New York Mets: Subway Series

Morning Briefing: Mets again top Yanks

May, 13, 2014

FIRST PITCH: Can the New York Mets keep their Subway Series winning streak alive? Perhaps they can.

Can they top Monday night's 9-7 win over the Yankees for drama and excitement? Doubtful.

The Mets would certainly settle for a touch less drama and a few less nerves on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, when try to make it six in a row against the Yankees. Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.35) will be the Mets' starter, with Vidal Nuno (1-0, 5.47) going for the Yankees.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tuesday's news reports:

• The Mets trailed 4-1. They trailed 7-4. They didn't secure their win over the Yankees until Lucas Duda made a spectacular stop to start a game-ending double play. They had their first four-homer game in more than a year. It was quite a night. Read more on the game in the Post, Times, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record, Wall St. Journal and Read more on Duda's play in the Daily News and Newsday.

• Even before they won Monday's game, the Mets made big news by moving Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen and announcing that big prospect Rafael Montero will make his major-league debut Wednesday night against the Yankees. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Record, Wall St. Journal, and Columnist Joel Sherman of the Post compares general manager Sandy Alderson's big move to one Steve Phillips made during the 1999 Subway Series. What does Mejia's move do to the bullpen? Read more in the Star Ledger.

• Montero debuts Wednesday, but first the Mets will have another prospect in their bullpen Tuesday night. The team announced after Monday's game that Jacob deGrom is being promoted to take the place of Gonzalez Germen, who is going on the disabled list with a virus. Read more in the Star Ledger.

• There was another big stir Monday afternoon when the Times came out with a story saying that co-owner Saul Katz, Fred Wilpon's brother-in-law, wants to sell his share of the Mets. The Mets quickly came out with a statement denying the report. Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record has sources who say there is "some truth" to the report. Meanwhile, the Post says that even if Katz did sell, the Wilpons would be able to retain control of the team. Read more in the Daily News, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record, and

• As Adam Rubin wrote Monday, the Mets' problems aren't the fault of Terry Collins. Alderson apparently agrees, or so he said Monday. Read more in the Post and Star Ledger.

Curtis Granderson may have created a stir that's endured with his "true New Yorkers" comment, but he enjoyed his first view from the other side of the Subway Series. Read more in the Post, Times and Newsday.

• For some Mets, this was their first taste of a Subway Series. And what a taste it was. As the Mets and Yankees have been proving since 1997, this may be the regular season, but this is no regular series. Columnist Mike Vaccaro of the Post says the Subway Series remains special. Dave Lennon in Newsday says this night wasn't easy to explain. Steve Politi in the Star Ledger tries to make sense of it. Read more about new Met Chris Young's night in the Post and

• The Mets hitters seemed to enjoy hitting at Yankee Stadium. Who wouldn't? Read more about their four-homer night in the Daily News, Columnist Kevin Kernan of the Post saw it as proof that the Mets play in the wrong ballpark.

• It was not a good night for Bartolo Colon. Read more in the Star Ledger and

• Mike Francesa is mad at the Mets, and he talked about it. Of course he did. Read more in the Daily News.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear in Flushing looks back at Monday's game. . . . The Eddie Kranepool Society believes the Mets need a manager who will challenge his players.

BIRTHDAYS: Bobby Valentine turns 64 today.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU'RE UP: What do you think of the rebuilt Mets bullpen, with Jenrry Mejia and Jacob deGrom?

Morning Briefing: Next stop -- Bronx!

May, 12, 2014

Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face Hiroki Kuroda and Vidal Nuno in the Bronx.

FIRST PITCH: Bring on the Yankees! (And the outrage over what gift the Mets will give retiring Derek Jeter!)

After halting their five-game losing streak with a dramatic win Sunday against the Philadelphia Phillies, the “True New Yorker”-cheered Mets face their Bronx rivals for the next four games.

First up are two games at Yankee Stadium. Then the site shifts to Citi Field.

Monday in the Bronx, ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.36 ERA) opposes right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 4.43).

The Mets swept the four games from the Yankees in 2013, but are 40-53 against the Bombers lifetime in the regular season.

Monday’s news reports:

• Down three runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Mets ultimately rallied for a 5-4 win against the Phillies on Sunday at Citi Field. Ruben Tejada delivered a walk-off RBI single in the 11th with the bases loaded. Wilmer Flores had been unavailable Sunday because he and Gonzalez Germen were suffering from an illness that is making its way through the clubhouse. Eric Campbell notched his first major-league hit, in the fourth inning against Cole Hamels.

“The energy level is unbelievable,” Terry Collins said postgame Sunday about the clubhouse atmosphere. “It hasn’t been that high in a long time, even when we were playing good. They knew things hadn’t been going good. We got big hits from some guys who have been struggling. That’s all going to add up in the end. This win may really be the win that gets us going.”

Said Jonathon Niese, who received a no-decision: “Obviously that was much-needed. … I was saying it during the game: This is going to be the game that turns this thing around. Hopefully that’s the case and we can just build off of this one.”

Still, Collins acknowledged the hitters need to perform better. Tejada snapped an 0-for-17 skid and Chris Young snapped an 0-for-18 skid during the game.

“We’ve got to get it going throughout the lineup,” Collins said. “I said in spring training we can’t survive with two or three guys hitting. We’ve got to spread it through the lineup for us to be really, really good. We’ve got to get it going. You look at the last six days and there’s an area where we struggled really bad. Some of those guys have got to start producing. I’m not saying hit homers, but get some hits.”

Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests Sunday’s win will help the Mets regain some self-esteem. Columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News revisits the Sunday comeback.

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

• Collins said Jeurys Familia is “real close” to taking over the closer’s role. Read more in the Daily News.

• Sandy Alderson refused to speak to the media Sunday about Jenrry Mejia’s status for Wednesday’s start or any other topic. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• Jeter, entering his final Subway Series, is nostalgic, writes George King in the Post. Read more in the Daily News.

• Collins suggested suddenly buried Eric Young Jr. merits more playing time after going 3-for-6 with two runs scored Sunday.

• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News notes E.Y. Jr. and now-Yankee Jacoby Ellsbury led their leagues in steals last season.

CC Sabathia, who had been due to face the Mets on Thursday, instead landed on the disabled list. Alfredo Aceves is expected to make the start in Sabathia’s place.

• Kevin Plawecki threw out three would-be base stealers and Tyler Pill won for the first time in more than a year as Binghamton beat Harrisburg, 2-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Mets pitchers are 0-for-63 at the plate this season. Jay Schreiber in the Times suggests they channel their inner Dae-Sung Koo during the Subway Series. Koo doubled against Randy Johnson and scored -- with a weighted ball in his jacket pocket -- at Shea Stadium on May 21, 2005.

• Tim Teufel’s son Shawn, a former Mets farmhand, will pitch for the independent Rockland Boulders.

• Daniel Barbarisi in the Journal previews the Subway Series.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets thinks the fact that Mets pitchers have not yet gotten a hit is a non-story. … NY Mets Life examines if Terry Collins is the right man for the job.

BIRTHDAYS: Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, who finished his playing career with the club and also managed them from 1972 through ’75, turns 89. ... Mark Clark is 46. ... Jack Egbert is 31.

TWEETS OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who will win the Subway Series?

Morning Briefing: Harvey Show vs. Yanks

May, 28, 2013

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David Wright celebrates the Mets' 2-1 win Monday with Ike Davis.
FIRST PITCH: Growing up in Connecticut, where fans divide their allegiances between New England and New York sports, Matt Harvey picked the Patriots, Rangers and Yankees as his teams.

Boyhood idol Paul O’Neill is long retired, but Harvey -- who used to attend Subway Series game at Shea Stadium -- will get to face the Bombers for the first time tonight. Harvey (5-0, 1.93 ERA) opposes Hiroki Kuroda (6-3, 2.67) as the Mets attempt to win three straight games for the first time since posting a season-high three-game winning streak April 6-8.

Joe Girardi said he has admired Harvey since viewing his major league debut last July 26. Girardi said he called a friend who is a Mets fan after watching Harvey strike out 11 in 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks to relay how special a pitcher the Mets had promoted.

Harvey is bidding to improve to 6-0.

The best start in franchise history is 10-0 by Terry Leach in 1987. The only better starts this millennium: Dillon Gee opened 2011 with a 7-0 record and R.A. Dickey was 6-0 in 2010.

If Harvey is spared a loss, he will tie Armando Reynoso’s team record for most consecutive starts without a loss to begin a season (11 in 1997), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Harvey enters tonight’s outing tied with six others at 10 starts, including Dwight Gooden (1988) and Kenny Rogers (1999).

