Even without official help of any cougars, David Wright has drawn closer to the Panda.
In the latest balloting for the NL All-Star team announced Sunday night, Wright trails San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval by 126,403 votes. A week ago, Sandoval (nicknamed "Kung Fu Panda") led Wright by more than 200,000 for the July 16 game at Citi Field.
Earlier in the week, the Mets admitted they had reached out to CougarLife.com -- an older women/younger men dating website which recently named the Mets captain "hottest cub" -- to see if Wright could get the group's official support.
The Mets later backed off the request. But that doesn't stop individual cougars from voting for Wright if they wish.
Anticipation is building for Zack Wheeler's first big-league start, which will come tomorrow night in Atlanta in the second game of a day-night doubleheader. Matt Harvey will start the opener against the Braves. Manager Terry Collins called it "a little gleam of sunlight."
Said Collins: "I'm always excited to see Matt pitch. Hell, who isn't? But I think it's going to be a fun day. It's going to be sort of a day for the organization and our fans to get excited about, and I just hope [Wheeler] settles down and pitches the way he's capable of pitching."
Carlos Torres made his Mets debut and threw two scoreless innings . . . Jordany Valdespin's tryout at second likely will end when the Mets face lefthanders later this week, Collins said . . . Ike Davis went 0-for-4 with a walk and two Ks for Las Vegas and is batting .174 in Triple-A. Mike Baxter is batting .318.