Morning Briefing: Happy Harvey Day!



FIRST PITCH: Make it five straight wins for the New York Mets!

The Amazin's now try to sweep the three-game series from the Miami Marlins on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park.

Matt Harvey (9-7, 2.91 ERA) opposes right-hander David Phelps (4-7, 3.93).

The Mets continue to hold a one-game lead over the Washington Nationals atop the NL East -- not that Jayson Werth is concerned. He told D.C. reporters: “It's our division to lose.”


  • Eric Campbell delivered a tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the eighth against Mike Dunn to spark a four-run outburst and the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-1, Tuesday. Jonathon Niese continued his strong pitching, limiting Miami to one run in seven innings. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • The Mets upgraded their lefty relief corps late Tuesday, acquiring Eric O'Flaherty and cash from the Oakland Athletics for a player to be named. The Amazin's designated Alex Torres for assignment. O'Flaherty, a longtime Brave, had a 5.91 ERA with Oakland this season, but he also held lefty batters to a .186 batting average. Read more in the Post, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • David Wright began five straight days of baseball workouts in Miami on Tuesday. After completing that stretch and resting Sunday, Wright could be in a minor league rehab game the following day. Read more in the Post and at MLB.com.

  • Although it seems improbable that Yoenis Cespedes will remain a Met in 2016 given his quirky contract clause mandating he be released, the newly-acquired slugger said through an interpreter: “I don't know what the front office is thinking about. But with what I see so far, I would love for everything to work out and stay as a Met for a long, long time, because I like the atmosphere.” Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Manager Terry Collins plans to go to Port St. Lucie on Thursday's off-day to tell Rafael Montero: “We need you, so let's go!” Montero has been on the disabled list since late April despite doctors not being able to detect anything significantly wrong. Read more at NJ.com.

  • A Washington Post designer had a little Simpsons-themed fun after Bryce Harper professed not to care about the Mets.

  • Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post suggests Joc Pederson and Kris Bryant's recent showings have left the door open for Noah Syndergaard to compete for the NL Rookie of the Year award. Syndergaard's numbers are strikingly similar to Jacob deGrom's at the same point last season, en route to deGrom winning the award. Writes Sherman: “Through 15 starts, deGrom was 6-5 with a 2.77 ERA in 94 1/3 innings. Syndergaard is 6-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 94 2/3 innings.”

  • Kelly Johnson has been with seven teams since 2012. That is tied for the most in MLB history in a four-year span with former infielder John McDonald (2011-14), according to Jared Diamond in the Journal.

  • The Mets have the sixth-largest attendance increase over 2014 in the majors, Steven Marcus writes in Newsday. They are averaging 30,253 per game at Citi Field, which ranks sixth in the NL.

  • Brandon Allen had a run-scoring triple and two-run homer in Las Vegas' 5-2 win against Tacoma. Josh Rodriguez had a grand slam and Tyler Pill won in his season debut with Binghamton in an 8-2 victory against Bowie. Matt Oberste, Dominic Smith and Yeixon Ruiz had three hits apiece in St. Lucie's 7-4 win at Fort Myers. Patrick Biondi had five hits and drove in six runs as Savannah routed Rome, 20-3. Zach Mathieu twice had inning-ending strikeouts with the bases loaded and Lowell beat Brooklyn, 5-1. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • The Savannah Sand Gnats will be called the Columbia Fireflies when they move to a new $37 million ballpark in South Carolina next season. Read more in The State.

  • Days after trading Cespedes to the Mets, Dave Dombrowski is out of a job as Detroit Tigers GM.

  • Jack Murtha in Columbia Journalism Review revisits the reporting surrounding the Carlos Gomez trade that fizzled.

  • Zach Braziller in the Post looks at five historical trade-deadline moves that had big impacts.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear follows the Mets' first-place thread, from 1969 through 2008 to 2015. … Mets Report wonders about the future of Juan Lagares. … Kings of Queens reminisces about 2006.

BIRTHDAYS: John Olerud turns 47. ... Kurtis Horne is 19. ... Chasen Bradford is 26. ... Craig Missigman is 22.


YOU'RE UP: Will the Mets ever lose again?