New York Mets: Philadelphia Phillies

Source: Mets investigated Rollins as option

November, 11, 2014
Nov 11
PHOENIX -- Now this would have made an interesting pairing: The Mets, in need of a shortstop, spoke with the Philadelphia Phillies about acquiring Jimmy Rollins in a trade, sources told The pursuit since has been dismissed because Rollins does not want to leave Philadelphia, a source added.

Rollins, as a longtime Phillie, has full no-trade protection. He will earn $11 million next season, then is eligible for free agency.

Rollins, of course, authored the infamous "Team to Beat" line in 2007, when the Phillies overcame a seven-game deficit with 17 games to play to catch the Mets.

Morning Briefing: No deal

September, 1, 2014
Sep 1

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

• 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

• 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?

Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Phillies 5

August, 31, 2014
Aug 31
NEW YORK -- Enjoy last place, Philly!

Anthony Recker produced a tie-breaking three-run homer against A.J. Burnett in the sixth inning Sunday, and the New York Mets held on to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 at Citi Field.

The Mets completed the season series with a 13-6 record against the Phillies. That matches the most wins in a season against Philadelphia in franchise history. The Mets went 13-5 against the Phillies in 1970, ’71, ’72 and ’87.

The victory prevented the Mets (64-73) from dropping into last place in the NL East for the first time since June 27.

Kathy Kmonicek/Associated PressAnthony Recker receives congratulations after delivering a tie-breaking three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Recker, whose three-run shot staked the Mets to a 5-2 lead, now has 12 career long balls. Nine of those home runs have tied the score or given his team a lead, including four of five this season.

Jeurys Familia surrendered a solo homer to Domonic Brown in the eighth inning as Philadelphia (62-74) pulled to within 5-4. Dilson Herrera's first career RBI in the bottom half of the inning restored a two-run cushion for Jenrry Mejia, who needed the insurance. Mejia notched his 21st save despite allowing a run in the ninth.

In the seventh, Dana Eveland allowed a runner inherited from starter Dillon Gee to score, but left a pair of Phillies in scoring position by retiring Chase Utley on a pop-out and consecutively striking out Ryan Howard and Grady Sizemore.

Not him again: Gee must have nightmares about Howard, right? Howard’s solo homer in the sixth against Gee evened the score at 2. Earlier, Howard’s RBI double in the fourth opened the game’s scoring -- although Gee left the bases loaded in that frame by coaxing a double-play grounder from Wil Nieves.

Howard is hitting .423 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 26 career at-bats against Gee.

Howard also is the active leader in long balls against the Mets with 41, ahead of a pair of his Phillies teammates -- Utley (33), and No. 3 Jimmy Rollins (30).

Gee entered Sunday’s start with a 6.53 ERA in 13 career appearances (12 starts) against the Phillies. He departed with a 5-2 lead after walking Freddy Galvis to open the seventh. Gee’s final line: 6+ IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR.

Halted! David Wright snapped a career-high 14-game RBI-less drought when his two-out single in the sixth against Burnett plated Matt den Dekker and staked the Mets to a 2-1 lead. Wright’s previous high without an RBI had been 13 straight games in Aug. 2010.

Wright’s hit also gave the Mets seven in the game. That snapped a streak of 10 straight games at Citi Field with six hits or fewer, which had matched the longest home streak in the majors since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Den Dekker’s RBI double had pulled the Mets even at 1.

Three cheers: Wilmer Flores went 3-for-4 and also recorded his first career stolen base, although a good throw from the Nieves would have nailed him at third base. It marked the third time Flores produced that career-high three-hit total.

What’s next: The Mets head to Miami for a three-game series. Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75) in the 1:10 p.m. opener on Labor Day. Wheeler is 2-0 with a 0.65 ERA in four starts against the Marlins this season.

Sunday's Mets-Phillies lineups

August, 31, 2014
Aug 31
NEW YORK -- Here are the lineups for Sunday's 1:10 p.m. series finale between the Mets and the Phillies at Citi Field.

The struggling Curtis Granderson gets a day off after starting 23 straight games. He is 1-for-17 on this homestand and is hitting .147 (16-for-109) with only two extra-base hits in August.

"Curtis just needs to clear his mind a little bit," manager Terry Collins said.

