New York Mets: Josh Edgin

Morning Briefing: Wheels up!

August, 27, 2014
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NEW YORK

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: YOU'RE UP: Is it important that the Mets see Noah Syndergaard this season?

Juan flashes power as Mets top Braves

August, 26, 2014
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John Minchillo/Associated PressJuan Lagares' two-run homer in the fourth staked the Mets to a 3-1 lead.
NEW YORK -- Juan Lagares ended a 227-at-bat homerless drought Saturday. Now he has two long balls in his past three games.

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.

Rapid Reaction: Nats 4, Mets 1

August, 14, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Mets made history Thursday, and not good history.

With a 4-1 victory in the series finale, the division-leading Washington Nationals won their 11th straight game 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. They now lead the Mets (57-65) by 10½ games in the NL East.

Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper produced two-run homers against Dillon Gee as Washington grabbed a 4-0 lead.

LaRoche, who went deep on an 0-2 offering, now has 27 career homers against the Mets. Among active players, that trails only a trio of Phillies -- Ryan Howard (40), Chase Utley (33) and Jimmy Rollins (30).

Three of Harper's six homers this season have come against the Mets.

The Nats have 29 homers during their 11-game Citi Field winning streak.

Gee’s line: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K's, 2 HR. He is 0-4 with a 5.60 ERA in six starts since the All-Star break.

The Mets' lone run against Stephen Strasburg, which was unearned, came in the fourth when Daniel Murphy reached on an infield single, advanced to second on an error, ill-advisedly stole third and scored on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly.

The Amazin's went 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position in the series. After placing runners at first and second base with none out in the sixth, Murphy grounded into a double play and David Wright struck out.

Streaking: Wright produced a hit for the 13th straight game with a first-inning single against Strasburg. It matches the longest hitting streak by a Met this season. Juan Lagares had an identical streak April 5 through May 4.

However, during Wright's 13-game hitting streak, he has only one extra-base hit: a double last Thursday against Washington’s Craig Stammen in D.C.

Back to work: In his first action since suffering the loss Sunday and revealing he had a hernia, Jenrry Mejia tossed a perfect ninth. … Carlos Torres, who surrendered a homer in each of his past four appearances, recorded four outs without issue. Torres inherited the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh from Josh Edgin and struck out Ian Desmond.

What’s next: The Chicago Cubs make their lone 2014 visit to Citi Field for a four-game wraparound series. Zack Wheeler (7-8, 3.53 ERA) opposes left-hander Travis Wood (7-9, 4.86) in Friday's 7:10 p.m. opener. Wheeler is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his past eight starts.

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Mets 6

August, 10, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Jenrry Mejia and his cranky calf suffered a blown save Sunday.

After a day off to allow the leg to rest and a doctor's exam that labeled the issue cramping, Mejia entered for the ninth with the Mets leading by a run. He proceeded to surrender a leadoff double to Cody Asche and game-tying single to pinch hitter Marlon Byrd.

The game-ending blow came on Ryan Howard’s two-out RBI single as the Phillies rallied for a 7-6 win.

The Mets had led 6-1 entering the bottom of the sixth. Their largest lead blown this season in a loss came May 3 at Colorado, when a 6-0 lead turned into an 11-10 defeat.

The Mets still are 10-5 against the Phillies this season, including 7-2 at Citizens Bank Park.

Mejia has allowed at least two hits in each of his past four appearances.

Zack Wheeler turned a 6-3 lead over to the bullpen for the seventh. Josh Edgin eventually bailed out the Mets after a letdown by Wilmer Flores opened the door for the Phillies to move within a run.

Flores, getting an extended look at shortstop, threw wide of first base on Ben Revere’s two-out grounder. The play officially was ruled an infield single, although a more accomplished defensive shortstop would have recorded the out. After Jimmy Rollins then singled, Chase Utley delivered a two-run triple as the Phillies moved within 6-5.

Edgin entered and struck out Howard to strand the tying run at third base. Howard is now 2-for-9 with two homers and three strikeouts in his career against Edgin.

Edgin also struck out the side in the eighth. He became only the second reliever in franchise history to face four or more batters and strike them all out. Manny Acosta also struck out all four batters he faced on July 30, 2010 against Arizona.

Wheel deal: Wheeler surrendered only one hit through five innings -- a two-out solo homer by Utley in the first that evened the score at 1.

With the Mets leading 6-1 in the sixth, Wheeler got tripped up. He surrendered a one-out single to Utley and two-out walk to Grady Sizemore, then a two-run double to Domonic Brown.

Wheeler’s final line in a 112-pitch effort that became a no-decision: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.

Brown’s two-RBI shot snapped Wheeler’s streak of allowing two runs or fewer while logging at least six innings at seven straight starts. It had been the franchise’s longest single-season streak since Masato Yoshii went eight straight starts in 1999.

Wheeler nonetheless is 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his past eight starts.

How they scored: Daniel Murphy’s sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the second. An inning later, Juan Lagares had a two-run triple.

