New York Mets: Steve Cishek

Morning Briefing: 2 days until deadline

July, 29, 2014
Jul 29
FIRST PITCH: On a roll, the Mets turn to Dillon Gee on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. to face the Philadelphia Phillies.

Gee (4-3, 3.49 ERA) has allowed 10 runs in 10 innings in two starts since the All-Star break. He opposes left-hander Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72).

Tuesday’s news reports:

• Sandy Alderson said the Mets consummating a deal before Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline is “unlikely.” The GM went on to suggest that trading Bartolo Colon might be more sensible during the offseason, when teams may view the $11 million owed to Colon in 2015 a bargain relative to the price of a comparably talented free-agent pitcher.

Whether for Colon, Phillies starter A.J. Burnett or otherwise, scouts from the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers were among those in attendance at Citi Field on Monday.

Writes columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post on the trade topic:

Let’s make this perfectly clear. Don’t trade any of the young pitchers, Mets. There is too much to lose. Dealing Bartolo Colon, however, for an offensive piece is a must.

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• Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports reports the Mets would be willing to trade Noah Syndergaard in a deal for Troy Tulowitzki. Writes Passan:

Icon SMIThere are conflicting reports about what the Mets would be willing to surrender in a deal for Troy Tulowitzki.

The St. Louis Cardinals expressed significant interest in him last offseason. They continue to reach out to the Rockies, as have the New York Mets, who are prepared to offer top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in a deal for the 29-year-old. And the response is: Not yet. We’re not ready to deal him. We want to hear it from him.

Which is to say: We want him to be the bad guy, not us. It’s a ludicrous way to run a business, of course, and it highlights how little confidence the Rockies have in themselves to make the sort of a deal that reinvigorates and reenergizes a ballclub in desperate need of both.

Columnist David Lennon in Newsday has a different understanding, at least with respect to Syndergaard. Writes Lennon:

Tulowitzki is everything the Mets need -- a power bat for the middle of the lineup and a Gold-Glove caliber shortstop. What could be more perfect? But there also is a reluctance to plow headfirst into such a trade, a feeling that after stockpiling so much pitching talent, it's not a deal that has to get done tomorrow.

That's why the Mets -- for now -- are holding back on including Noah Syndergaard in any package, for Tulo or otherwise, according to a source. Syndergaard is the name at the top of every team's wish list, and as long as the Mets won't budge on that demand, it's going to take longer to work around such an obstacle for a player like Tulowitzki -- if a compromise can be struck at all.

Brian D. Kersey/Getty ImagesJacob deGrom is co-NL Player of the Week.

Jacob deGrom shared the NL Player of the Week Award with Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek. Given deGrom and the Mets’ overall success of late, Alderson indicated there are no immediate plans to dislodge deGrom from the rotation, even though an 185-inning cap is creeping closer. Read more in the Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• Colon took a scoreless effort into the eighth inning and Juan Lagares snapped an 0-for-17 drought with an opposite-field two-run double to cap a four-run first inning as the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-1, Monday at Citi Field. Travis d'Arnaud had a three-run homer and doubled twice as the Mets exceeded three runs for the first time in 10 games. With 56 games remaining, the Mets (51-55) trail the first-place Washington Nationals by 7 games. The Amazin’s are six games back of the second wild-card position, which is shared by the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.

In what was his final start before the non-waiver trade deadline, Colon notched career win No. 199. On Sunday with the Mets -- or elsewhere, in the less-likely scenario he is traded -- Colon will try to join Juan Marichal (243) and Pedro Martinez (219) are the only Dominican-born pitchers to reach the 200-win plateau. Martinez notched No. 200 as a Met back in 2006.

Colon became only the second major league pitcher in the last five years to reach 10 wins in a season at age 41 order older, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Andy Pettitte won his 10th game last season when he was eight days older than Colon’s age Monday.

“I’m happy here,” Colon said through an interpreter regarding the trade deadline. “I would like to stay here, but it’s really not up to me.”

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• Read more on d’Arnaud in the Star-Ledger.

Dana Eveland took a line drive to the left elbow and was forced to depart in the ninth inning. X-rays were negative.

Daisuke Matsuzaka's elbow injury, which landed him on the DL on Friday, is not severe. Matsuzaka should resume tossing a baseball within days, Terry Collins said.

• Alderson said he has “absolutely no recollection whatsoever” of a conversation with Tony La Russa during their Oakland days in which La Russa allegedly conveyed concerns about players using steroids. Read more in the Daily News, Newsday and Star-Ledger.

• Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his return from vertigo and John Lannan tossed six scoreless innings in his season debut in Triple-A as Las Vegas beat Salt Lake, 5-3. Albert Cordero’s single in the 12th plated Gavin Cecchini as St. Lucie beat Dunedin, 7-6. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Tim Rohan in the Times profiles the introverted Lucas Duda.

• Mets bench coach Ricky Bones will serve as the pitching coach for Margarita in Venezuela during the winter season, a source told Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez will serve as the bench coach for Dave Hudgens with Caracas.

• Will Sammon in Newsday catches up with Marlon Byrd, who could be traded by the Phillies in the next two days.

• Displeased with his ejection Sunday, Vegas pitching coach Frank Viola tweeted:

Amazing, my contemporaries are going into the Hall, and I'm getting tossed by kids who don't know a thing about the game. #gamegoingtohell

He then added in another tweet:

Tossed out of my 2nd AAAgame in a month! Can'topen mouth, otherwise I'm gone!;Still haven't said anything wrong, but been tossed twice!;BS!!

BIRTHDAYS: Felix Mantilla, who played 141 games for the original '62 Mets, was born on this date in 1934.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you believe Sandy Alderson that the Mets likely will make no deals by Thursday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline?

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

July, 11, 2014
Jul 11

Getty ImagesBefore heading into the All-Star break, the Mets are due to face the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez, Tom Koehler and Brad Hand.
METS (42-50, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (44-47, third place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-8, 4.07) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (6-3, 2.27), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-3, 3.32) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (6-7, 3.98), 4:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-5, 3.38) vs. LHP Brad Hand (0-1, 5.09), 1:10 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

• Outfielder Marcell Ozuna has hit safely in 15 straight games, during which he has produced a .368 average (21-for-57) with three homers and eight RBIs. The hitting streak is one shy of matching his career high, produced last season. Ozuna’s two-run homer against Addison Reed in the ninth inning on Tuesday gave Miami a 2-1 win at Arizona.

