Morning News: .500, wet field & no lefty

The Mets won last night, which you can read more about here. They look to sweep their three-game series against the Braves tonight at 7:10 PM, with R.A. Dickey (3-7, 3.98 ERA) taking on Mike Minor (0-2, 4.50 ERA).

With last night’s win, the team has reached .500 for the first time since May 20.

“We’re here,” Collins stated after the game. “It’s been a long road and a long, uphill battle. I’m so proud of the way the guys hung in there. Now we’ve got to move forward. we’ve got to keep moving.”

To read more from Collins, as well as Jason Bay’s comments on reaching .500, check out ESPN New York and Newsday.

After Tuesday night’s slippery game, Collins confirmed the Mets had sent an email to the Commissioner’s office complaining of the unusual wet conditions of the Turner Field playing surface. “It was wet, Jose slipped three times,” Collins stated before last night’s game. “It was too wet. We did what we were supposed to. We sent something in I guess which said the field was overly wet and I don’t know what they are going to do.” To read more on team’s reaction to the Turner Field playing conditions, including comments from Jose Reyes and Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez, head on over to the New York Post, Newsday and the New York Times.

In addition, Collins said the team was without a left-handed reliever during last night’s game due to the absence of Tim Brydak, who left the team to attend a family funeral. Brydak is expected to be back in time for Tonight’s game. For more on Brydak’s absence, including how Collins believes announcing Brydak’s availability may have impacted the Braves lineup decisions, check out the The Star-Ledger and Newsday.

In case you missed it, the Mets signed 12 draft picks from the 2011 amateur draft, which you can read about here.

In the minors last night, the Binghamton Mets lost to the Richmond Flying Squirrels by the score of 5 to 3. To learn more about results and top performers from last night’s minor league action, check out Toby Hyde’s Mets Minor League Blog.

Lastly, the Mets are now within 3 1/2 games behind the Braves for second place in the NL East, as well as in the NL Wild Card race: