• After Saturday's game, the Mets optioned third baseman Wilmer Flores to Triple-A Las Vegas, activating left-handed pitcher Jon Niese from the disabled list. Niese will start Sunday for the Mets.
• As promised, Lucas Duda made his third consecutive start at first base Saturday. Collins said earlier this week that Duda would likely play two of the three games against Cincinnati, meaning Ike Davis is due for a start in Sunday's finale.
• Mejia reported no ill effects Saturday morning after taking a comebacker off his right ankle in Friday's game. Mejia is next scheduled to start Thursday in Atlanta.
• Top prospect Noah Syndergaard made his Triple-A debut Friday night, picking up the win with six innings of two-run ball. Syndergaard, who should debut with the Mets sometime midsummer, struck out five and walked one.