New York Mets: Josh Edgin
Herrera departed Saturday’s game after beating out an infield single in the sixth inning. He officially was diagnosed with a right quadriceps strain.
Herrera, who limped off the field, earlier had delivered a two-run homer against reliever David Hale in the second inning. That shot, along with a scoreless effort into the eighth inning from Jonathon Niese, helped lift the New York Mets to a 4-2 win against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
If his season is over, the 20-year-old Herrera hit .220 (13-for-59) with three homers and 11 RBIs.
The Mets improved to 75-80, surpassing their win total for each of the past two seasons and leapfrogging the Marlins for third place.
The second-place Braves dropped to 76-78. It marks their first time at two-plus games under .500 in September since finishing the 2008 season at 72-90.
Niese carried a shutout bid into the eighth, when he allowed three straight one-out singles as the Braves loaded the bases. Freddie Freeman then greeted Josh Edgin with a two-run single as Atlanta pulled within 4-2. Carlos Torres replaced Edgin and coaxed a groundout from Justin Upton as the runners advanced. With two in scoring position, Chris Johnson then grounded out to first base.
Toned down: Jenrry Mejia allowed a one-out single but recorded the save. He had a sedate celebration afterward -- merely pointing to the sky.
Ouch 2: Braves starter Mike Minor surrendered a first-inning sacrifice fly to Lucas Duda and departed after the frame with left shoulder discomfort.
What’s next: The Mets complete their season series with the Braves on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. as Jacob deGrom's Rookie of the Year campaign continues. DeGrom (8-6, 2.68 ERA) opposes right-hander Ervin Santana (14-9, 3.74). DeGrom matched a major league record by striking out the first eight batters he faced against the Miami Marlins in his most recent start. The Mets are 9-9 against the Braves this season entering the finale.
NEW YORK -- Kevin Burkhardt’s final home game ended in a Mets loss.
Amid salutes to the outgoing field reporter, the Miami Marlins produced three early runs against Dillon Gee and held on for a 4-3 win Wednesday at Citi Field.
The Mets dropped to 73-80. They must win eight of their final nine games to avoid their sixth straight losing season. Otherwise, they will match the Houston Astros for the longest active streak in the majors of sub-.500 seasons.
Lucas Duda's two-out, two-run single against Henderson Alvarez with the bases loaded in the fifth pulled the Mets within 3-2. Wilmer Flores then bid for a three-run homer, but Marcell Ozuna ran down the shot at the base of the left-center wall.
Gee (7-8) departed with two outs and a runner on second base in the seventh. Josh Edgin entered and surrendered a run-scoring double to Christian Yelich that closed the book on Gee.
Gee’s final line: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.
Gee did produce his first hit of the season with a fifth-inning single against Alvarez. Gee had been 0-for-35 in 2014 and hitless in 41 straight at-bats dating to last season.
The Mets pulled within 4-3 in the eighth on Curtis Granderson's RBI groundout.
What’s next: The Mets spend Thursday’s off-day in Atlanta, then open a weekend series against the freefalling Braves on Friday. Zack Wheeler (10-10, 3.61 ERA) opposes right-hander Julio Teheran (13-12, 2.89) in the opener at Turner Field.
David Wright, despite being done for the season, will accompany the team on the final road trip of the season, which also includes a stop in D.C. Matt Harvey, whose throwing program is complete, will not join the team on the road.
Getty ImagesJacob deGrom added to his resume with eight scoreless innings, but David Wright (rotator cuff) is done for the season.
FIRST PITCH: The Mets are even with the Yankees in one respect: Both teams are now 5½ games out in their respective wild-card races.
Still, that seemingly speaks more to the Bombers being out of postseason contention than the Amazin’s being in it.
With 17 games remaining, the Mets have a 70-75 record.
The San Francisco Giants seemingly are firmly entrenched in the No. 1 wild-card spot at 79-65.
Pittsburgh currently occupies the second wild-card spot at 75-69. Atlanta (74-71), freefalling Milwaukee (74-71) and Miami (71-72) also are ahead of the Mets.
The Pirates and Brewers play three more times, meaning that’s at least two additional wins for one of those teams. And Pittsburgh and Atlanta play four times, meaning that’s a minimum of two wins for one of those teams.
So .500 seems like a more realistic goal for the Mets. If the Mets fall short of breakeven, they would finish with their sixth straight losing season, which would be tied with the Houston Astros for the longest active streak in the majors.
Rafael Montero, who joined the Mets from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, gets a spot start that allows the other members of the rotation to receive an extra day of rest. Montero (0-3, 5.23 ERA) opposes left-hander Tyler Matzek (5-9, 4.32), a fellow rookie.
