Where is Curtis Granderson?

Curtis Granderson is hitting .171 with a .246 slugging percentage since the All-Star break.

He’s on pace to finish the season batting below .220 with just under 20 home runs.

His projected 1.5 WAR will be the lowest of his career in a season playing at least 100 games.

“The guy has been invisible,” a Mets person recently told John Harper (Daily News, Aug. 28). “Remember, he was supposed to be our cleanup hitter.”

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Granderson hasn’t hit for a high average since his days in Detroit, so I had very low expectations that he’d return to, say, .280. But, .217 just isn’t good enough. In terms of his power, I wrote last January that I expected around 25 home runs. In fact, I kept saying that something on par with his first year in the Bronx, i.e., .260, 25 HR, 20 doubles and 3.5 WAR, would have been fine, especially in his first season at Citi Field.

He was hitting well this mid-June to mid-July, after being moved to the leadoff spot, and it looked like 25 would be possible. But, man, what happened? He’s been downright brutal the last two weeks, essentially crushing any hope of a good first year.

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Zack Wheeler believes Mets will spend money, doesn’t want to be traded

Zack Wheeler believes the Mets will spend money on next year’s roster, a team he hopes to still be part of, he told columnist Kevin Kernan (NY Post, Aug. 28).

“How could you not spend money?” Wheeler said to Kernan. “You’re in New York. I know the Wilpons. I’ve been around them awhile now. I know they want to win. It’s just a matter of putting the right pieces together, formulating it all and making a winner.’’

According to New York reporter Andy Martino’s sources, in return for a player like Cubs SS Starlin Castro, while the Mets might consider trading Wheeler and Wilmer Flores, the Cubs would again want more, such as Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom.

“I don’t want to be traded,” Wheeler told Kernan. “We’re only going to get better when the guys we got here get more experience and spend a little bit of money, making trades, get some better bats and stuff. … I was part of the rebuilding process and I want to see it through.’’

What’s on Tap for Thursday, August 28

The Mets (62-71) and Braves (69-64) will play the rubber game of their three-game series at 7:10 pm ET on Thursday at Citi Field.

David Wright is expected back in lineup for the first time since leaving Sunday’s game with neck pain.

Jon Niese (7-9, 3.47 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90 ERA) for Atlanta.

Upcoming Schedule…

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In case you missed it…

Zack Wheeler tossed seven solid innings, but the Mets couldn’t capitalize on a ninth inning chance during a 3-2 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday and New York Post

The Angels, Dodgers and Royals all have interest in trading for Bartolo Colon, but are so far balking due to Colon’s 2015 salary.

Vic Black has a slight herniated disk in his neck, but is not expected to land on the disabled list.

Josh Edgin is dealing with inflammation in his left (pitching) elbow, but expects to be able to return to action on Thursday.

David Wright (neck) and Daniel Murphy (calf) both sat out again on Wednesday. Wright may return on Thursday, but Murphy is likely still a few days away.

The Mets have still not determined if Triple-A RHP Noah Syndergaard will be called up when rosters expand on September 1. Syndergaard threw 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball for Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

The Mets are one game away from being in last place in the NL East.


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Edgin has elbow inflammation

Josh Edgin said he has inflammation in his pitching elbow, but he expects to be ready to pitch Thursday (Record, Aug. 27).

Edgin has a 1.40 ERA and 0.896 WHIP over 25 2/3 innings this season.

Wednesday’s minor league recaps…

Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard tossed 6 2/3 masterful innings Wednesday in Las Vegas, allowing one run on seven hits, with nine strikeouts and one walk.

He painted the strike zone all night long, throwing 110 pitches, 80 of which were strikes.

This is the deepest he’s gone into a start since throwing a season-high seven innings July 6. Also, the most strikeouts he’s posted since recording a season-best 10 on May 10.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Game Recap: Braves 3 – Mets 2

Result: The Mets lost to the Braves, 3-2, Wednesday night in Flushing.

Need to Know: Zack Wheeler gave up three early runs before settling in. Unfortunately, the damage had already been done and the Mets were unable to overcome the deficit. Wheeler allowed two earned runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings, striking out seven. The Braves did not record a hit off Wheeler from the fourth inning on.

The Mets came within inches of tying the game in the bottom of the eighth. With a run already across in the inning, the Mets had a man on third with two out. Braves SS Andrelton Simmons then made a spectacular play on a grounder in the hole to get Travis d’Arnaud out at first by a step, preventing the run from scoring.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Mets fell short once again. Ruben Tejada came to the plate with one out and two men in scoring position. Tejada hit a weak grounder to third with the infield in, getting Eric Campbell thrown out at home.

David Wright and Daniel Murphy sat out for a second straight game. Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run in the second. Juan Lagares and Campbell each had a two-hit night.

Links: Recap | Box score

What’s Next: Jon Niese (7-9, 3.47) is on the mound for the Mets in Thursday’s series finale. Mike Minor (5-8, 4.90) gets the start for Atlanta. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

Tonight’s Game: Braves at Mets

The Mets and Braves play the second of their three-game series on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. on PIX.

Zack Wheeler (9-8, 3.48) starts for the Mets, while Julio Teheran (12-9, 2.96) pitches for Atlanta.

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1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Jason Heyward – RF
2. Juan Lagares – CF 2.  Phil Gosselin – 3B
3. Lucas Duda – 1B 3. Freddie Freeman – 1B
4. Travis d’Arnaud – C 4. Justin Upton – LF
5. Eric Campbell – 3B 5. Evan Gattis – C
6. Matt den Dekker – LF 6. Tommy La Stella – 2B
7. Wilmer Flores – 2B 7. Andrelton Simmons – SS
8. Ruben Tejada – SS 8. B.J. Upton – CF
9. Zack Wheeler – RHP 9. Julio Teheran – RHP