New York Mets: Josh Edgin
• LaTroy Hawkins, right-handed reliever. Hawkins appears the most likely to be re-signed, even though he will be 41 years old next season. He was productive stepping into the closer’s role after Bobby Parnell's injury, while dialing his fastball up to 95 mph.
• Daisuke Matsuzaka and Aaron Harang, right-handed starters. Terry Collins liked Dice-K, so perhaps it is not out of the realm of possibility to re-sign him as a fifth-starter competitor who would allow Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom to open the season in the minors. For that matter, Harang fits that profile, too.
• Tim Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano, left-handed relievers. Both returned from shoulder injuries after missing substantial time. It likely is time for the Mets to move on from both, but their careers do not appear over yet.
• David Aardsma, right-handed reliever. Productive, although he wilted with too much use. Aardsma could be useful to re-sign if the price is right.
• Frank Francisco, right-handed reliever. The ex-closer collected $6.5 million this season while mostly nursing a sore elbow and irking Mets officials. No chance he returns.
• Johan Santana, left-handed starter. The one-time ace wants to pitch again after undergoing a second surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. If he is capable, he very likely would sign elsewhere. The best news: Santana's $31 million owed in 2013, including a buyout of next season, comes off the books.
Signed to contracts
• Jonathon Niese, left-handed starter. After missing nearly two months with a rotator cuff strain, Niese finished strongly and should help anchor the 2014 rotation. His salary jumps to $5 million next season, up from $3 million this year.
• David Wright, third baseman. The captain sees a major salary bump. Wright will earn $20 million in 2014 -- a raise of $9 million.
• Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, first basemen. It is likely one gets traded, although there is a slim chance Duda opens the season at Triple-A with Davis at Citi Field. Davis made $3.125 million this year and could receive an ever-so-slight pay cut. The Mets insist he will not be non-tendered. Duda, first-time eligible for arbitration, likely only makes $700,000 or $800,000 in 2014.
• Parnell, closer. Doctors assure Collins that Parnell will be fine for spring training after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, but the manager is concerned. Vic Black would be the alternative. Parnell’s salary should creep upward after he earned $1.7 million while converting 22 of 26 save chances.
• Dillon Gee, right-handed starter. Gee missed 200 innings by one frame. He will be first-time eligible for arbitration.
• Daniel Murphy, second baseman. ESPNNewYork.com hears the Mets will listen on offers for Murphy, but the best bet is he is the Opening Day second baseman. Murphy is due to get another raise after earning $2.925 million this season.
• Ruben Tejada, shortstop. After the broken leg mends, Tejada needs to seriously demonstrate his work ethic to the organization. Still, that may not be enough if the Mets can find the right external shortstop addition.
• Justin Turner, infielder. The best bet is that he serves as a backup infielder again next season.
• Eric Young Jr., outfielder/second baseman. The Mets recognize they need his speed in the lineup. So Young should be in the starting lineup somewhere next season, whether that’s in the outfield or at second base.
• Scott Atchison, right-handed reliever. Believe it or not, while Atchison is 37 years old, he does not have enough MLB service time to be eligible for free agency. He is a definite non-tender candidate in December.
• Mike Baxter, outfielder. Baxter should be arbitration eligible as a Super 2. Regardless, his 40-man roster spot appears in jeopardy. That does not preclude Baxter from being re-signed to a minor league deal. The 2013 Baxter, who hit .189, did not resemble the 2012 Baxter. The Mets believe the shoulder injury suffered in Santana's no-hitter may have hurt Baxter's swing.
• Omar Quintanilla, shortstop. The Mets view Q as a backup, not a full-time player.
• Matt Harvey, right-handed starter. The question remains: Tommy John surgery or no Tommy John surgery? Harvey should be airing it out in about six weeks, perhaps in the Arizona Fall League, to see whether the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow will hold up.
• Zack Wheeler, right-handed starter. Wheeler should be good for 200 innings in 2014.
• Black, right-handed reliever. If Parnell is not ready to close because of a slow recovery from surgery, the hard-throwing Black is the primary alternative. Otherwise, Black projects as handling the eighth inning next season.
• Travis d’Arnaud, catcher. He’s the guy behind the plate, but needs to shorten his swing after hitting .202 in his first major league season.
• Juan Lagares and Matt den Dekker, center fielders. Lagares had a franchise-rookie-record 15 outfield assists and is very likely the full-time center fielder in 2014, even with some offensive difficulties. Den Dekker is just as likely to open next season in Triple-A. The Mets do not plan to platoon Lagares and den Dekker in the majors -- not in April, anyway.
• Josh Edgin and Scott Rice, left-handed relievers. Both are coming off surgeries. The Mets need to find a lefty from outside the organization they can trust, but Rice and Edgin could be useful complements.
• Jeurys Familia and Gonzalez Germen, right-handed relievers. Both should vie for a bullpen role in 2014.
• Jeremy Hefner, right-handed starter. Hefner will miss most, if not all, of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery.
• Anthony Recker, catcher. After a nearly full season in the majors, Recker could find himself in Triple-A in 2014. Sandy Alderson has suggested he needs to find a veteran catcher in case d’Arnaud’s injury propensity continues.
• Josh Satin, infielder. A year after being taken off the 40-man roster and clearing waivers, Satin is now viewed as a valuable righty bat for the bench who can get on base. Look for him to have a backup role in 2014.
• Carlos Torres, right-handed starter/reliever. Torres would appear to have a legitimate shot as the long reliever/spot starter.
• Jordany Valdespin, infielder. The Biogenesis suspension is his latest baggage. It would be surprising if he makes it to spring training as a Met.
• Greg Burke, Robert Carson and Sean Henn, relievers. If they survive the winter on the 40-man roster, they look Triple-A bound.
• Andrew Brown, Juan Centeno, Wilmer Flores, Zach Lutz and Wilfredo Tovar, 51s. Centeno and Recker could be the Triple-A catchers. Flores likely is ticketed for Las Vegas, according to Collins, if the infielder is not going to be a starter at the major league level. Lutz and Tovar probably open next season in the minors, too. Brown’s 40-man roster spot is an open question.
• Jenrry Mejia, right-handed starter. Mejia showed flashes as a starting pitcher before surgery to clean out his right elbow. He is a logical fifth-starter competitor in spring training.