Montero last pitched last Wednesday in Vegas’ Pacific Coast League playoff opener at Reno. He allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in a 103-pitch effort spanning 4 1/3 innings.
Matzek is coming off a three-hit shutout against the San Diego Padres. He became the first Rockies pitcher to go the distance in a scoreless effort at Coors Field since Jhoulys Chacin on April 15, 2011 against the Chicago Cubs. Overall, Matzek has an active 21-inning scoreless streak.
Wednesday’s news reports:
• David Wright has been shut down for the remainder of the season after undergoing an MRI and examination of his troublesome left shoulder at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday. The captain is not expected to require surgery to address what was labeled “persistent inflammation” in the rotator cuff.
Wright finishes the season with a .269 average, career-low eight homers and 63 RBIs in 535 at-bats. He went homerless in his final 189 at-bats, which is the longest drought of his career.
Wright had experienced discomfort since jamming the shoulder while sliding headfirst on a steal on June 12 on a muddy surface at Citi Field. He missed a week late in the first half and then received a cortisone shot heading into the All-Star break.
“David did what captains do -- he persevered, he kept going, he gutted it out,” Sandy Alderson said. “Numbers or no numbers, he did what we expected. He made a major contribution to the team by continuing to perform. And when a player is injured, all you can expect from him is honesty about the injury and willingness to go out there and make the effort. There’s no question David did that throughout the last two and half months.”
Alderson and Terry Collins said they would huddle to determine the best infield alignment in Wright’s absence. Dilson Herrera figured to see vastly diminished playing time with Daniel Murphy having returned from a calf injury on Tuesday. Now, though, one option is to use Murphy at third base and Herrera at second. Otherwise, the likely option is to use Eric Campbell at third base -- although Josh Satin and Wilmer Flores also are capable of manning the position, too.
Murphy last played third base, his natural position, in 2011 when Wright missed time with a stress fracture in his lower back.
Read more on Wright in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.
• Jacob deGrom retired the final 14 batters he faced and was sitting at 100 pitches through eight scoreless innings when Collins pulled him three outs away from a complete game. Collins, under pressure from his bosses to keep his young hurlers’ pitch counts in check late in the season, went to Jenrry Mejia for the ninth. Mejia eventually was pulled with the bases loaded and one out. Josh Edgin and Jeurys Familia combined to bail the Mets out and preserve a 2-0 win against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Edgin had been dealing with elbow discomfort from bone spurs and had received a cortisone injection last Tuesday. He was making his first appearance since Aug. 23.
DeGrom improved to 8-6 and sliced his ERA to 2.62. He becomes the third pitcher in franchise history to have a sub-3.00 ERA through 20 starts in his debut season, joining Dwight Gooden (1984, 2.80) and Tom Seaver (1967, 2.92), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. DeGrom has not allowed an earned run in his past 22 innings.
Read game recaps in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.
• Alderson acknowledged the Mets are considering further revising the dimensions in right-center/right field at Citi Field. According to ESPN Stats & Information’s Mark Simon, who made a crude calculation using Inside Edge data that plots of fly balls:
The Mets have hit 16 balls to right-center this season that traveled more than 395 feet -- and seven have fallen short of being home runs. Opponents have hit 15 balls to right-center that traveled more than 395 feet -- and four have been short of being home runs.
So the Mets, very roughly, could have a pickup of seven long balls for a season potentially with such a wall adjustment.
The Mets’ analysis, according to Alderson, is that Curtis Granderson could have seven more homers with particular wall tweaking.
Read more in the Journal and Newsday.
• Matt den Dekker was struck in the left hand by a pitch from Yohan Flande in the seventh inning and departed the game after the frame. X-rays were negative.
• Binghamton won Game 1 of its best-of-five Eastern League Championship series, 5-2 at Richmond. Starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs in six innings against the San Francisco Giants’ Double-A affiliate. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs. Greg Peavey starts Game 2 for the B-Mets on Wednesday. Read the full recap here.
• Collins, Zack Wheeler and Travis d'Arnaud visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on Tuesday. Read more in the Daily News.
• Joe Torre has sent a memo to umpires dissuading them from calling runners safe when catchers are blocking the plate unless it’s a bang-bang play, writes Jayson Stark at ESPN.com. That should avoid clearly out runners being awarded home plate on a technicality.
• Jeff Passan at Yahoo! examines the trouble with WAR, and uses Juan Lagares as an example.
• From the bloggers … John Delcos, who had been hospitalized for five months and remains in a wheelchair, is back blogging. Check out the explanation for his absence here. … Blogging Mets wonders if Collins deserves another year as Mets manager. ... Faith and Fear finds every deGrom start is a good hair day.
