-July 9 of this season.

The Mets went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position Sunday and hit .176 (6-for-34) in those situations during the four-game series.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Journal, Record and at MLB.com.


Adam RubinVic Black is headed for an MRI of his right shoulder on Monday.


Vic Black will have an MRI on Monday, two days after his velocity again sagged in a relief appearance and he experienced shoulder weakness. Black was examined Sunday by a doctor at the stadium. He indicated afterward that the belief is the shoulder is just fatigued.

Left-handed reliever Dana Eveland is being sent home to California because he has inflammation in his pitching elbow and will not pitch against this season.

Matt den Dekker had a pinch-hit infield single Sunday in his first plate appearance since being hit on the top of the left hand with a pitch last Tuesday.

Read more on Black in the Post and Record.

• Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post is not a fan of Jenrry Mejia's “fisherman” save celebration against the Nats. Writes Mushnick:

Terry Collins is trying to convince Jenrry Mejia that his exaggerated, self-absorbed, attention-starved, post-save fool-dancing -- even after nearly blowing a save -- is unprofessional. Let me give it a shot: Jenrry, you look like a fool.

• Joe Lemire in the Journal notes that Zack Wheeler, deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are part of a select group of lefty-hitting right-handed pitchers. That exposes their right arms while standing in the batter’s box. Wheeler and deGrom actually are natural righty hitters.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin recaps the B-Mets’ title.

BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever Satoru Komiyama turns 49.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets activate Steven Matz, Matt Reynolds and Kevin Plawecki while they are in town for the Sterling Award presentation?

Morning Briefing: Nats rule Citi Field

September, 11, 2014
Sep 11
5:25
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: Well, if the Mets have designs on reaching .500 and beyond, they will have to accomplish it against a tough nemesis.

Of the 16 games remaining for the Amazin’s this season, seven are against the Washington Nationals. That includes a four-game series at Citi Field that begins Thursday at 7:10 p.m., when Bartolo Colon (13-11, 3.96 ERA) opposes right-hander Tanner Roark (12-10, 2.97).

The Mets remain 5 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild-card spot. The Amazin’s are four games under .500, at 71-75, and have won a season-high-matching four straight.

The Nats have a 10-2 record and have outscored the Mets 62-34 this season.

Washington has won 11 straight games in Queens. That’s the longest-ever winning streak by a visiting team against the Mets. The Atlanta Braves won 10 straight games at Shea Stadium in 1991 and '92.

The Nats are 25-4 at Citi Field since September 2011.

“I’m very pleased,” Terry Collins said about the Mets’ recent play, which includes winning seven of their last eight games and four straight series wins. “We’ve still got a tough road ahead here. We’ve got the Nats coming in, who we have not played very well, [and] who play absolutely great here. We’ve got our work cut out for us. We’re aware of that.”

Thursday’s news reports:

• A civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn alleges chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon “humiliated” the club’s senior vice president overseeing ticket sales because she was pregnant and unmarried. The Mets responded that former employee Leigh Castergine’s lawsuit is “without merit.”

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Journal, Times, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Read columnist Mike Vaccaro’s take on the Mets’ wild-card pursuit and the lawsuit in the Post and columnist David Lennon’s take in Newsday. Jeff Passan has a scathing critique of the latter topic at Yahoo!, as does Bob Klapisch in the Record.

• Despite a high pitch count, Rafael Montero tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings and earned his first major league win as the Mets swept the Rockies with a 2-0 win Wednesday. Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple and Jenrry Mejia became the youngest player in franchise history to notch 25 saves in a season. Mets pitchers have logged 19 straight scoreless innings, two shy of matching the season high (April 20-22), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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

Daniel Murphy was shifted to third base Wednesday with David Wright done for the season because of persistent left-shoulder woes. Murphy received no fielding chances in his first start at the position since July 21, 2011. The move allows rookie Dilson Herrera to get continued playing time at second base. Read more in the Times and Star-Ledger.

• ESPN’s Buster Olney suggests it could be a quiet offseason for the Mets, at least spending-wise. Writes Olney:

The reality appears to be that the Mets' front office will be left with little money to improve the roster, perhaps bypassing pricey veterans who could represent pivotal upgrades, such as shortstop J.J. Hardy. It appears Alderson will instead pick through the bargain bin for short-term gambles, which is how Chris Young came to be a Met last winter; he was a bargain for a reason.

The Mets' ownership could choose to take a different path and look to spend money to make money. But once again, that does not appear to be the route this team will go, and it's bad for the sport when a New York City team pretends it must adhere to its budget the way the Tampa Bay Rays do.

ESPN Insiders can read Olney’s full analysis here.

Matt den Dekker remained sore and did not appear in Wednesday’s game a day after getting plunked on the back of his left hand with a pitch.

• Binghamton is one win from the Eastern League championship after a 5-1 victory at Richmond on Wednesday. Xorge Carrillo and Travis Taijeron homered and Greg Peavey limited the Squirrels to one run in seven innings as the B-Mets took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Binghamton will go for the sweep at home on Friday with Steven Matz on the mound. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Matz and Herrera were named the pitcher and player of the year in the Mets organization, the club announced. Sterling Award winners at individual levels of the organization were Matt Reynolds, Kevin Plawecki, Brandon Nimmo, Dario Alvarez, Akeel Morris, Vicente Lupo, Marcos Molina, John Mora, Ali Sanchez and Walter Rasquin.

• Wright and Dillon Gee visited FDNY Squad 288/Hazmat 1 in Maspeth, Queens, on Wednesday.

Chris Young homered and had two RBIs as the Yankees rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays. Young became the second player ever to homer for the Mets and Yankees in the same season, joining Dave Kingman in 1977, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Andrew Beaton in the Journal looks into the Mets being 16-2 this season in games started by Kirk Nieuwenhuis. That’s the best winning percentage for any player in the majors with a minimum of 15 starts.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at NY Mets Report doesn’t believe Wright’s injury and Herrera playing second base could pave the way for Murphy to be traded this offseason.

BIRTHDAYS: Former closer Frank Francisco turns 35.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can the Mets reach .500? Can they reach the postseason?