• Kirk Nieuwenhuis, outfielder. Getting snubbed for a September call-up does not bode well for Nieuwenhuis’ future with the organization.
FIRST PITCH: The Mets have all but knocked the Cincinnati Reds into the wild-card game. The Amazin’s also may have helped ensure the Pittsburgh Pirates host their first postseason game since 1992.
Rookie Michael Wacha came within one out of a no-hitter as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals, 2-0, Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs, 8-2.
That leaves the NL Central standings with four games remaining as:
St. Louis, 93-65, --
Pittsburgh, 91-67, 2 GB
Cincinnati 90-68, 3 GB
If the Pirates and Reds end up tied, the better head-to-head record would host the wild-card game. The season series is tied, 8-8, entering the final weekend -- when those teams play head to head in Cincy for three games.
The Mets, meanwhile, have won four of five on their final road trip entering today’s 12:35 p.m. series finale.
If the season ended right now, the Mets (72-85) would pick 10th in the draft, but that is tenuous. The Amazin’s have the same record as the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.
Ties are resolved by going back to 2012 winning percentage, with the poorer record picking first.
So the order would be No. 9 Toronto (.451 winning percentage in 2012), No. 10 Mets (.457), No. 11 Philadelphia (.500) and No. 12 San Francisco (.580).
That is not entirely accurate, either, though.
Because the Jays failed to sign the No. 10 overall pick a year ago, they get an extra pick at No. 11 pick this year. So the actual order right now is No. 9 Toronto, No. 10 Mets, No. 11 Toronto, No. 12 Philadelphia, No. 13 San Francisco.
The top 10 picks in the draft are protected -- even if the team signs a premium free agent who has received a qualifying offer from his former club.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-3, 5.52), in what should be his final Mets start, now opposes Mat Latos (14-6, 3.23) this afternoon.
The Reds moved up Latos a day so he can line up to pitch in Tuesday’s wild-card game on an extra day of rest. Latos just told the Cincinnati Enquirer he has been pitching with an abdominal strain for three months.
The Mets are 40-40 on the road entering their final game away from Citi Field.
Wednesday’s news reports:
• Daniel Murphy produced a three-run homer in a four-run second inning against Mike Leake and the Mets beat the Reds, 4-2, Tuesday at Great American Ball Park. Jonathon Niese allowed two runs in seven innings to even his record at 8-8.
Terry Collins indicated it remained undetermined whether Niese would start Sunday’s season finale against the Milwaukee Brewers or call it a season, but the southpaw indicated he wanted to make that start.
Vic Black, who may be the primary setup man to Bobby Parnell next season, or the closer if Parnell has a slow recovery from herniated disk surgery, earned his first major league save. Collins described himself on Tuesday as “worried” about Parnell.
Juan Lagares recorded his 13th outfield assist, passing Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s 2001 total for the franchise rookie record.
Read recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and MLB.com.
• Mike Puma in the Post suggests the Mets will pursue right-hander Bronson Arroyo this offseason in free agency.
“There’s going to be some ballclubs, maybe like the Mets, that have that nice mix of young arms, but need somebody to kind of anchor a rotation with 200 innings, so it’s going to be a very interesting offseason for me,” Arroyo told Puma.
Sandy Alderson has given conflicting statements on how aggressively he will pursue a pricy starting pitcher.
• Jordany Valdespin has completed his 50-game suspension related to Biogenesis. The Mets shifted Josh Edgin (rib) to the 60-day DL to return Valdespin to the 40-man roster.
It would appear unlikely Valdespin is with the organization at the start of the season, but the Mets have the 40-man roster room to retain him for now.
The Mets will need to shift Ruben Tejada to the 60-day DL on Thursday, when Double-A outfielder Cesar Puello has completed his suspension.
• Jeurys Familia will pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
• From the bloggers … Rising Apple debates the merits of an extension for Collins.
BIRTHDAYS: Reliever David Weathers turns 44. … Infielder Argenis Reyes is 31.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
YOU’RE UP: Would you like to see Bronson Arroyo as a Met?
Hate day games during school especially when there is only 5 games left #Mets— Bobby Oldfield (@snoopbobbybob10) September 25, 2013
Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesDavid Wright came up lame after legging out an infield single in the 10th inning.
FIRST PITCH: Terry Collins labeled Friday’s walk-off win “bittersweet.”
That is because despite beating the Kansas City Royals, 4-2, in 11 innings Friday night, the Mets lost captain David Wright to a right hamstring strain, leaving a struggling offense without its biggest weapon.
Wright will undergo an MRI today. A DL stint would appear likely.
Mike Baxter is due to join the club Saturday. That signals the Mets are content using Josh Satin and/or Justin Turner at third base in Wright’s absence.
Baxter had been demoted as part of the June 10 purge with Ike Davis and Robert Carson.
He hit .275 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 149 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas. During Baxter’s stint in the Pacific Coast League, his wife gave birth in New York to the couple’s first child, which should make the return to the big leagues a doubly happy event. Baxter also gives the Mets a lefty pinch hitter, which they lacked.
Meanwhile, because Carlos Torres was pressed into relief work in extra innings, Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.21 ERA) will move up to today’s 1:10 p.m. start on standard rest opposite left-hander Bruce Chen (4-0, 2.09). Zack Wheeler similarly will slide up to Sunday.
Saturday’s news reports:
Dillon Gee had taken a scoreless effort into the eighth inning before issuing a leadoff walk and departing with a two-run lead.
With Bobby Parnell unavailable perhaps through the weekend because of continued neck discomfort, David Aardsma was anointed the closer. Aardsma, who posted a combined 69 saves in 2009 and ’10 with the Seattle Mariners, suffered a blown save when he surrendered a ninth-inning run and failed to protect a 2-1 lead.
Read recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Journal and MLB.com.
• Wright, who had been dealing with a hamstring injury since last weekend in D.C., left the game in obvious discomfort after legging out an infield single to begin the 10th inning. Wright had been downplaying the issue as a manageable cramp. “Most likely not all that good,” Collins said about Wright’s injury. Wright did not speak to the media postgame.
Wright had slugged a two-run homer in the first inning -- the 220th long ball of his career. That tied Wright with Mike Piazza for second on the Mets’ all-time homer list. Darryl Strawberry has a franchise-record 252.
• Josh Edgin landed on the disabled list before Friday’s game with a hairline fracture of a rib on his left side, potentially ending his season. That paved the way for Pedro Feliciano to join the Mets.
