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Morning Briefing: Winless road trip looms?

MILWAUKEE --

FIRST PITCH: The New York Mets are in an official free-fall.

With their losing streak at seven games and their record having dipped below .500, the Mets will attempt on Thursday to avoid the third winless road trip of at least eight games in franchise history.

Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.34 ERA) opposes Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann (2-1, 3.50) at 2:10 p.m. ET at Miller Park.

The Mets enter the finale at 0-7 on their trip to Toronto, Atlanta and Milwaukee. The franchise record is an 0-10 trip in 1991, followed by an 0-9 trip in 1982.

THURDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:

  • Despite a pregame team meeting, the Mets managed only two hits in eight innings against Jimmy Nelson and lost to the Brewers, 4-1, Wednesday. The Mets are now a season-high 3½ games out of first place. Curtis Granderson had a solo homer for the only damage. Manager Terry Collins nonetheless said he will leave Granderson in the leadoff spot. The Mets have scored nine runs in seven games on their winless trip. Collins afterward would not point fingers at the front office for failing to provide him enough MLB-caliber batters. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Daniel Murphy went 1-for-1 with a walk and started at third base as his rehab assignment began Wednesday in a rain-shortened Gulf Coast League game. Read more in Newsday and at MLB.com.

  • General manager Sandy Alderson tells columnist John Harper in the Daily News about acquiring a player: “It would be nice to do something if we could to improve the team and give it a psychological boost.”

  • The Daily News reports that the Mets are considering moving Wilmer Flores to second base once Murphy is activated from the disabled list. Jared Diamond in the Journal recommends that move, plus dropping Granderson from leadoff to a run-producing spot in the order.

  • Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post suggests deGrom has been every bit as successful as Matt Harvey in their careers.

  • Vic Black walked two batters and surrendered a three-run homer without recording an out and Las Vegas lost to Salt Lake, 5-4. Michael Fulmer tossed seven scoreless innings, but Binghamton failed to hold a lead and lost to Harrisburg, 4-1. Julian Hilario surrendered a walk-off grand slam in the 14th inning and St. Lucie lost to Jupiter, 6-2. Jeff Diehl produced a walk-off RBI triple to lift Brooklyn past Tri-City, 2-1, in 12 innings. Read the full minor league recap here.

  • Mets minor leaguer Derrick Bernard, already serving a 62-game PED suspension, had another 50 games tacked on by MLB for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

  • From the bloggers … Mets Report believes Collins will be scapegoated for the team’s woes.

BIRTHDAYS: Carlos Delgado turns 43. ... Alejandro Pena is 56. ... Aaron Sele is 45. ... Michael Tucker is 44. ... Kane Davis is 40. … Cameron Griffin is 24.

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