Mets honor Matz, Herrera as players of year

September, 10, 2014
Sep 10
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NEW YORK -- The Mets have selected left-hander Steven Matz as their minor-league pitcher of

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the year and second baseman Dilson Herrera as their minor-league player of the year. Additionally, they have selected a Sterling Award winner for each level of the minors:

Las Vegas -- Matt Reynolds, ss

Binghamton -- Kevin Plawecki, c

St. Lucie -- Brandon Nimmo, of

Savannah -- Dario Alvarez, lhp and Akeel Morris, rhp

Kingsport -- Vicente Lupo, of

Brooklyn -- Marcos Molina, rhp

Gulf Coast League -- John Mora, of

Dominican Summer League 1 -- Ali Sanchez, c

Dominican Summer League 2 -- Walter Rasquin, c

Minors 8.16.14: Lupo swipes home for win

August, 17, 2014
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OMAHA 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Taylor Teagarden's two-run homer in the top of the seventh against Blake Wood broke a scoreless tie. But 51s starter Logan Verrett surrendered a sacrifice fly to ex-Mets farmhand Francisco Pena in the bottom of that inning, then a game-deciding two-run homer to Brian Bocock in the eighth. Verrett (10-5) was credited with a complete game and allowed only four hits and two walks in the defeat. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, READING 1
BINGHAMTON 7, READING 3: Rehabbing Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed six strong innings and also contributed with a run-producing walk . Reading starter Jesse Biddle opened the fourth by issuing walks to Brian Burgamy and Jayce Boyd. Darrell Ceciliani followed with an RBI single. Three batters later, Biddle hit Wilfredo Tovar and walked Matsuzaka, forcing in another run. Mike Nesseth took over for Biddle and recorded the final out of the inning, defusing the threat. Matsuzaka cruised through four scoreless innings, needing only 38 pitches and facing one over the minimum. Reading’s first threat came in the fifth, when Brock Stassi pulled a one-out double down the right-field line. Matsuzaka stranded Stassi by retiring the next two batters. The Fightins cracked the scoreboard in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Peter Lavin doubled over right fielder Kyle Johnson’s head. He took third on a fly out and scampered home with Reading’s lone run when Matsuzaka uncorked a wild pitch. Jon Velasquez tossed a perfect seventh for his first save since 2010 as a Phillies farmhand at high-A Clearwater. Matsuzaka (1-0) allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He threw 69 pitches while walking none and collecting three strikeouts.

In Game 2, the B-Mets plated seven unanswered runs, highlighted by a go-ahead three-run homer from Tovar in the sixth. The Fightin Phils had blasted their way to the lead in the first inning on Aaron Altherr's three-run homer against Tyler Pill. Binghamton responded without needing a hit in the third against Reading starter Adam Loewen. Tovar walked and Pill reached safely when Loewen failed to cleanly field his drag bunt. After a walk loaded the bases, T.J. Rivera ripped a groundball through Jake Fox’s legs at third base, allowing Tovar to score. Burgamy followed with a fielder’s choice to third, plating Pill to cut the deficit to one run. Pill settled down after Altherr’s blast, retiring the final 13 batters he faced. The righty cruised through four perfect innings, striking out five additional batters, to cap his night. Loewen’s fortunes turned quickly when the B-Mets put together a two-out rally in the sixth. The lefty walked Dustin Lawley and hit Xorge Carrillo. Tovar then ripped a 1-0 pitch over the left-center wall. His second homer of the season put Binghamton ahead, 5-3. The B-Mets padded their lead in the ninth on Lawley's two-run double. Pill (8-5) struck out six while issuing no walks over five innings. He remains unbeaten in his last 15 games as a B-Met. Box 1, Box 2

BRADENTON 5, ST. LUCIE 2: In his first start since Aug. 3, Luis Cessa allowed one single

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and one walk in five scoreless innings. He struck out seven, but did not factor in the decision when the bullpen could not hold a 2-0 lead in the eighth. Beck Wheeler surrendered three straight singles to start the frame and was replaced by lefty T.J. Chism to face lefty Adam Frazier. Frazier singled to left to make it 2-1. After Chism struck out Walker Gourley, Jordan Steranka produced a three-run double to put the Marauders ahead, 4-2. Bradenton added one more run in the inning when Jose Osuna’s grounder went through second baseman Phillip Evans' legs and Steranka scored. Yhonathan Barrios pitched around a one-out double by Evans in the ninth to close out the game. Cessa retired the first 11 batters he faced. His no-hit bid ended with two outs in the fourth on a single by Steranka. The only other batter to reach against Cessa was on a walk in the fifth. Cam Maron singled to extend his hitting streak to eight games. Box

SAVANNAH 9, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats used bases-loaded walks to Victor Cruzado and

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Nelfi Zapata to score twice in the first inning. The Drive pulled within 2-1 in the fourth against Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis as Kevin Mager singled to plate Tzu-Wei Lin. That was the only run Panteliodis allowed before the ninth inning. The Gnats blew the game open with a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings against reliever Oscar Perez. Jeff Glenn and Patrick Biondi drew back-to-back walks to start a three-run rally in the sixth. In the seventh, consecutive singles from Cruzado, Zapata, Jonathan Johnson, Glenn and Biondi led to four runs and a 9-1 Savannah advantage. Cruzado finished 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI. Yeixon Ruiz was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored. Biondi was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. Savannah let Panteliodis begin the ninth with an eight-run lead, but he allowed three hits, including two doubles, and reached his pitch limit. He was removed one out shy of his second complete game of the season. He still earned the win to improve to 5-3 with a 3.80 ERA. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3: The K-Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win, capped by Vicente Lupo's game-ending steal of home. Lupo's RBI double earlier in the frame had tied the score at 3. Kingsport starter Persio Reyes tossed six scoreless innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 1: Amed Rosario's two-out double in the third plated John Mora and opened the scoring. The Cyclones opened a 2-0 lead an inning later. Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch and stole second. Tyler Moore followed with an RBI double. Brooklyn starter Alberto Baldonado departed after five scoreless innings. In the eighth, Gaither Bumgardner inherited a runner on first with two outs from Carlos Valdez. A passed ball by Adrian Abreu advanced Max Kuhn to second. Trent Gilbert's RBI single then pulled Vermont within 2-1. In the ninth, closer Shane Bay surrendered one hit but converted his 13th save. Box

GCL MARLINS 9, GCL METS 5: Starter Darwin Reyes surrendered eight runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. Down 8-0, the Mets produced five fifth-inning runs, highlighted by Alvin Maracaro's two-run double. Maracaro, a third baseman, also committed two of the Mets' three errors. Adrian Almeida contributed three scoreless relief innings in the loss. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 8.6.14: Hefner lasts one inning

August, 6, 2014
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BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 1: Brian Burgamy and Dustin Lawley homered and Greg Peavey picked up his team-leading ninth Eastern League win. Peavey (9-2) tossed 6 2/3