Juan Lagares, cf
Matt den Dekker, lf
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Wilmer Flores, ss
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, rf
Dilson Herrera, 2b
Anthony Recker, c
Dillon Gee, rhp

Ben Revere, cf
Jimmy Rollins, ss
Chase Utley, 2b
Ryan Howard, 1b
Grady Sizemore, rf
Domonic Brown, lf
Wil Nieves, c
Cody Asche, 3b
A.J. Burnett, rhp

Morning Briefing: The drive for 89 begins

August, 31, 2014
Aug 31

FIRST PITCH: David Wright was pragmatic in the postgame clubhouse after Saturday’s loss officially ensured the Mets would not reach 90 wins.

“This season hasn’t gone the way we would’ve liked it to,” Wright said. “We all put forth expectations for ourselves, and whether it’s individual or the team, when you don’t meet those expectations, of course it’s disappointing.”

On Sunday, the Mets (63-73) play their final game in the season series against the Phillies (62-73). Fourth place is at stake as Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77 ERA) opposes fellow right-hander A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30 ERA) at 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia has occupied last place since June 28.

Not only would a Mets win keep the Phillies in the basement, it would give the Mets 13 wins against Philadelphia in 2014 -- matching their most ever in a season series between the clubs.

Meanwhile, Sunday also marks the deadline for players to be traded and be eligible for the acquiring team’s postseason roster.

Sunday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings and Curtis Granderson left the bases loaded in the seventh with a strikeout against Antonio Bastardo as the Phillies beat the Mets, 7-2, on Saturday. Dilson Herrera produced his first major league hit with a seventh-inning single against Phillies starter Jerome Williams.

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

R.A. Dickey, who never saw a microphone he didn’t love, told David Lennon in Newsday that the Mets should not be trying to muzzle Matt Harvey.

"I enjoyed telling the truth in conversations," Dickey told Lennon. "I didn't feel like I ever threw anybody under the bus, but I also didn't want to give the ‘SportsCenter’ answers because that's not what I was really believing. And Harvey's a lot like that. We may be similar in that. I remember how he was upset that nobody retaliated for David [Wright], and that's valid. I feel like he shouldn't be chastised for speaking his mind unless he's throwing people under the bus. That's a different thing."

• Tim Rohan in the Times writes about the bond between Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola and prospect Noah Syndergaard.

• Wally Backman expressed appreciation for being named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.

“It’s an honor to get chosen by your colleagues. I’m thankful I got picked by my peers,” Backman told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “There’s no question Triple-A is the toughest level to manage at because of the player movement. That’s what makes it tough. There are so many different guys going back and forth.

“To win as many games as we have each year with as much movement as we’ve had, I’ve got to give the organization credit for giving us players to replace the ones who’ve gone to the majors.”

Columnist John Harper in the Daily News advocates Backman serving as Terry Collins’ bench coach next season. Writes Harper:

In that position he shouldn’t be regarded as a threat to Collins, especially given [Sandy] Alderson’s apparent lack of regard for Backman as a managerial candidate. And after all, if Collins is indeed the manager next season, he will be on a very short leash.

That is, if he doesn’t win he’ll be out, and perhaps quickly, regardless of who is perceived as a manager-in-waiting by the media or fans.

Read more on Backman in Newsday.

• Alderson told Anthony Rieber in Newsday that there is no hard-and-fast “330 rule,” even though Collins recently cited it. Collins had said the organization does not want a pitcher throwing more than 330 pitches in a three-start stretch.

"I think there's a rule of thumb," Alderson told Rieber. "I think if you go back and look at the numbers for some of our starters, it's not followed uniformly. So I'd say no, there's not a rule."

Ruben Tejada tells columnist George Willis in the Post he does not know what the future holds. “I know this is a business,” Tejada said. “Right now, I’m working for this team. But you never know whether you’re going to stay here or go to another team.”

• Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News writes about Wright:

The Mets can only hope their 31-year-old captain’s power outage is the product of a bum shoulder since he is owed $107 million through 2020. Still, .264 with eight home runs is a horrific decline and intolerable for a No. 3 hitter. For all their pitching depth, the coming-into-their-own of Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares and Travis d'Arnaud, and the great promise of Dilson Herrera and Kevin Plawecki, the Mets cannot expect to be any less offensively challenged and inconsistent next year than they’ve been this year if Wright is not the 20-homer, 100-RBI No. 3 hitter [of] most of his first nine years with them.

• Rieber in Newsday cites the bullpen as a positive for the 2014 Mets.

• Jay Schreiber in the Times offers his take on the Mets’ 90-win mantra.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear seeks Citi Field solace in overpriced beer.

