New York Mets: Josh Edgin

Edgin, Dice-K gets shots in New York

September, 2, 2014
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MIAMI -- Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka received cortisone injections Tuesday in their pitching elbows at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan to address injuries.

Terry Collins expects both relievers will rejoin the Mets on Friday in Cincinnati and be available.

With rosters expanded, both remain active despite being unavailable.

Morning Briefing: Clean it up, Mets!

September, 2, 2014
Sep 2
7:46
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MIAMI

FIRST PITCH: After an ugly game in the series opener, the Mets look to rebound Tuesday in Game 2 of their series against the Miami Marlins.

Jonathon Niese (7-10, 3.48 ERA) opposes right-hander Brad Penny (1-0, 5.40) at 7:10 p.m.

With Philadelphia no-hitting Atlanta on Monday, the Phillies (63-74) again are only a half-game behind the Mets (64-74) for fourth place in the NL East. So some scoreboard watching may be in order at Marlins Park.

Meanwhile, back in New York, Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka are expected to have their pitching elbows examined by team doctors. Edgin has bone spurs, and it is possible he will learn those need to be surgically removed. Terry Collins is unsure whether Edgin will return this season.

Tuesday’s news reports:

• The Mets committed six errors, one shy of matching the franchise record, and lost to Miami, 9-6, on Labor Day at Marlins Park. The Marlins scored three eighth-inning runs while producing only one hit in the frame. Jeurys Familia had two errors and a run-scoring wild pitch that inning. Erik Goeddel walked in a run in his major league debut. Dilson Herrera had his first major league homer and also a two-run triple, but committed two errors. Zack Wheeler allowed five runs (two earned) and lasted only 4 2/3 innings because of a high pitch count.

Collins bluntly said afterward that the team’s showing did not resemble a “big-league baseball game.”

“They are not mental errors. They are just execution errors,” David Wright, who had one of the errors, told reporters postgame. “That is not an excuse for them, and obviously you’re not going to win games committing six errors, but they happen, and a lot of times they happen in bunches.”

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

• Read more on Wheeler in the Post.

• Clark Spencer in the Miami Herald chronicles Penny’s feud with the Mets during the right-hander’s first tour of duty with the Marlins, back in 2001. It stemmed in part from Tsuyoshi Shinjo touching the plate after a homer and also swinging at a 3-0 pitch in a rout. The feud escalated with Todd Zeile barking at Penny after a subsequent homer. Writes Spencer:

When the pitcher and hitter came face to face in subsequent showdowns, Penny often threw behind Zeile’s back as a warning. Though [Mike] Redmond declined to be interviewed for this article, he has said previously that Zeile turned to him after one of Penny’s warning shots and said, “Is this ever going to end?”

• The Brooklyn Cyclones were eliminated on the final day of the regular season despite a 3-1 win against Staten Island. First-round pick Michael Conforto, promising shortstop prospect Amed Rosario and third baseman Jhoan Urena were promoted to Savannah after the Cyclones’ elimination. Las Vegas, Binghamton and Savannah open the playoffs on Wednesday. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Bronx-raised T.J. Rivera finished with the top batting average among Mets minor leaguers at .349, while Cyclones right-hander Marcos Molina won the organization’s ERA crown at 1.77. View the organization’s final minor-league statistical leaders here.

Rafael Montero should get a late-season start with the Mets.

Bobby Parnell expects to get on a mound after Christmas.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin profiles 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo.

BIRTHDAYS: Hitting coach Lamar Johnson turns 64. ... The late Marv Throneberry was born on this date in 1933. ... Minor-league right-hander Jake Kuebler is 25.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets seek retribution on Tuesday for Brad Penny’s 2001 antics against Tsuyoshi Shinjo and Todd Zeile?

Josh Satin disappointed with season

September, 1, 2014
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MIAMI -- With rosters expanding on Sept. 1, Josh Satin returned to the majors Monday for the first time since being optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on May 10.

Satin acknowledged this season has been a disappointment. He hit .107 (3-for-28) at the major league level during the opening weeks of the year. In the Pacific Coast League, he produced a .289 average with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 374 at-bats. He played 59 games at third base, 25 games at first base, 17 games at second base and spent four games at DH with the 51s.