BIRTHDAYS: Outfielder Andrew Brown, who was passed over for a September call-up, turns 30. ... Minor-league infielder Phillip Evans is 22.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets move Daniel Murphy to third base for the remainder of the season in order to get Dilson Herrera in the lineup at second base?
Am I dreaming or are the New York #Mets really just 5.5 games out of a playoff spot??— Dom Izzo (@DomIzzoWDAY) September 10, 2014
NEW YORK -- What more can Jacob deGrom do this season?
He can go to the mound for his 20th big league start and make it the best of what has already been a brilliant rookie season. He can go eight innings for the first time in his career -- make that eight shutout innings -- and allow only three hits to the highest-scoring team in the National League.
He can give the New York Mets a 2-0 Tuesday night win over the Colorado Rockies.
Manager Terry Collins said Tuesday afternoon that the Mets had already seen all they needed from deGrom, the 26-year-old right-hander who has exceeded all expectations.
"There's not much he needs to do except stay healthy," Collins said. "That's going to be our goal."
How about shutting down the team that leads the National League in scoring?
DeGrom allowed a Wilin Rosario double and a Josh Rutledge infield single in the second inning, and a Nolan Arenado double in the fourth. He struck out nine, he didn't walk a batter, and he kept his pitch count enough under control that Collins could have considered letting him try to finish the shutout.
Instead, with deGrom at 100 pitches (75 strikes), Collins went to closer Jenrry Mejia to start the ninth. Mejia loaded the bases with one out, so Collins went to Josh Edgin and Jeurys Familia for the final two outs. Familia got credit for his second save.
It was the fifth time in 20 starts that deGrom didn't allow a run and the seventh time he didn't allow an earned run, but it was the first time he pitched this deep into a game, and DeGrom became just the third pitcher in Mets history to have a sub-3.00 ERA 20 starts into his debut season. Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden were the other two.
"He's shown us everything we need to see," Collins said before the game.
Tuesday night, deGrom showed us even more.
Murphy's return: As Collins said Tuesday afternoon, Daniel Murphy's two-week stay on the disabled list cost him any chance at 200 hits. Murphy returned from the DL on Tuesday and had a third-inning infield single for his 160th hit.
The fence report: With the talk about whether the Mets will move the right-field fence in next year, it's probably worth noting that there were a couple of balls hit Tuesday that might have been helped by shorter fences. The first was by Rockies' Rosario, but there was also one by Curtis Granderson in the sixth inning (it went for an RBI double instead).
Lucas Duda hit a fly ball to the wall in the first inning, but it was caught in front of the right-field foul pole, a spot where the fence is unlikely to be moved.
The Flores report: When general manager Sandy Alderson said this week that he considers Wilmer Flores a viable option to be the Mets' 2015 shortstop, the biggest reaction from rival scouts was, "He can't be serious, can he?"
Alderson said he believes Flores has made all the routine plays, and he did make the routine plays again Tuesday. He did concede an infield hit on a Rutledge ground ball, but it was on a play that only a very good shortstop would make.
The Grand return: Granderson's triple in the ninth inning Monday was his first extra-base hit at Citi Field since July. His sixth-inning double Tuesday was his second, and it brought home the Mets' second run.
Den Dekker hits, gets hit: Matt den Dekker doubled in the fifth inning and scored the Mets' first run. But den Dekker was hit on the hand by a Yohan Flande pitch in the seventh inning and left the game at the end of the frame.
What's next: Rafael Montero (0-3, 5.23) makes his seventh major league start and his first since Aug. 17, when the Mets and Rockies close out this series on Wednesday night at Citi Field. Left-hander Tyler Matzek (5-9, 4.32) starts for Colorado.
FIRST PITCH: On a modest three-game winning streak (and with their run differential sliced to minus-four), the Mets try to keep things rolling in steamy Cincinnati on Saturday.
Dillon Gee (6-6, 3.61 ERA) opposes right-hander Johnny Cueto (16-8, 2.26) at 4:10 p.m.
Cueto’s 16 wins are one shy of matching the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead.
Saturday’s news reports:
• Rafael Montero has been promoted to the major league club. Montero, who allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings in the opener of the Pacific Coast League playoffs on Wednesday, should get at least one start down the stretch.
• The man charged with making threats on Twitter against the Mets and Citi Field was handed a 90-day suspended sentence in Milford (Connecticut) Superior Court after pleading no contest to disorderly conduct. He must refrain from contact with Mets personnel, Justin Turner and Turner’s girlfriend and is barred from Citi Field, but is otherwise free to use the Internet.