BIRTHDAYS: Ramon Ramirez turns 33. ... Claudell Washington was born on this date in 1954. ... Kingsport infielder Pedro Perez turns 20.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets hold off the Phillies for fourth place in the division?

Rapid Reaction: Phillies 7, Mets 2

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
NEW YORK -- The 90-win dream is dead.

Bartolo Colon surrendered six runs in 5 1/3 innings, and the Mets suffered a 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday at Citi Field in the 1,500th major league game managed by Terry Collins.

The Mets dropped to 63-73, which makes it mathematically impossible to reach the win total Sandy Alderson ambitiously articulated to team personnel during an internal spring training meeting.

The last-place Phillies (62-73) returned to within a half-game of the Mets, which sets up a battle for fourth place in Sunday’s final 2014 meeting between the clubs.

Colon had limited the Phillies to one hit until ex-Met Marlon Byrd, on his 37th birthday, opened the fifth with a homer that broke a scoreless tie. Byrd notched his career-high 25th homer and surpassed last year’s previous high, which he produced while with the Mets (21) and Pittsburgh Pirates (three).

An inning later, Philadelphia took a 6-0 lead. Colon surrendered singles to six of the first seven batters -- including a two-run single to Ryan Howard -- and departed. Buddy Carlyle entered and immediately surrendered an RBI single to Cody Asche for the sixth and final run charged to Colon.

The Mets, who had been limited to one hit through six innings, finally mounted a threat in the seventh. Wilmer Flores delivered an RBI single, and Juan Lagares walked with the bases loaded to force in a run. However, left-hander Antonio Bastardo entered and struck out Curtis Granderson to leave the bases loaded and preserve a 6-2 lead.

It’s a hit! Dilson Herrera notched his first major league hit with a seventh-inning single that loaded the bases with one out and chased Phillies starter Jerome Williams. Herrera finished 1-for-3 with a walk in his second major league game.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77 ERA) opposes A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. in the final meeting between the clubs this season. The Mets, who are 12-6 against Philadelphia in 2014, can match their most wins ever against the Phillies in a single season. The Amazin’s went 13-5 against Philadelphia in 1970, ’71, ’72 and ’87.

Saturday's Mets-Phillies lineups

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30
NEW YORK -- Here are the lineups for Saturday's 7:10 p.m. game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

Juan Lagares, cf
Curtis Granderson, rf
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Matt den Dekker, lf
Dilson Herrera, 2b
Wilmer Flores, ss
Bartolo Colon, rhp

Ben Revere, cf
Jimmy Rollins, ss
Chase Utley, 2b
Ryan Howard, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Domonic Brown, lf
Carlos Ruiz, c
Cody Asche, 3b
Jerome Williams, rhp

Morning Briefing: LOL Phils

August, 30, 2014
Aug 30

FIRST PITCH: The Mets certainly have the number of their rivals from the City of Brotherly Love. The Amazin’s are 12-5 against the Philadelphia Phillies this season -- their most wins in a season series against Philadelphia since 1989.

With a win with Bartolo Colon on the mound Saturday at 7:10 p.m. opposite right-hander Jerome Williams, the Mets can match their most wins ever in a single season against Philadelphia. The Mets won 13 games in the season series in 1970, ’71 and ’72 and ’87.

Meanwhile, the Mets (63-72) must run the table to win 90 games -- not that it was a goal articulated by Sandy Alderson or anything.

Saturday’s news reports:

• Left fielder Grady Sizemore's two-out drop of a routine fly ball with the bases loaded led to three unearned runs in the seventh as the Mets beat the Phillies, 4-1, in Friday’s series opener at Citi Field. The Mets produced three runs in the seventh without a hit -- their first time posting that many runs in a hitless inning since 1999. Jacob deGrom allowed one unearned run in seven innings to rekindle his NL Rookie of the Year chances. Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3 and had a fielding error in his major league debut. Jenrry Mejia became the second-youngest closer in franchise history to reach 20 saves. Eric Campbell swiped home on a double-steal.

The Mets won for the sixth time this season while producing four hits or fewer. That is one shy of matching the franchise record set in 1972, according to statistician Eric Hornick. The Amazin’s opened a 1-game lead on Philadelphia for fourth place.