Tuesday’s news reports:

Adam Rubin
Daniel Murphy delivered Monday's decisive hit.

Daniel Murphy delivered a two-out, tiebreaking single in the eighth against David Robertson to lift the Mets to a 2-1 Memorial Day win in the Subway Series opener at Citi Field. Murphy had been robbed of a two-run homer in the sixth when center fielder Brett Gardner reached over the wall to take away his shot.

The Yankees had been 22-0 when leading after six innings.

David Wright evened the score at 1 with a homer against Phil Hughes in the seventh. Wright produced his first long ball at Citi Field since the final home game of 2012, snapping a 27-game drought. He now has nine career homers against the Yankees, passing Mike Piazza and Cliff Floyd for the most in franchise history by a Met.

Read more on Wright in Newsday.

Jordany Valdespin, who walked as a pinch hitter, scored the tiebreaking run on Murphy’s single. Terry Collins noted Valdespin showed discipline in that plate appearance -- not chasing pitches out of the strike zone, which he had been doing only a week earlier.

Jonathon Niese became the latest Mets starter to get a hard-luck no-decision. Niese limited the Yankees to a sixth-inning run, when Gardner had a leadoff triple and scored on Laynce Nix’s single. The southpaw’s line: 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

Niese’s performance comes on the heels of Shaun Marcum’s no-decision Sunday night despite limiting the Atlanta Braves to two runs in seven innings. Jeremy Hefner had the identical fate Friday despite allowing two runs in six innings.

Read more on Niese in Newsday.

One down note: Ike Davis went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts -- a sobering encore to Sunday’s tiebreaking two-run single. A demotion remains distinctly possible in the coming days.

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

• The paid attendance of 32,911 was by far the lowest in the history of the Subway Series, which began in 1997. The previous low had been 36,372 at Shea Stadium on June 28, 2003, when the afternoon game was played in the Bronx and a rainout makeup was played in Flushing in the evening. The only other sub-40,000 attendance also was a rainout makeup: 37,305 for Game 1 of a split doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on June 27, 2004.

The historically low demand also is reflected in ticket prices. Writes Jared Diamond in the Journal:

Even with phenom Matt Harvey pitching for the Mets on Tuesday, the average ticket on the secondary market for Tuesday's game costs $112.49. Last season, the average ticket on the secondary market for the three Subway Series games at Citi Field all cost more than $120. (In fairness, last year's games were all on the weekend.)

The situation in the Bronx looks even worse, with the two games at Yankee Stadium commanding the cheapest average ticket price for any Subway Series game in the past four years. The average seat for Wednesday's game costs $76.40 -- less than tickets for the teams' two spring-training games in April 2012 ($77.99 at the Yankees' home in Tampa, $77.79 at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie).

Read more in Newsday.

• Murphy flipped his bat after delivering the game-deciding RBI single, but Collins and Murphy dismissed it as exuberance over a desperately needed hit for a struggling team. Collins did not think it was akin to Valdespin’s homer admiration in a lopsided game against the Pittsburgh Pirates that resulted in retaliation the following day. Girardi dismissed Murphy’s expression as an issue.

Bobby Parnell, despite an Ichiro Suzuki four-pitch walk, rolled through the ninth for his eighth save. Both of Parnell’s blown saves this season involved defensive misadventures behind him -- Ruben Tejada’s eighth-inning throwing error in Colorado on April 16, then Collin Cowgill breaking the wrong way on a fly ball in an eventual 15-inning loss in Miami on April 29.

Writes Bob Klapisch in the Record:

Parnell’s 0.90 WHIP is lower than the Braves’ Craig Kimbrel and better than eight of the NL’s top 10 saves leaders. But you won’t get Parnell to brag about his success. To the contrary, he’s been humbled by the ugly seasons in the past and in close contact with his darker angels.

Read more in Newsday.

• The Mets will recognize retiring Mariano Rivera pregame today. Rivera met with Mets employees and select fans in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda on Monday afternoon. Read more in the Times, Star-Ledger, Daily News and Newsday.

• After seven straight games with Murphy in the leadoff spot, Tejada assumed that role Monday. Mets leadoff batters entered the series with a league-worst .266 on-base percentage. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

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Zack Wheeler surrendered a pair of homers Monday.

• Zack Wheeler was charged with five runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks in an 80-pitch performance spanning four innings. He surrendered a pair of homers. The Mets are expected to wait until mid-June, once the Super 2 deadline has passed, to promote Wheeler.

"In my opinion, he's ready," Las Vegas manager Wally Backman told Brian Costa in the Journal. "It is nice to have him so you can season him a little bit more. We want him to go there and be successful. But, in my opinion, he's done everything he has to do to get to where he needs to go.”

Contrasting Harvey and Wheeler to Costa, Backman added: "Harvey is a little more outspoken right now. Zack is a little more quiet, but he definitely has the competitiveness in him. It is two different personalities, but I believe they're going to compete against each other. I think Zack has the same thought process about being the best."

Said Wheeler: “I think I'm ready, but it is really not my decision."

Read more in Newsday.

• Catcher Francisco Pena had two homers and four RBIs in Las Vegas’ 9-7 comeback win. Pena is hitting .385 since making his Triple-A debut 10 days ago. With Andrew Brown and Zach Lutz both out with oblique injuries, Brandon Hicks played first base for a second straight day, while Josh Satin served as DH. Neither Hicks (.130) nor Satin (.294) is on the 40-man roster.

Josh Rodriguez scored on a wild pitch in the ninth as Binghamton beat Portland, 6-5. Gabriel Ynoa allowed one run in eight innings to improve to 6-2 as Savannah beat Greenville, 4-1.

Read the full minor league recap here.

• Michael Salfino in the Journal notes the winning percentage differential at the time of the Subway Series is the biggest ever between the Mets and Yankees.

• The best ERA among former UNC teammates in the Subway Series belongs to the Yankees’ Adam Warren (1.14 ERA), not Harvey, notes Daniel Barbarisi in the Journal. “Well, he’s thrown a few more innings than I have,” Warren told Barbarisi.

• Read more on Harvey facing the Yankees in Newsday.

• Analyst Keith Hernandez was cited by Richard Sandomir in the Times for referring to a broken bat as a “dead soldier” on the Memorial Day telecast. An SNY spokesman told Sandomir: “We’ll address the matter with Keith. It was an honest mistake and a poor choice of words.” Read more in the Daily News.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report discusses which Mets could be peddled before the trading deadline.

BIRTHDAYS: Ex-Met/Yankee Ryota “Rocket Boy” Igarashi turns 34. He is pitching for Softbank in Japan. … Retired catcher Mike DeFelice, who also managed two years at Kingsport in the Mets system, is 44.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: After taking Game 1, and with Matt Harvey on the mound Tuesday, how confident are you the Mets will have bragging rights when this season’s reduced, four-game Subway Series is completed?

Morning Briefing: Who gets dumped?

May, 26, 2013

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Jeremy Hefner or Dillon Gee likely will need to get bounced from the rotation once Zack Wheeler arrives.
FIRST PITCH: So how do the Mets clear a rotation spot when Zack Wheeler joins the Mets in mid-June?

Matt Harvey isn’t going anywhere. Jonathon Niese isn’t, either. And because of his veteran status and $4 million base salary, it is unlikely winless Shaun Marcum is going to get bounced from the rotation.

The choices for bullpen relocation … or demotion: Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34 ERA) and Jeremy Hefner (0-5, 4.76).

The predisposition probably had been to put Hefner in the bullpen as a long reliever and return Collin McHugh to Triple-A Las Vegas, since scouts often have projected Gee as a quality fifth starter and see Hefner as more of a swingman and rotation safety net.

But Gee’s performance this season, including allowing five fifth-inning runs and departing Saturday against the Atlanta Braves, and Hefner’s more credible recent outings complicate that decision.

There is still time for both to state their cases. Around the time Wheeler is projected to join the Mets, the team will need a sixth starter for a five-game series in Atlanta June 17-20. So the decision likely will not need to be made until after that.

Meanwhile, after dropping two games yesterday to the Atlanta Braves, the Mets (17-29) are now winless through five games of their homestand. They only have a better record than the Houston Astros (14-35) and Miami Marlins (13-36).

The Amazin’s have lost eight straight games at Citi Field. With 12 losses in their past 15 games overall, the Mets have fallen 12 games under .500 at this early a date for the first time since 1993.

