New York Mets: Postgame review

Botched double play the difference in defeat

May, 21, 2014
May 21

NEW YORK -- With runners on the corners and two outs in the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia had gotten exactly what he needed: a comebacker.

All Familia had to do from there was turn, throw to second base and start an inning-ending 1-4-3 double play.

Sounds easy enough, right?

Not for the Mets.

The past few years, they’ve made winning difficult.

And this play was no exception.

As Familia turned toward second, he saw two infielders, Daniel Murphy, who was supposed to catch the throw, and Wilmer Flores, who wasn’t, converging at the bag instead of one.

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AP Photo/Julie JacobsonJacob deGrom surrendered three solo homers in a losing effort.
The right-hander hesitated for a split second before firing to Murphy, which allowed Hanley Ramirez to reach first safely and Chone Figgins to score from third.

The Dodgers took a 4-2 lead on the 1-4 fielder’s hesitation. They won by a score of 4-3.

So what exactly happened? Why did the Mets botch a seemingly easy play?

“It’s part of the game. Sometimes you make a mistake. Tomorrow is a new day,” Familia said.

“I saw Flores and Murphy coming together, and I didn’t know what to do: throw the ball away or keep it.”

According to Murphy, 95 percent of the time, the shortstop usually goes to the bag. But this time was different. Ramirez was a pull-hitter, so Flores was playing more in the hole. Murphy had the coverage if Yasiel Puig, who had walked, decided to steal.

Murphy, it seemed, arrived to the bag late. Flores was headed that direction, too.

“It’s frustrating,” Murphy said. “[Familia] did his job, and we just didn’t turn the double play. That’s all you can say. It’s not fun.”

Manager Terry Collins also weighed in.

“[Familia] knows who’s covering,” Collins said. “He’s gotta throw to Murph. The ball was hit pretty hard. I’m not sure how close Murph was, but once [Familia] hesitated, it kinda threw the whole play off.”

Who knows how the game would’ve turned had the Mets been able to execute.

Granted, they haven’t been able to all season. In fact, the Mets entered Wednesday night’s game with eight “defensive misplays” related to potential twin-killings, according to Baseball Info Solutions. Only the Houston Astros have more.

The Mets rank last in the component of defensive runs saved this season (minus-four). Among the 35 second basemen who have played the most innings, Murphy ranks last in that same component. Ruben Tejada, who had the night off, ranks tied for last in that same component among shortstops.

Yes, Jacob deGrom was solid in his second major-league start, allowing just three solo home runs over six innings. Yes, the Mets got three hits each from David Wright, Juan Lagares and Flores and put several men on base. And yes, Eric Campbell was rewarded for all those years in the minor leagues when he smacked his first big-league homer.

But in the end, one run was the difference, and it was a run that shouldn’t have crossed the plate had the Mets -- 20-25 overall and losers of three straight and six of seven -- been able to turn an inning-ending 1-4-3 double play.

• Collins said that Campbell (6-for-12 at the plate) could start seeing some time in the corner outfield spots. The 27-year-old has been playing first base. Campbell said he did get the ball from his first homer, though he didn’t know how. He plans to give it to his parents ... Dillon Gee threw a plyo ball on Wednesday before the game. Gee (strained lat) could possibly throw a baseball on Thursday on flat ground depending on how he feels.

Niese laments location on Bruce homer

June, 16, 2012
After consecutive batters reached base to open Saturday's game, Jon Niese had all but escaped by striking out Joey Votto, coaxing a flyout from Brandon Phillips, then getting ahead in the count, 0-2, to Jay Bruce.

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Jon Niese surrendered the decisive three-run homer to Jay Bruce in the first inning, on an 0-2 curveball.

Bruce, however, delivered a two-strike curveball beyond the right-field wall. The three-run homer proved all Cincinnati needed in a 4-1 win against the Mets at Citi Field on Saturday night.

"I don't regret throwing the pitch. I regret hanging it on the inside part of the plate," Niese said. "Hindsight is 20-20. I probably should have threw a fastball up and in and been done with it. Maybe he would have swung through it. Maybe not. That's baseball. It's one pitch. One mistake can cost you the game. And it did."

Said Terry Collins: "He made one bad pitch. Otherwise, he pitched a very good game."

• Neither side appeared to take issue with Niese plunking Bruce, then Lucas Duda getting hit square in the back by Homer Bailey. It's the second straight day the teams exchanged hit-by-pitches.

• The Mets' eight-game streak with a homer at Citi Field came to an end. The streak was the longest in the four-season-old stadium's history.

Ike Davis sent a couple of balls to the track that were caught and finished 1-for-4. His average now sits at .192. Davis does have a seven-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .500 (10-for-20).

• Duda has reached base safely in a career-high 19 straight games.

• The Mets were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position. "We're sitting in our position today because we hit with two outs," Collins said. "And today we didn't. We had plenty of opportunities to get back in the game."

Gee felt 'dead' on mound; no offense

June, 9, 2012
Dillon Gee said his body "felt dead" during Saturday night's 4-2 loss to the Yankees, during which he surrendered three runs in seven innings. The right-hander did not mean that he was injured in any way -- just that every time he returned to the dugout after pitching an inning, his body shut down like the outing was over.

Gee said the culprit might have been the cold air blowing from air conditioning in the visitors' dugout at Yankee Stadium, which gave him problems even while wearing a jacket and towel.

"It was weird," said Gee, who walked three leadoff batters in a four-inning span. "I felt great in the pen. I came out of the pen and almost felt like I couldn't get warm after that. I was having trouble staying warm between innings. I was up, walking around, trying to move around and stay warm. I just couldn't get loose each and every inning."

Kathy Kmonicek/Associated PressDillon Gee, who served up a two-run homer to Mark Teixeira, tossed seven innings despite feeling less than stellar on the mound.

As for the decisive two-run homer to Mark Teixeira in the sixth that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead, Gee said it was the right choice of pitch. He just didn't get the thigh-high curveball down enough.

Gee also had trouble with the Stadium mound. He said it was all clay -- seemingly unlike other stadiums. And when Gee dragged his foot during his delivery, it would get stuck, not slide. That accounted for the first-inning balk as well as a tumble as he delivered a pitch to Raul Ibañez later that inning. Gee proceeded with the pitch to Ibañez, knowing he would fall, because he did not want to stop and balk again.

"I thought I battled out there today," Gee said. "I didn't feel very good. Obviously I thought I scrapped through seven innings."

