Morning Briefing: Time to go Fishing


FIRST PITCH: The Mets head into the weekend on an upbeat note, having taken three of four from the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Next up to complete the homestand: the Miami Marlins.

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66) in the 7:10 p.m. series opener.

Friday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon allowed one run in seven innings and the Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Chris Young produced his first Mets homer, a solo shot against Lance Lynn. Lynn had been 12-0 in March/April in his career -- the best record in that time period in MLB history -- before suffering the defeat.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka reacts after completing his first save since 2000 in Japan.

The Mets moved two games over .500 for the first time since April 16, 2013, when they were 7-5. Mets starting pitchers have a 1.84 ERA in the past 10 games.

Scott Rice inherited two runners from heavily used Carlos Torres with two outs in the eighth and retired lefty-hitting Matt Adams on a comebacker to preserve the three-run lead.

Daisuke Matsuzaka then notched his second professional save with a scoreless ninth. The other save came in 2000 in Japan with the Seibu Lions. Already, four different pitchers have recorded saves for the Mets this season: Jose Valverde, Kyle Farnsworth, Torres and Matsuzaka. Farnsworth remains the primary closer right now when he is available, although Matsuzaka will be a second option, Terry Collins indicated.

Bobby Abreu made his first start since July 15, 2012 and went 1-for-3 before Curtis Granderson replaced him late in right field. Colon and Abreu gave the Mets two 40-something-year-olds in their starting lineup for the first time since that devastating 2007 season finale against the Marlins in which Tom Glavine surrendered seven first-inning runs. Moises Alou also started that game.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and at MLB.com.

Read more on Matsuzaka in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Read more on Abreu in Newsday.

• Columnist Steve Serby in the Post goes position by position, getting the starters to comment on Colon’s outing.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal asserts the Mets defy logic being two games over .500 while being outscored by four runs on the season.

• The Mets did not offer any concerns despite the Cards’ Lynn having a dark spot on the bill of his cap. Read more in the Daily News.

• The Mets have a majority of the fans nowhere in New York City according to Facebook, whose analysis is charted in the Times.

Zach Lutz went 3-for-3 with two homers, three RBIs and four runs scored and Rafael Montero allowed three runs in six innings as Las Vegas beat Tacoma, 11-4. Kyle Johnson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th plated Cory Vaughn as Binghamton produced a 5-4 walk-off win against Portland. Steven Matz tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, Brandon Nimmo walked four times and Aderlin Rodriguez homered and had four RBIs as St. Lucie beat Palm Beach, 15-5. Victor Cruzado homered and Stefan Sabol had a three-run double as Savannah beat Lakewood, 10-3.

• NYPD officer James Li, who was shot in both legs in February while attempting an arrest, will be honored at Citi Field on Saturday, Matt McNulty writes in the Post. Read more in the Daily News.

• Keith Hernandez is not a big fan of Twitter, writes Charles Curtis in the Star-Ledger.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear considers the long-range forecast where baseball loyalties in the tri-state area are concerned. ... Metsmerized catches up with prospect Dilson Herrera. … Blogging Mets explains how the Mets won the series against the Cardinals.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Luis Cessa turns 22. He is 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts for Class A St. Lucie this season.


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