The Mets send Marcum (0-5, 6.59) to the mound for an ESPN-televised game on Sunday night at 8:05 opposite Braves right-hander Julio Teheran (3-1, 3.99).

The four-game Subway Series then gets underway Memorial Day -- with two games in each ballpark, beginning in Queens. Matt Harvey Day is Tuesday, opposite Hiroki Kuroda.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Ageless Mariano Rivera continued his production Saturday, converting his 18th straight save opportunity to open the season in the Yankees’ 4-3 comeback win in 11 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mets will honor the retiring Rivera, 43, before Tuesday’s game -- the closer’s last in Queens (with the exception of the All-Star Game). Last season, the Mets presented retiring Chipper Jones artwork inside the bowels of Citi Field, then replayed the ceremony on the scoreboard once fans arrived.

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Mariano Rivera received mounted photos from Jim Leyland during his final visit to Detroit as a player.

Rivera has received gifts at every last stop in a city so far, so spare the outrage at the Mets recognizing his retirement, too.

The Detroit Tigers gave mounted photos of Mo pitching at the old Tiger Stadium and Comerica Park with dirt capsules from each stadium. The Cleveland Indians gave a gold record of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And the Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies each have donated $5,000 to his charitable foundation.

Of course, having the Mo’s Zone in right field at Citi Field arguably is enough.

• The Atlanta Braves scored a pair of runs against Brandon Lyon in the 10th inning and won the resumption of Friday’s suspended game, 7-5. The Mets placed two runners on base in the bottom half against closer Craig Kimbrel, but Ruben Tejada popped out on an attempted sacrifice bunt and Justin Turner grounded into a game-ending double play. The defeat kept the Mets winless in the 10 games following Harvey starts, and meant the Mets are now 0-9 in Hefner starts, although this wasn’t his fault.

The Mets then were blanked by left-hander Mike Minor and David Carpenter in a 6-0 loss in the regularly scheduled contest. Gee took a scoreless effort into the fifth, when he surrendered five runs, including a two-run homer to Minor. This season, Gee has held opposing batters to a .225 average and no homers the first time through the order. After facing him one plate appearance, though, opponents are hitting .392 with eight homers during subsequent at-bats in the game.

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

• Read more on Gee in the Post.

Ike Davis delivered a line-drive single over shortstop against Kimbrel after the suspended game resumed, but then sat against the left-handed Minor. He struck out on three pitches as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of the regularly scheduled game and is now 2-for-his-last-44. Read more in the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger and Times.

• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News suggests the stench in Flushing is more than Davis stinking up the joint. Writes Harper:

At this point the Ike Davis saga is little more than a symbolic sideshow. Yes, he should be in the minors by now, if only to throw a life preserver to a drowning hitter, but with each passing day, the debate matters less and less as the Mets sink into oblivion.

Suffice to say the Mets are as bad as the weather lately, and, of course, only one of the two is guaranteed to get better in the weeks ahead. Remember when Sandy Alderson insisted during the winter that he wasn’t punting on 2013? Well, it’s Memorial Day weekend, and the only race the Mets are in is the one to avoid the embarrassment of finishing behind the Triple-A Marlins.

Never mind punting. The season already feels like one long Hail Mary. I mean, you knew the Mets had no shot of contending, but, Matt Harvey aside, did anybody really think they’d be this unwatchable?

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Scott Atchison and Jeurys Familia began rehab assignments Saturday with Class A St. Lucie.

Scott Atchison and Jeurys Familia began rehab assignments Saturday with Class A St. Lucie, each tossing scoreless innings. Atchison had experienced numbness in his fingers during a May 13 appearance at St. Louis, which was related to elbow inflammation, so appearing in a minor league game this soon would appear a positive sign. When similar symptoms surfaced last year while with the Boston Red Sox, Atchison passed on undergoing Tommy John surgery but missed two months. Familia has been on the DL since May 12 with biceps tendinitis.

• Starter Logan Verrett retired the final 13 batters he faced and Binghamton beat Portland, 3-2, on a throwing error in the 10th. Phillip Evans’ two-out, walk-off hit in the ninth scored Cole Frenzel with the winning run as Savannah overcame a one-run deficit in the final frame to beat Augusta, 2-1. Angel Cuan tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Familia and Atchison on a two-hit shutout as St. Lucie beat Bradenton, 1-0. Read the full minor league recap here.

• The Mets amended their ticket-exchange policy for Friday’s suspended game. If you haven’t already traded in tickets for Friday's suspended game, you need to do so for tonight’s series finale against Atlanta. Originally, the Mets had said fans could trade in the tickets for any comparably priced seat this season, subject to availability. Read more in the Daily News.

• Mike Kerwick in the Record believes the Subway Series getting reduced from six to four games this season is good for the Mets, but not the fans.

• Vote on the best Subway Series moments, Sweet 16 bracket style, in the Post.

• Steve Serby in the Post has a Q&A with Gary, Keith and Ron.

• Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record outlines some Subway Series matchups to watch.

• Columnist George Willis in the Post writes something unflattering about Wheeler.

• Harvey’s social life made the tabloids. Read more in the Daily News.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear discovered Mets-Braves suspended game precedent from 1979. … John Delcos at Mets Report suggests Davis needs the minor leagues right now.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Kevin Mulvey, who now helps coach the Villanova baseball team, turns 28. He was traded to the Minnesota Twins in the Johan Santana deal.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Who should get bounced from the rotation for Zack Wheeler?

Morning Briefing: Harvey Day at last

May, 22, 2013

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Relax everyone, Matt Harvey pitches at Citi Field today ... hopefully without the bloody nose.
FIRST PITCH: Matt Harvey gives Mets fans their once-every-five-days reprieve from an otherwise miserable season when he opposes unbeaten Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mat Latos (4-0, 2.91 ERA) at 1:10 p.m.

Since his major league debut last July 26 at Arizona, Harvey has compiled a 2.12 ERA, which ranks third in the majors during that span.

This season, Harvey’s 1.55 ERA also ranks third in the majors, trailing only the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (1.35) and Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin (1.44).

The Reds will bid for a three-game sweep at Citi Field for the second straight season.

Wednesday’s news reports:

• Sandy Alderson, appearing on the SNY telecast during last night’s game, said about potentially demoting Ike Davis: “It’s hard to ignore what happened last year. No. 1, we went through the same scenario the first part of the year. It’s troubling that it’s happened again. The positive is he did so well in the second half. So I think it’s hard to ignore that. At the same time, you do have to think about what might be different this year than it was last year. … It may be he is better off going to Las Vegas for some period of time. But at this point we’re going to live with Ike for a little longer.”

Alderson added that he believes Zack Wheeler will merit consideration for a promotion after two or three more outings with Las Vegas (without stating the promotion will be after the projected Super 2 deadline, which seems like common sense). The GM also believes Travis d’Arnaud, who will wear a protective boot on his fractured left foot for another nine days, will appear in the majors this season.

Watch Alderson’s appearance here. Read more in the Post.

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Jon Niese threw 48 pitches in the first inning Tuesday.

David Wright had a two-out grounder go through his legs with the bases loaded and two runs scored in what became a 48-pitch, three-run first inning for Jonathon Niese. Niese managed to complete six innings despite the heavy first-inning workload, but the Mets again mustered no offense and lost to the Reds, 4-0, Tuesday. Collin McHugh surrendered a solo homer to Devin Mesoraco in the ninth for the lone other run.

The Mets’ three hits matched a season low. They have scored three runs or fewer in nine straight home games, matching the ninth-longest streak in franchise history.

Davis, the focus of boos, stranded two in scoring position with a fourth-inning groundout against Reds starter Mike Leake, his teammate at Arizona State. Davis is 0-for-24 with runners in scoring position in his past 18 games.

The Mets are 2-10 in their past dozen home games.

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

Jeremy Hefner appeared on “Outside the Lines” Wednesday to discuss the disaster wrought by a tornado in his former hometown of Moore, Okla. Hefner attended kindergarten and first grade at Briarwood Elementary, which was destroyed in the twister. He remains an Oklahoman. Watch the ESPN video here. Read more in the Times and Newsday.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post writes about Harvey Day:

Harvey is having fun. When he took the field for pregame stretching last night “Clique’’ by Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean was blaring throughout Citi Field. To his teammates’ delight Harvey busted some moves. Clique is off the album “Cruel Summer.’’


On game day, Harvey is all business. From bloody noses to all kinds of weather to playing for a team that has to scale a mountain to score a run, nothing seems to stop Harvey from doing his job.