• The Mets produced five home runs and routed the Reds, 14-5, Friday at Great American Ball Park. It marked the most long balls in a game by the Mets since they also went deep five times on Sept. 30, 2006 at Washington (Ramon Castro, Endy Chavez, Julio Franco, David Wright and Shawn Green). This time, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Curtis Granderson, Dilson Herrera and Lucas Duda did the honors. Granderson’s shot, which came on the day he was dropped to sixth in the order, snapped an 0-for-18 drought. Wright went 4-for-5 before departing the lopsided game.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Journal and at MLB.com.
• Jared Diamond in the Journal suggests Granderson looks like a worse signing than Chris Young.
Granderson downplayed the drop to No. 6. “I’ve batted in every spot in the lineup over the course of my career,” he told reporters. “To get moved up, down, middle, out is nothing new to me.” Read more in the Post.
• Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Edgin rejoined the Mets after getting cortisone shots in their pitching elbows in New York during the Marlins series. Meanwhile, Vic Black (herniated disk) pledged to be ready to come off the disabled list on Monday when he is eligible to be activated. Daniel Murphy (calf) also is making progress toward a potential return early next week. Murphy is eligible to be activated on Tuesday. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Noah Syndergaard was charged with six runs in four-plus innings and Las Vegas is facing elimination after a 7-5 loss at Reno. The big blow came on a go-ahead three-run homer by ex-Met Mike Jacobs against Miguel Socolovich that allowed a couple of inherited runners to score. Portland moved within a game of ousting Binghamton with a 6-3 win. Facing elimination, Savannah’s game Friday was suspended in the eighth inning with the Gnats trailing Asheville, 2-1. Savannah will have the tying run on second base and one out when play resumes. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• Matt Harvey will throw off a mound every five days like he is simulating starts this month, but is poised to be shut down within weeks, Marc Carig writes in Newsday. Harvey will have a winter throwing program like any other pitcher, which should include tossing a baseball beginning in early November. He will ramp up in February alongside other pitchers in spring training and face batters then.
• John DeMarzo in the Post names Herrera the standout performer in the minors for the Mets, with Syndergaard the biggest disappointment and Matt Reynolds making the biggest leap.
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear salutes the unsung contributions of Buddy Carlyle and Dana Eveland.
BIRTHDAYS: Alex Escobar turns 36. ... Fran Healy is 68. ... Minor-leaguers Maikis De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli are 24.
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FIRST PITCH: It’s Jacob deGrom Day at Marlins Park as his NL Rookie of the Year campaign continues.
DeGrom (7-6, 2.94 ERA) opposes Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.79) in the 7:10 p.m. rubber game on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins.
The minor-league playoffs also get underway Wednesday.
Rafael Montero starts for Las Vegas against Reno. Tyler Pill starts for Binghamton against Portland. Robert Gsellman starts for Savannah at Asheville.
Wednesday’s news reports:
• Juan Lagares went 4-for-4 with a walk and two steals and David Wright went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and his first two extra-base hits in nearly a month as the Mets beat the Marlins, 8-6, Tuesday. Wright said he is finally feeling “dangerous” at the plate. Terry Collins has been pushing Lagares to steal more frequently. Jonathon Niese qualified for the win despite allowing six runs in six innings.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Journal and at MLB.com.
• Read more on Niese’s outing in the Post.
• Read more on Lagares’ five steals in his past five games after prodding in the Journal and Newsday.
• Chris Young debuted with the Yankees on Tuesday. He struck out on three pitches as a pinch hitter in his first at-bat in pinstripes. Read more in the Daily News.
• Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka received cortisone injections in their pitching elbows on Tuesday in New York and are expected to rejoin the Mets for the weekend series at Cincinnati. Read more in the Record.
• Noah Syndergaard fed a lion with his pitching hand.
• Matt Harvey made Page Six in the Post.
• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post says it’s up to the Jets and Giants to rescue New York sports fans. Writes Vaccaro:
And let’s face it: If you are a baseball fan with a team in this city, your summer hasn’t exactly been one for the ages. If you care for the Mets, you saw another season enter its denouement phase before the Fourth. If you are a Yankees fan, you’ve seen a few stops and a few starts and they all left you more frustrated the deeper we pushed into summer.
• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post recommends the Mets retain Daniel Murphy for next season, pay him the $8 million he will command and use him as a super utility player. The logic: The Mets aim to contend in 2015. And they do not need the prospects or pitching that a team would be willing to trade for Murphy.
• The Mets finally do not need to rebuild their bullpen this offseason, writes Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger.
• Mark Carig in Newsday revisits the trade last August that brought Vic Black and Dilson Herrera from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. "You can say we've made some bad signings or whatever," Collins told Carig. "Sandy Alderson's changed what's gone on here. You make the trades he's made and get those guys to the big leagues, he deserves a little credit for that."
