Mets begin grueling, 20-game stretch

Mets begin grueling, 20-game stretch

MIAMI -- Friday began the longest stretch of the season without an off-day for the Mets, 20 consecutive games, prompting manager Terry Collins to begin considering strategically timed days off for his key players. Barring rainouts and makeup games, the Mets have just one other 20-game stretch without an off-day all season, spanning late July to early August.

"That's grueling, 20 in a row," Collins said.

Though the regular starting nine -- or what's left of it, with so many regulars injured -- was intact on Friday, Collins plans to give most of his players a break between now and May 31, the team's next scheduled off-day. That includes third baseman David Wright, second baseman Daniel Murphy and anyone else who is used to playing every day.

"In the next 20 days," Collins said, "we've got to pick and choose our spots."