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Zack Wheeler is back on the mound for Las Vegas today after missing one start.

• Wheeler is due to reenter the Las Vegas rotation today at 1:05 p.m. ET at Iowa after missing a turn. He received a cortisone injection last Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan for swelling in the AC joint in his right shoulder.

• In a spot start in his Triple-A debut, Rafael Montero took a scoreless effort into the seventh and final inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader. He then allowed a leadoff homer to Brian Bogusevic and departed with the score tied at 1 after a two-out walk. Josh Edgin entered and allowed the inherited run to score as Montero was tagged with a loss in his first appearance with the 51s. Las Vegas was swept with a 6-5 loss in Game 2. The 51s scored five runs in the top of the sixth to even the score, then Gonzalez Germen surrendered the tiebreaking run in the bottom half of the inning. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Montreal has named a street in the city after the late Expo/Met Gary Carter. Read more in the Montreal Gazette.

• Due to limited demand compared with previous seasons, Mets-Yankees Subway Series tickets for next week are not skyrocketing in price on the secondary market, reports Mark La Monica in Newsday. Writes La Monica:

The combined average price for the four-game Subway Series (May 27-30) this year is $133 as of Monday, according to, a ticket reseller that aggregates ticket prices across multiple secondary markets. That's down 13 percent from 2012, 19 percent from 2011 and 34 percent from 2010.

From the bloggers … The Eddie Kranepool Society looks at fan relations at Citi Field. .. Shannon from Mets Police wonders why there is a banner of Keith Miller outside Citi Field.

BIRTHDAYS: Collin Cowgill turns 27. He is hitting .236 with two homers and six RBIs and has a .333 on-base percentage in 15 games with Las Vegas since debuting with the Pacific Coast League club on May 4.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you approve of the Mets’ patience with Ike Davis?
NEW YORK -- If Johan Santana has a chance of throwing his second consecutive no-hitter on Friday night, chances are he's going to stay in.

"If it's a one-run game and it looks like he's getting fatigued, we might have to make a difficult decision," Mets manager Terry Collins said, "but when you've got a six-run lead and you're looking history right in the face, you gotta let him go."

Collins said Santana will be on a pitch count of about 115 -- 19 less than he threw last Friday. He liked how the southpaw's long-toss and side sessions went.

"Is he gonna throw 135? I hope not. Unless he's got a no-hitter, he probably won't," Collins said. "I'm not gonna limit him to 85-90 pitches tonight."

Jason Bay, who returns to the lineup and will hit eighth and play left field on Friday night, said he feels better, though he isn't 100 percent.

Bay was supposed to play on Thursday, but suffered a case of nausea as a result, he believes, of a bad reaction to antibiotics he was taking to clear a sinus infection.

Bay said he was also given nasal spray to try and treat the sinus infection, and he hopes it will help.

Collins said he wanted hit Bay lower in the lineup because he hasn't played that much of late.

"He didn't have an issue with it," Collins said.

Bay, 33, has been on the DL since fracturing a rib on April 23.

Omar Quintanilla has a slight fracture at the tip of his left index finger, tests revealed Friday, but the shortstop is going to gut it out.

Quintanilla said there is pain, but it’s manageable. He will wear a guard and has a pad in his glove.

It is unknown how long the injury is expected to affect Quintanilla.

Jon Rauch threw off a mound Friday morning and will be available in the Mets bullpen.

The 33-year-old right-handed reliever had been suffering from elbow inflammation. Doctors told him it was a freak injury.

Rauch says three days of rest combined with anti-inflammatory medication has helped.

Collins wants Rauch to be more consistent. He currently has a 4.76 ERA. Collins said the Mets will use Rauch how they see fit, and it may be earlier than the eighth inning.

• Shortstop Ruben Tejada (quad) is headed to Florida. Collins said the doctors want him to get a couple days of rest before starting a running program on Monday to see where he's at physically.

• Utility man Ronny Cedeño (calf) will run the bases on Friday and then do so more aggressively on Saturday, Collins said.

• Collins was asked if he's happy about the possibility of only having to play the Yankees three times a season as opposed to six times, given that the Astros are moving to the AL next season.

"Yes, absolutely," the manager joked. "Next year, who knows who's gonna be in their lineup, but I know one thing, they'll be good. Anytime you play them it's gonna be tough."

• Collins said the reason the team opted to keep Jeremy Hefner instead of Pedro Beato for the time being came down to the fact that Hefner can give a lot of innings, and Collins wants to see Beato get back to where he was last season.

• Three Mets and one of their clubhouse attendants rode in a police car to Yankee Stadium.

Dillon Gee, who will start on Saturday, said they were going to take the late bus, but were told they could hop in a cop car instead, so they did.

Gee and a clubhouse attendant rode in one car, while Bobby Parnell and Tim Byrdak rode in the other.

Gee said it was his first time riding in the back of a cop car -- and hopefully, he joked, his last.

Rapid Reaction: Yankees 7, Mets 3

May, 21, 2011

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WHAT IT MEANS: After reaching .500 for the first time since April 9 with Friday’s victory, the Mets slipped back under at 22-23 with a 7-3 loss to the Yankees on Saturday night.

ROOKS: A pair of Mets rookie records fell, so move over Ron Swoboda and Jack DiLauro.

Justin Turner drove in a run for the seventh straight game, establishing a new franchise rookie mark. Swoboda had RBIs in six straight games in August 1965. Turner’s line-drive single to right plated Daniel Murphy as the Mets took a 2-0 first-inning lead.

The last rookie in the majors to drive in a run in seven straight games was Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez of the Bronx from Sept. 21-27 of last season.

Meanwhile, Pedro Beato has now pitched 18 2/3 innings this season without allowing an earned run, setting a record for the longest streak to open a major league career as a Met. In 1969, DiLauro opened his career as a Met with 17 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run. Beato, who recorded five outs, was making his first appearance in six days and second since returning from the disabled list for elbow tendinitis.

FOUR-LORNED: Chris Capuano surrendered four long balls -- two-run homers to Russell Martin and Mark Teixeira and solo shots to Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez -- as the Yankees took a 6-3 lead. Capuano was pulled after A-Rod’s long ball.

The four homers allowed were one shy of matching the franchise record, set by Roger Craig on May 4, 1963 against the San Francisco Giants. Johan Santana and Oliver Perez also allowed four homers apiece last May.

Capuano’s line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.

BAY WATCH: Jason Bay batted with six runners on base and produced one RBI. He had a bases-loaded, no-out sacrifice fly in the first inning. In the fifth, he stranded Carlos Beltran with a fielder’s choice groundout. In the seventh, with runners on the corners, Bay popped out to first base.

BUCH SHOT: Taylor Buchholz, like Beato, worked for the first time in six days. He allowed an eighth-inning run. Buchholz said he was briefly unavailable earlier in the week because of shoulder soreness after working three games in four days, including two innings Sunday at Houston.

K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not pitch Saturday. He has finished 18 of the Mets’ first 45 games. K-Rod is on track for 65 games finished, 10 over the threshold for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.

WHAT’S NEXT: Mike Pelfrey (3-3, 5.11 ERA) opposes right-hander Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.33) in Sunday’s 1:05 p.m. rubber game.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 2, Yankees 1

May, 20, 2011

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WHAT IT MEANS: With a 2-1 victory, the Mets improved to 22-22 on the season. They reached .500 for the first time since they were 4-4 on April 9, after being as many as eight games under.

BIG RED: Justin Turner went 3-for-4 and drove in the Mets' opening run with a fourth-inning single that scored Fernando Martinez. Turner tied the franchise rookie record with an RBI in six straight games, matching the streak by Ron Swoboda in Aug. 1965. Turner also extended his hitting streak to seven games. He has 11 RBIs during the six-game streak. Turner upped his season average to .364 (20-for-55).

HE'S A WINNER: R.A. Dickey picked up his first win since his season debut on April 3 at Florida. He had gone 0-5 with two no-decisions in seven starts. Dickey departed with a 2-1 lead after six innings. His final line: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP. The lone run came on a solo homer to the short porch in right field by Mark Teixeira in the third inning.

KARMA: Jose Reyes was charged with an error in the fifth inning on a play in which the Mets appeared to get the shaft. On Brett Gardner's leadoff grounder, first base ump Jeff Kellogg -- seemingly incorrectly -- ruled Reyes' throw pulled Daniel Murphy off first base. It was the previous night in Flushing when a throw from Turner really did pull Murphy off the base, but Jayson Werth was called out by ump Phil Cuzzi and the Mets moved within one out of a 1-0 win against the Nationals.

