Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Mets morning briefing 8.2.11
By Adam Rubin
For the second straight day, the Mets got a game-tying homer with two out in the ninth ... and subsequently lost. Sunday in D.C., Scott Hairston delivered the blast, off Nats closer Drew Storen. This time, Lucas Duda did the honors, snapping Marlins closer Leo Nunez's streak of successful save conversions at 11. Jason Isringhausen then allowed a grand slam to Mike Stanton in the 10th (snapping a streak of unanswered slams by the Mets since April 29 at 2-0).
The last team to hit game-tying homers with two out in ninth inning or later in consecutive games was the Devil Rays on Aug. 29 and 31, 2004. Tampa Bay also lost both games.
The Mets fell to 22-27 at Citi Field. The .449 home win percentage ranks fifth-worst in the majors, better than only Houston (18-36, .333), San Diego (22-35, .386), Florida (23-30, .434) and the Cubs (25-31, .446).
Tuesday's news reports:
• Johan Santana, who was supposed to make a second rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Wednesday, already with an extra day of rest, had that appearance pushed back further. Santana now is tentatively scheduled to pitch Thursday, because of what has been labeled a lack of arm strength. "He came back, didn't feel quite as strong as he would've liked. So rather than force it (he is) backing off a day," Sandy Alderson said. "... I wouldn't view that as a setback necessarily. I think it's a tweak in the schedule. We'll know tomorrow whether it constitutes something more significant." Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday and Post.
• Right-hander Zack Wheeler, the 21-year-old pitcher acquired from the San Francisco Giants, was charged with four runs in four innings in his debut with the organization, for Class A St. Lucie at Dunedin. According to the Post, Wheeler topped out at 96 mph on one radar gun and 99 mph on another. Wheeler did not walk a batter, continuing a three-start stretch in which he has cut down on free passes since reverting to his high school mechanics. "There really wasn't that much pressure, I didn't feel like, going into it," Wheeler told Tim Bontemps in the Post. "It hasn't really been stressful, but I came out a little tight."
• Alderson indicated he actually was looking to acquire relief help as Sunday's 4 p.m. trade deadline passed. Waiver trades can be made in August, so the Mets could look to sell further by the end of the month. For now, Alderson said it was more important for the Mets to be competitive than to sell off pieces for second-tier prospects. Read more in Newsday and the Star-Ledger.
• Read game stories in the Times, Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Daily News and Record.
• David Wright's hitting streak since returning from the disabled list ended at 10 games. Wright had hit .455 during the 10-game road trip and had seven straight multi-hit games through Saturday, one shy of matching the franchise-record streak. Read more on Wright's recent success in Newsday.
• Ike Davis has started to run at home in Arizona. A surgery decision may come later this week.
• Reliever Taylor Buchholz, who is dealing with depression and anxiety issues, is unlikely to return to the Mets this season, Alderson said.
BIRTHDAYS: South Korean reliever Dae-Sung Koo, who famously scored on a headfirst slide against the Yankees while accidentally carrying a weighted ball in his jacket pocket, turns 42. He injured his shoulder on the play.