New York Mets: Morning briefing

Morning Briefing: Back home, briefly

June, 24, 2014
Jun 24
FIRST PITCH: The New York Mets (35-41) are back in the Big Apple for a very brief homestand -- two interleague games against the AL West-leading Oakland A's (47-29), who boast the best record in Major League Baseball, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Citi Field.

After that, the Mets hit the road again, for four games in Pittsburgh followed by three in Atlanta. Their next home series won't begin until July 4.

This is the first matchup between these teams since 2011. Bartolo Colon (7-5, 3.88) will make his 15th start of the season for the Mets, opposed by former Mets prized prospect Scott Kazmir (9-2, 2.08). It's Kazmir's first appearance in Queens since being traded by the Mets back in 2004.

Kazmir has been brilliant all season long, but Colon is 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA in his past six starts. This should be a good one.

Tuesday's news reports:

Travis d'Arnaud will be back with the Mets on Tuesday, and likely be in the starting lineup -- we're waiting to hear whether it'll be Anthony Recker or Taylor Teagarden who is jettisoned to make room for him.

Read more in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and

• Mets general manager Sandy Alderson held the same position with the A's from 1983 to 1997. Daily News columnist Bill Madden writes that Alderson could learn a thing or two from current A's GM Billy Beane -- click here to read more.

Kevin Kernan of the Post writes that the Mets need to start playing like the low-budget A's -- click here to read more.

• The infamous trade was made nearly 10 years ago to the day, on June 30, 2004 -- Kazmir (and Jose Diaz) to Tampa Bay for Victor Zambrano (and Bartolome Fortunato). Read more in the Daily News.

• Colon will be facing his former club on Tuesday as well. He pitched for Oakland the past two seasons, and A's manager Bob Melvin is looking forward to seeing him -- at the plate, anyway. Read more on

Curtis Granderson is hitting .344 in June, with three home runs, nine RBIs and a .469 on-base percentage. Read more on Granderson's turnaround in the Post.

From the bloggers ... NY Mets Life gives their weekly recap on the NL East.

BIRTHDAYS: Mike Bruhert turns 63 on Tuesday. A Queens native, Bruhert spent just one year in the major leagues, 1978 -- in 27 games (22 starts) for the Mets, he went 4-11 with a 4.78 ERA. He later became the pitching coach at Fordham University.


YOU'RE UP: How painful is that Kazmir trade to think about, even 10 years later?

Morning Briefing: Five straight

September, 15, 2013
FIRST PITCH: Houston, you have company.

The Mets secured their fifth straight losing season Saturday by splitting a doubleheader with the Marlins. They lost the first game, 3-0, and won the nightcap, 3-1.

The Mets and Astros will likely head into the 2014 season as the co-owners of the longest losing-seasons streak in baseball, as both have not had a non-losing season since 2008.

Sunday's news reports:

• Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger (Game 1) and Record, Times and Newsday.

David Wright is hoping to return Tuesday against the Giants. Wright and manager Terry Collins defended the plan to have Wright return this season. Wright hasn't played since Aug. 2, and there is no incentive to have him play again this year with the team eliminated from postseason contention. Wright said he's against shutting it down when he feels capable of playing. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Frank Francisco bruised his thumb in the first game on Saturday. He underwent X-rays, and the Mets announced the injury as a bruise. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The Mets activated Jeurys Familia on Saturday. He had surgery on June 5 on his right elbow. Familia will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• In the Post, Mike Vaccaro writes that after so many years of alienating Mets fans, the team's owners are asking fans to believe that next year will be different.

BIRTHDAYS: A handful of former Mets have birthdays Sunday, including infielder Jason Hardtke, who turns 42; reliever Doug Simons, who is 47; reliever Satoru Komiyama, who is 48; and outfielder John Christensen, who turns 53.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: Is it jarring that the Mets are tied for the longest losing-season streak in baseball?

Morning Briefing: Another lost season

September, 13, 2013
FIRST PITCH: The Mets need to go 17-0 to reach their goal of finishing.500.

After being swept by the Nationals with Thursday's 7-2 loss at Citi Field, the Mets are just one loss away from their fifth straight losing season. They likely will be tied with the Astros entering 2014 for the longest streak of losing seasons in baseball.

The Mets welcome Miami to Citi Field on Friday and turn to Jon Niese to face Brad Hand.

Friday's news reports:

• Read game recaps in the Daily News, New York Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Wall Street Journal and The Record.