BAY OK: Jason Bay said it may have appeared his fractured rib bumped the wall in foul territory on an inning-ending catch in the third on Robinson Cano, but that was not the case. It actually was his leg that made contact with the wall. "As of this point right now, I'm completely fine," Bay said.

PINCH WHO? Terry Collins said he pinch hit Jordany Valdespin for Scott Hairston in the ninth with two out and two runners on base because Rafael Soriano is difficult against righties.

"And Jordany late in the game has come through with some big hits against some good right-handed pitching," Collins added. "So I took a shot."

Valdespin flied out to end the game.

POWER OUTAGE: The Yankees lead the majors in homers with 90. The Mets have 47, despite long balls from Omar Quintanilla and David Wright on Saturday. That left little margin for error.

"We've got to have someone step up and get some hits," Collins said. "We seem to be riding David pretty much solely. We've got to get some guys to chip in. You know, singles don't win many games in this park."

Said Wright: "When we don't get guys on base and keep that line moving, we're not going to be able to outslug teams like this. That's for sure. We're having a tough time right now getting on base and just sustaining some rhythm offensively."

Along those lines, Collins was asked whether Ike Davis needed to sit because of his lack of production.

"The point is: Where does it come from?" Collins said about the power if Davis loses his job. "… Where is that guy that can provide power. That guy is Ike Davis. Ike Davis has as much power as anybody in the ballpark tonight. We've got to get him going."

Davis actually reached base three times Saturday -- twice via walk. He has walked six times in his past five games.

"It's definitely a step in the right direction," Davis said. "Usually, over my small career, when I start walking more, the average ends up coming up. Hopefully I can continue to see the ball better and only swing at pitches that I know I can hit. Really, if you think about it, walks are just as good as a hit. It may not show it on your average, but for your team it is."

Collins said postgame he was unsure whether Davis or Vinny Rottino would start Sunday at first base against Andy Pettitte.

TC: Removing R.A. tough call

May, 22, 2012
PITTSBURGH -- Terry Collins acknowledged it was a difficult decision to pinch hit for R.A. Dickey with the knuckleballer having limited the Pirates to one run through seven innings. But the manager wanted to take a shot with Pirates starter James McDonald having departed and Dickey's slot due up first in the top of the eighth.

So Collins inserted Andres Torres in the 1-all game. Torres struck out to extend his skid to 1-for-his-last-34, but the Mets ultimately scored a pair of runs in the inning and held on for a 3-2 win on Tuesday night. Dickey notched his sixth win, taking a share of the NL lead, at least for the moment.

Gene J. Puskar/Associated PressR.A. Dickey struck out a career-high 11 before
being pulled for a pinch hitter.

"When Andres strikes out, you say to yourself, 'Well, hell, R.A. could have done that,'" Collins said. "You're trying to do something. We're not swinging the bats right now. We had to try to see if we could get somebody on and get something started."

Said Dickey: "They were pitching well, too, and you've got to take a shot. I understood completely. He's got to do what he thinks is the best thing to do to win the ballgame. He's got faith in the bullpen. If Andres gets on there, it might start a rally. He's got a lot better shot than I do. Let's put it that way."

Dickey had a career-high 11 strikeouts and said he felt like he "grew" as a pitcher. He meant that he was able to control his knuckleball and have it move in the direction he wanted. Catcher Mike Nickeas said one of Dickey's most effective movements with the pitch was to have it seemingly dance upward as it approached the batter.

Dickey only threw three fastballs among his 88 pitches. The rest were knuckleballs.

In recent games, Dickey's knuckleball had been hit by opponents the third time through the order. So he had contemplated with pitching coach Dan Warthen and Nickeas going to a more conventional arsenal as the game progressed this time. But the knuckleball was so effective he never needed to deviate from using it.

"It was consistently good throughout the game, which was nice," Dickey said. "A lot of times it will leave and then come back. But tonight I felt like I had a really good one, and I had a couple of different kinds of knuckleballs tonight, which was really fun.

"I had the best feel of it. I could make it do different things, which not very often am I able to do that. A lot of times you throw it and it does what it's going to do. Tonight, mechanically, I was in a place where I could get it do a couple of different things when I wanted it to. And that's fun. That was the difference. It's not always like that."

Tim Byrdak produced another key out, striking out lefty-hitting Pedro Alvarez to end the eighth and preserve the 3-2 lead for Frank Francisco to close out the game in the ninth. Yet with Byrdak on pace for 98 appearances, which would shatter Pedro Feliciano's club record of 92, Collins said he needs to use his second lefty, Robert Carson, as well in those situations -- for better or worse. Carson only has appeared in one major league game so far. And that was in Toronto with the Mets trailing by 13 runs.

"I've got to get Robert Carson in some of these games," Collins said. "Otherwise, Tim is going to really get tired here lately. I've got to get Robert some work -- in the tough situation. If he's going to pitch here, he's got to get used to it."

• Francisco tossed a 1-2-3 ninth and was locating his pitches far better than other recent outings. It was only the fourth time in 20 appearances as a Met that the closer did not surrender a hit or walk.

"I think Sunday's game was a huge stepping point for him," Collins said, referring to Francisco striking out three straight Blue Jays, while pitching against his former employer, to protect a lead after allowing the first two batters to reach.

Collins said Toronto manager John Farrell advised his Mets counterpart to "be patient [with Francisco], because it's there."

Francisco said he never lost confidence in himself and recognized it's not always going to be smooth sailing.

"If you stay around, you're going to see a lot of those bad games," Francisco said. "I'm ready for anything."

A reporter asked Francisco in the clubhouse postgame if he was "back."

"What do you see outside?" Francisco said.

"Looks that way," the reporter said.

"OK," Francisco said. "Cool."

Frank on loss: 'I was fighting out there'

May, 11, 2012
Frank Francisco said he gave it his best effort. But there was no doubt his second blown save in 10 chances this season deflated a clubhouse that arrived in Miami off the sky-high feeling of sweeping the Phillies with their ninth, 10th and 11th comeback wins of the season.

Francisco allowed a leadoff double to Giancarlo Stanton in the ninth and a game-tying single with one out to Emilio Bonifacio. After Bonifacio swiped second base, the Mets lost, 6-5, when Greg Dobbs singled with two out.

“That’s baseball,” Francisco said. “That’s going to happen. Hopefully it’s the last time. I can’t put that in my mind because I know how baseball goes. I don’t feel bad. I feel bad because we lost. But, personally, I know I was fighting out there. I leave everything I have out there for my team. We lost. But I don’t feel bad.”