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear searches for meaning in what's left of another lost Mets season.
BIRTHDAYS: Minor-league right-hander Corey Oswalt turns 21.
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YOU’RE UP: Is David Wright going to be OK?
David is having such a good game. I'm so happy for him. Take that haters. #mets— colferhummel (@colferhummel) September 3, 2014
Terry Collins expects both relievers will rejoin the Mets on Friday in Cincinnati and be available.
With rosters expanded, both remain active despite being unavailable.
FIRST PITCH: After an ugly game in the series opener, the Mets look to rebound Tuesday in Game 2 of their series against the Miami Marlins.
Jonathon Niese (7-10, 3.48 ERA) opposes right-hander Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) at 7:10 p.m.
With Philadelphia no-hitting Atlanta on Monday, the Phillies (63-74) again are only a half-game behind the Mets (64-74) for fourth place in the NL East. So some scoreboard watching may be in order at Marlins Park.
Meanwhile, back in New York, Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to have their pitching elbows examined by team doctors. Edgin has bone spurs, and it is possible he will learn those need to be surgically removed. Terry Collins is unsure whether Edgin will return this season.
Tuesday’s news reports:
• The Mets committed six errors, one shy of matching the franchise record, and lost to Miami, 9-6, on Labor Day at Marlins Park. The Marlins scored three eighth-inning runs while producing only one hit in the frame. Jeurys Familia had two errors and a run-scoring wild pitch that inning. Erik Goeddel walked in a run in his major league debut. Dilson Herrera had his first major league homer and also a two-run triple, but committed two errors. Zack Wheeler allowed five runs (two earned) and lasted only 4 2/3 innings because of a high pitch count.
Collins bluntly said afterward that the team’s showing did not resemble a “big-league baseball game.”
“They are not mental errors. They are just execution errors,” David Wright, who had one of the errors, told reporters postgame. “That is not an excuse for them, and obviously you’re not going to win games committing six errors, but they happen, and a lot of times they happen in bunches.”
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.
• Read more on Wheeler in the Post.
• Clark Spencer in the Miami Herald chronicles Penny’s feud with the Mets during the right-hander’s first tour of duty with the Marlins, back in 2001. It stemmed in part from Tsuyoshi Shinjo touching the plate after a homer and also swinging at a 3-0 pitch in a rout. The feud escalated with Todd Zeile barking at Penny after a subsequent homer. Writes Spencer:
When the pitcher and hitter came face to face in subsequent showdowns, Penny often threw behind Zeile’s back as a warning. Though [Mike] Redmond declined to be interviewed for this article, he has said previously that Zeile turned to him after one of Penny’s warning shots and said, “Is this ever going to end?”
• The Brooklyn Cyclones were eliminated on the final day of the regular season despite a 3-1 win against Staten Island. First-round pick Michael Conforto, promising shortstop prospect Amed Rosario and third baseman Jhoan Urena were promoted to Savannah after the Cyclones’ elimination. Las Vegas, Binghamton and Savannah open the playoffs on Wednesday. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• Bronx-raised T.J. Rivera finished with the top batting average among Mets minor leaguers at .349, while Cyclones right-hander Marcos Molina won the organization’s ERA crown at 1.77. View the organization’s final minor-league statistical leaders here.
• Rafael Montero should get a late-season start with the Mets.
• Bobby Parnell expects to get on a mound after Christmas.
• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin profiles 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo.
BIRTHDAYS: Hitting coach Lamar Johnson turns 64. ... The late Marv Throneberry was born on this date in 1933. ... Minor-league right-hander Jake Kuebler is 25.
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Satin acknowledged this season has been a disappointment. He hit .107 (3-for-28) at the major league level during the opening weeks of the year. In the Pacific Coast League, he produced a .289 average with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 374 at-bats. He played 59 games at third base, 25 games at first base, 17 games at second base and spent four games at DH with the 51s.
He was displaced at the major league level by Eric Campbell in the righty utility role.
"Anytime you can get back to the big leagues, it's obviously rewarding," Satin said. "This season hasn't gone as planned. It's been tough. It's been a grind. But I came out every day in Triple-A and worked hard. I was hitting early every day, just trying to get back here."
Satin, as well as catcher Juan Centeno, right-hander Erik Goeddel and left-hander Dario Alvarez joined the Mets on Monday.
While Campbell remains the primary righty pinch-hitter, Centeno's presence as a third catcher allows manager Terry Collins to use Anthony Recker as a pinch-hitter when the Mets need a late home run.
Goeddel and Alvarez essentially replace the injured Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka, so the bullpen remains at its customary seven pitchers.