Frank Francisco denied hitting Jayson Werth on purpose on Thursday. The Nationals were not pleased that Werth was hit on a 3-0 pitch. Ron Darling called Francisco "a fool" for allegedly throwing at Werth. Read more in The Record.

Aaron Harang was pleased with his Mets debut on Thursday, despite suffering the loss. He gave up three runs on four hits in six innings while striking out 10.

• Terry Collins is not pleased that some of the players being given opportunities are not stepping up. Collins did not like what he saw during the sweep. Read more in the Post.

• Davey Johnson reflected on managing the Mets. Johnson managed the team to its most recent World Series title, in 1986.

From the bloggers... Blogging Mets analyzes Sandy Alderson's recent comments and doesn't think they bode well for 2014. ... Mets Report examines where the 2013 Opening Day lineup is.

BIRTHDAYS: Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka turns 33 today.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: Are you surprised by the Mets' woeful play in September?

Morning Briefing: On to the next one

August, 26, 2013
FIRST PITCH: It's safe to say the Mets wouldn't win the AL Central.

The AL Central leading Tigers finished off their three-game bludgeoning of the Mets as they beat them, 11-3, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The Tigers collected 41 hits in the three games.

After facing baseball's best offense, the Mets will get a break as one of baseball's worst offenses, the Phillies, comes to Citi Field for a four-game set starting Monday. Zack Wheeler will try to snap the team's four-game losing streak when he faces Cliff Lee.

Monday's news reports

• Read game recaps in the Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday, New York Times, Post, The Record and Wall Street Journal.

• Travis d'Arnaud hit his first career homer, earning a curtain call from the Citi Field faithful. The homer marked the touted prospect's first career RBI. Read more in the Post.

• Dillon Gee entered the game with the fourth-best ERA in baseball since May 30, but even he couldn't stop the Tigers. He gave up four runs on 10 hits over six innings for his third loss in his last 16 outings.

• The Mets want to get Matt Harvey through September while still limiting his innings. Harvey has thrown 178 1/3 innings this year and has approximately 25-plus innings left before the team shuts him for the season. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday and The Record.

• Wheeler said the team is tiring as it prepares for the final month.

• In the Post, Larry Brooks writes about the Mets trying to contend while playing all the youngsters, like d'Arnaud.

From the bloggers ... Mets Report writes the Mets need a definitive plan to limit Harvey's innings. ... Faith and Fear in Flushing examines Detroit's sweep.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets pitcher Ricky Bottalico turns 44. Bottalico pitched for the Mets in 2004, going 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA. Former utility player Alex Trevino turns 56.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: Were you surprised how well the Tigers did against Harvey and Gee?

Morning Briefing: Back home

August, 20, 2013
Home sweet home.

After an 11-game road trip through four cities, the Mets finally head home to face Atlanta on Tuesday. The Mets finished the road trip at 5-6 after beating the Twins, 6-1, in Minnesota on Monday.

Zack Wheeler faces Brandon Beachy on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Tuesday's news reports:

• Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, The Record, New York Times, Newsday and Wall Street Journal.

• Monday's winning starter Dillon Gee said about that his recent stretch is "probably the best I've ever thrown it." Gee threw 7 2/3 innings on one-run ball to pick up the win Monday.

Travis d'Arnaud is staying with the team to be the starting catcher, while Anthony Recker was optioned to Triple-A. D'Arnaud is 0-for-7 in his first three games. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Jeremy Hefner will have a Tommy John exam on Tuesday. He has a partial tear of the MCL in his right elbow.

• It's still not known whether injured closer Bobby Parnell will need surgery. Parnell has a herniated disk in his neck.

• The Mets will give Matt Harvey an extra day of rest which likely sets up a showdown with fellow All-Star game starter Max Scherzer on Saturday. Carlos Torres will start Friday. Read more in the Daily News, Star-Ledger, The Record and Newsday.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets reliever Lance Broadway turns 30. Broadway appeared in eight games for the Mets in 2009. Former Mets outfielder Cory Sullivan turns 34. He also played for the team in 2009.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: How would you grade the Mets on the 11-game road trip that just ended?

Morning Briefing: Torres, Take 2

July, 23, 2013
FIRST PITCH: After a tough loss Monday night, the Mets will aim for revenge Tuesday against the Braves at Citi Field, with Carlos Torres making his second start of the season.

Torres limited the Pirates to one run in five innings in his first start, prior to the All-Star break. In four relief appearances against the Braves earlier this season, Torres shut Atlanta out over 7 1/3 innings.