As for the leadoff double by Stanton, Francisco did not second-guess himself.

“I haven’t seen the replay. I don’t know,” Francisco said. “I thought it was a good pitch. I got him out there before. And just like that, he won. I thought that was the right pitch. And when I got in my mind a certain pitch, I die with that pitch. And that’s what I did. I thought that was the right pitch -- fastball in.”

He rejected the suggestion that things snowballed after that.

“I was fighting out there with everything I have,” Francisco said. “Every time I go out there I leave everything out there. After the first hit, I got the next guy out. And they tied the game and I got the next guy out. I was fighting.”

As for the final blow by Dobbs, Francisco said: “The last hit was a broken-bat single. You only can control where you throw the ball. You cannot control the results. I think I made a good pitch. I jammed him. But it ended up in a bad spot.”

Ike Davis lamented his role in the Marlins’ late rally. Davis committed an error trying to field Jose Reyes' grounder to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Reyes eventually scored against Bobby Parnell to pull the Marlins within 5-4.

“I had a lot more time, so I just should have got in front of it and knocked it down,” Davis said. “But it took a higher bounce than the one before and just got a little bit on my wrist and I missed it. … I was out of position, really, on it. I should have just knocked it down.”

Davis acknowledged Reyes’ speed was a factor in him rushing to field the ball.

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Collins took shot in fourth with Duda

May, 2, 2012
Terry Collins said there was no question in his mind: Jon Niese may have been only at 60 pitches after three innings. But with the Mets already having trimmed a five-run deficit to three runs, and with two Mets on base in the top of the fourth, Collins decided to lift Niese for pinch hitter Lucas Duda.

Duda struck out against J.A. Happ and the Mets ultimately lost, 6-3, Tuesday night. But Collins was confident afterward in the appropriateness of his decision.

Pat Sullivan/Associated PressJon Niese was pulled after three innings, having allowed a pair of homers and five runs.

It ended up being Niese's shortest start since going only 2 2/3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept 29, 2010.

Asked if it was particularly tough to lift Niese after three innings knowing unproven rookie Chris Schwinden goes Wednesday afternoon, Collins replied: "Chris has only gone one time, so it's tough to judge how far he's going to go. But when you're in a game where you're down five and you have a chance to tie it, I think you've got to take the opportunity.

"As you saw, we didn't have another chance the rest of the game to tie the game. So I took my chance then."

Asked if he was shocked by the decision, Niese said: "Yeah, kinda. Obviously the competitiveness in me, I wanted to stay in the game there. I put up a zero and I felt my stuff was good enough to keep the team in the game. But it's not the way it worked out. It's over now, and I've just got to move on."

All the damage against Niese came on homers -- a two-run shot in the first inning by Jed Lowrie, then a three-run shot an inning later by Chris Snyder.

"That Lowrie pitch, looking back I kind of regret throwing him a fastball there," Niese siad. "I wanted to throw him a curveball. I threw one up and in on him and he got it. And then the Snyder one, he just ambushed me first pitch. He got that one too. Other than that, I felt great. It's just one of those games where it gets away from you early."

Said catcher Josh Thole: "Snyder was just a sinker that just stayed up. I think sometimes when that happens it just takes the wind out of you a little."

The Mets walked eight batters as a staff, with the final run coming when Ramon Ramirez walked in a run that was charged to Miguel Batista. Batista walked four in 2 2/3 innings. Three of the outs he recorded came on a sacrifice bunt and two caught stealings.

"You just can't put people on and expect to win Major League Baseball games -- especially walking in runs," Collins said. "I mean, it's going to come back to burn you."

Dickey laments one pitch in loss

May, 1, 2012
R.A. Dickey said his knuckleball was so good Monday night, he definitely should have had flirted with a complete game. And, he added, he regretted only one pitch all night.

Of course, that ball was a knuckleball that stayed up enough for Matt Downs -- who was subbing for injured Carlos Lee -- to send beyond the left-field wall for a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning. The Astros, up 3-0 after the shot, went on to win 4-3 Monday evening at Minute Maid Park. Downs homered against Dickey last season as well, but the May 14, 2011 blast was not on a knuckleball.

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R.A. Dickey took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, when he surrendered three runs.

Dickey has surrendered a National League-high seven homers this season, despite traditionally keeping batters in the park as a knuckleballer.

"It did seem quick," Dickey said about Monday's no-hit flirtation turning into a three-run deficit. "That's the nature of the game. ... Tonight was a night where I literally threw one pitch that I regretted, and it got hit out of the park. Normally that doesn't happen. One more little wiggle to the knuckleball there, he pops that up or he hits that off the end. That was the only pitch I'd take back all night. I'd hate to say I'm satisfied, but I feel like I'm in a good place with it."

Still, Dickey added: "I have no business not going to the eighth of ninth with the stuff I had tonight. It just was unfortunate that I gave up some runs and had to come out of the game."

Said Collins: "He was outstanding. He's really frustrated about the home runs. That's usually not his thing. Obviously he threw the ball very, very well and gave us a chance, kept him in there. We just gave him nothing to work with early."

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, manning left field for the first time in his professional career, lamented a misplay in Houston's three-run sixth. With one out and Jordan Schafer on second base in a scoreless game, Jed Lowrie sent a ball to shallow left. Nieuwenhuis did not aggressively charge. It dropped in front of him for a single, moving Schafer to third, from which he soon would score the game's opening run.

"It was just a 'tweener' ball that I should have caught," Nieuwenhuis said. "It dropped, and that's unfortunate. Dickster was pitching a great game and I just made a mistake."

Collins wondered if Ruben Tejada might have called off Nieuwenhuis, prompting the left fielder to back off. But that was not the case, said Nieuwenhuis, who also regretted getting picked off first base to lead off the top half of that inning.

"That was just lack of communication on my part," Nieuwenhuis said about Lowrie's sixth-inning single. "I should have charged in a little bit harder. That play changes the game. And getting picked off was another mistake. That changes the situation."

As for his first left-field experience overall, Nieuwenhuis said: "Not bad. That's a funky left field. Playing some balls off the wall before the game, it's a tough wall to play. I'll just keep working on it."

• Collins said he sent Manny Acosta back out for the eighth because the reliever had success in a 1-2-3 seventh as well as because the Mets bullpen needed to be spared after logging a lot of weekend work in Colorado. The manager added that Jon Rauch would have been summoned if the Mets had a lead, but the score was tied at 3 at the time. Acosta eventually served up an RBI single to Lowrie in the eighth that was the deciding run in Houston's 4-3 win.