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scoreless innings and allowed three hits. Dilson Herrera departed the game in the sixth after getting caught stealing. He jammed a finger on a headfirst slide. Brandon Nimmo remained out of the lineup with hand soreness. He last played Sunday. Binghamton jumped on Richmond starter Chris Stratton with a three-run first inning that included a solo homer from Burgamy. Lawley then walked and moved to third on Darrell Ceciliani's single. Ceciliani stole second and the throw from catcher Tyler LaTorre went into center field, allowing Lawley to score. T.J. Rivera's single plated Ceciliani. Against Edwin Quirarte in the sixth, Binghamton built a 5-0 lead as Burgamy worked a two-out walk and Lawley homered. Richmond's lone run came in the ninth against Cody Satterwhite. Chase Huchingson recorded the final out of the seventh in relief of Peavey, but was ejected after the frame by plate umpire John Libka. Richmond hitting coach Ken Joyce was tossed in the same inning. Jon Velasquez tossed a scoreless eighth. At 69-47, Binghamton achieved its high-water mark of the season. Ceciliani and Burgamy extended season-high hitting streaks to eight and 10 games, respectively. Binghamton walked nine times. The B-Mets are 5-0 against Richmond in 2014. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 5: Miracle first baseman Dalton Hicks was unable to squeeze a throw from Niko Goodrum that would have ended the sixth inning, opening the floodgates

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in St. Lucie's comeback. The Mets took advantage of the miscue by scoring five runs on four hits and a walk to overcome a 5-1 deficit. After Hicks’ error, Gilbert Gomez produced a two-run double. Jeff McNeil then walked. Maikis De La Cruz singled home Gomez to bring the Mets within a run. L.J. Mazzilli followed with a game-tying single. Jared King made it three straight hits when a bloop into right field dropped to bring home De La Cruz and put the Mets in front. All the damage was done against starter Matt Tomshaw, who also had allowed a two-out RBI single to Gomez in the fourth. All six runs were unearned. Julian Hilario stranded the tying run on third base in the seventh when Stuart Turner popped out. Beck Wheeler tossed two scoreless innings to record his ninth save. Seth Lugo pitched five innings in relief to earn the win. He surrendered a two-run homer to Levi Michael as the Miracle took a 5-0 lead in the fourth, but no other damage. Jeremy Hefner, in his third Florida State League rehab start and sixth minor-league outing overall, lasted only one inning . He allowed three runs on three hits and walked two. He tossed 28 pitches. Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-3 with a walk. Gomez, De La Cruz and Mazzilli had two hits apiece. De La Cruz has five multi-hit performances in his past six games. Box

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SAVANNAH 5, CHARLESTON 3: Rob Whalen and Akeel Morris combined on a four-hit shutout in the opener. Whalen improved to 7-0 with a 1.42 ERA in the South Atlantic League. Morris handled the final five outs to notch his 13th save. Yeixon Ruiz doubled and scored on Dominic Smith's groundout in the first for the lone run the Gnats needed. In the nightcap, Jeff Glenn had a leadoff single and Stefan Sabol had a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to break a 3-all tie. Box 1, Box 2

MAHONING VALLEY 2, BROOKLYN 1 (12 innings): Luis Rengel surrendered a walk-off sacrifice fly to Leo Castillo in the bottom of the 12th. Brooklyn had evened the score at 1 in the eighth on John Mora's two-out RBI double. Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes limited the Scrappers to two hits and a walk in six scoreless innings. Box

GCL MARLINS 6, GCL METS 1: Enmanuel Zabala's third-inning RBI single plated the Mets' lone run. Starter Jose Celas allowed two runs (one earned) in the first inning and ultimately departed trailing 2-1 in the fifth. Adonis Uceta was charged with four eighth-inning runs. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 8.1.14: Syndergaard stars

August, 2, 2014
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EL PASO 4, LAS VEGAS 3 (10 innings): Noah Syndergaard had his third straight strong outing for the 51s, throwing six scoreless innings while allowing eight hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Syndergaard has allowed one earned run in 17 1/3 innings over the last three starts, with five walks and 20 strikeouts. Allan Dykstra's eighth-inning solo homer evened the score at 2. The Chihuahuas plated two runs in the top of the 10th against Erik Goeddel. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a two-out sacrifice fly in the bottom half, but the 51s left the tying run at first base when Andrew Brown grounded into a fielder's choice. Box

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BINGHAMTON 9, BOWIE 8: Dilson Herrera's run-scoring triple brought home Brandon Nimmo to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth. Herrera then scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch. Nimmo and Herrera each reached base three times for the B-Mets, who had 16 hits. Brian Burgamy, Travis Taijeron and Jayce Boyd homered for the B-Mets, who rallied from 4-0 and 8-6 deficits despite going 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Starter Gabriel Ynoa gave up six runs in four innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, CLEARWATER 3: Jeremy Hefner, on his way back from Tommy John surgery, allowed two runs on two hits in four innings in his second Florida State League start after previously pitching in the Gulf Coast League. Jared King doubled and homered, while Jeff McNeil had a double and a triple. Mark Leiter Jr., whose father pitched in the major leagues and whose uncle Al Leiter pitched for the Mets, started the game for Clearwater and took the loss. Box

HICKORY at SAVANNAH (ppd.)

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ELIZABETHTON 3, KINGSPORT 1: Right-hander Andrew Church, the Mets' second-round draft pick in 2013, threw a four-hit seven-inning shutout in the first game of a doubleheader. Luis Guillorme scored the game's only run on a first-inning double play. Wuilmer Becerra had two of the Mets' six hits in the nightcap. Andrew Massie gave up three runs (one earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 4, AUBURN 3: Amed Rosario's two-out single completed a two-run ninth-inning rally to give the Cyclones the win. John Mora's sacrifice fly tied the score for the Cyclones, after Auburn took the lead with a home run against Luis Rengel in the top of the ninth. Jhoan Urena drove in two runs for Brooklyn. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL NATIONALS 5: Right fielder Hengelbert Rojas drove in three runs, and catcher Natanael Ramos drove in two. Ramos, outfielder Enmanuel Zabala and shortstop Milton Ramos each had two hits. Starter Adrian Almeida allowed one run on two hits in five innings. Box

