What’s on Tap for Tuesday, August 26

The Mets open a three-game series against the Braves (68-63) on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Dillon Gee (4-6, 3.84 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Alex Wood (9-9, 3.05 ERA) for Atlanta.

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In case you missed it…

The Mets were off on Monday.

Bartolo Colon cleared waivers, and can now be dealt to any team >> Read more at MetsBlog

Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson said David Wright‘s left shoulder is still a hindrance >> Listen here

According to general manager Sandy Alderson, it’s likely that the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate will remain in Las Vegas for the next two seasons >> Read more at MetsBlog

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Monday’s minor league recaps…

Mets 2014 1st round draft pick Michael Conforto singled twice and drove in a run Monday night for Brooklyn.

He’s batting .311 this season and has four multi-hit efforts in his last six games.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

Las Vegas 51s

Mets likely to keep Triple-A team in Las Vegas

The Mets are likely to keep their Triple-A team in Las Vegas for two more seasons, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporter Todd Dewey (Review Journal, Aug. 24).

The organization will probably sign another two-year player development deal with the 51s, according to Alderson.

“That’s a very strong possibility,” Alderson said. “We have a great relationship with the 51s organization. I’ve known (team president) Don Logan a long time, and he runs an excellent operation.”

The Mets moved their Triple-A team to Las Vegas beginning in the 2013 season. The Mets previously had their Triple-A team in Buffalo, New Orleans and Norfolk.

“I’ve got a real good feeling we’re going to be back,” 51s manager Wally Backman said. “I don’t know that for sure, but I think we’ll be back.”

MetsBlog Q&ACast: Lamar Johnson hints that Wright’s shoulder is a problem

David Wright‘s sore shoulder may be affecting his swing, hitting coach Lamar Johnson said in this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Verizon.

Terry Collins said Sunday that Wright’s shoulder should have nothing to do with his current struggles at the plate, since he is no longer receiving treatment.

However, the day before, Johnson told SNY.TV’s Robert Brender: “When your shoulder is hurt, it’s really tough. It’s hurt in his left shoulder and that’s where your swing starts, with your left side, your left hand getting to the ball. Its been tough because he’s been trying to play through that. It’s just been a real tough haul because it’s hard to get a consistent swing when you’re in pain.”

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Wright ended up leaving Sunday’s game with neck spasms. He said he expects to play Tuesday.

Wright said in July that he first injured his shoulder in mid-June sliding headfirst in to second base. It forced him to miss a week in July, after which he received a cortisone shot heading into the All-Star break. He was later hit by a pitch in the shoulder during a recent game.

Wright is hitting .215 with a .269 OBP in 35 games since the All-Star break.

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FanGraphs: Is Lucas Duda a star?

Lucas Duda hit two home runs Sunday against the Dodgers and now leads the National League with 14 HR since July 1.

“Six months ago, the Mets had nothing but questions at first base, and were merely hoping for competency,” writes Mike Petriello at FanGraphs.com. “Now, and potentially for the next few seasons, they may have found an answer.”

Is Duda a star? “Probably not,” says Petriello, but he’s a certainly a good player and an asset for the Mets >> Read more at FanGraphs.com.

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Mets rally behind grieving Colon

Bartolo Colon started Sunday, despite the recent passing of his mother in the Dominican Republic.

He pitched six innings, allowing just two runs in the Mets 11-3 win.

Although he did not want to talk directly about his mother, Colon said after the game that he hasn’t gotten much sleep, but he wanted to pitch for his team before heading back home for the funeral.

“He’s a competitive guy. He knows he has to step up. He’s had a tough week,” manager Terry Collins said. “When he came out in the sixth I think that’s the first time in his career he’s ever said, ‘I’m done.’ He gave us what we had to have.”

Colon’s effort was not overlooked by his teammates.

“We all tried to kind of rally around him and give him as much support as we can,” first baseman Lucas Duda said. “He’s an unbelievable person to go out and do that today. Obviously he has other things on his mind. I think his No. 1 priority is his family. Showing the kind of heart he has is something guys really respect in the clubhouse.”


Highlights: Triple play and home runs, Collins and Duda talk win

Terry Collins and Lucas Duda discuss the powerful bats that led the Mets to a 11-3 win over the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon >> Watch here

The Mets turn a triple play in the sixth inning against the Dodgers by throwing out Yasiel Puig at home plate after a 5-4-3 double play >> Watch here

Lucas Duda’s 25th home run of the season is a bomb to right-center field, driving in David Wright and Daniel Murphy to put the Mets up, 5-1 >> Watch here

Ruben Tejada’s home run drives in Juan Lagares and puts the Mets up, 7-1, to cap a five-run third inning against Kevin Correia >> Watch here

Daniel Murphy with some fancy footwork

Murphy left game Sunday due to calf soreness

Daniel Murphy left Sunday’s game in the ninth inning due to calf soreness.

Murphy later said it started bothering him in the seventh inning (ESPN, Aug. 24).

He doesn’t expect to miss much time, especially since the Mets are off Monday. However, he wouldn’t speculate if he’ll ready to play on Tuesday.

Wilmer Flores took over at second base.