"He was rolling in the first," Collins said about Acosta. "And our bullpen is a little worn out from the past three days. I had Rauch. We didn't have the lead. The game was tied. As you know, had we gotten the lead, Rauch would have been in the game."

Andres Torres went 1-for-4 in his return. "He looked all right," Collins said. "He ran good. I liked what I saw."

Lucas Duda, who walked as a pinch hitter Monday, will remain too sick to start Tuesday. That alleviates Collins having to choose whom to sit among Nieuwenhuis, Torres and Scott Hairston.

• The Mets finished April with a 13-10 record. They occupy third place in the NL East, 1 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals. The Mets dropped to 6-2 in one-run games.

"I'm very pleased with the first month of the season, with what we've gone through so far," Collins said. "We've had some of our key guys banged up. We've had a couple of our guys that we expected to really swing the bats for us haven't. And some guys have picked up the load and carried us. We're sitting here right now going into the month of May in pretty good shape."

Gee felt strong late in outing

April, 29, 2012
Dillon Gee, who turned 26 years old Saturday, said he continued to feel strong late in Saturday's start against the Colorado Rockies, despite tossing a career-high 116 pitches. Terry Collins said Gee looked so sharp in a 1-2-3 seventh inning that he almost could have sent the right-hander out for another inning. But that was not the prudent thing to do given the batters due up -- Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton. So the manager summoned Tim Byrdak, who tossed a 1-2-3 frame in the eventual 7-5 victory.

Byrdak thanked Gee for even completing the seventh considering the bullpen worked so hard in Friday's 18-9 debacle.

"We needed some innings," Collins said.

Still, Gee said that entering the outing he was not conscious of the need to go deep in order to refresh the relief arms. Gee also was pleased with the success of his curveball. He was surprised about the quality given how much he heard about it being difficult to snap off breaking balls in high-altitude, dry Denver.

"It's definitely a positive sign to be at 110 pitches and still feel pretty good," Gee said.

Meanwhile, Lucas Duda -- who matched a career high with four RBIs -- now has a team-high 13 RBIs this season.

Collins said hitting coach Dave Hudgens and Duda watched films to contrast last season with this year. As a result of that session, the manager suggested, Duda is now less pull-happy and is keeping his head in the strike zone zone longer. Duda homered for the first time in two weeks.

Duda downplayed his renewed success, assigning it to luck, which perhaps has bred a little more confidence.

"Balls are falling and luck's kind of going my way right now," Duda said.

Ike throws curve to Braves, Bay's deja vu

April, 16, 2012

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Ike Davis delivers a tiebreaking three-run homer against Tommy Hanson in the sixth inning.
Ike Davis had been 2-for-12 with six strikeouts against Tommy Hanson in their brief careers entering Monday night. And, Davis estimated, he had seen a curveball on all but a handful of pitches during those encounters,

So after an intentional walk to David Wright in a tie ballgame in the sixth inning, Hanson threw five straight curveballs to Davis. And Davis delivered a homer on the fifth curveball, for a three-run homer that gave the Mets a 4-1 lead en route to a 6-1 victory.

Davis is still hitting .139 this season, but he has now homered in consecutive games. He went deep against Cole Hamels on Sunday in Philadelphia.

“He’s thrown it every at-bat, every pitch, every time I’ve faced him,” Davis said, referring to curveballs from Hanson. “If you go back at the records, it’s probably maybe three or four fastballs in something like 30 at-bats. The Braves really throw me a lot of off-speed most of the time. So I think the first series I saw three fastballs to open the year off of them the whole series. So obviously they think I’m a fastball hitter. And I haven’t had great success against them, because they’ve thrown pitchers’ pitches with their off-speed pitches.”

Said Jason Bay: “I was screaming at it to get out. They’ve been flipping him curveballs nonstop. It’s one of those things, until you do that, you’re going to keep getting it. I told him, ‘Man, that had to feel pretty good.’ He said, ‘Yeah, it felt great.’”

Asked if he was onto something with the consecutive games with homers, Davis said: “I’m just trying to survive. I feel great. The last three games I’ve felt really relaxed in the box. I mean, I haven’t got a lot of hits. But I’ve hit a couple of balls hard.”

It meant something extra to hit a game-tying homer against Hanson.

“Especially against a guy I’ve never done anything against,” Davis said. “I struck out almost 80 to 90 percent of the time I’ve faced him. To hit a curveball off of him in a big situation like that, it feels good. For me, it’s hard to pick up. I can see other ones a lot easier than I can see Tommy’s. And obviously they know that. They keep throwing it. Eventually, hopefully, I can find something to key off of on it and hit it more consistently.”

As for the intentional walk to Wright preceding his at-bat, Davis noted he needs to perform better at the plate so the third baseman sees pitches to hit.

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Dillon Gee worked out of a seventh-inning jam and limited the Braves to one run in his outing.

“Obviously, David’s a great hitter. Especially the way I’ve swung the bat this season, it fires me up a little bit because I want them to stop,” Davis said. “I want David to have a chance to hit instead of being walked every time in front of me. Obviously I needed to step it up. It makes you concentrate a little more, because you don’t want this to happen to the guy in front of you. I want to hit behind David so I can hopefully allow him to get better chances. And this season I haven’t done that, so people have taken advantage of me not doing it and walked him more. Hopefully I can get them to stop doing that.”

Said Terry Collins: “If you’re around Ike Davis, the one thing he doesn’t lack is confidence. He believes in himself. He believes in his ability. He knows he’s off to a rough start. The same guy, though, last year got off a hot, torrid start. He understands that it’s there.”

• Bay had a déjà vu moment when he leaped over the wall to take away ex-Pirates teammate Jack Wilson’s would-be homer in a tie ballgame in the fifth. He had done the same thing at Turner Field to Alex Gonzalez last season.

“Robbing homers is not a huge part of my game,” Bay said. “So it was just weird that two years in a row -- same spot, same everything.”

Wilson remained homerless since Aug. 27, 2009 with Seattle.

Bay also homered in the ninth against Livan Hernandez after missing one game with the jammed right ring finger.

Given Wright homered in his first game back from a broken pinkie on Saturday, Collins was in a joking mood.

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Postgame Review: Yankees 9, Mets 3

May, 22, 2011
New York Mets rookie right-handed reliever Pedro Beato finally gave up the first two earned runs of his major league career in his team's 9-3 loss to the New York Yankees.