Alvarez, who features a slider, will be the No. 2 lefty option behind Dana Eveland with Edgin unavailable. Collins is unsure whether Edgin (bone spurs) will return this season. Edgin will be examined by team doctors on Tuesday in New York.
Meanwhile, Goeddel's major league debut may come with his brother in the ballpark. Goeddel's brother Tyler, a third baseman and the 41st overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, just completed his season in the Florida State League with Charlotte and plans to visit Marlins Park.
FIRST PITCH: The gang is still all here.
The deadline to trade a player and have him eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster passed at midnight and the Mets stood pat, as they did at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. So all the chatter about Bartolo Colon potentially getting dealt can be revisited this offseason, when he has one year and $11 million remaining on his contract.
The Mets open a series at third-place Miami at 1:10 p.m. on Labor Day.
Zack Wheeler, who is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season, opposes fellow right-hander Henderson Alvarez in the opener.
Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.
Monday’s news reports:
• The Mets won Sunday’s rubber game against the Phillies, 6-5, to avoid dropping into last place in the NL East. Anthony Recker hit a tie-breaking three-run homer and the Mets held on late despite Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia each surrendering a run.
The Mets went 13-6 in the season series against Philadelphia, matching the most wins against the Phillies in one season in franchise history. It was the Amazin’s most wins against any team in a single season since producing 14 wins against the Montreal Expos in 1991.
Wilmer Flores had a career-high-matching three hits as well as a handful of solid fielding plays at shortstop.
The Mets produced 11 hits. That snapped a streak of 10 straight home games with six hits or fewer, which had tied the 1980 Athletics for a modern-day futility record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at MLB.com.
• The Mets have fired their VP in charge of ticket sales after four years on the job, the Post reported.
• The minor-league reinforcements were needed in part because the Mets left a couple of relievers behind in New York with elbow woes. Josh Edgin, who has bone spurs, is due to be examined as soon as Tuesday and may be “down for a while,” manager Terry Collins said. Edgin is unsure if he will require surgery to remove the spurs. Daisuke Matsuzaka's balky elbow also will be examined. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.
• With St. Lucie having been eliminated from postseason contention on the final day of the Florida State League regular season, several farmhands received promotions to playoff-bound clubs. Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, the son of Lee Mazzilli, is headed to Las Vegas. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, catcher Cam Maron and right-handers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson are headed to Binghamton.
Maron hails from Hicksville, Long Island. He hit .282 with three homers and 50 RBIs and had a .387 on-base percentage in 348 at-bats with St. Lucie.
• St. Lucie was eliminated Sunday despite a 4-2 win against Palm Beach. The FSL club posted a 76-62 record this season. Meanwhile, Brooklyn remained alive for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth entering Monday’s regular-season finale by beating Staten Island, 11-3, behind a four-RBI game from Adrian Abreu. The Cyclones need to win Monday and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to qualify for the playoffs. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• Mike Puma in the Post names Lucas Duda the MVP and Curtis Granderson the LVP of the Mets for August. The Mets went 12-17 during the month. Granderson, who was 1-for-17 on the homestand, was given Sunday off.
• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger profiles first-round pick Michael Conforto, who is hitting .340 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 159 at-bats entering Brooklyn’s regular-season finale. “It’s just rare to see that kind of selectivity in somebody that is so young,” Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa told Vorkunov. “Everything we had heard -- he was one of the top college hitters in the country -- has proved to be true in pro ball.”
BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander David West turns 50. ... Minor-league infielder Jhoan Urena is 20.
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Edgin has bone spurs in the elbow and is unsure whether he will need surgery to have those removed this offseason. He received platelet-rich plasma therapy last Monday and also underwent an MRI that did not reveal any tears, the southpaw said.
Manager Terry Collins said he expected Edgin to be "down for a while" and that the team will lean on Dana Eveland for lefty relief. The Mets also promoted Dario Alvarez from Double-A.
Edgin tried to warm up to enter Friday's game and was unable to do so.
Meanwhile, Daisuke Matsuzaka also will remain in New York to get his elbow checked out. Matsuzaka has struggled since returning from the disabled list Thursday.
FIRST PITCH: In 2007 and ’08, the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies went down to the wire for the NL East crown.
This year, they are jockeying for the basement.
In fact, the Phillies (61-72) arrive at Citi Field for a weekend series trailing the Amazin’s by only a half-game for fourth place in the division.
Meanwhile, the Mets (62-72) need to run the table over their final 28 games in order to achieve Sandy Alderson’s 90-win goal.
DeGrom (6-6, 3.13 ERA) opposes right-hander David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.
DeGrom had a streak of five straight winning decisions snapped when he allowed five runs in six innings at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.
