Jon Niese wasn't sharp and the Mets dropped the rubber game to the Angels, 7-3, on Sunday. After a team off-day, Bob Melvin and Oakland visits Citi Field.
Monday's news reports:
• David Wright, who has an exam on Friday, has started modest baseball activities. He tossed a baseball at took limited grounders from his knees Sunday at Citi Field. Read more in Newsday, the Post, Star-Ledger and Record.
• Newsday's David Lennon notes it's a big week off the field for the Mets as Ike Davis gets his ankle examined Wednesday and Wright sees the doctor Friday.
• Chris Capuano continues to get tips from Sandy Koufax.
• Tom Seaver offered some advice to Lucas Duda, whose confidence has a tendency to dip, during a weekend visit to Citi Field. "He told me to take it easy, have fun and exhale and remember you're playing a game," Duda said, according to the Daily News. "He said there's a process in baseball. Before you get to step 5, you have to go through 1, 2, 3, and so on."
• Jason Bay's modest four-game hitting streak came to an end. Read more in the Post.
BIRTHDAYS: With no notable Mets birthdays today, we note it’s the 40th anniversary of a nifty Mets win -- a three-run comeback in the ninth inning that led to a 7-6 win over the Phillies on this date in 1971. Duffy Dyer won it with a two-run single, making a winner of Tug McGraw. -Mark Simon