Tuesday's news reports:

Dillon Gee took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday, pitched seven scoreless innings, yet ended up with a no-decision. Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Wall Street Journal and

Bobby Parnell blew the save Monday, giving up two runs in the ninth inning, but didn't think he pitched badly.

• The Braves' Jason Heyward made a fabulous catch to end Monday's game and preserve Atlanta's victory. He also robbed Justin Turner on the play, in Turner's first game after returning from the disabled list. Read more in the Daily News.

Ike Davis had a couple of hits Monday night, in a losing effort. Read more in the Post.

• The Mets have played much better in recent weeks, and one of the reasons why is Omar Quintanilla, who replaced Ruben Tejada at shortstop in late May. Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

• When asked about the Ryan Braun suspension, David Wright said, "It's a shame." Read more in Newsday, and the Post.

• The Mets haven't given up hope of being in the playoff mix, despite Monday night's loss, being nine games under .500 and trailing the Braves by 11 games in the standings. “It’s kind of like we’re not too far back, we can still peck away, we can still make something happen,” Marlon Byrd said. Read more in the Post.

From the bloggers ... A closer look at the difference between Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, at the New York Mets Report.

BIRTHDAYS: No former Mets players were born on July 23, but a pair of former Brooklyn Dodgers were -- Hall of Famers Pee Wee Reese (1918) and Don Drysdale (1936).

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: Do the Mets really have any chance of making the playoffs?

Morning Briefing: Here's Harvey!

July, 3, 2013
FIRST PITCH: It's Matt Harvey's turn.

After the Mets handled Patrick Corbin his first loss of the year Tuesday night in a 9-1 win, they will look to win their third straight as they turn to their ace against the Diamondbacks.

Tuesday, the Mets received a stellar outing from Jeremy Hefner, and scored a season-high seven runs in the rain-delayed seventh inning.

Wednesday's news reports

• Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger, The Record, Newsday, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

• Terry Collins did not make it seem like Ike Davis' return is imminent. The Mets are about to face a string of right-handers, so now would be the time to bring back Davis. Josh Satin is also playing well in Davis' absence. Read more in The Record.

• Shaun Marcum, who pitched Monday and was seen in the dugout pointing to his shoulder area, visited the doctor on Tuesday, according to a source. Read more in the Post.

• Giants manager and NL All-Star skipper Bruce Bochy said the All-Star Game being played at Citi Field should help Harvey's candidacy to start the game.

• The Mets called up Germen Gonzalez and demoted Zack Lutz. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• David Wright extended his lead over Pablo Sandoval in the race to be the starting third baseman for the National League in the All-Star Game. Read more in the Post and Newsday.

• The Mets made three international signings on Tuesday.

• Eric Young Jr. started at second base on Tuesday.

• The Mets have received a boost from the influx of players from Triple-A Las Vegas. Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

• MLB announced the rosters for the Legends & Celebrity softball game on July 14.

• In the Daily News, John Harper writes that the Mets must find out if Davis is part of their future .

From the bloggers ... Mets Report writes that Satin's hot play could hurt the Mets if they were looking to move Davis. ... Mets Police pens a letter to new Mets chief revenue office Lou DePaoli.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets outfielder Moises Alou turns 47. Alou played his final two seasons for the Mets in 2007-08.


Morning briefing: Another wasted gem

June, 29, 2013
FIRST PITCH: Poor Matt Harvey.

In what's become a common theme this season, the Mets wasted another fantastic outing from their ace as the bullpen imploded in a 6-4 loss to the Nats on Friday night. Harvey gave the Mets a 4-1 lead after seven, striking out 11 and giving up just three hits, but the bullpen gave up five in the final two innings.

The Mets are now 14-24 at home, the worst mark in the majors.

Saturday's news reports:

" Read game recaps in the Daily News, Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

" Zack Wheeler is preparing for his first start at Citi Field on Sunday against the Nationals. Both of Wheeler's starts thus far have come on the road. Read more in the Daily News, Post, and Newsday.

" Josh Satin went 3-for-3 in the loss. He also drove in a pair of runs, tying a career-high.

" Marlon Byrd had another solid game.

" Eric Young has played well since the Mets acquired the outfielder. He went 1-for-5 in his first home game as a Met.

" Ruben Tejada played in his first rehab game on Friday night for the Gulf Coast League Mets. He went 1-for-2.

" Brandon Nimmo is a finalist for the All-Star Futures Team. Nimmo, the team's first-round pick in 2011, is playing with Single-A Savannah.

" Harvey should start the All-Star Game, according to columnists John Harper in the Daily News, and Kevin Kernan in the Post.

" The Mets actually have averaged fewer fans for Harvey's starts than other home games this season.