Feliciano, who arrived in the fifth inning, entered into a pressure-packed situation in his first major league game since Oct. 2, 2010. After Aardsma blew the save, Feliciano inherited runners on the corners and two outs in a 2-2 game in the top of the ninth and coaxed a groundout from lefty-hitting Alex Gordon.
Feliciano underwent shoulder surgery and never appeared for the Yankees while collecting $8 million over the previous two seasons. He re-signed with the Mets during the offseason, but was idled during spring training because of a heart issue. Then, during the season while pitching for Class A St. Lucie and trying to build up his arm strength, Feliciano went home to Puerto Rico because his son briefly was hospitalized. Feliciano, 36, developed a type of food poisoning known as ciguatera from fish served by his mother. The ailment continued to torment him as he tried to resume pitching in the minors.
Feliciano, who made a franchise-record 92 appearances for the Mets in 2010, appeared in 22 minor league games this season across three levels before the promotion.
Read more in the Post and Star-Ledger.
Teammate Stefan Sabol tweeted: “Please pray for my teammate @mattykoch20 and his family! He was hit in the head by a line drive and I ask we pray for a speedy recovery!”
Koch did tweet: “Thank you everyone for your prayers. I'll be ok. Jus stayin in the hospital over night and havin more tests in the mornin then hopefully out”
• Jonathon Niese is due to be at Citi Field today and should throw a between-starts bullpen session. Niese tossed four scoreless innings Thursday with Class A St. Lucie in his second rehab appearance as he returns from a partial tear of his left rotator cuff. Niese likely will be activated from the DL after one more rehab appearance, which he expects will be Tuesday with Brooklyn.
• Automotive businesses adjacent to Citi Field have received 30-day eviction notices -- meaning they have to vacate the area in the next month under eminent-domain laws. The business owners are not happy. View a WPIX channel 11 report here.
• John Buck’s wife is overdue to give birth to the couple’s child. Because the Mets are now in New York, it is unclear if Buck actually will need paternity leave when the baby is born.
• Davis, after batting fourth and then fifth since his return from the minors, was dropped to seventh Friday. Davis went 3-for-3 with a walk -- although he did commit an error and avoided another when LaTroy Hawkins made a stellar play at first base to corral Davis’ off-the-mark flip. Davis might have been headed the bench today with the lefty Chen pitching, although Wright’s injury and Satin’s potential use at third base now makes that unclear.
• Jacob deGrom allowed four runs in six innings as Las Vegas lost at Nashville, 4-2. Greg Peavey took a no-hit bid one out into the sixth and Binghamton beat Harrisburg, 3-0. Lucas Duda went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs and Alex Panteliodis tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings as St. Lucie blanked Clearwater, 4-0. Jared King drove in four runs and Patrick Biondi went 4-for-5 as Brooklyn beat Jamestown, 8-1.
• Wally Backman received a two-game suspension and Valdespin and Armando Rodriguez received three-game bans for their parts in a bench-clearing brawl earlier this week in Las Vegas. Valdespin’s pimping of a homer led to an exchange of hit-by-pitches -- the latter by Rodriguez to a Sacramento batter, which prompted the benches to clear. Backman completed his suspension last night. Rodriguez, now assigned to Double-A, and Valdespin have one game remaining.
• SNY will soon give away analyst Keith Hernandez's scorecard from each game he works, writes Neil Best in Newsday.
• Dave Caldwell in the Journal profiles Juan Lagares.
• From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report believes using Wheeler out of the bullpen at the end of the season would be a mistake. ... Faith and Fear in Flushing cannot conceive of the Royals as a Mets rival, not even for a weekend.
BIRTHDAYS: Mackey Sasser, who had the throwing yips as a catcher with the Mets, turns 51. He has served as the head coach at Wallace Community College in Dothan, Ala., for 17 seasons. … Kevin Elster is 49.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
The Mets promoted the 36-year-old reliever from Triple-A Las Vegas for Friday night's game against the Royals, and he's available out of the bullpen.
Feliciano's promotion came after left-handed reliever Josh Edgin was placed on the disabled list with a hairline fracture of a left rib.
Closer Bobby Parnell is also not available for Friday's game with a sore neck.
You can read the full news story here.
Daniel Murphy produced his third RBI of the game and Byrd had an RBI single earlier in the frame as the Mets overcame a two-run deficit against Miami’s bullpen.
Josh Edgin, LaTroy Hawkins and Bobby Parnell each contributed scoreless relief innings. Parnell retired Giancarlo Stanton for the final out to strand pinch-runner Juan Pierre at third base.
The Mets improved to 9-37 when trailing after six innings.
Jeremy’s swoon: Jeremy Hefner has surrendered 19 runs (16 earned runs) in 11 2/3 innings over his past three starts.
No. 8 hitter Jeff Mathis chased him with one out in the sixth with a two-run single that staked Miami to a 5-3 lead.
Hefner’s line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 K.
Hefner tossed three no-hit innings before the Marlins started to tee off in the fourth. Stanton doubled. Ed Lucas tripled. And Donovan Solano was hit by a pitch.
Still, Hefner should have been out of the fourth with a 3-1 lead. Instead, shortstop Omar Quintanilla’s two-out error on opposing pitcher Jacob Turner’s bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score.
Hefner’s five walks were a career high.
What’s next: Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72 ERA) opposes right-hander Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54) at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday.
Davis, who continues to bat cleanup, went hitless in four at-bats Saturday. He originally was charged with a costly seventh-inning error that later was reversed and scored a hit. Either way, it led to two runs scoring as the Pirates beat the Mets, 4-2, Saturday night at sold-out PNC Park.
The Mets had been 5-0-2 in their last seven road series, their longest unbeaten streak since winning eight straight series in 1999. But that has been snapped with consecutive losses to the Pirates.
Davis is 2-for-20 with five walks in his past five games, including a fifth-inning strikeout Saturday with two in scoring position.
On a tough but makeable play, Davis had a one-out grounder in the seventh off the bat of pinch-hitter Travis Snider scoot by him on the glove side.
Snider ultimately scored with two outs for a 3-2 lead when Andrew McCutchen delivered an RBI single against Greg Burke.
In between, Snider could have been doubled off first base. But on Starling Marte’s lineout to third base, Davis could not hold a low throw across the diamond from David Wright.