Of course, Ozuna had two outfield assists in the final two innings on June 20, during the last series against the Mets, in order to preserve a Miami win. He became the third player in Marlins history with two outfield assists at the plate in the same game, joining Joe Orsulak and Emilio Bonifacio. Like Orsulak, both of Ozuna’s throws did not require a relay.

The 23-year-old Ozuna has 15 homers and 51 RBIs in 326 at-bats this season.

• Closer Steve Cishek blew only his third save in 23 chances Wednesday at Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th, capped by Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run double, in a 4-3 walk-off win. It marked the first time in Cishek’s career that he failed to record at least one out in a save situation.

Associated Press, Getty ImagesChristian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton form a standout young triumvirate for the Marlins in the outfield.

Giancarlo Stanton went hitless in 11 at-bats in the D-backs series and is 3-for-24 on the Marlins’ current road trip. Stanton is the lone Marlins All-Star selection, despite strong candidacies from right-hander Henderson Alvarez and third baseman Casey McGehee. Stanton finished fourth in fan balloting in the outfield at 3,753,961 votes. He missed a chance to start by finishing 305,785 votes behind No. 3 Yasiel Puig.

Despite his recent slump, Stanton still leads the National League with 21 homers and 63 RBIs. His 4.9 WAR is second in the NL, trailing only Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (5.7).

• Alvarez produced three hits Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is a career .269 hitter, with one homer and seven RBIs in 67 at-bats. On the mound, Alvarez is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA since May 22. He has allowed only one home run during that nine-start span -- a solo shot by Kolten Wong on Sunday.

The Marlins have won Alvarez’s last 10 starts, a franchise record. The previous record? The Marlins won nine straight starts by Chris Hammond back in 1993, their inaugural season, when they finished 64-98 overall.

Alvarez’s 2.27 ERA ranks fourth in the league, trailing only St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright (1.79), Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (2.03) and L.A.’s Josh Beckett (2.26).

• McGehee’s 112 hits are tied for the NL lead with the Mets’ Daniel Murphy and Giants’ Hunter Pence. The lone player in Marlins history to lead the league in hits at the All-Star break was Luis Castillo in 2002. McGehee and Stanton are the first Marlins teammates with 100 hits apiece before the All-Star break since Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu in 2008.

After spending last year in Japan, the 31-year-old McGehee is hitting .320 with one homer and 53 RBIs in 350 at-bats this season. His 52 RBIs as a third baseman already are the most by a Marlin at that position since Cantu finished ’08 with 70.

• Left-hander Brad Hand has made two starts since getting activated from the disabled list and entering the rotation July 3. He is winless in his past 14 appearances as a starter, the third-longest active streak in the majors, despite allowing only one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings on Tuesday at Arizona. His last win as a starter came July 7, 2011 against the Houston Astros.

Hand, who mostly has been ineffective while serving in long relief this season, had landed on the DL with a right ankle sprain.

• Two days after Hand returned from the DL, rookie Andrew Heaney was demoted to Triple-A New Orleans. Heaney had limited the Mets to one run in six innings in his major league debut on June 19, but had allowed 14 earned runs in 14 2/3 innings over his next three starts.

• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (right triceps strain) returned from the disabled list on Sunday.

• Left fielder Christian Yelich is batting .356 (16-for-45) with one homer and five RBIs in 10 games since returning from the disabled list, where he had landed with a lower-back strain.

• After getting reinjured during the last Mets series, Rafael Furcal landed on the DL on June 22 with a left hamstring strain. Derek Dietrich initially took over at second base, but he landed on the DL on July 4 with a right wrist strain. Donovan Solano and Ed Lucas since have started at the position.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

May, 5, 2014
May 5

Getty Images/Associated PressThe Met face Nate Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and Tom Koehler during a three-game series at Marlins Park.
METS (16-14, third place/NL East) at MIAMI MARLINS (16-15, fourth place/NL East)

Monday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.20) vs. RHP Nate Eovaldi (2-1, 2.58), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-4, 5.65) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.28), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 5.13) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (3-2, 2.41), 12:40 p.m. ET

Marlins short hops

Giancarlo Stanton went deep twice Sunday, giving him National League leads with 10 homers and 36 RBIs. Stanton’s 31 RBIs in March/April set the franchise record, passing Moises Alou (30, in April 1997).

Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesGiancarlo Stanton leads the NL in homers and RBIs.

• The Marlins improved to an MLB-best 14-5 at home after winning a series from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Miami has won six of seven home series, with the lone loss coming to the Washington Nationals (April 14-16).

Miami has 21 homers in 19 home games. They had 36 long balls during the entire 2013 season at Marlins Park. Miami is an MLB-worst 2-10 on the road.

The Braves suspected the Marlins were somehow cheating during a recent series, but could not prove it. Wrote Carroll Rogers in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

[Braves manager Fredi] Gonzalez said he changed signs five times during the course of [Aaron] Harang’s outing and went to multiple signs even with no runners on base. The hits kept coming regardless.

Gonzalez said he wondered if [catcher Evan] Gattis was giving away signs, but then figured that wouldn’t account for the disparity in the Marlins home/road splits in general. Entering play Thursday, the Marlins were hitting .307 while scoring 6.3 runs per game at Marlins Park. They were hitting .215 with 2.7 runs per game on the road.

“Yeah, you have this conspiracy theory, but at the end, we came up with nothing,” Gonzalez said. “It wasn’t like we saw a guy with the (binoculars), like Mick Billmeyer (former Phillies bullpen coach) in Colorado. At the end of the day, they didn’t miss the pitches. They were right there.”

Rafael Furcal, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Dec. 5 after missing all of last season, remains on the disabled list with the Marlins. The 36-year-old Furcal departed a rehab game Friday with Double-A Jacksonville with a groin issue. He originally landed on the DL to open the season with a left hamstring strain. Adeiny Hechavarria has started every game at shortstop for Miami this season.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler, who struggled against the Mets at Citi Field (4 ER in 5 IP), tossed seven scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Friday, allowing only three hits.

• Closer Steve Cishek suffered a blown save at Citi Field on April 25, which snapped his streak of successful save conversions at 33, a Marlins franchise record.

