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Monday, September 26, 2011
Mets morning briefing 9.26.11

By Adam Rubin

Mike Pelfrey allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk in three innings in his final start of the season as the Phillies won, 9-4, Sunday to snap an eight-game losing streak. Pelfrey, who is eligible for arbitration, dropped to 7-13 with a 4.74 ERA, which should supress the amount of his 2012 salary and actually make it easier to retain him.

The Cincinnati Reds now visit Citi Field for a season-ending three-game series. Chris Schwinden (0-2, 5.06 ERA) looks for his first major league win in Monday's opener opposite right-hander Homer Bailey (9-7, 4.32).

It may be a big day in court, too, with Judge Jed S. Rakoff expected to rule as early as Monday on whether to toss all or part a the $1 billion lawsuit against Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and family. A decision is expected to be announced before the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, which starts Wednesday at sundown.

Monday's news reports:

• Doctors discovered an abnormal spot by Gary Carter's right temple. Read more here.

Jose Reyes went 2-for-4 with a walk Sunday and is hitting .331. However, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun homered while going 2-for-3 Sunday and lifted his average to a National League-best .333 in a win against Florida. It appears Matt Kemp may fall shy of the Triple Crown. He's now hitting .324 after going 1-for-5 Sunday for the Dodgers against San Diego.

Terry Collins said he may have put too much of a burden on Pelfrey by naming him the Opening Day starter.  Pelfrey finished with the highest ERA by a Mets Opening Day starter since Pete Harnisch in 1997 at 7.03 ERA, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. "I'll take full responsibility if I put the heavy load on his shoulders by naming him the Opening Day starter," Collins said. "I thought he earned it from what he did last year. I think he thought he had to do more than what he's always done. So even though it's not what we wanted or what he wanted necessarily, I think Mike Pelfrey's really been OK, hasn't had the year he had last year but he's kept us in a lot of games." Read more in Newsday, the Record, Daily News, Post and Star-Ledger.

Lucas Duda and Angel Pagan (headaches) and Jason Isringhausen (right leg numbness from herniated disc) may not appear again this season.

BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever Doug Sisk was born on this date in 1957.