Minors 7.31.14: Nimmo fuels B-Mets

July, 31, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 2, EL PASO 0: Rafael Montero allowed three hits and two walks in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Miguel Socolovich and Gonzalez Germen completed the shutout. Taylor Teagarden's RBI single opened the scoring in the fourth. Matt Reynolds doubled and scored on Andrew Brown's single an inning later for a two-run lead. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, BOWIE 4: Matt Bowman (7-6) surrendered one run and struck out six in seven innings. Brandon Nimmo scored twice and drove in three runs. T.J. Rivera produced

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three hits and extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. The lone run against Bowman came in the first on Mike Yastrzemski's game-opening homer. Facing Matt Bischoff in the bottom half, Nimmo walked and moved to third on Brian Burgamy's single. Dustin Lawley's RBI double evened the score at 1. In the third, Lawley's 19th homer -- a solo shot -- gave Binghamton the lead for good. The B-Mets took a 6-1 lead with a four-run fourth. Travis Taijeron and Xorge Carrillo had back-to-back singles and Kyle Johnson walked to load the bases with none out. Nimmo then plated all three and chased Bischoff with a triple. Dilson Herrera kept the inning going with a single against Julio DePaula that plated Nimmo. Bowie cut into a 9-1 lead with two eighth-inning runs against Adam Kolarek. Jon Velasquez surrendered a run in the ninth. Box

DUNEDIN 4, ST. LUCIE 3: The Jays broke a 3-all tie with an unearned run in the ninth. With two outs and Pierce Rankin on first, the Mets played their outfielders deep, in a no-doubles defense. Kevin Patterson then hit a routine fly ball to left field, but Jared King couldn’t race up to it fast enough. It dropped for a hit and put runners on the corners. Emilio Guerrero then sent a grounder to second base, but Phillip Evans could not handle it cleanly. Rankin scored the tiebreaking run on the error. King led off the bottom of the ninth with a double against Arik Sikula. However, Sikula got Cole Frenzel to line out, Gavin Cecchini to ground out and struck out Eudy Pina for his 24th save in 26 chances. He had blown a two-run lead in the ninth against the Mets on Monday. The Mets had jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning Thursday. Jays starter Efrain Nieves walked back-to-back hitters with two outs and King singled home Evans. King got caught in a rundown between first and second on the play, allowing Cam Maron to score, too. The Jays answered in the third when Kevin McGowan surrendered a three-run homer to Rankin. With the Mets still trailing 3-2 in the eighth, Wilfredo Tovar drew a walk from Justin Jackson and stole second. Gilbert Gomez advanced Tovar to third with a groundout. After Evans struck out, Tony Davis entered and tossed a wild pitch that allowed Tovar to score. The Mets mustered five hits in the game, including two from King. McGowan struck out three and walked three in six innings. The Mets finished July with a 12-15 record. It was their first losing month this season. Box

HICKORY 10, SAVANNAH 1: Historic Grayson Stadium surrenders very few homers, but it could not hold Travis Demeritte, who went deep twice. Demeritte leads the South Atlantic League with 23 homers. The Crawdads scored twice in the first against Logan Taylor, using an RBI double by Zach Cone and run-scoring single from Jairo Beras. Demeritte drilled a long homer against Taylor in the second to put the Crawdads up 3-0. His second longball came against reliever Hunter Carnevale in the ninth to cap the game's scoring. The Gnats scored their lone run in the third. Yeixon Ruiz singled, stole second and scored on Champ Stuart's single. Hickory padded its lead on Taylor's bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning. The Crawdads scored three times in an eighth inning that was marred by three Savannah errors. Box

ELIZABETHTON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

AUBURN 14, BROOKLYN 3: Starter Octavio Acosta allowed six runs (four earned) in three innings. Brandon Welch, the first reliever to enter for the Cyclones, allowed eight runs in two innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 13, GCL METS 10: Milton Ramos and Arnaldo Berrios drove in three runs apiece and John Mora scored four times in the loss. Starter Jose Medina allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. The Nats overcame a 10-9 deficit with a four-run eighth against Waldo Rodriguez. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 7.23.14: Whalen wins in return

July, 24, 2014
Jul 24
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TACOMA 6, LAS VEGAS 4: Cory Mazzoni allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra homered in a three-run third as the 51s took a 3-1 lead. Flores finished with three RBIs. With Vegas trailing by two runs, Danny Muno doubled with one out in the ninth and Juan Centeno singled. After Cesar Puello flied out, Matt den Dekker then walked to load the bases. However, Josh Satin flied out for the final out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, PORTLAND 2: Steven Matz (4-1) limited the Sea Dogs to two runs on

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seven hits and a walk in seven innings and the B-Mets avoided a three-game sweep. Sean Coyle had a solo homer against Matz in the second inning, but the B-Mets responded a half-inning later against Binghamton University product Mike Augliera as Rylan Sandoval had a leadoff homer. It was Sandoval’s first long ball of the season. Binghamton took the lead in the fourth as T.J. Rivera doubled and eventually scored on Jayce Boyd's single. That advantage swelled to 4-1 in the fifth. Dilson Herrera singled and stole second. Brian Burgamy then singled to place runners on the corners. Travis Taijeron followed with a run-scoring double. Rivera skied a sacrifice fly to center to plate Burgamy. Portland cut the deficit to two runs in the sixth as rehabbing Ryan Lavarnway, Michael Almanzar and Dave Chester all singled. Randy Fontanez and Cody Satterwhite each contributed a scoreless frame in relief. Satterwhite notched his ninth save. Burgamy finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Portland won the season series over the B-Mets, 11-9. Box

TAMPA 13, ST. LUCIE 6: Gavin Cecchini blasted a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, but the Yankees overcame the deficit to complete a four-game sweep. Mets starter Michael Fulmer cruised through the first three innings, allowing one hit and striking out five. His outing unraveled in the fourth. Greg Bird singled, Dante Bichette Jr. reached on L.J. Mazzilli’s error and Fulmer hit Eric Jagielo on the foot with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Fulmer threw a wild pitch that allowed Bird to score and walked Aaron Judge to reload the bases. Angelo Gumbs then singled to make it 5-2. With the bases again loaded, Trent Garrison had a two-run single. Jose Rosario followed with an RBI single to even the score. After Danny Oh struck out and Cito Culver walked, Fulmer was replaced by Jake Kuebler. Bird came up for the second time in the inning and produced a sac fly to put the Yankees ahead. Bichette followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5. Judge finally grounded out to end the fourth. Kuebler stayed in to pitch the fifth, but the Yankees got to him. Kuebler fielded Rosario’s bunt attempt with two runners on but threw the ball over the head of Mazzilli covering first base to allow a run to score. Later in the frame, Gilbert Gomez dropped a fly ball hit to center that allowed two more runs to score as the Yankees took a 12-5 lead. The Mets committed five errors in the game. Fulmer was charged with seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 2: Rob Whalen (5-0) limited Augusta to two runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first South Atlantic League start since May 1. He missed more than two months recovering from an infection in his pitching hand that needed to be surgically cleaned. Miller Diaz tossed three scoreless innings and was credited with his second save. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a ninth-inning solo homer. Jonathan Johnson had two RBIs. Victor Cruzado went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Box

