FIRST PITCH: The wait is over, Mets fans. Matt Harvey is up.
The team's ace will be back on the hill Sunday for the first time since giving up one hit in nine shutout innings against the White Sox on Tuesday. That dominant performance against Chicago, which included 12 strikeouts, was easily the best of Harvey's young career.
Harvey will also attempt to salvage a tie in the four-game series against Pittsburgh. The Mets are 1-2 thus far against Pittsburgh after Saturday's 11-2 loss.
And, of course, happy Mother's Day.
Sunday's news reports:
• The Mets will call up Greg Burke to help an overworked bullpen, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. Burke was sent to the minors on April 18 with an ERA of 7.36. The corresponding move most likely involves placing Jeurys Familia (biceps tendinitis) on the DL. Read more in the Daily News.
• Ike Davis will bat cleanup Sunday. Davis hasn't hit there since April 19 and has been hitting out of the No. 7 spot lately. Manager Terry Collins said he wants to put his run producers at the top of the lineup. Read more in Newsday.
• David Wright said the Mets have Jordany Valdespin's back, but the charismatic outfielder might want to tone it down a bit. Valdespin was hit by a pitch Saturday for admiring his home run Friday a little too much. Read more in The Star-Ledger, Newsday, the Post and The Record.
• Frank Francisco had been due to join Double-A Binghamton this weekend, but Collins said he was unable to throw a bullpen session Saturday, leaving his status in doubt.
• David Lennon of Newsday writes about Harvey's preparation for his starts.
• John Harper of the Daily News writes that the Mets need more out of players like Davis and Niese.
• Kevin Kernan of the Post writes about the Mets playing like a minor league team thus far this season.
• Mike Vaccaro of the Post writes about how Harvey must be a leader on the mound and in the clubhouse to emulate Mets legend Tom Seaver.
• Steve Serby does his Sunday Q&A with Harvey.
From the bloggers: Mets Police has photos and a video from Banner Day. ... Mets Report has a piece on Collins' comments on Zack Wheeler being out of line. ... Faith and Fear in Flushing has a post about Banner Day and the struggling Mets.
BIRTHDAYS:: Hall of Famer Yogi Berra turns 88. He managed the Mets from 1972 to '75, leading the team to the NL pennant in 1973, and also played four games for the Mets in 1965. Berra, of course, is more known for his career with the Yankees, with whom he won 10 World Series.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
#Mets players have a message for fans on #BannerDay twitter.com/Mets/status/33…
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YOU'RE UP: What's your level of concern with Jon Niese?