Reyes and the Mets escaped Friday's ensuing threat anyway. With two outs and two on, Reyes dove up the middle to field Alex Rodriguez's grounder and threw in time to first to end the inning.

Murphy got retribution, too. He led off the next half-inning and gave the Mets a 2-1 lead with a solo homer to right field. Back in the No. 2 hole for the first time in 10 days, Murphy snapped an 0-for-9 drought with the long ball off Freddy Garcia.

O YES: Left-hander Mike O'Connor, promoted May 4 when Pedro Beato landed on the disabled list, tossed a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He has now thrown 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out seven. Jason Isringhausen was equally as dominant in a clean eighth inning. The Mets bullpen has allowed only six earned runs in 51 1/3 innings in May, for a 1.05 ERA.

K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez notched his 15th straight save since blowing his first opportunity of the season. K-Rod's longest streak as a Met is 16, which opened his Mets career and ended with Luis Castillo's dropped would-be game-ending pop fly in the Bronx.

Rodriguez has now finished 18 games this season. He needs to finish 37 of the Mets' remaining 118 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. K-Rod is on pace for 66 games finished, 11 over the threshold for that vesting option to kick in.

WHAT’S NEXT: Blister-free Chris Capuano (3-4, 4.78 ERA) opposes Yankees right-hander A.J. Burnett (4-3, 3.99) in Saturday's 7:10 p.m. game.

Game 69: Mets @ Yankees

June, 20, 2010
Johan Santana now has a share of a pair of franchise records. They ain’t desirable ones, either.

After serving up a grand slam to Mark Teixeira in the fourth inning Sunday in the Mets’ 4-0 rubber-game loss to the Yankees at the Stadium, Santana has now surrendered three homers with the bases loaded this season. The only other Mets to allow that many grand slams in a season: Ron Taylor in 1969 and Armando Benitez in 2000.

(Hey, at least the Mets reached the World Series both of those years.)

The four slams allowed by Santana as a Met also match a franchise record, which is also held by Tug McGraw, Al Leiter, Taylor and Benitez, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Entering 2010, Santana had allowed only two grand slams in his career.

In fact, in his first two seasons as a Met, opponents were 2-for-19 with a walk in bases-loaded situations against Santana. The only grand slam: by Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, on June 23, 2008.


4:13 p.m.: Yankees win Subway Series Stadium edition rubber game, 4-0. The teams split the season series.

4:06 p.m.: Good news: Rain delay secures CC Sabathia's departure after eight innings. Bad news: Mariano Rivera on to protect 4-0 lead in ninth.

3:57 p.m.: Fernando Nieve throwing warm-up pitches.

3:54 p.m.: Tarp nearly off the field. Game to resume shortly.

3:37 p.m.: Rain delay in the middle of the eighth, with the Yankees leading, 4-0.

3:23 p.m.: Jenrry Mejia on for Johan Santana in the seventh. Jerry Manuel taking the use-him-so-you-don't-lose-him approach with Mejia. Santana allowed four runs on eight hits, while walking one, hitting a batter and striking out three in six innings. He threw 114 pitches (73 strikes).

3:19 p.m.: Or not in business. Rod Barajas strikes out looking and Fernando Tatis grounds into a double play. The Mets trail, 4-0, at the Seventh Inning Stretch.

3:13 p.m.: Angel Pagan leads off the seventh inning with a single. It's only the fourth hit, and fifth baserunner, against CC Sabathia on the afternoon. Jason Bay then follows with a walk, so the Mets are finally in business perhaps.

2:50 p.m.: A leadoff double by Derek Jeter in the fifth goes for naught as Johan Santana strands him. Yankees still lead, 4-0, headed to the sixth.

2:07 p.m.: Grand slam for Mark Teixeira. The Yankees loaded the bases in the third inning with none out without exactly crushing the ball. After Brett Gardner has a clean single, Derek Jeter follows with a tapper to third base for an infield hit. Nick Swisher then bunts. Ike Davis fields it, but Johan Santana and Ruben Tejada both head for first base, and neither holds onto the ball. Yankees lead, 4-0. They have seven grand slams this season -- tops in the majors.

1:49 p.m.: Johan Santana allows a pair of baserunners with one out in the second, after plunking Robinson Cano with a 79 mph offering on the left side and surrendering a single to Jorge Posada. Santana escapes, though, by retiring Curtis Granderson and Francisco Cervelli on flyouts. No score, headed to the third inning.

1:05 p.m.: Lineups:


Jose Reyes, SS
Angel Pagan, CF
David Wright, 3B
Ike Davis, 1B
Jason Bay, LF
Rod Barajas, C
Fernando Tatis, DH
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Ruben Tejada, 2B

Johan Santana, LHP


Derek Jeter, SS
Nick Swisher, RF
Mark Teixeira, 1B
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Robinson Cano, 2B
Jorge Posada, DH
Curtis Granderson, CF
Francisco Cervelli, C
Brett Gardner, LF

CC Sabathia, LHP

Game note: From the Elias Sports Bureau: Former Cy Young Award winners will go head-to-head in the rubber game of the latest edition of the subway series this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Johan Santana is one of 12 former Cy Young Award winners acquired by the Mets and CC Sabathia is one of nine former winners of that award acquired by the Yankees. The 12 acquired by the Mets is the most of any MLB team. Red Sox are second with 11. Yankees and Braves tied for third with nine. ... Fox has claimed the Mets' July 3 game in D.C., moving the game against the Washington Nationals to 4 p.m. that day. Not coincidentally, Stephen Strasburg is lining up for that outing. ... Check out where ex-Met Jason Phillips is getting married Sunday.

Game 68: Mets @ Yankees

June, 19, 2010
3:49 p.m. And Chris Carter’s groundout to Mark Teixeira wraps up the Mets’ 5-3 loss to the Yanks. The Mets’ eight-game winning streak -- and the longest current streak in the majors - is snapped with the defeat.

The loss also snaps the team’s longest road win streak since June 2007.

Mets pitchers entered today 18-3 with a 2.49 ERA in their last 29 games, but Pelfrey’s start bucked that trend.

The 6-foot-7 righty allowed seven hits and five earned runs in seven innings to fall to 9-2.

Jose Reyes’ two home runs staked the Mets to leads of 1-0 and 3-1, but Pelfrey allowed the Yanks to tie it in the bottom of each inning.

3:38 p.m.: Ryota Igarashi got out of trouble by getting Jorge Posada to fly out, striking out Curtis Granderson and forcing Ramiro Pena to ground out. And it's Mariano time. Yankees 5, Mets 3

3:29 p.m.: Looked like Angel Pagan lost that Robinson Cano fly ball in the sun. Second and third, none out for Jorge Posada in the eighth.

3:26 p.m.: And for the 15,666,798th time, we hear Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" at the Stadium. It was a great fit in the fall of 2009, but it's time to put that track to bed.

3:20 p.m.: Mark Teixeira recovers nicely to get Jose Reyes on a grounder to first for the second out of the eighth. Angel Pagan follows with a double to right but Joba Chamberlain gets David Wright to strike out swinging on a 1-2 slider to end the inning. Third strikeout of the day for Wright. Rod Barajas in to catch and Ryota Igarashi on the mound for the Mets in the bottom of the eighth. Yankees 5, Mets 3

3:16 p.m.: Joba Chamberlain in for Hughes. Jesus Feliciano pinch hits for Henry Blanco to open the eighth.

3:14 p.m.: Nice play by Mike Pelfrey to get over to first after Ike Davis bobbled Mark Teixeira's grounder. Davis fed Pelfrey in time to get Tex and end the seventh. Yankees 5, Mets 3

3:07 p.m.: Mets go down 1-2-3 in the seventh. Yankees 5, Mets 3

3:01 p.m.: Heckuva play by Reyes to throw Russo out on a soft grounder to short to end the sixth. Reyes' homers stand out today, but his defense has been stellar all season. He's fielding at a .984 clip so far in 2010, which would be the highest mark of his career if he finished the year on the same number.

2:51 p.m.: Jason Bay grounds into a 5-4-3 double play to end the sixth, the second of the day for the Mets. Yankees 5, Mets 3

2:46 p.m.: Angel Pagan singles to lead off the sixth. He's now 11-for-32 on the Mets road trip. David Wright follows with a weak pop-out to second. The Mets third baseman is 0-3 with two strikeouts. Two out and one on for Ike Davis.

