• Young, who batted leadoff and played left on Saturday, had six stolen bases in his previous eight games. With 19 steals since the All-Star break, Young leads the Majors. Collins said Young has more than helped in making up for the Mets' inability in the offseason to sign Michael Bourn, who chose Cleveland.
"He's doing a great job for us," Collins said. "Unfortunately, we didn't get [Bourn]. But Eric Young has stepped up and certainly done what we would hope that the guy at the top of the order could do for you. ... His speed has certainly changed the way we play the game."
In 125 games this year entering Saturday, Young was hitting .254/.318/.346 with 21 doubles, three triples and two home runs. He had 26 RBIs and 62 runs scored, with 35 stolen bases in 44 attempts.
• The Mets slotted Zach Lutz into the designated-hitter role on Saturday, when the Indians started right-hander Corey Kluber.
"He absolutely kills right-handed pitching," Collins said. "So I thought, you know what, today might be a day to get him in there. He needs to play. We'll get him in there and see, maybe he gets something out over the plate and can do some damage."
Lutz had eight Major League plate appearances vs. righties entering Satuday, in which he has a pair of singles in seven at-bats, with a walk and two strikeouts. In 304 at-bats off right-handers with Triple-A Las Vegas, Lutz had a .316/.395/.520 slash line.
• The Mets activated right-hander Frank Francisco from the 60-day DL, and he is expected to join the Mets in Cleveland on Saturday or Sunday. Depending on when he arrives, he could be eligible to play in Saturday night's contest. Right elbow problems have prevented Francisco from playing for the Mets this season. In 12 Minor League games, he went 0-2 with a 0.75 ERA, with 14 strikeouts and three walks in 12 innings.
Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.