Sunday, May 22, 2011
Mets morning briefing 5.22.11
By Adam Rubin
Chris Capuano surrendered a career-high four homers, one shy of the Mets franchise record, as the Mets dipped back below .500 with a 7-3 loss to the Yankees in the Bronx.
Sunday's news reports:
• Read game stories in the Star-Ledger, Daily News, Post, Times and Newsday.
• Gary Carter announced Saturday that four small tumors have been detected on his brain. Columnist Bob Klapisch writes in the Record:
In a clubhouse with few rules (and no one to enforce them, anyway) there always was one caveat when you approached Gary Carter’s locker: Prepare for a filibuster. One question could net you the Gettysburg Address, but that’s not what made “The Kid” unique among the ’86 Mets. It was his cheerful nature – an optimism that was out of place amid his teammates’ savage in-fighting. Carter was the Mets’ co-captain, yet he never was part of the team’s inner circle. He was too nice for that, which is why news that he’d been diagnosed with four brain tumors was so devastating. Good guys like Carter deserve better.
Read more on Carter in the Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record, Post and Star-Ledger.
• Daniel Murphy's footwork at first base may suddenly be getting scrutiny from umpires, Terry Collins believes. Read more in Newsday.
• On the four homers surrendered by Capuano, Collins said: "'I'd say that maybe he threw seven bad pitches all night. It's just that four were hit out of the ballpark." Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.
• If the Mets stay in contention, at least for the wild card, Jose Reyes cannot get traded before July 31. Whether the Mets are able and willing to re-sign him is another story. Columnist Wayne Coffey writes in the Daily News:
With the ongoing ugliness of the Madoff mess looming over the franchise, and Mets fans staying away from Citi Field in droves, this is a club in bad need of income and a good run of baseball. Having a premier gate attraction in his prime is a good place to start. Reyes happens to be as great a show as there is in baseball, every single night. Could you imagine the backlash if the Mets were to have an August fire sale and trade a 27-year-old, home-grown shortstop who can win a game with his bat and glove and legs? Can you imagine what it would do to the competitiveness of the team?
More generally about the trading deadline and Sandy Alderson's approach, David Waldstein writes in the Times:
His penetrating desire to win this year puts Alderson in no hurry to make so-called white-flag trades, and any potential deal that would adversely affect the 2011 Mets will not be taken lightly. “That’s accurate,” Alderson said. “It’s all going to depend on where we are at some point further in the season, where we are competitively, where we are in the standings.”
• Anthony McCarron catches up with George Theodore in the Daily News. His career was altered by a 1973 collision with Don Hahn.
• Daily News columnist/ESPN 1050 personality Mike Lupica speaks with Triple-A Buffalo manager Tim Teufel, whose club has been ravaged by call-ups, including Justin Turner, Fernando Martinez, Nick Evans, Pat Misch, Mike O'Connor and Dillon Gee as well as season-ending surgeries for Jenrry Mejia and Boof Bonser. The organization has signed Brian Sweeney, Jason Botts, Luis Figueroa and Bubba Bell as journeymen plugs. "Yeah, we've lost quite a few since Opening Day," Teufel tells Lupica. "But it's all good. They go up there and contribute, and none of us here are surprised. Triple-A is all about mental approach and being in the grind. The guys we keep sending up there are gamers and grinders and they all love the game and they all know how to play the game. So am I surprised to see what Justin and the rest of them are doing? I'm not."
• Steve Serby has a Q&A with Turner in the Post.
BIRTHDAY: No Mets of prominence were born on this date, though a prominent pitching nemesis celebrates his 68th birthday. That would be Tommy John, who went 9-2 with a 2.71 ERA in 17 starts against them. May 22 also marks the anniversary of the Mets' 1,000th regular-season win, which came in 1976. -Mark Simon