"It had to happen sometime," said Beato, who had gone a franchise-record 18 2/3 innings without allowing one to start his career.

Beato was charged with the two earned runs in just a 1/3 of an inning.

Rookie second baseman Justin Turner did not reach base safely for the first time since May 3 against the San Francisco Giants, snapping a 12-game streak.

He also failed to record an RBI, ending his rookie franchise-record seven-game streak. Turner's career-best eight-game hitting streak also came to a close.

The Mets offense went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position on Sunday afternoon and left seven men on base. The Mets are now batting .222 with RISP (88-for-396).

The Amazin's had 11 hits, but just one of them -- right fielder Carlos Beltran's seventh-inning double -- went for extra bases. In fact, of the Mets' 25 hits during the three-game series, only five of them were extra-base hits.

The Mets have now been held to just one extra-base hit in three of their last four games. Playing without third baseman David Wright (back) and first baseman Ike Davis (ankle), they mustered just eight runs in the first edition of the Subway Series.

"We're not gonna be a team that's gonna hit a lot of homers," Beltran said. "Ike was hitting homers, but we're not built that way. The lineup's not built that way. We're more linedrive hitters.

"When you miss guys like that, it make a big difference in the lineup. David has been in these situations like this series before, maybe younger players try to do a little bit more, but it is what it is. We have to fight with what we got. There's nothing we can do. We've just got to hope they get healthy and return to the ballclub."

The Mets relievers were charged with four earned runs on Sunday afternoon in two innings. They'd allowed just five earned runs in their previous 16 games (43 innings pitched), and had just surrendered just seven earned runs in the entire month of May (54 innings pitched) entering Sunday.

"Well, we made good pitches," manager Terry Collins said. "It's just one of those situations in which every time they swung it, they found a hole. There's nothing we can do about it."

Left fielder Jason Bay (2-for-4) collected his sixth multi-hit game of the season. He has hit .357 (10-for-28) in the Subway Series over his last two years as a Met.

Third baseman Willie Harris (3-for-4) collected his first three-hit game since July 9, 2010 when he was a member of the Washington Nationals against the San Francisco Giants. Harris came into Sunday's action with three hits in his last 30 at-bats (22 games). It was Harris' first start since May 16.

Postgame Review: Mets 8, Diamondbacks 4

April, 24, 2011
New York Mets rookie center fielder Jason Pridie’s father will eventually receive one heck of a belated Easter present: Pridie's first major league home-run ball.

With two runners on and two out in the bottom of the third inning, Pridie took Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Armando Galarraga deep for a three-run shot -- his first-ever big-league blast. The shot allowed the Mets to take a 6-0 lead. They went on to win 8-4 on Sunday afternoon in front of 22,232 at Citi Field.

“It’s what I’ve been waiting for, for a couple years now,” said Pridie, who was called up from Triple-A Buffalo on April 22, after Angel Pagan was placed on the disabled list. “It was a dream ever since I was young to get to the big leagues and try to produce when it matters -- not just because it’s September and the games don’t mean anything.

“It’s indescribable. I knew I hit it well, but in this park there’s very few ‘for sure’ home runs. I knew I got it, but I had to run out of the box hard. I was trying to hold back a smile as I was rounding the bases.”

The 27-year-old Pridie, who was known more for his defensive prowess, came in with just 79 career minor league homers in 3,689 at-bats. But that wasn’t in the back of his mind on Sunday afternoon as he drilled Galarraga’s hanging 2-1 slider into the Mets’ bullpen out in right-center field.

“It’s huge for him I’m sure,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We know about his defense. But I thought the home run was a huge hit for him. It makes him realize all he’s gotta do is put good swings on the ball and a lot of things can happen.”

They certainly did. And even better, he didn’t have to worry about compensating a fan to retrieve it.

Nope. This one is going to his dad.

“He has the ball from my first MLB hit, too,” said Pridie, who notched that hit -- a looping single into right -- on Saturday.

A second-round pick in the 2002 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, Pridie had bounced around in the minors for a while. He finally appeared in 11 games with the Minnesota Twins from 2008-09, but hadn’t gotten a hit until the promotion with the Mets.

And now, he has his first homer as well.

“It’s a great feeling to get there and put one out,” Pridie said.

Collins said that Pridie will probably get one of the next few days on the road trip off. Collins noted he’d like to get Willie Harris some at-bats. He’d also like to get Scott Hairston in the lineup, but Hairston has a sore back -- the result of him hitting the wall trying to make a catch earlier in the week. Hairston will continue to rest until he is at full strength.

Jonathon Niese

Starting Pitcher
New York Mets


2011 Season Stats
5 1 3 12 21 5.10
• Left-hander Jon Niese notched his first victory since Sept. 5, 2010, tied his season-high by going seven innings and allowed three earned runs.

So what was the key to his solid outing? According to Collins: pace.

“I thought he pitched very good. He used his pitches. He didn’t try to overthrow,” Collins said of Niese, who snapped a personal six-game losing streak dating to Sept. 12, 2010. “He took a little off a times. He needs to stay on his pace, not speed it up, and that made a big difference. I thought he was very effective.

“Earlier we had talked about making sure when things are tough to get the ball and get back on the mound. Go one pitch at a time. He kept himself out of big innings today.”

Niese, who improved to 1-3 with a 5.10 ERA, said he thought his changeup was the key to success.

“I threw it a lot more. I felt a lot more comfortable with it,” said Niese, who noted that he changed his grip on the pitch, putting more pressure on his index finger than before. “I had really good fastball command and I had good command of my secondary pitches.”

Niese downplayed what Collins said about “pace,” but did say he was in a very good rhythm all afternoon.

“It was just one of those days,” Niese said. “I felt way more comfortable out there than my last start [six innings, two runs, season-high five walks].”

Niese, who scattered six hits, walked two and struck out three. He threw 64 of his 95 pitches for strikes. He retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced.

Niese has now pitched six or more innings in four of his five starts this season.

• It looked like the Mets had hit rock bottom on Wednesday after they fell to an MLB-worst 5-13 overall. But since then they haven’t lost, reeling off a season-high four consecutive victories.

In those last four games, they’ve outscored their opponents 27-10.

“I think the brightest sign has been our starting pitching,” said Collins, whose starters have gone at least six innings the last six games -- a season-high for that streak. “It’s gotten us where we want to get to. And you see a difference in the bullpen.”

