Morning Briefing: Mets irked by paper?


FIRST PITCH: The Mets will aim to move four games over .500 on Saturday night for the first time since July 14, 2012.

Jenrry Mejia will take a career-high 13 2/3-inning scoreless streak into the 7:10 p.m. start at Citi Field. Mejia (3-0, 1.99 ERA) opposes right-hander Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.15).

Saturday’s news reports:

Curtis Granderson’s walk-off RBI single completed a ninth-inning rally against Miami closer Steve Cishek as the Mets beat the Marlins, 4-3, Friday night. The Mets snapped two Marlins streaks that had been the longest active in the majors: Cishek had converted 33 straight save opportunities. Christian Yelich had a 17-game hitting streak end.

Yelich stumbled in left field and never made a throw to the plate attempting to catch Lucas Duda as the tying run in the ninth.

“It would have been a tough play,” Yelich told the Miami Herald. “I had to go a decent way for that ball. Then you’ve got to stop and then you’ve got to throw. And it’s a tough angle to throw because I’m right on the line. But it’s probably where I would have gone with the ball had I kept my feet.”

The Mets needed to rally because Gonzalez Germen allowed consecutive eighth-inning homers to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones with two outs. Zack Wheeler allowed one run in six innings, although his pattern of running into trouble in the fifth inning continued. Jeurys Familia, who had been unused for a week, earned his first major-league win with a scoreless top of the ninth.

Read game recaps in the Miami Herald, Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

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Mookie Wilson's memoir has created somewhat of a stir in Mets land.

• Paul DePodesta vehemently denied a report that he disparaged the ’86 Mets in his initial staff meeting after taking over the organization with Sandy Alderson. The report came after Mookie Wilson’s memoirs became public. Wilson critically wrote that the organization treats him like a “hood ornament” and does not have much use for the ’86 Mets.

Still, he told Jim Baumbach in Newsday: “It’s true that I was unhappy, but the word ‘was’ -- make sure that’s in there. It doesn’t bother me now. … You move past those things. You can only be mad for so long. Life goes on.”

Read more on the controversy in the Post and Daily News.

Read a Q&A with Mookie in the Times. On his path toward becoming a minister, he says: “I’m working on my ordination. I do all the programs at my church. I do the sermons on Sundays. Because I spend so much time roaming around the country, I don’t put in as much time as I should.”

• Kevin Burkhardt is leaving SNY at the end of this season to move to Los Angeles and work full time for Fox Sports.

• The Mets would not speak with the media postgame Friday until Post beat writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse, the Daily News reported. Wrote Kristie Ackert and Justin Tasch:

Apparently angry about an article in the New York Post on Friday about Bartolo Colon under the headline “LARDBALL,” the players would not talk to the media until Post writer Mike Puma left the clubhouse. Puma was asked to leave and did so without incident. Within a minute, several Mets appeared in the clubhouse. The team would not comment on the incident.

The first paragraph of that game story read:

If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.

• Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs, including a solo homer to Jesus Montero, in six innings as Las Vegas beat Tacoma, 7-6. Aderlin Rodriguez had a grand slam in a 10-run eighth inning as St. Lucie beat Brandenton, 13-4. Savannah swept a doubleheader from Lakewood behind Robert Gsellman’s complete game in the opener and Stefan Sabol’s grand slam in Game 2. Mets affiliates are now an MLB-best 54-26 this season. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Jacob deGrom is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA through four starts with Vegas. “[One of] his strengths [is] command of the strike zone,” 51s pitching coach Tom Signore told John DeMarzo in the Post. “He’s very good when he’s ahead in the count, at making a pitch no matter what, especially his slider going from being a strike to ball. He gets a lot of swings on pitches that are out of the zone.”

• The All-Star ballot is out. With teams allowed to list three outfielders on the ballot, Granderson, Chris Young and Juan Lagares are included, but Eric Young Jr. is omitted. Read more at MLB.com.

BIRTHDAYS: Mets pitcher turned Houston Astros nemesis Mike Scott turns 59. ... Ex-reliever Scott Strickland is 38. ... Amos Otis was born on this date in 1947.


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