He was displaced at the major league level by Eric Campbell in the righty utility role.

"Anytime you can get back to the big leagues, it's obviously rewarding," Satin said. "This season hasn't gone as planned. It's been tough. It's been a grind. But I came out every day in Triple-A and worked hard. I was hitting early every day, just trying to get back here."

Satin, as well as catcher Juan Centeno, right-hander Erik Goeddel and left-hander Dario Alvarez joined the Mets on Monday.

While Campbell remains the primary righty pinch-hitter, Centeno's presence as a third catcher allows manager Terry Collins to use Anthony Recker as a pinch-hitter when the Mets need a late home run.

Goeddel and Alvarez essentially replace the injured Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka, so the bullpen remains at its customary seven pitchers.

Alvarez, who features a slider, will be the No. 2 lefty option behind Dana Eveland with Edgin unavailable. Collins is unsure whether Edgin (bone spurs) will return this season. Edgin will be examined by team doctors on Tuesday in New York.

Meanwhile, Goeddel's major league debut may come with his brother in the ballpark. Goeddel's brother Tyler, a third baseman and the 41st overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, just completed his season in the Florida State League with Charlotte and plans to visit Marlins Park.

Morning Briefing: No deal

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1
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MIAMI

FIRST PITCH: The gang is still all here.

The deadline to trade a player and have him eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster passed at midnight and the Mets stood pat, as they did at the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. So all the chatter about Bartolo Colon potentially getting dealt can be revisited this offseason, when he has one year and $11 million remaining on his contract.

The Mets open a series at third-place Miami at 1:10 p.m. on Labor Day.

Zack Wheeler, who is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season, opposes fellow right-hander Henderson Alvarez in the opener.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets won Sunday’s rubber game against the Phillies, 6-5, to avoid dropping into last place in the NL East. Anthony Recker hit a tie-breaking three-run homer and the Mets held on late despite Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia each surrendering a run.

The Mets went 13-6 in the season series against Philadelphia, matching the most wins against the Phillies in one season in franchise history. It was the Amazin’s most wins against any team in a single season since producing 14 wins against the Montreal Expos in 1991.

Wilmer Flores had a career-high-matching three hits as well as a handful of solid fielding plays at shortstop.

The Mets produced 11 hits. That snapped a streak of 10 straight home games with six hits or fewer, which had tied the 1980 Athletics for a modern-day futility record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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

• The Mets have fired their VP in charge of ticket sales after four years on the job, the Post reported.


Adam RubinErik Goeddel is one of four players due to join the Mets on Monday in Miami as rosters expand.


• With rosters expanding, the Mets summoned four minor leaguers to join the club for the series opener in Miami: infielder Josh Satin, right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel, left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez and catcher Juan Centeno. The Mets’ 40-man roster is now at 39. Alvarez, albeit 25, began the season at low-A Savannah. He was promoted from Double-A Binghamton. He had 114 strikeouts and 17 walks in 73 1/3 innings across three levels. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The minor-league reinforcements were needed in part because the Mets left a couple of relievers behind in New York with elbow woes. Josh Edgin, who has bone spurs, is due to be examined as soon as Tuesday and may be “down for a while,” manager Terry Collins said. Edgin is unsure if he will require surgery to remove the spurs. Daisuke Matsuzaka's balky elbow also will be examined. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• With St. Lucie having been eliminated from postseason contention on the final day of the Florida State League regular season, several farmhands received promotions to playoff-bound clubs. Second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, the son of Lee Mazzilli, is headed to Las Vegas. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, catcher Cam Maron and right-handers Matt Koch and Tim Peterson are headed to Binghamton.

Maron hails from Hicksville, Long Island. He hit .282 with three homers and 50 RBIs and had a .387 on-base percentage in 348 at-bats with St. Lucie.