Although reliever D.J. Carrasco, who was optioned to the minors after the game, gave up a run in the eighth inning, the Mets’ pen has allowed just that lone run in its last five games, spanning 10 innings.

“We’ll go as far as our starting pitching carries us,” third baseman David Wright said.

The Mets’ four-game winning streak is the club’s longest since winning four straight games from Sept 13-16, 2010.

Ike Davis

First Base
New York Mets


2011 Season Stats
22 4 18 11 .407 .316
• First baseman Ike Davis hit .381 (8-for-21) with three home runs, two doubles and six RBIs during the Mets’ six-game home stand. The Mets went 4-2 at Citi Field for the week, and have now won four straight games there following a 1-8 start -- the worst home opening in franchise history.

• The Mets hit three home runs Sunday. The Mets have now hit at least one home run in six straight games, the longest such stretch since a similar six-game streak from Sept. 17-24, 2010.

Sunday marked the eighth time the Mets have hit three or more home runs at Citi Field since the ballpark opened in 2009. The team record is four home runs, done twice in 2010. The Mets hit three home runs earlier in this home stand -- on April 21 against the Houston Astros.

The Mets' three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks was their first sweep of the season. The Mets hadn’t swept the Diamondbacks at home in a three-game series since May 19-21, 2000.

• Collins mentioned the importance of two-out runs. The Mets plated five of those on Sunday, after amassing six on Saturday. They entered Sunday afternoon’s game tied for 10th in the majors with 36 two-out runs.

Postgame review: Mets falling apart

April, 20, 2011

AP Photo/Paul J. BereswillThese Mets fans were afraid to show their faces Wednesday night at Citi Field.
New York Mets manager Terry Collins wasn't upset.

As he put it, center fielder Angel Pagan was just trying to make something happen when he tried to score on a wild pitch after pinch-hitter Justin Turner struck out in the bottom of the eighth inning.

"We've been sitting back, waiting for [something] to happen for a long time," Collins said. "And nothing's happened."

This time, something happened all right. It just wasn't the something the Mets were hoping for.

Pagan, who kept his lead foot up instead of down as he was sliding into home, was tagged out, leaving the Mets one run down. They went on to lose to the lowly Houston Astros 4-3 Wednesday night at Citi Field.

The Mets (5-13), who own the worst record in baseball, have lost seven straight at home and nine of their last 10 overall. Their 1-8 record at home is the worst start through nine games in franchise history.

"It's unfortunate," said Pagan, who is also in a 2-for-25 skid at the plate. "I thought it had gone far enough away where I could score. I thought I had a fair chance to make it."

But he didn't. The way the Mets are playing, he wasn't going to.

"It’s frustrating," said third baseman David Wright, who with an 0-for-3 evening matched his career high by going hitless in his last 19 at-bats. "When you play poorly, you don't get those breaks and plays like that go against you.

"But we can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We've just got to execute."

That's something the Mets haven't been doing. Catcher Josh Thole was one of the culprits on that front Wednesday night, popping up a bunt in the ninth inning that turned into a double play after shortstop Jose Reyes got too big a jump off first base.

"There's no reason for me to be off the bag there," Reyes said. "That's not supposed to happen. This is the major leagues."

"He's so aggressive, he probably just got too big a lead and came off the bag too far," Collins said.

"It’s disappointing," said Thole, who went 0-for-5 and is hitting just .236. "I failed twice tonight trying to move runners over. We have to get bunts down. We have to get runners over."

Thole, however, wasn't the only Met to have failed 18 games into the 2011 season. He's just one of many. And that’s the reason this team is off to the third-worst start in the 49-year history of the franchise.

Only the 1962 and 1964 Mets were worse. And those teams went a combined 93-229.

"We have to find a way to be honest with ourselves about what kind of team we are," said knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who threw eight innings of four-run ball but gave up the decisive home run to Hunter Pence in the eighth. "We can’t keep telling ourselves we’re a better team than this. We need to identify what we're doing wrong and do it better."

And that begs the question, what exactly are they doing wrong?

"Collectively, each one of us has to own what we have to own," said Dickey, who mentioned that he walks too many batters (14 in 26 1/3 innings). "I’m not pointing the finger at anyone. I’m just saying we can't keep waltzing through the season, because we’re going to kick ourselves at the end of it. We have to be able to take some positive out of what's going on. We have to find a way to do that."

The problem is, other than Carlos Beltran (.286), Reyes (.329) and Ike Davis (.290), there just aren't that many positives right now. The offense has manufactured just 32 runs in the last 10 games, while Mets pitchers came into Wednesday night’s game with a collective 5.25 ERA, which ranked 28th in the majors.

And just when you thought the Mets had found a way to lose every which way possible, they found another Wednesday night.

"It's exasperating," Dickey said.

Collins was hired as Mets skipper to raise a sinking ship. But with these players, it's going to be a battle.

The only thing that seems likely at this point is more fans wearing paper bags on their heads.

"I signed up to make this team better," Collins said. "But if you don't hit and you don't pitch, the game can be ugly."

Ain't that the cold, hard truth.

And to think, it's only April.

Postgame Review: Astros 6, Mets 1

April, 19, 2011
Recap | Box score | Photos

New York Mets right-hander Bobby Parnell (possible nerve issue in his right middle finger) will undergo further medical tests Wednesday, manager Terry Collins said after the Mets' 6-1 loss to the Astros on Tuesday night.

Bobby Parnell

Relief Pitcher
New York Mets


2011 Season Stats
8 0 1 5 11 6.14
"I've been fighting it for about a week now," said Parnell, who balked and gave up a key two-run single in the eighth inning. "I've been trying to fight through it, but I can't be at 70-80 percent and I wasn't helping the team, so I went to talk to Terry about it."

Parnell, whose ERA is 6.14, said he doesn't think it's anything serious. He underwent preliminary tests after Tuesday's game. The doctors have ruled out carpal tunnel syndrome.

"I can't grip the baseball like I want to," said Parnell, who had trouble gripping his split-finger fastball.

For now, Parnell doesn't know how much time he'll miss -- if any -- although Collins sounded like placing Parnell on the DL and activating Jason Bay on Wednesday was a strong possibility.

"We need to investigate some things," Collins said. "He didn't have his good fastball tonight."

• Collins said the Mets may decide to call up Bay before Wednesday night's game after he went 4-for-4 with two home runs on Tuesday night for Class A St. Lucie. The Mets could certainly use Bay in the lineup to provide a jolt to their struggling offense, which mustered just four hits on Tuesday. The Mets, who have lost eight of nine overall, have now scored just six runs in their past four games.

