Morning Briefing: Mets have Miami vice


FIRST PITCH: Facing the Miami Marlins might be a reprieve for many teams, but not for the New York Mets.

Entering a four-game series at Marlins Park, the Mets are 3-8 this season against Miami.

“Obviously their record, I know that they’ve had a tough start,” Terry Collins said. “But I’ll tell you one thing they’ve done is something a lot of teams want to do: And that is, when they’ve made deals, they have gotten good young players. And those young players, they are formidable.

“You look at their pitching staff, they’re all young. But man, I tell you what, those are plus, plus arms with plus, plus stuff. And when you play them in their park, they’re tough.

“They’ve lost games, but they’ve lost games that are close. So you’ve got to score. The times we’ve played them, we haven't scored. They’re holding us down to one or two runs and that’s it. We’re losing games 2-1, 3-2. You’ve got to put some runs on the board, but they’ve pitched great against us.”

Jeremy Hefner (4-8, 4.17 ERA) opposes right-hander Jacob Turner (3-3, 2.49) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

John Pierson is due to make his debut as Marlins interim hitting coach, after Tino Martinez resigned Sunday amid allegations he was physically and verbally abusive to players.

The Marlins (40-63), despite occupying last place in the NL East, actually are 27-22 since May 31.

Read the Mets-Marlins series preview here.

Monday’s news reports:

• The Mets continued to portray a trade as unlikely before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline. Terry Collins specifically said he did not expect a deal to materialize. Still, do not fully rule out Marlon Byrd getting dealt. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Carlos Torres surrendered eight runs in three innings and the Mets were routed by Washington, 14-1, in Sunday’s series finale at Nationals Park. It was the Mets’ most lopsided loss this season and the biggest win in D.C. baseball history since the days of the Washington Senators. David Wright was given the start off for only the third time this season. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and MLB.com.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed only one hit in six innings as Binghamton split a doubleheader with Trenton. Read the full minor league recap here.

From the bloggers … John Delcos at Mets Report suggests it is important for Jonathon Niese to pitch again in the majors this season to have more certainty about the rotation heading into the winter.

BIRTHDAYS: ’62 Mets infielder Felix Mantilla was born on this date in 1934.


YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets win the series against the Marlins?