Morning Briefing: Going for four?


FIRST PITCH: Can they make it four in a row?

It's been almost a full year since they have. The New York Mets' last four-game winning streak ended on July 12 of last year. The Mets have won three in a row 10 times since then, including these last three games against the Rangers and Braves.

The last nine times, they couldn't make it to four. Maybe this time, with Dillon Gee coming off the disabled list to make his first start since May 10, they can.

Remember, Gee was perhaps the Mets' most consistent starter before the lat strain forced him onto the DL. In three of his last five starts, he didn't allow a run.

Now Gee (3-1, 2.73) takes Jon Niese's spot in the Mets rotation, facing Atlanta Braves right-hander Ervin Santana (7-5, 3.93) in a 7:10 p.m. start at Citi Field.

Wednesday's news reports:

Jacob deGrom was outstanding, and the Mets hitters weren't bad, either, in an 8-3 win over the Braves Tuesday night. DeGrom struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings. Read game stories in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star Ledger, Record and MLB.com.

• The Mets signed Curtis Granderson to be their cleanup hitter, but he sure seems to fit into the leadoff spot. Read more in the Post. One reason the lineup has worked with Granderson leading off is that Lucas Duda has been much better in the middle. Read more in the Post and Newsday. And at the bottom of the lineup, it's been a good run for Ruben Tejada. Read more in the Times. But columnist Jim Baumbach of Newsday says it's only a matter of time before the Mets need an upgrade at shortstop.

• With two wins in two days against the first-place Braves, the Mets have a chance at winning a series from a winning team for the first time since May. So, should you be dreaming that they can catch the Braves and win the East? Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post says the Mets and their fans should focus on more attainable goals.

• No one in the Mets clubhouse has looked as ready to go as Gee, who is very anxious to get back in action. Read more in the Daily News.

• Tuesday's 8-3 win put the Mets back in positive numbers in run differential, with 357 runs scored and 354 allowed. Does that mean you should count on them finishing with a winning record? Mike Vorkunov in the Star Ledger looks into it.

• Here's a number that sounds good but really isn't: The Mets now have 4,000 wins as a franchise, as MLB.com points out. As Gary Cohen pointed out on the SNY telecast, though, the Houston Astros came into the league the same year as the Mets and recorded their 4,000th win last year. Although, as Cohen also pointed out, the Astros wish they had the Mets' two World Series titles on their record (or even one of them).

From the bloggers: NY Mets Life goes one on one with Mets 2014 draft pick Erik Manoah. And Blogging Mets wants the Mets to trade for Starlin Castro, even at the cost of Zack Wheeler.

BIRTHDAYS: George Stone, who pitched for both the Braves and Mets, turns 68 today.


YOU'RE UP: What does Dillon Gee's return mean to the Mets rotation?