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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Dickey, Davis, Expected Losses, Mets Road Trip, Gee, Tejada, Chipper, Cyclones, Prospects, Suspension

Mets News and Notes:

R.A. Dickey notched his 18th win, which is now tied with Washington's Gio Gonzalez for the major league lead, and Ike Davis belted a three-homer as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2, Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Dickey is now two wins shy of becoming the Mets' first 20-game winner since Frank Viola in 1990.

Ike Davis' 26 homers are tied for fifth most in franchise history by a first baseman, trailing only Carlos Delgado (38 in 2008 and 2006), Dave Kingman (37 in 1982) and Eddie Murray (27 in 1993). Mo Vaughn also had 26, in 2002.

Of Davis' 26 homers, a National League-high 19 have come on the road. San Diego's Chase Headley and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who both play in spacious home ballparks, are tied for second in the league in road homers with 17 apiece.

The Mets are expected to lose $23 million this season, Josh Kosman reports in the Post. Sandy Alderson has identified last year's loss as $60 million, but the Mets' payroll was slashed roughly $50 million during the past offseason, helping to close that deficit despite lower attendance in 2012.

The Mets completed their road trip to Philadelphia, Miami and St. Louis with a 6-3 record. They trail Philadelphia (66-71) by a game for third place in the division, but the Mets (65-72) have opened a five-game lead on the Marlins (60-77) for fourth place.

No surprise, but Terry Collins told reporters in St. Louis that Dillon Gee is assured a rotation spot next season assuming he is healthy, which is expected to be the case following surgery to repair a damaged artery.

Collins observed that Ruben Tejada, who struck out in all four of his at-bats and committed his 10th errror Wednesday, appears gassed and likely will get more time off as the Mets return home.

Tejada is hitting .175 (7-for-40) with 10 strikeouts in his past 11 games. Collins had wanted Tejada to train at the Mets' complex last offseason to build up his strength for a long season. Tejada plans to comply this offseason.

The Braves have scheduled a pregame news conference Friday for Chipper to discuss his final visit to Citi Field as a player, but the Mets remain mum on their plans to recognize him this weekend. (They're expected to do something, since other major league teams have shown a video and presented a gift.) Fittingly, Jones' final home series is against the Mets, from Sept. 28-30. The Braves are planning a pregame ceremony before the Friday night game at Turner Field in three weeks.

On the final day of the regular season, Brooklyn qualified for the playoffs before taking the field thanks to Batavia's loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Jamestown.

The wild-card-entrant Cyclones open the New York-Penn League playoffs on Friday night at Coney Island against the Hudson Valley Renegades. Meanwhile, St. Lucie forced a winner-take-all Game 3 today by beating Jupiter, 2-1, Wednesday. Jacob deGrom tossed six scoreless innings.

The Mets will honor Binghamton infielder Wilmer Flores and St. Lucie right-hander Rafael Montero as the organization's player and pitcher of the year in a pregame ceremony Saturday at Citi Field.

Also scheduled to be on hand will be the top performer for each affiliate: Matt Harvey, Buffalo; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton; Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie; Michael Fulmer, Savannah; Hansel Robles, Brooklyn; Miller Diaz, Kingsport; Yoryi Nuez, Dominican Summer League 1; and Vincente Lupo, Dominican Summer League 2.

Major League Baseball suspended Mets farmhand Hengelbert Rojas for 50 games for a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug. Rojas, 18, played in the Dominican Summer League.

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