Later in the seventh, Josh Edgin issued a bases-loaded walk to Russell Martin to force in a run.
Gonzalez Germen finally ended the inning and stranded the bases loaded by entering and coaxing a foul pop-out in his second major league appearance.
Collins for days had planned to start Josh Satin on Sunday, but that was before Cole unexpectedly replaced Locke, who had lower-back tightness.
Start of something: Carlos Torres Day proved a suitable alternative while it lasted.
Given the start in place of Matt Harvey with the Mets seeking to limit their ace’s innings and allow a blister to heal (and, shhhh, start the All-Star Game), Torres took a scoreless effort into the fifth inning. Torres had not started, or exceeded three innings, since a complete game with Triple-A Las Vegas on June 9 and undoubtedly ran out of gas in his final frame.
He departed with a 2-1 lead after escaping a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth by coaxing a double-play groundout from Jose Tabata. Torres’ final line in a no-decision: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. He threw 80 pitches (50 strikes).
Torres, who last had started a major league game with the Chicago White Sox in 2010, now has a 0.79 ERA in 22 2/3 innings as a Met.
At least until Jonathon Niese returns from the disabled list, Torres is due to remain in the rotation after the All-Star break in the spot formerly held by Shaun Marcum. Marcum is due to undergo season-ending surgery Monday in St. Louis to address thoracic outlet syndrome, which led to hand numbness. Niese just started long-tossing this week in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and will need to pitch in rehab games before rejoining the Mets.
Torres had been staked to a 2-0 lead.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis opened the scoring with an RBI double against A.J. Burnett in the fourth that plated Marlon Byrd, who had walked. An inning later, after the Mets appeared poised to waste an opportunity with two runners in scoring position, Byrd beat out a two-out infield single and Daniel Murphy scored.
Aargh! David Aardsma surrendered a leadoff homer to McCutchen in the sixth as Pittsburgh evened the score at 2.
Boo hoo? Wright was booed for a second straight day at PNC Park for not originally picking Pedro Alvarez for the Home Run Derby. Wright tabbed Alvarez as the replacement for Carlos Gonzalez on the eve of the Mets-Pirates series.
What’s next: The Mets and Pirates conclude the first half as Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.60 ERA) opposes the former first overall pick Cole (4-2, 3.68) at 1:35 p.m. Sunday.
Jordy Mercer's two-out single against Gonzalez Germen in the reliever's major league debut scored Andrew McCutchen from second base after a leadoff walk and steal and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped the Mets' four-game winning streak with a 3-2 walk-off victory in the 11th inning on Friday night at PNC Park.
With Terry Collins leery of using Germen at the major league level, the rookie had made only one appearance since June 29 -- six days ago with Las Vegas.
The Mets had escaped a bases-loaded predicament in the ninth when Gaby Sanchez grounded out to first base against Josh Edgin.
Edgin also stranded two runners in the 10th.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis had evened the score at 2 with a solo homer in the seventh against Pirates starter Charlie Morton.
Take that, David! Alvarez, initially passed over for the Home Run Derby by NL captain David Wright, belted a two-run homer in the first inning against Jeremy Hefner.
Even though Wright selected Alvarez as the injury replacement for Carlos Gonzalez, fans still lustily booed the Mets third baseman as he was announced for each of his plate appearances Friday at PNC Park.
Wright otherwise had a mostly fine day. He went 2-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Wright's sixth-inning single plated Eric Young Jr. and pulled the Mets within 2-1. Wright did strand two runners in the 10th with a flyout.
Quick hook: Hefner was pulled for pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin with the score tied at 2 to lead off the top of the eighth, even though Hefner's pitch count was only 78.
After Alvarez's first-inning homer, Hefner retired the next 14 batters.
He ultimately trimmed his ERA to 3.33 in the no-decision. His final line: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K.
Hefner has now limited opponents to two earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts. That is the longest streak by a Met since Johan Santana went 13 straight starts spanning the 2008 and ’09 seasons allowing two earned runs or fewer.
What's next: Carlos Torres makes his Mets starting debut, after team officials decided to have Matt Harvey skip his final first-half outing. Torres, who has limited opponents to two runs (one earned) in 17 2/3 relief innings since a promotion from Las Vegas, opposes right-hander A.J. Burnett (4-6, 3.05 ERA) on Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Because of a scoring change from his Tuesday appearance in San Francisco, Torres has not allowed an earned run in his last 12 1/3 innings. Torres’ last major league start came Aug. 3, 2010, with the Chicago White Sox. He allowed five runs in six innings in a loss at Detroit.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Harvey Show versus The Freak Show ended up getting decided way after they departed. Waaaaaay afterward.
Shortstop Brandon Crawford's two-out fielding error on Anthony Recker's ground ball in the 16th inning allowed Eric Young Jr. to score from third base with the go-ahead run as the Mets beat the Giants 4-3.
Bobby Parnell allowed a pair of baserunners in the bottom half but escaped.
The game ended at 3:42 a.m. ET. It lasted five hours, 26 minutes.
It was the fourth time this season the Mets had played a game of 15 or more innings.
In the top of the 11th, Crawford had made a diving stop to his right, got to his feet and threw out Marlon Byrd at first base for the final out to prevent the go-ahead run from scoring from third base.
San Francisco stranded the bases loaded in the 13th against Greg Burke and in the 15th against Josh Edgin.
The Giants have lost 31 of their past 47 games.
Harvey surrendered a two-run homer to Posey in the first inning, then held the Giants off the scoreboard for the next five frames.
He took the mound for the bottom of the seventh with a 3-2 lead and his pitch count at 107 and quickly lost the lead after only two pitches.
Hunter Pence snapped an 0-for-24 drought with a leadoff triple to the top of the high wall in right-center at AT&T Park. Crawford, in the midst of a 1-for-30 drought, then pounced on Harvey’s first pitch for a game-tying RBI single.
Harvey had tossed 50 pitches after two innings, and 96 through five. He ended up matching his career high with 121 pitches. It was a confusing decision to send Harvey out for the seventh with the 3-2 lead if the Mets are going to cap his innings this year and do intend to pitch him Saturday in Pittsburgh, which Terry Collins said only a few hours earlier is the plan.
