Sunday, May 8, 2011
Mets morning briefing 5.8.11
By Adam Rubin
The good news? The Mets have won three straight games. They halted Andre Ethier's hitting streak at 30 games Saturday. And they are aiming for a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers when R.A. Dickey opposes Clayton Kershaw in the series finale. The bad news? Chris Young, who was scratched from Saturday's start, looks likely to land on the disabled list, where reliever Pedro Beato landed earlier in the week. Pat Misch was summoned to New York and was likely to be activated, GM Sandy Alderson said.
Sunday's news reports:
• Justin Turner's two-run single off Matt Guerrier in the eighth inning was the decisive blow in Saturday's 4-2 win against L.A. Read game stories in Newsday, the Record, Times, Daily News and Star-Ledger.
• Young will head for an MRI on Sunday. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Post and Times.
• Newsday columnist Ken Davidoff said the Mets having some roster depth is working out right now, with Jason Pridie, Dillon Gee and Justin Turner paying dividends. Of course, Davidoff notes, those three players happen to be holdovers from the last regime -- pushed off the Opening Day roster by the signings of Young and Chris Capuano for the rotation, Scott Hairston and Willie Harris to serve as outfield backups and Brad Emaus as a Rule 5 pick to play second base, with trade acquisition Chin-lung Hu tabbed the backup middle infielder. Writes Davidoff:
Pridie exemplifies what these Mets must have going for them if they are to have any chance of staying in the race. They need roster depth. When given the opportunity, players must perform as if the whole league is watching them.
• Jose Reyes described his baserunning as "terrible" Saturday. Daily News columnist John Harper writes on the topic:
This is why there will always be room for debate on the Jose Reyes issue, even when he is crushing National League pitching and making the case that he is one of the top three shortstops in all of baseball. Because for all of his talent, after all of his years in the big leagues, he still plays like a rockhead at times. Even on a night when Reyes went 2-for-5 to raise his average to .329, driving in a big run in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Dodgers, twice he made you want to scream: What were you thinking?
Still, Harper concludes:
Reyes is just too valuable not to be part of the Mets' future. If you need proof, even on a night like this, just start calling the roll of shortstops around the majors.
Post columnist Mike Vaccaro has a similar take:
If you are old enough to remember the spring of 1977, your memory will not allow you to ignore the troubling parallels of what awaits the Mets across the next few months. If you are old enough to remember the last time the Mets permitted a franchise player in his prime -- Tom Seaver -- to simply walk away for 30 pieces of silver, if you remember the pall that descended upon the franchise then and didn't clear for years . . . Well, that is why you try to ignore it. And that is why you can't.
Read more on Reyes in Newsday.
• Ronny Paulino will catch Dickey on Sunday, which will be a test, since Paulino has very limited experience with the knuckleball.
• Ethier said this about his 30-game hitting streak ending: "I'm comparing this to a bad break up, which I haven't had to do in a long time." Read more in the Post.
BIRTHDAY: John Maine turns 30. Maine was 39-32 in five seasons with the Mets, winning 15 games in 2007. Among Maine's highlights were winning Game 6 of the 2006 NLCS against the Cardinals and a near-no-hitter against the Marlins on the next-to-last day of the 2007 season. Cut loose by the Mets last December because he was arbitration-eligible coming off a season in which he made $3.3 million, Maine is currently pitching for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. He is 1-1 with a 7.16 ERA through six starts.