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Morning Briefing: deGrom day!

August, 2, 2014
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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom has allowed only two runs in 27 1/3 innings over his past four starts.
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FIRST PITCH: Jacob deGrom bids to win his fifth straight start when he opposes San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

DeGrom, the reigning National League co-Player of the Week, has a 0.66 ERA over his past four starts. Peavy (1-10, 4.71 ERA) makes his second appearance for San Francisco since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox last weekend.

The Mets (52-57) enter the game trailing the first-place Washington Nationals by seven games and now trailing the Pittsburgh Pirates by six games for the second wild-card spot.

Saturday’s news reports:

Ryan Vogelsong took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, when Juan Lagares produced a leadoff single, and ultimately tossed a complete game as the wild-card-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Mets, 5-1, in the opener of a four-game series. The Mets mustered two hits on Friday. The second hit was a solo homer by Lucas Duda in the eighth.

Duda became the 12th first baseman in franchise history to reach the 20-homer plateau. He joined: Carlos Delgado (three times), John Olerud (twice), John Milner (twice), Dave Kingman (twice), Donn Clendenon, Eddie Murray, Rico Brogna, Todd Zeile, Mo Vaughn, Mike Piazza and Ike Davis.

Duda drove in a run for the seventh straight game, matching David Wright for the longest such streak this season.

Jonathon Niese, hurt by his own error, allowed five runs (three earned), but got “lengthened out” by logging eight-plus innings.

Read game recaps in the San Francisco Chronicle, Post, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

Matt Harvey threw 15 pitches off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. Harvey suggested his goal is to pitch for the Mets in the postseason, although that obviously is a long shot for a couple of reasons.

Sandy Alderson indicated Harvey is likely to pitch in the low-intensity fall instructional league in Florida that spans late September and early October and then potentially make one appearance in the Arizona Fall League before shutting things down for the winter.

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

• Noah Syndergaard tossed six scoreless innings, but El Paso beat Las Vegas, 4-3, in 10 innings. Dilson Herrera had an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch as Binghamton posted a 9-8 walk-off win against Bowie. Jeremy Hefner allowed two runs in four innings in St. Lucie’s 8-3 win against Clearwater as he further works back from Tommy John surgery. Andrew Church pitched a seven-inning shutout in Game 1 as Kingsport split a doubleheader with Elizabethton. Amed Rosario’s ninth-inning RBI single lifted Brooklyn to a 4-3 win against Auburn. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Columnist Larry Brooks in the Post questions Mets ownership. Writes Brooks:

But, colleague Joel Sherman’s report last week that the Mets had informed Colorado management they want to be invited to the party when and if Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez go on the market aside, it remains to be seen whether the Wilpons actually will put their money where management’s mouth is this winter.

It is all but impossible to trust this ownership will cash the checks its front office writes, to mix a particular Metaphor. And when an ownership loses the trust of its fan base the way this Wilpon operation has here, both pre- and post-Madoff, you get a half-empty ballpark more than half the time and you get well-earned eye-rolls on another idle deadline day.

• Fred Kerber in the Post speaks with the Mets scouts who saw deGrom at Stetson. “He has a little too much length especially for a shortstop,” Steve Barningham, the organization’s Southeast scouting regional supervisor, told Kerber. “We saw him as a freshman and sophomore play shortstop, and we liked the athlete, the body type. We like conversion guys because of the athleticism.”

• Wright and Terry Collins weighed in Friday on the Mets’ inactivity at the non-waiver trade deadline. Read more in Newsday.

• John DeMarzo in the Post profiles the Double-A infielder Herrera, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade last August.

• The Giants officially designated for assignment Dan Uggla and Tyler Colvin on Friday and promoted infielder Matt Duffy and outfielder Jarrett Parker.

• Read a feature on Giants infielder Joe Panik, a St. John’s product and New York State native, in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Daisuke Matsuzaka threw on flat ground Friday and reported no issue with his balky right elbow, which landed him on the disabled list last week.

• Arguments were heard Wednesday in State Supreme Court regarding an action brought by opponents of a mall slated to be built next to Citi Field, in the parking lot where Shea Stadium once stood. Read details in the Queens-based TimesLedger.

• Tim Teufel hosted a charity golf tournament Thursday, with players including Dillon Gee, Niese and Harvey participating. Read details in Greenwich Time.

