Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Mets morning briefing 9.14.11
By Adam Rubin
Washington beat the Mets, 3-2, on Tuesday night to move within a game of the Amazin's for third place in the National League East, and even in the loss column. The tragic number for Mets elimination from postseason contention is down to one.
Wednesday's news reports:
• Jose Reyes acknowledged his troublesome left hamstring still feels tight on occasion since returning from the DL, and he is not going full throttle because he is concerned about blowing out the muscle. Reyes has a league-high 16 triples, but none since July 21. He has only one stolen-base attempt since being activated Aug. 29.
Reyes did go 3-for-4 with a walk to lift his average to .333. Ryan Braun had the walk-off homer for the Brewers against Colorado in the 11th inning, but went 1-for-5 in Milwaukee's win. His average stands at .329.
Read more on Reyes' hammy whammy in the Record, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Post and Daily News.
• David Wright said he is unconcerned about his spate of recent errors -- six in seven games -- before Tuesday's spotless showing. The last Met with six errors in a seven-game span was Jeff Kent in 1996. Wright's 16 errors are second-most in the National League, trailing only Milwaukee's Casey McGehee with 19. And McGehee has played 49 more games and had 99 more chances. "For me, it’s almost sometimes like hitting," Wright told Steve Popper in the Record. "When you play you go in stretches where you play really well, and sometimes you go in stretches where you don’t play well. Some are dumb things. Some are careless on my part. I mean, if I go out there and I play the kind of defense that I want to, I’m going to make errors. I’d rather be aggressive and try to get the out than play it safe for the fact of not making errors."
• Pitching coach Dan Warthen tells Mike Puma in the Post that the Mets are following through and pairing John Franco with Bobby Parnell for mentoring sessions. "The more that (Parnell) can understand it's an attitude, that you've got to believe that everything is going to work your way and you've got to choose your battles, the better he will be," Warthen said. "I think John Franco can help him in that respect. He's a good, name guy and I try to use all the people I can." From a pitching-arsenal perspective, Warthen wants Parnell to work on a slurve that's 13 to 14 mph off his fastball and has a bigger break.
• Luis Nieves homered for the first time this season and Yohan Almonte tossed five scoreless relief innings as Savannah bounced back from a walk-off loss in Game 1 to even the South Atlantic League championship series at a game apiece. Next up in the best-of-five affair: Johan Santana taking the mound for four innings at Savannah on Thursday.
• Andrew Keh in the Times explains that Mets pitchers actually like the dimensions of Citi Field. There has been no official word, but it is widely expected that a home run will be awarded in 2012 on any shot over the eight-foot mark of the left-field wall. There has been no definitive word on whether right field will be altered to eliminate the "Mo Zone" crevice. "We talk about it all the time, joking around with the hitters,” Dillon Gee told Keh. “They’ll talk about how they can’t wait till next year, and we’ll debate on whether it should happen or not. ... Sex sells in advertising, and home runs sell in baseball. But I’ve got a pitcher’s mind-set, and I love the big field.” Said Mike Pelfrey: “I think David deserves homers for some of the balls he hits. He’ll crush one and get a double out of it. I think there’s a point where that gets frustrating.”
• Chris Schwinden is due to get another start Thursday against the Nationals.
• Jason Isringhausen received a nerve-blocking shot Monday and tried tossing a baseball Tuesday, but is still days from returning from a herniated disc in his lower back.
• Jason Bay sat out Tuesday's game because his right shoulder was barking. Bay continues to jam the shoulder when he dives attempting catches in the outfield.
• Mets minor league award winners, including Matt Harvey, are expected at Citi Field on Wednesday for a pregame ceremony.
• Read recaps of Tuesday's loss in the Times and Daily News.
• Francisco Rodriguez is not happy he has been bypassed for save chances with the Brewers. "I'm not fine," K-Rod told Scott Milller at CBSSports.com. "They told me I'd have the opportunity to close some games, and we've had 20-some save opportunities since then and I haven't even had one. ... I'm a little disappointed in that. But that's something that's out of my hands."
BIRTHDAYS: Submarine reliever Chad Bradford turns 37. ... Harry Parker, who made 96 appearances (26 starts) for the Mets in the mid-'70s, was born on this date in 1947.