The Mets are 11-5 against the Phillies in 2014.
Read the Mets-Phillies series preview here.
Friday’s news reports:
• With Daniel Murphy landing on the disabled list with a strained right calf, Herrera has been promoted from Double-A, where the 20-year-old Colombian was hitting .340 with 10 homers, 48 RBIs and nine steals in 241 at-bats. If Herrera shows he can succeed in the majors, that could make it easier for the Mets to justify trading Murphy this offseason.
Murphy, who leads the NL in hits at the moment with 159, is due for a healthy raise from his $5.7 million salary this season. He is eligible for free agency during the 2015-16 winter.
Herrera was acquired with Vic Black from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 27, 2013 for Marlon Byrd and John Buck.
"He's a player that moves this team," Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. "He brings a lot of energy. I think everybody feeds from that. Whenever you have a player like him that is excited to be out there and plays the game the right way, I think everybody else feeds from that."
Herrera joins Wilfredo Tovar in 2013 and Robert Carson in 2012 as prospects who made the jump directly from Double-A to the Mets.
Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.
• Black, who has a herniated disk in his neck, was given a cortisone injection and landed on the DL before Thursday’s game. Daisuke Matsuzaka was activated from the DL.
• Terry Collins told the Daily News that team personnel have engaged in internal conversations about moving Travis d'Arnaud from catcher to left field, although the manager cautioned that it’s not some plan set to be put into action. The motivation would be to keep d’Arnaud’s bat in the lineup and avoid further concussions.
While d’Arnaud may be a capable hitter as a catcher, as an outfielder that production might be considered fairly ordinary. And moving d’Arnaud presumes Triple-A catching prospect Kevin Plawecki will succeed at the major league level.
• Alderson implied there is nothing overly active as another trade deadline approaches Sunday. Players must be dealt by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster. Translation: Bartolo Colon looks like he is starting Saturday and will remain a Met at least into the offseason.
“I would say right now there’s a lot less going on than some people speculate,” Alderson said.
• David Wright (neck/shoulder) returned to the lineup Thursday and Josh Edgin (elbow) supposedly was available had his services been required. Wright went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double play.
• Mike Minor held the Mets without a baserunner until Lucas Duda's leadoff single in the fifth and the Braves ultimately won Thursday’s rubber game, 6-1, at Citi Field. Jonathon Niese kept the deficit at 1-0 until surrendering two runs in the eighth. In his first major league action since July 24, Matsuzaka allowed a pinch-hit two-run homer to Ryan Doumit in a three-run ninth.
The Mets are 4-10 and are hitting .164 at Citi Field in August.
Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Record, Times, Journal and at MLB.com.
• The Mets extended their player-development agreement with Triple-A Las Vegas through the 2016 season. With no apparent vacancies on the East Coast, the Mets preferred having direct flights from Vegas over pursuing a home in an alternate Pacific Coast League city. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• The Mets worked out lower-tier Cuban free agents Pavel Quesada and Roberto Carlos in the Dominican Republic, the Post’s Mike Puma reported.
• Chris Young made his debut with the Yankees organization on Thursday. Young, who signed a minor-league contract this week, started in right field for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts. If Young joins the Yankees after rosters expand, the Mets will save $73,700. That’s the prorated portion of the major league minimum the Yankees would need to pay Young for the final month of the season.
• Columnist Larry Brooks in the Post says Curtis Granderson has been “simply dreadful.”
• Rafael Montero allowed eight runs (five earned) in six innings as Albuquerque beat Las Vegas, 10-5. Luis Cessa and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as St. Lucie remained on the fringe of the Florida State League playoff race with a 2-0 win against Palm Beach. Robert Gsellman contributed to a four-hit shutout as Savannah blanked Augusta, 3-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• Marc Carig in Newsday chronicles a glut of hits d’Arnaud has lost because of Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons' fielding prowess.
• From the bloggers ... Blogging Mets wonders if the Mets could have gotten Addison Russell from the A's before the Cubs did.
BIRTHDAYS: Anthony Recker turns 31. ... Noah Syndergaard turns 22. ... Henry Blanco is 43.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
YOU’RE UP: Would you have preferred Dilson Herrera or Matt Reynolds get the promotion?
This man is heading to the Big Leagues. The rest of us poor saps are riding a bus overnight to Virginia. pic.twitter.com/Y6NFfMT2Xz— Tim Heiman (@TimHeiman) August 29, 2014
But manager Terry Collins said there's a real chance that David Wright could be back in the lineup by Thursday.
Wright hasn't played since Sunday, when he was forced out of the game in Los Angeles with neck spasms. He got extensive treatment Tuesday, and by Wednesday he had improved to the point that he took batting practice in the indoor cage and then on the field.
