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Morning Briefing: How 'bout some runs?

MILWAUKEE --

FIRST PITCH: After a day off, the New York Mets look to get back on track with a three-game series against the lowly Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Through stops in Toronto and Atlanta, the Mets are 0-5 on their current road trip. They have scored six runs during that five-game span.

Jonathon Niese (3-7, 4.21 ERA) opposes right-hander Mike Fiers (3-7, 4.50) in Tuesday's 8:10 p.m. ET series opener.

Something will have to give. While the Mets are 10-24 on the road this season, the Brewers are an MLB-worst 11-24 at home.

Read the Mets-Brewers series preview here.

The Mets also will learn the fate of right-hander Dillon Gee on Tuesday afternoon. Gee was placed on irrevocable outright waivers on Sunday for the purpose of sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas. If he is claimed, the team obtaining Gee will inherit the remaining $3.1 million owed to him this season.

TUESDAY'S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Former Mets outfielder Darryl Hamilton was the victim of an apparent murder-suicide in suburban Houston. He was 50. Hamilton finished his 13-year career with the Mets, from 1999 through 2001. The Mets will remember him as well as former owner Nelson Doubleday with a moment of silence on Friday, when the team returns home. Read more in the Houston Chronicle, Times, Post, Daily News and Newsday.

  • Hitting coach Kevin Long commented on the Mets' hitting swoon. "When you're going through stretches like this, it's a number of things," Long told Newsday. "You get some good pitches and you'll miss them. You'll expand the zone some. Guys won't come through in a clutch situation. Or it could be six, seven guys not swinging the bats. It's a mixture of all of that stuff. … It's never fun to go through it. When you're going through it, it always seems like it's the worst ever. But we'll come through it. We'll be fine. We just need to stay together and keep fighting together."

  • Mets fans on Twitters are the stoopidest in MLB, Geoff Foster writes in the Journal. Actually, Foster cites a study that suggests fans of the team have the poorest grammar, punctuation and spelling on Twitter of any major league fans. The best grammarians? Fans of the Cleveland Indians.

  • Mike Piazza has withdrawn after considering the purchase of the troubled Italian soccer club Parma, Ben Gladwell writes at ESPN FC.

  • Dilson Herrera is hitting only .176 with one homer in 11 games since his return from a fractured tip of his right middle finger, Mike Puma writes in the Post.

  • Puma in the Post also reports that manager Terry Collins' job is not in jeopardy.

  • Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post discusses the Mets' inaction with respect to ousting Collins, promoting Steven Matz and acquiring a bat via trade.

  • Michael Salfino in the Journal writes that the Mets have the greatest disparity between home winning percentage (.703) and road winning percentage (.294) since the 1897 Cleveland Spiders.

  • Nine current members of the Mets played for the Brooklyn Cyclones, Jared Diamond writes in the Journal.

  • Mets director of player development Dicky Scott speaks with B-Mets broadcaster Tim Heiman. Listen here.

  • Albert Cordero delivered a tiebreaking homer in the seventh and Binghamton beat New Hampshire, 5-2. Rehabbing Jose Fernandez limited St. Lucie to one run on four hits and a walk in seven innings as Jupiter beat St. Lucie, 4-1. Matt Blackman tossed seven scoreless innings and Tucker Tharp went 4-for-4 and scored five runs as Brooklyn routed Tri-City, 14-0. Jeff Walters returned from Tommy John surgery and contributed to the GCL Mets taking a perfect-game bid into the eighth inning in an eventual 2-1 loss to the GCL Marlins. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • The Mets have now officially signed their top 13 picks in the draft. The latest confirmed signings: infielder David Thompson (fourth round, Miami), outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski (ninth, Evansville), left-hander Jake Simon (11th, Galveston Ball, Texas, HS), right-hander Joe Shaw (12th, Dallas Baptist), left-hander P.J. Conlon (13th , University of San Diego), second baseman Vinny Siena (14th, UConn), right-hander Dillon Becker (16th, Angelo State University), right-hander Jordan Humphreys (18th, Crystal River, Florida, HS), right-hander Thomas McIlraith (20th, Oklahoma), outfielder Kenneth Bautista (23rd, Puerto Rico Baseball Academy) and catcher Anthony Dimino (28th, Belmont Abbey College). Read more at MLB.com.

  • From the bloggers … Faith and Fear is still sorting through the wreckage of the Mets' lost weekend in Atlanta. … Mets Report suggests Willie Randolph deserved better from the club. … The Kings of Queens examines the team's disparity in record between home and road. … Blogging Mets wonders about the future of Collins as manager.

BIRTHDAYS: Juan Castillo turns 45.

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