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

• In a pregame interview, Herrera said he was “in complete shock” upon learning of the promotion late Thursday. He replaced Daniel Murphy, who may miss most of the remainder of the season with a strained right calf. The Mets only view Herrera as a second baseman and do not intend to expose him to shortstop in the majors. Read more on Herrera in the Post, Journal, Star-Ledger and at

• Las Vegas manager Wally Backman was named Pacific Coast League manager of the year. The 51s are headed to the postseason for the second straight year. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Alderson told the Post’s Mike Puma that moving Travis d'Arnaud to left field has not been discussed. Asked if it was possible in the future, Alderson added: “No, not really.” (Twitter link)

• Read more on Alderson’s 90-wins spin in the Daily News.

• Columnist Michael Powell in the Times discusses the lament of being a Mets fan entering September. Writes Powell:

There is a metronomic regularity to this annual Mets ruination. The team shows glimmers of hope in the spring, goes on a nice little run in June or July, and elicits hopeful nouns, verbs and adjectives from the news media.

At which point, the Mets collapse, totally, thoroughly and profoundly. The joint goes somnolent. Scalpers despair -- how do you maintain line discipline when there are more sellers than fans stepping off the 7 train? And tickets get really cheap, like this official Mets “deGrom package” (named after one of the Mets’ better young pitchers, Jacob deGrom), which arrived in my email Thursday: four field-level seats for $48.

Gonzalez Germen surrendered five runs in the eighth as Las Vegas lost to Albuquerque, 9-6. Steven Matz matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, but Richmond topped Herrera-less Binghamton, 2-1. Seth Lugo allowed one run in seven innings and struck out a season-high 10 to lead St. Lucie past Palm Beach, 3-1. Colton Plaia and Jorge Rivero homered as Savannah held off Rome, 6-5. Kingsport completed its season with a 5-2 win against Elizabethton. Read the full minor-league recap here.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear examines just how youthful the Mets have become.

BIRTHDAYS: The late Tug McGraw was born on this date in 1944. ... Former reliever Jon Adkins turns 37.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who is more deserving of NL Rookie of the Year -- Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia or Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton?

Campbell swipes home to cap scoring

August, 29, 2014
Aug 29
NEW YORK -- For the first time in more than three years, the Mets swiped home Friday.

Eric Campbell did the honors after Carlos Ruiz threw through to second base on a double-steal in the seventh inning. Jimmy Rollins cut the ball off as Juan Lagares slid into second. The return throw to the plate wasn’t in time. The run capped the scoring in the Mets’ 4-1 win against Philadelphia.

“We just thought we’d take a shot at it and it paid off for us,” Terry Collins said. “He had a pretty good lead in that situation. To be honest, Juan went too far. He can’t get tagged out there. But it worked. That extra run, we needed it badly.”

Said Campbell: “It’s really a timing thing. I started running home right when [Ruiz's] arm was in motion. And once I saw that he released it, that’s when I broke hard.”

The last steal of home by the Mets came from Jason Pridie on May 15, 2011 at Houston.

Campbell said the primary thing going through his mind was “really just trying to pick out a spot to slide -- whether you’re going to ‘truck’ the catcher if he’s blocking the plate or trying to sneak your hand in there.”

Added Campbell: “I did the latter.”

Sizemore: No excuses for decisive drop

August, 29, 2014
Aug 29
NEW YORK -- Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Grady Sizemore offered no excuses for dropping a bases-loaded fly ball off the bat of Juan Lagares with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, which led to three unearned runs in what became a 4-1 loss to the Mets on Friday at Citi Field.

“I just missed it,” Sizemore said. “There's nothing to it other than just a routine pop-up and I couldn't come up with it.”

Sizemore said he saw the baseball the entire way. Two runs scored on the play as the Mets took a 3-1 lead. Eric Campbell then swiped home on a double-steal for a third unearned run in the inning.

It marked the first time since July 25, 1999 against the Cubs that the Mets scored three or more runs in an inning without producing a hit.

“Routine play,” Sizemore reiterated. “Like I said, had it the whole way, saw it fine, was under it. Just missed it. ... It doesn't get much worse than that. The guys played hard and I just happened to be a guy that let the team down, you know? That's all there really is to it.”

Terry Collins called Sizemore a solid outfielder, but added: “We were pretty pumped up in the dugout. There’s no question, because we haven’t been scoring. You take every gift you can get right now.”

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Phillies 1

August, 29, 2014
Aug 29
NEW YORK -- Who’s the team to beat now?