GREENEVILLE 6, KINGSPORT 3 (10 innings): Jimmy Duff was charged with three runs (two earned) in the top of the 10th. Third baseman Eudor Garcia had a fielding error in the frame. Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Casey Meisner allowed three runs (two earned) in one inning. Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a triple and Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double in the loss. Jhoan Urena drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL NATIONALS 6: Dale Burdick's eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a 6-all tie. Hengelbert Rojas added a two-run single in the ninth. John Mora, Arnaldo Berrios, Rojas and Burdick had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Minors 7.17.14: Syndergaard stumbles

July, 18, 2014
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SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 6: Noah Syndergaard, who picked up the save in Tuesday's

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Futures Game with a scoreless ninth, allowed seven earned runs in five innings in his return to the 51s. Syndergaard surrendered seven hits, including a two-run homer by Tommy Field, and issued three walks. Vegas stormed back with a five-run eighth that began with triple by Matt den Dekker and also included den Dekker getting hit by a pitch to force in a run. Vegas left the tying run at second base in the ninth when Brandon Allen grounded out. Since returning to Triple-A in mid-June, den Dekker is hitting .411 (35-for-85). Right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero both have joined Las Vegas after recovering from side-muscle injuries. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, TRENTON 4: Dustin Lawley launched a three-run homer in the first inning against Manny Banuelos to highlight a four-RBI game as Binghamton won its fourth

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straight. Lawley’s blast was his team-leading 17th -- and 13th since June 10. Steven Matz (3-1) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out four in five innings. Trenton pulled within 3-2 in the third. Mason Williams and Rob Segedin had consecutive one-out singles. Brandon Nimmo bobbled the ball on the latter hit, allowing Williams to score an unearned run. The B-Mets took control with a three-run fifth. Nimmo walked and moved to second on Dilson Herrera's single. Both runners advanced on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Lawley then singled to plate Nimmo. T.J. Rivera added a sacrifice fly. The ball eluded catcher Gary Sanchez on the play, allowing Lawley to take second base. Darrell Ceciliani then singled to plate Lawley for a 6-2 lead. The lead swelled to six runs the following inning against Jairo Heredia. Xorge Carrillo doubled and moved to third on Kyle Johnson's single. Consecutive wild pitches allowed Carrillo to score and moved Johnson to third base. Johnson scored on Herrera's ensuing sacrifice fly. Trenton produced two runs in the seventh against Ryan Fraser. Randy Fontanez and Jack Leathersich each contributed a scoreless frame. Leathersich struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 6, ST. LUCIE 1
ST. LUCIE 3, BREVARD COUNTY 2: After a two-hour, 32-minute delay at the start, the teams split a doubleheader. In the nightcap, Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings

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and struck out a season-high nine. He scattered four singles and walked one. The Mets got to reliever Martin Viramontes in the fifth. He walked Gilbert Gomez and Maikis De La Cruz to start the frame. He ten threw Eudy Pina’s sac bunt over the head of first baseman Alfredo Rodriguez to allow Gomez to score. Later in the inning, Jared King beat out an infield hit with the bases loaded to plate De La Cruz and make it 2-0. Pina’s sac fly in the sixth plated Gavin Cecchini to put the Mets up 3-0. Paul Sewald allowed a two-out, two-run double in the seventh to Jose Sermo. Sewald recovered to get Tyrone Taylor to fly out to end the game with the tying run on third and go-ahead run on second. In Game 1, the Manatees battered John Lannan for four runs on nine hits in four innings. That was plenty of offense for starter Tyler Wagner, who went the distance. Wagner allowed four hits. The lone run he surrendered came on a solo homer by Pina. The Manatees plated two more runs later in the game against reliever Seth Lugo. Box 1, Box 2

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ASHEVILLE 8, SAVANANH 7 (14 innings): The Gnats got a two-run homer in the top of the 14th from Matt Oberste, but Hunter Carnevale and Paul Paez combined to allow three runs in the bottom half for the walk-off loss. Oberste finished 3-for-7 with two homers, three RBIs and three runs scored. He has a 17-game hitting streak, which has lifted his season average to .321. Bret Mitchell, Dario Alvarez and Akeel Morris had combined for seven scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BURLINGTON 2: K-Mets starter Martires Arias allowed two runs (one earned) in the first inning, then contributed four scoreless frames. Relievers Bryce Beeler and Ty Williams added two scoreless innings apiece. Williams, a 35th-round pick in 2013, notched his first professional save. Oswald Caraballo and Pedro Perez had third-inning sacrifice flies as Kingsport took a 4-2 lead. Wuilmer Becerra added an eighth-inning solo homer. Box

JAMESTOWN 8, BROOKLYN 6 (10 innings): Cyclones reliever Shane Bay (0-1) allowed two runs in the top of the 10th. Amed Rosario went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs in the loss. Jhoan Urena also drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL CARDINALS 7: Jeremy Hefner allowed one run on two hits and struck out a batter in two innings in his second start since returning from Tommy John surgery. John Mora went 5-for-5 with a double, two triples, three RBIs and two runs scored. The Mets broke a 7-all tie in the bottom of the seventh when Mora tripled and scored on Enmanuel Zabala's single. They opened a two-run lead the following inning on Mora's RBI double. Jose Medina had allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief of Hefner. Alex Palsha earned his second save. Box

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Minors 7.16.14: Becerra 5-for-5 in loss

July, 16, 2014
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INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE 7, PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE 3: Las Vegas' Allan Dykstra, who won the Home Run Derby on Monday, went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter for the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham, N.C. Box

WEST 5, EAST 2: Kyle Johnson started in center field and went 2-for-2 for the East while representing Binghamton in the Eastern League All-Star Game at Altoona, Pa. Third baseman Brian Burgamy struck out in his lone at-bat off the bench. Jon Velasquez allowed an unearned run in the third inning. Cody Satterwhite struck out two of the three batters he faced. The other reached on a fielding error behind him. Box

BREVARD COUNTY at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Thursday beginning at 4 p.m.