• Center fielder Marcell Ozuna is hitting .395 (17-for-43) in 10 career games against the Mets.

• Third baseman Casey McGehee has 20 RBIs this season, the most in the majors without a home run.

Nate Eovaldi’s fastball has averaged 96.0 mph this season. Only Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura (96.7 mph) has averaged more.

Greg Dobbs was designated for assignment last Tuesday, clearing a spot for Ed Lucas, who returned from the disabled list. Dobbs had been 1-for-13 as a lefty pinch hitter. He had signed a $1.7 million extension for 2014.

• Right-hander Jacob Turner returned from the disabled list Saturday and entered the rotation, pushing Kevin Slowey to the bullpen.

• Former Mets farmhand Alonzo Harris, who signed with the Marlins at the end of spring training after being released by the Mets, again has been released. Harris hit .094 (3-for-32) at Class A Jupiter.

Rapid Reaction: Marlins 7, Mets 6 (10)

April, 26, 2014
Apr 26
NEW YORK -- Terry Collins went to his primary closer in the 10th inning with the score tied. Leadoff batter Jarrod Saltalamacchia then greeted Kyle Farnsworth with an opposite-field home run on a 2-2 fastball.

After Steve Cishek rebounded from Friday's blown save that snapped a streak of 33 straight saves, the Miami Marlins had defeated the New York Mets 7-6 on Saturday night at Citi Field.

The Mets (13-11) had been bidding to move to four games over .500 for the first time since July 14, 2012.

Oh, Jenrry: Jenrry Mejia breezed into the sixth inning with a 5-1 lead when things rapidly unraveled. Giancarlo Stanton belted a two-run homer and Adeiny Hechavarria produced an RBI single as the Marlins pulled within a run.

With two baserunners and two outs, Collins inserted heavily used Carlos Torres to face pinch hitter Reed Johnson. Johnson dropped a two-run double into the right-field corner as Miami capped a five-run inning and took a 6-5 lead.

Those marked the first inherited runners Torres had allowed to score this season, after stranding five straight.

Mejia’s final line: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

Mejia, whose scoreless-inning streak was snapped at 14 2/3 in the second inning, had his ERA swell by a full run and a half, from 1.99 to 3.49.

New York extended its lead to 5-1 in the third inning on Lucas Duda's two-out, two-run single against Marlins starter Kevin Slowey.

The Mets took Mejia off the hook and evened the score at 6 in the bottom of the sixth with an unearned run thanks to a passed ball by Saltalamacchia and a throwing error by Hechavarria at shortstop.

Deep thoughts: Bobby Abreu, in the starting lineup for the second time in three days because Chris Young felt ill, belted a two-run homer in the first inning to stake the Mets to a 3-0 lead.

Abreu's last major league homer came on Sept. 28, 2012, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, against Colorado's Will Harris.

Young entered on a double-switch in the eighth inning.

Yer out: Daniel Murphy was ejected in the bottom of the 10th by plate umpire Seth Buckminster for arguing a called third strike. It was Murphy's second ejection of the season. It left the Mets without enough infielders should the game have gone any further than the 10th inning.

Q for shortstop: Omar Quintanilla made a pair of stellar plays at short. He dived to his left to snare a sharp line drive off the bat of Stanton in the third. Two innings later, Quintanilla fielded Hechavarria’s up-the-middle grounder, spun and fired to first base in time.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.58 ERA) opposes right-hander Tom Koehler (2-1, 2.13), a Stony Brook University product, in Sunday’s 1:10 p.m. series finale.

Morning Briefing: Mets irked by paper?

April, 26, 2014
Apr 26

FIRST PITCH: The Mets will aim to move four games over .500 on Saturday night for the first time since July 14, 2012.

Jenrry Mejia will take a career-high 13 2/3-inning scoreless streak into the 7:10 p.m. start at Citi Field. Mejia (3-0, 1.99 ERA) opposes right-hander Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.15).

Saturday’s news reports:

Curtis Granderson’s walk-off RBI single completed a ninth-inning rally against Miami closer Steve Cishek as the Mets beat the Marlins, 4-3, Friday night. The Mets snapped two Marlins streaks that had been the longest active in the majors: Cishek had converted 33 straight save opportunities. Christian Yelich had a 17-game hitting streak end.

Yelich stumbled in left field and never made a throw to the plate attempting to catch Lucas Duda as the tying run in the ninth.

“It would have been a tough play,” Yelich told the Miami Herald. “I had to go a decent way for that ball. Then you’ve got to stop and then you’ve got to throw. And it’s a tough angle to throw because I’m right on the line. But it’s probably where I would have gone with the ball had I kept my feet.”

The Mets needed to rally because Gonzalez Germen allowed consecutive eighth-inning homers to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones with two outs. Zack Wheeler allowed one run in six innings, although his pattern of running into trouble in the fifth inning continued. Jeurys Familia, who had been unused for a week, earned his first major-league win with a scoreless top of the ninth.

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

Slaven Vlasic/Getty ImagesMookie Wilson's memoir has created somewhat of a stir in Mets land.

• Paul DePodesta vehemently denied a report that he disparaged the ’86 Mets in his initial staff meeting after taking over the organization with Sandy Alderson. The report came after Mookie Wilson’s memoirs became public. Wilson critically wrote that the organization treats him like a “hood ornament” and does not have much use for the ’86 Mets.

Still, he told Jim Baumbach in Newsday: “It’s true that I was unhappy, but the word ‘was’ -- make sure that’s in there. It doesn’t bother me now. … You move past those things. You can only be mad for so long. Life goes on.”

Read more on the controversy in the Post and Daily News.

Read a Q&A with Mookie in the Times. On his path toward becoming a minister, he says: “I’m working on my ordination. I do all the programs at my church. I do the sermons on Sundays. Because I spend so much time roaming around the country, I don’t put in as much time as I should.”

• Kevin Burkhardt is leaving SNY at the end of this season to move to Los Angeles and work full time for Fox Sports.

• The Mets would not speak with the media postgame Friday until Post beat writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse, the Daily News reported. Wrote Kristie Ackert and Justin Tasch:

Apparently angry about an article in the New York Post on Friday about Bartolo Colon under the headline “LARDBALL,” the players would not talk to the media until Post writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse. Puma was asked to leave and did so without incident. Within a minute, several Mets appeared in the clubhouse. The team would not comment on the incident.

