Friday, May 4, 2012
Mets morning briefing 5.4.12
By Matt Ehalt
After Thursday's off day, the Mets are back in action Friday as they host Arizona in the first of a three-game set at Citi Field. Read up on the the matchup here.
Friday's news reports:
• The major intrigue surrounding the Mets is who is going assume Mike Pelfrey's sport in the rotation after two failed outings by Chris Schwinden. Jeremy Hefner may be the most likely, but that would require him being pulled early from tonight's Triple-A Buffalo game against Syracuse, since Pelfrey's next turn is in four days -- Tuesday in Philadelphia. Miguel Batista and Garrett Olson would be alternatives. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
One player who won't be getting called up is Zack Wheeler, who has been placed on the disabled list with Double-A Binghamton. That's not alarming. He has a partially torn fingernail on his right middle finger. He is 1-2 with a 1.75 ERA in five starts with the B-Mets. Wheeler was not a remote consideration anyway.
Nor is Matt Harvey or Jeurys Familia a consideration. GM Sandy Alderson told the Daily News the team believes Harvey (4-1, 4.80) isn't ready to head to Queens. “Aside from Matt himself -- and I love that he thinks this way -- there is no one in the organization who feels he is ready to be in the major leagues,” Alderson told the Daily News.
• Third baseman David Wright will be presented an award Friday by Darryl Strawberry for passing the former outfielder as the team's all-time RBI leader. Wright has 739 RBIs, and Strawberry (who had 733 as a Met) hopes Wright will be able to stay atop the leader board for a long time. “I played there for so many years [1983 through 1990] and held so many records,’’ Strawberry told the Post. “Records are there to be broken. Someone will come along. Either you are alive to see them or you might not be alive to see them. I’m able to see such a fine young man, personal ability aside, as a person, just a man of true character to break that record, it makes me proud. I hope David sits on the top for a long time and I know he will because just look how long it took him to break mine.’’
• When Jose Reyes bolted town for Miami this winter, the starting shortstop position was turned over to Ruben Tejada. The Record writes that Tejada has been able to get it done for the Mets thus far with his .305 average. Reyes, meanwhile, is hitting just .226 for Miami. "They're falling for him right now," Daniel Murphy told The Record. "He looks real good, he's swinging the bat well. Once you get one or two, they kind of start rolling on you. That's what it looks like for him right now."
• After going 7-for-21 on the latest road trip, Ike Davis has raised his average to .180 and may be working his way out of his season-starting slump, writes the Star-Ledger.
• Lucas Duda has been working with outfield coach Tom Goodwin to try to improve his right field play. “I was taught when I was growing up, never get beat over your head,”Duda told the Post. “Playing [shallow], that’s kind of a switch, but it’s an adjustment, and I have to make it sooner rather than later.”
• Reliever D.J. Carrasco is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo. He allowed a homer in one inning last night. Read the full minor league recap here.
• The Post asked new WFAN announcer Josh Lewin five questions.
TRIVIA: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera's career could be over after he tore his ACL on Thursday. How many different relievers led the Mets in saves since Rivera took over in 1997?
Thursday's answer: Miguel Montero and Mark Reynolds are tied for the most homers by an Arizona Diamondbacks player at Citi Field. They each slugged four against the Mets at the ballpark.