" From the bloggers: Mets Report writes the Mets should consider trading Ike Davis to the Yankees. ...Faith and Fear in Flushing writes the Mets are having a tribute of sorts to the 1973 season.

BIRTHDAYS: Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew was born today. Killebrew, who died in 2011, would have been 77.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: Which pitcher is Harvey's biggest competition to start the All-Star Game?

Morning Briefing: Another loss

June, 15, 2013
FIRST PITCH: Tuesday can't get here fast enough for the Mets.

On the day it was made official that top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler will debut Tuesday as part of a doubleheader that will also feature Matt Harvey, the Mets lost for the ninth time in 11 games, this time falling to the lowly Cubs, 6-3, on Friday night at Citi Field. They are now a season-worst 14 games under .500.

Saturday's news reports:

• Read game recaps in the Daily News, the Post, Star-Ledger, The Record, Newsday and the New York Times.

• Wheeler will debut Tuesday during the doubleheader against Atlanta, with Harvey lined up to start the afternoon contest. Wheeler will join the team Monday. Read more in the Daily News, Post and Newsday.

• Collins didn't say if Shaun Marcum is endangering his spot in the rotation. Marcum dropped to 0-8 with the loss on Friday.

• The Mets signed 11 draft picks. Fourth-round pick L.J. Mazzilli will be playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

• Rafael Montero might not debut this year due to an innings cap.

Ruben Tejada is fielding grounders but isn't running yet. He's on the disabled list with a right quadriceps strain.

• In the Daily News, Anthony McCarron writes about David Wright offering support to Harvey as he deals with a lack of run support.

From the bloggers ... Eddie Kranepool Society writes about how Wright has had enough of the All-Star hype. ... Mets Report wrote how Wright is handling the situation with grace.

BIRTHDAYS: Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs turns 55.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: Should Marcum be worried about his spot being in jeopardy with Wheeler's impending arrival?

Morning briefing: Another 0-5 starter

May, 21, 2013

There are three 0-5 pitchers in the big leagues.

The Mets have two of them.

Shaun Marcum joined Jeremy Hefner on the 0-5 club after getting tagged for the loss in the Mets' 4-3 loss Monday to Cincinnati. Marcum had a rough first inning and pitched well over his final five, but a sixth-inning home run made the difference.

Tuesday's news reports

• Read game recaps in the Daily News, Star-Ledger, The Record, New York Times, Newsday and the Post.

• It has been a rough go at the plate for Ike Davis, but that extended to the field Monday as he interfered with a runner in the first inning. Davis was charged with an error for getting in Joey Votto's way as he rounded first base. Read more in The Record.

• The Mets signed reliever David Aardsma to a minor league deal. Aardsma didn't make the Yankees' roster out of spring training and opted out of his deal with Miami after not getting promoted within a month. He has 69 career saves.

• Hefner grew up in Moore, Okla., which was ravaged by a tornado on Monday. Hefner's friends and family were OK and the starter expressed his sympathy for those affected. Hefner still lives there in the offseason. Read more in the Post and Daily News.

• Terry Collins and LaTroy Hawkins were ejected from Monday's game after the top of the seventh. The two contested that a pitch did not hit Brandon Phillips.

Daniel Murphy stayed atop the lineup for the second straight game Monday.

• Jared Diamond in the Wall Street Journal writes about a possible demotion for Davis.

• Tyler Kepner in the New York Times writes that the Mets should make a strong push to sign Cincinnati outfielder Shin-Soo Choo in the offseason.

• Kevin Kernan in the New York Post looks at some of the issues facing the Mets and how their season might be slipping away.

• Davis and Yankees reliever David Robertson will co-host an all-star golf tournament on Bethpage Black in Farmingdale on July 17 to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Ken Griffey Jr., Al Leiter, Jeff Nelson, Bobby Bonilla, Aaron Boone and Ron Darling are scheduled to attend. Click here for more information.

• The Mets will host their sixth annual Military Appreciation Night on Sunday. The team has donated more than 3,800 tickets to the USO for the game.

From the bloggers: Mets Police writes the Mets should hire someone from the Cubs' fans relations department. ... Mets Report writes the Mets need to develop consistency in their batting order. ... Rising Apple previews the 2013 MLB Draft

BIRTHDAYS: Former Atlanta manager Bobby Cox turns 72.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: Is there anything more the Mets can do about Ike Davis?