There's a clear case to be made to be wary of using Harvey after 100 pitches anyway:
According to ESPN alumnus Steve Glasser, tonight marked the fifth time this season Harvey took the mound for an inning with his pitch count already at 100. It was the first outing in which he even finished an inning in that situation. Harvey has allowed a run in four of those five appearances. In fact, Glasser noted, Harvey has allowed eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in those situations -- good for a 43.20 ERA. In innings this season that he began without his pitch count having reached 100, Harvey has allowed 29 earned runs in 135 innings, for a 1.93 ERA.
Posey (home run, double, single vs. Harvey in three ABs) became only the fourth player in Harvey’s 29 career starts to have a three-plus-hit game against him. The others: Zack Cozart (four hits), Chris Coghlan (three) and Ed Lucas (three).
San Francisco exceeded two runs for only the fifth time in its past 17 games.
Harvey’s line in a no-decision: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HR.
Harvey has allowed three-plus earned runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career.
Freak show: Tim Lincecum held the Mets hitless until Byrd’s leadoff single in the fifth and deserved a better fate than his fielders afforded him.
Lincecum, the Giants franchise’s all-time leader in double-digit-strikeout games, produced his first of 2013 with 11 K's in seven innings in a no-decision.
John Buck pulled the Mets within 2-1 with a one-out RBI double in the fifth. An inning later, Lincecum’s fielders let him down, as the Mets posted two runs to take the lead.
Ex-Met Andres Torres had adventures with a pair of balls to left field -- Young's triple and Daniel Murphy’s ensuing game-tying single.
Ike Davis subsequently grounded into a double play that plated Murphy and gave the Mets the lead, but Murphy was at third base and in position to score on the play only because of third baseman Pablo Sandoval's throwing error on David Wright’s preceding infield single.
What’s next: Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.45 ERA) opposes Barry Zito (4-6, 4.44) in Tuesday’s 10:15 p.m. ET game.
Satin, after a two-day absence from the lineup, went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and RBI and Hefner took a scoreless effort into the seventh as the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 2-1, in Sunday’s rubber game at Miller Park.
Satin extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games and lifted his season average to .382 and on-base percentage to .485. With the Mets facing left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, Satin was starting for the first time since Ike Davis returned from Triple-A Las Vegas.
His final line: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. He threw 105 pitches (71 strikes).
Hefner (4-6) now has a 1.64 ERA over his past seven starts. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of those outings.
With the game scoreless, Satin produced a two-out double in the fourth -- narrowly.
Replays showed he actually was tagged out at second base trying to stretch the hit into a double, but umpire John Hirschbeck ruled in the Mets’ favor over protests from the Brewers.
Satin then scored an unearned run as Milwaukee’s weekend sloppiness continued. On Andrew Brown’s ensuing grounder to third base, which was ruled an infield single, Juan Francisco errantly threw to first base, allowing Satin to scamper home.
Satin plated Marlon Byrd in the sixth for a 2-0 Mets lead after Byrd reached on what also was ruled an infield single and E-5.
Extra help: Bobby Parnell converted a four-out save after inheriting a runner on first base from Josh Edgin in the eighth. It was Parnell’s second save of more than an inning this season. He also had a four-out save June 18 against the Atlanta Braves.
What’s next: The Mets visit San Francisco, which should be a noteworthy series for Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.
Harvey (7-2, 2.27 ERA) opens the series Monday, facing Tim Lincecum (4-9, 4.66) at 10:15 p.m. ET. NL All-Star manager Bruce Bochy, who will be selecting the starting pitcher for the July 16 game at Citi Field, will be watching from the home dugout at AT&T Park.
Wheeler in Wednesday’s series finale faces the organization that traded him to the Mets two years ago.
FIRST PITCH: While the recent hype is rightfully about Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, David Wright understands Jonathon Niese is an integral piece, too.
So the Mets will hope for the best when Niese gets his left shoulder examined Friday by team doctors in New York.
“You talk about the electric stuff of both Harv and Wheeler, but then Niese I think is a front-end-type guy when he’s healthy and he’s right,” Wright said. “Whether it’s injuries or just inconsistencies, he’s very, very underrated. When he’s on, he’s as tough as anybody from the left side.”
The Mets, meanwhile, awake today in the City of Brotherly Love, where they face the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend.
Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 3.96 ERA) opposes NL loss leader Cole Hamels (2-10, 4.40) in Friday’s 7:05 p.m. series opener.
Read the series preview here.
Friday’s news reports:
• Niese appears headed to the disabled list after experiencing pain in his cranky pitching shoulder during the fourth inning Thursday. Greg Burke is expected to join the Mets this weekend in Philadelphia from Triple-A Las Vegas, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. As a result of Niese’s shoulder issue, the Mets have found an unattractive way to trim the rotation from six to five starters.
According to Sandy Alderson's 2014 blueprint, Jonathon Niese figured to be the ideal building block.
Left-handed. Twenty-six years old. Under the Mets' control through 2016, with two additional option years, and roughly $24 million guaranteed.
All Niese had to do this season was continue being Jonathon Niese, and the Mets would feel confident about slotting him between Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. But after the dynamic duo lived up to the hype this week, the dream scenario veered off course last night when Niese left in the fourth inning with what the Mets described as "left shoulder discomfort."
Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Newsday and MLB.com.
• Wright homered twice, Josh Satin had the go-ahead RBI and Josh Edgin retired Jason Heyward for the final out of the eighth after inheriting the tying run on third base as the Mets beat the Braves, 4-3, Thursday at Turner Field. The Mets won the rubber game of the five-game set, becoming the first visiting team this season to win a series in Atlanta.
• After a spirited pregame chat with his former college coach, who is now managing Triple-A Tucson, Ike Davis homered twice, doubled and drove in three runs Thursday for Las Vegas. Terry Collins said Davis is making an effort to reduce the hitch in his swing while working with hitting coach George Greer as well as Wally Backman. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday and Record.
• Kevin Plawecki belted a three-run homer in his first career Florida State League at-bat and St. Lucie beat Palm Beach, 8-6. Plawecki, Jayce Boyd and Bret Mitchell had been promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie before Thursday’s game. Brooklyn posted its first win of the season behind John Gant’s five scoreless innings. Read the full minor league recap here.
• MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy. The extensive ballpark refurbishment included a new artificial turf field, which replaced natural grass. That will allow the team to more easily host other events. Writes Dave Caldwell in the Journal about the days after the storm:
When Billy Harner, the team's director of communications, walked into his office, he first noticed "the obvious stuff," like photos that had been hanging on the wall were on the ground, covered in grime.
