In Case You Missed It: Mets Weekend Review (and 3-0)

This past weekend, in case you missed it, the Mets beat the Braves 4-2 on Saturday and 7-5 on Sunday to start the year 3-0.

To read beat writer reports from yesterday’s win, read MLB.com, the Wall Street Journal, Star-Ledger, Bergen Record, ESPN New York, Newsday, the Daily News and New York Post.

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Also, Terry Collins told reporters Sunday that Johan Santana is feeling good after throwing 84 pitches Thursday and he is currently on target for his next start.

The Mets officially announced Jon Niese’s contract extension Saturday, after which Sandy Alderson and Niese talked to reporters from Citi Field, which you can read here.

Lucas Duda hit two home runs Saturday, then told reporters, “That was nice, but the more important thing is that we won,” according to Newsday.

Collins said Saturday that, despite being tireless workers, David Wright and other players on the team need to tone down their pre-game work so previous injuries do not flare up again.

According to MetsBlog’s Michael Baron, Daniel Murphy is quickly becoming a team leader.

Lastly, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was promoted Saturday to replace Andres Torres, who was put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained calf muscle. Nieuwenhuis had two hits in five at bats this weekend, while striking out twice. Yesterday, Collins compared Nieuwenhuis to Jim Edmonds, in terms of his build and the aggressive way he approaches center field.

Before Sunday’s game, Kevin Burkhardt talked on-air with Nieuwenhuis, which you can watch here.