ASHEVILLE 6, SAVANNAH 3: The Tourists built a 6-0 lead, scoring two runs apiece against Logan Taylor, Dawrin Frias and Paul Paez. Both runs against Taylor were unearned because he dropped a foul pop before surrendering an RBI double to Michael Benjamin. Taylor struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings. The Gnats scored three ninth-inning runs, but left the bases loaded when pinch hitter Nelfi Zapata flied out. Box

BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Gaby Almonte surrendered four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. The K-Mets pulled within a run in the bottom of the ninth on Wuilmer Becerra's RBI single, but left the tying and winning runs on base when pinch hitter Eudor Garcia grounded out. Becerra finished 5-for-5 with two doubles in the loss.Box

JAMESTOWN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Jamestown scored four third-inning runs against Cyclones started Brandon Welch. Brooklyn has lost six straight games. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1 (5 innings): John Mora went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Audry German was credited with a rain-shortened complete game. He allowed one run on eight hits while striking out two in five innings. Taylor Teagarden went 1-for-3 with a double and two strikeouts and caught the full five innings as his rehab assignment continued. Box

Minors 6.21.14: K-Mets' Brosher two homers

June, 21, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 11, MEMPHIS 5: Noah Syndergaard surrendered a two-run homer to Xavier Scruggs in a three-run first by the Redbirds. Syndergaard dominated for a while after Scruggs' longball, retiring the next 16 batters as Vegas raced to an 8-3 lead. However, Stephen Piscotty singled to open the seventh and Pete Kozma launched a two-run homer with one out in the frame. So Syndergaard ultimately was charged with five runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI and is hitting .453 in Triple-A. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a five-run third. Cesar Puello finished 2-for-3 with a homer, five RBIs and a walk. Ex-Met Pedro Feliciano tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Redbirds. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, BOWIE 6: Left-hander Steven Matz allowed five runs on seven hits and

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two walks in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut. Relievers Ryan Fraser, Adam Kolarek and Cody Satterwhite then limited Bowie to one run the rest of the way as the B-Mets rallied for their 11th win in 12 games. Trailing 5-3, Binghamton took the lead with a three-run seventh against Anthony Vasquez. Kevin Plawecki deposited an RBI double into the right-field corner, cutting Bowie’s lead to one. Jayce Boyd followed by plating Plawecki with the tying run on a double. Three batters later, Boyd scampered home with the go-ahead run when reliever Steven Hensley uncorked a wild pitch. The B-Mets tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Kyle Johnson reached safely with a two-out double when his innocent popup behind second fell to the outfield turf. Plawecki brought him home by threading a single into left field. Bowie had one last gasp offensively in the eighth. Rehabbing Oriole Nolan Reimold doubled against Kolarek and his pinch-runner, Johnny Ruettiger, scored on consecutive groundouts to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Satterwhite took the reins in the ninth and posted a perfect inning, fanning Garabez Rosa to lock down his third save. Fraser (1-0) retired all four Baysox he faced after replacing Matz in the sixth to pick up his first win. Box

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 0: Game 1 starter Michael Fulmer took a line drive off the forearm on his left, glove hand on his third pitch of the game. The baseball was hit so hard

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by Jorge Polanco that it ricocheted into right field. Fulmer did not suffer a fracture, Paul DePodesta said. Julian Hilario took over. Polanco, who was safe at first on the single, scored on Lance Ray’s sac fly later in the inning. Adam Brett Walker scored Fort Myers’ second run on a wild pitch by Jake Kuebler in the fourth. Ray added a two-out RBI double against Kuebler in the fifth. In Game 2, Matt Koch pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with recently demoted T.J. Chism as well as Paul Sewald on a four-hit shutout. Koch (7-2) surrendered a leadoff single in the first inning and issued a one-out walk. He then got Walker to ground into an inning-ending double play. That started a streak of 15 straight batters retired. The Mets scored their opening run in the second inning against Steven Gruver. With one out and runners on the corners, Maikis De La Cruz bunted back to Gruver, who tried to throw home to retire Gilbert Gomez. Instead, Gomez slid in safely. Jairo Perez drove in the second run when his fifth-inning infield single with two outs plated Eudy Pina. Koch ran into trouble in the sixth when he gave up back-to-back hits with one out. He induced Aderling Mejia to fly out. Chism then recorded the final out of the sixth when Nate Roberts grounded out. Sewald pitched around a two-out single in the seventh to earn his first save. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 7, GREENVILLE 6 (11 innings): Champ Stuart walked, stole second, advanced to third on a flyout and scored the go-ahead run on Victor Cruzado's single in the top of the 11th. Akeel Morris issued a two-out walk, then completed a scoreless bottom half to record his fourth save. Nelfi Zapata, Stefan Sabol and Jeff Glenn each went 3-for-5. Glenn drove in four runs. Zapata had three doubles. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs on 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Box

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KINGSPORT 9, DANVILLE 5: Brandon Brosher, a 36th-round pick out of high school in Florida in 2013, had a pair of two-run homers and finished 3-for-4. Eudor Garcia, the Mets' fourth-round pick out of junior college in Texas this month, went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Starter Yoan Gonzalez limited Danville to two runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 3, ABERDEEN 1 (11 innings): Marcos Molina, Edioglis Villasmil and Juan Urbina combined to toss a two-hit shutout with no walks through 10 innings as the game remained scoreless. In the top of the 11th, Brooklyn (7-2) took a 1-0 lead on Stefan Crichton's wild pitch, which plated Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal had an RBI single and Tyler Moore scored on Jhoan Urena's bunt to complete the three-run frame. Shane Bay surrendered two singles and a sac fly to open the bottom half but nonetheless recorded his third save. Rehabbing Oriole Dylan Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011, started for Aberdeen. He limited the Cyclones to two hits and a walk while striking out nine in five innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 0: Cory Mazzoni, who suffered a strained right lat muscle

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in the final Grapefruit League game, appeared in an official game for the first time since suffering the injury as the Mets were prepared to break camp. The former second-round pick out of NC State allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in four innings. Luis Mateo, a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, relieved Mazzoni and was charged with five runs (one earned) in 1 1/3 innings in his first official game action since the elbow procedure. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played a full game in center field in his second rehab appearance. The Mets produced only three hits -- singles by John Mora, Dionis Rodriguez and Enmanuel Zabala. Box

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Morning Briefing: Mets can win with losing

September, 28, 2013
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FIRST PITCH: We already have noted that whether the Mets finish with a protected or unprotected draft pick appears largely immaterial. That is because, with the exception of Shin-Soo Choo, team insiders suggest the club does not intend to pursue the free agents with draft-pick compensation attached anyway.

