Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Mets morning briefing 9.19.12
By Adam Rubin
After a rainout Tuesday, Matt Harvey now is scheduled for his final 2012 start tonight. Harvey is due to face Cole Hamels.
Jeremy Hefner will face rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd in Thursday's 7:10 p.m. makeup game, which was scheduled on a common off-day for the teams.
The Mets' tragic number for postseason elimination is down to four. One more loss would clinch the team's fourth straight losing season.
Wednesday's news reports:
• Ike Davis said his many stances this season indicate he is receptive to coaching, while Terry Collins said in response to an ESPNNewYork.com report about the Mets open to trading him this winter: "There's not a guy in that clubhouse who can't get traded." Read more in the Star-Ledger, Record, Post, Daily News and Newsday.
• Andrew Keh in the Times notes the Mets' second-half performance at home would be historic by MLB standards. Writes Keh:
Since the All-Star break, the Mets are 4-22 at Citi Field, a .154 winning percentage. If that trend holds, the Mets would establish a record for the lowest home-field winning percentage in the second half of the season, using the measurement that dates to the creation of the midsummer All-Star Game in 1933. But if the Mets do set a record, they would only be topping themselves. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Mets hold the current low mark for the second half of the season, set when they produced a .158 winning percentage (6-32) at Shea Stadium in 1979. The next lowest second-half home winning percentage, .200, was compiled by the 1942 Philadelphia Athletics and the 1977 Toronto Blue Jays. ...
In another display of futility at Citi Field, the Mets have also failed to score more than three runs in any of their last 14 games there. The record for this dubious feat? It is held by the 1915 Yankees, who went 18 straight games at the Polo Grounds scoring three runs or fewer. That was five years before Babe Ruth joined the team.
• Barry Bearak in the Times profiles Team Israel, which is attempting to qualify for March's World Baseball Classic this week in Jupiter, Fla. “I’m happy to be playing for Israel, but it’s kind of bizarre, too. No one from my family has even been there," Mets minor leaguer Josh Satin, who is Jewish, told Bearak. The eligibility requirements for the team match Israeli citizenship requirements -- having a Jewish parent or grandparent or being married to a Jew. Quipped Peter Kurz, the secretary general of the Israel Association of Baseball, to Bearak: "If we only could get a nice Jewish girl to marry Albert Pujols, he could be at first base for us.”
TRIVIA: Who was the winning pitcher in the game the Mets clinched the NL East title in 2006?
Tuesday's answer: In the last trade between the Mets and Phillies, Bruce Chen arrived in Queens with minor league left-hander Adam Walker for relievers Turk Wendell and Dennis Cook on July 27, 2001.