"When I picked up one photo that was of sentimental value to me -- a photo of Shea Stadium that my father had hanging in his office before he passed away -- I saw my keyboard underneath the poster," Harner said. "Laying across the keyboard was a shrimp, antennas and all."
• Jay Schreiber in the Times sees a light at the end of the tunnel for the Mets.
• From the bloggers … MetsMinors.net spotlights left-hander Steven Matz, who quietly is having a solid season at Savannah. … Metsmerized suggests Harvey could become the best pitcher the Mets have ever drafted, and wouldn't swap him for any other pitcher in the game. … John Delcos at Mets Report recommends the Mets enjoy Harvey and Wheeler and the rest will take care of itself.
BIRTHDAYS: Lefty reliever Jeff Musselman, who was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 31, 1989 for Mookie Wilson, turns 50.
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ATLANTA -- The Mets won the rubber game of a five-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night, but lost a valuable starting pitcher in the process.
Jonathon Niese departed in the fourth inning with left shoulder discomfort after wincing while delivering a pitch to Tyler Pastornicky. Niese has dealt for weeks with what the team has labeled shoulder tendinitis.
The absence of Niese for any length of time presumably would resolve the much-debated issue about how to transition from a six- to five-man rotation -- although clearly not how the Mets intended.
Josh Edgin inherited runners on the corners from Brandon Lyon with two outs in the eighth and retired Jason Heyward on a grounder to first base and the Mets held on to beat the Braves, 4-3, at Turner Field.
Atlanta entered the series an MLB-best 23-8 at home this season, but lost three of five games to the Mets.
Satin, who had a game-ending strikeout at Citi Field a week earlier against St. Louis Cardinals closer Edward Mujica that stranded the tying run at third base, has now reached base in five straight plate appearances.
David Wright set the table for Satin’s heroics by producing the 20th multi-homer game of his career, which is approaching Darryl Strawberry’s franchise-record 22.
Wright now has 32 career homers against the Braves, more than he has produced against any other team. He has 18 homers at Turner Field. That is more than any other road ballpark. He entered the night with 16 apiece in Atlanta and at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.
Wright had his second two-homer game this season. He also went deep twice against Colorado Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio on April 16 at Coors Field.
Andrew Brown, in his first at-bat since rejoining the Mets, followed the pair of solo homers by Wright with a fifth-inning, pinch-hit solo shot against Minor that had pulled the Mets even at 3.
Niese’s line: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.
David Aardsma, LaTroy Hawkins, Lyon, Edgin and Bobby Parnell combined for 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Just missed: The Mets had the bases loaded and none out in the fourth after Wright’s second homer. Down 3-2 at the time, the opportunity went for naught. Juan Lagares flied out to right field too shallow for Marlon Byrd to tag from third. Quintanilla then grounded into a 1-2-3 double play.
What’s next: The Mets head to Philadelphia for a weekend series. Right-hander Jeremy Hefner (1-6, 3.96 ERA) opposes NL-loss-leader Cole Hamels (2-10, 4.40) at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
In the first game since a shuffle that included Ike Davis' demotion, newly installed first baseman Daniel Murphy's error opened the doors for five unearned runs in the fifth inning and the Mets lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 9-2 on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
The Mets (23-36) dropped to a season-worst 13 games under .500. That is their largest hole this early in a season since they were 20 games under .500 on June 11, 1993, en route to a 103-loss season.
By the time the five-run inning had ended, opposing pitcher Michael Wacha had an RBI groundout. David Wright was unable to cleanly field Yadier Molina’s grounder, which meant Wright had to settle for a run-scoring groundout at first base rather than a potential inning-ending double play. And Allen Craig belted a three-run homer to give National League Central-leading St. Louis a 6-2 lead.
It has not been a good showing this year for Mets with borrowed gloves against St. Louis. On May 13 at Busch Stadium, now-departed Rick Ankiel had a critical drop in center field in his Mets debut while using Jonathon Niese's glove because Ankiel's had yet to arrive from Houston.
The Mets actually allowed seven straight unearned runs Tuesday.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who replaced Ankiel on the roster last weekend, dropped Molina’s fly ball in right field for a two-base error in the seventh. Matt Holliday followed with an RBI single against reliever Greg Burke. Josh Edgin ultimately inherited the bases loaded with two outs from Burke in the southpaw’s big league return and proceeded to force in a run by walking Jay.
The next issue: With all the dialogue about Davis' demotion, the Mets have another looming decision: How to clear a rotation spot after next week's promotion of Zack Wheeler to face the Atlanta Braves.
Hefner breezed into the fifth Tuesday, when things unraveled after Murphy’s error.
Hefner’s final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.
Walk-a Wacha: Wacha, the St. Louis rookie phenom, earned his first major league win despite surrendering a solo homer to Omar Quintanilla and three walks in a two-run first by the Mets in which Wacha threw 37 pitches.
Wacha stranded the bases loaded in the first by coaxing an inning-ending groundout from Nieuwenhuis, then posted five scoreless frames. He departed with an 8-2 lead.
What’s next: Dillon Gee (4-6, 5.20 ERA) opposes rookie right-hander Shelby Miller (7-3, 1.91) at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday.
The Las Vegas players knew three of them were going to get promotions.
After the game, Edgin and Cowgill got the news first. Then Wally Backman called Satin into the office.
"I just want to make sure you're not upset," Backman said, trying to fool Satin into thinking he had been bypassed.
Said Satin: "I knew he was joking, because he's not that funny."
The news was particularly rewarding to Satin, who cleared waivers after being demoted last June -- meaning the other 29 teams passed on claiming him.
"It's definitely a reality check and sort of a kick to the stomach," Satin said. "You work your whole life to get this opportunity, and then in one second it's gone. And last year around this time it was gone. It's definitely one of those things where you look in the mirror and you try to figure out what it's going to take to get back. It's been a long road to get back. It's been a year."
None of the call-ups should get a ton of playing time. Daniel Murphy primarily will play first base over Satin. Cowgill is last on the depth chart in the outfield. And Edgin is the second lefty behind Scott Rice.
Terry Collins did indicate Cowgill improved in Triple-A at avoiding chasing breaking pitches in the dirt. The manager added that Edgin's velocity has improved.