The lead swelled to 6-1 in the fifth when Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud homered on consecutive pitches from Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. It marked only the second time this season back-to-back batters homered for the Mets. Curtis Granderson and the now-departed Chris Young consecutively homered against Oakland’s Scott Kazmir on June 24.

First audition: Matt den Dekker went 2-for-5 in his first start since returning from Las Vegas. Den Dekker was robbed by retreating center fielder Ben Revere on a third-inning shot to the warning track. In his next at-bat, den Dekker followed Duda and d’Arnaud’s long balls with a single. He also had a ninth-inning single.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (5-8, 3.41 ERA) opposes right-hander David Buchanan (6-5, 4.39) at 1:05 p.m. Monday.

Rapid Reaction: Giants 4, Mets 3

August, 4, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The two sturdiest pillars of the Mets’ revamped bullpen faltered Monday.

Jeurys Familia failed to protect a one-run lead in the seventh inning and Jenrry Mejia allowed a tie-breaking RBI double to Pablo Sandoval in the ninth as the Giants beat the Mets, 4-3, at Citi Field.

The wild card-leading Giants took three of four games in the series as the Mets dropped to 53-59.

Mejia, who entered with the score tied at 3, quickly recorded two outs before surrendering a single to Gregor Blanco, a stolen base and a walk to Buster Posey. Sandoval then doubled.

Familia had a career-high 10-inning scoreless streak snapped when he failed to hold a 3-2 lead. He surrendered a leadoff triple to Hunter Pence in the seventh. He walked Blanco, then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Pence to race home and the Giants to even the score.

Familia allowed all four batters he faced to reach, yet the Mets ended up escaping without further damage in the frame. Posey walked and Sandoval singled up the middle, but Juan Lagares threw out Blanco attempting to score from second base.

Josh Edgin entered with two on and coaxed an inning-ending double-play grounder from Brandon Belt.

Familia had allowed only one earned run in his previous 22 appearances, spanning 22 1/3 innings dating back to June 12. His 0.40 ERA was the third-lowest in the majors during that span (min. 20 innings). Mejia had allowed one earned run in his past 16 innings dating back to June 21.

Not tested nearly as frequently this season, Lagares has three assists in 2014. He produced a franchise rookie-record 15 outfield assists a year ago. Lagares also went 3-for-4 at the plate.

Yer out: Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected by plate umpire Ben May, a minor-league call-up, after Lucas Duda initially argued a called third strike that ended the seventh inning. David Wright also had jawed with May after a called third strike that ended the third inning.

Gee sharper: Dillon Gee, who entered Monday with an 8.10 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break, showed improvement. Gee allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision.

Gee departed with his pitch count at 106 after a two-out double by St. John’s product Joe Panik in the sixth inning. Vic Black entered and, after walking light-hitting No. 8 hitter Juan Perez, struck out Travis Ishikawa to maintain a one-run lead.

Black has stranded 18 of 19 inherited baserunners this season.

Stealing a run: Daniel Murphy's first stolen base since June 13 led to the Mets taking a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. Murphy swiped second and advanced to third on an errant throw by Posey. He scored the go-ahead run on a two-out infield single by Wright.

Passing fancy: Travis d'Arnaud had his MLB-leading 11th passed ball when he allowed Sandoval to advance to third base in the third inning.

Storm watch: Panik had a career-high three hits.

What’s next: The Mets head to D.C. for a showdown with the first-place Washington Nationals. Zack Wheeler (6-8, 3.60 ERA) opposes left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-7, 3.88) at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday. Wheeler is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his past six starts.

Morning Briefing: Aw-Phil defeat

July, 30, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: Since allowing six runs and lasting only two innings against the Oakland Athletics on June 25, Zack Wheeler has been on a tear.

Wheeler has allowed one earned run and completed at least six innings in each of his last five starts.

If Wheeler can duplicate that feat in Wednesday’s 12:10 p.m. rubber game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he will become the first Mets pitcher since R.A. Dickey in May/June 2012 to go six straight starts logging at least six innings and surrendering no more than one earned run in each outing.

Wheeler (5-8, 3.64 ERA) opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87) in the series finale at Citi Field.

Wednesday’s news reports:

Cole Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings and Jimmy Rollins, Grady Sizemore and Chase Utley homered as the Phillies beat the Mets, 6-0, Tuesday. Dillon Gee was charged with five earned runs in 6 2/3 innings, although the bulk of the damage came when Josh Edgin inherited the bases loaded from Gee and surrendered a grand slam to Utley.

Gee now has a 7.11 career ERA against the Phillies -- the highest mark against any team he has faced multiple times.

Gee also has an 8.10 ERA in three second-half starts. He suggested he was frustrated with Tuesday’s result because he felt like he improved from the previous two outings. He did not blame fatigue for his contribution to the seventh-inning meltdown, but said: “It seems like I haven’t thrown over 80 pitches in three months.”

Edgin said about Utley’s slam: “No offense to anyone here, but I left it right down the middle of the plate and put it out there for him to hit it. He did.”

Hamels has struggled during his career against the Mets, which now spans 30 starts. His scoreless effort Tuesday was his first against the Mets since his first-ever meeting against the club, on Aug. 14, 2006 as a rookie.