The first paragraph of that game story read:

If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs, including a solo homer to Jesus Montero, in six innings as Las Vegas beat Tacoma, 7-6. Aderlin Rodriguez had a grand slam in a 10-run eighth inning as St. Lucie beat Brandenton, 13-4. Savannah swept a doubleheader from Lakewood behind Robert Gsellman’s complete game in the opener and Stefan Sabol’s grand slam in Game 2. Mets affiliates are now an MLB-best 54-26 this season. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Jacob deGrom is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA through four starts with Vegas. “[One of] his strengths [is] command of the strike zone,” 51s pitching coach Tom Signore told John DeMarzo in the Post. “He’s very good when he’s ahead in the count, at making a pitch no matter what, especially his slider going from being a strike to ball. He gets a lot of swings on pitches that are out of the zone.”

• The All-Star ballot is out. With teams allowed to list three outfielders on the ballot, Granderson, Chris Young and Juan Lagares are included, but Eric Young Jr. is omitted. Read more at

BIRTHDAYS: Mets pitcher turned Houston Astros nemesis Mike Scott turns 59. ... Ex-reliever Scott Strickland is 38. ... Amos Otis was born on this date in 1947.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who should replace Kevin Burkhardt as SNY field reporter in 2014?

Grandish ninth inning lifts Mets

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25

Mike Stobe/Getty ImagesCurtis Granderson is mobbed by teammates after a walk-off RBI single.
NEW YORK -- For the second time on this homestand, Curtis Granderson ended up the center of a postgame celebration.

Not bad for a player bounced from the cleanup spot and hitting .141 with seven RBIs on the season.

Facing Steve Cishek, Granderson completed a ninth-inning rally with a walk-off RBI single past first baseman Garrett Jones as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 4-3, Friday night at Citi Field.

Cishek, a sidearm-thrower who pounds lefties with backdoor sliders with heavy sink, had entered the game having converted 33 straight save attempts -- the longest active streak in the majors.

Lefty batters had been 0-for-15 against Cishek this season entering Friday. Yet lefties Lucas Duda, Omar Quintanilla, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Granderson had ninth-inning hits against Cishek in the blown save.

Jeurys Familia earned his first major-league win thanks to the comeback.

Granderson was mobbed by teammates after the game-winning hit that plated Quintanilla, as had been the case Sunday when he delivered a walk-off sac fly in the 14th inning to beat the Atlanta Braves.

After the latest win, which lifted the Mets a season-high three games over .500, Granderson received the traditional whipped-cream pie to the face.

“I’ve heard that the shaving cream one hurts, so I’m glad that they didn’t do that,” said Granderson, who had been hitless in four at-bats Friday and 2-for-29 on the homestand before the ninth-inning dramatics.

With the Mets trailing 3-2, Duda led off the ninth with a bloop single to left. Travis d'Arnaud, the lone right-handed hitter who ended up batting, then bunted Duda to second base. Next, Bobby Abreu lined out to left field as a pinch hitter for Familia and the Mets were down to their final out.

“After Bobby’s at-bat, I think we were all pretty pissed that it didn’t get down,” Nieuwenhuis said.

Quintanilla, down to his final strike, then singled to left field to plate Duda with the tying run.

Duda planned to run home anyway, but left-fielder Christian Yelich stumbled and made no throw. It might have been interesting otherwise.

“I didn’t have that Spider(man) sense that goes off,” Duda said, about whether he would have been successful had Yelich cleanly fired the baseball. “But I knew I had to run.”

Said Quintanilla: “I’ll tell you what, it was a tough at-bat, especially against that pitcher. I went up there and battled and just tried to get something I could hit. He gave me a lot of backdoor sliders that were tough to lay off. A 3-2 count, I just went up there and put up a solid at-bat and I got it over the third baseman.”

Nieuwenhuis, pinch-hitting for Eric Young Jr., doubled to advance Quintanilla to third base. Granderson took care of the rest.

Explaining why Nieuwenhuis pinch-hit for EY Jr., Mets manager Terry Collins cited Nieuwenhuis’ two hits, including a double, in four previous career at-bats against Cishek.

“He’s real good, and not many guys hit him,” Collins said. “Kirk gets some hits off of him. He’s faced him.”

Said Nieuwenhuis: “Off of him, you’ve just got to see the ball up and try to shoot something the other way.”

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 3

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25
NEW YORK -- Forget 90 wins. After a walk-off win Friday, the New York Mets are on pace for 92.

After Gonzalez Germen squandered a lead by surrendering consecutive two-out home runs in the eighth inning, the Mets had some late dramatics of their own en route to a 4-3 win against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

The Mets (13-10) moved a season-high three games over .500, matching their high-water mark in 2013 (5-2 and 7-4).

Trailing 3-2 and facing Marlins closer Steve Cishek, who had converted 33 straight save attempts, the longest active streak in the majors, Lucas Duda led off the bottom of the ninth with a bloop single. Travis d'Arnaud bunted Duda to second. Pinch hitter Bobby Abreu lined out to left field for the second out, but Omar Quintanilla provided some magic.

Quintanilla singled to left field to plate Duda ... barely.

Duda might have been dead at home, but left-fielder Christian Yelich fell after fielding the ball and there was no attempt at the plate.

Pinch hitter Kirk Niewenhuis then doubled to advance Quintanilla to third. Curtis Granderson capped the wild victory by grounding a single past Garrett Jones at first base.

In the eighth, Germen began stepping toward the dugout, convinced he had a called third strike on Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the inning. Instead, plate umpire Andy Fletcher ruled the pitch a ball and the count went full.

Two pitches later, Saltalamacchia homered to even the score. The following batter, Jones, then went deep as well. And the Marlins took a 3-2 lead.

It was a shocking swing in momentum after Germen had retired the first five batters he faced, including striking out Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee to begin the eighth, with the Mets clinging to a one-run lead.

Mets manager Terry Collins had Scott Rice warming, but allowed Germen to face the switch-hitting Saltalamacchia and then the lefty-hitting Jones, given Germen's success in mowing down the first five batters. Saltalamacchia has far more power from the left side.

