Morning Briefing: It's a Piazza party in Cooperstown

MIAMI -- Mike Piazza’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown finally has arrived on Sunday, but the honors will continue next weekend in Queens.

Piazza will be at Citi Field on Saturday as his No. 31 is retired by the New York Mets.

The Mets previously have retired No. 37 for Casey Stengel, No. 14 for Gil Hodges and No. 41 for Tom Seaver. No. 42 is retired across baseball in honor of Jackie Robinson.

Meanwhile, while Piazza is getting enshrined in Cooperstown, the Mets will complete a series against the Miami Marlins with the rubber game on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Steven Matz (7-6, 3.56 ERA) opposes right-hander Jose Urena (1-1, 7.52).

Matz is 0-3 with a 5.19 ERA in his last six starts.


  • In the second-shortest start of his career, Jacob deGrom allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings -- including a two-run homer to Giancarlo Stanton -- and the Marlins beat the Mets, 7-2, on Saturday. The Mets dropped 1½ games behind the Marlins for the second wild-card spot. Asdrubal Cabrera struck out against Jose Fernandez with the bases loaded in the fifth to drop to 0-for-his-last-31 with runners in scoring position. That’s the longest active drought in the majors and six shy of matching the Mets record shared by Gregg Jefferies (1990) and Tom Seaver (1971-73). Michael Conforto logged three innings in center field off the bench in his first professional action at the position. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at NJ.com.

  • James Wagner in the Times notes the Mets are shopping for a late-inning reliever, while also acknowledging the success of Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed at the back end of the bullpen.

  • Lucas Duda visited the Mets on Saturday and predicted he is roughly two weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment. Duda hit off a tee on Saturday for the first time since landing on the disabled list in May with a stress fracture in his lower back. Read more in the Post, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Jay Schreiber in the Times focuses on Piazza’s July 10, 1999 homer against Ramiro Mendoza and the Yankees. Anthony McCarron in the Daily News and Anthony DiComo at MLB.com report on Piazza’s comments in a press conference on Saturday. Evan Grossman in the Daily News visits Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, to explore Piazza’s roots. Mark Herrmann in Newsday checks out the Hall of Fame’s display of Piazza memorabilia. Herrmann in Newsday also looks at Piazza’s round of golf on Saturday. Kevin Kernan in the Post writes about Piazza weighing in on David Ortiz’s Hall of Fame chances. Richard Sandomir in the Times contrasts the paths of Ken Griffey Jr. and Piazza to the Hall of Fame.

  • Tyler Pill became the winningest pitcher in Binghamton history and Dominic Smith drove in three runs as the B-Mets topped Portland, 7-4. Scarlyn Reyes was knocked out in a seven-run fifth and St. Lucie lost to Lakeland, 9-5. Shortstop Oliver Pascual’s throwing error resulted in a 5-4 walk-off loss for Kingsport at Pulaski. Desmond Lindsay homered in his season debut with the Cyclones en route to a 7-2 win against Abderdeen. Read the full minor-league recap here.

  • From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear is getting used to Jose Reyes again. ... Blogging Mets thinks the Mets are being too cautious with Zack Wheeler. ... Mets Report recalls its favorite Piazza memories.

BIRTHDAYS: Jeff Kaiser turns 56.


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