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

• Terry Collins is tiring of inquiries about why Wilmer Flores does not play more frequently. Read more in Newsday.

• With Sandy Alderson having joked on Monday that acquiring a player with a $20 million salary might lead to David Wright, Curtis Granderson and “22 dwarfs” on the roster, Zach Braziller in the Post compiled a list of the top money-themed jokes by the GM during his Mets tenure.

On the Daisuke Matsuzaka and Masahiro Tanaka signings, Alderson said in January: “We each signed Japanese pitchers this week. They’re paying $155 million and we’re paying our guy month to month.”

And who could forget the tweet that started it all from back on the eve of spring training in 2012? It read: “Will have to drive carefully on trip; Mets only reimburse for gas at a downhill rate. Will try to coast all the way to FL.”

• Columnist Anthony Rieber in Newsday suggests forgetting about Thursday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Instead, he suggests the Mets’ winter activity will be far more relevant. Writes Rieber:

Because for the first time in a long time, we're starting to buy into the notion that the Mets are only a piece or two away from being a contender -- if the Wilpons can pony up the dough this winter to get a big-time shortstop and outfielder to complement the young players manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen have done a nice job developing this season.

Always the big question with the Mets, right? Dollars and sense. Are the Wilpons ready, willing and financially able to allow Alderson to make bold trades or free-agent signings?

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post enumerates reasons why the Mets can be competitive during the season’s final two months.

• Check out a sneak peak of the Citi Field scenes from Sharknado 2 here. It will be televised at 9 p.m. Wednesday on Syfy.

• Dilson Herrera had a solo homer in the eighth and walk-off sacrifice fly an inning later as Binghamton beat New Hampshire, 4-3. Rob Whalen is now 6-0 with a 1.65 ERA in the South Atlantic League after Savannah’s 8-3 win against Lexington. Casey Meisner earned his first win in 364 days as Brooklyn beat Lowell, 4-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Matt Harvey took batting practice Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

• Marc Carig in Newsday writes that Jacob deGrom is making a case for NL Rookie of the Year.

• Will Sammon in Newsday discusses Juan Lagares' plate discipline.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-Met Clint Hurdle, now manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, turns 57. ... Casey Stengel was born in 1890. ... Ellis Valentine was born on this date in 1954.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who is your least-favorite Phillie?

Gee feels better than result suggests

July, 29, 2014
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NEW YORK -- "Frustrated" and "confident" were Dillon Gee's most-used words after the New York Mets' 6-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday at Citi Field.

The right-hander remains searching for himself after getting charged with five earned runs and surrendering two home runs in his third straight loss.

“The most frustrating part is I thought I threw the ball a lot better than I had in the previous couple outings," Gee said. "The main result still isn’t there. It’s very frustrating.”

Gee’s groove has been interrupted. In his first start since a disabled-list stint for a strained right lat muscle, he fared well in seven innings against the Atlanta Braves on July 9, allowing one run while striking out four batters.

After a 10-day layoff including the All-Star break, his ERA has climbed from 2.56 to 3.77 with three subpar starts.

The primary damage came after Gee walked off the mound with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, in his longest outing since the break. On a 2-2 count, Chase Utley belted his fifth career grand slam, this one on a fastball from Josh Edgin into the right-field porch.

“No offense to anyone here, but I left it right down the middle of the plate and put it out there for him to hit it. He did,” Edgin said.

The reliever welcomed a rematch in Wednesday’s series finale.

“I’d like to face him again. Let’s go tomorrow,” Edgin said. “If I execute my pitch there, who knows, he could’ve fouled it off. I could go slider. It could’ve gone either way and it went the totally wrong way it was supposed to.”

Had Utley been retired, Gee’s night would have ended with just two runs over 6 2/3 innings.

Gee has allowed five homers in three second-half starts.

Terry Collins still saw encouraging signs from Gee’s off-speed pitches.

“His curveball was real good tonight. His changeup was good when he needed it. He moved the ball around,” Collins said. “I thought he had some zip on his fastball when he wanted to go up. I thought he threw the ball good. It was a very positive evening.”

Gee threw more than 100 pitches for the first time since his May 4 start in Colorado.

“It seems like I haven’t thrown over 80 pitches in three months," Gee said. "I felt physically fine, but I have to start getting more pitches out there.”

The 28-year-old served up solo homers to Jimmy Rollins in the third and Grady Sizemore in the fourth.

“It's just frustrating, except for the most part I feel a lot better out there than how it looks,” Gee said. “I’m confident going forward that if I can maintain that the result should change.”

Cole Hamels was the opposite of Gee on the mound for the Phillies. The southpaw retired his final 13 batters and finished with eight strikeouts over eight scoreless innings. The last time he blanked the Mets was as a rookie on Aug. 14, 2006, when he also went eight innings and collected nine strikeouts.

“I bet I had four hitters come back and say the changeup is dynamic tonight, so he had it all working,” Collins said. “He’s so good. When he’s on, he’s tough to hit.”

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 6, Mets 0

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
9:46
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NEW YORK -- Sell!