Earlier, David Wright and Daniel Murphy had driven in third-inning runs against Henderson Alvarez, and Zack Wheeler limited Miami to one run in six innings as the Mets handed a 2-1 lead to Germen for the seventh.

Wheeler deal: Wheeler breezed through the early innings, working around a Wright two-base fielding error to open the game. In fact, Wheeler did not allow a hit until the fourth.

Wheeler's outing began to unravel late, but he came up big in his sixth and final frame. With runners on the corners and one out, Wheeler consecutively struck out Derek Dietrich and Adeiny Hechavarria to preserve a 2-1 lead.

Wheeler's line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K. He was charged with two wild pitches, although one actually appeared to be a passed ball on d'Arnaud.

Wheeler threw 110 pitches (63 strikes) as he shaved his ERA to 3.99. It was his second career double-digit strikeout performance. He had a career-high 12 strikeouts last Aug. 15 at San Diego.

Mets starters now have a 1.81 ERA in their past 11 games.

Off and running: Murphy swiped third base in the third inning and has now been successful in 26 straight attempts. That matches Howard Johnson in 1989 for the second-longest streak in franchise history. The franchise record belongs to Kevin McReynolds, who stole 33 straight bases from 1987 through '89.

Snapped: Yelich's 17-game hitting streak, which had been the longest active streak in the majors, came to an end. Yelich went 0-for-3 with a walk. He also reached in the first inning on Wright's error.

Hello there: Jeurys Familia handled the ninth inning in his first appearance since last Friday.

What's next: Jenrry Mejia takes a career-high 13 2/3-inning scoreless streak into Saturday's 7:10 p.m. start. Mejia (3-0, 1.99 ERA) opposes right-hander Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.15).

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

April, 25, 2014
Apr 25

Getty ImagesThe Mets face Henderson Alvarez, Kevin Slowey and Tom Koehler this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (12-10, second place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (10-12, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (3-0, 1.99) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.15), 7:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Dillon Gee (1-1, 3.58) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-1, 2.13), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton leads the National League with 27 RBIs. Among his six long balls, he has the longest homer in the majors this season: 484 feet, on April 4 against San Diego’s Eric Stults (watch video here). Last Friday against Seattle’s Yoervis Medina, Stanton belted his second career walk-off grand slam. The other came May 13, 2012 against the Mets’ Manny Acosta.

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressChristian Yelich arrives at Citi Field with a 17-game hitting streak.

Christian Yelich enters the series with a career-high 17-game hitting streak -- the longest active streak in the majors. Yelich, 22, also is 14-for-14 in steals attempts to begin his big-league career. That is a Marlins record, displacing Edgar Renteria, who began his career with 13 straight successful steals in 1996.

• The Marlins used free agency to bring in nearly an entirely new infield during the offseason: catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, first baseman Garrett Jones, shortstop Rafael Furcal and third baseman Casey McGehee.

Furcal (hamstring) has opened the season on the disabled list, although he has started a rehab assignment. He signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Dec. 5 after missing all of last season. Furcal underwent Tommy John surgery on March 15, 2013. Adeiny Hechavarria has started all 22 games at shortstop in Furcal’s absence.

McGehee, who signed for one year, $1.1 million on Dec. 18, spent last season with Rakuten in Japan. He tied for second in that country’s Pacific League in homers with 28. With that pennant-winning Japanese club, McGehee played alongside ex-Met Kazuo Matsui as well as current Yankee Masahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA.

The Marlins signed Saltalamacchia away from the champion Boston Red Sox with a three-year, $21 million contract on Dec. 4.

Jones signed for two years, $7.75 million on Dec. 9 after spending the previous five seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

• Closer Steve Cishek has converted a franchise-record 33 consecutive save attempts dating to June 8, 2013. It is the longest active streak in the majors. The previous Marlins record belonged to Todd Jones, who converted 27 straight saves in 2005. Last year’s 94.4 save percentage tied Toronto’s Casey Janssen for best in the majors.

• After opening the season working in long relief, Kevin Slowey replaced ineffective Brad Hand in the rotation last turn. Slowey had gone 1-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 14 first-half starts for Miami last season before being dispatched to the bullpen. He then suffered a season-ending forearm strain.

Hand had an 11.37 ERA while tossing a combined 6 1/3 innings in two starts against the Washington Nationals before getting bounced from the rotation last week.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler has limited opponents to two runs or fewer and completed at least six innings in each of his four starts.

• Center fielder Marcell Ozuna's 2013 season ended July 22 when he suffered a torn thumb ligament on a diving play in the outfield. Ozuna is hitting .309 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 81 at-bats.

• Miami is tied for second in the NL with 98 runs scored.

• The Marlins are 1-8 on the road.

• Reliever Carlos Marmol was forced to depart Wednesday’s game with a strained right hamstring.

Mets 10, Marlins 2: Travis, Flo, Ike homer

March, 22, 2014
Mar 22
JUPITER, Fla. -- Travis d’Arnaud snapped an 0-for-21 drought with a two-run homer, Wilmer Flores went deep while producing four RBIs and Bartolo Colon even comically got into the act with his bat as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins, 10-2, Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Colon surrendered a two-run homer in the fourth to Garrett Jones but no other damage. His final line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. He threw 83 pitches (65 strikes).

D’Arnaud’s second-inning long ball against left-hander Brad Hand snapped his prolonged drought and opened the scoring.

David Goldman/Associated PressWilmer Flores receives congratulations at the plate after belting a three-run homer. He finished with four RBIs.

Flores, who started his fourth spring-training game at shortstop, had a three-run shot against Hand two innings later for a 5-0 lead. Flores later had a run-scoring single to finish with four RBIs.

Ike Davis added a two-run homer against Steve Cishek in the seventh as the Mets’ posted their ninth and 10th runs. Davis, who missed more than two weeks of Grapefruit League games with ailing calves, is now 5-for-15 with two homers, four extra-base hits and two walks.

Hand had tossed five sharp innings in his last outing, in what became a combined no-hitter against the Yankees in Panama. Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler is expected to claim the fifth spot in Miami’s rotation over Hand, who would head to the bullpen if he is not traded because he is out of options.