From the bloggers …Faith and Fear figures the Mets and Giants played so quickly Friday because they feared Sharknado's return to Citi Field.

BIRTHDAYS: Mr. Koo turns 45.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you think Matt Harvey will pitch for the Mets this year?

Series preview: Mets vs. Giants

August, 1, 2014
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Associated PressRecently acquired Jake Peavy made his Giants debut Sunday against the Dodgers.
METS (52-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (58-50, second place/NL West)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (5-6, 3.23) vs. RHP Ryan Vogelsong (5-8, 4.45), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jacob deGrom (5-5, 2.79) vs. RHP Jake Peavy (1-10, 4.71), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-8, 3.88) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (12-8, 3.41), 1:10 p.m. ET

Monday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.77) vs. RHP Tim Hudson (8-8, 2.71), 12:10 p.m. ET

Giants short hops

Jake Peavy was acquired from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for right-hander Heath Hembree and minor-league left-hander Edwin Escobar. Peavy allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings in an eventual 4-3 loss to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday in his Giants debut. Since a win on April 25 with Boston, Peavy has lost 10 straight decisions. Boston scored two runs or fewer in each of his final eight starts with the club. The Giants and Red Sox agreed to split the $5 million remaining on the 33-year-old Peavy’s contract.

Peavy’s acquisition gives the Giants an upgrade over former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit with Matt Cain on the disabled list. Cain (2-7, 4.18 ERA) sought a second opinion this week on his balky right elbow and could be in line for Tommy John surgery that forces him to miss next season as well.

• First baseman Brandon Belt is expected to return this weekend from the concussion DL. He had persistent symptoms after being struck in the face with a baseball while fielding during batting practice.


Thearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesGregor Blanco has handled center field with Angel Pagan on the disabled list.


Angel Pagan is expected to remain on the disabled list through the Mets series, but should be activated next week. He last appeared for the Giants on June 14. The ex-Met has a bulging disk that pinched a nerve and caused leg pain. Gregor Blanco has manned center field with Pagan sidelined.

• Dissatisfied at second base, the Giants took a chance on Dan Uggla, who was released by the Atlanta Braves. Uggla, however, went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and committed three errors in four games. He reportedly did not travel with the Giants to New York and is mulling an offer to join the Giants’ Triple-A Fresno affiliate. Overall, Uggla has only one hit in his past 32 major league at-bats.

San Francisco searched for a second baseman via trade, but let Thursday’s deadline pass with no activity.

St. John’s University product Joe Panik, who graduated from John Jay High School in East Fishkill, N.Y., started Wednesday at second base. The rookie Panik was selected in the first round (29th overall) in 2011. He made his major league debut June 29, but is hitting only .214. There is speculation Double-A prospect Matt Duffy could take over the position. Marco Scutaro (back) is on the DL.

Brandon Hicks, who started at second base when the Mets played in San Francisco in early June, has been in Triple-A for the past two weeks after hitting only .162 with eight homers in 71 games with the Giants.

• San Francisco snapped a season-high-matching six-game losing streak with a win in Wednesday’s homestand finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Giants averaged one run per game during that skid. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one other time in the past 99 seasons did the Giants produced six runs or fewer in a six-game span -- back in 1992. The Giants have lost 29 of their last 45 games. They once owned a 42-21 record.

Ryan Vogelsong has received no run support while on the mound in five of his last six outings. San Francisco ultimately was shut out in four of those games.

• The lone Giants active starting pitcher the Mets miss in the four-game series is Tim Lincecum. He tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on June 25, becoming the second pitcher in major league history to produce the feat twice against the same opponent. Lincecum joined Hall of Famer Addie Joss, who accomplished it in the early 20th century.

Sergio Romo was displaced as Giants closer on June 29 after blowing three saves in a five-chance span. He has allowed a career-high eight homers this season. Santiago Casilla has notched seven of the Giants’ last eight saves.

• Shortstop Brandon Crawford is 4-for-his-last-23.

• Right fielder Hunter Pence is 4-for-his-last-33. Pence has appeared in 330 straight games and started 280 straight games. Both are the longest active streaks in the majors.

Buster Posey is hitting .386 as a first baseman and .255 as a catcher this season.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187