• St. Lucie was eliminated Sunday despite a 4-2 win against Palm Beach. The FSL club posted a 76-62 record this season. Meanwhile, Brooklyn remained alive for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth entering Monday’s regular-season finale by beating Staten Island, 11-3, behind a four-RBI game from Adrian Abreu. The Cyclones need to win Monday and have Connecticut lose to Lowell to qualify for the playoffs. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Mike Puma in the Post names Lucas Duda the MVP and Curtis Granderson the LVP of the Mets for August. The Mets went 12-17 during the month. Granderson, who was 1-for-17 on the homestand, was given Sunday off.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger profiles first-round pick Michael Conforto, who is hitting .340 with three homers and 19 RBIs in 159 at-bats entering Brooklyn’s regular-season finale. “It’s just rare to see that kind of selectivity in somebody that is so young,” Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa told Vorkunov. “Everything we had heard -- he was one of the top college hitters in the country -- has proved to be true in pro ball.”

BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander David West turns 50. ... Minor-league infielder Jhoan Urena is 20.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which starting pitcher should the Mets trade this offseason?

Elbow woes to keep Edgin, Dice-K in N.Y.

August, 31, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin, who has not appeared in a game since Aug. 23, will remain in New York and be examined by team doctors after the Labor Day weekend.

Edgin has bone spurs in the elbow and is unsure whether he will need surgery to have those removed this offseason. He received platelet-rich plasma therapy last Monday and also underwent an MRI that did not reveal any tears, the southpaw said.

Manager Terry Collins said he expected Edgin to be "down for a while" and that the team will lean on Dana Eveland for lefty relief. The Mets also promoted Dario Alvarez from Double-A.

Edgin tried to warm up to enter Friday's game and was unable to do so.

Meanwhile, Daisuke Matsuzaka also will remain in New York to get his elbow checked out. Matsuzaka has struggled since returning from the disabled list Thursday.

Morning Briefing: Cellar at stake

August, 29, 2014
Aug 29
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FIRST PITCH: In 2007 and ’08, the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies went down to the wire for the NL East crown.

This year, they are jockeying for the basement.

In fact, the Phillies (61-72) arrive at Citi Field for a weekend series trailing the Amazin’s by only a half-game for fourth place in the division.

Meanwhile, the Mets (62-72) need to run the table over their final 28 games in order to achieve Sandy Alderson’s 90-win goal.


Courtesy of New York MetsDilson Herrera joins the Mets on Friday.

At least there are two things to look forward to on Friday at Citi Field: It’s Jacob deGrom day. And Dilson Herrera is poised for his major league debut.

DeGrom (6-6, 3.13 ERA) opposes right-hander David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

DeGrom had a streak of five straight winning decisions snapped when he allowed five runs in six innings at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

The Mets are 11-5 against the Phillies in 2014.

Read the Mets-Phillies series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

• With Daniel Murphy landing on the disabled list with a strained right calf, Herrera has been promoted from Double-A, where the 20-year-old Colombian was hitting .340 with 10 homers, 48 RBIs and nine steals in 241 at-bats. If Herrera shows he can succeed in the majors, that could make it easier for the Mets to justify trading Murphy this offseason.

Murphy, who leads the NL in hits at the moment with 159, is due for a healthy raise from his $5.7 million salary this season. He is eligible for free agency during the 2015-16 winter.

Herrera was acquired with Vic Black from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 27, 2013 for Marlon Byrd and John Buck.

"He's a player that moves this team," Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. "He brings a lot of energy. I think everybody feeds from that. Whenever you have a player like him that is excited to be out there and plays the game the right way, I think everybody else feeds from that."

Herrera joins Wilfredo Tovar in 2013 and Robert Carson in 2012 as prospects who made the jump directly from Double-A to the Mets.

Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Black, who has a herniated disk in his neck, was given a cortisone injection and landed on the DL before Thursday’s game. Daisuke Matsuzaka was activated from the DL.

• Terry Collins told the Daily News that team personnel have engaged in internal conversations about moving Travis d'Arnaud from catcher to left field, although the manager cautioned that it’s not some plan set to be put into action. The motivation would be to keep d’Arnaud’s bat in the lineup and avoid further concussions.

