<
>

Mets morning briefing 9.2.12

Trailing by two runs entering the ninth after being stymied by Josh Johnson, the Mets rallied for four runs and beat the Miami Marlins, 5-3, Saturday night. Lucas Duda had an RBI single, then Kelly Shoppach cleared the bases on a single that was misplayed by Justin Ruggiano in center field.

The Mets aim for the sweep this afternoon when Chris Young (3-7, 4.64 ERA) opposes left-hander Mark Buehrle (12-11, 3.62).

Sunday's news reports:

• Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post advocates trading David Wright and R.A. Dickey this offseason. Writes Sherman:

In the coming weeks, general manager Sandy Alderson will present ownership three avenues the Mets could follow this offseason: 1. Go the Dodgers route. Expand payroll greatly to try and purchase your way out of a variety of problems. 2. Extend David Wright and, perhaps, R.A. Dickey on long-term contracts, but essentially follow a similar course to the present: Continue to grow the farm, use about $10 million in available funds in a roughly $90 million-ish payroll to address needs and just keep running out the clock on the horrible contracts of Jason Bay and Johan Santana. 3. Think bigger picture by trading Wright, Dickey and Jonathon Niese to add eight-to-10 prospects and truly begin to address what has long been the Mets’ downfall: Lack of depth up and down the organization. I would pick Door No. 3, because the Mets can’t lie to themselves any longer that they are close to success.

That said, Sherman expects No. 2 -- trying to re-sign Wright with a status quo payroll while biding time until contracts for Jason Bay and Johan Santana come off the books.

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

Zack Wheeler completed his 2012 season by limiting Lehigh Valley to one run in five innings and the Bisons beat the IronPigs, 6-3. St. Lucie posted its 82nd win, breaking a 12-year-old club record. Brandon Nimmo homered and Brooklyn maintained a one-game lead over Batavia in the New York-Penn League wild-card standings. Read Sunday's full minor league recap here.

Mike Nickeas and Zach Lutz joined the Mets on Saturday. Collin McHugh is due to be promoted to face the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday at Busch Stadium. The other September call-ups, who will join the Mets after Buffalo's season ends Monday, are expected to be Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Elvin Ramirez, Jordany Valdespin, Fred Lewis and possibly Matt Tuiasosopo,

Terry Collins believes Dickey is Cy Young worthy. "We've had a tough time scoring runs, especially in the second half of the season, and he continues to win," Collins said, according to Anthony Rieber in Newsday. "We are [eight] games below .500 and he's [13] games over .500. That says a lot. ... I know we've had a collapse in the second half, but when you look at what he's done the entire year, he's racked up numbers against every team in baseball. No matter who he's faced, he's pitched great."

Seth Berkman in the Times looks at Collins' playing career, which included six seasons in Triple-A, but no major league experience. Writes Berkman:

Collins, who as a minor leaguer played shortstop, third base, first base and outfield and even pitched in six games (0-0, 1.00 earned run average, two strikeouts), said he stuck around the minors out of passion more than a belief that he would ever reach the majors. “I had one year where the big club, the Dodgers, had some injuries and I thought maybe, due to the fact that I played all over the place, I had a shot, but I didn’t and that was fine,” he said. “My years in Triple-A, I was not an everyday player. Backup players in Triple-A, you got to be in the right place at the right time.” During his last few years with Albuquerque, in the early 1980s, Collins was a player-coach. The Dodgers had initiated a system for developing older players into managers, who could also fill in for a game or two if a player was injured. Collins was recruited.

TRIVIA: For which major league team did the expected call-up Fred Lewis play for parts of four seasons?

Saturday's answer: Ike Davis had the Mets' first homer at Marlins Park, off Buehrle in the Amazin's first game there, on May 11.