Thursday, June 23, 2011
Mets morning briefing 6.23.11
By Adam Rubin
After an intentional walk to Jose Reyes loaded the bases, Justin Turner -- his uniform, actually -- was grazed with a pitch as the Mets produced their first walk-off win of the season. It marked the second time in franchise history the Mets won on a walk-off hit-by-pitch -- the other coming when Daryl Boston was plunked in the stomach on April 23, 1992, also in the 13th inning, by St. Louis' Juan Agosto. That forced in pinch-runner Rodney McCray and made a winner of John Franco. (The ball found its way between buttons and into Boston's uniform shirt.)
Of course, the Mets would have not needed 13 innings for the latest victory, but Francisco Rodriguez blew his second straight save opportunity, with the A's down to their last strike in the ninth.
Thursday's news reports:
• Reyes will not be playing in the Bronx, Brian Cashman tells Roger Rubin of the Daily News."That's just not going to happen," Cashman told the newspaper. "... We have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter. And I think we have an everyday shortstop that would be playing for a lot of clubs in Eduardo Nuñez. The Yankees don't have a need now or in the future for a shortstop. But we do need a setup man."
Cashman did not rule out working with Sandy Alderson on some type of deal, though.
"I've done three deals with them and they were all pretty big," Cashman told Rubin, referring to the Mets. "(Armando) Benitez was a big name. (Robin) Ventura for David Justice was kind of big deal, our need for their need. But it's complicated because ... no one wants to make a mistake in their own backyard. ... No one's going to make that type of mistake too easily. The only way you would typically line up to do something is if the opposing side is so motivated to move whatever they've got. The only way we probably line up (with the Mets) is when one team is down and one team is up. It's more difficult to do business across town, not because of them but because of both of us."
• Ike Davis' examination at the Hospital for Special Surgery revealed cartilage damage that has not healed in his left ankle. Davis will shed the protective boot in order to decrease constriction and increase blood flow, hoping that will assist in the healing. If he is still uncomfortable running in three weeks, Davis is due for season-ending surgery, which Sandy Alderson likened to microfracture surgery on the knee (tiny cracks create blood flow and cartilage regeneration). Davis expects to get a second opinion. David Wright, meanwhile, goes for his lower-back exam Thursday. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Post, Daily News and Journal.
• K-Rod blew consecutive save opportunities for only the second time in his Mets career. He was making his first appearance in six days. The first blown save had come in Atlanta courtesy of Brooks Conrad, and ultimately ended with D.J. Carrasco balking in the decisive run. "You know what?" K-Rod asked. "I'm going to speak as a fan, not as a player. I definitely have to get my head out of my butt, pretty much. Simple as that." Read more in the Post.
• Read game stories in the Star-Ledger, Post, Newsday, Times, Daily News and Record.
• Jason Bay's move to the cleanup slot was not pretty. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and heard jeers from the Citi Field crowd before departing on a double-switch. "It's obviously still in there. It hasn't gone anywhere," hitting coach Dave Hudgens told Wayne Coffey in the Daily News. "Over the last 10 days he's made some good adjustments. ... You have to walk before you start running, if you want to get some confidence back."
BIRTHDAY: Though no Mets of significance were born on this date, former Red Sox second baseman Marty Barrett turns 53. Barrett’s significance is that he was NBC’s Player of the Game in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, a decision made prior to the Mets' three-run comeback. Barrett went from being the potential hero to the final out of Game 7, striking out against Jesse Orosco as the Mets claimed their last title. -Mark Simon