Mets morning briefing 7.15.11

July, 15, 2011
The Mets will open the second half of the season with a three-game set at home against the Phillies this weekend, starting on Friday night. They'll begin a crucial stretch of the season as it relates to the future of the team. If the Mets can stay in the race, there's a possibility that the team will stay largely intact after the break. If not, the front office is more likely to deal away more big contracts. The Mets are currently 11 games out of first place in the National League East and 7 1/2 games out of the NL wild card.

Here are Friday's news reports:

Ike Davis is still feeling pain in his injured ankle. He received a cortisone shot earlier this week and will rest for the next three weeks with the hope of avoiding season-ending surgery. If he feels pain though, he will likely undergo a season-ending procedure to fix the ailment. David Wright will play a rehab game in St. Lucie on Friday. Jose Reyes has yet to start running due to an injured hamstring.

Read more about Davis and other injury updates in the Star-Ledger and the Post.

Terry Collins decided against naming one closer to replace Francisco Rodriguez. Instead, he will go with a closer-by-committee of Bobby Parnell, Jason Isringhausen and Pedro Beato. All three said on Thursday that they were excited for the opportunity.

Read more in the Wall Street Journal and Star-Ledger.

• Mets players realize that the beginning of the second half is a crucial time in the season. They hope to show team execs that they have what it takes to compete for a playoff spot and, therefore, should remain intact after the July 31 trade deadline. Also, Post columnist Joel Sherman says the second half of the season is the last chance for Wright and Reyes to show they belong together as a tandem.

Read more about the second half in the Post, the Daily News and the Times.

Sandy Alderson on Thursday confirmed a New York Times report stating that K-Rod's former agent never filed a no-trade list. K-Rod said in Milwaukee that he was confused by the lack of a list and that he thought the Brewers were on his list. But he is happy to be in Milwaukee.

For more on the agent snafu in the Daily News.

• The attorney for the woman involved in a civil suit and countersuit with Johan Santana is demanding that the pitcher's attorneys turn over documents that allegedly indicate Santana made pre-settlement offers to make the case go away.

Read more in the Daily News.

• The Mets announced Thursday that they signed outfielder Joe Tuschak (Northern York High School, Pa.), their sixth-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Also, Justin Turner reports that his injured thumb is feeling better after the break.

BIRTHDAYS: Big day for birthdays for former Mets: Don Bosch (69), Fernando Nieve (28), Wilson Delgado (38), James Baldwin (39).

Mets morning briefing 7.14.11

July, 14, 2011
The Mets will hold a workout at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon in advance of the weekend series against the Phillies to open the second half.

This will be Terry Collins' first opportunity (in person) to convince the Mets players that Tuesday night’s trade of Francisco Rodriguez did not indicate that management has given up on the season.

Collins will also clarify which member of his bullpen (Bobby Parnell, Jason Isringhausen or, less likely, Pedro Beato) will fill in at closer.

Thursday's news reports:

Sandy Alderson says that the Rodriguez trade does not signify a team-wide fire sale. He essentially explained on a conference call with reporters Wednesday that the deal was a salary dump and was independent of any other deals the team makes. He hesitated to speculate how this would affect the team's pursuit of Jose Reyes and acknowledged that teams have shown interest in Carlos Beltran.

Read more Alderson coverage in the Post, Bergen Record, and Newsday.

• New York Times reporter David Waldstein writes that K-Rod's former agent, Paul Kinzer, never submitted a "no-trade" list for Rodriguez. Waldstein reports that, with the list never filed, Alderson wanted to get a deal done before Scott Boras, Rodriguez's new agent, could complicate the proceedings.

Read more here.

• Injured players such as David Wright, Ike Davis and Johan Santana may return soon but how long will the roster remain intact? Adam Rubin expands on that that issue here. Post columnist Kevin Kernan believes that the K-Rod trade signifies a waving of the white flag.

• Our Mark Simon offers a breakdown of Parnell, who may get the Mets closer job with K-Rod out of town.

Read more about Parnell in the Times and Record.

• Alderson said confirmed that Wright is expected to play his first rehab game on Friday night for Class A St. Lucie at Lakeland, and if everything goes according to plan, Alderson hopes Wright will be back playing for the Mets on July 22. But he said Ike Davis is a ways away.

Ryota Igarashi will likely replace K-Rod on the roster.

BIRTHDAY: Former Met (and Yankee) Robin Ventura, who hit the famous grand slam single in Game 5 of the 1999 NLCS, turns 44 Thursday.



Bartolo Colon
10 3.88 106 141
BAD. Murphy .298
HRL. Duda 19
RBIL. Duda 60
RD. Murphy 62
OPSL. Duda .864
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 125