Buster Posey strikes a pose after connecting on a game-deciding two-run homer against Carlos Torres on Friday.SAN FRANCISCO
FIRST PITCH: The Mets will need a win against the pitcher with the top ERA in the majors to prevent their dive from reaching five Saturday.
Saturday’s news reports:
Matt Cain no-hit the Mets into the sixth, but served up a go-ahead two-run homer to Daniel Murphy an inning later. Jonathon Niese allowed a game-tying RBI single to Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the seventh.
Travis d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 and grounded into two double plays as his average dropped to .180.
“I got to be better than this,” d’Arnaud told reporters. “This is unacceptable to me."
• Read more on d’Arnaud in the Star-Ledger.John Korduner/Icon SMI
The Mets selected LSU catcher Tyler Moore with their sixth-round pick.
• On Day 2 of the draft, the Mets selected defensive whiz Milton Ramos, a high school shortstop from Florida, in the third round. They then selected slugging third baseman Eudor Garcia out of El Paso Community College, Seton Hall right-hander Josh Prevost and LSU catcher Tyler Moore. Read the recap of rounds 3-10 here and comments from amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous and VP Paul DePodesta here. The draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11 to 40.
Matt Ehalt in the Record profiles first-round pick Michael Conforto out of Oregon State. College coach Pat Casey compares Conforto favorably with fellow Beavers product Jacoby Ellsbury in terms of demeanor and bat.
• Top prospect Noah Syndergaard again dodged a serious injury bullet. Syndergaard, who injured his left shoulder covering the plate after delivering a first-inning wild pitch Thursday with Las Vegas, was diagnosed with a sprained A/C joint in his left, non-throwing shoulder. An X-ray of the scapula was negative for a fracture. Syndergaard may resume tossing a baseball in five to seven days if he is comfortable. He watched Friday’s Las Vegas game from the stands wearing a sling. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.
• Former Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca ripped into ex-GM Omar Minaya and the organization’s culture and mocked current the catchers, d’Arnaud and Anthony Recker, during a WFAN radio appearance Friday. On SNY, Lo Duca added: “The Mets need to go back to square one, go back to their roots, go to younger players. If that means to trade David [Wright], that means to trade David.”
• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post suggests the Mets can learn a lot by observing the Giants.
• Johan Santana, who was nearing a return to the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles after undergoing shoulder surgery for a second time, suffered a serious blow to his comeback bid. The 35-year-old Santana tore an Achilles tendon in an extended spring training game and will miss the remainder of the season. Read more in the Baltimore Sun.
• Gabriel Ynoa struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings as St. Lucie blanked Dunedin, 5-0. Brandon Nimmo left that game an inning after being struck in the right wrist/forearm by a pitch. Read the full minor-league recap here.
• Mets shortstops are outperforming Yankees shortstops, Cody Deraspina writes in Newsday.
• From the bloggers … Faith and Fear offers a uniquely Metsian take on the legacy of Don Zimmer.
BIRTHDAYS: Speedy outfielder Esix Snead, who appeared in 18 major league games with the club in 2002 and ’04, turns 38.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
Two of my favorite men @FrankViola16 @FrankViola3 are back in uniform tonight doing what they love... So happy and proud!! #LetsPlayBall
— Kathy Viola (@MommaV16) June 7, 2014
YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets consider demoting Travis d’Arnaud?