Colon officially batted for the first time as a Met, which generated plenty of fan interest. The portly pitcher struck out looking in his first at-bat, then sent a tapper back to the pitcher his next turn. Colon’s contact with that pitch sent the Roger Dean Stadium crowd into a frenzy of mock cheers.

That was nothing compared to the reaction to Colon’s next at-bat.

Colon produced a sixth-inning RBI single to left field on Henry Rodriguez’s 93 mph fastball to give the Mets a 7-2 lead. Fortunately for Colon he did not have to exert himself. Eric Young Jr. followed with a ground-rule double, so Colon had no pressure reaching third base.

In his final at-bat, Colon hit a trickler down the third-base line that would have been an infield hit for nearly any runner. But Colon jogged to first base, almost determined not to get there, and narrowly was thrown out.

Colon, who reportedly worked so much on hitting in January with his impending move back to the NL that he developed blisters, is 1-for-29 at the plate since 2003.

“Really the ball found the bat. I really didn’t do anything," Colon said through a team official. “Honestly, I was a little scared. I haven’t done that in a while. Thankfully nothing happened.”

The Mets stole four bases on the afternoon, with EY Jr. and Chris Young (3-for-3, walk) swiping two apiece.

What’s next: The Mets play their final split-squad games of the exhibition season Sunday. Jenrry Mejia opposes Washington Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark at 1:10 p.m. in Port St. Lucie (PIX11/WOR 710 AM). John Lannan opposes Atlanta Braves right-hander Freddy Garcia at 1:05 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disney (no Mets TV/radio).

'B' Gee tosses 4 scoreless, Mets slam Fish

March, 10, 2014
Mar 10
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Dillon Gee tossed four scoreless innings and Wilfredo Tovar and Cory Vaughn contributed two-run doubles against Kevin Slowey as the Mets beat the Marlins, 8-0, Monday morning in a "B" game at the Mets' complex.

Gee, who had been working aggressively on his mechanics with Dan Warthen for a week, was thrilled with his performance. He allowed only two infield singles and benefited from a diving catch in right-center by Brandon Nimmo that completed the outing.

The specific adjustment, Gee indicated, involved when he separates his hands during his delivery. The revision helps prevent his arm from dragging during the delivery.

"The ball was coming out of my hand a lot better than normal," Gee said.

Jenrry Mejia followed Gee with two perfect innings. He next is due to start Sunday's game in Las Vegas against the Chicago Cubs.

Jeurys Familia added a no-hit inning.

After the Tovar and Vaughn two-run doubles against Slowey, the Mets upped the lead to 5-0 in the fourth. Nimmo walked, stole second and scored on Danny Muno's single against Steve Cishek.

Matt Clark later added an opposite-field two-run homer against Colby Suggs.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 4, Marlins 2 (10)

July, 30, 2013
MIAMI -- Zack Wheeler went from flirting with history to flirting with disaster in a span of three batters.

The rookie took a no-hit bid one out into the seventh inning, when he walked Logan Morrison, then surrendered consecutive singles to Ed Lucas, Donovan Solano and Jake Marisnick. By the time Wheeler coaxed a double-play groundout from Jeff Mathis, the Marlins had evened the score at 2.

Although Wheeler did not factor into the decision, the Mets ultimately beat the Marlins, 4-2, in 10 innings on Tuesday night at Marlins Park. John Buck produced a tiebreaking two-run single against Steve Cishek with the bases loaded and none out.

Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsZack Wheeler ended up with a no-decision after taking a no-hit bid into the seventh inning.

Wheeler’s effort marked the fifth time this season a Mets starting pitcher had taken a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. Matt Harvey has done so three times. And Dillon Gee held the Atlanta Braves hitless until Freddie Freeman produced a leadoff single in the seventh only eight days ago at Citi Field.

The Mets, of course, did not record a no-hitter until the 8,020th game in franchise history, when Johan Santana ended the drought on June 1, 2012.

Wheeler’s final line Tuesday: 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. He threw 87 pitches (64 strikes).

Wheeler flirted with the feat in his eighth career game.

The last pitcher to record a no-hitter quicker to begin a major league career: Clay Buchholz with the Boston Red Sox in his second major league outing, on Sept. 1, 2007 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Opportunity lost: The Mets wasted a golden opportunity in the eighth. With the score tied at 2, Marlon Byrd belted a leadoff triple against Chad Qualls. But Ike Davis struck out and Buck grounded out to third base, forcing Byrd to hold. After Juan Lagares then walked, Omar Quintanilla struck out to strand Byrd at third as the score remained even.

Qualls was so excited by the Quintanilla strikeout, he wildly pumped his fist, lost his balance and fell down.

Davis twice failed to drive in a runner from third base with less than two outs. He popped out to second base in the fourth with David Wright on third and one out. Lagares bailed Davis out that time -- with a two-out, two-run triple against Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi to stake the Mets to a 2-0 lead.

What’s next: The trade deadline is at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Jenrry Mejia, who tossed seven scoreless innings in his first major league appearance of the season, then opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (1-1, 2.64 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

July, 28, 2013

Wilfredo Lee/Associated PressJake Marisnick and Christian Yelich were promoted from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.
METS (46-56, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (40-63, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Zack Wheeler (4-1, 3.72) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 3.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (1-1, 2.64), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Matt Harvey (8-2, 2.11) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (2-6, 4.67), 12:40 p.m. ET

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• First-year hitting coach Tino Martinez resigned Sunday. He allegedly grabbed rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich by the neck and neck chain and verbally assaulted other players this season, the Miami Herald reported. "I want to apologize to the Marlins organization for my behavior," Martinez said, according to the Associated Press. "I have made some comments to certain players at certain times that I thought was more constructive criticism. Obviously, they didn't feel that way, and it kind of backfired on me."

• The Marlins promoted top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick from Double-A Jacksonville last Tuesday.

Robert Mayer/USA TODAY SportsGiancarlo Stanton has heated up with the Marlins.

Yelich, a left fielder who started in the Futures Game at Citi Field, is the only two-time organizational player of the year in Marlins history. He became the second player in franchise history to record a hit in each of his first three major league at-bats, joining current manager Mike Redmond (May 31, 1998). He is only the fourth major leaguer since 1980 to have hits in his first three ABs, joining Daryl Boston (White Sox, 1984), Jose Offerman (Dodgers, 1990) and Jay Bruce (Reds, 2008).