Edgin said he got good advice from Zack Wheeler, his road roommate: "Just quit thinking about crap."
Said Edgin: "I quit thinking and started throwing the crap out of the ball like I used."
USA TODAY SportsThe reinforcements arrive at Citi Field today (l to r): Josh Satin, Collin Cowgill and Josh Edgin.
Paul DePodesta insists the farm system is on the right track.
“Savannah is tied for the best record in the South Atlantic League. Binghamton has the best record in the Eastern League,” DePodesta said. “Overall, I believe we have the second-best record in all of baseball, though this can change daily among the top three organizations, as we're all close together. All four of our full-season teams are over .500, which only two or three other organizations can claim.
“On an in individual basis, Rainy Lara was leading the SAL in ERA before being promoted to PSL. Travis Taijeron was third in the FSL in OPS before being promoted to Binghamton, where in two games he’s gone 5-for-9 with two homers and six RBIs. Allan Dykstra and Cesar Puello are currently first and second in OPS in the Eastern League. Rafael Montero is third in the EL in ERA and has just 10 walks against 72 strikeouts.”
So remember that when the Mets face the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals the next three days at Citi Field, beginning with Jeremy Hefner (1-5, 4.36 ERA) against phenom Michael Wacha (0-0, 5.40) at 7:10 tonight.
Josh Satin, Collin Cowgill and Josh Edgin all rejoin the Mets for the series.
Read the series preview here.
Tuesday’s news reports:
• Sandy Alderson, while at first stating it was Terry Collins’ decision, left the strong impression Daniel Murphy would slide to first base while Ike Davis “figures out his swing” in Triple-A. That would allow Jordany Valdespin to get at least a brief look as a regular second baseman. Satin is the alternative. Shifting Lucas Duda from left field to first base would be a last resort. Read more in the Record.
"It may be two weeks. It could be a month. I don't know," Backman told Anthony Rieber in Newsday about the duration of Davis’ demotion. "He's coming here for us to fix him, and we're going try to fix him. I think there's a lot more mental than there is physical. When I sit him down and talk to him, we're going to try to attack that. Try to clear his head from everything. He was getting, from what I heard, lots of different people giving him a lot of different information. So basically, mentally, he's totally [messed] up. …
"We've watched hours and hours of tape on him back when he first went to the big leagues from the minor leagues. He's made so many changes. I think personally it's been too many changes. Try to get him back to what he did to get to the big leagues. We're going to work with him on a daily basis. It's going to be one-on-one work with me, him and George. Nobody else is out there. We're going to let him really try to figure it out."
Said Greer, who coached Davis in the minors, to Rieber: "We're just going to go from ground zero. He'll tell me how he feels, and I'll tell him what I see, and because we have worked together in the past, we'll come hopefully to a happy medium where he can start feeling good about himself."
Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record suggests fixing Davis could make Backman even more desirable as the Mets’ next manager. Writes Klapisch:
What could Backman know that Terry Collins and his coaching staff don’t? That’s where this experiment becomes interesting, because Backman has prided himself on managing the game -- as a former player -- from the inside. That’s how he separates himself from Collins.
Say what you want about Backman’s past transgressions, including arrests for DUI and a domestic dispute. They are permanent scars on his résumé. But if you’re going to judge Backman for what happened in the early 2000s, then you also must consider his track record since 2010, steadily working his way up the Mets’ system without controversy. This season has been the ultimate test for Backman, who’s been chaperoning young men whose free time is spent in Sin City. It’s a recipe for disaster for any team, and yet Backman’s players have stayed out of trouble on The Strip.
Read more on fixing Davis in the Times and Post.
It was Alderson’s best guesstimate that the Mets are committed to roughly $55 million next year with raises on long-term deals for David Wright and Jonathon Niese, and increases for arbitration eligible players likely to be retained including Daniel Murphy and Bobby Parnell and -- depending how you calculate it -- the buyout on Santana and deferrals to Bay.
He believes the team will have a 2014 payroll between $90 million and $100 million. So that is $35 million-$45 million to spend. Which sounds like improvement, but keep in mind that would rank the Mets 15th this year -- exactly the midpoint -- in payroll. And should a team in New York with dedicated fans, a still relatively new stadium and its own network be 15th in payroll?
“I think it is unlikely to go from $55 million to $150 million,” Alderson said. “Do I think we can get there? We would have to outperform our payroll, so we can increase attendance and increase payroll consistently over time. Overall, I agree with you [that a Met payroll should be near the highest], but I think we will get on a progression toward something. We will basically spend [on 2014 payroll] almost as much as we currently have committed next year, so that is a doubling.
“It [the lowered payroll] is not because [of ownership financial problems]. It is because they have been burned by the big, long contacts, so we are not prepared to go from zero to 60 [mph] in 3.5 seconds, which I can’t argue with. But if we have enough young pitching, then $100 million will be enough to be competitive because we can use the money on position players, which is our problem right now.”
Howard Megdal at Capital New York is skeptical the Mets will spend this offseason, even with a ton of money coming off the books. That is, the Mets won’t spend unless debt holder J.P. Morgan Chase signs off, according to Megdal.
“My past two starts, I haven’t been happy with my command, especially my last start,” Wheeler told Dan Martin in the Post. “In the fifth inning I started to leave a lot of balls up. It happens. You just need to find the command and feel more comfortable with your mechanics.”
Wheeler grew up 30 miles from Turner Field, but does not think there will be added pressure facing the Braves. “Everybody thinks it’s going to put a lot more pressure on me,” Wheeler told Andy Martino in the Daily News. “It’s actually probably going to ease me a little bit. I’ll get to sleep in my own bed and just be around my family and stuff, so it’s going to be nice.”
Read more in Newsday and the Star-Ledger.
• Alderson is now in player-evaluation mode, writes Kristie Ackert in the Daily News.
• Writes columnist John Harper in the Daily News about Alderson’s analysis of his players:
Most noteworthy, Alderson said he doesn’t consider either Ruben Tejada or Lucas Duda to be “core’’ players around which to build. On the other hand he does think of Ike Davis that way -- of course, that’s assuming someone can eliminate all the herky-jerky hand movement in a swing that has now landed the first baseman in Triple-A Las Vegas.
So let’s see: that leaves Wright at third base, maybe Daniel Murphy at second, though Alderson wasn’t asked specifically about him as a core player. And for that matter, the GM indicated he’d like to see Murphy take over temporarily for Davis at first base so the Mets can evaluate whether Jordany Valdespin has a future at second base.
