Monday, April 18, 2011
Mets morning briefing 4.18.11
By Adam Rubin
After snapping a seven-game losing streak, the Mets take a day off before likely welcoming back Jason Bay (rib-cage strain) for Tuesday's series opener against the Houston Astros at Citi Field.
Monday's news reports:
• Terry Collins used starters R.A. Dickey and Chris Capuano in relief in Sunday's victory. It marked the first time since a 14-inning game in 1997 when Bobby Valentine used Rick Reed and Brian Bohanan out of the bullpen that the Mets used two starting pitchers in relief.
• Read game stories on the 3-2 win against the Braves in Newsday, the Times, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post and Record.
• Dillon Gee did not have his normal routine Sunday because his clothes and baseball equipment were lost during his travel from Providence to Philly to Atlanta. Read more in Newsday, the Journal, Post and Record.
• Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says this about Gee's performance: “He pitched well. I was impressed with his command and his breaking pitches. He swings the bat pretty good also. I don’t know the Mets but with this outing, I think he deserves a chance to get another start.”
As for the failed suicide squeeze with the bases loaded and Tommy Hanson batting that ran Atlanta out of an inning, the Braves skipper said: “It’s one of those situations where [it is] early in the ballgame. … Nobody missed a sign. That was a squeeze; we just missed a bunt. It’s one of those situations where the worst thing that could happen is he swung through it and when you’re not scoring runs you’ve got to try to make something up. That’s why they call it a suicide squeeze. It didn’t work this time.”
Read full Braves postgame quotes from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Braves blog.
• Collins tells the Daily News there's at least a chance he would "consider" using Willie Harris on a limited basis at second base once Bay is activated. Primarily an outfielder, Harris has started 167 major league games at second base. However, Harris' bat has faded slightly since a big season-opening series in Miami, and he's currently hitting .273. So returning him to the backup outfielder role he was signed for probably is the prudent thing.
BIRTHDAYS: Former second baseman Doug Flynn turns 60. Flynn came from the Cincinnati Reds in the Tom Seaver trade in 1977 and won a Gold Glove with the Mets in 1980. It's fair to call Flynn light-hitting. He had a .557 OPS in more than 2,000 at-bats for the Mets, averaging a home run every 407 at-bats. ... Rico Brogna turns 41. Brogna broke in with the 1994 Mets and hit .351 in 131 at-bats that season. Brogna's other claim to fame was partaking in a bench-clearing fight and hitting a walk-off home run on "John Franco Day" in 1996.