Phillies left fielder Grady Sizemore dropped the would-be final out of the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded, leading to three unearned runs as the Mets beat Philadelphia, 4-1, in Friday’s series opener at Citi Field.

The Mets held onto fourth place and kept their 90-win goal -- uhhh, “reminder” -- mathematically alive. Jacob deGrom (7-6) earned a win thanks to Sizemore’s miscue.

Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3 and also committed a fielding error in the ninth inning in his major league debut.

Philadelphia (61-73) would have overtaken the Mets (63-72) for fourth place with a win.

Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom was credited with the win once Philadelphia melted down in the seventh on Grady Sizemore's drop in left field.

Instead, after Justin De Fratus entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the score tied at 1, the Phillies imploded.

Juan Lagares hit a routine fly ball to left field that Sizemore simply dropped. Two runs scored on the play. With runners on the corners, the Mets then pulled off a double-steal. Eric Campbell was credited with the first steal of home by a Met since Jason Pridie at Houston on May 15, 2011.

The Mets scored three runs in the inning without producing a hit.

The Amazin's improved to 12-5 against the Phillies this season. That's their most wins in a season series versus Philadelphia since going 12-6 in 1989.

Debutant: Herrera became the youngest active player in the majors at 20 years, 179 days when he debuted Friday.

Facing Phillies right-hander David Buchanan, Herrera swung at the first major league pitch he saw and grounded into an inning-ending double play in the second. He then struck out to lead off the fifth. Batting against left-handed reliever Jake Diekman with one out and a runner on first in the seventh with the score tied at 1, Herrera lined out to second base.

deLightful: A day after receiving his NL Rookie of the Month Award for July in a pregame ceremony, deGrom limited the Phillies to an unearned run in the seventh inning. He earned the win thanks to Philadelphia’s collapse in the bottom of the frame.

DeGrom retired the first seven Phillies batters, until walking Cody Asche in the third. DeGrom also walked Marlon Byrd to lead off the fifth. He then surrendered his first hit when Sizemore followed with a single that advanced Byrd to second. However, deGrom preserved a 1-0 lead by striking out Carlos Ruiz and Asche and coaxing a fielder’s choice from Buchanan.

With that score still intact in the seventh, Byrd had a leadoff single. Sizemore then sent a grounder to first base. Lucas Duda opted to attempt the out at second. His throw to Wilmer Flores was high and Byrd slid in safely ahead of Flores landing on the bag after a leaping catch. With one out, Asche delivered a game-tying RBI single.

DeGrom departed after the half-inning with his pitch count at 103. His line: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. He shaved his ERA to 2.94.

Travis d'Arnaud had staked the Mets to a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single in the fourth.

What’s next: Bartolo Colon has returned from the Dominican Republic, where he attended his mother’s funeral Thursday. Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA) opposes right-hander Jerome Williams (2-5, 6.71) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. The Mets have offered no indication Colon will be traded before Sunday’s deadline that would make him eligible for another team’s postseason roster.

Saturday is Curtis Granderson bobblehead day. Granderson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the series opener, dropping his average to .152 (16-for-105) with two extra-base hits in August.

Friday's Mets-Phillies lineups

August, 29, 2014
Aug 29
NEW YORK -- Here are the lineups for Friday's 7:10 p.m. series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.

Dilson Herrera, wearing No. 2, makes his major league debut.

Juan Lagares, cf
Curtis Granderson, rf
David Wright, 3b
Lucas Duda, 1b
Travis d'Arnaud, c
Matt den Dekker, lf
Herrera, 2b
Wilmer Flores, ss
Jacob deGrom, rhp

Ben Revere, cf
Jimmy Rollins, ss
Chase Utley, 2b
Ryan Howard, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Grady Sizemore, lf
Carlos Ruiz, c
Cody Asche, 3b
David Buchanan, rhp

Morning Briefing: Cellar at stake

August, 29, 2014
Aug 29

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

• 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.

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• 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?

Series preview: Mets vs. Phillies

August, 28, 2014
Aug 28

Associated PressThe Mets face David Buchanan, Jerome Williams and A.J. Burnett at Citi Field this weekend.
METS (62-72, fourth place/NL East) vs. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (61-72, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Jacob deGrom (6-6, 3.13) vs. RHP David Buchanan (6-7, 4.21), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82) vs. RHP Jerome Williams (2-5, 6.71), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Dillon Gee (5-6, 3.77) vs. RHP A.J. Burnett (7-14, 4.30), 1:10 p.m. ET

Phillies short hops

• Manager Ryne Sandberg reportedly has been having difficulty with veteran players treating him disrespectfully. The latest incident occurred Monday, when Cole Hamels began walking off and did a “handoff” of the baseball to Sandberg before the manager reached the mound to remove the southpaw, according to’s Jim Salisbury. Kyle Kendrick reportedly pulled the same antics a couple of weeks earlier and subsequently apologized.