Cole Hamels tossed eight scoreless innings and Jimmy Rollins, Grady Sizemore and Chase Utley homered as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-0 on Tuesday at Citi Field.

The Mets dropped to 51-56.

Rollins broke a scoreless tie in the third with a solo shot against Dillon Gee. Sizemore’s homer, which he wrapped inside the right-field foul pole, came an inning later and was his first long ball in 14 games with the Phillies. After Gee departed with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh, Josh Edgin surrendered a grand slam to Utley.


Frank Franklin II/Associated PressGrady Sizemore circles the bases after a fourth-inning homer against Dillon Gee.


Among active MLB leaders in homers against the Mets, the top three are all Phillies now that Chipper Jones has retired. Ryan Howard has 40 career long balls against the Amazin’s, followed by Utley now with 32 and Rollins now with 29.

Hamels was making his 30th career start against the Mets. He produced his first scoreless effort since his first matchup with the Mets -- an eight-scoreless-inning performance as a rookie on Aug. 14, 2006.

The southpaw retired the final 13 batters he faced in a 109-pitch effort. He entered the start with a 7-14 record and 4.38 ERA in his career against the Mets.

Among active major league pitchers, only Tim Hudson has made more starts against the Mets. Now with the San Francisco Giants, Hudson is scheduled to make No. 32 on Monday, in the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field.

Gee (4-4, 3.77 ERA) suffered his third straight defeat. He has now been charged with 15 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings in three starts since the All-Star break.

His final line after Utley’s slam became: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR.

Gee has allowed five homers in the three second-half starts. He had allowed one homer in his previous six outings.

What’s next: The teams conclude their three-game series Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.64 ERA) opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (5-10, 4.87) in the rubber game. Wheeler has allowed one earned run and completed at least six innings in each of his past five starts.

Morning Briefing: Wright's 10th anniversary

July, 21, 2014
Jul 21
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Keith Torrie/Getty ImagesDavid Wright made his major league debut in this July 21, 2004 game against the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium. He went 0-for-4.
SAN DIEGO

FIRST PITCH: The captain celebrates an anniversary on Monday.

David Wright made his major league debut on July 21, 2004 against the Montreal Expos at Shea Stadium, ending a revolving door at third base for the franchise.

The Mets’ lineup that day?

Jose Reyes, 2b
Kazuo Matsui, ss
Ty Wigginton, 1b
Cliff Floyd, lf
Richard Hidalgo, rf
Mike Cameron, cf
Wright, 3b
Vance Wilson, c
Jae Weong Seo, rhp

Wright had been drafted by the organization three years earlier with a compensatory pick (38th overall) for losing Mike Hampton as a free agent to the Colorado Rockies.

The Mets open an interleague series on Monday in Seattle at 10:10 p.m. ET. Jonathon Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA) returns from the disabled list to face Cuban rookie left-hander Roenis Elias (7-8, 4.54).

The Amazin’s lone other trip to Safeco Field came in 2005.

The Mariners staff includes ex-Mets Howard Johnson, Chris Woodward and Jason Phillips.

Read the Mets-Mariners series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

Odrisamer Despaigne held the Mets hitless until Daniel Murphy produced a two-out double in the eighth. The Mets tied the score that inning on Wright’s RBI single. However, the Amazin’s lost, 2-1, in walk-off fashion when Josh Edgin stumbled on a chopper off the bat of Seth Smith and could not complete the out at first base in time. Zack Wheeler limited his opponent to one run and logged at least six innings for the fourth straight start. The Mets dropped eight games back in the NL East.

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

• Read more on Wheeler in the Post.

• With Niese (shoulder strain) coming off the disabled list, Daisuke Matsuzaka is relocating to the bullpen and Buddy Carlyle was designated for assignment. Read more at MLB.com and in the Daily News.

• Although the Mets are receptive to trading Bartolo Colon, the buzz in San Diego was that no scouts were specifically there to see the veteran righty on Friday, signaling limited interest. Writes Mike Puma in the Post:

According to a source, as of Sunday the Mets had not yet received even a nibble on the 41-year-old right-hander, who is expendable because of the club’s starting-pitching depth. Over his last four starts, Colon is 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA. That comes after a strong June in which Colon helped carry the Mets rotation by going 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

• Columnist Michael Powell in the Times takes the Mets’ temperature.

Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 21 games and Rafael Montero allowed one run in four innings in his return to Triple-A following a left oblique strain, but Las Vegas lost to Salt Lake, 3-0. Brian Burgamy had two homers and Dustin Lawley also went deep in Binghamton’s 5-2 win against Trenton. John Gant took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and Savannah ultimately swept Lexington in a doubleheader. Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings as Brooklyn blanked Williamsport, 6-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• There are no plans to promote Flores to the majors anytime soon, Terry Collins said. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Bobby Abreu is expected to serve as the designated hitter for the final two games in Seattle.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets player and manager Mike Cubbage turns 64. He currently is a scout for the Tampa Bay Rays ... Mike Bordick is 49.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Have the Mets eroded your optimism with their performance in San Diego?