"We're too aggressive at the plate," Collins said. "We need to be more selective."

The Mets were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday night, and left seven runners on base.

• Third baseman David Wright is hitless in his past 16 at-bats with seven strikeouts, which includes the entire weekend series in Atlanta. Center fielder Angel Pagan is 2-for-his-past-22. Pagan did double in his first plate appearance Tuesday, and said he's "seeing the ball better," but has yet to break out.

Scott Hairston

Left Field
New York Mets


2011 Season Stats
16 1 5 4 .258 .179
• Left-fielder Scott Hairston committed a crucial error when he dropped a fly ball with two outs in the seventh inning. His miscue led to the third Astros run.

"I have to catch that ball," Hairston said. "It hit my glove."

Hairston was near the warning track and hit both his back and head on the padded wall, but said he still should've made the play.

Hairston also struck out twice against Astros starter Wandy Rodriguez.

Collins said Hairston is trying to do too much and look to hit home runs instead of shortening up his swing and making solid contact.

"That's pretty accurate," said Hairston, whose average plummeted to .179.

• Left-hander Jon Niese never really had a feel on the mound.

Jonathon Niese

Starting Pitcher
New York Mets


2011 Season Stats
4 0 3 10 18 5.87
"He went ball one on a lot of hitters," Collins said.

Pitching from behind all game, Niese managed to get through six innings, allowing just two runs. However, he walked a season-high five batters, and was in trouble from the start. Luckily, he was able to get two critical double plays, as well as a key outfield assist from Pagan, who threw out Bill Hall as he tried to score in the sixth.

"My defense was big for me tonight," said Niese, who fell to 0-3 with a 5.87 ERA. "I just didn't have a good feel out there. I just couldn't get a grip on the baseball and I couldn't adjust. I just didn't feel right. I didn't have my best stuff."

Niese, who hasn't won since Sept. 5, 2010, and has lost his past five decisions, said he needs to find his changeup. Collins said he relied too much on his cutter and curveball, and it came back to haunt him. Niese threw 67 of his 113 pitches for strikes.

"I don't want to dwell on any of my previous outings," Niese said. "I just want to continue to have good bullpens."

Although Niese felt discomfort on the bump, he said it wasn't anything serious.

• The Mets' bullpen gave up three earned runs on four hits over three innings of work. They have now allowed a total of 32 runs (30 earned) in 60 2/3 innings. The bullpen entered Tuesday's game with a 4.21 ERA, which ranked 23rd in the major leagues. They have now allowed 66 hits, 26 walks and one HBP (93 baserunners) this season.

"It's definitely a concern," said Collins, whose relievers are clearly overtaxed. "We gotta stop it. That's why we have eight guys up here now. Late in the game we continue to give up big numbers, and it's killing us."

It certainly killed any chance for the Mets to come back in this one.

• In the seventh, trailing 3-1, the Mets had runners on first and second with two outs. Collins chose to pinch-hit with rookie Chin-Lung Hu, but he struck out against Rodriguez, ending the threat. Collins was asked after the game if he regretted not putting up left-handed pinch-hit specialist Daniel Murphy instead.

"Not against the lefty," Collins said.

• Rodriguez wound up striking out a season-high seven over seven innings. He gave up just three hits, including Carlos Beltran's solo homer in the seventh, which ended his shutout bid. Rodriguez came in with an 0-2 record and a 7.31 ERA, but he shut the Mets down by getting ahead with strike one.

• The Mets' 5-12 start matched the third-worst start in team history. The 1962 and 1964 Mets started 3-14 after 17 games. The '74 squad was also 5-12.

The Mets have also lost six straight home games and are just 1-7 this season at Citi Field.

The Mets are 1-5 in the first game of a series this year, including 0-3 at home.

A stolen base by Michael Bourn in the first inning snapped Niese's streak of 37 consecutive starts without allowing a steal.

• Left-hander Chris Capuano and right-hander R.A. Dickey both pitched in relief in Sunday's 3-2 win at Atlanta after starting earlier in the week. The last time two Mets starters pitched in the same game in relief was April 9, 1997, when Rick Reed and Brian Bohanon relieved Dave Milicki in the Mets' 3-2, 14-inning road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Postgame review: Mets 3, Braves 2

April, 17, 2011

Josh Thole

New York Mets


2011 Season Stats
15 0 3 3 .320 .277
Josh Thole may have driven in Jose Reyes twice in his first game installed as the No. 2 hitter under Terry Collins, but the manager does not foresee Thole hitting second on a regular basis.

After the Mets beat the Braves 3-2 on Sunday to snap a seven-game losing streak, Collins said Angel Pagan primarily will be the No. 2 hitter. The manager wanted to try to limit the pressure on Pagan while he is struggling and batted the center fielder sixth on Sunday.

“You know, one of the keys to this club is the center fielder,” Collins said. “Make no mistake about it, we’ve got to get him rolling. In the spot where he hit today, I just wanted him to kind of take a deep breath and relax a little bit. But when he’s swinging the bat good and he’s at the top of that order, that’s a dangerous top.”

That doesn’t mean Thole did not like having the RBI opportunities with Reyes.

“I did it last year a little bit in Buffalo,” Thole said about batting second. “It’s fun, especially when I have Jose hitting in front of me.”

• Pagan went 0-for-3 as his average slipped to .169. After a leadoff double by Ike Davis in the sixth, Pagan even tried to bunt. Pagan ended up popping it up and Davis was doubled off second base.

Two innings earlier, Pagan also bunted after a leadoff walk from Davis, although he was credited with a sacrifice after getting thrown out at first.

The bunts were not Collins’ call.

“Obviously right now his confidence is down a little bit,” Collins said. “He did those things because he’s trying to help the club win by moving runners along. He’s not swinging good. He knows it. And he took it upon himself to say, ‘Hey, look, I’ve got to help the club here.’ I salute that. I really do.”

Dillon Gee will get one more start while Chris Young is on the disabled list, but there are no assurances beyond that.

“Well, he’s going pitch in five days because Chris isn’t going to be ready,” Collins said. “I don’t have a crystal ball to look down the road and figure out what’s going to happen.”

Jason Bay will meet with Collins on Monday in New York after playing consecutive rehab games in left field with Class A St. Lucie. The expectation is Bay will be activated for Tuesday’s series opener against the Houston Astros, but Collins allowed for the seemingly slim possibility Bay would continue his rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

“We’re going to see how he’s doing,” Collins said. “I just told him let’s sit down and talk.”

