Morning Briefing: Wheels up, brooms out?


FIRST PITCH: The homestand that began Tuesday ends Wednesday. But with a win Wednesday night against the best-in-baseball Oakland Athletics, the New York Mets could end up making it their most impressive homestand of the season.

The Mets pounded the A's Tuesday for their fifth win in the last six games. Now they'll send Zack Wheeler (3-7, 3.93) to the mound to face Oakland left-hander Brad Mills (0-0, 4.50), before heading back out on the road for a trip to Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

Wednesday's news reports:

• Just as the Mets were trying to figure out what to do with Chris Young, and even discussing the idea of releasing him, Young homered twice in Tuesday's 10-1 win over the A's. Read more on Young in the Post.

• Remember Scott Kazmir? He didn't look very good in losing to the Mets Tuesday, but you can still call the 2004 trade that sent him to the Tampa Bay Rays (then Devil Rays) a disaster for the Mets. Read more in the Daily News.

• Remember Travis d'Arnaud? He wasn't away nearly as long, and it's far too early to label him as a disaster. Besides, he returned from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday and hit a three-run home run. Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post reminds us that even some of the greats went back to the minor leagues early in their careers, including Mickey Mantle. Columnist John Harper in the Daily News makes a fair point when he says that for all the attention given to Young's two home runs, the one hit by d'Arnaud has a chance to be a lot more significant to the Mets. And columnist David Lennon in Newsday says there's pressure on d'Arnaud to prove that his Las Vegas success wasn't a mirage.

• The Futures Game rosters were announced Tuesday, and Noah Syndergaard and Kevin Plawecki will be the two Mets representatives. Big day for Plawecki, who was told Tuesday night that he's being promoted from Double-A Binghamton to Triple-A Las Vegas.

• Does it seem like the Mets make far too many outs on the basepaths? Marc Carig of Newsday looks into it and says the answer may be both yes and no.

From the bloggers: Faith and Fear is calling for provisional giddiness. Blogging Mets says what the Mets do with Daniel Murphy will show how serious they are about winning.

BIRTHDAYS: Carlos Delgado turns 42 today. ... Aaron Sele is 44. ... Michael Tucker is 43. ... Alejandro Pena was born on this date in 1959.


YOU'RE UP: Does d'Arnaud look different after the 16 days in Las Vegas?