Edgin, Black dissect 9th-inning stumble

July, 20, 2014
Jul 20
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SAN DIEGO -- Josh Edgin had a simple explanation for his inability to field Seth Smith's two-out chopper in the bottom of the ninth, which allowed Cameron Maybin to score the winning run.

“I stumbled,” Edgin said after San Diego’s 2-1 win Sunday at Petco Park. “It’s one of those things. It just happened to be at the end of the game where it kind of meant a little more.”

Edgin noted that his mechanics initially took him away from the two-hopper, which traveled just to the first-base side of the mound.


Jake Roth/USA TODAY SportsJosh Edgin's shovel throw to first base is too late after he initially stumbled on Seth Smith's chopper.


“I fall off to the third-base side, so when I turn around I’ve got to pick the ball up,” the southpaw said. “It’s one of those no-man’s-land plays, for me anyway. It just happened.”

Even after stumbling on top of the ball, Edgin still had a chance to retire Smith at first base and force extra innings. But he did not initially pick up the ball cleanly. His eventual shovel throw was too late.

“I rolled over it and it was on the ground,” Edgin said. “When I went down to snatch it, I missed it. If I would have got it the first time I would have got him out.”

Daniel Murphy said he was unsure what would have happened if Edgin had not touched the ball and had given the second baseman an opportunity to make the play.

“It’s tough to say,” Murphy said. “Do I have a shot? Yeah. I don’t know how good of a one it is, because once he kind of hit it, I was unable to judge the velocity of the ball. Until it gets past the pitcher’s mound, I can’t tell exactly how hard it is.”

Edgin’s faux pas wasn’t the only pitcher fielding letdown in the decisive ninth inning.

After issuing a leadoff walk in the ninth to Carlos Quentin, Vic Black misplayed Alexi Amarista's sacrifice-bunt attempt to put two men on base with none out. Quentin had been replaced by Maybin as the pinch runner.

“I kicked my glove and I just missed it,” Black said. “I was thinking two off the mound and I heard, ‘One.’ I got in a hurry and literally kicked my glove over the ball.”

Black noted that pitcher fielding practice is something he does earnestly.

“It’s definitely something I don’t take lightly,” he said.

He more lamented the leadoff walk.

“The walk is what killed me,” Black said. “Those leadoff walks are tough.”

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Braves 3 (11)

July, 7, 2014
Jul 7
11:01
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NEW YORK -- Ya Gotta Believe?

The New York Mets, who aim to use this series against the Atlanta Braves to catapult themselves back into relevance, squandered a late lead but ultimately rallied for a 4-3 walk-off win in 11 innings on Monday at Citi Field.

Curtis Granderson produced a game-tying, two-out, solo home run in the eighth inning, and the Mets scored the winning run three innings later on Ruben Tejada's two-out RBI single off Anthony Varvaro.

Tejada also had the Mets' last walk-off hit, on May 11 against Philadelphia (also in the 11th inning).

The Mets (40-49) pulled to within nine games of the first-place Braves (49-40) in the NL East.

Wacky ninth: Eric Young Jr. ended up grounding into a fielder’s choice against Shae Simmons to strand the bases loaded and end the ninth inning, but how the Mets got there left Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez ejected and Mets manager Terry Collins perhaps worthy of admittance to the bar.

With the score tied at 3, Eric Campbell singled to open the frame. Juan Lagares then bunted, and umpire Sean Barber ruled Campbell out at second base, though a throw to first base for a double-play bid was too late.

However, Collins complained that Andrelton Simmons pulled his foot off second base before accepting the throw (which television replays supported).

"Neighborhood plays” are excluded from replay review, but Collins convinced the umps to confer and then go to video anyway. The ruling from the home office came back safe, which placed runners at first and second with no outs.

Gonzalez again argued and was ejected. He clearly believed the play was not reviewable.

In order for it to be considered a “neighborhood play,” the fielder must have acted to avoid a collision, which arguably wasn't the case, with Simmons pulling his foot off the bag to accept the throw at second. Perhaps that was Collins' winning argument.

Crazy eighth: Vic Black, Josh Edgin and Jenrry Mejia combined to allow three eighth-inning runs, as the Mets failed to hold a 2-0 lead after receiving seven scoreless innings from starter Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Black turned the two-run lead over to Edgin with Freddie Freeman on third base and two outs. Things quickly unraveled.

Edgin fired a wild pitch that sailed above Jason Heyward’s head and allowed Freeman to scamper home, which pulled the Braves within a run.

Given the series’ importance, Collins then turned to Mejia for a four-out save. Instead, the closer surrendered a game-tying RBI double to Chris Johnson off the top of the center-field wall. After an intentional walk to New Jersey native Tommy La Stella, rookie Christian Bethancourt served a go-ahead RBI single into right field.

Mejia suffered his second blown save in 10 chances. The other was June 7 at San Francisco.

Edgin had retired the first batter he faced in each of his previous 23 appearances -- a franchise record to begin a season.