"He told me, 'If it's this good [Thursday], I'll be in there,'" Collins said.
Collins wouldn't say the same about Daniel Murphy, who has missed the last two games with a calf injury.
Meanwhile, Collins suggested that he would again be without both right-hander Vic Black and lefty Josh Edgin in the bullpen. The situation with Black's neck is apparently more serious, with Collins saying that he'll likely miss at least a couple more days.
D'Arnaud at cleanup: Having Murphy and Wright both out of the lineup forces Collins to do some maneuvering, and Wednesday it meant hitting Travis d'Arnaud cleanup for the first time in his career.
"I hope he doesn't get carried away," Collins said. "But to be honest, it's a pat on the back for him, because he's become a huge part of our lineup."
FIRST PITCH: Now that Zack Wheeler can beat anyone, can he beat the Atlanta Braves?
The New York Mets right-hander had three wins over his hometown team last season. He doesn't yet have any this year.
That's not entirely his fault. He pitched well against the Braves each of the last two times out, but got little help from his offense in either game.
Perhaps the somewhat-revived Mets offense -- hey, they scored 11 runs just a few days ago -- can help Wheeler (9-8, 3.48) when he faces the Braves again on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Then again, he's matched up against right-hander Julio Teheran (12-9, 2.96), who is coming off six scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds.
Wheeler gave up four runs to the Oakland Athletics in his last start, but since a June 30 start in Atlanta, he's 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA.
Now, can he beat the Braves?
Wednesday's news reports:
• The Mets beat the Braves Tuesday night, and they did it without David Wright or Daniel Murphy, and with Vic Black and Josh Edgin unavailable. The key guy they did have in the lineup was Juan Lagares, who made another nice catch and also hit another home run. Read game stories in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record and MLB.com.
• Wright is out because of muscle spasms in his neck, but he finally admitted Tuesday that his left shoulder is an issue. What he wouldn't admit is that it's been a factor in his lousy play, and what the Mets said they won't do is shut him down because of it. Read more in the Post, Star Ledger and MLB.com.
• Will you see Noah Syndergaard in September? Sandy Alderson suggested Tuesday that a lack of spots on the 40-man roster could keep Syndergaard out of the big leagues this season. But Alderson also suggested that Syndergaard could benefit from a month in the big leagues, so the issue remains undecided. Read more in the Post, Newsday, Record and Star Ledger. Meanwhile, Tim Rohan wonders in the Times if Matt Reynolds can be the next Mets shortstop.
• Tuesday's win gave the Mets a 62-70 record, which means that Alderson's 90-win spring training challenge is technically alive for a few more days. But columnist Joel Sherman in the Post sees a much bigger issue, the question of whether the Mets have fallen into a cycle of 74-77 win seasons that they don't have the ability -- or the strong will -- to break out of.
• It's pretty much accepted now that the best thing that happened to Travis d'Arnaud this season was the Mets' decision to send him to Triple-A Las Vegas, and how he reacted to it. Now, d'Arnaud's father tells columnist Kevin Kernan of the Post pretty much the same thing, and says he told it to Travis at the time.
BIRTHDAYS: Mike Maddux, best known as the brother of Greg but also as a 1993-94 Met, turns 53 . . . Brian McRae is 47.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
John Minchillo/Associated PressJuan Lagares' two-run homer in the fourth staked the Mets to a 3-1 lead.
Lagares' two-run shot against Alex Wood proved the difference as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves, 3-2, Tuesday at Citi Field.
Mets manager Terry Collins said hitting coach Lamar Johnson has been encouraging Lagares to pull the ball more.
"He's got more power than he's shown," Collins said.
The manager added: "When you coach him, it's applied."
Lagares now has four homers in 337 at-bats this season.
Still, Lagares' bread and butter is his fielding. And that was on display on multiple occasions Tuesday. That included lunging forward to grab Wood's sinking liner in the third.
"That's what he's getting paid for," Collins said.
Gee sharp: Dillon Gee, who limited Atlanta to two runs in 6 2/3 innings to notch his first win since July 9, said he did not feel like he had exceptional stuff Tuesday.
"I think I struggled with some of the breaking balls," Gee said. "The changeup was a big thing tonight. I was able to throw that behind in the count and get ahead with it, and kind of threw it when I needed to."
Needed relief: Collins revealed postgame that Vic Black and Josh Edgin had been unavailable. Collins made it sound as though Edgin's injury might linger for a day or two more. Edgin minimized his issue, saying his elbow needs a little rest.
Calf stuff: Daniel Murphy saw the doctor and has a mild calf strain, according to Collins. Murphy is day to day.