But let’s go through the daily projection anyway of where the Mets would pick if the season ended now …

With two games to go in the season, the Mets (73-87) are in a three-way tie with the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays for the ninth-worst record in MLB.

The tiebreaker is the 2012 winning percentage.

So the order would be No. 9 Toronto (.451), No. 10 Mets (.457), No. 11 Toronto (for not signing last year’s 10th pick), then No. 12 Milwaukee (.512).

There are only two other teams outside the top 10 within two games of the Mets in the standings -- and neither can displace the Mets from the top 10.

The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres each are 75-85. But both had better winning percentages than the Mets in 2012. So even if the Mets win their final two games and one of those teams loses both, the Mets would get the tiebreaker.

So from a Mets perspective, it boils down to this: Only the Brewers can bump the Mets from a protected pick.

And the only way that can happen is if the Mets win the final two games in the head-to-head matchup, since a split and tie in the standings means the Mets select first.

“I’m not trying to lose games, I can honestly tell you that,” Collins said pregame Friday. “I’m trying to win baseball games. I don’t care what time of the year it is. We’re trying to teach people how to win here, because we plan on winning down the road.”

In Game No. 161 today, Aaron Harang (5-12, 5.57 ERA) opposes rookie right-hander Jimmy Nelson at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Nelson, who has tossed five scoreless relief innings since a call-up, makes his first major league start.

By the way, MLB Trade Rumors identifies the free-agent outfielders likely to receive qualifying offers (one year at somewhere about $14 million) as Choo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Hunter Pence and Curtis Granderson.

Saturday’s news reports:


Marvel, Associated PressDavid Wright's thumb injury again demonstrates he is mortal.


David Wright skipped Friday’s game not because of the jolt to the head he experienced in the beaning in the series opener, but due to a swollen right thumb suffered because of his landing. Asked if he intended to play Saturday, Wright said: “I hope.”

Terry Collins said pregame that he believed when Wright gets to retirement age, the captain will be viewed by Mets fans just as Mariano Rivera is viewed in the Bronx.

“I think when David Wright’s days are done here, he’ll be thought of in that light,” Collins said. “He’ll hold every record there is in this organization. He’ll have every offensive record there is. And I know one of the things you’ve heard and mentioned so many times [during the Yankee Stadium ceremony] was Mariano Rivera off the field, how he is in the clubhouse, how he is in real life. This guy is the same way.’’

Read more in the Daily News, Record and Times.

• Sandy Alderson, appearing for three half-innings on SNY’s game telecast Friday, offered only limited insight into the offseason plans.

The GM did say Travis d’Arnaud’s injury track record likely would prompt him to seek a bona fide alternative who could handle the majority of the duty if the rookie became injured.

Alderson also indicated that right now he can only count on three starting pitchers next season: Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee. (A team official said Matt Harvey, rules-wise, would be permitted to test his elbow in the Arizona Fall League. That’s because Harvey has less than two years of service time and missed time due to injury.)

• The Mets handed out their Sterling Awards to top minor league performers before Friday’s game.

First baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki were named co-players of the year. Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa was named pitcher of the year.

The individual level award winners: Rafael Montero (Las Vegas), Noah Syndergaard and Jeff Walters (Binghamton), Dustin Lawley (St. Lucie), Jayce Boyd (Savannah), Rob Whalen (Kingsport), Robert Gsellman (Brooklyn), Dominic Smith (Gulf Coast League), and John Mora and Jose Medina (Dominican Summer League).

Boyd did not attend the ceremony. He recently underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He had been limited to DH rather than first base after June 28 because the shoulder/neck issue prevented him from throwing.

Read a write-up on the 2013 first-round pick Smith here and on Syndergaard here.

Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger and Record.

Carlos Torres allowed two first-inning homers and Daniel Murphy was thrown out trying to score from third base on a would-be wild pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth as the Mets lost to the Brewers, 4-2, Friday. Murphy said he made the mistake of initially being indecisive and should have aborted the attempt. Torres curiously threw a ball into the upper deck at the end of one half-inning on the mound. He said postgame he does it all the time, having not had a seat close to the field when he was a fan.

Read game recaps in the Post and MLB.com.

• Read more on the draft-pick issue from Jorge Castillo in the Star-Ledger.

• Mike Petriello writes about closer candidate Vic Black at fangraphs.com.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report believes Collins should be more tactful in answering sensitive questions.

BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever Mike DeJean turns 43.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which Sterling Award winner will have the best major league career?

Mets name organization award winners

September, 27, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The Mets have named first baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki as their co-minor league players of the year. Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa has been named the organization's top pitching performer.

Those prospects, along with individual level award winners, will be honored during a pregame ceremony at Citi Field on Friday night.

The individual level Sterling Award winners:

• Right-hander Rafael Montero (Las Vegas)

• Right-handers Noah Syndergaard and Jeff Walters (Binghamton)

• Outfielder/third baseman Dustin Lawley (St. Lucie)

• First baseman Jayce Boyd (Savannah)

• Right-hander Rob Whalen (Kingsport)

• Right-hander Robert Gsellman (Brooklyn)

• First baseman Dominic Smith (Gulf Coast League)

• Outfielder John Mora and left-hander Jose Medina (Dominican Summer League)

Dykstra earned Eastern League MVP honors. Ynoa won 17 games in the South Atlantic League, including two in the postseason as the Gnats won the title. Walters' 38 saves set the Binghamton single-season and career records. Lawley led the organization in homers (26) and RBIs (96). He jumped to Las Vegas for the postseason.

Whalen's 1.87 ERA ranked second in the Appalachian League. Smith, the Mets' first-round pick in June, hit .287 with three homers in 167 at-bats in the GCL.

Farm report: Wrist healed, den Dekker a 51

July, 17, 2013
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Center fielder Matt den Dekker has appeared on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays four times during his baseball career between his University of Florida and Mets tenures. A bid for No. 5 led to a fractured right wrist in a March 24 Grapefruit League game and cost him nearly three months.

The lefty-throwing, lefty-hitting den Dekker, 25, suffered the injury on a shot to deep center by Detroit’s Austin Jackson, when the center fielder tried to brace his fall with his right hand.

“When they first told me, it was six weeks,” den Dekker said about the original estimate of the length of his absence. “I was like, ‘That wouldn’t be too bad.’ But you don’t really know how it’s going to heal.