Made the most: The Mets mustered only four hits through eight innings but made them count. Travis d'Arnaud had a second-inning double that plated Eric Campbell, who had reached via walk. David Wright homered the following inning against left-hander Mike Minor. Then, trailing 3-2 with two outs in the eighth, Granderson homered against Luis Avilan to even the score. Daniel Murphy followed Granderson’s homer with a single that chased Avilan.

The Braves had retired 15 straight batters between Wright’s and Granderson’s long balls, with Minor retiring 13 straight to close his seven-inning outing.

d'Arnaud has reached base in all 11 games since returning from Triple-A. Wright is hitting .395 (32-for-81) against southpaws this season.

No Dice: Matsuzaka tossed seven scoreless innings in his longest start of the season but was deprived of his first win since June 10.

Matsuzaka allowed two baserunners in each of the first three innings but repeatedly escaped unscathed. His final line: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. He threw 100 pitches and departed with a 2-0 lead.

With Dillon Gee ready to return from the disabled list, Matsuzaka might have been reassigned to the bullpen this week had Jonathon Niese not landed on the disabled list. Matsuzaka had surrendered five runs in each of his previous two starts. His previous season high had been six innings, which he had accomplished in three starts.

Struck: Carlos Torres was struck on the bare hand with a liner in the 11th but remained in the game after a visit from the trainer.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom (1-5, 3.77 ERA) opposes right-hander Julio Teheran (8-5, 2.29 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Rapid Reaction: Braves 5, Mets 3

June, 30, 2014
Jun 30
10:35
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ATLANTA -- Jeurys Familia had been nearly automatic of late as the primary setup man to Jenrry Mejia, tossing nine straight scoreless innings and posting a 0.71 ERA since May 25.

Even the best have hiccups.

Entrusted with a two-run lead, Familia committed one of the Mets’ three costly errors in a four-run eighth as the Atlanta Braves rallied for a 5-3 win Monday at Turner Field.

The Mets (37-46) fell a season-high eight games behind the division-leading Braves and are at nine games under .500, matching their low-water mark for the season.

The Mets fell to 33-5 when ahead after seven innings.

Leading 3-1, Familia surrendered inning-opening singles to Justin Upton and Jason Heyward. He then coaxed a would-be double-play comebacker from Chris Johnson. However, Familia bounced the throw to Ruben Tejada covering second base and everyone was safe.

With the bases loaded and none out, Jersey native Tommy La Stella then sent a run-scoring single up the middle. A second run scored on the play, tying the score at 3, when center fielder Juan Lagares could not cleanly field the ball, for a costly E-8.

Later, with the bases loaded and two outs, Andrelton Simmons sent a routine chopper to third baseman Eric Campbell. The ball popped out of Campbell’s glove and his ensuing throw to first base was late, allowing the Braves to take the lead.

Dana Eveland subsequently entered and issued a bases-loaded walk to force in another run.

The Mets entered the day with 15 double-play misplays and errors, tied with the San Diego Padres for the most in the major leagues, according to ESPN Stats & Information’s Mark Simon.

Wild thing: Zack Wheeler issued five walks and hit a batter, but managed to limit the Braves to one run in 6 1/3 innings and stood in position for the win until the eighth-inning meltdown.

Wheeler had tossed 83 pitches through four innings and looked headed for a short outing.

He then got a double play in a nine-pitch fifth and began to get more efficient.

With Wheeler coming off a career-low two-inning outing against Oakland in which he tossed only 48 pitches, and with him due to get an extra day of rest before pitching again Sunday, Terry Collins extended the right-hander.

With the Mets holing a 3-1 lead, Wheeler returned to the mound for the seventh inning with his pitch count already at 104. Wheeler surrendered a leadoff single to Christian Bethancourt, then pinch hitter Jordan Schafer sent a deep shot to left field that Chris Young ran down.

At that point, Wheeler departed -- and things got interesting.

Vic Black got B.J. Upton to ground into a potential inning-ending double play, but Tejada could not handle the grounder, which was generously scored an infield single. With two on and one out, Black coaxed Simmons to fly out.

Collins then returned to insert Josh Edgin to face the dangerous Freddie Freeman.

Edgin is now 21-for-21 this season in retiring the first batter he faces. Freeman flied out to left field as the Braves stranded two baserunners and the Mets maintained a two-run lead.

Wheeler’s final line: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP. He threw 113 pitches.

Leading man: Curtis Granderson, again in the leadoff spot after a cameo Sunday at cleanup, produced a game-opening homer against left-hander Alex Wood. The shot snapped an 0-for-17 drought by Granderson, albeit which included three shots to the outfield wall in Pittsburgh.

Granderson also had a leadoff homer June 15 at Citi Field against San Diego Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy. Monday’s shot marked his 26th career leadoff homer.

Catching on: Travis d'Arnaud continues to produce since returning from Vegas. Now able to reach pitches on the outer half of the plate because of his adjusted stance, d’Arnaud produced an RBI double in the second inning. He finished 1-for-4 and has hit safely in all six games since rejoining the Mets. D’Arnaud is hitting .348 (8-for-23) with one homer and four RBIs during that span.

