Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Mets morning briefing 5.11.11
By Adam Rubin
Jon Niese opposes Ubaldo Jimenez in Wednesday's matinee rubber game, and a makeshift lineup will be behind the Mets' southpaw. Despite Ike Davis being diagnosed with a left calf strain that forced the first baseman from Tuesday's 4-3 win against the Colorado Rockies, Terry Collins plans to proceed with giving David Wright off in the series finale. That means Justin Turner will start at third base, Daniel Murphy at first base and, likely, Willie Harris over Chin-lung Hu at second base in the rubber game.
Wednesday's news reports:
• Davis said he hoped to miss minimal time because of his injury, which resulted from a collision with Wright in the fourth inning, although a disabled-list trip cannot be ruled out. Read more about the injury and Tuesday's win against the Rockies in the Star-Ledger, Record, Times, Post, Daily News and Newsday.
• Sandy Alderson said he cannot foresee trading Jose Reyes before the July 31 deadline and re-signing him during the offseason. "I think that's unlikely," Alderson tells Brian Costa in The Wall Street Journal. "I think if you go back and look historically at similar cases, you'll probably find very few examples of that." ESPN's Mark Simon lists examples as Mike Bordick (2000), Sidney Ponson ('03), Geoff Blum ('05) and Austin Kearns ('10).
• Newsday's David Lennon offers one sign Wright's back/neck is bothering him. Wright usually protests getting a day off, but said about Collins' intention to rest him Wednesday: "With the two days in a row, I'll have a chance to knock this out." The Mets have an off-day Thursday before opening a series in Houston.
• Josh Thole decided to give up his Twitter account because what he hoped would be fun interaction with fans turned negative. Thole described some people badgering him as "ruthless." Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Despite a sizzling start to his professional career, Tuesday's blemish with Class A St. Lucie aside, don't look for 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey to appear at the major league level this season, even in September. Read vice president for player development Paul DePodesta's reasoning here.
• After Mike Pelfrey's second straight positive start with Ronny Paulino as his catcher, look for Collins to continue pairing them. Read more in Newsday.
• Dillon Gee slides into Chris Young's rotation spot, so the Times' David Waldstein notes the comparisons between Gee and ex-Met Rick Reed. Gee agrees he was unheralded, noting he could not even crack the rotation at Brooklyn after being drafted in the 21st round out of Texas-Arlington in 2007. He was prepared to follow his father's footsteps in firefighting had baseball not worked out. Writes Waldstein:
The comparison between Gee and Reed goes beyond the fact that both pitchers were low draft choices -- Reed was taken in the 26th round in 1986 -- and that Gee wears No. 35, as did Reed. It is more about their control and use of four good, but not necessarily outstanding, pitches. “He has four pitches that are all a tick above average,” the pitching coach Dan Warthen said of Gee. “But he commands them all with pinpoint control and he really knows what he’s doing.”
• Ex-Met Jeff Francoeur, visiting the Bronx with the Kansas City Royals, advises the Mets to bring in those Citi Field walls to help Wright and Jason Bay, among others. Read more in the Post.
BIRTHDAY: Walt Terrell turns 53. Terrell is the only pitcher in Mets history with a multi-homer game. He hit a pair against the Cubs and Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins on Aug. 6, 1983 at Wrigley Field. "It was a fluke," Terrell said when we interviewed him a few years ago. "The wind was blowing out, but I like to tell my kids it was blowing in at 40 mph." Funny story: the second homer was caught in the stands by one of Terrell's ex-teammates from Morehead State. Terrell, whose three homers that season are tied for the club record for a season by a pitcher with Tom Seaver, later played a valuable role for the Mets. He was traded to the Tigers for Howard Johnson before the 1985 season. -Mark Simon