Read more on Alderson in Newsday.
• Catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud has shed the protective boot on his left foot, but will not be permitted to run for a couple of weeks. Read more in the Post.
• Puello has been named Eastern League Player of the Week. After posting consecutive complete games during which he allowed a combined one run and five hits, Las Vegas right-hander Carlos Torres has been named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week.
• Andrew Brown homered twice and Wilmer Flores also homered but Las Vegas lost to Tacoma, 10-7. T.J. Rivera had two hits and two RBIs in St. Lucie’s 9-4 win against Clearwater. Read the full minor league recap here.
• From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report asks if the Mets waited too long to demote Davis. … The Eddie Kranepool Society writes that Alderson finally makes some moves, but wonders if those were the right ones. ... Mets Police suggests the Mets need to get more out of Mr. Met.
BIRTHDAYS: Jose Reyes turns 30.
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YOU’RE UP: What is the best way for the Mets to fill first base during Ike Davis’ demotion?
At the graduation of my students. the sacrifice was worth it. pic.twitter.com/5v4kj3TXzU— Carlos Beltran (@carlosbeltran15) June 10, 2013
Kathy Willens/Associated PressMike Baxter reacts to popping out to shortstop in the sixth inning on Sunday, before receiving demotion news.
After 30 innings of ugly baseball against the Miami Marlins over two days that included nearly 900 pitches thrown and 10 hours on the dot of game time, the Mets again pause to regroup with an off-day today. When they do return to Citi Field on Tuesday to face the St. Louis Cardinals, they will be minus Ike Davis as well as Mike Baxter and Robert Carson.
This season, the Marlins are 8-3 against the Mets and 10-41 against the rest of baseball. Enough said.
Meanwhile, the last time two teams played an extra-inning game the day after playing 20 innings? That came back in 1989, when the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros played 22 innings, then 13 innings on consecutive days, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Monday’s news reports:
• Davis, Baxter and Carson were demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas after Sunday’s loss. The Mets plan to promote Josh Satin, Collin Cowgill and Josh Edgin for Tuesday’s series opener against St. Louis.
A scout told ESPNNewYork.com on Sunday: “Davis is off-balance on every single swing. I’ve never seen a hitter with so many moving parts.”
Baxter was in a 2-for-31 rut and failed to get down a bunt in the ninth inning Sunday. Carson served up his eighth homer in 13 relief appearances this season.
With the weekend additions of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and David Aardsma from Las Vegas, the Mets have turned over one-fifth of the roster in a two-day span.
Sandy Alderson said the issue is player-related and Terry Collins and his staff are not in jeopardy. Collins had called a postgame meeting Sunday “about what it takes to play here.”
Said Collins: “There’s a lot of veterans in that room that certainly know. … This is when you reach down inside. You find out who belongs here and who doesn’t.”
Satin, who exclusively has played first base this season, was hitting .305 with nine homers and 32 RBIs and had a .420 on-base percentage with the 51s. Cowgill had hit .268 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 32 Triple-A games since a demotion. Edgin had a combined 6.75 ERA in 16 appearances between Double-A Binghamton and Las Vegas.
Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post:
The bottom line is the Mets have grown weary of losing with the same cast of characters. Collins told his team that after the game.
“We’ve been talking all along about the future, the future, the future,’’ a frustrated Collins said. “We have to start getting everybody to understand what it takes to play here. Are you going to make changes just to make changes or are you going to make changes to make guys better? If you are going to get beat, get beat with guys that hopefully can get better.’’
Writes columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News:
There were 21,747 gluttons for punishment at Citi Field Sunday for the conclusion of another Mets-Marlins series, which now qualify for the worst baseball on the planet.
Not satisfied with having tortured their fans for 20 innings of record-tying ineptitude the day before, the Mets lost in similar fashion -- just not so long in doing it, and when it was over, when they had gone another 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, on top of the 0-for-19 the day before that equaled the worst performance of clutch hitting by a team in the last 50 years, and gotten one infield hit after David Wright’s two-run double in the third inning, it was as if Alderson and Collins couldn’t wait another minute to start shipping the bums out of here.
They could’ve waited until the off-day Monday, but clearly Alderson and Collins had seen enough and wanted to make a statement.
Read more in the Post, Daily News, Times, Journal, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and MLB.com.
• Sunday’s postgame mass demotions were precipitated by the Mets getting swept for a second straight weekend by the Marlins with an 8-4, 10-inning loss. Daniel Murphy had a critical extra-inning error and Bobby Parnell suffered the loss. One positive: Jonathon Niese, who logged 6 2/3 innings and departed with a lead, said his pitching shoulder felt its best all season. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record and MLB.com.
• Matt Harvey said his lower back, which forced him from Saturday’s game, is fine. He will start Thursday against the Cardinals, after Jeremy Hefner and Dillon Gee open the series. Harvey’s Thursday assignment potentially sets up Zack Wheeler and Harvey handling a day-night doubleheader in Atlanta on June 18, although HoJo isn’t sure Wheeler is ready. Read more in the Post, Daily News and Newsday.
• Pablo Sandoval, although injured, leads David Wright by more than 200,000 votes to become the starting NL third baseman in the July 16 All-Star Game at Citi Field.
• First-round pick Dominic Smith took batting practice Sunday morning at Citi Field. Tim Marchman in the Journal looks at the history of first-round picks who play first base.
• Travis Taijeron continued his torrid production since a promotion to Binghamton with a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth as the B-Mets beat Altoona, 5-2. Right-hander Carlos Torres tossed his second straight complete game as Las Vegas beat Tacoma, 7-1. Read the full minor league recap here.
• Locally produced Tom Koehler, starting for the Marlins, received a no-decision Sunday with his family on hand, writes Steven Braid in Newsday.
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear in Flushing thinks sending Davis down is a start, but cannot be the finish.
BIRTHDAYS: Outfielder Ken Singleton, who began his major league career with the Mets before getting traded to the Montreal Expos for Rusty Staub, turns 66.
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YOU’RE UP: How long do you think Ike Davis will spend in the minors?
Really happy for LJ Mazzilli for his signing with the Mets. The young Maz will do it!!— Bobby Valentine (@BobbyValentine) June 8, 2013
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