Monday, May 28, 2012
Torres on cloud nine; Acosta on outs?
By Adam Rubin
Andres Torres nearly celebrated an addition to his family and a comeback in a nine-hour span.
Working on one hour of sleep, Torres arrived at Citi Field 20 minutes after the first pitch Monday. He eventually pinch hit in the eighth inning and hustled to deliver a leadoff double with the Mets trailing by a run. Torres ultimately was stranded at third base and the Mets lost to Philadelphia, 8-4, after Manny Acosta surrendered a three-run homer in the ninth.
Torres' wife, Soannie, gave birth to the couple's second child, daughter Mia Carolina, at 6:30 a.m. at a hospital near Central Park. Torres said he slept for an hour beginning at about 9:30 a.m., but was determined to get to Citi Field to contribute.
"I said, 'Let me head to the field,' because you have to do your job, too," Torres said. "Everything went OK. That's a good thing. Right now, I feel like I need to be with team, too. … I told my wife, 'I’ll come back. Let me go just play and I will be back.'
"I'm so happy. This is the best feeling."
• Acosta may not survive Tuesday's roster move. By announcing they would add infielder Omar Quintanilla and Chris Schwinden from Triple-A Buffalo, the Mets must free a 40-man roster spot for Quintanilla. And by announcing Schwinden is being promoted, the Mets all but announced the roster move would be coming at the expense of a bullpen member. The only other consideration for removal would be Jack Egbert, but that's a hard case to make after he just was added to the 40-man roster and had a successful Mets debut Monday in relief of Acosta.
Acosta served up the three-run homer to Ty Wigginton that thwarted any legitimate ninth-inning comeback thoughts. His ERA swelled to 11.86.
"Balls are right in the heart of the plate," Terry Collins said. "We've looked at all of his films and tapes. I mean, balls are in the middle of the plate. He's got to make a pitch. And instead of making a good pitch, he makes a pitch that leaves it in the hitting area."
• Jon Niese was punished for issuing five walks Monday. Three ended up scoring.
"Five walks. It was pretty embarrassing," Niese said. "It's one of those things where I didn't have my good stuff. I didn't have good command. I thought I should have established my fastball in a lot more early."