The Mets received a sensational outing from Dillon Gee and the bats came to life as they defeated the Padres 6-1 at Citi Field on Friday night.
Saturday's news reports
• Gee talked about how he had felt lost at times entering Friday's start, but he didn't show it against the Padres. In his second-best start of the year, he gave up just one run over seven. Read more in the Post and Star-Ledger.
• Mike Baxter made a great catch in the first inning that started a momentum-changing double play.
• Kevin Kernan of the Post writes that the Mets are going to have to beat woeful teams like San Diego to have a successful year. Writes Kernan:
The challenge for the Mets is to beat the teams .500 and under. They went into last night 7-8 in that department, but evened their mark with the 6-1 whipping of the pitiful Padres as Dillon Gee struck out a career-high nine batters over seven innings.
• Manager Terry Collins said that he thinks Jeremy Hefner will get another start in the vacant spot in the rotation. That spot is being held for Chris Young, who threw 6-1/3 innings Friday night for Single-A St. Lucie. Read more in the New York Times.
• Ruben Tejada had just a "so-so" baserunning session, according to Collins. The manager said it wasn't a step back, but it wasn't a big step forward either.
• Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal writes that Tim Byrdak leads the majors with 27 appearances and is glad to do so. Writes Costa:
And he is on pace to pitch in 95 games this season, which would set a franchise record. Only one pitcher in baseball history has ever appeared in more games in a single season. Mike Marshall pitched in 106 games for the Dodgers in 1974.
At a time when the industry is so focused on protecting its arms, that kind of workload raises eyebrows. And because his contract extends only through this season, it poses more potential harm to him than the Mets.
Yet Byrdak insists he isn't the least bit tired. And while he is aware of the dangers of overuse, he pays his work schedule little regard.
• The Mets are hoping to see what second baseman Reese Havens can contribute in the minors now that he's healthy.
• Sunday will be the return of Banner Day.
TRIVIA: The Mets are tied with which NL team for the league lead in doubles with 88 entering Saturday's game?
FRIDAY'S ANSWER: Greg Vaughn is the former Padres outfielder whose son, Cory Vaughn, is a rising star in the Mets farm system.