Three cheers: The Mets entered the series batting .164 with the bases loaded this season. That figure remained intact Monday, but the Mets did pick up an RBI in such a situation. C.Y.’s third-inning sacrifice fly against Wood with the bases loaded increased the Mets’ lead to 3-0.

What’s next: Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-2, 3.23 ERA) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (2-5, 4.50) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Rapid Reaction: Pirates 3, Mets 2 (11)

June, 27, 2014
Jun 27
10:51
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PITTSBURGH -- At least no one else in the division is winning, either.

After David Wright was scratched with a painful left shoulder Friday, the New York Mets proceeded to lose their third straight game.

Josh Harrison hit a walk-off RBI double against Vic Black in the 11th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates won, 3-2, at PNC Park.

The Mets are in last place in the NL East at 36-44, but only 5½ games out of first.

No harm: The Mets faced two runners in scoring position with no one out after a hotly disputed call in the 10th inning, but Jenrry Mejia wriggled free of the jam to send the game to the 11th.

With Harrison on second base and no outs, Gregory Polanco hit a comebacker to Mejia. The closer trapped Harrison in a rundown, but Harrison flopped to the ground on the infield grass, evaded a tag from Ruben Tejada and reached third base as Polanco arrived at second.

Mets manager Terry Collins argued to no avail that Harrison left the baseline. As a result of the play, the Pirates had two in scoring position with none out. After a one-out intentional walk to Andrew McCutchen loaded the bases, Mejia struck out Neil Walker. Russell Martin then flied out to right field as Mejia preserved the 2-2 tie.

No-decision: Jacob deGrom followed up his first major league win with a no-decision, although he mostly performed well. The lone damage against the rookie came on a two-out, two-run single by No. 8 hitter Jordy Mercer in the fourth inning that evened the score at 2. DeGrom had lamented not covering first on a grounder knocked down by Lucas Duda earlier in the inning.

DeGrom retired seven straight batters at that point, until Pedro Alvarez’s leadoff single in the seventh. After a sac bunt advanced Alvarez into scoring position and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle inserted pinch runner Starling Marte at second base, deGrom struck out the pinch-hitting Harrison.

Collins then summoned Josh Edgin to face the lefty-hitting rookie phenom Polanco. Edgin retired Polanco on a foul fly ball down the right-field line. That stranded the potential go-ahead run at second base and closed the book on deGrom.

Edgin has now retired the first batter he has faced in all 20 appearances this season.

DeGrom’s line in a 90-pitch effort: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP. His ERA stands at 3.62.

The Pirates are the first team deGrom has faced twice in his career. He tossed 6⅔ scoreless innings against Pittsburgh at Citi Field on May 26.

In the swing: Duda continues his surge at the plate. Duda produced a two-run single against Brandon Cumpton in the fourth inning that opened the scoring. Duda went 1-for-4 with a walk. He is now hitting .357 (15-for-42) with six doubles and four home runs in his past 12 games.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (4-4, 2.78 ERA) opposes right-hander Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64) at 4:05 p.m. on Saturday. Cole is returning from the disabled list after dealing with shoulder fatigue.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 3, Mets 2

June, 20, 2014
Jun 20
10:29
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MIAMI -- The Mets twice tried to get the tying run across the plate in the eighth inning Friday night -- with a single and with a challenge. They failed both times in what became a crazy 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

The game ended when left fielder Marcell Ozuna threw out a runner at the plate for the second straight inning.

With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, pinch hitter Eric Campbell singled to left field, scoring Eric Young Jr. as the Mets pulled within a run. David Wright also attempted to score from second on the play after being sent by coach Tim Teufel. However, Wright was out by a comfortable margin on Ozuna’s throw to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Or was he?

Terry Collins asked for a review, challenging whether Saltalamacchia had provided a lane to the plate for Wright.

Arguably, the Marlins catcher did not in the strictest sense, although the baseball beat Wright by a considerable margin. The home office in New York nonetheless upheld the call on the field that Wright was the inning’s second out. And the Mets never did pull even.

MLB had acknowledged earlier in the day that it erred in reversing a similar call Wednesday in a game between the Reds and Pirates. So it undoubtedly would have been doubly wary about giving the Mets a run they seemingly did not deserve.

Meanwhile, trailing 3-2, the Mets also threatened to pull even in the ninth. Pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a leadoff double against Steve Cishek in the outfielder's first at-bat since April 25. He was bunted to third base, then the unbelievable happened. Ozuna again fired to the plate on Chris Young's seeming sac fly and nailed Nieuwenhuis at the plate to end the game.

Alibi: We can safely conclude it was not Dave Hudgens’ fault.

The Mets were held scoreless until posting two runs in the eighth. In their past 10 games, they have scored 21 runs. And that’s with a six-run outburst last Friday against the San Diego Padres.

The Mets have scored three runs in their past 41 innings at Marlins Park.

Henderson Alvarez tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings Friday. He shut out the Mets on May 6 and has now tossed 18 1/3 straight scoreless innings against the Amazin’s.

Rafael Furcal tripled to lead off the bottom of the first against Daisuke Matsuzaka and scored on Adeiny Hechavarria’s groundout.