2:40 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey puts the Yankees away in order in the bottom of the fifth. It's the first time he's retired the Bombers in order today. The 6-foot-7 righty has thrown 82 pitches through five innings. Fernando Nieve was warming in the Met bullpen when Pelfrey was in trouble in the fourth, but it doesn't look like anyone's warming now so look for Pelfrey to come out for the bottom of the sixth.

2:34 p.m.: By the crowd reaction, you'd think that Jose Reyes strikeout just ended a Yankee win. All it did was end the fifth, as Hughes kept Reyes in the ballpark for the first time today.Yankees 5, Mets 3

2:29 p.m.: With that one-out single, Alex Cora has six hits in his last 10 at-bats. Boobirds out for Jose Reyes, who's looking for home run No. 3 today.

2:18 p.m.: No doubt about that one for Curtis Granderson, who hit Mike Pelfrey's hanging curveball about 20 rows back in the right-field bleachers to give the Yankees a 5-3 lead. It was Granderson's sixth of the year and drove in Jorge Posada, who opened the inning with a walk. Pelfrey snapped his glove down in disgust after getting the ball back from Henry Blanco. Neither of the aces-in-training is particularly sharp today. Yankees 5, Mets 3

2:15 p.m.: Henry Blanco out to chat with Pelfrey after a first-pitch fastball to Curtis Granderson sails up and away in the bottom of the fourth.

2:12 p.m.: Mets go down in order in the top of the fourth. It's the first 1-2-3 inning of the ballgame. Mets 3, Yankees 3

2:05 p.m.: Robinson Cano running at about 35 percent on that groundball behind second base. Jose Reyes would have had a tough time getting Cano if he were running at full speed, but instead got the second baseman by a few feet at first to end the third. Mets 3, Yankees 3

2:02 p.m.: Mark Teixeira drills Mike Pelfrey's 2-1 changeup deep over the right field wall to tie the game at 3-3. It's his 11th homer of the year and just the fourth allowed by Pelfrey. The ball hit the railing in righ-center and bounced into the bull-pen.

1:58 p.m.: Mike Pelfrey struggling to retire Brett Gardner today. Two hard-hit balls in two-at bats for the Yankee left fielder, the latest one an infield single off of Pelfrey's glove. But the Mets righty is bailed out by Ike Davis, who makes a great stab on Nick Swisher's scorching grounder to his right. Davis dives, fields the ball and steps on the bag to retire Swisher. Gardner at second with one out and Teixeira at the plate.

1:54 p.m.: Angel Pagan caught stealing for the second time in two games. Phil Hughes strikes out David Wright on a 1-2 fastball to end the third. Mets 3, Yankees 1

1:50 p.m.: It's "Hip, Hip Jose!" Day in the Bronx thus far. Jose Reyes hits another home run to right off of Phil Hughes, this one a two-run shot scoring Henry Blanco with one out in the third. It's Reyes' sixth career multi-homer game and his first since May 26, 2008 against the Marlins. The Mets entered today's game 26-6 when Reyes scores at least one run. Mets 3, Yankees 1.

1:45 p.m.: Robinson Cano adds to his Gold Glove candidacy with a nice stab of Alex Cora's liner.

1:45 p.m.: Kevin Russo flies out to right to end the second. Mets 1, Yankees 1

1:42 p.m.: Curtis Granderson beats out Reyes' relay throw on a double-play attempt to keep the inning alive for Ramiro Pena. Mike Pelfrey falls behind, 3-1, to Pena, who singles to left to extend the inning. Four hits allowed by Pelfrey in an inning and two-thirds.

1:30 p.m.: Chris Carter grounds into a double play and Jeff Francoeur flies out to Swisher to end the top of the second. Mets 1, Yankees 1

1:23 p.m.: Brett Gardner opens the inning with a single, advances to third on Nick Swisher's long single to right and scores on Mark Teixeira's 4-6-3 double play. Mets 1, Yankees 1

1:16 p.m.: Angel Pagan flies out to left, David Wright strikes out and Ike Davis flies to center to end the inning. Mets 1, Yankees 0

1:10 p.m.: Jose Reyes hit Phil Hughes' second pitch of the afternoon into the right-field seats for his fourth home run of the year. That is Reyes' second leadoff homer of the year and the first time a Met has led off a game against the Yankees with a home run. Mets 1, Yankees 0.

Takahashi Has Hold On Yanks

June, 19, 2010
Hisanori Takahashi shut down the vaunted Yankees' offense again on Friday night.

Takahashi threw six shut-out innings in the Mets' 4-0 win, allowing four hits, walking two and striking out three to earn his sixth win of the season.

The Japanese lefty has thrown 12 shutout innings against the Bombers in two Subway Series starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he’s the first rookie to throw 12 straight scoreless innings since Sidney Ponson did it in 1998. Takahashi is also just the fourth rookie pitcher since 1920 to throw at least 12 straight scoreless innings against the Bombers.

Takahashi found a way out of some tough situations against the Yankees on Friday night, falling behind 2-0 on eight of the 24 hitters he faced. He also got into trouble in the sixth, allowing back-to-back singles to Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira. Takahashi then got Alex Rodriguez to ground out to first and walked Robinson Cano before retiring Jorge Posada on a slow-roller to Wright to end the bases-loaded threat.

"You never got the feeling he was going to flinch," manager Jerry Manuel said after Angel Pagan’s two-run eighth-inning doubled helped lift the Mets to their eighth straight win, a streak that includes seven in a row on the road.

Takahashi, 35, struggled in his two starts prior to a strong outing against Baltimore last Saturday in which he allowed one run in seven innings to earn the win.

Catcher Rod Barajas said it was just a matter of the lefty hitting his spots.

“He relies on location,” Barajas said. “His goal is to locate pitches, change speeds and mix it up. He knows that and that’s what he did.”

STRONG REHAB OUTING FOR MAINE: John Maine pitched 4 1/3 solid innings in his start for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night, allowing one run (unearned) and one hit. The right hander walked four and struck out three.

Manuel said before Friday’s game that his plan is for Maine to make a third minor league start before the team makes a decision on the right-hander’s return to the starting rotation.

Manuel hinted that he may alter his plan if Maine felt great after Friday’s start but reiterated that “our intent was for him to have three starts.”

Takahashi’s quality outing Friday night will force the Mets to make a tough call in choosing who to demote to the bullpen to make room for Maine. Takahashi was a strong candidate for demotion after he struggled in a recent two-start stretch but has since bounced back with two strong starts, including six shutout innings against the Yankees on Friday.

K-ROD ROLLS: Francisco Rodriguez earned his 16th save, pitching the final tw0-thirds of the ninth to close out the Mets’ 4-0 win. As usual, K-Rod made things interesting. He came on with two on and one out after Raul Valdes allowed back-to-back singles to Francisco Cervelli and Curtis Granderson and walked Brett Gardner to load the bases with one out.

Rodriguez then struck out Derek Jeter and got Nick Swisher to pop out to David Wright to end it.

K-Rod warmed up late in the game but didn’t come in after the Mets scored a run in the ninth to go up, 4-0. The Mets closer then warmed up again and entered the game after Valdes got into trouble.

Rodriguez said he would have preferred to come into the game after he warmed up the first time. Manuel said that he was trying to avoid using K-Rod on Friday night because he had already used Pedro Feliciano for two innings.

Game 67: Mets @ Yanks

June, 18, 2010
10:52 p.m.: The Mets entered the first round of the Subway Series on May 21 on the wrong side of the tracks -- three games below .500 and seven games out of first place.

They’ve gone 19-6 since and have now won eight straight overall and seven in a row on the road after Friday night’s 4-0 road win over the Yankees. The Mets’ 19-5 mark in their last 23 games is the best in baseball. They’re a half-game back of the Braves, who beat Kansas City, 6-4 on Friday night.

Hisanori Takahashi pitched six shutout innings against the Yanks, matching his May 21 performance and Angel Pagan had a two-RBI double in the eighth to put the Mets up, 3-0.

The seven straight wins on the road is the team’s longest streak since August 2008.

A win Saturday or Sunday and the Mets can take the Subway Series for just the third time in the 13-year history of interleague play.

1o:51 p.m. Swisher pops out to Wright to end it. Mets 4, Yankees 0.

10:50 p.m. Jeter strikes out, argues with Reilly on the call. That's about as animated as he gets. Two outs in the ninth.

10:47 p.m. Gardner works a walk on a 12-pitch at-bat. Bases loaded, one out. Jeter at the plate. Sticky situation for K-Rod.