Marisnick, a center fielder, was hitless in 14 at-bats to open his career before singling. It was the second-longest drought in Marlins history to open a career. Nigel Wilson, the first pick in the expansion draft in 1992, went 0-for-16 as a Marlin and eventually was hitless in his first 26 at-bats in the majors before getting a hit three years after his debut, with the Cleveland Indians in ’96.

Fellow rookie outfielder Marcell Ozuna landed on the disabled list Thursday with a ligament tear and fracture in his left thumb and required surgery. Ozuna had been demoted with Dietrich after Monday’s game to make room for Yelich and Marisnick, but Ozuna’s demotion was rescinded after the extent of his injury attempting a diving catch became known.

Adding Yelich and Marisnick to an outfield that already includes Giancarlo Stanton in right field makes it a formidable trio. After a mostly quiet July at the plate, Stanton is 9-for-13 in his last four games. He has four homers in his past six games at Marlins Park.

Justin Ruggiano is 0-for-his-last-32. Adeiny Hechavarria replaced Ruggiano in the leadoff spot a week ago.

Jacob Turner, who was acquired at last year’s trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers as part of a package for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, has suffered consecutive hard-luck defeats. He was tagged with losses at Milwaukee and Colorado despite allowing two runs in each outing. Turner has allowed only three homers in 10 starts since making his season debut with seven scoreless innings against the Mets on May 31.

Henderson Alvarez -- acquired in November in the trade that sent Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto -- earned his first Marlins win Friday. He tossed six scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He topped out at 98 mph with his fastball.

Kevin Slowey, who struggled in the rotation before getting reassigned to the bullpen, landed on the DL during the weekend with right forearm discomfort. Right-hander Steve Ames took the roster spot Sunday. Ames was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 6 with fellow minor leaguers Angel Sanchez and Josh Wall for Ricky Nolasco.

Logan Morrison, who has settled in at first base, has reached base in 26 straight games.

• The Marlins snapped a franchise-record 37-inning scoreless streak last Monday at Colorado.

• Closer Steve Cishek has an MLB-best 17 saves since June 8, without a blown save during that span.

Series preview: Mets vs. Marlins

June, 6, 2013

Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face (l to r) Jose Fernandez, Kevin Slowey and Tom Koehler this weekend at Citi Field.
METS (23-33, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (16-44, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.17) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (3-3, 3.34), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Shaun Marcum (0-6, 5.71) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 4.16), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-5, 4.40) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (0-4, 3.70), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton, who has been out since straining his right hamstring against the Mets on April 29, began a rehab assignment Tuesday with Class A Jupiter. Also in the midst of rehab assignments: Donovan Solano (intercostal muscle), Joe Mahoney (hamstring) and Logan Morrison. Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder) has one remaining rehab start before returning from the disabled list.

Laurence Kesterson/Associated PressCasey Kotchman returned Monday, after a two-month absence.

Once Stanton returns, Chris Coghlan should get exposure at third base and rookie Marcell Ozuna in center field and left field. Coghlan hasn’t been an everyday third baseman since 2009 in Triple-A, but he manned the hot corner during his college career at Ole Miss.

• Ozuna, who has been starting in right field in Stanton’s absence, lost a 16-game hitting streak last Saturday against the Mets. It was the second-longest streak for a rookie in Marlins history, trailing only Edgar Renteria’s 22-game streak in 1996.

• After last weekend’s series against the Mets, the Marlins activated first baseman Casey Kotchman from the DL and promoted left-hander Edgar Olmos from Double-A. Left-hander Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment and outfielder Jordan Brown was demoted to Triple-A.

• Highly regarded outfield prospect Christian Yelich, who excelled against the Mets during spring training, landed on the disabled list at Double-A Jacksonville with an abdominal strain. That will delay his promotion.

Ed Lucas, whose first major league hit came last weekend in Miami against the Mets, is the oldest position player ever to make his major league debut with the Marlins. The oldest players ever to debut for the Marlins, regardless of position: Joe Strong (2000, 37 years 245 days), Lucas (2013, 31 years 9 days), Chuck Smith (2000, 30 years 326 days), Joe Dillon (2005, 29 years 289 days) and Tommy Phelps (2003, 29 years 27 days).

Lucas’ four-hit game Sunday made him the fastest ever to accomplish that feat to begin his major league career with the Marlins -- his third game, and second start. Hanley Ramirez had a four-hit game in his fourth career game. Ozuna did it in his sixth career game, earlier this season.

Tom Koehler is a Stony Brook University product.

• Closer Steve Cishek blew a save Tuesday, serving up an extra-innings homer to Philadelphia’s John Mayberry Jr. He has converted five of seven chances.

• Former Marlins manager Jack McKeon, who remains a presence around the organization, underwent heart bypass surgery Monday. He is 82.

• Miami is 6-3 against the Mets this season.

Juan Pierre has a .322 career average against the Mets. His 157 hits against the Mets are his most against any club. Only Jimmy Rollins (245) has more hits against the Mets among active players.

Ricky Nolasco and reliever Ryan Webb are available via trade, but not Cishek or left-hander Mike Dunn, according to’s Joe Frisaro.

Series preview: Mets at Marlins

April, 28, 2013

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The Mets face (l to r) Jose Fernandez, Kevin Slowey and Wade LeBlanc during their series in Miami this week.
METS (10-13, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (6-19, fifth place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.54) vs. RHP Jose Fernandez (0-2, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 5.12) vs. RHP Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.43), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Dillon Gee (1-4, 5.96) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (0-4, 6.20), 12:40 p.m. ET

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• Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton finally homered Saturday, in his 75th plate appearance of the season. Stanton, who led the National League in slugging percentage in 2012, added two more homers Sunday. He went RBI-less in his first 12 games of the season, but has produced nine RBIs in his past seven games.

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Giancarlo Stanton has belted three homers in his past two games.

• Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (bruised right elbow) is due to begin a rehab assignment Monday with Class A Jupiter and is not expected to be activated until after the Mets series. Chris Valaika started four straight games at the position before Nick Green got the nod Sunday. Green homered for the first time since 2009.