While d’Arnaud may be a capable hitter as a catcher, as an outfielder that production might be considered fairly ordinary. And moving d’Arnaud presumes Triple-A catching prospect Kevin Plawecki will succeed at the major league level.

• Alderson implied there is nothing overly active as another trade deadline approaches Sunday. Players must be dealt by Aug. 31 in order to be eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster. Translation: Bartolo Colon looks like he is starting Saturday and will remain a Met at least into the offseason.

“I would say right now there’s a lot less going on than some people speculate,” Alderson said.

David Wright (neck/shoulder) returned to the lineup Thursday and Josh Edgin (elbow) supposedly was available had his services been required. Wright went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double play.

Mike Minor held the Mets without a baserunner until Lucas Duda's leadoff single in the fifth and the Braves ultimately won Thursday’s rubber game, 6-1, at Citi Field. Jonathon Niese kept the deficit at 1-0 until surrendering two runs in the eighth. In his first major league action since July 24, Matsuzaka allowed a pinch-hit two-run homer to Ryan Doumit in a three-run ninth.

The Mets are 4-10 and are hitting .164 at Citi Field in August.

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

• The Mets extended their player-development agreement with Triple-A Las Vegas through the 2016 season. With no apparent vacancies on the East Coast, the Mets preferred having direct flights from Vegas over pursuing a home in an alternate Pacific Coast League city. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The Mets worked out lower-tier Cuban free agents Pavel Quesada and Roberto Carlos in the Dominican Republic, the Post’s Mike Puma reported.

Chris Young made his debut with the Yankees organization on Thursday. Young, who signed a minor-league contract this week, started in right field for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts. If Young joins the Yankees after rosters expand, the Mets will save $73,700. That’s the prorated portion of the major league minimum the Yankees would need to pay Young for the final month of the season.

• Columnist Larry Brooks in the Post says Curtis Granderson has been “simply dreadful.”

Rafael Montero allowed eight runs (five earned) in six innings as Albuquerque beat Las Vegas, 10-5. Luis Cessa and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout as St. Lucie remained on the fringe of the Florida State League playoff race with a 2-0 win against Palm Beach. Robert Gsellman contributed to a four-hit shutout as Savannah blanked Augusta, 3-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Marc Carig in Newsday chronicles a glut of hits d’Arnaud has lost because of Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons' fielding prowess.

From the bloggers ... Blogging Mets wonders if the Mets could have gotten Addison Russell from the A's before the Cubs did.

BIRTHDAYS: Anthony Recker turns 31. ... Noah Syndergaard turns 22. ... Henry Blanco is 43.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Would you have preferred Dilson Herrera or Matt Reynolds get the promotion?

Collins: Wright could be back Thursday

August, 27, 2014
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NEW YORK -- It's another night with a short-handed roster for the New York Mets, who will face the Atlanta Braves Wednesday without two relief pitchers and two middle of the order hitters.

But manager Terry Collins said there's a real chance that David Wright could be back in the lineup by Thursday.

Wright hasn't played since Sunday, when he was forced out of the game in Los Angeles with neck spasms. He got extensive treatment Tuesday, and by Wednesday he had improved to the point that he took batting practice in the indoor cage and then on the field.

"He told me, 'If it's this good [Thursday], I'll be in there,'" Collins said.

Collins wouldn't say the same about Daniel Murphy, who has missed the last two games with a calf injury.

Meanwhile, Collins suggested that he would again be without both right-hander Vic Black and lefty Josh Edgin in the bullpen. The situation with Black's neck is apparently more serious, with Collins saying that he'll likely miss at least a couple more days.

D'Arnaud at cleanup: Having Murphy and Wright both out of the lineup forces Collins to do some maneuvering, and Wednesday it meant hitting Travis d'Arnaud cleanup for the first time in his career.

"I hope he doesn't get carried away," Collins said. "But to be honest, it's a pat on the back for him, because he's become a huge part of our lineup."

Morning Briefing: Wheels up!

August, 27, 2014
Aug 27
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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

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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.

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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
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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.

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BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.301 9 53 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 77
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .822
WB. Colon 12
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.45
SOZ. Wheeler 163