Morning Briefing: .500 and sinking


FIRST PITCH: With their losing-streak at a season-high six games, New York Mets manager Terry Collins plans to meet with the players before Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Mets have produced only eight runs during their 0-6 road trip.

Bartolo Colon will be the latest pitcher in desperate need of run support when he takes the mound for Wednesday's 8:10 p.m. ET game. Colon (9-5, 4.81 ERA) opposes right-hander Jimmy Nelson (3-8, 4.64).


  • Left fielder Michael Cuddyer committed an error that allowed Carlos Gomez to score the tiebreaking run all the way from first base in the seventh inning and the lowly Brewers beat the Mets, 3-2, Tuesday. The Mets dropped to .500 for the first time since April 12. Jonathon Niese allowed two runs in six innings in a no-decision. The Mets did not produce a hit after the third inning. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Travis d'Arnaud was placed on the disabled list before Tuesday's game with a sprained left elbow. He originally suffered the injury Saturday in Atlanta applying a tag on A.J. Pierzynski. The Mets promoted Johnny Monell, not Anthony Recker, from Triple-A Las Vegas to take d'Arnaud's place -- at least temporarily. Read more in the Post, Journal, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Dillon Gee cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Vegas. Gee could have opted for free agency, but would have forfeited the remaining $3.1 million owed to him this season. Read more in Newsday and the Record.

  • Steven Matz allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings in a no-decision and Las Vegas won, 4-3, in 10 innings. Vic Black and Duane Below both returned from injuries to combine for three scoreless relief innings in the 51s' win. Gavin Cecchini delivered a critical sacrifice fly and Binghamton held on for a 6-5 win against Harrisburg. John Gant tossed seven scoreless innings as St. Lucie blanked Jupiter, 9-0. David Roseboom contributed a scoreless relief inning representing Savannah in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Starter Kevin Canelon allowed six runs in 2 1/3 innings and Brooklyn lost to Tri-City, 11-4. Jenrry Mejia logged an inning in the Gulf Coast League as he prepares for his July 7 activation from an 80-game PED suspension. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record suggests there is no cavalry coming to rescue the Mets.

  • Ex-Brewer and Met Darryl Hamilton was remembered before Tuesday's series opener. Hamilton was the victim of an apparent murder-suicide Sunday in suburban Houston. Read more in the Post.

  • Assistant GM John Ricco provided injury updates on Jerry Blevins, Rafael Montero, Buddy Carlyle and Daniel Murphy. None of the pitchers is throwing off a mound yet, while Murphy (left quadriceps) should imminently be in a minor league rehab game.

  • The Brewers and Seattle Mariners had scouts watching Double-A Binghamton, the Post reports.

  • From the bloggers … Mets Report assigns plenty of blame for the lackluster hitting. … Blogging Mets opines that with his latest injury, the Mets must rethink their commitment to d'Arnaud.

BIRTHDAYS: Mike Bruhert was born on this date in 1951.


YOU'RE UP: Should the Mets front office do something or watch the season drift away?