10:37 p.m. Valdes gives up back-to-back singles to Cervelli and Granderson. That prompts Jerry Manuel to call on Francisco Rodriguez to try and seal the deal.

10:32 p.m. Lefty Raul Valdes on in the ninth. He'll face Posada, Cervelli and Granderson.

10:29 p.m. Wright grounds into a 4-6-3 double play to end the ninth. Mets 4, Yankees 0

10:26 p.m. Francoeur scores on Reyes single to right to put the Mets up, 4-0, with one out in the ninth. Two on and one out for Met hero Pagan.

10:18 p.m. Cano flies out to left to end the eighth. Mets 3, Yankees 0.

10:15 p.m. Strange to hear cheers after A-Rod struck out looking against Feliciano, but that's all I heard from the press box. Mets fans have been more vocal here all night.

10:11 p.m. Teixeira hits his second fly ball to the warning track and Bay nearly gets Swisher tagging at second, but Tejada drops the throw. They had Swisher out by at least a foot if Tejada makes a clean play there. Bay gets an assist on the play and Tejada gets an error.

10:08 p.m. Feliciano back on the bump in the eighth. He faces Swisher, who starts things off with a single to right.

10:07 p.m. Fernando Tatis flies out to Granderson on the 10th pitch of his at-bat against Loganto end the top of the eighth. Mets 3, Yankees 0

10:00 p.m. This just in from the Mets: John Maine threw 4 1/3 innings in his start for Triple-A Buffalo, allowing one run (unearned) and one hit while walking four and striking out three.

9:56 p.m. Lefty Boone Logan on for Park. He'll face Davis.

9:53 p.m. To borrow one from my colleague Ian O'Connor, Chan Ho "All Over The" Park strikes again. Pagan doubles to left to score Tejada and Reyes and put the Mets up, 3-0.

9:51 p.m. Reyes lines a double to right on pitch No. 9 of that battle against Park. Tejada, who walked, advanced to third. Two on, none out for Pagan.

9:46 p.m. Great play by Cervelli to let that Reyes bunt go foul. No way he gets Reyes at first if he fields that in fair territory.

9:39 p.m. Chan Ho Park on for Vazquez in the top of the eighth. He'll face Tejada, Reyes and Pagan.

9:37 p.m. Reyes offers a few words of encouragement to Feliciano in back of the mound before he faces Jeter with two out in the seventh. Whatever he said worked as Feliciano retired Jeter on a comebacker to the mound to end the inning. Mets 1, Yankees 0

9:34 p.m. Feliciano gets Granderson swinging at a 75-mph slider for the first out of the inning.

9:31 p.m. Pedro Feliciano on for Dessens with no out and Cervcelli on second in the seventh. He'll face Curtis Granderson, hitting for Huffman.

9:28 p.m. This stat, courtesy of Elias: Takahashi is the first rookie with 12 straight scoreless innings against the Yankees since Sidney Ponson threw 14 straight in 1998.

9:27 p.m. Eighth-inning Elmer Dessens on for the Mets in the seventh. Gives up a leadoff double to Cervelli to open the inning.

9:23 p.m. Barajas' long foul ball down the left field line made things interesting, but Vazquez sent the Mets down quietly in the seventh. Mets 1, Yankees 0

9:15 p.m. Great play by Wright to get Posada by a step at first. He grabbed Posada's infield chopper with his bare hand and fired to Davis for the final out of the sixth. Any other Yankee running there and it's a tie ball game. Mets 1, Yankees 0.

9:13 p.m. Posada has singled and walked against Takahashi tonight. If you were Manuel, would you leave the lefty in to face Posada with the bases loaded?

9:09 p.m. Takahashi fell behind Cano, 3-0, but got Cano to foul off two pitches. Barajas came out for a visit before Tak's first 3-2 offering. Cano fouled that off and fouled off the next two pitches before taking ball four. Great nine-pitch at-bat right there.

9:06 p.m. A-Rod was well behind on a 90-mph fastball from Takahashi and bounced out softly to Davis two pitches later. Takahashi ran to cover and beat A-Rod to the bag for the second out of the inning.

9:00 p.m. Big spot for Takahashi. Swish on second, Tex on first and A-Rod up with one out in the sixth. After a mound visit by Dan Warthen, the Mets elect to stick with Takahashi. Fernando Nieve is warming in the bullpen.

8:52 p.m. Davis flips his helmet after striking out swinging on a 1-2 changeup, flashing a look of frustration all over his face. Four Ks for Vazquez through six innings.

8:47 p.m. First time all night you noticed the near sellout crowd on hand here tonight. The Yankee faithful made its presence felt after Posada threw out Pagan for the second out of the inning. Wright followed with a walk, Vazquez's second of the frame.

8:41 p.m. Web Geb material by Teixeira right there. He dove to his left to snag Reyes hard shot to the right side and flipped to Vazquez for the first out of the sixth.

8:36 p.m. Great stab by Takahashi on that Gardner comebacker. He flipped to Davis for the final out of the fifth. The crafty lefty has steered clear of trouble thus far. Through five innings, this game closely resembles the last time Vazquez and Takahashi faced off, a 2-1 Met win on May 21.

8:29 p.m. Posada protested loudly after Mike Reilly called that 3-1 outside fastball a strike. He then worked a walk, the first one issued by Takahashi tonight.

8:25 p.m. Another 1-2-3 for Vazquez - his third straight. Mets 1, Yankees 0

8:17 p.m. Takahashi has Cano, one of the hottest hitters in baseball as evidenced by his 10-game hitting streak, completely off-balance in his first two at-bats, which have resulted in two weak infield pop-outs. Mets 1, Yankees 0

8:11 p.m. Vazquez fooled Chris Carter badly on that 3-2, 82-mph changeup. Carter struck out swinging to end the top of the fourth. Vazquez has retired ten of 11 since giving up an RBI single to Davis in the first.

8:07 p.m. I know Mets fans won't want to hear this, but can we just hand Cano the Gold Glove today? He makes difficult plays - such as the Ike Davis in-between-hop grounder he just stabbed - look routine.

8:01 p.m. Jeter beats-out a slow roller to second for an infield hit. Two homegrown talents - Jeter and Davis - are chatting it up at first base. It'd be fun to listen in on that conversation, no? Swisher grounds out to Tejada to end the third. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:58 p.m. Takahashi gets Gardner swining on a 1-2, 80-mph changeup for his first strikeout of the game.

7:50 p.m. Brett Gardner got a late jump on that Angel Pagan liner, but recovered nicely to make a sliding grab. Pagan shook his left hand while heading back to the dugout. Looked like his hand stung after that lineout and it was nothing serious. Wright strikes out looking to end the top of the third. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:42 p.m. Robbie Cano basically dropped his bat down before Takahashi's first-pitch curveball reached the plate, like he didn't even want to look at the offering. That look strange to anyone else? Either way, Tak got Cano to pop-out to Barajas for the second out of the second.

7:38 p.m. Vazquez gets Ruben Tejada chasing a 2-2 high fastball to end the top of the second. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:35 p.m. Jeff Francoeur slaps a liner into the right-field gap and advances to second on a Vazquez wild pitch. His single is the third hard-hit ball against Vazquez thus far.

7:32 p.m. Nice diving grab by LF Chad Huffman on Rod Barajas' sinking liner.

7:26 p.m. Mark Teixeira shows warning-track power against Hisanori Takahashi, who got Tex to fly out to deep left-center to end the first. It looks like the Yanks are being more patient with the lefty after he shut them down in his first start major-league start against the Bombers on May 21. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:16 p.m. Nick Swisher fielded Ike Davis' single to right and fired a one-hop strike to Francisco Cervelli, but home plate ump Mike Reilly ruled that Wright got in under Cervelli's tag. Mets 1, Yankees 0

7:14 p.m. Red-hot David Wright picks up right where he left off on the road with a two-out double to left.

7:10 p.m. Javy Vazquez fires a first-pitch strike to Jose Reyes and we're under way.

Manuel: One More Start Likely For Maine

June, 18, 2010
Jerry Manuel said before Friday’s game that his plan is for John Maine to make three minor league starts before the team makes a decision on the right-hander’s return to the starting rotation.

Maine will start Friday night in Triple-A Buffalo, his second minor league start in an effort to come back from right shoulder tightness. The Mets placed Maine on the disabled list on May 21 after a disastrous outing in Washington the night before in which he was pulled after throwing just five pitches.

Manuel said that the team would make a decision on Maine’s return based on how the righty feels after Friday night’s start.

Still, the manager reiterated that “our intent was for him to have three starts.”

