Zack Wheeler and the Mets will try to snap their four-game losing streak at Citi Field on Monday, when they start a four-game series with the Phillies.
Also this past weekend, in case you missed it…
Daisuke Matsuzaka, who will earn about $100,000, made his debut Friday. He let up five runs in five innings, four of which came in a four-run second inning. He later said he was nervous and the game acted as a wake-up call for him.
David Wright fielded ground balls on Friday. He may soon take his rehab to Port St. Lucie in hopes of returning to the Mets before the end of the season.
Lastly, Lucas Duda was promoted Saturday, while Mike Baxter was optioned to Triple-A. Terry Collins said Duda will be a bench player, serving as DH and in a back-up role at first base and outfield.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m very intrigued by these next 10 games, the first four of which are home against the Phillies, after which the Mets travel to DC and Atlanta. They are 58-70. It’s hard to say these games are ‘important,’ at least for me, considering the standings, but I bet they’re pretty important to Terry Collins, whose job may very well depend on how his team plays down the stretch. He’s had his boys playing mostly well since early June. He has managed to keep them from sliding, he’s kept them focused, and it has the front office reportedly leaning toward keeping him for 2014. However, if they totally tank these next 10 games, end up losing 11 of 14 and drop to 60-80, I wonder if that might start to change Sandy Alderson’s mind?