The Marlins tacked on two runs (one earned) in the seventh against Vic Black, with help from an error by Anthony Recker.

Jake Marisnick singled, stole second, stole third and scored on Recker’s errant throw. Wright later tried to barehand Hechavarria’s two-out grounder but could not come up with the baseball as the Marlins took a 3-0 lead. The play initially was scored an E-5 and changed to a double a half-inning later.

The Mets finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth with a one-out RBI single by Wright (2-for-4) against Kevin Gregg. Left-hander Mike Dunn entered and walked Curtis Granderson to load the bases. Campbell then had the run-scoring single in which Wright was thrown out at the plate. Wilmer Flores then made the final out to strand Granderson at second base.

Tough luck: Matsuzaka suffered his first loss since Sept. 2, snapping a personal six-game streak of winning decisions, despite limiting the Marlins to one run in 5 1/3 innings. Matsuzaka was making his first start since getting pulled from Sunday’s appearance at Citi Field after one inning with a severe stomach issue.

With the Mets trailing 1-0 in the sixth, Matsuzaka surrendered consecutive singles to Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee that placed runners on the corners with none out. Matsuzaka then struck out Saltalamacchia looking on pitch No. 85.

With lefty-hitting Garrett Jones due up, Terry Collins inserted Josh Edgin. However, Marlins manager Mike Redmond countered by pinch-hitting with Jeff Baker. Edgin proceeded to coax an inning-ending double play to hold the deficit at 1-0.

Collins said pregame that it was undetermined who would lose a rotation spot when Dillon Gee eventually returns from the disabled list. Gee (lat strain) will make his first minor league start Tuesday, in the Gulf Coast League. He will need multiple rehab appearances before being activated from the DL.

Ouch! Recker was struck in the left arm by Ozuna’s backswing as the Marlin struck out to end the fourth inning. Recker shook the arm heading to the dugout, but led off the next half-inning and completed the game.

Heating up: After a woeful 12-game stretch, Wright now has a five-game hitting streak. He also doubled with one out in the sixth, but was stranded at third base when Granderson and Bobby Abreu consecutively flied out.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom again attempts to notch his first major league win. DeGrom (0-4, 4.39 ERA) opposes Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.84) at 4:10 p.m. ET Saturday.

Morning Briefing: Niese Day in St. Louis

June, 17, 2014
Jun 17
5:57
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ST. LOUIS

FIRST PITCH: The Mets face another tough task Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54 ERA) opposes right-hander Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88) in the 8:15 p.m. ET game.

Tuesday’s news reports:

Jacob deGrom allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in his shortest career start and the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 6-2, Monday. Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) returned from the disabled list and threw out a runner at the plate from left field, but he also struck out to strand the bases loaded in the fourth. David Wright had only his third hit in his last 43 at-bats and afterward said there is no physical ailment hindering him.

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

• The Mets had their pitcher in the starting lineup batting in the No. 8 slot for the first time in franchise history. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• In his first appearance since landing on the DL with a left shoulder sprain, Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs in four innings as Las Vegas lost to Oklahoma City, 5-1. Wally Backman was ejected. St. Lucie remained a half-game out in its first-half division title race with two games remaining with a 6-2 win against Charlotte. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• In light of Tony Gwynn’s death potentially being tied to smokeless tobacco, Josh Edgin tells Mike Puma in the Post he may redouble his efforts to quit the product.

“I grew up with it and it’s one of those things for me, it’s a relaxing thing, helps you get unstrung,” Edgin told Puma. “I have attempted to stop, but it’s kind of hard to do it during the season when there’s guys around you doing it. I actually started when I was 16 years old, working in the summer, and it was just there and nothing to do other than work, so ‘Let’s try this.’”

• Read Wright’s thoughts on Gwynn’s passing in the Daily News.

Travis d’Arnaud will not return Wednesday after spending the minimum 10 days in the minors, but he should be with Vegas less than 20 days, a team official suggested. Read more in Newsday.

Dillon Gee threw off a mound Monday, while Juan Lagares took live batting practice as both work back from side-muscle injuries.

Andrew Brown was demoted to clear the roster spot for the return of E.Y. Jr. from the disabled list. A team official said there was not consideration given to releasing Chris Young.

Daisuke Matsuzaka remained too weak to pitch Monday, a day after getting forced from a start because of intense stomach pain.

• YouTube video purports to show a brawl at Citi Field during Saturday’s 50 Cent concert.

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post writes why the Mets would have difficulty copying the turnaround of the Kansas City Royals.

• Michael Salfino in the Journal ranks teams based on projected tickets sales compared with market size and won-loss record.

• Savannah will have 10 players in Tuesday’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be played in Hickory, N.C.: right-handers Kevin McGowan, Miller Diaz, Akeel Morris, Robert Coles, John Gant and Tim Peterson, left-hander Dario Alvarez, infielders Jeff McNeil, Gavin Cecchini and L.J. Mazzilli. Gnats manager Luis Rojas will lead the Southern Division team.

BIRTHDAYS: Shawn Abner, the first overall pick in the draft by the Mets in ’84, was born on this date in 1966.

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