David Wright lifted his average to .402 with a 4-for-6 performance that included a homer and three RBIs. And the Mets rebounded from a series-opening late-inning meltdown to beat Miami, 9-3, on Saturday at Marlins Park.
Sunday's news reports:
• R.A. Dickey was drilled on the inside of the right wrist on a pitch from Ricky Nolasco while the knuckleballer batted in the fifth inning. Dickey said he did not believe X-rays would be necessary, but he noted he was curious how the wrist would feel this morning. Read more in Newsday, the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post and Record.
• My take on Wright: It's becoming increasing clear he will remain a Met long term:
After this season, once Chipper Jones has retired, you will be able to count on Antonio Alfonseca's right hand the number of active players who have appeared in more major league games than David Wright and done so in only one uniform. Derek Jeter. Todd Helton. Ichiro Suzuki. Michael Young. Jimmy Rollins. Brian Roberts. And it is difficult to envision Wright, who has logged 1,136 games as a New York Met, moving elsewhere and getting sidetracked from ascending that list.
Read the full column here.
• Jose Reyes went 4-for-5 -- all singles -- in the loss. He is now hitting .256. "I got four hits today, but I'm still not quite where I want to be," Reyes said, according to Mark Herrmann in Newsday. "But it's getting close."
• Mike Kerwick in the Record offers a reminder that the next wave of pitching -- Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia and Zack Wheeler -- will be given time to develop in the minors and not rushed soon to the big leagues. Writes Kerwick:
What the Mets pluck from this season is a bonus, a tribute to Mets manager Terry Collins' ability to coax the most out of three dominant starters (Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese) and the top of his lineup (Is David Wright having a nice season or what?). Next season that changes. Expectations inflate. If at least one of those kids is not on the opening day roster, something will have gone wrong. For now: Patience, young Skywalker. The kids will get here, maybe even by season's end. Until then, put up with these short-term rental agreements. More-promising tenants will be here before you know it.
• Charley Thurber, Albert Cordero and Travis Taijeron all homered in Savannah's 8-4 win at Hickory. Read Sunday's full minor league recap here.
• Anthony McCarron in the Daily News profiles Octavio Dotel, who has played for 13 teams, including the Mets, his original organization. Dotel's April 7 appearance for the Detroit Tigers allowed him to pass Matt Stairs, Mike Morgan and Ron Villone for the major league record for most uniforms donned, according to the Daily News. Writes McCarron:
He chuckles when someone suggests he pursue an endorsement deal with Samsonite, the luggage company. “It’s easy for me,” Dotel says of the record, which he embraces and even admits he looked forward to holding. “Some guys, it might be difficult, but for me, going from one city to another city, one stadium to another stadium, one team to another team, it’s normal.”
• Dwight Gooden, Rusty Staub, Howie Rose and Evan Roberts will serve as judges, along with one later addition, for the May 27 revival of Banner Day, according to the Daily News.
• Daniel Murphy discusses his relationship with God, his engagement and dealing with the pressures of baseball with Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger.
TRIVIA: Who produced the first Mets hit at Marlins Park?
Saturday's answer: Mike Marshall has the single-season major league record for relief appearances. Marshall appeared in 106 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974.