DeGrom throws and talks

Jacob deGrom says he felt no pain and is on track after throwing from 90 feet before Saturday’s game.

Saturday’s Highlights: Flores’ 2-run single, Mets score on error, Black gets out of a jam

Wilmer Flores drives in two with a single to left field to extend the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning. >>> Watch here.

Arismendy Alcantara misplays Juan Lagares’ fly ball, allowing two to score and extending the Mets’ lead to 6-1. >>> Watch here. 

Vic Black gets out of a bases-loaded jam inducing Anthony Rizzo to pop out to end the top of the seventh inning. >>> Watch here. 

Vic Black has stranded 15-straight inherited baserunners

Mets LHP Vic Black entered the game the bases loaded and no outs and quickly got three fly balls to escape the inning and preserve a four-run lead Saturday night against the Cubs.

He has stranded 15-straight inherited baserunners, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.


“The job he’s done to come in with men on base is truly amazing,” Terry Collins said after the game. “He has not flinched. His command, it’s 10 times better when there’s guys on. I don’t know if he’s so focused that he’s got to get outs, but he’s pitched brilliantly.”

Speaking of Black, here’s a preview of SNY.TV’s Riding Shotgun with Vic Black, which will post later this week on MetsBlog…

MLB: Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

David Wright hit with fastball, will likely miss Sunday’s game

Cubs RHP Dan Straily hit David Wright‘s left shoulder with a fastball on Saturday night.

It is the same spot on the same shoulder that forced Wright to miss time before the All-Star break.

Mets trainer Ray Ramirez eventually encouraged Terry Collins to pull Wright from the game.

Collins, who had been waiting to give Wright a day off anyway, said after the game that Wright will almost certainly sit out Sunday.

“It just sucks that out of my whole back, it had to be that one area,” Wright later said. “We’ll see how it feels tomorrow. … If I’m in the lineup, physically I’m good to go.”

Wright is batting .238 with no home runs, two doubles and eight RBI in 28 game since first missing time with a sore shoulder before the All-Star break.

What’s on tap Sunday, Aug. 17…

The Mets and Cubs continue their four-game, wrap-around series at Citi Field on Sunday.

Rafael Montero (0-3, 6.12 ERA) will face RHP Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.77) at 1:10 pm ET on SNY.

Jacob deGrom is expected to throw a bullpen session before Sunday’s game. He threw on flat ground Saturday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with rotator-cuff tendinitis.

In case you missed it…

Vic Black bailed out Jon Niese in the seventh inning as the Mets held on to beat the Cubs, 7-3, on Saturday at Citi Field.

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Saturday’s minor league recaps…

The K-Mets rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 9th to beat Greeneville. The winning run scored when Vicente Lupo stole home with two outs.

Lupo also walked twice and has been issued seven free passes in the last two games. At one point, he drew six walks in a row.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

Game recap: Mets 7 – Cubs 3

Recap: The Mets claimed their second straight win, beating the Cubs 7-3 on Saturday at Citi Field.

MLB: Chicago Cubs at New York Mets

Need to Know: Jon Niese made his second straight quality start, allowing three runs in six innings and picking up his seventh win. The Mets managed just four hits but posted a pair of big innings — scoring three in the second and four in the sixth. Travis d’Arnaud and Matt den Dekker each scored two runs, and Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores each drove in a pair of runs.

Cubs right-hander Dan Straily, making his team debut, allowed seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Straily also hit David Wright with a pitch in the sixth inning, and the Mets third baseman left the game with a sore left shoulder.

Justin Ruggiano and Wellington Castillo each blasted solo homers for the Cubs.

Game ball: Niese pitched around two errors in the first inning, throwing 96 pitches and striking out six in six-plus innings.

Links: AP recapBox

What’s next: Rafael Montero (0-3, 6.12) will make his second straight start back in the bigs as the Mets will look to pick up their third win in a row Sunday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. The Cubs will counter with righty Jake Arrieta (6-4, 2.77).

Tonight’s Game: Cubs at Mets

The Mets and Cubs play the second game of their four-game series on Saturday night.

The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. on PIX 11.

Jon Niese (6-8, 3.46) starts for the Mets, while Dan Straily (1-2, 4.93) pitches for Chicago.

Mets Cubs
1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Chris Coghlan – LF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. Javier Baez – 2B
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Anthony Rizzo – 1B
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Starlin Castro – SS
5. Travis d’Arnaud – C 5. Justin Ruggiano – RF
6. Matt den Dekker – LF 6. Arismendy Alcantara – CF
7. Juan Lagares – CF 7. Welington Castillo – C
8. Wilmer Flores – SS 8. Chris Valaika – 3B
9. Jon Niese – LHP 9. Dan Straily – RHP