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“When I first got the cast off, I couldn’t do anything. I could barely move it for the first two weeks. It was just trying to get the motion back. It took me probably a month to get my motion back. And then I had to start strengthening it and stuff and start hitting. I don’t have the full, full rotation and mobility back yet. They said that could be a year or two until you get all that. But there’s no pain swinging or anything like that.

“It wasn’t necessarily longer than anyone expected. It just kind of takes time. It’s one of those things you don’t want to rush too much with the wrist. It was just tough being down there so long idle, not doing much. It was my first time being injured.”

Den Dekker, after two weeks playing with Class A St. Lucie in the equivalent of spring training, debuted with Triple-A Las Vegas on July 1. He started out 1-for-his-first-25 in the Pacific Coast League, although Wally Backman excused that as still getting up to speed against players in midseason form. Den Dekker since has produced a pair of homers and has four multi-hit games in his past six starts.

“The first couple of weeks were a little ‘off,’ but I think it’s coming,” den Dekker said.

Den Dekker figures to be a September call-up once rosters expand, especially since he needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason in order to be protected from the Rule 5 draft anyway. His speed allows him to cover a ton of ground in center field, and his diving catches can fill a highlight reel, although Juan Lagares may be a bit more graceful.

Had the injury not occurred, den Dekker’s marching orders out of spring training would have been to improve his pitch recognition, make more contact and cut down on his strikeouts. After a midseason promotion to Triple-A last year, den Dekker struck out 90 times in 295 at-bats with Buffalo.

Den Dekker does have a history of adjusting to higher levels in his second experience there (.235 in Binghamton in 2011; ,340 there in 2012). So the expectation is he will again take a leap forward now that he is in his second season in Triple-A.

“It’s a matter of finding what works for me,” den Dekker sad. “I feel like I’ve been through so many things with my swing, just changing it back and forth. Once I find that thing that clicks, I’ve got to stick with that. I think coming into this year I’ve been seeing the balling well. I’ve made strides in that way. I still chase some pitches. I’ve got to work on that.”

Den Dekker says he has no hesitation making highlight-reel catch attempts because of the injury.

“I kind of had a ball similar to the one I got hurt on the other day when we were in Salt Lake,” he said. “I played it a lot better. I found the wall. When I got hurt, I didn’t find the wall and kind of just jumped. I feel like it was kind of a freak accident. I’m usually pretty good when it comes to diving and stuff. So far it’s been like normal out there.”

As for a bevy of outfielders getting promoted from Triple-A to the majors this year -- including Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Andrew Brown and Lagares -- and missing a chance because of the wrist injury, den Dekker said: “People tell me, ‘Oh, you’d be up in the big leagues.’ I’m just like, ‘Whatever. Things happen for a reason.’

“I mean, it’s unfortunate. You can’t really think about it that way. I’m glad for the guys that got the opportunity to go up there and play. I keep working. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I’ll be fine. I’ll get a chance.”

Organization leaders

Average: Victor Cruzado, Kingsport, .362; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .349; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .331; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .326; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .321; Leon Canelon, GCL Mets, .314; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .313; Luis Guillorme, GCL Mets, .311; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .311; Jhoan Urena, GCL Mets, .310.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 19; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 17; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 16; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 15; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 12.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 75; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 68; Cesar Puello, 62.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 20; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 18; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 16; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 12; Patrick Biondi, Brooklyn, 12.

ERA: Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 0.89; Gaby Almonte, GCL Mets, 1.69; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 2.09; Steven Matz, Savannah, 2.25; Chris Flexen, Kingsport, 2.57; Tim Peterson, Brooklyn, 2.59; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.68; Noah Syndergaard, Binghamton, 2.69; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.72; Miller Diaz, Brooklyn, 2.84.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 10; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 9; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 9; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 8; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 8.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 24; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 13; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 9; Hamilton Bennett, Binghamton, 7.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 101; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 96; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 92; Noah Syndergaaard, Binghamton, 90.

Short hops

Wilmer Flores will skip tonight’s Triple-A All-Star Game after having to leave Saturday’s Las Vegas game with an ankle injury. The Mets will not have a substitute in the Reno, Nev., event.

After primarily playing second base with the 51s this season, four of Flores’ past seven starts in the field have come at first base. Terry Collins said he was not aware of any organizational directive to use Flores at first base, but added it makes sense since it is unlikely Daniel Murphy will be dislodged from second base at the major league level anytime soon.

Mets insiders have been highly critical of Flores’ range at second base and note he has difficulty getting back to his feet after diving. But Las Vegas observers do say Flores has worked hard and has shown at least moderately improved range as the season has progressed.

Travis d’Arnaud is due to see a team doctor Monday, after which he should gain clearance to enter minor league games. D’Arnaud last played in a game April 17 with Las Vegas, when he was struck with a foul ball while catching and fractured the first metatarsal in his left foot.

• Left-hander Angel Cuan allowed three runs in six innings in his Double-A debut Tuesday with Binghamton after going 6-2 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 appearances (10 starts) with St. Lucie. Cuan, 24, struck out 64 and walked only 10 in 70 2/3 innings in the Florida State League. The B-Mets have a six-man rotation, with Jenrry Mejia also having stepped in, and with Cory Mazzoni (hamstring) sidelined.

• Right-hander Akeel Morris, a 10th-round pick in 2010 from the U.S. Virgin Islands, has not allowed a run in 17 2/3 innings with the Brooklyn Cyclones this season. Morris is “piggybacking” -- meaning he is working closer to a starter’s length on a regular rotation, but not starting the game. He is averaging three innings an appearance. Opposing New York-Penn League batters are hitting .138 against him.

Cory Vaughn, who hasn’t appeared for Binghamton since June 2 due to an elbow strain, is close to rejoining the Eastern League club. Vaughn has appeared in four Gulf Coast League games since mending -- the first two at DH, then a pair in left field.

• Left-hander Steven Matz, the Mets’ top pick in the 2009 draft, out of Ward Melville High School on Long Island, has allowed four runs (three earned) in 31 1/3 innings over his past five starts with Savannah -- good for a 0.86 ERA. Matz’s pro career initially was slowed by a lengthy rehab from Tommy John surgery.

The Mets selected another left-handed pitcher from Ward Melville High in last month’s draft, Anthony Kay in the 29th round, but he apparently is headed to UConn.

• Outfielder John Mora and left-hander Jose Medina were selected to the Dominican Summer League All-Star team.

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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