• Rookie Jose Fernandez has allowed nine runs in nine innings over his past two starts. He has been kept on a tight pitch count. He has thrown 80, 85, 79 and 79 pitches in his four major league starts. Fernandez, who allowed only two homers in 138 1/3 minor league innings (all in Class A), surrendered his first big league long ball Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins. Oswaldo Arcia took the 20-year-old Fernandez deep.

Fernandez, a Cuban defector, was taken with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Tampa. The Mets selected outfielder Brandon Nimmo one pick earlier. Besides Fernandez, three of the other first 100 picks in that ’11 draft have reached the majors: right-hander Trevor Bauer, third overall, UCLA, Arizona Diamondbacks; right-hander Dylan Bundy, fourth overall, Owasso (Okla.) H.S., Baltimore Orioles; and outfielder Jackie Bradley, 40th overall, University of South Carolina, Boston Red Sox.

• Owner Jeffrey Loria created another stir when he was accused in a report of dictating which game of a day-night doubleheader Fernandez pitched in Minnesota. Loria denied a role.

• Ex-Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Slowey is winless through five starts despite a 2.43 ERA. The Marlins have scored a total of six runs in Slowey’s five outings. Slowey did not appear in the majors last season. He made eight Triple-A starts with the Cleveland Indians in 2012 before being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his rib cage.

Mike Redmond, the first-year Marlins manager, caught Slowey’s major league debut on June 1, 2007. Slowey limited Bob Geren’s Oakland Athletics to one run in six innings in an eventual 3-2, 10-inning win.

• Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler joined the Marlins’ bullpen on April 19, replacing John Maine, who was designated for assignment. Maine, in his first major league duty since 2010 with the Mets, allowed 15 hits and 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings spanning four appearances.

• Closer Steve Cishek has three losses and a blown save and has allowed runs in six of 11 appearances this season. He earned his third save Sunday despite surrendering a homer to the Cubs’ Dioner Navarro.

• Rookie Joe Mahoney is day to day with right hamstring tightness. Mahoney had taken over for plug Greg Dobbs at first base in Casey Kotchman and Logan Morrison’s absences before this hamstring issue arose. Mahoney is a waiver claim from the Baltimore Orioles. He played at Triple-A Norfolk in 2012. The 26-year-old Mahoney was activated from the DL on April 17 after recovering from an oblique injury.

Morning briefing: Harvey-Halladay on tap

April, 8, 2013

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Matt Harvey opposes a seemingly diminished Roy Halladay tonight at Citizens Bank Park.
FIRST PITCH: After winning two straight series at home to open the season, the Mets (4-2) hit the road for a three-city trip.

The first stop: Philadelphia, with Matt Harvey facing Roy Halladay in tonight’s 7:05 p.m. opener.

Harvey, coming off seven scoreless innings in his season debut against the San Diego Padres, was flattered by recent unsolicited praise from Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price.

Halladay, although clearly diminished, is 7-0 with a 1.78 ERA against the Mets since 2010. He aims for career win No. 200 tonight.

Read the Mets-Phillies series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

Marlon Byrd produced a two-run, walk-off single to cap a 4-3 comeback win against the Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field as the Mets completed their homestand on a positive note. The Mets have homered in each of their first six games, their longest streak to begin a season since going deep in eight straight to open the 1987 season. The ninth-inning comeback against Marlins closer Steve Cishek spoiled a stellar outing from Jose Fernandez in his major league debut. Scott Rice collected his first major league win. Read game recaps in the Post, Record, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Journal and

• Despite allowing 10 hits, a walk and hitting a batter in 4 1/3 innings in his Mets debut, Terry Collins pledged Aaron Laffey would get another start. The Mets may delay using Laffey again, though, until a fifth starter is absolutely required -- Tuesday in Colorado, after a series in Minnesota. Read more in the Post and Record.

• Anthony Rieber in Newsday asks: If Fernandez is pitching in the majors for the Marlins at 20, why can’t top prospect Zack Wheeler be with the Mets with Shaun Marcum and Johan Santana out? But columnist Joel Sherman in the Post believes the Mets, not the Marlins, made the right call. If a team is not in contention, there’s no sense starting free agency and arbitration clocks early. Writes Sherman:

I know the Citi fans want to see Wheeler. Heck, I would have loved to see Wheeler (Baseball America’s No. 11 prospect) versus Fernandez (No. 5), but I am going to take Mets executives’ word for it that Wheeler still has polishing to do in the minors. And also see the logic in not allowing Wheeler to accumulate service time toward arbitration and free agency prematurely when seventy-something wins again seems all but pre-determined.

Instead, the Mets are still playing for a future when they envision Wheeler (and, perhaps, Rafael Montero), joining Jon Niese and Matt Harvey in a rotation that is the backbone for sustained contention. Of course, this is not being done in a vacuum. The Marlins have Fernandez, the Braves have Julio Teheran and the Nationals have Stephen Strasburg, still just 24.

Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News contrasts yesterday’s pitchers, too. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Noah Syndergaard, the pitching prospect acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for R.A. Dickey, tossed four scoreless innings in his debut with the organization and Cam Maron drove in the lone run and withstood a game-ending plate collision as St. Lucie completed a four-game, home-and-home sweep of Jupiter on Sunday. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Dickey surrendered eight runs against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, including five runs in the first inning -- as many runs as he allowed in the first inning all of last season as a Met. Dickey has an 8.44 ERA through two starts with Toronto.

• Marc Narducci in the Philadelphia Inquirer catches up with Mets sidearmer Greg Burke, who hails from outside of Philly in Gloucester, N.J. "He was the first guy we tried to sign, because of the ground-ball factor in Coors Field," Colorado Rockies scout Will George told Narducci.

"He is a great kid who has persevered, and that tells you a lot about what is inside him."

From the bloggers Faith and Fear in Flushing gives gold stars to Ruben Tejada and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. … John Delcos at Mets Report reviews the team’s opening homestand. … At Mets Police, a request to throw your support in the Honorary Bat Girl contest behind Lisa, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36.

BIRTHDAYS: The late Gary Carter was born on this date in 1954. … Timo Perez, most recently a Long Island Duck, turns 38. … Former first-round pick Eddie Kunz, who was released by the San Diego Padres late in spring training, turns 27. .. Former Mets reliever Pete Walker is 44.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who made the right call: the Marlins using Jose Fernandez, or the Mets not using Zack Wheeler?



Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187