The hope is Bay’s return would relieve pressure on David Wright, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Sunday and hitless in the series against the Braves.

“I hope he’s ready to hit,” Collins said about Bay. “He’s got 15 at-bats or something like that in the last five days. But getting him back and getting him in our lineup, it’s going to mean a lot to us, to put guys in positions where everyone can really make a contribution. He told me this morning he actually feels great. He’s done everything. He’s been diving back into bases and running and playing the outfield. He says he’s feeling better and better each and every day.”

Jason Isringhausen said he noticed out of the corner of his eye that Braves catcher Brian McCann had started to steal before Isringhausen even began his delivery. Knowing McCann is not the speediest of runners, Isringhausen said he took his time stepping off the mound to ensure he did not balk. He then made the pickoff throw and removed the potential tying run from the basepaths.

Isringhausen said he knows he’s susceptible to having bases stolen against him, even by less fleet of foot runners, and figured in that situation he would hold the ball longer than normal so that McCann couldn’t steal the base by timing his delivery.

“And I got lucky,” Isringhausen said. “I don’t know how many times I’ve ever picked anybody off. But I could see him out of the corner of my eye take off. It worked out for the best.”

As for serving up the leadoff homer in the eighth to Jason Heyward that allowed Atlanta to pull within 3-2, Isringhausen said he was just trying to throw strikes with a two-run lead.

“I know coming in with a two-run lead, the last thing I want to do is walk the leadoff guy,” Isringhausen said. “So I just tried to throw a fastball away and Heyward dove out there and hit it. I mean, if he tries to pull the ball, then he hits a groundball probably. He stayed on it well and hit a home run. And then I proceeded to walk the next guy [McCann], so it was pretty much the leadoff.”

• What happened to Wright during the hitless weekend?

“He’s going through one of those stages, but hell, he was almost the guy who did all the damage the first 10 days,” Collins said. “We need to pick him up.”

• Thole said he was surprised about the failed suicide squeeze bunt attempt with two strikes by Tommy Hanson that essentially ran the Braves out of a bases-loaded, one-out threat in the second inning. Eric Hinske was hung up between third and home.

“I didn’t think it was going to be a suicide squeeze,” Thole said. “I thought it was going to be sure he gets the bunt down and then take off home. It kind of caught me by surprise, but worked out.”

Postgame review: Braves 4-4, Mets 2-0

April, 16, 2011

AP Photo/Gregory Smith
Mike Pelfrey lasted only five-plus innings against the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 on Saturday.
Daniel Murphy offered no excuses for getting thrown out at third base attempting to steal with none out and Mike Nickeas batting in the sixth inning of Game 2, with the Mets already trailing by three runs.

“It was an awful play,” Murphy said. “There was nothing that could have been going through my mind to justify that. Bad play. I put a good swing on a ball. I started an inning off the right way with a guy who is throwing the ‘rock’ pretty well [Jair Jurrjens]. And I killed it. I’ve got to be better than that. It was a bad play.”

After the Mets’ 4-0 loss to the Braves in the nightcap, the Mets’ seventh straight defeat, Terry Collins said about Murphy’s transgression: “We used to call that an error of enthusiasm.”

Murphy agreed, noting he needed to realize he can’t make something happen to overcome a deficit of that size by himself.

“I’m not going to score three runs by myself,” he said. “We had to string some stuff together. I killed it.”

Collins acknowledged addressing the baserunning with Murphy in the tunnel immediately afterward.

“He was just trying to create something that wasn’t there,” the manager said. “We’ve got to do better than that.”

• Collins held a team meeting after Wednesday’s defeat against the Rockies, and there was no repeat on Saturday night.

“I’ve talked to some of the guys individually,” he said. “They care. They’re unhappy.”

Dale Zanine/US Presswire
Willie Harris is tagged out by Braves first baseman Eric Hinske after a pickoff throw.

Mike Pelfrey was displeased with his performance. His ERA stands at 9.72 after he allowed four earned runs on 11 hits in five-plus innings.

“I’m not pitching as well as I would like. Not even close,” Pelfrey said. “It’s obviously very frustrating with all the hard work that you put in, and this is the results that I get. I keep thinking that the ball probably came out of my hand today better than it has all season so far. I still gave up 11 hits in five innings. So that does nothing for me. Another rough night. I’ll go back to work tomorrow and be better, because I definitely have to be better.”

• On a positive note, Carlos Beltran did play both games of the doubleheader in right field. He went 1-for-6 with a walk.

• Getting swept in consecutive doubleheaders may not have occurred in Mets history since 1982, but it is not all that atypical in the majors. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last team to do it was the Detroit Tigers at the end of last season -- against Cleveland and Baltimore (Sept. 29 and Oct. 1).

ESPN Stats & Info adds that the Mets have been two-hit by the Braves in a game in each of the past four seasons.

• Collins said Jurrjens, who came off the disabled list for the Game 2 start against the Mets, had the best stuff the Mets saw since Opening Day against Marlins ace Josh Johnson.

“That might be the best command of all three pitches I’ve seen a pitcher have in a long time,” Collins said. “He pitched to the corners all night long.”

D.J. Carrasco, who allowed three homers as a spot starter in Game 1, said he left too many pitches up in the zone.

"The first one, to Chipper [Jones], was kind of a pitch that was elevated," Carrasco said. "The second one, to [Alex] Gonzalez, was also an elevated cutter that really didn't have anything behind it -- no movement, no velocity. And the curveball, I think I missed my opportunity earlier in that at-bat to put him away, and I just hung that one."

• Collins was pleased Bobby Parnell tossed two scoreless innings in the first game.

"I was very proud of Bobby," Collins said. "I thought he came out tonight, went after everybody, showed that good arm that he's got. I wanted him to have a multiple-inning game where he had to go out and throw pitches. I think it's going to help him. I think the more we get him out there for two innings, the stronger his arm is going to get."

David Wright summed up the doubleheader this way: “You know that you’re going to go through bad stretches. And you just hope that either the hitting or the pitching kind of picks up the other half. That hasn’t been the case. You understand that you’re going to play some bad baseball for stretches. And there’s no question that we’re playing bad baseball. But then when you mix in the mental mistakes that we’re making, along with what I mentioned earlier about the pitching’s not picking up the hitters, the hitters are not picking up the pitchers, that adds up to what you see the last week or so.”



Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187