The Mets will have to move one starter to the bullpen to make room for Maine in the rotation. The most likely candidate for demotion is lefty Hisanori Takahashi, who will start Friday night against the Yankees.

CARTER OK: Chris Carter said Friday that his left knee is “swollen” but it wouldn’t keep him out of tonight’s lineup against the Yankees.

Carter is the Mets’ designated hitter tonight, batting sixth.

He fouled a ball off of his left knee in the fifth inning of the Mets win in Cleveland on Thursday. Carter said after the game that he couldn’t put any weight on the knee but said before Friday’s game that he was “OK.”

“It’s swollen up, but it’s nothing that’s going to keep me out,” Carter said. “I’m OK, I’m going to play.”

Are the Mets back on track?

May, 24, 2010
The Mets limped into this weekend’s Subway Series with their manager’s job in jeopardy after a 2-6 road trip.

Jerry Manuel appears safe -- for now -- after the Mets won a series against the Yankees for the first time since 2007 and the eighth time in the 13-year history of interleague play thanks to Johan Santana’s dominant performance tonight in a 6-4 win.

For more on Santana, who outdueled Yankee ace CC Sabathia, check out Ian O’Connor’s column after the game.

Santana must have been sweating out the ninth. The Yanks had the tying run on first in the ninth but Francisco Rodriguez struck out Alex Rodriguez to end it.

The Mets now head into this week’s three-game series against Philadelphia having won three of their last four. Their 8-14 May has been a disaster, but they’re just five games back of the Phils.

The Yankees, on the other hand, got a dud from Sabathia, who allowed five earned runs in five innings. Check out Andrew Marchand’s take on Sabathia later tonight.

Jason Bay did plenty of damage against the big lefty, hitting two homers to triple his 2010 home run total (3). For more on Bay’s power surge, check out Adam Rubin’s column later.

There’s plenty of blame to go around for the Yanks, who have dropped six of their last 10 heading into a three-game series in Minnesota, their first trip to Target Field. One culprit? The Yanks 3-4-5 hitters had just one RBI all weekend. I’ll have more on that.

Game 44: Mets vs. Yankees

May, 22, 2010
11:41: The Mets sent down reliever Manny Acosta to make room for reliever Ryota Igarashi, who will be activated Sunday. The team had discussed sending down Jenrry Mejia, who pitched a scoreless seventh tonight, to stretch him out as a starter, but instead opted for Acosta (1-1, 3.00 ERA).

10:46: K-Rod strikes out Cervelli. Mets win 5-3.

10:33: Not even close for Reyes on that. He was thrown out by a good 3 feet at second trying to stretch that single to a double. Now it's up to K-Rod (2-1, 2.18 ERA), who'll try to convert his seventh save of the season.

10:28: K-Rod gets Gardner (0-for-5) to ground out to Wright to end the threat. Francoeur (.216), Gary Matthews Jr. (.185) and Reyes (.212) due up for the Mets in the eighth. They’ll face Sergio Mitre.

10:23: Jeter grounds to Wright, who bobbled the ball but got Russo on the force out at second. He may have been able to turn the inning-ending double play with a quicker release. Swisher scores from third. Mets lead it 5-3.

10:19: Nieve gets Miranda swinging at a 1-2 fastball, but walks Kevin Russo on seven pitches to force in Cano. Mets lead 5-2, with K-Rod coming on for what would be a five-out save. He’ll face Derek Jeter with the bases loaded.

10:08: Pedro Feliciano, on for Mejia in the eighth, left a bases-loaded, no-out mess for Fernando Nieve. Nieve has allowed a run in his last three appearances. He’s facing pinch-hitter Juan Miranda.

9:54: With that infield single, Bay ties his career high with four hits in a game. Bay last had four in a game as a member of the Red Sox on June 23 against the Nationals. He had three RBI that day. He has none tonight, but does have two runs scored and a stolen base, his sixth of the year.

9:46: Mejia battles back in a big way, striking out Teixeira on a 97 mph full-count fastball. The 20-year-old righty then gets A-Rod to ground out to Wright, who makes a great pick on a ball that looked like it was going to eat him up, throwing out Rodriguez by a step at first. The Mets lead 4-1.

9:36: Jenrry Mejia is on in the top of the seventh for what might be his last appearance at Citi Field for a while. Mejia, 0-2 with a 3.79 ERA, may get called down to make room for reliever Ryota Igarashi. Igarashi, up from Buffalo, will be activated for Sunday night's game. The team has discussed sending Mejia to the minors to stretch him out for starting duty.

He’s allowed a single to Kevin Russo and walked Jeter to start out the inning and put himself in a big hole.

9:31: Jerry Manuel made the right move at the right time in inserting Alex Cora as a pinch-hitter for Pelfrey. Cora, hitting .238 this year, hit a ground ball passed a diving Cano into right to score Pagan, who reached on a fly ball to the left field corner dropped by Winn. The play was scored a hit, but certainly looked like an error from our point of view. Either way, Phil Hughes is done after 6 2/3 and Chan Ho Park is on to face Reyes. Mets lead 4-1.

9:10: Francisco Cervelli hits one off Pelfrey's right foot to score Cano from third. Had he come up with that ball and thrown out Cervelli, who leads the league with .550 BA with runners in scoring position, this place would have erupted. Prior to the two-out rally, Pelfrey was cooking. He struck out Teixeira on three straight fastballs and set A-Rod down swinging at an 84 mph changeup. Mets lead 3-1.

8:56: Not to rain on Wright's RBI parade, but he just started another strikeout streak. He just snapped a career-high 15-game streak on Thursday. But he struck out twice on Friday and once tonight with two on and two out in the fifth. It's 3-0 Mets.

8:46: You could hear a small smattering of boos after Reyes popped out to left, his third weak flyout of the game. Reyes started the night hitting .211. He's now down to .207.

8:42: Pelfrey wiggled out of his first mini-jam since the first inning. With Winn on third base, Pelfrey struck out hot-hitting Brett Gardner (.302 BA) for the second time tonight. It's still 3-0 Mets with Pelfrey dealing a three-hitter through five.

8:23: Pelfrey's now pounding the strike zone with success. He'd retired five straight Yankees before allowing that single to Nick Swisher. Pelfrey has thrown 41 strikes on 65 pitches and has allowed just two hits -- both two-out singles. So far, he's outpitching Hughes in this showdown.

8:09: Is Wright back on track? Another big spot for the maligned Mets third baseman and another big hit. First and second, two out and Wright singles to score Bay. As cold as he's been, Wright has six RBI this week, including four on Thursday night against the Nationals. It's 3-0, Mets.

8 p.m.: That's two weak pop-outs for Reyes (.210). How long until the Mets faithful starts getting on him the way they do Wright?

7:55: It wasn’t an over-the-railing, game-ending grab, but Ike Davis just made a spectacular, snow-cone catch of Derek Jeter’s liner in the top of the third.

7:53: Phil Hughes settles down in the second, striking out Rod Barajas and Pelfrey and getting Jeff Francouer to pop out weakly to Mark Teixeira. Thirty-seven pitches, 27 strikes through two. It's 2-0, Mets.

7:42: Randy Winn works a two-out walk in the top of the second. That's two in two innings for Pelfrey and par for the course for the Mets, who lead the majors with 196 walks this season.

7:35: Angel Pagan's single to left scores Ike Davis to put the Mets up, 2-0. But the inning ends prematurely when Francisco Cervelli nails David Wright at third as the Mets third baseman was trying to take an extra base on Randy Winn's throw home.

7:31: Big at-bat for David Wright, who enters tonight tied for second in the majors with 57 strikeouts. Jason Bay on second, Ike Davis on first and two out in the bottom of the first. And Wright's RBI single up the middle easily scores Bay. Wright then hears something he hasn’t heard at Citi in a while -- cheers. Mets up, 1-0.

7:24: Jose Reyes continues his season-long struggles with a weak pop-out to third. He came into the game hitting .211. The Mets need him to turn it around quickly if they want to get out of the NL East basement.

7:13: Mike Pelfrey’s first pitch to Derek Jeter is a 93-mph fastball. Jeter grounds out to Ike Davis and we're under way.

Mets lineup

Jose Reyes SS
Luis Castillo 2B
Jason Bay LF
Ike Davis 1B
David Wright 3B
Angel Pagan CF
Rod Barajas C
Jeff Francoeur RF
Mike Pelfrey RHP

Yankees lineup

Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner, CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Francisco Cervelli C
Randy Winn LF
Phil Hughes P



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