• The Phillies arrive at Citi Field coming off a three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals that capped a 7-2 homestand.

• Right-hander Jerome Williams was claimed off waivers by the Phillies from the Texas Rangers on Aug. 10. Williams, 32, is 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts since the change of scenery. He began the season with the Houston Astros and was released on July 8.

A.J. Burnett was 0-6 with a 7.41 ERA in his first seven starts after the All-Star break. He then limited the Nats to one run on three hits while striking out 12 in seven innings Monday.

Ben Revere's .310 batting average ranks second in the National League. With his next steal, Revere will become the 12th different player in Phillies history with a 40-steal season. The last was Jimmy Rollins in 2008.

• Ex-Met Marlon Byrd's 24 homers rank fifth in the league.

Ryan Howard's 81 RBIs rank fourth.

• Closer Jonathan Papelbon has 33 saves in 36 chances. Papelbon notched his 100th save as a Phillie on Tuesday. He had 219 with the Boston Red Sox. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first closer in major league history to produce 200 saves with one team and 100 saves with a team in the other league.

• Phillies president David Montgomery, 68, has taken a leave of absence from the ballclub as he attempts to recover from jaw cancer surgery. Former GM Pat Gillick will fill in during Montgomery’s absence.

• The Phillies and Dodgers completed the trade on Thursday that sent Roberto Hernandez to L.A. Philadelphia obtained right-hander Victor Arano, who was pitching for Class A Great Lakes.

• Infielder Freddy Galvis was recalled Saturday from Triple-A, where he had been optioned on May 9. He is hitting .085 (4-for-47) at the major league level this season … and that’s with a two-hit game Tuesday.

Say cheesesteak: Mets tie historic success

August, 11, 2014
Aug 11
PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets apparently love their cheesesteaks!

With Monday’s 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets completed the Philly portion of their 2014 schedule with an 8-2 record at Citizens Bank Park.

Tom Briglia/Getty ImagesPlaying in Philly was like Christmas for the Mets this season.

That matches the franchise’s most wins in a season in The City of Brotherly Love. The Amazin’s went 8-1 at Veterans Stadium in 1972. Tom Seaver earned two of those victories.

Niesely done: Jonathon Niese labeled himself fortunate for limiting the Phillies to a two-run homer by Darin Ruf and no other damage in seven innings. Niese had lost his past four starts.

“I felt good in the beginning, but I just kind of fatigued there early and just wasn’t able to pound the zone like I normally could," Niese said. "But I was able to battle through and make a pitch when I needed to. It’s kind of weird this year how it is going. I’m winning with my bad stuff and losing with my good stuff. I don’t know.”

Deep thoughts: Anthony Recker said he was not looking for a slider when he crushed a three-run homer in the seventh inning against Justin De Fratus and gave the Mets a 5-2 lead.

“Not at all,” said Recker, who snapped an 0-for-19 skid. “I was kind of looking for it early in the at-bat. But once he got to 3-2, I was just battling. I was just trying to see something and hit it. That one just happened to be up in the zone, and I was able to put a good part of the bat on it.”

As for the game-tying RBI double by Matt den Dekker that chased David Buchanan earlier in the four-run frame, den Dekker said: “I didn’t want to chase a changeup. He was throwing changeups down all day. I tried to see that pitch. And then he got ahead, and he left one over the middle of the plate late. I just tried to put a barrel on it.”

Not a pattern: Terry Collins said he only double-switched No. 7 hitter Wilmer Flores out of the game for the final two innings because Flores had made the final out of the top of the eighth, and the manager thought he might need to use Jeurys Familia for multiple innings.

Familia ended up recording a four-out save and avoided having to bat as a result.

Collins said he has no intention of regularly inserting Ruben Tejada for Flores for defense late in games.

Discount: The Mets are offering a 30 percent discount on select seats for this week’s homestand against the Nationals and Cubs -- because Mets pitchers struck out 30 batters in the series against the Phillies.



Daniel Murphy
.289 9 57 79
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187