|Duda is back|
With more than a month left in the season, Dickey needs four more wins to become the team's first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990. Dickey limited Houston to one run on five hits and one walk in seven innings. The knuckleballer is scheduled to go for win No. 17 Friday in Miami.
Justin Turner snapped a 263 at-bat homerless stretch with a home run in Saturday's win. His last home run had come on Aug. 6, 2011, when he hit two against Atlanta. The utility player is now hitting .281 in just 139 at-bats on the season after registering 435 at-bats last season for the Mets.
Outfielder Lucas Duda will rejoin the Mets Sunday after spending more than a month with Triple-A Buffalo. Manager Terry Collins said he expects Duda to play left field and some first base for the remainder of the season. Duda is hitting .241 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs this season in the majors.
The Mets have placed Scott Hairston and Andres Torres on waivers, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com.
There is no indication the Mets are willing to trade Hairston given their stated pursuit of meaningful games in September and hope to re-sign him, but given the state of the season, perhaps their view has changed.
Hairston could be a valuable righty-hitting bat off the bench for a contender. He is hitting .320 with nine homers and 27 RBIs in 147 at-bats against southpaws this season. And his modest salary -- he is owed roughly $234,000 for the remainder of the season -- would make him doubly attractive.
Torres, who is batting .233, is owed $2.7 million this season and is eligible for arbitration this winter. That makes him a logical non-tender candidate in December, since the Mets would appear unwise to pay in the neighborhood of $3 million in 2013 for a fourth-outfielder type.
If Hairston or Torres is claimed, the Mets can:
• Work out a trade with the claiming team.
• Pull the player back, at which point he would be ineligible to be traded.
• Dump the contract on the claiming team.
If either passes through waivers, he may be traded to any team. In order to be eligible for another team's playoff roster, players must be dealt before Sept. 1 -- hence the current timing.